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Montenegrin First League
T-com Prva CFL.gif
Official logo 2007-2018
Founded2006
Country Montenegro
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toMontenegrin Second League
Domestic cup(s)Montenegrin Cup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsSutjeska
(2018–19)
Most championshipsSutjeska (4 titles)
Most appearancesMiloš Lakić (389)
Top goalscorerAdmir Adrović (93 goals)
TV partnersRTCG, Arena Sport
Websitehttp://fscg.me
2019–20 season

The First League of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Prva crnogorska fudbalska ligaPrva CFL1. CFL; pronounced [pr̂ːvaː t͡srnǒɡorskaː fûdbaːlskaː lǐːɡa]) is the top football league in Montenegro. Founded in 2006, competition 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 and third placed team and Montenegrin Cup winner play in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. The last placed team is directly relegated to the Montenegrin Second League, and the two others are playing in Montenegrin First League playoffs.

History[edit]

Before independence[edit]

As a part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Montenegrin clubs played in Montenegrin Football Championship which was formed in 1922.[1][2][3] Despite the presence of the nationwide Yugoslav Football Championship, Montenegrin teams did not partake in it. Montenegrin Football Championship played until the beginning of World War II.

Most successful teams at that period were SK Crnogorac Cetinje (10 titles), GSK Balšić Podgorica (7), FK Lovćen Cetinje (5), FK Budućnost Podgorica (4) and FK Arsenal Tivat (1). While SK Crnogorac and GSK Balšić played all the seasons, work of FK Budućnost and FK Lovćen was forbidden in 1935, as they were recognized as workers’ clubs by Kingdom of Yugoslavia government.

After World War II and the formation of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the top league became the Yugoslav First League. Montenegrin teams were allowed to partake in the nationwide league structure, with a Montenegrin Republic League acting as a lower-tier division with promotion and relegation between the Yugoslav league system. The most prominent clubs from Montenegro in this period were FK Budućnost and FK Sutjeska.

FK Budućnost was among the founders of Yugoslav First League and a member of its’ inaugural season. During the most of SFRY era, FK Budućnost played in First League, while another team from Montenegro in top-tier waa FK Sutjeska. Other teams played in Yugoslav Second League or lower ranks. Among them, most successful was FK Lovćen, who played twice in First League qualifiers, but without success at the end of campaigns.

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, FR Yugoslavia became 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.

Montenegrin teams which played in European competitions during Yugoslav era were FK Budućnost, FK Sutjeska and FK Zeta.

After independence[edit]

In 2006, after the Independence referendum, Montenegro split from Serbia. Following that, Montenegrin First League is founded as top-tier national competition. On inaugural season, members of League became three teams from former First League of Serbia and Montenegro, seven from Second League, and two from Montenegrin Republic League.
In period 2006-2017, league consisted on 12 clubs, which played 33 matches during the season. From 2017-18 season number of participants in the Montenegrin First League is reduced to 10, with 36 week-long competition.
By now, 19 different clubs participated in the Montenegrin First League. Most successful were FK Sutjeska with four titles and FK Budućnost three national titles. Two titles won FK Rudar and FK Mogren. Another winners were FK Zeta and OFK Titograd with one title.

2006–16[edit]

Prva CFL game between FK Sutjeska and FK Lovćen, 2014.

Historical first game in Prva CFL was played on 11 August 2006 in Pljevlja. In front of 5,000 spectators, a game between the home side FK Rudar and FK Budućnost, finished with victory of away team (0-2). In fifth minute of that match, Ivan Čarapić (Budućnost) scored the very first goal in the history of Prva CFL.
The first champion of the top-tier CFL was Zeta, who won the trophy on the championship's final weekend, after a hard struggle with neighbouring Budućnost. Game between FK Berane and FK Budućnost was not even finished, after the crowd disturbances during the second half.[4] A third derby between Budućnost and Zeta in Podgorica was attended by 10,000 spectators, which is a record-high attendance in the history of CFL. During the season, many games were disrupted by crowd disturbances [5] and a match between Zeta and Budućnost in Golubovci was not played, after the decision was made by the home team not to open their stadium following discussion with Football Association of Montenegro.[6]
Next season started with incidents during the Montenegrin Derby in Nikšić. Budućnost won the title, 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. This marked the first trophy for the team from Podgorica.[7] Their manager at that time Branko Babić became the first foreign coach to win the Prva CFL title. With an average attendance of 4,250 for their home games, Budućnost made a Montenegrin First League all-time record.
The title winners for season 2008–09 became Mogren,[8] the first-ever club from the coastal Montenegro to win the title. The race for the champions' trophy lasted until the final week, when Mogren won an away game against Jedinstvo (2-1). At the end of season, they had four points more than second-placed Budućnost and 11 more than the third-place team - Sutjeska.
A year later Rudar[9] won the first title in their club's history. They won the trophy after dramatic struggle with Budućnost, and only two points decided the championship race. During that year, Ivan Bošković from Grbalj scored 28 goals, which is the all-time record for one single season. During the last week of season, his team made another record, with the highest victory ever in Montenegrin First League, against Kom (11-0).[10] During that game, Bošković scored four goals - which is another Prva CFL record, shared with FK Zeta’s player Miljan Vlaisavljević and OFK Titograd’s player Zoran Petrović.
Mogren became first club to win a second champion trophy in Prva CFL. The team from Budva won the title on season 2010-11, but with equal number of points as second-placed Budućnost: (73).[11] In the end, head-to-head scores compared, Mogren were victorious over Budućnost (2-1; 2-0; 1-2).
Budućnost won their second trophy in season 2011-12,[12] whilst also setting records for highest number of points in CFL by single season (80) and highest number of scored goals by season (83). But, the team from Podgorica didn't win the trophy easily - they were followed by Rudar, who trailed by three points at the end of season. Additionally, Budućnost failed to beat Rudar during the season (0-2; 2-2; 1-1)
Sutjeska became the first club to win two consecutive titles of CFL champion - both times with Dragan Radojičić as head coach. The team from Nikšić won the title for seasons 2012-13 and 2013-14. Sutjeska headed to their first title with five points more than Budućnost, but secured the trophy on last week of the season.[13] During that season, Sutjeska for the first time in the First League played city derbies against Čelik (1-0; 0-3; 0-1), who placed third at the end of competition. Second trophy, Sutjeska won after the dramatic spring half-season and struggle with Lovćen. The title winner was decided a week before the end of season, after a draw between Sutjeska and Lovćen (1-1).[14] That was the first season on which Budućnost didn't finish in first or second position.
At the end of season 2014-15, Rudar[15] won the second title in the club's history. The team from Pljevlja won the race against title holders Sutjeska, who finished second. The team at the bottom of the table - Berane at the end of season had only 13 points with 78 goals conceded, which were negative records of Prva CFL at that time. After the relegation playoffs, Mogren were relegated to the Second League. This was the first time in history of Prva CFL that former champions were relegated.
The tenth edition of Prva CFL finished with a shock, as OFK Titograd from Podgorica won their first-ever national title.[16] During this era, OFK Titograd played under the name Mladost Podgorica. They won the champions' race against city rivals from Budućnost and during the season, OFK Titograd won all three games against them (3-1; 1-0; 2-0). After the last week, OFK Titograd had four points more than the second-placed team.
In the period from 2006 to 2016, FK Budućnost, FK Sutjeska, FK Rudar and FK Mogren won two champion titles, and FK Zeta and OFK Titograd one. During that time, 19 different clubs participated in Prva CFL.

2016–present[edit]

Prva CFL game between FK Budućnost and FK Zeta, 2018.

FK Budućnost won their third champions' title on season 2016-17, but with equal number of points as Zeta and OFK Titograd. During the season, six points were deducted from FK Zeta because of irregularities,[17] so they weren't able to win the trophy. Week before the end of season, on Budućnost - OFK Titograd match, 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.[18] But, that epilog did not have influence on final placement, as Budućnost finished on the top of the table, with better head-to-head score against OFK Titograd and Zeta.
Next season, FK Sutjeska won their third title.[19] Team from Nikšić dominated from the very beginning of championship and secured the trophy after 30 weeks. Except that, Sutjeska made a new league record with 11 games without conceded goal. They finished season with 22 points more than second-placed Budućnost.
Season 2018-19 started with the poorest performances of Montenegrin clubs in European competitions since independence. Four teams played 10 games in Champions league and Europa League qualifiers, but without any single win. During the season, FK Sutjeska and FK Budućnost have battle for champions’ title and 100th Montenegrin Derby in Nikšić was followed by huge incidents after the game, with numerous wounded ultras and policemen.[20][21][22][23] Week before the end, FK Sutjeska won the title - fourth in team's history. At the same time, Nikola Rakojević became the first manager to win three titles. That was the second time in Prva CFL that one club retained the title - both times it did Sutjeska. During the same season, Mornar finished with 12 points and only one victory from 36 games, which is the all-time negative record in Prva CFL.

Changes in league structure[edit]

  • Number of teams:
    • 2006–07 to 2006–17: 12
    • Since 2017–18: 10
  • Number of teams relegated:
    • 2006–07 to 2016–17: 1 automatic plus the 10th and 11th placed team in the First League played a two-leg relegation matches against the second and third placed team of the Second League.
    • Since 2017–18: 1 automatic plus the 8th and 9th placed team in the First League plays a relegation matches against the second and third placed team of the Second League.

Rivalries[edit]

FK Budućnost supporters at Montenegrin Derby game

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,[24] 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. That rivalry is further fuelled by the fact that Budućnost is the major club from the capital Podgorica, while Lovćen is the main club from the former royal capital, Cetinje.

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 goalscorers by season[edit]

Champions[edit]

Since its inception in 2006–07 season, six different clubs have won the title. Budućnost and Sutjeska won three titles, while Rudar and Mogren won the trophy twice.
The only club retain the title is FK Sutjeska, who did it twice. They are the most successful team in Prva CFL, too, with four titles, followed by FK Budućnost with three titles.[25]

Season Champions Runners up Third place
2006–07 Zeta Budućnost Grbalj
2007–08 Budućnost Zeta Mogren
2008–09 Mogren Budućnost Sutjeska
2009–10 Rudar Budućnost Mogren
2010–11 Mogren Budućnost Rudar
2011–12 Budućnost Rudar Zeta
2012–13 Sutjeska Budućnost Čelik
2013–14 Sutjeska Lovćen Čelik
2014–15 Rudar Sutjeska Budućnost
2015–16 OFK Titograd Budućnost Rudar
2016–17 Budućnost Zeta OFK Titograd
2017–18 Sutjeska Budućnost OFK Titograd
2018–19 Sutjeska Budućnost Zeta

Performance by club[edit]

Club City Champions Runners-up Winning years
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
4
1
2012–13, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19
FK Budućnost Podgorica
3
8
2007–08, 2011–12, 2016–17
FK Rudar Pljevlja
2
1
2009–10, 2014–15
FK Mogren Budva
2
-
2008–09, 2010–11
FK Zeta Golubovci
1
2
2006–07
OFK Titograd Podgorica
1
-
2015–16
FK Lovćen Cetinje
-
1

Top scorers[edit]

Every season, best scorer of Prva CFL is awarded with Radio Montenegro Trophy.
The biggest number of goals during one single season scored Ivan Bošković (28) during the season 2009–10. On two seasons, top-scorers were two different players. Žarko Korać and Admir Adrović are the only players which were top-scorers on two different seasons. Most top scorers during the single seasons were from Budućnost (4), followed by 3 which played for OFK Titograd and Zeta.

Season Top scorer(s) Club Goals
2006–07 Montenegro Damir Čakar
Montenegro Žarko Korać
Rudar
Zeta
16
2007–08 Montenegro Ivan Jablan Lovćen 13
2008–09 Montenegro Fatos Bećiraj Budućnost 18
2009–10 Montenegro Ivan Bošković Grbalj 28
2010–11 Montenegro Ivan Vuković Budućnost 20
2011–12 Montenegro Admir Adrović Budućnost 22
2012–13 Montenegro Admir Adrović
Montenegro Žarko Korać
Budućnost
Zeta
15
2013–14 Montenegro Stefan Mugoša OFK Titograd 15
2014–15 Montenegro Goran Vujović Sutjeska 21
2015–16 Montenegro Marko Šćepanović OFK Titograd 19
2016–17 Montenegro Zoran Petrović OFK Titograd 14
2017–18 Montenegro Igor Ivanović Sutjeska 14
2018–19 Montenegro Nikola Krstović Zeta 17

Players and managers[edit]

Players[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Since foundation of Prva CFL, the biggest number of games played Miloš Lakić (389). Except him, another seven different players have more than 300 appearances. Below is list of 5 players with the biggest number of played games in Prva CFL.

Rank Player Club(s) Games First Last
1 Montenegro Miloš Lakić Kom, Petrovac, OFK Titograd, Lovćen, Iskra 389 2006–07 2018–19
2 Montenegro Miroje Jovanović OFK Titograd, Kom, Rudar, Iskra 383 2006–07 2018–19
3 Montenegro Predrag Brnović Kom, Rudar, Čelik, Mornar 366 2006–07 2018–19
4 Montenegro Milan Đurišić Budućnost, OFK Titograd, Lovćen, Iskra 350 2006–07 2018–19
5 Montenegro Ivan Novović Zeta, OFK Titograd 346 2007–08 2018–19

As of the end of 2018–19 season.
First = First season in Prva CFL; Last = Last season in Prva CFL
Sources: [26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37]

Goalscorers[edit]

Since foundation of Prva CFL, most goals in competition scored Admir Adrović. Playing for four different teams, he scored overall 93 goals. Below is list of 5 best all-time goalscorers.

Rank Player Club(s) Goals Games First Last
1 Montenegro Admir Adrović Berane, Sutjeska, Budućnost, OFK Titograd 93 231 2006–07 2017–18
2 Montenegro Žarko Korać Zeta, Grbalj 85 161 2006–07 2017–18
3 Montenegro Ivan Vuković Budućnost, OFK Titograd, Grbalj 82 199 2006–07 2018–19
4 Montenegro Ivan Jablan Petrovac, Lovćen, Grbalj 76 298 2006–07 2018–19
5 Montenegro Milan Đurišić Budućnost, OFK Titograd, Lovćen, Iskra 60 350 2006–07 2018–19

As of the end of 2018–19 season.
Clubs = Only Prva CFL teams for which every player scored at least one goal; First = Season of player's first goal in Prva CFL; Last = Season of player's last goal in Prva CFL
Sources: [38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49]

Goalkeepers[edit]

From the first edition of Prva CFL, many goalkeepers made runs without conceded goals during the three or more games. Below is the list of three biggest runs from 2006-07 edition until now, classified by minutes without conceded goal.

Rank Goalkeeper Season Club Minutes
1 Montenegro Vladan Giljen 2017–18 Sutjeska 1019
2 Montenegro Mileta Radulović 2012–13 Grbalj 845
3 Montenegro Mladen Božović 2006–07 Budućnost 795

Managers[edit]

During the history, nine different managers won the title of Montenegrin First League champions. Among them, Nikola Rakojević won the three titles. Dragan Radojičić and Dejan Vukićević did it twice. Rakojević and Radojičić are the managers which won more than one title with the same team (both with FK Sutjeska).

Manager Club(s) Wins Winning years
Montenegro Nikola Rakojević OFK Titograd, Sutjeska 3 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
Montenegro Dragan Radojičić Sutjeska 2 2012–13, 2013–14
Montenegro Dejan Vukićević Zeta, Mogren 2 2006–07, 2008–09
Serbia Branko Babić Budućnost 1 2007–08
Montenegro Miodrag Radulović Budućnost 1 2011–12
Montenegro Miodrag Vukotić Budućnost 1 2016–17
Serbia Nebojša Vignjević Rudar 1 2009–10
Montenegro Mirko Marić Rudar 1 2014–15
Montenegro Branislav Milačić Mogren 1 2010–11

Awards[edit]

Every year, Football Association of Montenegro is organising awards ceremony for best player and best manager in Montenegrin First League. Best player and manager are chosen by coaches and captains of First League members.

All time tables[edit]

Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav First League (1946–2006)[edit]

In period from 1946 to 2006, Montenegrin clubs played in the First league of SFR Yugoslavia (1946–1992), FR Yugoslavia (1992–2001) and Serbia and Montenegro (2001–2006). Below is the list of all matches and seasons by every single club in the First league from 1946 until 2006.

Club Town Season First Last Pld W D L GD Pts
Budućnost Podgorica 37 1946–47 2005–06 1152 386 266 500 1274:1625 1424
Sutjeska Nikšić 20 1964–65 2004–05 671 217 136 318 776:1029 787
Zeta Golubovci 6 2000–01 2005–06 188 83 34 71 269:250 283
Mogren Budva 5 1993–94 2002–03 71 44 35 91 171:289 167
Rudar Pljevlja 6 1994–95 2002–03 140 39 33 68 129:187 150
Kom Podgorica 1 2003–04 2003–04 30 4 2 24 21:67 14
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 1 2005–06 2005–06 30 3 2 25 18:72 11

Prva CFL (2006–present)[edit]

Since its inauguration in 2006–07 season, 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
First
Last
Pld
W
D
L
GD
Pts
1 Budućnost Podgorica 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 247 112 76 718:337 853
2 Rudar Pljevlja 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 197 107 131 548:388 698
3 Sutjeska Nikšić 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 194 114 127 538:401 696
4 Zeta Golubovci 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 191 112 132 571:450 685
5 Grbalj Radanovići 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 161 124 150 527:469 607
6 Petrovac Petrovac 13 2006–07 2018–19 435 133 121 171 433:559 520
7 Titograd Podgorica 11 2006–07 2018–19 369 134 100 135 436:427 502
8 Mogren Budva 9 2006–07 2014–15 297 132 73 93 402:335 469
9 Lovćen Cetinje 11 2006–07 2018–19 366 122 91 153 362:428 457
10 Dečić Tuzi 10 2006–07 2017–18 333 88 81 164 286:453 345
11 Mornar Bar 7 2009–10 2018–19 234 55 53 126 204:371 217
12 Bokelj Kotor 5 2007–08 2016–17 165 49 39 77 154:202 186
13 Iskra Danilovgrad 4 2015–16 2018–19 138 46 40 52 137:156 178
14 Kom Podgorica 5 2006–07 2017–18 168 44 40 84 142:228 172
15 Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 4 2006–07 2016–17 132 25 35 72 106:221 110
16 Čelik Nikšić 2 2012–13 2013–14 66 30 17 19 88:63 107
17 Berane Berane 4 2006–07 2014–15 132 26 22 84 110:229 100
18 Jezero Plav 1 2008–09 2008–09 33 9 6 18 30:62 33
19 Bar Bar 1 2010–11 2010–11 33 7 11 15 30:43 32

As of the end of 2018–19 season. Teams in bold are playing in 2018–19 season.

Ssn = Number of seasons; First = First season; Last = Last season; 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 18 19
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 2 2
Čelik - - - - - - 3 3 - - - - -
Dečić 10 7 11 9 6 10 - 12 - 6 5 10 -
Grbalj 3 4 4 5 7 9 4 7 5 7 7 4 6
Iskra - - - - - - - - - 10 6 7 5
Jedinstvo 11 - 12 - - - 12 - - - 12 - -
Jezero - - 10 - - - - - - - - - -
Kom 7 9 8 12 - - - - - - - 8 -
Lovćen - 6 7 6 8 6 9 2 6 9 11 - 9
Titograd 9 12 - - 5 7 6 9 4 1 3 3 4
Mogren 5 3 1 3 1 4 10 10 11 - - - -
Mornar - - - 10 10 - 11 11 10 12 - - 10
Petrovac 6 8 6 8 9 5 7 5 7 11 9 9 7
Rudar 4 5 5 1 3 2 5 6 1 3 8 5 8
Sutjeska 8 11 3 7 11 8 1 1 2 5 4 1 1
Zeta 1 2 9 4 4 3 8 8 9 8 2 6 3

Relegation and promotion[edit]

At the end of every season, the last placed team are relegated to the Montenegrin Second League, while the winner of Second League is promoted to highest-rank. Additionally, another two teams from First and Second League every season are participating in the playoffs.

Directly promoted and relegated teams[edit]

Below is the list of directly promoted and relegated teams by every single season. Relegated were last-placed teams in First League, while directly promoted teams were the champions of Montenegrin Second League.

Year Arrow-down.gif Directly relegated Arrow-up.png Directly promoted
2007 FK Berane FK Lovćen
2008 OFK Titograd FK Jezero
2009 FK Jedinstvo FK Berane
2010 FK Kom OFK Titograd
2011 OFK Bar FK Bokelj
2012 FK Bokelj FK Čelik
2013 FK Jedinstvo FK Dečić
2014 FK Dečić FK Bokelj
2015 FK Berane FK Iskra
2016 FK Mornar FK Jedinstvo
2017 FK Jedinstvo FK Kom
2018 FK Dečić FK Mornar
2019 FK Mornar FK Podgorica

Playoffs[edit]

Montenegrin First League playoffs is a two legs tournament between the teams from Montenegrin First League which above direct relegation, and the teams from Montenegrin Second League which below the direct promotion. Below is the list of playoffs participants by every single season.

00 Playoffs winners.
Season First League Participants Second League Participants
2007 FK Dečić FK Jedinstvo FK Bokelj FK Ibar
2008 FK Sutjeska FK Bokelj FK Jedinstvo FK Čelik
2009 FK Dečić FK Jezero FK Mornar OFK Titograd
2010 FK Berane FK Mornar FK Bratstvo OFK Bar
2011 FK Sutjeska FK Mornar FK Berane FK Jedinstvo
2012 FK Dečić FK Berane FK Mornar FK Jedinstvo
2013 FK Mogren FK Mornar FK Bokelj FK Zabjelo
2014 FK Mogren FK Mornar FK Berane FK Jezero
2015 FK Mornar FK Mogren FK Dečić OFK Igalo
2016 FK Iskra OFK Petrovac FK Cetinje FK Bratstvo
2017 OFK Petrovac FK Rudar FK Otrant FK Ibar
2018 FK Kom OFK Petrovac OFK Mladost 1970 FK Lovćen
2019 FK Rudar FK Lovćen FK Kom FK Bokelj

Records and statistics[edit]

Champions[edit]

  • Highest number of points when becoming a champions: 80 by Budućnost, season 2011–12
  • Lowest number of points when becoming a champions: 57 by Budućnost, season 2016–17
  • Highest number of games left when becoming a champions: 6 by Sutjeska, season 2017–18 (Secured title: 21 April)
  • Lowest number of seasons before becoming champions after being promoted: 5 by OFK Titograd (Promotion: 2010–11; Relegation: 2014–15)
  • Lowest number of seasons before getting relegated for the champions:: 6 by Mogren (Champions: 2010–11; Champions: 2015–16)

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) OFK Titograd (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)
2017–18 707 123,800 175 4,000 Rudar (1,233) Grbalj (283)
2018–19 513 92,300 180 3,500 Budućnost (1,067) Mornar (206)

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 season (2019-20)[edit]

The 2019–20 Montenegrin First League is the 14th season of top-tier football in Montenegro. FK Sutjeska are defending champions title. The season began in August 2019 and will end in May 2020. At the end of season, last-placed team will directly be relegated, and 9th and 8th club from the table will participate in playoffs.
The following 10 clubs complete in First League 2019-20.

Club
City Finishing
in 2018–19
First season in
top division
Stadium Official website
FK Budućnost Podgorica 2nd 1946–47 Stadion pod Goricom (15,230) fk-buducnost.me
OFK Grbalj Radanovići 6th 2006–07 Stadion Donja Sutvara (1,500) ofkgrbalj.me
FK Iskra Danilovgrad 5th 2015–16 Braća Velašević Stadium (2,500)
FK Kom Podgorica 2nd in Druga CFL Arrow-up.png 2003–04 Stadion Zlatica (1,200)
OFK Petrovac Petrovac 7th 2006–07 Stadion pod Malim brdom (1,630) ofkpetrovac.com
FK Podgorica Podgorica 1st in Druga CFL Arrow-up.png 2019–20 DG Arena (4,000)
FK Rudar Pljevlja 8th 1993–94 Stadion pod Golubinjom (5,140) fkrudarpljevlja.com
FK Sutjeska Nikšić 1st 1964–65 Stadion kraj Bistrice (5,214) fksutjeska.me
OFK Titograd Podgorica 4th 2006–07 Mladost Stadium (1,250) ofktitograd.me
FK Zeta Golubovci 3rd 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 OFK Titograd and FK Budućnost which played in Round 3. Most successful in Intertoto Cup was Budućnost, which was among the winners during the 1981 season.
Below is a table with Montenegrin clubs' scores in UEFA competitions.

Team Seasons G W D L GD Pts
FK Budućnost Podgorica
14
42
14
11
17
52:54
53
OFK Titograd
5
18
6
4
8
18:30
22
FK Zeta Golubovci
8
24
5
4
15
22:47
19
FK Mogren Budva
4
12
5
1
6
15:24
16
FK Rudar Pljevlja
8
20
3
5
12
13:33
14
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
7
18
2
6
10
10:26
12
OFK Grbalj Radanovići
2
6
1
2
3
8:10
5
OFK Petrovac
1
4
1
0
3
5:10
3
FK Čelik Nikšić
3
8
0
2
6
6:36
2
FK Lovćen Cetinje
1
2
0
1
1
0:1
1
FK Bokelj Kotor
1
2
0
1
1
1:6
1
Overall
156
37
37
82
150:277
148

As of the end of UEFA competitions 2018–19 season.

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 2019–20 European football season (Previous year rank in italics)

Stadia[edit]

Prva CFL has been played in 19 different stadiums since its' first edition. Biggest stadium, used by FK Budućnost, is Podgorica City Stadium. It's the only stadium which capacity is more than 10,000 seats. There are three other stadiums with capacity more than 5,000 seats, while three stadiums meets UEFA criteria - Podgorica City Stadium, Stadium in Nikšić and Stadium in Petrovac. Below is the list of stadiums on which played members of Prva CFL from season 2006-07 until now.

Prva CFL stadiums by seating capacity
Stadium Club(s) City Opened Capacity
1 Podgorica City Stadium FK Budućnost Podgorica 1945 15,230
2 Berane City Stadium FK Berane Berane 1981 8,000
3 Nikšić City Stadium FK Sutjeska Nikšić 1946 5,214
4 Pljevlja City Stadium FK Rudar Pljevlja 1946 5,140
5 Bijelo Polje City Stadium FK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 2005 4,000
6 Trešnjica FK Zeta Golubovci 1996 4,000
7 Topolica FK Mornar, OFK Bar Bar 1980 2,500
8 Braća Velašević FK Iskra Danilovgrad 1947 2,500
9 Pod Racinom FK Jezero Plav 1948 2,500
10 Tuško Polje FK Dečić Tuzi 2006 2,000
11 Obilića Poljana FK Lovćen Cetinje 1957 2,000
12 Željezara Stadium FK Čelik Nikšić 1957 2,000
13 Pod Malim brdom OFK Petrovac Petrovac 1969 1,630
14 Lugovi FK Mogren Budva 1960 1,500
15 Donja Sutvara OFK Grbalj Radanovići 1995 1,500
16 Cvijetin Brijeg / former OFK Titograd Podgorica 1997 1,500
17 Mladost Stadium OFK Titograd Podgorica 2007 1,250
18 Zlatica FK Kom Podgorica 2006 1,200
19 Pod Vrmcem FK Bokelj Kotor 1922 1,000

Logo and sponsorships[edit]

Official logo and equipment[edit]

Since establishing, Montenegrin First League had two different official logos.
First logo was presented on 2006. Rebranding of the league came on 2018, together with the new logos of Montenegrin Cup, Montenegrin Second League and youth leagues.[62]
Official ball of competition is produced under the Derbystar brand, while the official equipment of referees is product of Legea.

Sponsorships[edit]

Name of the competition[edit]

Since foundation, 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.
From season 2017-18, broadcaster of matches is regional group Arena Sport. Every weekend, one game is broadcast live on Arena Sport channel.[63]
Since season 2018-19, some games of Prva CFL are boradcasted by cable-network channel MNE Sport TV.[64]

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