2012–13 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
5th Premier League title
6th Bosnian title
8th Domestic title overall
|Europa League||Široki Brijeg
|Goals scored||560 (2.33 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Emir Hadžić
|Biggest home win||Velež 6–0 Travnik|
|Biggest away win||Zvijezda 1–4 Željezničar
Leotar 0–3 Sarajevo
Zrinjski 1–4 Olimpic
Velež 0–3 Slavija
Radnik 0–3 Željezničar
Zrinjski 0–3 GOŠK
|Highest scoring||6 goals
Zvijezda 5–1 Gradina
Leotar 4–2 GOŠK
Velež 6–0 Travnik
Borac 5–1 Zrinjski
|Longest winning run||7 matches
|Longest unbeaten run||13 matches
|Longest winless run||27 matches
|Longest losing run||11 matches
Sarajevo 1:0 Željezničar
The 2012–13 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also known as BH Telecom Premier League for sponsorship reasons, was the thirteenth season of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the highest football league of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since its original establishment in 2000 and eleventh as a unified country-wide league. The season began on 4 August 2012 and ended on 26 May 2013, with a winter break between 26 November 2012 and 2 March 2013. The official fixture schedule was released on 3 July 2012.
Željezničar was able to defend the title this season, as they were the defending champions of the last season, having won their eighth domestic league title this season with two rounds left playing. A total of 16 teams contested the league, including 14 sides from the 2011–12 season and one promoted club from each of the two-second-level leagues, Gradina from 2011–12 First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Radnik from 2011–12 First League of the Republika Srpska who replace relegated Sloboda and Kozara.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Season events
- 3 League table
- 4 Results
- 5 Season statistics
- 6 Notes
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
A total of 16 teams contested the league, including 14 sides from the 2011–12 season and two promoted from each of the second-level league, 2011–12 First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and 2011–12 First League of the Republika Srpska.
While relegation of Kozara was confirmed couple of rounds before the end of the last season, Sloboda were relegated only after all the result of the last round were known. Kozara returned to First League of the Republika Srpska after only one season in top flight, while Sloboda were relegated for the first time after 43 years in the highest tier, including also as part of Yugoslav First League.
The relegated teams were replaced by the champions of the two-second–level leagues, Gradina from the First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Radnik from the First League of the Republika Srpska. Radnik returned to the top flight after spending five years in lower tier, while Gradina made their debut in the Premier League.
Stadiums and locations
|Borac||Banja Luka||Gradski stadion, Banja Luka||13,730|
|Gradina||Srebrenik||Gradski stadion, Srebrenik2||8,000|
|Radnik||Bijeljina||Gradski stadion, Bijeljina||6,000|
|Rudar||Prijedor||Gradski Stadion, Prijedor||5,000|
|Sarajevo||Sarajevo||Asim Ferhatović Hase||35,630|
|Slavija||Istočno Sarajevo||Gradski SRC Slavija||6,000|
|Široki Brijeg||Široki Brijeg||Pecara||5,628|
1 Čelik has played in round 2 and 4 on Kamberović polje due to works on the pitch of Bilino Polje, which included installing of a new drainage and under-soil heating, as well as the replacement of the turf, sound system and bench for the reserve players. They returned to Bilino Polje on round 6 against Borac.
2 Gradina played their home matches in the first half of the season on Banja Ilidža and NC Goal (only round 6 and 8) due to their own stadium Gradski Stadion, Srebrenik not fulfilling the necessary requirements, but for the second half of the season their stadium got a conditional license to host Premier League matches.
3 Olimpic decided to play its home games in the second half of the season in Tuzla on Tušanj stadium instead of Otoka stadium which they used in the first half of the season but in the end played only one game on it (round 17). Already the next home game (round 20) they returned to their regular home stadium – Otoka stadium.
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt Sponsor|
|Borac|| Branislav Krunić
|Čelik||Vlado Jagodić||Kenan Horić||Joma||RM-LH|
|GOŠK||Davor Mladina||Zlatko Kojić||Jako||Habitus, Ledo|
|Gradina||Fuad Grbešić||Malik Smajlović||NAAI||—|
|Leotar||Vladimir Gaćinović||Zdravko Šaraba||Kappa||Elnos|
|Olimpic||Nedim Jusufbegović||Miloš Vidović||NAAI||Europlakat|
|Radnik||Srđan Bajić||Nenad Kutlačić||Adidas||—|
|Rudar||Vlado Čapljić||Goran Kotaran||NAAI||Optima, ArcelorMittal|
|Sarajevo||Husref Musemić||Muhamed Džakmić||Lescon / Haad||Vakufska banka|
|Slavija||Milomir Šešlija||Ratko Dujković||Joma||Nova Banka|
|Široki Brijeg||Slaven Musa||Dalibor Šilić||Jako||Mepas|
|Travnik||Nermin Bašić||Elvedin Varupa||Joma||ADK|
|Velež||Ibrahim Rahimić||Admir Kajtaz||NAAI||Bosnalijek|
|Zrinjski||Branko Karačić||Igor Melher||Zeus||HT-ERONET|
|Zvijezda||Milomir Odović||Amir Hamzić||NAAI||—|
|Željezničar||Amar Osim||Muamer Svraka||Patrick||Sarajevo Osiguranje|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Zrinjski|| Dragan Perić
|Promoted||19 June 2012||Off-season||Dragan Perić||19 June 2012|
|Čelik||Vlatko Glavaš||Resigned||22 June 2012||Vlado Jagodić||22 June 2012|
|GOŠK||Boris Gavran||End of contract||25 June 2012||Slaven Musa||26 June 2012|
|Travnik||Husnija Arapović||End of contract||28 June 2012||Nermin Bašić||28 June 2012|
|Leotar||Borče Sredojević||Resigned||6 July 2012||Vladimir Gaćinović||9 July 2012|
|Borac||Slaviša Božičić||Sacked||13 July 2012|| Slobodan Starčević
|13 July 2012|
|Borac|| Slobodan Starčević
|Promoted||19 July 2012||Slobodan Starčević||19 July 2012|
|Široki Brijeg||Marijan Bloudek||Mutual agreement||6 August 2012||11th||Slaven Musa||13 August 2012|
|GOŠK||Slaven Musa||Signed by Široki Brijeg||13 August 2012||3rd||Dario Zadro||16 August 2012|
|Radnik||Darko Nestorović||Resigned||27 August 2012||15th|| Jovica Lukić
|28 August 2012|
|Gradina||Samir Adanalić||Resigned||27 August 2012||14th||Denis Sadiković||29 August 2012|
|Radnik|| Jovica Lukić
|End of tenure as caretaker||3 September 2012||15th||Srđan Bajić||3 September 2012|
|GOŠK||Dario Zadro||Resigned||5 September 2012||13th||Ivan Katalinić||5 September 2012|
|Olimpic||Nedim Jusufbegović||Sacked||19 September 2012||7th||Husref Musemić||20 September 2012|
|Gradina||Denis Sadiković||Signed by Sloboda||20 September 2012||16th||Boris Gavran||20 September 2012|
|Velež||Asmir Džafić||Mutual agreement||24 September 2012||13th||Ibrahim Rahimić||25 September 2012|
|Gradina||Boris Gavran||Resigned||24 September 2012||16th||Nedžad Bajrović||24 September 2012|
|Gradina||Nedžad Bajrović||Sacked||11 October 2012||16th||Fuad Grbešić||11 October 2012|
|GOŠK||Ivan Katalinić||Sacked||27 November 2012||15th||Davor Mladina||11 January 2013|
|Slavija||Vlado Čapljić||Resigned||10 December 2012||4th||Milomir Šešlija||4 January 2013|
|Zvijezda||Zoran Kuntić||Signed by SzTK-Erima||19 December 2012||13th||Milomir Odović||29 December 2012|
|Travnik||Nermin Bašić||Resigned||15 January 2013||14th||Elvedin Beganović||17 January 2013|
|Olimpic||Husref Musemić||Sacked||10 February 2013||3rd||Denis Sadiković||10 February 2013|
|Sarajevo||Dragan Jović||Sacked||16 March 2013||2nd||Husref Musemić||19 March 2013|
|Rudar||Velimir Stojnić||Mutual Agreement||22 March 2013||11th||Vlado Čapljić||24 March 2013|
|Zrinjski||Dragan Perić||Resigned||31 March 2013||7th||Branko Karačić||1 April 2013|
|Olimpic||Denis Sadiković||Mutual Agreement||11 April 2013||5th||Nedim Jusufbegović||11 April 2013|
|Travnik||Elvedin Beganović||Sacked||22 April 2013||14th||Nermin Bašić||22 April 2013|
|Borac||Slobodan Starčević||Sacked||21 May 2013||4th|| Branislav Krunić
|21 May 2013|
Sponsorship of the league
On 31 July 2012, an agreement between Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and BH Telecom was reached regarding sponsorship of the league. The contract worth about 2 million KM was signed on two years, officially renaming the league to BH Telecom Premier League. At first, two clubs, Željezničar and Široki Brijeg, didn't want to agree on the terms of the sponsorship contract because it, as they say, was humiliating for their clubs and that not all clubs in the league can be treated the same way regarding sponsorship. In the end, with few adjustments for those two clubs, the contract was officially signed.
Ban on away fans lifted
On 31 July 2012, the ban on organized attendance of away fans has been lifted. The ban was on power since 8 October 2011 after a couple of incidents, all done by Ultras groups. Also, if one club will have their supporters on an away game they must inform the other club and the football federation 4 days prior to the match.
Ban on away fans conditionally reactivated
After, once again, ultras groups made serious incidents, including derogatory chanting and attempted attack on away fans on match of round 2 between Željezničar and Borac on Grbavica stadium, the same in round 5 between once again Željezničar and this time Slavija, demolishing a pub by The Maniacs, ultras supporters of Željezničar, who arrived in Herzegovina without announcement to the local police in Mostar. The pub was a gathering point of Ultras Zrinjski, ultras group supporting HŠK Zrinjski Mostar and this happened before a match in round 6 between Zrinjski and Željezničar. In an act of revenge, some of Ultras Zrinjski demolished a pub in other part of the city where they though The Maniacs were. Also, on the same day, after returning from an away match of round 6 between Čelik and Borac, Lešinari, ultras group supporting Borac, demolished two train wagons, while the next day someone burned down a van in which about 12 supporters of Slavija, so called Sokolovi, were returning from an away match of round 6 between GOŠK and Slavija (only the driver was slightly injured). After all this, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to bring up a conditional ban on away fans which will be activated after any serious incident on or before a football match of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina or in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup. Overall, in the first five round of the league the disciplinary commission of Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina distributed penalties in the amount of almost €32000.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Željezničar (C)||30||20||6||4||48||20||+28||66||2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Sarajevo||30||17||9||4||52||19||+33||60||2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|3||Borac Banja Luka||30||14||9||7||43||25||+18||51||Ineligible for 2013–14 European competitions 1|
|6||Široki Brijeg||30||13||6||11||48||31||+17||45||2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 2|
|7||Slavija||30||12||7||11||29||28||+1||43||Ineligible for 2013–14 European competitions 1|
|9||Zrinjski||30||11||6||13||26||42||−16||39||2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|15||GOŠK Gabela (R)||30||7||9||14||29||42||−13||30||Relegation to 2013–14 First League of the FBiH|
|16||Gradina Srebrenik (R)||30||1||6||23||17||57||−40||9|
Source: SportSport.ba (Bosnian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
For deciding champions, qualification to UEFA Europa League and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th head-to-head away goals scored; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored
1Borac Banja Luka, Čelik, Olimpic, Slavija and Leotar failed to get the UEFA license for the competition due to financial or infrastructural problems.
2 Široki Brijeg qualified for 2013–14 UEFA Europe League second qualifying round as the national cup winner.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Positions by round
|2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round|
|Relegation to 2013–14 Prva Liga FBiH or 2013–14 Prva Liga RS|
|Team ╲ Round||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||24||25||26||27||28||29||30|
|Borac Banja Luka||1||7||11||12||10||10||5||4||4||5||5||6||8||7||7||7||7||5||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||4||4||3|
|Home ╲ Away||BOR||ČEL||GŠK||GRA||LEO||OLI||RAD||RPR||SAR||SLA||ŠB||TRA||VEL||ZRI||ZVI||ŽEL|
|Borac Banja Luka||2–0||1–0||1–0||5–0||2–1||1–0||4–0||1–1||1–2||0–0||2–2||1–0||5–1||3–0||2–0|
|Team ╲ Round||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21||22||23||24||25||26||27||28||29||30|
|Borac Banja Luka||W||L||L||L||W||D||W||W||W||L||W||L||D||D||W||D||W||W||W||D||W||D||W||D||D||L||W||L||D||W|
For the list of transfers involving First League clubs during 2012–13 season, please see: List of Bosnia and Herzegovina football transfers summer 2012 and List of Bosnia and Herzegovina football transfers winter 2012–13.
|Hadžić, EmirEmir Hadžić||Sarajevo||GOŠK||4–0||2 September 2012|
|Mirza Ćemalović||Velež||Travnik||6–0||20 October 2012|
|Kajkut, SašaSaša Kajkut||Čelik||Sarajevo||3–2||2 March 2013|
|Bilbija, NemanjaNemanja Bilbija4||Borac||Zrinjski||5–1||30 March 2013|
|Kordić, KrešimirKrešimir Kordić4||Široki Brijeg||Borac||4–0||11 May 2013|
|Adilović, EldinEldin Adilović||Željezničar||Leotar||4–0||18 May 2013|
|Hadžić, EmirEmir Hadžić5||Sarajevo||Radnik||5–0||26 May 2013|
- 4 Player scored 4 goals
- 5 Player scored 5 goals
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