Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Premijer liga Bosne i Hercegovine
Current season, competition or edition:
2016–17 season
Countries  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Confederation EHF
Founded 2001
Number of teams 15
International cup(s) EHF Champions League
EHF Cup
EHF Challenge Cup
Current champions HRK Izviđač
Most championships Bosna Sarajevo (7 titles)
Website rsbih.com (Bosnian)

The Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the top handball league in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The league is operated by the Handball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is composed of 16 teams. The champion is seeded into the EHF Champions League. Second team is seeded into EHF Cup, while third and fourth teams go to EHF Challenge Cup. The winner of the league cup is seeded into the EHF Cup Winner's Cup.

Premier handball league for men[edit]

2016/17 Season participants[edit]

The following 15 clubs compete in the Handball Premier League during the 2016–17 season.[1]

Team City Arena
HRK Izviđač CO Ljubuški Sports Hall Ljubuški
RK Borac m:tel Banja Luka JUSC Borik
RK Bosna Sarajevo Zetra Olympic Hall
RK Čelik Zenica Sportski Center Kamberovića polje
RK Derventa Derventa Sportska Dvorana Derventa
RK Goražde Goražde Dvorani Mirsad Hurić
RK Hercegovina Nevesinje Sportska dvorana "Nevesinjka"
RK Konjuh Živinice Gradska Dvorana
RK Krajina Cazin Sportska Dvorana Cazin
RK Krivaja Zavidovići Gradska dvorana
RK Maglaj Maglaj Gradska dvorana Pobjeda
RK Prijedor Prijedor Sportska dvorana Mladost
RK Sloga Doboj Dvorana Srednjoškolskog Centra Doboj
Vogošća Poljine Hills Vogošća Sportska Dvorana Amel Beckovic
HMRK Zrinjski Mostar Dvorana Bijelom Brijegu

Champions by year[edit]

United Premier league exists from 2001. Till that year, in Bosnia there were three separated federations and championships. EHF recognized only that of official Handball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina based in Sarajevo.

In years 1998 and 1999 playoffs were held, with teams competing from Federation based in Sarajevo, and Handball Federation of Herzeg-Bosnia. In 2001 clubs from Republika Srpska and their Federation participated, and for the first time after Bosnian War, clubs from all of Bosnia and Herzegovina were competing with each other. Sadly, next year, in 2001 clubs from Republika Srpska refused to play, and therefore playoffs were not played. Only in 2002 was this drama of Bosnian handball ended. In 2001 united Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina started, which was a turning point for better quality of teams in years to come.

Regional championships[edit]

Year Handball Federation B&H Republika Srpska Herzeg-Bosnia Play-off
1994 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka - -
1995 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1996 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1997 Bosna Visoko Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1998 Borac Travnik Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Borac Travnik
1999 Bosna Visoko Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Bosna Visoko
2000  ? Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Izviđač Ljubuški
2001 Gračanica Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Not played

Note: Till united league, only Handball Federation of B&H was officially recognized by European Handball Federation, and also International Handball Federation. Bolded teams are declared as official winners of Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

List of champions[edit]

Champions of united Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina which started from 2001.

Performance by club[edit]

Club Titles Years
RK Bosna Sarajevo
7
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
HRK Izviđač
4
2002, 2004, 2005, 2016
RK Borac Banja Luka
4
2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
RK Sloga Doboj
1
2012

Championship winning teams[edit]

Including titles in SFR Yugoslavia championship
Club Titles Years
RK Borac Banja Luka
10
1959, 1960, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2013, 2014, 2015
RK Bosna Sarajevo
7
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
HRK Izviđač
4
2002, 2004, 2005, 2016
RK Sloga Doboj
1
2012
RK Željezničar
1
1978

EHF Ranking[edit]

As of 28 November 2012[2]
Current
Ranking
Movement Last Season
Ranking
League Coefficient
12 Substituted in (15) Republic of Macedonia Super League 23.58
13 (13) Sweden Elitserien 23.08
14 Steady (14) Bosnia and Herzegovina Premier League 22.33
15 Substituted in (18) Serbia Superleague 21.17
16 (16) Poland Ekstraklasa 19.83

Premier handball league for women[edit]

Play off champions
Season Champion
1998 Interinvest, Mostar
1999 Interinvest, Mostar
2000 Interinvest, Mostar
Premier league champions
Season Champion
2001–2002 Zrinjski, Mostar
2002–2003 Ljubuški HO, Ljubuški
2003–2004 Galeb, Mostar
2004–2005 Zrinjski, Mostar
2005–2006 Zrinjski, Mostar
2006-2007 Borac, Banja Luka
2007-2008 Borac, Banja Luka
2008-2009 Borac, Banja Luka
2009-2010 Borac, Banja Luka
2010-2011 Borac, Banja Luka
2011-2012 Borac, Banja Luka
2012-2013 Zrinjski, Mostar
2013-2014 Mira, Prijedor
2014-2015 Grude, Grude
2015-2016 Grude, Grude

Note: Interinvest Mostar merged with Zrinjski

Champions of regional leagues[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Season Women's champion
1993–1994 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1994–1995 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1995–1996 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1996–1997 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1997–1998 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1998–1999 Zmaj od Bosne, Tuzla
1999–2000 Jedinstvo, Tuzla
2000–2001 Gorica Iskra, Bugojno

Herzeg-Bosnia

Season Women's champion
1994  ?
1994–1995  ?
1995–1996  ?
1996–1997  ?
1997–1998 Interinvest, Mostar
1998–1999 Interinvest, Mostar
1999–2000 Interinvest, Mostar
2000–2001  ?

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