2007–08 Croatian First Football League

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T-Com Prva HNL
Season 2007–08
Dates 20 July 2007 –
10 May 2008
Champions Dinamo Zagreb
10th Croatian title
14th domestic title
Relegated Međimurje
Champions League Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Cup Slaven Belupo
Hajduk Split (via Cup)
Intertoto Cup Rijeka
Matches played 198
Goals scored 573 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorer Želimir Terkeš (21)
Biggest home win Hajduk 7–1 Inter
Biggest away win Inter 0–4 Dinamo
Highest scoring Hajduk 7–2 Inter
Zagreb 7–2 Zadar
Average attendance 2,759

The 2007-08 Croatian First Football League (officially known as the T-Com Prva HNL for sponsorship reasons) was the seventeenth season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 20 July 2007 and ended on 10 May 2008. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their eleventh championship title the previous season, and they defended the title again, after a win against Međimurje on 12 April 2008.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Kamen Ingrad were automatically relegated to Druga HNL as they finished last in the previous season, while Inter Zaprešić were automatically promoted from Druga HNL after winning the 2006–07 title. In a two-legged playoff between Zadar and Pula, Zadar were promoted to Prva HNL by beating Pula with 6–2 on aggregate (3–0, 3–2).

Teams[edit]

Stadia and personnel[edit]

Team Manager1 Location Stadium Capacity
Cibalia Croatia Srećko Lušić Vinkovci Stadion HNK Cibalia
10,000
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Zvonimir Soldo Zagreb Stadion Maksimir
37,168
Hajduk Split Croatia Robert Jarni Split Stadion Poljud
35,000
Inter Zaprešić Croatia Milivoj Bračun Zagreb Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić
5,000
Međimurje Croatia Miljenko Dovečer Čakovec Stadion SRC Mladost
8,000
Osijek Croatia Ilija Lončarević Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt
19,500
Rijeka Croatia Zlatko Dalić Rijeka Stadion Kantrida
10,275
Slaven Belupo Croatia Krunoslav Jurčić Koprivnica Gradski stadion u Koprivnici
4,000
Šibenik Croatia Ivica Kalinić Šibenik Stadion Šubićevac
8,000
Varteks Croatia Dražen Besek Varaždin Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
10,800
Zadar Croatia Dalibor Zebić Zadar Stadion Stanovi
5,860
NK Zagreb Croatia Miroslav Blažević Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva
8,850
  • 1 On final match day of the season, played on 10 May 2008.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 33 26 4 3 91 34 +57 82 2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Slaven Belupo 33 16 6 11 45 29 +16 54 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Osijek 33 16 6 11 43 34 +9 54
4 Rijeka 33 14 11 8 53 41 +12 53 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
5 Hajduk Split 33 14 10 9 57 41 +16 52 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 1
6 NK Zagreb 33 11 11 11 51 40 +11 44
7 Varteks 33 11 7 15 46 53 −7 40
8 Cibalia 33 11 7 15 40 48 −8 40
9 Zadar 33 11 7 15 49 61 −12 40
10 Šibenik 33 9 12 12 34 52 −18 39
11 Inter Zaprešić (O) 33 8 9 16 27 59 −32 33 0 Relegation play-off0
12 Međimurje (R) 33 3 6 24 37 81 −44 15 Relegation to 2008–09 Druga HNL

Source: Sportnet.hr
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
For deciding champions, qualification to UEFA Cup and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored
1Hajduk Split was qualified to the UEFA Cup as a runner-up of the 2007–08 Croatian Football Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Matchdays 1–22[edit]

In the first part of the season, matchdays 1–22 were played, with each team playing against every other team twice (home and away). This part of the season started on 20 July 2007, and finished with the last round matches on 8 March 2008.

Home ╲ Away CIB DIN HAJ INT MEĐ OSI RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 3–3 1–0 0–2 3–1
Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 1–0 5–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 5–0 1–2 5–1 6–3
Hajduk Split 2–2 1–2 7–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 4–1 2–1
Inter Zaprešić 1–0 0–4 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1
Međimurje 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 4–1 2–4 0–3
Osijek 5–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1
Rijeka 3–0 2–4 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1
Slaven Belupo 2–2 5–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 6–0 4–2 1–0
Šibenik 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 3–2 0–2 4–3 0–0 0–0
Varteks 2–1 4–3 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–1
Zadar 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 4–0 5–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0
NK Zagreb 4–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–0 7–2

Updated to games played on 8 March 2008.
Source: Sportnet.hr
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

In the second part of the season, matchdays 23–33 were played, with each team playing every other team one additional time (either at home or away). This part of the season started with matchday 23 on 15 March 2008, and finished with the last round on 10 May 2008.

Home ╲ Away CIB DIN HAJ INT MEĐ OSI RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–2
Dinamo Zagreb 4–0 1–0 3–2 6–1 1–0 5–1
Hajduk Split 1–2 1–1 7–2 0–2 2–0 4–1
Inter Zaprešić 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
Međimurje 1–2 2–2 4–0 0–1 2–3
Osijek 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Rijeka 2–0 1–1 5–2 2–2 5–3 1–1
Slaven Belupo 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0
Šibenik 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2
Varteks 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 5–2
Zadar 1–0 2–5 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2
NK Zagreb 0–0 2–1 6–1 3–1 0–0

Updated to games played on 10 May 2008.
Source: Sportnet.hr
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Following the end of season, a home-and-away relegation/promotion play-off was contested between Inter Zaprešić (11th placed team in the First League) and Hrvatski Dragovoljac (2nd placed team in the 2007–08 Second Football League). Matches were played on 17 and 21 May 2008, with Inter Zaprešić retaining their top level status by beating Hrvatski Dragovoljac 2–0 on aggregate.

First leg

17 May 2008
Inter Zaprešić 2–0 Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Gulić Goal 50'
Sivonjić Goal 59'
Report
(in Croatian)
Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić, Zaprešić
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Vlado Svilokos (Sisak)
Second leg

21 May 2008
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 0–0 Inter Zaprešić
Report
(in Croatian)
Krznar Red card 33'
Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Draženko Kovačić (Križevci)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Želimir Terkeš Zadar 21
2 Montenegro Radomir Đalović Rijeka 18
3 Croatia Nikola Kalinić Hajduk Split 17
4 Croatia Krunoslav Lovrek NK Zagreb 14
5 Croatia Luka Modrić Dinamo Zagreb 13
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Senijad Ibričić NK Zagreb 12
Croatia Željko Malčić Cibalia 12
Croatia Mario Mandžukić Dinamo Zagreb 12
9 Croatia Boško Balaban Dinamo Zagreb 11
Croatia Anas Sharbini Rijeka 11
Croatia Josip Tadić Dinamo Zagreb 11
Croatia Ognjen Vukojević Dinamo Zagreb 11

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