Nemzeti Bajnokság I (men's handball)

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K&H férfi kézilabda liga
Current season, competition or edition:
2016–17 season
Countries Hungary
Confederation EHF
Founded 1951
Number of teams 14 (from 2016–17)
Relegation to Nemzeti Bajnokság I/B
Level on pyramid Level 1
Domestic cup(s) Magyar Kupa
International cup(s) EHF Champions League
EHF Cup
Current champions Veszprém (23rd title)
Most championships Veszprém (23 titles)
TV partners M4 Sport
Website http://www.keziszovetseg.hu/

The Nemzeti Bajnokság I (English: National Championship I, commonly abbreviated NB I) is the premier men's professional handball league in Hungary, administered by the Hungarian Handball Federation. Since 2006 the official name of the championship is Budapest Bank Férfi Kézilabda Liga due to sponsorship reasons.[1]

Overview[edit]

Running since 1951, the Hungarian championship is among the strongests in Europe. MKB Veszprém KC have won the EHF Cup Winners' Cup in 2008 and have reached the semi-final of the EHF Champions League three times in the last nine seasons, capturing a silver medal in 2002. Main domestic rivals Pick Szeged are also regular members of the Champions League.

Famous handball players who have played in the league include Carlos Perez, Zlatko Saračević, Mirza Džomba, Árpád Sterbik, Kiril Lazarov, László Nagy, Dániel Buday, Balázs Laluska, József Éles, Julio Fis, Rolando Uríos, Nenad Peruničić, Vlado Šola, Dejan Perić, Vladimir Hernandez, Gergő Iváncsik and many others.

Currently, it consists of 12 teams, joined by Slovakian top club HT Tatran Prešov, which are also participating in the league to enhance the level of it, and to be able to play more competitive matches than in their home league, where they proved untouchable in the recent seasons. However, matches played by and against them do not count towards the official ranking.

The top four teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs, where a best-of-three system is used. Teams ranked fifth to ninth and tenth to twelfth decide their final places in a classification round, using a double round robin system, playing six additional rounds. Depending on their final position in the regular season, they are awarded bonus points which are added to the points they earn in the postseason.

According to the EHF league ranking, NB I champions and runners-up receive an automatic spot in the Group phase of the forthcoming Champions League season, while following two clubs enter the EHF Cup. Teams ranked eleventh and twelfth get relegated and will be replaced by the winners of the Eastern and Western group of the second division.

Current season[edit]

Teams for season 2013–14[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

The league went through various name changes depending on the sponsor for the given season(s):[citation needed]

  • –2002: No sponsor
  • 2002–2012: Budapest Bank (Budapest Bank Kézilabda Liga)
  • 2012–2016: No sponsor (Nemzeti Bajnokság I - NB I)
  • 2016– : K&H Bank (K&H liga)[2]

Format[edit]

As we can see from the chart the number of teams in the Hungarian First Division changed a lot and continuously. The league started in 1951 with four teams and with the formation of teams the league expanded continuously. Currently, there are 12 teams in the first division.

Previous winners[edit]

Performances[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

The teams in Bold play in the 2015-16 season of NB I.
The teams in Italics no longer exist.
The teams in neither bold or italics are existing past winners of the championship that relegated to Hungarian lower leagues.

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Winning years
600px Rosso con V Bianca.png MVM Veszprém KC
23
9
2
1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Rosso e Bianco.png Bp. Honvéd SE
14
7
4
1952, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
600px Bianco e Rosso con stella Rossa.png Bp. Spartacus SC
5
5
4
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973
600px Rosso con Stella Rossa.png Vörös Meteor SK
4 + (1)
2
2
1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Rosso e Giallo in diagonale.png Elektromos SE *
4
6
4
1969, 1970, 1971, 1991
Blu e Bianco3.png Tatabánya KC
4
3
4
1974, 1978, 1979, 1984
600px Verde e Bianco in diagonale.png Győri ETO FKC
3
3
4
1987, 1989, 1990
Blu e Bianco (Quadrati).png MOL-Pick Szeged
2
15
11
1996, 2007
600px Bianco e Viola (Bordato).png Újpesti TE
2
3
1
1953, 1958
600px Rosso con striscia verticale spessa Bianca.png Dunaferr SE
1
4
8
2000
Bianco e Viola.svg Debreceni Dózsa
1
1
2
1975
Verde e Bianco (Strisce)2.png Ferencvárosi TC
-
3 + (1)
3
-
600px Blu e Bianco (Strisce Orizzontali).png Győri Textiles SE
-
1
2
-
Rosso e Blu3.png Csepel SC
-
1
1
-
Rosso e Nero.png Vörös Lobogó KISTEXT
-
-
2
-
600px Blu e Bianco diagonale.png Testnevelési Főiskola SE
-
-
2
-
Giallo e Blu (Bordato).png Balatonfüredi KSE
-
-
2
-
Blu e Bianco2.png Bp. Építők SC
-
-
1 + (1)
-
Azzurro e Bianco2.svg Martfűi MSE
-
-
1
-
Rosso e Blu2.png Vasas SC
-
-
1
-
Rosso e Bianco2.png Honvéd Szondi SE
-
-
1
-
Rosso e Bianco.png Csurgói KK
-
-
1
-

Performance by counties[edit]

The following table lists the Hungarian handball champions by counties of Hungary.

County (megye) Titles Winning Clubs
Budapest
26
Rosso e Bianco.png Honvéd (14)
600px Bianco e Rosso con stella Rossa.png Bp. Spartacus (5)
Rosso e Giallo in diagonale.png Elektromos SE (4)
600px Rosso con Stella Rossa.png Vörös Meteor (4)
600px Bianco e Viola (Bordato).png Újpest (2)
Veszprém
23
600px Rosso con V Bianca.png MVM Veszprém (23)
Komárom-Esztergom
4
Blu e Bianco3.png Tatabánya (4)
Győr-Moson-Sopron
3
600px Verde e Bianco in diagonale.png Győri ETO (3)
Csongrád
2
Blu e Bianco (Quadrati).png MOL-Pick Szeged (2)
Hajdú-Bihar
1
Bianco e Viola.svg Debreceni Dózsa (1)
Fejér
1
600px Rosso con striscia verticale spessa Bianca.png Dunaferr (1)
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2015-16 season of the Hungarian League.

Clubs[edit]

Since 1951, clubs have participated in the Hungarian League. Below the list of Hungarian League clubs who have participated in the first division. The club with the most appearances are the 28-time champions Ferencváros, however the club spent three years in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II (Hungarian Second Division) between 2006 and 2009. The only clubs who have never been relegated are Újpest.

  • 19 seasons: Vörös Meteor
  • 17 seasons: Csepel SC
  • 2 seasons: Vörös Lobogó
Notes
  • The teams in bold are competing in the 2015–16 season of the Hungarian League.

In European competitions[edit]

EHF coefficient ranking[edit]

Hungarian clubs in European competitions[edit]

Champions League EHF Cup Challenge Cup Cup Winners' Cup (defunct)
C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF
Rosso e Bianco.png Honvéd 1 1982 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
600px Rosso con V Bianca.png Veszprém 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1992, 2008 2 3
Blu e Bianco (Quadrati).png Szeged 0 0 0 1 2014 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
600px Verde e Bianco in diagonale.png Győri ETO 0 0 0 1 1986 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
600px Rosso con striscia verticale spessa Bianca.png Dunaferr 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Blu e Bianco3.png Tatabánya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 1 title 4 6 3 title 0 1 0 0 1 2 title 3 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Budapest Bank névadó szponzorként támogatja az NBI-es férfi kézilabda ligát" (in Hungarian). Budapest Bank. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "A K&H Bank a női és férfi NB I névadója". keziszovettseg.hu. keziszovettseg.hu. 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ [1] (PDF). European Handball Federation.

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