Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball

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Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball
Sport Handball
Founded 2006
Founder Handball Federation of Montenegro
No. of teams 4[1]
Country  Montenegro
Continent European Union Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Budućnost
Most titles Budućnost (11 titles in independent Montenegro, 29 overall)
TV partner(s) RTCG
Official website Montenegrin Handball Federation

The Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball is the top women's team handball league in Montenegro. It is organised by the Handball Federation of Montenegro.

History[edit]

Before independence[edit]

Since 2006, Montenegrin women's handball clubs played in the competitions of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Most successful was ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica, who gained 18 champion titles in Yugoslav championship, with three European trophies (1985, 1986, 2006). Budućnost was most successful Yugoslav handball club, and except them, in the Yugoslav First League often played ŽRK Danilovgrad.
ŽRK Budućnost was the champion of Yugoslavia in seasons 1984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993-1994, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06.

After independence[edit]

Soon after the Montenegrin independence referendum, Handball Federation of Montenegro founded its own competitions, with the First League as a top-tier competition for women. During the all history, ŽRK Budućnost was strongly dominant side, won every single trophy of national champion.
The league comprises four teams. ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica is directly qualified to the final four.
Except all domestic competitions, ŽRK Budućnost won the EHF Champions League on seasons 2011–12 and 2014–15, and EHF Cup Winners' Cup 2009-10.

Champions[edit]

From the inaugural season (2006/07), ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica won all the champion titles in Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball.

Titles by season[edit]

Season Champion
2006–07 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2007–08 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2008–09 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2009–10 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2010–11 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2011–12 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2012–13 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2013–14 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2014–15 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2015–16 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2016–17 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica

Titles by Club[edit]

Club Titles / Montenegro Years Won Titles / Yugoslavia Years Won
ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica 11 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 18 1984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993-1994, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06

Montenegrin women's handball clubs in WRH League[edit]

Women Regional Handball League (WRHL) is founded on 2009, and Montenegrin clubs are participating from its inaugural season. As one of strongest European clubs, ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica dominated in the history of competition, often playing seasons without any defeat. So, ŽRK Budućnost won five titles during the six seasons of WRHL.
Below is list of participation of Montenegrin clubs by every season of WRHL.

Season Club Pos G W D L Note
2008-09 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2
10
7
0
3
2009-10 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
12
9
1
2
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
6
10
1
0
9
2010-11 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
14
13
0
1
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
6
12
3
0
9
2011-12 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
14
14
0
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
7
12
0
0
12
2012-13 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
16
13
1
2
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
8
14
1
0
13
2013-14 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
10
9
1
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Danilovgrad
6
10
0
0
10
2016-17 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2
8
5
0
3

Montenegrin women's handball clubs in European competitions[edit]

Montenegrin women's handball clubs are participating in the EHF competitions since the season 1984/85.
Montenegrin side ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica was extremely successful in the European Cups and today is among the best and most-trophied European and global women's handball teams. They are most successful Montenegrin sports team in European Cups, too. ŽRK Budućnost won six European titles, and among them are:

Except ŽRK Budućnost, until today, representatives of Montenegro in women's EHF competitions were ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja, ŽRK Danilovgrad, ŽRK Nikšić and ŽRK Petrol Bonus Podgorica.

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