Montenegrin First League

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Montenegrin First League
T-com Prva CFL.gif
Founded 2006
Country Montenegro
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 10 (from 2017/2018 Season)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Montenegrin Second League
Domestic cup(s) Montenegrin Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Budućnost
(2016–17)
Most championships Budućnost (3 titles)
TV partners RTCG
Website http://fscg.me
2017–18 season

The First League of Montenegro (Montenegrin:Prva crnogorska fudbalska liga1. CFL; pronounced [pr̂ːvaː t͡srnǒɡorskaː fûdbaːlskaː lǐːɡa]) is the top football league in Montenegro. It is headed by the Football Association of Montenegro. 10 teams participate in this league. The winner of the Montenegrin First League starts the qualifications for the UEFA Champions League from the second round. The second placed team and the National Cup winner play in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. The last placed team are relegated to the Montenegrin Second League.

History[edit]

Before independence[edit]

While Montenegro was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, its top league was the Yugoslav First League. From the seasons 1946 to 1992, representatives of Montenegro in the First Yugoslav League were FK Budućnost and FK Sutjeska.

When SFR Yugloslavia dissolved, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was formed in 1992 and the Serbian and Montenegrin teams played in this league, although it was still named Yugoslav First League. In 2003, the FR Yugoslavia was renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and the football league followed suit. Montenegrin clubs played in the First League with Serbian clubs from 1992. to 2006. In that period, representatives of Montenegro in the Yugoslav/Serbia and Montenegro First League were FK Budućnost, FK Sutjeska, FK Rudar, FK Mogren, FK Zeta, FK Kom and FK Jedinstvo.

For 2004–05, restructuring of the Serbo-Montenegrin football league system saw the dissolution of the national second league, instead being replaced by two regional divisions for both republics of the union with promotion to the still-united First League.

After independence[edit]

In 2006, Montenegro split from Serbia. Following that, the First League of Montenegro became the top national competition, with teams Montenegrin teams from the Serbo-Montenegrin First League transferring over.

League consists on 12 clubs which are playing 33 matches during the seasons. From the season 2017-18, number of participants in the Montenegrin First League is reduced to 10.

By now, 19 different clubs participated in the Montenegrin First League. Most successful was FK Budućnost with three national titles and six seasons as a second-placed club. Two national titles won FK Rudar, FK Sutjeska and FK Mogren. Another winners were FK Zeta and FK Mladost with one title.

2006–16[edit]

The first champion of the top-tier CFL was Zeta, which won the trophy on championship's last weekend, after the hard struggle with neighbouring Budućnost. Third derby between Budućnost and Zeta in Podgorica watched 10,000 spectators, which is record-high attendance in the history of CFL.
Next season, title holder was Budućnost, with the same number of points as Zeta and Mogren. But, Budućnost had the best score against two opponents from the top of the table. Mogren was third team which won the trophy, on season 2008–09, and year later first championship title in the club history won Rudar.
FK Mogren became first team who won the second champion trophy in CFL. Team from Budva won the title on season 2010-11. FK Budućnost won the second trophy on season 2011-12, with few records as a highest number of points in CFL by single season (80) and highest number of scored goals by season (83).
Sutjeska became the first club which won two consecutive titles of CFL champion. Team from Nikšić won seasons 2012-13 and 2013-14.
At the end of season 2014-15, second title in the club's history won FK Rudar, and next season, at the 10th edition of CFL, the trophy surprisingly won Mladost from Podgorica.
In the period from 2006 to 2016, FK Budućnost, FK Sutjeska, FK Rudar and FK Mogren won two champion titles, and FK Zeta and FK Mladost one. Team which won most points in 2006-2016 period was FK Budućnost (674 pts). At same period, in CFL seasons played 19 different clubs.

2016–[edit]

FK Budućnost won their third champions' title on season 2016-17, but with equal number of points as FK Zeta and FK Mladost. During the season, six points were deducted from FK Zeta because of irregularities, so they weren't able to won the trophy. Week before the end of season, on game FK Budućnost - FK Mladost, ultras of home team burned a part of north stand at Podgorica City Stadium, and the game was interrupted and registered with result 0-3.

Club City Winners Runners-up Winning years
FK Budućnost Podgorica
3
6
2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17
FK Rudar Pljevlja
2
1
2009–10, 2014–15
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
2
1
2012–13, 2013–14
FK Mogren Budva
2
-
2008–09, 2010–11
FK Zeta Golubovci
1
2
2006–07
FK Mladost Podgorica
1
-
2015–16
FK Lovćen Cetinje
-
1

Rivalries[edit]

Main rivalry in the Montenegrin First League is between Budućnost and Sutjeska, often called as Montenegrin Derby. First edition of derby in official competitions was played at 1932,[1] and until today two clubs played derbies in the highest-tier competitions of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and, at the new era, in Montenegrin First League.
Other traditional rivalry is between FK Budućnost and FK Lovćen Cetinje, because two clubs are playing important games since the 1920s.
During the first two seasons of Montenegrin First League, there was a strong rivalry between Budućnost and Zeta. Two clubs from the territory of the Capital Podgorica were main candidates for title at 2006-07 and 2007–08, and their match from the spring 2007 attended more than 10,000 spectators at Podgorica City Stadium. That is the highest attendance in the history of Montenegrin First League.
At seasons 2012-13 and 2013–14, there was a big local derby in Nikšić, between Sutjeska and Čelik. At that time, their matches were often attended by more than 7,000 supporters.
In the new period, there was a strong title races between Rudar and Budućnost or Sutjeska and Rudar.

Champions and Top scorers by seasons[edit]

By 2006–07 season, six different clubs won the title. Budućnost, Sutjeska, Rudar and Mogren won the trophy twice. The only club with two titles in a row is Sutjeska. Most successful participant in the history of Montenegrin First League is Budućnost, which finished two seasons as a champion, and six season as a runner up.
After the 2006, when Montenegro became an independent state, champions so far are:[2]

2006–[edit]

Season Champions Runners up Third place Top scorer(s) Goals
2006–07 Zeta Budućnost Grbalj Montenegro Damir Čakar (Rudar) 16
2007–08 Budućnost Zeta Mogren Montenegro Ivan Jablan (Lovćen) 13
2008–09 Mogren Budućnost Sutjeska Montenegro Fatos Bećiraj (Budućnost) 18
2009–10 Rudar Budućnost Mogren Montenegro Ivan Bošković (Grbalj) 28
2010–11 Mogren Budućnost Rudar Montenegro Ivan Vuković (Budućnost) 20
2011–12 Budućnost Rudar Zeta Montenegro Admir Adrović (Budućnost) 22
2012–13 Sutjeska Budućnost Čelik Montenegro Admir Adrović (Budućnost) 15
2013–14 Sutjeska Lovćen Čelik Montenegro Stefan Mugoša (Mladost) 15
2014–15 Rudar Sutjeska Budućnost Montenegro Goran Vujović (Sutjeska) 21
2015–16 Mladost Budućnost Rudar Montenegro Marko Šćepanović (Mladost) 19
2016–17 Budućnost Zeta Mladost Montenegro Zoran Petrović (Mladost) 14

All-time league scorers[edit]

Among the top-scorers, most goals in the history of Montenegrin First League scored Admir Adrović. From 2006 to 2016, he scored 76 goals on 189 matches. Below is a list of all-time top scorers. Players in bold are still active in the Montenegrin First League.

Rank Player Years Clubs Matches/Goals
1 Montenegro Admir Adrović 2006–2016 Berane, Sutjeska, Budućnost, Mladost 203 / 84
2 Montenegro Ivan Vuković 2006–2017 Budućnost, Mladost, Lovćen 118 / 64
3 Montenegro Žarko Korać 2006–2014 Zeta 134 / 62
4 Montenegro Ivan Jablan 2006– Lovćen, Petrovac, Grbalj 217 / 54
5 Montenegro Vladimir Gluščević 2007–2011 Mogren 101 / 51
6 Montenegro Ivan Knežević 2006– Zeta, Mladost, Petrovac, Rudar 202 / 51
7 Montenegro Goran Vujović 2012– Lovćen, Mogren, Sutjeska, Budućnost 108 / 48
8 Serbia Predrag Ranđelović 2008–2011 Rudar, Mogren 100 / 47
9 Montenegro Luka Rotković 2009–2015 Petrovac, Budućnost, Mladost, Mornar 115 / 47
10 Montenegro Marko Šćepanović 2007– Budućnost, Mladost, Iskra 163 / 46

All time tables[edit]

Montenegrin clubs in the First league (1946-)[edit]

Since 1946, Montenegrin clubs played in the First league of SFR Yugoslavia (1946-1992), FR Yugoslavia (1992-2001), Serbia and Montenegro (2001-2006) and in the Montenegrin First League. Below is the list of all matches and seasons by every single slub in the First league from 1946 until today.

Club Town Ssn First Last Pld W D L GD Pts
FK Budućnost Podgorica 48 1946-47 2016-17 1515 602 349 564 1892:1907 2155
FK Sutjeska Nikšić 31 1964-65 2016-17 1034 366 232 436 1201:1386 1330
FK Zeta Golubovci 17 2000-01 2016-17 551 246 120 185 764:644 858
FK Rudar Pljevlja 17 1993-94 2016-17 503 215 113 175 610:503 758
FK Mogren Budva 14 1993-94 2014-15 468 176 108 184 573:624 636
OFK Grbalj Radanovići 11 2006-07 2016-17 363 138 95 130 443:394 506
OFK Petrovac Petrovac 11 2006-07 2016-17 363 111 102 150 368:474 435
FK Lovćen Cetinje 10 2007-08 2016-17 330 117 80 133 333:363 431
FK Mladost Podgorica 9 2006-07 2016-17 297 106 76 115 347:353 394
FK Dečić Tuzi 9 2006-07 2016-17 297 85 69 143 261:389 324
FK Mornar Bar 6 2009-10 2016-17 198 54 44 100 187:299 206
FK Bokelj Kotor 5 2007-08 2016-17 165 49 39 77 154:202 186
FK Kom Podgorica 5 2003-04 2009-10 162 37 32 93 127:250 143
FK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 5 2005-06 2016-17 162 28 37 97 124:293 121
FK Čelik Nikšić 2 2012-13 2013-14 66 30 17 19 88:63 107
FK Iskra Danilovgrad 2 2015-16 2016-17 66 21 20 25 58:83 83
FK Berane Berane 3 2006-07 2014-15 99 18 17 64 78:173 71
FK Jezero Plav 1 2008-09 2008-09 33 9 6 18 30:62 33
OFK Bar Bar 1 2010-11 2010-11 33 7 11 15 30:43 32

Prva CFL (2006-)[edit]

Since the inaugural season 2006-07, 19 different clubs played in Montenegrin First League. Clubs which played all the seasons are Budućnost, Sutjeska, Rudar, Zeta, Petrovac and Grbalj.

Rank
Club
Town
Ssn
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
HF
1 Budućnost Podgorica 11 363 216 83 64 618 282 336 731 1
2 Rudar Pljevlja 11 363 176 80 107 481 316 165 608 1
3 Zeta Golubovci 11 363 163 86 114 495 394 101 564 1
4 Sutjeska Nikšić 11 363 149 96 118 425 357 68 543 1
5 Grbalj Radanovići 11 363 138 95 130 443 394 49 506 3
6 Mogren Budva 9 297 132 73 93 402 335 67 465 1
7 Petrovac Petrovac 11 363 111 102 150 368 474 -106 435 5
8 Lovćen Cetinje 10 330 117 80 133 333 363 -30 431 2
9 Mladost Podgorica 9 297 106 76 115 347 353 -6 394 1
10 Dečić Tuzi 9 297 85 69 143 261 389 -128 324 5
11 Mornar Bar 6 198 54 44 100 187 299 -112 205 10
12 Bokelj Kotor 5 165 49 39 77 154 202 -48 186 4
13 Kom Podgorica 4 132 33 30 69 106 183 -77 129 7
14 Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 4 132 25 35 72 106 221 -115 110 11
15 Čelik Nikšić 2 66 30 17 19 88 63 25 107 3
16 Iskra Danilovgrad 2 66 21 20 25 58 83 -25 83 6
17 Berane Berane 3 99 18 17 64 78 173 -95 70 11
18 Jezero Plav 1 33 9 6 18 30 62 -32 33 10
19 Bar Bar 1 33 7 11 15 30 43 -13 32 2

As of the end of 2016–17 season. Teams in bold played in 2016–17 season.

Ssn = Number of seasons; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; PPG = Points per game; HF = Highest finish

Participants by season[edit]

Club 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Bar - - - - 12 - - - - - -
Berane 12 - - 11 - 11 - - 12 - -
Bokelj - 10 - - - 12 - - 8 4 10
Budućnost 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 4 3 2 1
Čelik - - - - - - 3 3 - - -
Dečić 10 7 11 9 6 10 - 12 - 6 5
Grbalj 3 4 4 5 7 9 4 7 5 7 7
Iskra - - - - - - - - - 10 6
Jedinstvo 11 - 12 - - - 12 - - - 12
Jezero - - 10 - - - - - - - -
Kom 7 9 8 12 - - - - - - -
Lovćen - 6 7 6 8 6 9 2 6 9 11
Mladost 9 12 - - 5 7 6 9 4 1 3
Mogren 5 3 1 3 1 4 10 10 11 - -
Mornar - - - 10 10 - 11 11 10 12 -
Petrovac 6 8 6 8 9 5 7 5 7 11 9
Rudar 4 5 5 1 3 2 5 6 1 3 8
Sutjeska 8 11 3 7 11 8 1 1 2 5 4
Zeta 1 2 9 4 4 3 8 8 9 8 2

Records And Statistics[edit]

Records by seasons[edit]

Runs[edit]

Single game[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Attendance by season[edit]

Season Avg Overall M H CH CL
2006–07 1,178 229,800 195 10,000 Budućnost (2,470) Petrovac (477)
2007–08 1,064 205,400 193 9,000 Budućnost (4,250) Mladost (281)
2008–09 1,101 216,850 197 6,000 Budućnost (4,117) Petrovac (364)
2009–10 1,105 215,550 195 8,000 Budućnost (2,623) Kom (297)
2010–11 851 167,600 197 4,000 Budućnost (2,058) Grbalj (335)
2011–12 873 169,350 194 5,000 Budućnost (2,607) Petrovac (276)
2012–13 871 165,400 190 7,000 Sutjeska (2,529) Petrovac (281)
2013–14 746 143,300 192 4,500 Sutjeska (2,230) Grbalj (313)
2014–15 656 127,150 194 4,000 Rudar (1,512) Mogren (256)
2015–16 693 137,150 198 4,000 Budućnost (1,195) Grbalj (288)
2016–17 883 171,300 194 5,000 Budućnost (2,015) Grbalj (354)

M = Number of matches (only matches with spectators counted); H = Highest attendance on one match; CH = Club with highest average attendance; CL = Club with lowest average attendance

Current clubs (2017-18)[edit]

The 2017–18 Montenegrin First League is the 12th season of top-tier football in Montenegro. Mladost Podgorica are defending champions title. The season begun on August 2017 and will end in May 2018. At the end of season, last-placed team will directly be relegated, and 9th club from the table will participate in playoffs. After that,
The following 10 clubs complete in First League 2017-18.

Club
City Finishing
in 2016–17
First season in
top division
Stadium Official website
FK Budućnost Podgorica 1st 1946–47 Stadion pod Goricom (15,230) fk-buducnost.me
FK Dečić Tuzi 5th 2006–07 Stadion Tuško Polje (2,000)
OFK Grbalj Radanovići 7th 2006–07 Stadion Donja Sutvara (1,500) ofkgrbalj.me
FK Iskra Danilovgrad 6th 2015–16 Braća Velašević Stadium (2,500)
FK Kom Podgorica 1st in Second League Arrow-up.png 2003–04 Stadion Zlatica (1,200)
FK Mladost Podgorica 3rd 2006–07 Mladost Stadium (1,250) fkmladost.me
OFK Petrovac Petrovac 9th 2006–07 Stadion pod Malim brdom (1,630) ofkpetrovac.com
FK Rudar Pljevlja 8th 1993–94 Stadion pod Golubinjom (5,140) fkrudarpljevlja.com
FK Sutjeska Nikšić 4th 1964–65 Stadion kraj Bistrice (5,214) fksutjeska.me
FK Zeta Golubovci 2nd 2000–01 Stadion Trešnjica (4,000) fkzeta.net

Montenegrin clubs in European football competitions[edit]

History[edit]

During the history, Montenegrin football clubs played in three different UEFA competitions for clubs - UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League (formerly UEFA Cup) and Intertoto Cup.
Champions of Montenegro never played in the group-phase of UEFA Champions League, and most successful in the qualifiers was FK Zeta Golubovci at season 2007-08.
Best performances in UEFA Europe League had FK Zeta who played in the playoffs, and FK Mladost Podgorica and FK Budućnost which played in Round 3. Most successful in Intertoto Cup was FK Budućnost Podgorica.
Below is a table with Montenegrin clubs' scores in UEFA competitions.

Team Seasons G W D L GD
FK Budućnost Podgorica
13
40
14
10
16
51:51
FK Zeta Golubovci
8
24
5
4
15
22:47
FK Rudar Pljevlja
7
18
3
5
10
13:27
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
6
14
2
5
7
10:22
FK Mladost Podgorica
4
16
6
3
7
17:28
FK Mogren Budva
4
12
5
1
6
15:24
FK Čelik Nikšić
3
8
0
2
6
6:36
OFK Grbalj Radanovići
2
6
1
2
3
8:10
OFK Petrovac
1
4
1
0
3
5:10
FK Lovćen Cetinje
1
2
0
1
1
0:1
FK Bokelj Kotor
1
2
0
1
1
1:6
OVERALL
146
37
34
75
148:262

Except the official UEFA competitions, teams from Montenegro represented SFR Yugoslavia in the Balkans Cup, former regional football competition (1960-1994). Teams from Montenegro which played in Balkans Cup were FK Budućnost Podgorica and FK Sutjeska Nikšić. Biggest success made FK Budućnost, who played in the final 1991, after eliminated Galatasaray SK.

UEFA Rankings[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation in 2018–19 European football season (Previous year rank in italics)

Sponsorships[edit]

Name of the competition[edit]

Since founding, main sponsor of Montenegrin First League is Montenegrin 'Telekom' which operates under the T-Com / T-Mobile brand.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Since foundation of the competition, official broadcaster of First Montenegrin League matches is national television of Montenegro - RTCG. Matches of 1. CFL are directly broadcasting at RTCG channel 2, with most important matches on satellite programming.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.exyufudbal.in.rs/tabele/11-sezone-tabele-kraljevina/64-1932-1933#cetinjski-podsavez-jesen-1932
  2. ^ "Montenegro - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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