2014–15 Croatian First Football League

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MAXtv Prva Liga
Season 2014–15
Champions Dinamo Zagreb
Relegated Zadar
Champions League Dinamo Zagreb
Europa League Rijeka
Hajduk Split
Lokomotiva
Matches played 180
Goals scored 519 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Andrej Kramarić (21)
Biggest home win Hajduk Split 6–0 Zadar
Rijeka 6–0 Lokomotiva
Biggest away win Zagreb 0–6 Lokomotiva
Highest scoring Hajduk 5–3 Istra 1961
Longest winning run Dinamo Zagreb (6)
Longest unbeaten run Dinamo Zagreb (36)
Longest winless run Istra 1961, RNK Split (11)
Longest losing run Lokomotiva, Zadar (5)
Highest attendance 16,072
(Hajduk 2–3 Dinamo)
Lowest attendance 100
(Zagreb 1–0 S. Belupo)
Average attendance 2,733
All statistics correct as of 30 May 2015[1].

The 2014–15 Croatian First Football League (officially known as the MAXtv Prva Liga for sponsorship reasons) was the 24th 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 18 July 2014 and ended on 30 May 2015.

The league was contested by 10 teams. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their ninth consecutive title in 2013–14.

Teams[edit]

The following is a complete list of teams who will contest the 2014–15 Prva HNL.

Locations of teams in 2014–15 Prva HNL

Stadia and locations[edit]

Stadium City Home club Licensed club(s) Capacity
Maksimir Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 38,079[2]
Poljud Split Hajduk Split 34,448[3]
Gradski vrt Osijek Osijek 22,050[4]
Kantrida Rijeka Rijeka 12,600[5]
Aldo Drosina Pula Istra 1961 10,000[6]
Kranjčevićeva Zagreb Zagreb Lokomotiva 8,850[7]
Stanovi Zadar Zadar 6,000[8]
Park mladeži Split RNK Split 4,075[9]
Gradski stadion Koprivnica Slaven Belupo 3,134[10]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Mamić, ZoranZoran Mamić Republic of Macedonia Ademi, ArijanArijan Ademi Puma
Hajduk Split Croatia Vukas, HariHari Vukas Croatia Maloča, MarioMario Maloča Macron Tommy
Istra 1961 Croatia Pamić, IgorIgor Pamić Croatia Obšivač, JureJure Obšivač Errea
Lokomotiva Croatia Pinčić, MarkoMarko Pinčić Croatia Musa, MarioMario Musa Nike
Osijek Croatia SzuszakIvo Šušak Croatia Kurtović, HrvojeHrvoje Kurtović Jako
Rijeka Slovenia Kek, MatjažMatjaž Kek Croatia Knežević, DarioDario Knežević Jako
Slaven Belupo Croatia CzacicAnte Čačić Croatia Grgić, MatoMato Grgić Adidas Belupo
RNK Split Croatia Vulić, ZoranZoran Vulić Croatia Zagorac, DanijelDanijel Zagorac Jako Skladgradnja
Zadar Croatia SztimacIgor Štimac Croatia Jerbić, JureJure Jerbić Lotto Hotel Kolovare
NK Zagreb Croatia Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić Croatia Jurendić, JosipJosip Jurendić Kappa, Jako[11]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
NK Zagreb Croatia Lokica, VjekoslavVjekoslav Lokica Contract expired 18 May 2014[12] Croatia Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić 9 June 2014[13] Pre-season
Zadar Croatia Milin, FerdoFerdo Milin Resigned 25 August 2014[14] Croatia Blažević, MiroslavMiroslav Blažević 1 September 2014[15] 9th
Slaven Belupo Croatia Scoria, ElvisElvis Scoria Sacked 30 October 2014[16] Croatia CzacicAnte Čačić 4 November 2014[17] 10th
RNK Split Croatia Matić, IvanIvan Matić Removed from position 23 December 2014[18] Croatia Vulić, ZoranZoran Vulić 23 December 2014[18] 6th
Zadar Croatia Blažević, MiroslavMiroslav Blažević Resigned 2 January 2015 Croatia SztimacIgor Štimac 7 January 2015[19] 10th
Hajduk Split Croatia Tudor, IgorIgor Tudor Resigned 4 February 2015[20] Croatia Vukas, HariHari Vukas (caretaker) 5 February 2015[21] 3rd
Osijek Croatia Rukavina, TomislavTomislav Rukavina Sacked 8 February 2015[22] Croatia SzuszakIvo Šušak 11 February 2015[22] 10th
Hajduk Split Croatia Vukas, HariHari Vukas (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 19 February 2015 Croatia Poklepović, StankoStanko Poklepović 19 February 2015[23] 3rd
Hajduk Split Croatia Poklepović, StankoStanko Poklepović Sacked 13 April 2015[24] Croatia Vučević, GoranGoran Vučević (caretaker) 13 April 2015[24] 4th
Hajduk Split Croatia Vučević, GoranGoran Vučević (caretaker) Removed from position 23 April 2015[25] Croatia Vukas, HariHari Vukas 24 April 2015[26] 4th
Lokomotiva Croatia Ivković, TomislavTomislav Ivković Sacked 11 May 2015[27] Croatia Pinčić, MarkoMarko Pinčić (caretaker) 11 May 2015 4th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 36 26 10 0 85 21 +64 88 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Rijeka 36 22 9 5 76 29 +47 75 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Hajduk Split 36 15 8 13 59 56 +3 0501 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Lokomotiva 36 13 7 16 59 68 −9 46
5 NK Zagreb 36 13 7 16 45 54 −9 46
6 Slaven Belupo 36 11 9 16 38 49 −11 42
7 RNK Split 36 9 14 13 42 49 −7 41
8 Osijek 36 10 6 20 42 59 −17 36
9 Istra 1961 36 7 14 15 36 59 −23 35 0 Relegation play-off0
10 Zadar (R) 36 8 8 20 37 75 −38 32 Relegation to 2015–16 Druga HNL

Updated to games played on 30 May 2015.
Source: Croatian Football Statistics
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 away goals scored
1Hajduk Split were deducted 3 points for not showing up for the match against Dinamo Zagreb in the 16th round.
(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.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

Home ╲ Away DIN HAJ IST LOK OSI RIJ SLA SPL ZAD ZAG
Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 2–0 3–0 5–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 5–0 1–1
Hajduk Split 2–3 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 6–0 0–2
Istra 1961 0–4 0–2 3–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2
Lokomotiva 3–4 2–5 4–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0
Osijek 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–4 0–1 2–3 1–1 4–1 1–0
Rijeka 1–2 4–2 3–1 6–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 6–1 3–0
Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–2
RNK Split 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–0 3–0 2–2
Zadar 1–3 0–3 1–1 2–5 2–1 0–1 4–0 1–2 2–2
NK Zagreb 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 3–0

Updated to games played on 7 December 2014.
Source: Croatian Football Statistics
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Awarded as a 3–0 forfeit win to Dinamo Zagreb.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round[edit]

Home ╲ Away DIN HAJ IST LOK OSI RIJ SLA SPL ZAD ZAG
Dinamo Zagreb 4–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 4–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0
Hajduk Split 1–1 5–3 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–0
Istra 1961 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1
Lokomotiva 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–5 1–2
Osijek 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–2 4–0 2–1 1–0
Rijeka 2–2 3–0 3–0 5–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–1
Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–2 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1
RNK Split 1–5 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2
Zadar 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1
NK Zagreb 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–6 0–4 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–0

Updated to games played on 30 May 2015.
Source: UEFA
^ 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]

At the end of season, ninth placed Istra 1961 qualified for a home and away relegation playoff tie against Sesvete, runners-up of the 2014–15 Croatian Second Football League. However, Sesvete's managing board decided not to contest the tie, as their home stadium in Sesvete failed to get a licence for top level football. As the club also refused to use Maksimir Stadium as a replacement venue for hosting home games, Istra 1961 automatically avoided relegation and qualified for 2015–16 Croatian First Football League.[28]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 31 May 2015; Source: Croatian Football Statistics UEFA.com

Rank Player Club(s) Goals Apps Minutes played
1 Croatia Andrej Kramarić Rijeka 21 18 1551
2 Chile Ángelo Henríquez Dinamo Zagreb 20 25 1588
3 Croatia Dejan Radonjić Istra 1961 16 23 1742
4 Croatia Gabrijel Boban NK Zagreb 13 34 2867
5 Croatia Duje Čop Dinamo Zagreb 12 15 1006
6 Algeria El Arbi Hillel Soudani Dinamo Zagreb 11 23 1727
Croatia Marko Pjaca Dinamo Zagreb 32 2261
8 Serbia Marko Mirić Slaven Belupo 10 29 2008
Croatia Domagoj Pavičić Lokomotiva, Dinamo Zagreb 30 2354
Albania Sokol Cikalleshi RNK Split 32 2616

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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