Liga Națională (men's handball)

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Liga Națională
Current season, competition or edition:
2018–19 Liga Națională
Liga Zimbrilor logo.png
Countries Romania
Confederation EHF
Founded 1933; 85 years ago (1933) (in 11 players)
1958; 60 years ago (1958) (in 7 players)
First season 1958–59
Number of teams 14
Relegation to Divizia A
Level on pyramid Level 1
Domestic cup(s) Cupa României
International cup(s) Champions League
Cup Winners' Cup
EHF Cup
Challenge Cup
Current champions Dinamo București
(15th title) (2017–18)
Most championships Steaua Bucureşti (28)
TV partners Digi Sport, Telekom Sport, TVR
Website Romanian Handball Federation

The Romanian Handball League, commonly known as Liga Națională or more recently as Liga Zimbrilor, is the men's top Romanian professional handball league. The league comprises fourteen teams.

History[edit]

This sport was first played in Romania in 1920. After a visit in Germany, a few physical education teachers introduced this sport in their classes. The Liga Națională was founded in 1933 (in 11 players) and in 1958 in the current format with 7 players. The most successful team in history is Steaua Bucureşti with 28 titles. The current champions are Dinamo București.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The matches are broadcast by Dolce Sport, Dolce Sport 2, Dolce Sport 3 and Dolce Sport 4.

Top scorers[edit]

Past seasons[edit]

Year (season) Champion 2. place 3. place
1958–59 Dinamo Bucureşti Rapid Bucureşti Ştiinţa Timişoara
1959–60 Dinamo Bucureşti Rapid Bucureşti CCA Bucureşti
1960–61 Dinamo Bucureşti Ştiinţa Timişoara Tehnometal Timişoara
1961–62 Dinamo Bucureşti Steaua Bucureşti Tehnometal Timişoara
1962–63 Steaua Bucureşti Dinamo Bucureşti Dinamo Braşov
1963–64 Dinamo Bucureşti Steaua Bucureşti Dinamo Braşov
1964–65 Dinamo Bucureşti Steaua Bucureşti Dinamo Braşov
1965–66 Dinamo Bucureşti Steaua Bucureşti Universitatea Bucureşti
1966–67 Steaua Bucureşti Dinamo Bucureşti Politehnica Timişoara
1967–68 Steaua Bucureşti Dinamo Bucureşti Dinamo Bacău
1968–69 Steaua București Dinamo București Universitatea Cluj
1969–70 Steaua București Dinamo București Universitatea Cluj
1970–71 Steaua București Dinamo București Universitatea Bucureşti
1971–72 Steaua București Dinamo București Universitatea Bucureşti
1972–73 Steaua București Universitatea Bucureşti Dinamo București
1973–74 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1974–75 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1975–76 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1976–77 Steaua București Dinamo București Dinamo Ploieşti
1977–78 Dinamo București Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare
1978–79 Steaua București Politehnica Timişoara Dinamo București
1979–80 Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare Știința Bacău
1980–81 Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare Dinamo București
1981–82 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1982–83 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1983–84 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1984–85 Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare Politehnica Timişoara
1985–86 Dinamo București Steaua București Politehnica Timişoara
1986–87 Steaua București Politehnica Timişoara Minaur Baia Mare
1987–88 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1988–89 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1989–90 Steaua București Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
1990–91 Politehnica Timişoara Dinamo București Universitatea Craiova
1991–92 Universitatea Craiova Minaur Baia Mare Steaua București
1992–93 Universitatea Craiova Minaur Baia Mare Steaua București
1993–94 Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare Universitatea Craiova
1994–95 Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare Universitatea Craiova
1995–96 Steaua București Fibrex Piatra Neamţ Minaur Baia Mare
1996–97 Dinamo București Steaua București Minaur Baia Mare
1997–98 Minaur Baia Mare Fibrex Săvineşti Steaua București
1998–99 Minaur Baia Mare Steaua București Fibrex Săvineşti
1999-00 Steaua București Fibrex Săvineşti Universitatea Cluj
2000–01 Steaua București Fibrex Săvineşti Dinamo București
2001–02 Fibrex Săvineşti Dinamo București HCM Constanța
2002–03 Fibrex Săvineşti Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
2003–04 HCM Constanța Dinamo București Minaur Baia Mare
2004–05 Dinamo București HCM Constanța Minaur Baia Mare
2005–06 HCM Constanța Dinamo București Steaua București
2006–07 HCM Constanța Steaua București Dinamo București
2007–08 Steaua București HCM Constanța UCM Reșița
2008–09 HCM Constanța UCM Reșița Dinamo București
2009–10 HCM Constanța UCM Reșița Pandurii Târgu Jiu
2010–11 HCM Constanța Odorheiu Secuiesc Bucovina Suceava
2011–12 HCM Constanța Știința Bacău Odorheiu Secuiesc
2012–13 HCM Constanța Știința Bacău Odorheiu Secuiesc
2013–14 HCM Constanța Știința Bacău Potaissa Turda
2014–15 Minaur Baia Mare CSM București Dinamo București
2015–16 Dinamo București CSM București Politehnica Timişoara
2016–17 Dinamo București CSM București Potaissa Turda
2017–18 Dinamo București Steaua București Potaissa Turda

Performances by club[edit]

Club Titles Years Won
Steaua București
28
1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2008
Dinamo București
15
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2016, 2017, 2018
HCM Constanța
9
2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Minaur Baia Mare
3
1998, 1999, 2015
Universitatea Craiova
2
1992, 1993
Fibrex Săvineşti
2
2002, 2003
Politehnica Timișoara
1
1991

EHF coefficient ranking[edit]

Seasonal Coefficient Ranking Graph :

Year 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Rank 10 Rise 9 Same position 9 Same position 9 Same position 9 Fall 10 Fall 13 Rise 12 Rise 9 Fall 12 Rise 11

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