Prva A Liga

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Prva A liga
Montenegro Basketball logo.png
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
First season2006–07
Country Montenegro
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toPrva B Liga
Current championsMornar (1st title)
Most championshipsBudućnost (11 titles)
CEOMilo Đukanović
TV partnersRTCG
2018–19 Prva A liga

The Prva A liga, for sponsorships reasons named the Erste Liga, is the top-tier professional basketball league in Montenegro. It is the highest basketball division organized by the Basketball Association of Montenegro (KSCG). It was established in 2006. shortly after Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia and Montenegro.

The league is sponsored by and named after Erste Bank. Currently, two clubs from the area are playing in the regional ABA League. The most successful club in the Prva A lira is Budućnost Podgorica, which has won all titles since the league's establishment till 2017–18.


Before independence[edit]

Former logo used for the league

During their history, many Montenegrin basketball clubs played in the top-tier competition of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Among them are KK Budućnost Podgorica, KK Lovćen, KK Sutjeska, KK Mornar, KK Primorka and KK Berane.

Most successful was KK Budućnost. In the '80s, the club played a very important role in Yugoslav First Basketball League. But, the time of notable successes for Budućnost comes at the end of '90s in YUBA League. With three champion titles, Budućnost became the strongest side in Yugoslav basketball, and once played in Euroleague quarterfinals.
At the start of new century, Budućnost started to play in ABA League, where they play an important role until today. Other Montenegrin sides which played in ABA League are KK Lovćen, KK Sutjeska and KK Mornar.
Below is the list of Montenegrin clubs' champion titles in the First League of Yugoslavia.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
KK Budućnost Podgorica
1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01

After independence[edit]

Soon after the Montenegrin independence referendum, Basketball Federation of Montenegro founded its own competitions, with the First League as a top-tier competition. During the all history, KK Budućnost was strongly dominant side, won every single trophy of national champion.
Every season have two parts. During the first part, 8 to 10 clubs are playing league, without teams who are playing in ABA League. In second part, best-placed teams from the league and Montenegrin clubs from ABA League are competing in playoffs. Final series of playoffs is lasting until three wins of one opponent.


In 2018, Mornar was the second team to win the league after a streak of 11 consecutive trophies achieved by Budućnost.

Titles by season[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Score
2006–07 Budućnost Lovćen 3–0
2007–08 Budućnost Mogren 3–0
2008–09 Budućnost Primorje 3–0
2009–10 Budućnost Lovćen 3–0
2010–11 Budućnost Mornar 3–0
2011–12 Budućnost Sutjeska 3–0
2012–13 Budućnost Sutjeska 3–0
2013–14 Budućnost Zeta 3–0
2014–15 Budućnost Sutjeska 3–1
2015–16 Budućnost Mornar 3–1
2016–17 Budućnost Mornar 3–2
2017–18 Mornar Budućnost 3–1

Titles by Club[edit]

Montenegrin League[edit]

Below is a list of clubs with titles won in Montenegrin Basketball League.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
Budućnost 11 1 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Mornar 1 3 2018


Below is an overall list, with titles won in both leagues - Montenegrin Basketball League and FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro Championship.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
Budućnost 14 2 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, from 2006-07 to 2016-17
Mornar 1 3 2018

Montenegrin basketball clubs in ABA League[edit]

Clubs from Montenegrin League are permanent participants of ABA League, one of strongest team competitions in Europe. In 2001, one of founders was Montenegrin side Budućnost Podgorica, which is among most successful members of competition. Except Budućnost, in ABA League played three other clubs from Montenegro - Lovćen, Sutjeska and Mornar.
KK Budućnost won ABA champions’ title on season 2017-18, which is the most significant success of Montenegrin clubs in that competition until now.
Except that, Budućnost played five times in semifinals, while Mornar played once in that phase of playoffs.
Below is list of participation of Montenegrin clubs by every season of ABA League.

Season Club Pos P W L Note
2001–02 Budućnost Podgorica 9 22 9 13
2003–04 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
Lovćen Cetinje 14 26 5 21 Relegated
2004–05 Budućnost Podgorica 14 30 9 21 Relegated
2006–07 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
2007–08 Budućnost Podgorica 6 29 16 13 Playoffs: Quarterfinals
2008–09 Budućnost Podgorica 6 26 15 11
2009–10 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 15 11
2010–11 Budućnost Podgorica 4 27 15 12 Final four: Semifinals
2011–12 Budućnost Podgorica 4 27 18 9 Final four: Semifinals
2012–13 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
2013–14 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 15 11
2014–15 Budućnost Podgorica 3 31 21 10 Playoffs: Semifinals
2015–16 Budućnost Podgorica 3 28 23 5 Playoffs: Semifinals
Sutjeska Nikšić 13 26 9 17 Relegated
2016–17 Budućnost Podgorica 4 29 19 10 Playoffs: Semifinals
Mornar Bar 8 26 10 16
2017–18 Budućnost Podgorica 2 22 17 5 Playoffs: Champions
Mornar Bar 4 22 14 8 Playoffs: Semifinals

European competitions[edit]

A EuroCup home game of Budućnost Podgorica, which represents Montenegro each season

Clubs from Montenegro have been playing in European basketball competitions since the 1980s. Until 2006, they represented SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia. Almost all European seasons by Montenegrin clubs are played by KK Budućnost. Exceptions are three seasons played by KK Mornar Bar and one European performance by KK Lovćen Cetinje.

The most successful period was the end of the 1990s and the beginning of new century. At that time, KK Budućnost played in the finish phases of EuroLeague. In that period, Budućnost often played games against greatest European basketball teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Budućnost made their comeback to Euroleague on season 2018-19, with few impressive results as wins against CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona.

During the overall history, two different Montenegrin clubs played in FIBA/ULEB competitions. KK Budućnost played in every competition (Euroleague, Eurocup/ULEB Cup, Saporta Cup/FIBA EuroCup, FIBA Korać Cup), while KK Lovćen played one season in FIBA Korać Cup, and KK Mornar in Basketball Champions League.


As of the end of FIBA/ULEB competitions 2017–18 season.

Team Seasons GP W L
Budućnost Podgorica
Mornar Bar
Lovćen Cetinje

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