2008–09 Macedonian First Football League

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Macedonian First League
Season2008–09
Dates3 August 2008 –
31 May 2009
ChampionsMakedonija GP
1st domestic title
RelegatedNapredok
Champions LeagueMakedonija GP
Europa LeagueMilano
Renova
Rabotnichki
Matches played165
Goals scored380 (2.3 per match)
Top goalscorerIvica Gligorovski (14)
Biggest home winSileks 7–1 Napredok
(16 November 2008)
Biggest away winSileks 0–3 Metalurg
(18 April 2009)
Highest scoringSileks 7–1 Napredok
(16 November 2008)

The 2008–09 Macedonian First League was the 17th season of the Macedonian First Football League, the highest football league of Macedonia. It began on 3 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. FK Rabotnichki were the defending champions, having won their third title the previous year. FK Bashkimi withdrew from the championship due to financial reasons.[1]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

At the start of the 2008–09 season

Promoted from 2007–08 Second League

Relegated to 2008–09 Second League

At the end of the 2008–09 season

Promoted from 2008–09 Second League

Relegated to 2009–10 Second League

1 Bashkimi was withdraw from the First League due to financial reasons.

Participating teams[edit]

Location of teams in 2008–09 Macedonian First League
Club City Stadium Capacity
Makedonija GP Skopje Stadion Gjorche Petrov 3,000
Metalurg Skopje Stadion Zhelezarnica 4,000
Milano Kumanovo Milano Arena 3,500
Napredok Kichevo Gradski stadion Kichevo 5,000
Pelister Bitola Stadion Tumbe Kafe 8,000
Pobeda Prilep Stadion Goce Delchev 15,000
Rabotnichki Skopje Gradski stadion Skopje
Philip II Arena
18,104
Renova Djepchishte Gradski stadion Tetovo 15,000
Sileks Kratovo Stadion Sileks 5,000
Horizont Turnovo Turnovo Stadion Kukush 1,500
Vardar Skopje Gradski stadion Skopje
Philip II Arena
18,104

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Makedonija GP (C) 30 17 10 3 46 15 +31 61 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Milano 30 17 4 9 48 35 +13 55 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Renova 30 14 12 4 41 26 +15 54 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Rabotnichki 30 13 8 9 40 25 +15 47 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
5 Vardar 30 11 12 7 35 23 +12 45
6 Horizont Turnovo 30 9 10 11 25 39 −14 37
7 Sileks 30 9 9 12 38 41 −3 36
8 Pobeda 30 8 8 14 31 47 −16 32
9 Metalurg (O) 30 6 11 13 25 35 −10 29 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
10 Pelister (O) 30 7 7 16 25 42 −17 28
11 Napredok (R) 30 4 9 17 26 52 −26 21 Relegation to the Macedonian Second Football League
Bashkimi[b] (R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: MacedonianFootball.com, RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Draw; 9) Play-off. (Note: Criteria 2, 3 and 8 is only used if not deciding Champion, teams for UEFA competitions or relegation).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Rabotnichki qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2008–09 Macedonian Football Cup.
  2. ^ Bashkimi withdrew their participation prior to the start of the season due to financial problems.

Results[edit]

The schedule consists of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 20 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 30 games per team.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away[1] MGP MET MIL NAP PEL POB RAB REN SIL TUR VAR
Makedonija 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 4–0 1–0
Metalurg 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
Milano 1–0 2–1 5–0 3–1 5–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–3
Napredok 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1
Pelister 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0
Pobeda 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0
Rabotnichki 3–3 1–0 4–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 3–0 4–1 2–0
Renova 0–32 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1
Sileks 1–1 2–2 0–0 7–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 0–0
Horizont Turnovo 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Vardar 0–1 1–1 2–4 4–2 3–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0

Source: MacedonianFootball.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match of Round 8 was awarded to Makedonija Gjorče Petrov after it was interrupted in 45th minute due to Renova's fans attacking Makedonija's midfielder Georges Ambourouet.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away[1] MGP MET MIL NAP PEL POB RAB REN SIL TUR VAR
Makedonija 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Metalurg 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1
Milano 2–0 4–1 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–0
Napredok 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1
Pelister 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–2 0–0
Pobeda 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1
Rabotnichki 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–1
Renova 4–0 4–1 3–0 1–0 2–2
Sileks 0–3 4–2 1–0 2–3
Horizont Turnovo 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Vardar 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–2

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

Relegation playoff[edit]

Metalurg5 – 1Bregalnica Shtip
Đurić Goal 10'
Ilijoski Goal 15'75'
Mihajlović Goal 79'
Velkoski Goal 89'
Novakov Goal 55'
Referee: Goran Spirkoski (Prilep)

Pelister3 – 0Shkëndija 79
Glavevski Goal 64'68'
Dimitrovski Goal 85'
Referee: Vladimir Kiprijanovski (Skopje)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Republic of Macedonia Ivica Gligorovski Milano 14
2 Republic of Macedonia Besart Ibraimi Renova 13
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Boško Stupić Sileks 12
4 Brazil César de Brito Makedonija GP 11
Republic of Macedonia Blagoj Levkov Napredok
6 Republic of Macedonia Boban Janchevski Vardar 10
7 Republic of Macedonia Dragan Dimitrovski Pelister 9
8 Republic of Macedonia Blagoja Geshoski Milano 8
Republic of Macedonia Gligor Gligorov Sileks
Republic of Macedonia Hristijan Kirovski Rabotnichki
Brazil Washington Makedonija GP

Source: Macedonian Football (in English)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FK Bashkimi quits from Macedonian football". macedonianfootball.com. 1 August 2008.

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