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Serbian SuperLiga
SuperLigaSrbije logo.png
Founded 2006; 11 years ago (2006)
Country Serbia
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Serbian First League
Domestic cup(s) Serbian Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Partizan (27th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Red Star and Partizan (27 titles)
Top goalscorer Andrija Kaluđerović (61 goals)
TV partners Arena Sport
Website superliga.rs
2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga

The Serbian SuperLiga (Serbian: Суперлига Србије, Superliga Srbije) is a Serbian professional league for football clubs. At the top of the Serbian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the Serbian First League (Prva liga Srbija, second Serbian football tier). The SuperLiga was formed during the summer of 2005 as the country's top football league competition in Serbia and Montenegro. Since summer 2006 after the secession of Montenegro from Serbia, the league only has had Serbian clubs.

Serbian clubs used to compete in the Yugoslav First League. This competition was formed in 1923 and lasted until 2003. After the downfall of SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 a new Yugoslavia would be formed that would be named FR Yugoslavia with Montenegro and Serbia. They kept the name Yugoslavia until 2003 when the country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro: this union lasted until 2006 when Montenegro gained independence and formed its own league, the Montenegrin First League.

The current SuperLiga champions are Partizan Belgrade. UEFA currently ranks the league 27th in Europe of 54 leagues.[1] The league was known as Meridian Prva liga/Super liga from 2004 until 2008. The league's official sponsor until 2015 was beer brand Jelen pivo, thus resulted in the league's official name to be Jelen Super liga.

Format[edit]

Competition[edit]

The SuperLiga began as a league with a playoff system in an attempt to boost ratings and improve competition. After the first season however, the SuperLiga changed its format. The 2007–08 season was the first to be played in a more traditional format. The league no longer divided into a play-off and play-out group midway through the campaign. Instead, the 12 teams began playing each other three times in a more conventional league format. After two seasons with that format the Football Association of Serbia decided to add 4 teams to the SuperLiga. The 2009–10 season will be the first with a 16 team league played in a conventional league format of one home and one away match rather than the previous 3 match encounters. This drops the match schedule from 33 rounds to 30.

As of the 2015-16 season, the league reverted to its previous playoff system, whereby the top 8 placed teams compete in the championship round at the end of the season and the 8 lowest placed teams play in the relegation playoff round. The two bottom placed teams are relegated to the second division, the Serbian Prva Liga. The third lowest-placed team is then sent to a relegation playoff against the third-placed team in the second division. Whichever team wins will play in the SuperLiga the following season.

Qualification for UEFA competitions[edit]

The champions of the SuperLiga are drawn into the primary qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League, while the second and third placed teams are drawn into the primary qualifying rounds for the UEFA Europa League.

History[edit]

The Yugoslav First League started being played in 1923, and gathered the best clubs from the former Yugoslavia. In 1991, clubs from Slovenia and Croatia left and formed their own league systems, and in 1992 so did the clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. The Yugoslav First League was played since 1992 with clubs from Serbia and Montenegro, until 2006, when Montenegro declared independence and subsequently formed its own league system. Since 2006 the league is formed exclusively by clubs from Serbia and got renamed into Serbian SuperLiga.

Serbian League (1914 / 1920 - 1922 / 1941 - 1944)[edit]

Club Titles Years Won
BSK
5
1920, 1921, 1941, 1943, 1944
Jugoslavija
3
1914, 1922, 1942

Kingdom of Yugoslavia League (1923 - 1940)[edit]

Club Titles Years Won Runners up
BSK
5
1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1939
4
Jugoslavija
2
1924, 1925
3

Yugoslav First League (1946 - 1992)[edit]

Club Titles Years Won Runners up Third place
Red Star
19
1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
9
7
Partizan
11
1947, 1949, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1987
9
8
Vojvodina
2
1966, 1989
3
2
BSK
2
2
Radnički Beograd
2
Radnički Niš
2

First League of Serbia and Montenegro (1992 - 2006)[edit]

In 1992 the Yugoslav First League became the First League of FR Yugoslavia (Prva savezna liga or Meridian SuperLiga) and was played since then with the clubs from Serbia and Montenegro.

The league winner had access to the UEFA Champions League qualifications rounds, and the 2nd, 3rd and the Cup winner had played in the UEFA Cup. The bottom clubs would be relegated to the two Second Leagues depending on the republic they were based in, the Second League of Serbia (Druga savezna liga Srbija) and the Second League of Montenegro (Druga savezna liga grupa Crna Gora).

In 2002, FR Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro, and the league was named First League of Serbia and Montenegro between 2002 and its dissolution, in 2006. In 2006 Serbia and Montenegro separated and formed their own top leagues (Serbian SuperLiga and Montenegrin First League). Serbian SuperLiga was officially declared the successor of the First Leagues of FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.

A total of 41 clubs participated between 1992 and 2006, being 34 from Serbia, 6 from Montenegro and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Borac Banja Luka was temporarily based in Serbia in early 1990s). A total of 3 clubs were champions, all from Serbia, Partizan (8 times), Red Star (5 times) and Obilić (once).

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top scorer(s) Goals
1992–93 Partizan (12)  Red Star  Vojvodina Anto Drobnjak (Red Star)
Vesko Mihajlović (Vojvodina)
22
1993–94 Partizan (13) Red Star Vojvodina Savo Milošević (Partizan) 21
1994–95  Red Star  (20) Partizan Vojvodina Savo Milošević (Partizan) 30
1995–96 Partizan (14) Red Star Vojvodina Vojislav Budimirović (Čukarički) 23
1996–97 Partizan (15) Red Star Vojvodina Zoran Jovičić (Red Star) 21
1997–98 Obilić (1) Red Star Partizan Saša Marković (Železnik / Red Star) 27
1998–99 Partizan (16) Obilić  Red Star  Dejan Osmanović (Hajduk Kula) 16
1999–00 Red Star (21) Partizan Obilić Mateja Kežman (Partizan) 27
2000–01 Red Star (22) Partizan Obilić Petar Divić (OFK Beograd) 27
2001–02 Partizan (17) Red Star Sartid Zoran Đurašković (Mladost Lučani) 27
2002–03 Partizan (18) Red Star OFK Belgrade Zvonimir Vukić (Partizan) 22
2003–04 Red Star (23) Partizan Železnik Nikola Žigić (Red Star) 19
2004–05 Partizan (19) Red Star Zeta Marko Pantelić (Red Star) 21
2005–06 Red Star (24) Partizan Voždovac Srđan Radonjić (Partizan) 20
Club Titles Years Won Runners up Third place
Partizan
8
1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005
5
1
Red Star
5
1995, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006
8
1
Obilić
1
1998
1
2
Vojvodina
5
Sartid
1
OFK Beograd
1
Železnik
1
Voždovac
1

Serbian Superliga (2006 - )[edit]

A total of 28 clubs participated between 2006 and 2013 in the Serbian Superliga. After 8 seasons, Partizan has won 7 championship titles and Red Star has won 1 championship title. Also, Partizan is a record holder of winning 6 consecutive champion titles.

Season Champions Runners up Third place Top scorer(s) Goals
2006–07 Red Star (25) Partizan Vojvodina Serbia Srđan Baljak (Banat) 18
2007–08 Partizan (20) Red Star Vojvodina Serbia Nenad Jestrović (Red Star) 13
2008–09 Partizan (21) Vojvodina Red Star Senegal Lamine Diarra (Partizan) 19
2009–10 Partizan (22) Red Star OFK Serbia Dragan Mrđa (Vojvodina) 22
2010–11 Partizan (23) Red Star Vojvodina Serbia Ivica Iliev (Partizan)
Serbia Andrija Kaluđerović (Red Star)
13
2011–12 Partizan (24) Red Star Vojvodina Serbia Darko Spalević (Radnički Kragujevac) 19
2012–13 Partizan (25) Red Star Vojvodina Serbia Miloš Stojanović (Jagodina) 19
2013–14 Red Star (26) Partizan Jagodina Serbia Dragan Mrđa (2) (Red Star) 19
2014–15 Partizan (26) Red Star Čukarički Nigeria Patrick Friday Eze (Mladost Lučani) 15
2015–16 Red Star (27) Partizan Čukarički Serbia Aleksandar Katai (Red Star) 21
2016–17 Partizan (27) Red Star Vojvodina Serbia Uroš Đurđević (Partizan)
Brazil Leonardo (Partizan)
24
Club Titles Years Won Runners up Third place
Partizan
8
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
3
Red Star
3
2007, 2014, 2016
6
1
Vojvodina
1
6
Čukarički
2
Jagodina
1
OFK Beograd
1

Serbian all-time champions (1923 - 2016)[edit]

Club Titles Years Won Runners up
Red Star
27
1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016
23
Partizan
27
1947, 1949, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
17
BSK
5
1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1939
6
Vojvodina
2
1966, 1989
4
Jugoslavija
2
1924, 1925
3
Obilić
1
1998
1

All-time table 2006–2017[edit]

The following is a list of clubs who have played in the Serbian SuperLiga at any time since its formation in 2006 to the current season. Teams playing in the 2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga season are indicated in bold. A total of 31 teams have played in the Serbian SuperLiga. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2016–17 season.

Pos. Team Town S P W D L F A Pts 1st App Since/Last App Highest finish
1 Partizan Belgrade 11 352 257 56 33 730 240 827 8 3 2006–07 2006–07 1st
2 Red Star Belgrade 11 352 249 57 46 698 266 804 3 7 1 2006–07 2006–07 1st
3 Vojvodina Novi Sad 11 352 181 87 84 513 316 630 1 6 2006–07 2006–07 2nd
4 OFK Beograd Belgrade 10 315 112 64 139 345 399 400 1 2006–07 2015–16 3rd
5 Rad Belgrade 9 287 94 78 115 289 323 360 2008–09 2008–09 4th
6 Spartak Subotica 8 254 87 73 94 266 291 334 2009–10 2009–10 4th
7 Borac Čačak 9 297 82 84 126 246 337 330 2006–07 2014–15 4th
8 Čukarički Belgrade 8 260 90 60 110 276 321 330 2 2007–08 2013–14 3rd
9 FK Jagodina Jagodina 8 250 87 60 103 268 296 321 1 2008–09 2015–16 3rd
10 Javor Ivanjica 8 257 78 86 93 236 263 320 2008–09 2015–16 4th
11 Hajduk Kula 7 218 64 59 95 194 248 251 2006–07 2012–13 5th
12 Napredak Kruševac 6 193 61 47 85 192 228 230 2007–08 2016–17 5th
13 Radnički Niš 5 164 59 48 57 170 178 225 2012–13 2012–13 5th
14 FK Novi Pazar Novi Pazar 6 194 54 49 81 179 261 211 2011–12 2016–17 5th
15 Voždovac Belgrade 5 129 56 38 72 166 204 206 2006–07 2013–14 7th
16 FK Smederevo Smederevo 6 185 50 42 93 153 240 192 2006–07 2012–13 8th
17 Mladost Lučani 4 137 48 41 48 153 176 185 2007–08 2014–15 4th
18 Sloboda Užice 4 120 45 32 43 136 145 167 2010–11 2013–14 5th
19 Metalac Gornji Milanovac 5 164 38 44 82 127 216 158 2009–10 2016–17 9th
20 Radnički Kragujevac 4 120 29 42 49 110 153 129 2011–12 2011–12 6th
21 BSK Borča Belgrade 4 120 31 30 59 91 170 126 2009–10 2012–13 12th
22 Banat Zrenjanin 3 98 25 26 47 91 141 101 2006–07 2008–09 9th
23 Donji Srem Pećinci 3 90 22 26 42 80 116 92 2012–13 2014–15 11th
24 Radnik Surdulica 2 74 20 31 33 76 113 81 2015–16 2015–16 6th
25 Bežanija Belgrade 2 65 17 16 32 67 89 67 2006–07 2007–08 4th
26 Mladost Apatin 1 32 11 8 13 25 33 41 2006–07 2006–07 6th
27 Bačka Bačka Palanka 1 37 11 3 23 27 46 36 2016–17 2016–17 13th
28 FK Inđija Inđija 1 30 7 5 18 29 47 26 2010–11 2010–11 15th
29 Mladi radnik Požarevac 1 30 5 10 15 19 47 25 2009–10 2009–10 16th
30 FK Zemun Belgrade 1 32 1 4 27 22 64 7 2006–07 2017–18 12th
31 Mačva Šabac 2017–18 2017–18 TBA

League or status at 2017–18:

2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga
2017–18 Serbian First League
2017–18 Serbian League
2017–18 The fourth or lower degree of competition
Dissolved

Current clubs[edit]

The following 16 clubs compete in the Jelen SuperLiga during the 2017–18 season.[2]

Club
Finishing position
in 2016–17
First season in
top division
First season after
most recent promotion
Stadium Official website
Borac Čačak 14th 1994–95 2014–15 Čačak Stadium boracfk.com
Čukarički 9th 1995–96 2013–14 Čukarički Stadium fkcukaricki.rs
Javor 8th 2008-09 2015-16 Ivanjica Stadium fkjavor.com
Mačva 1st in Serbian First League Arrow-up.png 1930-31 2017-18 Gradski stadion Šabac www.fkmacva.com
Mladost Lučani 4th 1995–96 2014–15 Mladost Stadium http://fkmladostlucani.com
Napredak 6th 2007–08 2016–17 Mladost Stadium fknapredak.rs
OFK Bačka 13th 2016–17 2016–17 Slavko Maletin Vava Stadium fkbacka.com
Partizan Belgrade 1st 1946–47 1946–47 Partizan Stadium partizan.rs
Rad Belgrade 11th 1987–88 2008–09 Stadion Kralj Petar I fcrad.co.rs
Radnički Niš 5th 1935–36 2012–13 Stadion Čair fcradnicki-nis.com
Radnik Surdulica 12th 2015-16 2015-16 City Stadium fkradnik.org
Red Star Belgrade 2nd 1946–47 1946–47 Red Star Stadium crvenazvezdafk.com
Spartak Subotica 10th 1946–47 2009–10 Subotica City Stadium fkspartakzlatiborvoda.com
Vojvodina Novi Sad 3rd 1931–32 1987–88 Karađorđe Stadium fkvojvodina.rs
Voždovac 7th 2005–06 2013–14 Voždovac Stadium fkvozdovac.rs
Zemun 2nd in Serbian First League Arrow-up.png 1982–83 2017–18 Zemun Stadium www.fkzemun.rs

Stadiums[edit]

Serbian top level football has been played in 27 stadiums since its formation in 2006. The top-three stadiums in SuperLiga by seating capacity are Belgrade based Red Star Stadium, Partizan Stadium and Omladinski stadion.

Biggest stadiums by seating capacity
Stadium Club City Opened Capacity
1 Rajko Mitić Stadium Red Star Belgrade 1963 55,538
2 Partizan Stadium Partizan Belgrade 1951 32,710
3 Omladinski Stadium OFK Beograd Belgrade 1957 19,100
4 Čair Stadium Radnički Niš 1963 18,151
5 Smederevo Stadium Smederevo 1924 Smederevo 1930 17,200
6 Čika Dača Stadium Radnički 1923 Kragujevac 1957 15,100
7 Karađorđe Stadium FK Vojvodina Novi Sad 1924 15,000
8 Jagodina City Stadium FK Jagodina Jagodina 1958 15,000
9 Stadion Karađorđev park Banat Zrenjanin 1968 13,500
10 Subotica City Stadium Spartak Subotica 1936 13,000

Players[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Andrija Kaluđerović scored 61 goals in the SuperLiga
As of April 10, 2016
Ten players with most goals in the Serbian SuperLiga (2006–present)
Player Period Club(s) Goals
1 Serbia Andrija Kaluđerović 2006–2011 / 2013 / 2016 OFK Beograd / Rad / Red Star / Vojvodina / Rad 61
2 Senegal Lamine Diarra 2007–2010 / 2011–2012 Partizan 56
3 Serbia Dragan Mrđa 2008–2010 / 2013–2014 Vojvodina / Red Star 54
4 Serbia Nenad Milijaš 2006–2009 / 2012–2014 Red Star 50
5 Serbia Milan Bojović 2007–2012 / 2016- present Čukarički / Jagodina / Vojvodina / Mladost Lučani 45
6 Serbia Darko Spalević 2011–2015 Radnički Kragujevac / Donji Srem 39
7 Cameroon Aboubakar Oumarou 2009–2013 / 2015 Red Star / OFK Beograd / Vojvodina / Partizan 38
8 Serbia Aleksandar Katai 2009-2013 / 2014–2016 Vojvodina / Red Star 37
9 Serbia Predrag Ranđelović 2007–2008 / 2012–2013 Bežanija / Sloboda 35
10 Nigeria Obiora Odita 2006–2007 / 2010–2012 / 2014–present Partizan / Javor / Voždovac / Mladost Lučani 32

Most apps[edit]

As of June 9, 2015
Ten players with most apps in the Serbian SuperLiga (2006–present)
Player Period Club(s) Apps
1 Serbia Miroslav Vulićević 2006 / 2008– Borac / Javor / Vojvodina / Partizan 193
2 Serbia Predrag Pavlović 2007–2009 / 2010– Napredak / Metalac / OFK Beograd / Novi Pazar 185
3 Serbia Vladimir Torbica 2009– Spartak 181
4 Serbia Slavko Marić 2007–2014 Mladost Lučani / Borac / Sloboda / Radnički Kragujevac 171
5 Serbia Vladan Pavlović 2006– Bežanija / Javor / Vojvodina / Radnički Niš 168
6 Serbia Sasa Ilić 2010– Partizan '180
7 Serbia Darko Lazović 2007–2015 Borac / Red Star 159
8 Serbia Goran Gogić 2007–2014 Napredak / Javor / Jagodina / Red Star 156
8 Serbia Dejan Ranković 2006–2014 Smederevo / Sloboda 153
10 Serbia Branislav Trajković 2007–2014 Hajduk / Vojvodina / Partizan 150

Goalkeepers[edit]

As of October 4, 2014
Five goalkeepers with longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in the Serbian SuperLiga (2006–present)
Player Season Club minutes
1 Montenegro Mladen Božović 2009-2010 Partizan 916
2 Montenegro Boban Bajković 2012–2013 Red Star 820
3 Serbia Predrag Rajković 2014–2015 Red Star 663
4 Serbia Nikola Perić 2012–2013 Hajduk Kula 540
5 Serbia Milan Bojović 2007–2008 Čukarički 438

Foreign players[edit]

See List of all former and current foreign football players in Serbia

Superliga records and statistics[edit]

Attendance

Single game

Players

Clubs

  • Most consecutive league victories: 24 out of 37 games, Red Star during 2015–16 season
  • Most consecutive league defeats: 14, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
  • Most consecutive league games without defeat (undefeated run): 31, Partizan during 2016–17 season
  • Club having top season scorers: 3, Red Star
  • Club with overall SuperLiga hat-tricks: 12, Red Star

Season

Goalkeepers

  • Goalscoring goalkeepers :

Vladimir Stojković playing for Partizan

UEFA ranking[edit]

All time Serbian football clubs in European competitions[edit]

European Cup/ UEFA Champions League[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Group Stage
Red Star 1991 - 1957, 1971 1958, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1992 -
Partizan - 1966 - 1956, 1964 2003, 2010
Vojvodina - - - 1967 -

UEFA Cup/ Europa League[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Red Star - 1979 1962 1963
Radnički Niš - - 1982 -
Vojvodina - - - 1962, 1968
OFK Beograd - - - 1973

Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Red Star 1991 - - -

UEFA Super Cup[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Red Star - 1991 - -

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Red Star - - 1975 1972, 1986
OFK Beograd - - 1963 -
Partizan - - - 1990

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Club Champions Finalist Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
Vojvodina 1976 1998 - -
Hajduk Kula - 2007 - -

The Golden Star[edit]

Based on an idea of Umberto Agnelli, the honor of Golden Star for Sports Excellence was introduced to recognize sides that have won multiple championships or other honours by the display of gold stars on their team badges and jerseys.

The current officially-sanctioned SuperLiga stars are:

Names of the competition[edit]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Television[edit]

Serbian Superliga games are broadcast live on Arena Sport and sometimes on RTV (some broadcast matches of clubs from Vojvodina) and RTS (sometimes broadcast Eternal derby).

The Eternal derby is the game that attracts most attention from the foreign media. In 2010, the 139 Eternal derby was broadcast in 19 countries and over 60 foreign correspondents were present.[6]

Internet[edit]

Matches of Serbian Superliga are broadcast on the website www.kliksport.rs.

Sponsorships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2011
  2. ^ "Members for 2017–18". superliga.rs. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  3. ^ http://www.utakmica.rs/2-jelen-super-liga-2011-2012/poseta/ Average attendance for Serbian league
  4. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2018". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Team Ranking 2018". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Ogromno interesovanje stranih medija za 139. večiti derbi at sport.blic.rs, 19-10-2010, retrieved 20-3-2016 (in Serbian)

External links[edit]