Montenegrin First League
|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
|Most championships||Budućnost (3 titles)|
The First League of Montenegro (Montenegrin:Prva crnogorska fudbalska liga — 1. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Champions and Top scorers by seasons
- 3 All time tables
- 4 Records And Statistics
- 5 Current clubs (2017-18)
- 6 Montenegrin clubs in European football competitions
- 7 Sponsorships
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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, 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
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:
|Season||Champions||Runners up||Third place||Top scorer(s)||Goals|
|2006–07||Zeta||Budućnost||Grbalj||Damir Čakar (Rudar)||16|
|2007–08||Budućnost||Zeta||Mogren||Ivan Jablan (Lovćen)||13|
|2008–09||Mogren||Budućnost||Sutjeska||Fatos Bećiraj (Budućnost)||18|
|2009–10||Rudar||Budućnost||Mogren||Ivan Bošković (Grbalj)||28|
|2010–11||Mogren||Budućnost||Rudar||Ivan Vuković (Budućnost)||20|
|2011–12||Budućnost||Rudar||Zeta||Admir Adrović (Budućnost)||22|
|2012–13||Sutjeska||Budućnost||Čelik||Admir Adrović (Budućnost)||15|
|2013–14||Sutjeska||Lovćen||Čelik||Stefan Mugoša (Mladost)||15|
|2014–15||Rudar||Sutjeska||Budućnost||Goran Vujović (Sutjeska)||21|
|2015–16||Mladost||Budućnost||Rudar||Marko Šćepanović (Mladost)||19|
|2016–17||Budućnost||Zeta||Mladost||Zoran Petrović (Mladost)||14|
All-time league scorers
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.
|1||Admir Adrović||2006–2016||Berane, Sutjeska, Budućnost, Mladost||203 / 84|
|2||Ivan Vuković||2006–2017||Budućnost, Mladost, Lovćen||118 / 64|
|3||Žarko Korać||2006–2014||Zeta||134 / 62|
|4||Ivan Jablan||2006–||Lovćen, Petrovac, Grbalj||217 / 54|
|5||Vladimir Gluščević||2007–2011||Mogren||101 / 51|
|6||Ivan Knežević||2006–||Zeta, Mladost, Petrovac, Rudar||202 / 51|
|7||Goran Vujović||2012–||Lovćen, Mogren, Sutjeska, Budućnost||108 / 48|
|8||Predrag Ranđelović||2008–2011||Rudar, Mogren||100 / 47|
|9||Luka Rotković||2009–2015||Petrovac, Budućnost, Mladost, Mornar||115 / 47|
|10||Marko Šćepanović||2007–||Budućnost, Mladost, Iskra||163 / 46|
All time tables
Montenegrin clubs in the First league (1946-)
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.
|FK Jedinstvo||Bijelo Polje||5||2005-06||2016-17||162||28||37||97||124:293||121|
Prva CFL (2006-)
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.
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
Records And Statistics
Records by seasons
- Most points: 80, Budućnost, season 2011–12
- Least points: 13, Berane, season 2014–15
- Highest number of wins: 25, Budućnost, season 2011–12; Zeta, season 2006–07
- Lowest number of wins: 3, Berane, season 2014–15; Jedinstvo, season 2016–17
- Highest number of draws: 14, Petrovac, season 2012–13
- Lowest number of draws: 3, Kom, season 2009–10
- Highest number of losses: 26, Berane, season 2014–15
- Lowest number of losses: 1, Budućnost, season 2006–07
- Highest number of scored goals: 82, Budućnost, season 2011–12
- Lowest number of scored goals: 16, Kom, season 2009–10; Mladost, season 2007–08
- Highest number of conceded goals: 78, Berane, season 2014–15
- Lowest number of conceded goals: 12, Budućnost, season 2006–07
- Player with highest number of scored goals by single season: 28, Ivan Bošković, Grbalj, season 2009–10
- Longest unbeaten run: 21 matches, Budućnost, 03.11.2007 - 24.05.2008, season 2007–08
- Longest run without win: 30 matches, Mladost, 19.05.2007 - 03.05.2008, seasons 2006–07, 2007–08
- Longest winning streak: 10 matches, Budućnost, 17.03.2012 - 09.05.2012, season 2011–12
- Longest losing streak: 9 matches, Kom, 12.09.2009 - 21.11.2009, season 2009–10
- Longest run without conceded goal: 9 matches, Budućnost, 11.08.2006 - 07.10.2006, season 2006–07; Grbalj, 01.09.2012 - 10.11.2012, season 2012–13
- Longest run without scored goal: 11 matches, Kom, 30.09.2009 - 07.03.2010, season 2009–10
- Longest run of goalless matches (0:0): 3 matches, Grbalj, 15.09.2012 - 06.10.2012, season 2012–13; Grbalj, 13.10.2012 - 10.11.2012, season 2012–13
- Biggest league victory/defeat: 11–0, Grbalj vs. Kom, 29.05.2010 (season 2009–10)
- Biggest league victory away: 0–7, Mornar vs. Grbalj, 23.05.2015 (season 2014–15)
- Most goals on a single game: 11, Grbalj vs. Kom 11:0, 29.05.2010 (season 2009–10); Zeta vs. Bokelj 8:3, 17.05.2008 (season 2007–08)
- Player with most goals on a single game: 4, Zoran Petrović (Mladost), Mladost vs. Lovćen 7:2, 27.05.2017 (season 2016–17)
- Highest draw: 3:3, Budućnost vs. Mladost, 23.10.2010 (season 2010–11); Budućnost vs. Zeta, 02.03.2013 (season 2012–13); Mladost vs. Jedinstvo, 02.03.2013 (season 2012–13); Mladost vs. Mornar, 04.05.2013 (season 2012–13)
- Highest average attendance by season: 1,178 (overall: 229,800 / 195 matches), season 2006–07
- Highest single game attendance: 10,000, Budućnost vs. Zeta 1:0, 08.04.2007, Podgorica (season 2006–07)
- Lowest single game attendance: 50, Mladost vs. Grbalj 1:2, 08.12.2007, Podgorica (season 2007–08)
- Highest average home attendance: 4,250 (16 home games), Budućnost during 2007–08 season
- Lowest average home attendance: 256 (16 home games), Mogren during 2014–15 season
Attendance by season
|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)
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.
|First season in
|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||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
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.
|FK Budućnost Podgorica||
|FK Zeta Golubovci||
|FK Rudar Pljevlja||
|FK Sutjeska Nikšić||
|FK Mladost Podgorica||
|FK Mogren Budva||
|FK Čelik Nikšić||
|OFK Grbalj Radanovići||
|FK Lovćen Cetinje||
|FK Bokelj Kotor||
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 Country Ranking for league participation in 2018–19 European football season (Previous year rank in italics)
- 41 (41) Latvian Higher League
- 42 (44) Meistriliiga
- 43 (43) Montenegrin First League
- 44 (40) Erovnuli Liga
- 45 (45) Armenian Premier League
Name of the competition
Since founding, main sponsor of Montenegrin First League is Montenegrin 'Telekom' which operates under the T-Com / T-Mobile brand.
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.
- Montenegrin Cup
- Montenegrin clubs in European football competitions
- Montenegrin Second League
- Football in Montenegro
- Montenegrin Women's League
- Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav football competitions (1946-2006)
- Montenegrin Football Championship (1922-1940)
- "Montenegro - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- League by Weltfussballarchiv (in English)
- Football Association of Montenegro - Official Site
- League on soccerway.com
- on CGF