2002–03 Macedonian First Football League

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Macedonian First League
Season 2002–03
Champions Vardar
5th Macedonian title
6th domestic title
Relegated Pelister
Kumanovo
Champions League Vardar
UEFA Cup Belasica
Cementarnica 55
Intertoto Cup Pobeda
Matches played 363
Goals scored 540 (1.49 per match)
Top goalscorer Ljubiša Savić (25)
Biggest home win Belasica 6–0 Pelister
Cementarnica 55 6–0 Kumanovo
Biggest away win Kumanovo 0–4 Cementarnica 55
Highest scoring Pelister 3–6 Sloga Jugomagnat

The 2002–03 Macedonian First League was the 11th season of the Macedonian First Football League, the highest football league of Macedonia. The first matches of the season were played on 10 August 2002 and the last on 1 June 2003. FK Vardar defended their championship title, having won their fifth title, second in a row.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

At the start of the 2002–03 season

Promoted from 2001–02 Second League

Relegated to 2002–03 Second League

At the end of the 2002–03 season

Promoted from 2002–03 Second League

Relegated to 2003–04 Second League

Participating teams[edit]

Location of teams in 2002–03 Macedonian First League
Club City Stadium
FK Belasica Geras Cunev Strumica Stadion Mladost
FK Bregalnica Delčevo Gradski stadion Goce Delčev
FK Cementarnica 55 Skopje Stadion Cementarnica
FK Kumanovo Kumanovo Gradski stadion Kumanovo
FK Napredok Kičevo Gradski stadion Kičevo
FK Pelister Bitola Stadion Tumbe Kafe
FK Pobeda Prilep Stadion Goce Delčev
FK Rabotnički Kometal Skopje Gradski stadion Skopje
FK Sileks Kratovo Gradski stadion Kratovo
FK Sloga Jugomagnat Skopje Stadion Čair
FK Tikveš Kavadarci Gradski stadion Kavadarci
FK Vardar Skopje Gradski stadion Skopje

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Vardar (C) 33 22 6 5 73 37 +36 72 2003–04 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Belasica 33 20 9 4 50 32 +18 69 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Pobeda 33 20 5 8 59 49 +10 65 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Rabotnički Kometal 33 16 6 11 41 35 +6 54
5 Sloga Jugomagnat 33 15 6 12 62 50 +12 51
6 Sileks 33 14 4 15 40 35 +5 46
7 Napredok 33 13 3 17 39 41 −2 42
8 Cementarnica 55 33 11 9 13 45 39 +6 42 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 1
9 Tikveš 33 11 4 18 37 58 −21 37
10 Bregalnica Delčevo 33 10 6 17 44 49 −5 36
11 Pelister (R) 33 7 7 19 30 60 −30 28 Relegation to 2003–04 Macedonian Second League
12 Kumanovo (R) 33 4 5 24 24 71 −47 17

Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference; 6th head-to-head goals scored; 7th draw.
For deciding champions, qualification to UEFA Cup, relegation play-offs and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th decision match(es)
1Cementarnica 55 have won the 2002–03 Macedonian Football Cup competition and therefore qualified for the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Every team will play three times against each other team for a total of 33 matches. The first 22 matchdays will consist of a regular double round-robin schedule. The league standings at this point will then be used to determine the games for the last 11 matchdays.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home ╲ Away BEL BRD CEM KUM NAP PEL POB RAB SIL SLO TIK VAR
Belasica 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 3–2
Bregalnica Delčevo 0–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 3–02 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–2 0–1 0–1
Cementarnica 55 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–4 0–2 1–1
Kumanovo 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–4
Napredok 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 0–1 3–1
Pelister 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–2
Pobeda 4–0 4–3 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–1
Rabotnički 1–0 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–4 3–1 1–2
Sileks 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 1–3
Sloga Jugomagnat 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 5–1 2–1
Tikveš 1–1 0–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
Vardar 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–0

Source: RSSSF.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 Match awarded
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home ╲ Away BEL BRD CEM KUM NAP PEL POB RAB SIL SLO TIK VAR
Belasica 1–1 6–0 3–1 4–3 1–0 1–0
Bregalnica Delčevo 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–4 0–1
Cementarnica 55 2–0 6–0 1–0 0–1 2–0
Kumanovo 0–3 2–4 2–0 1–2 1–3
Napredok 0–1 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–2
Pelister 2–2 0–2 0–3 3–6 0–2
Pobeda 6–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0
Rabotnički 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 4–1
Sileks 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–1
Sloga Jugomagnat 3–1 3–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 2–3
Tikveš 4–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0
Vardar 2–1 5–1 3–2 4–3 1–1 6–2

Source: RSSSF.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Republic of Macedonia Ljubiša Savić Bregalnica Delčevo &
Sloga Jugomagnat
25
2 Republic of Macedonia Zoran Baldovaliev Belasica 21
3 Republic of Macedonia Vasko Georgiev Napredok &
Bregalnica Delčevo
15
Brazil Rogério Oliveira Vardar
Republic of Macedonia Antonio Tasev Tikveš
6 Republic of Macedonia Dragan Dimitrovski Napredok & Pobeda 13
7 Bulgaria Mario Petkov Vardar 12
8 Republic of Macedonia Goran Stankovski Sloga Jugomagnat 11
9 Republic of Macedonia Bojan Dimitrievski Sileks 10

Source: rsssf.com

See also[edit]

External links[edit]