2018–19 Croatian First Football League

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Hrvatski telekom Prva liga
Season2018–19
Dates27 July 2018 – 25 May 2019
ChampionsDinamo Zagreb
Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb
Matches played150
Goals scored417 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorerMirko Marić
Jakov Puljić (14)
Biggest home winRijeka 7–0 Inter Zaprešić
Biggest away winRudeš 0–4 Lokomotiva
Istra 1961 0–4 Dinamo Zagreb
Highest scoringDinamo Zagreb 7–2 Rudeš
Longest winning runDinamo Zagreb (7)
Longest unbeaten runDinamo Zagreb (15)
Longest winless runRudeš (23)
Longest losing runRudeš (8)
Highest attendance26,664
Hajduk Split 0–1 Dinamo Zagreb
Lowest attendance0
Hajduk Split 1–1 Rijeka
Total attendance395,783[1][2]
Average attendance2,730[1][2]
All statistics correct as of 20 April 2019.

The 2018–19 Croatian First Football League (officially Hrvatski telekom Prva liga for sponsorship reasons) is the 28th 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 27 July 2018 and is expected to end on 25 May 2019.

The league is contested by 10 teams.

Teams[edit]

On 23 April 2018, Croatian Football Federation announced that the first stage of licensing procedure for 2018–19 season was complete. For the 2018–19 Prva HNL, only eight clubs were issued a top level license: Dinamo Zagreb, Gorica, Hajduk Split, Inter Zaprešić, Lokomotiva, Osijek, Rijeka and Slaven Belupo. All of these clubs except Gorica were also issued a license for participating in UEFA competitions.[3] In the second stage of licensing, clubs that were not licensed in the first stage can appeal on the decision.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb Gorica Hajduk Split Inter Zaprešić
Stadion Maksimir Gradski stadion Velika Gorica Stadion Poljud Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić
Capacity: 35,123 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 34,198 Capacity: 5,228
Stadion Maksimir in February 2019.jpg Stadion NK Radnik Velika Gorica.jpg 2010 IAAF Continental Cup - Poljud, Split.JPG Stadium during the sunny day.jpg
Istra 1961 Lokomotiva
Stadion Aldo Drosina Stadion Kranjčevićeva
Capacity: 9,800 Capacity: 8,850
Aldo Drosina Stadium 2011-02-19.JPG Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj - panoramio.jpg
Osijek Rijeka Rudeš Slaven Belupo
Stadion Gradski vrt Stadion Rujevica Stadion Kranjčevićeva Stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš
Capacity: 18,856 Capacity: 8,279 Capacity: 8,850 Capacity: 3,205
Kohorta uoči utakmice Osijek-PSV.jpg Rujevica stadium, Rijeka, Croatia.jpg Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj - panoramio.jpg Stadion Slaven Belupa - panoramio.jpg
Team City Stadium Capacity Ref.
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb Stadion Maksimir 35,123 [4]
Gorica Velika Gorica Gradski stadion Velika Gorica 5,000 [4]
Hajduk Split Split Stadion Poljud 34,198 [5]
Inter Zaprešić Zaprešić Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić 5,228 [6]
Istra 1961 Pula Stadion Aldo Drosina 9,800 [7]
Lokomotiva Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva1 8,850 [8]
Osijek Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt 18,856 [9]
Rijeka Rijeka Stadion Rujevica 8,279 [10]
Rudeš Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva1 8,850 [8]
Slaven Belupo Koprivnica Stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš 3,205 [11]
  • 1 Lokomotiva and Rudeš host their home matches at Stadion Kranjčevićeva as their own ground failed to get license for top level football. The stadium is originally the home ground of third-level side NK Zagreb.
Rank Counties of Croatia Number of teams Club(s)
1 Coat of arms of the city of Zagreb City of Zagreb 3 Dinamo Zagreb, Lokomotiva, and Rudeš
2 Post-1992 coat of arms of Zagreb County Zagreb County 2 Gorica, Inter Zaprešić
3 Coat of arms of Istria County Istria 1 Istra 1961
Coat of arms of Koprivnica-Križevci County Koprivnica-Križevci Slaven Belupo
Coat of arms of Osijek-Baranja County Osijek-Baranja Osijek
Coat of arms of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Primorje-Gorski Kotar Rijeka
Coat of arms of Split-Dalmatia County Split-Dalmatia Hajduk Split

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Nenad Bjelica North Macedonia Arijan Ademi Germany Adidas Lana grupa
Gorica Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović Croatia Igor Čagalj Germany Alpas JAF J.u.A. Frischeis
Hajduk Split Croatia Siniša Oreščanin Croatia Mijo Caktaš Italy Macron Tommy
Inter Zaprešić Croatia Samir Toplak Croatia Karlo Muhar Spain Joma B2 Assets
Istra 1961 Croatia Igor Cvitanović Croatia Marin Grujević Spain Kelme Croatia Osiguranje
Lokomotiva Croatia Goran Tomić Croatia Fran Karačić United States Nike Crodux
Osijek Croatia Dino Skender Croatia Mile Škorić United States Nike DOBRO
Rijeka Croatia Igor Bišćan Austria Alexander Gorgon Spain Joma Sava Osiguranje
Rudeš Croatia Tomislav Ivković Croatia Tomislav Mrkonjić Spain Kelme
Slaven Belupo Croatia Ivica Sertić Croatia Mateas Delić Germany Adidas Belupo

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Rudeš Spain Jose Manuel Aira Signed by Sochaux 22 May 2018 Croatia Ivan Matić 17 June 2018 Pre-season
Gorica Croatia Ivan Prelec Signed by Legia Warsaw (assistant) 4 June 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović 18 June 2018 Pre-season
Istra 1961 Croatia Darko Raić-Sudar Sacked 10 July 2018 Spain Manolo Márquez 10 July 2018 Pre-season
Hajduk Split Croatia Željko Kopić Sacked 5 September 2018 Croatia Zoran Vulić 9 September 2018 8th
Istra 1961

Spain Manolo Márquez

Removed from position 18 September 2018

Spain Curro Torres

20 September 2018 9th
Rudeš

Croatia Ivan Matić

Removed from position 3 October 2018

Croatia Marko Lozo

3 October 2018 10th
Rijeka

Slovenia Matjaž Kek

Resigned 6 October 2018

Croatia Igor Bišćan

9 October 2018 5th
Istra 1961

Spain Curro Torres

Removed from position 27 October 2018

Croatia Krunoslav Rendulić

28 October 2018 9th
Slaven Belupo

Croatia Tomislav Ivković

Removed from position 10 November 2018 Croatia Ivica Sertić 21 December 2018 7th
Hajduk Split

Croatia Zoran Vulić

Sacked 27 November 2018 Croatia Siniša Oreščanin 27 November 2018 6th
Rudeš

Croatia Marko Lozo

Removed from position 4 December 2018 Croatia Darko Jozinović 5 December 2018 10th
Rudeš

Croatia Darko Jozinović

Removed from position 24 December 2018 Croatia Tomislav Ivković 24 December 2018 10th
Istra 1961

Croatia Krunoslav Rendulić

Sacked 4 March 2019 Croatia Igor Cvitanović 4 March 2019 9th
Osijek

Croatia Zoran Zekić

Resigned 29 March 2019 Croatia Dino Skender 29 March 2019 3rd

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C, Q) 30 25 4 1 61 14 +47 79 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Rijeka 30 16 8 6 57 32 +25 56 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
3 Osijek 30 14 8 8 50 31 +19 50 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
4 Hajduk Split 30 13 11 6 45 29 +16 50
5 Lokomotiva 30 13 8 9 47 30 +17 47
6 Gorica 30 13 7 10 44 39 +5 46
7 Inter Zaprešić 30 8 4 18 33 69 −36 28
8 Slaven Belupo 30 4 14 12 34 48 −14 26
9 Istra 1961 30 5 6 19 26 56 −30 21 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
10 Rudeš 30 2 4 24 20 69 −49 10 Relegation to Croatian Second Football League
Updated to match(es) played on 20 April 2019. Source: PrvaHNL.hr
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored (at home if two teams tied); 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Play-off
(Note: Criteria 2-4 and 7 is only used if deciding champion, teams to international competition or teams for relegation and in that case criteria 6 will not be used).[12]
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Results[edit]

Each team plays home-and-away against every other team in the league twice, for a total of 36 matches each played.

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 20 April 2019[13][14]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Croatia Mirko Marić Osijek 14
Croatia Jakov Puljić Rijeka
3 Serbia Komnen Andrić Inter Zaprešić (10), Dinamo Zagreb (3) 13
4 Croatia Mijo Caktaš Hajduk Split 12
Croatia Ivan Krstanović Lokomotiva (6), Slaven Belupo (6)
Poland Łukasz Zwoliński Gorica
7 Brazil Jairo Hajduk Split 11
8 Brazil Héber Rijeka 9
Argentina Ramón Mierez Istra 1961
10 Nigeria Iyayi Atiemwen Gorica (7), Dinamo Zagreb (1) 8
Croatia Antonio Čolak Rijeka
Austria Alexander Gorgon Rijeka
Croatia Kristijan Lovrić Gorica
Croatia Bruno Petković Dinamo Zagreb
Croatia Dejan Radonjić Lokomotiva

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b prvahnl.hr
  2. ^ a b hrnogomet.hr
  3. ^ "Središnji postupak licenciranja za natjecateljsku 2018/19. godinu za UEFA klupska natjecanja, Prvu HNL i u Drugu HNL završen u prvom stupnju" (PDF). hns-cff.hr (in Croatian). 23 April 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Stadion Maksimir". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Stadion Poljud". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Stadion Aldo Drosina". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Stadion Kranjčevićeva". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Stadion Gradski vrt". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Stadion HNK Rijeka". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Propozicije natjecanja za prvenstvo Hrvatski Telekom Prve lige za natjecateljsku godinu 2018/2019" (PDF). hns-cff.hr (in Croatian). 18 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ PrvaHNL.hr
  14. ^ SofaScore

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