2008-09 Prva HNL
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2008%E2%80%9309 Prva HNL
T-Com Prva HNL
Season2008-09
ChampionsDinamo Zagreb
11th Croatian title
15th domestic title
RelegatedNone
Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb
Europa LeagueHajduk Split
Rijeka
Slaven Belupo
Matches played198
Goals scored522 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerMario Mand?uki? (16)
Biggest home winDinamo 6-0 Cibalia
Biggest away winVarteks 1-6 Dinamo
Highest scoringRijeka 6-2 Slaven B.
Average attendance3,067
2007-08

The 2008-09 Croatian First Football League (officially known as the T-Com Prva HNL for sponsorship reasons) was the eighteenth season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. It started on 27 July 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their twelfth championship title the previous season, and they defended the title again, after a win against Slaven Belupo on 17 May 2009.

Promotion and relegation

Me?imurje were automatically relegated to Druga HNL as they finished last in the previous season, while Croatia Sesvete were automatically promoted from Druga HNL after winning the 2007-08 title. In a two-legged playoff between Inter Zapre?i? and Hrvatski dragovoljac, the former kept their Prva HNL status by beating Hrvatski dragovoljac with 2-0 on aggregate (2-0, 0-0).

League expansion

In June 2007 Igor ?timac, president of Association of Prva HNL clubs, proposed a future expansion of Prva HNL from 12 to 16 clubs, starting from 2008-09 season.[1] However, although a majority of club representatives supported that proposal, no strict agreement or final decision was made. On HNS meeting in late August 2007 it was decided to postpone the decision for late 2007 or even 2008 and that the expansion would not be possible before the 2009-10 season.[2]

For more than a year nothing explicit was stated on that matter. Finally, on a regular HNS meeting in February 2009 HNS Secretary Zorislav Srebri? stated that club licensing would decide whether the 2009-10 season would feature 12 or 16 teams. Theoretically, if only 15 teams obtained Prva HNL license, league would have featured 12 teams. The deadline for submitting the license was 1 May 2009.[3] On 8 May 2009 HNS declared that all 19 clubs that applied for the license were awarded with it and would be in possibility to enter the league in 2009-10, now expanded to 16 clubs.[4] Also, on 26 May 2009 HNS received official confirmations from all 19 clubs in which they expressed their will to compete in next year's Prva HNL, what means that none of the clubs would withdraw from the league.[5] However, despite their guarantee to compete in Prva HNL, Slavonac eventually withdrew although they finished fourth and earned direct access to 2009-10 Prva HNL. Their place was taken by Me?imurje while sixth-placed Hrvatski Dragovoljac competed in a relegation play-offs.[6]

Stadiums and locations

After the death of Hrvoje ?usti? during a game played at Zadar's Stanovi Stadium in March 2008, it was decided that the stadia for the 2008-09 season would have to pass a closer inspection to be deemed fit for first-league football. Since only 9 stadia managed to meet the requirements and obtain first-league license from the Croatian Football Federation, it was announced in May 2008 that some of the teams (Cibalia, Croatia Sesvete, Zadar and NK Zagreb) would have to share stadia and temporarily play their home games at other venues.[7] Just before Round 1 kicked off, Cibalia managed to bring their stadium to standard, and in August, just before round 5, Zadar secured the licence to play their games at Stanovi Stadium.[8]

Stadia and personnel

  • 1 On final match day of the season, played on 31 May 2009.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
NK Zagreb Croatia Miroslav Bla?evi?
Mutual consent
10 May 2008 [9]
Croatia Luka Pavlovi?
11 May 2008 [10]
Pre-season
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Zvonimir Soldo
Resigned
14 May 2008 [11]
Croatia Branko Ivankovi?
20 May 2008 [12]
Pre-season
Slaven Belupo Croatia Krunoslav Jur?i?
Resigned
14 May 2008 [13]
Croatia Mile Petkovi?
26 May 2008 [14]
Pre-season
Hajduk Split Croatia Robert Jarni
Sacked
24 May 2008 [15]
Croatia Goran Vu?evi?
25 May 2008 [16]
Pre-season
Croatia Sesvete Croatia Zlatko Kranj?ar
Resigned
18 June 2008 [17]
Serbia Ljupko Petrovi?
2 July 2008 [18]
Pre-season
Rijeka Croatia Zlatko Dali?
Sacked
1 July 2008 [19]
Croatia Mladen Ivan?i?
7 July 2008 [20]
Pre-season
Osijek Croatia Ilija Lon?arevi?
Sacked
26 September 2008 [21]
Croatia Tomislav Steinbrückner
26 September 2008 [21]
10th
Zadar Croatia Dalibor Zebi?
Resigned
28 September 2008 [22]
Croatia Ivica Datkovi?
9 October 2008 [23]
12th
Rijeka Croatia Mladen Ivan?i?
Resigned
8 October 2008 [24]
Croatia Robert Rub?i?
13 October 2008 [25]
7th
Inter Zapre?i? Croatia Milivoj Bra?un
Resigned
20 October 2008 [26]
Croatia Borimir Perkovi?
20 October 2008 [26]
11th
Hajduk Split Croatia Goran Vu?evi?
Resigned
26 October 2008 [27]
Croatia Ante Mi?e
21 November 2008 [28]
3rd
Cibalia Croatia Sre?ko Lu?i?
Sacked
10 November 2008 [29]
Croatia Stanko Mr?i?
14 November 2008 [30]
11th
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Branko Ivankovi?
Mutual consent
24 November 2008 [31]
Croatia Marijan Vlak
24 November 2008 [31]
1st
Croatia Sesvete Serbia Ljupko Petrovi?
Resigned
7 December 2008 [32]
Croatia Zlatko Kranj?ar
30 December 2008 [33]
10th
Zadar Croatia Ivica Datkovi?
Mutual consent
21 December 2008 [34]
Croatia Dalibor Zebi?
30 December 2008 [35]
12th
Croatia Sesvete Croatia Zlatko Kranj?ar
Resigned
21 February 2009 [36]
Croatia Milan ?uri?i?
3 May 2009 [37]
10th
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Marijan Vlak
Sacked
5 March 2009 [38]
Croatia Krunoslav Jur?i?
5 March 2009 [38]
2nd

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 33 23 5 5 71 26 +45 74 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 33 21 5 7 59 25 +34 68 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
3 Rijeka 33 17 5 11 50 44 +6 56 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
4 Slaven Belupo 33 16 7 10 46 39 +7 55 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round[a]
5 NK Zagreb 33 13 8 12 38 39 −1 47
6 ?ibenik 33 13 7 13 44 35 +9 46
7 Osijek 33 10 11 12 40 41 −1 41
8 Cibalia 33 10 8 15 33 53 −20 38
9 Inter Zapre?i? 33 9 9 15 41 50 −9 36
10 Varteks 33 10 5 18 41 55 −14 35
11 Zadar 33 7 8 18 28 49 −21 29
12 Croatia Sesvete[b](O) 33 6 8 19 31 66 −35 25 Qualification to relegation play-off
Source: prva-hnl.hr (in Croatian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ Because both cup finalists, Dinamo and Hajduk, qualified for Europe through their league positions, all three UEFA Europa League spots were given to teams according to their league positions, what means that fourth-placed Slaven Belupo also earned a spot in Europa League.
  2. ^ Croatia Sesvete were docked 1 point due to unpaid debts to Imotski over player Darko Vu?i?.[39]

Relegation play-off

Due to the expansion of Prva HNL to 16 clubs in the 2009-10 season, four clubs from 2008-09 Druga HNL were automatically promoted. Those should have been top four clubs, but since Slavonac withdrew[6] their direct access spot was taken by fifth-placed Me?imurje. Therefore, the 12th placed Croatia Sesvete played a two-legged relegation play-off against the 6th placed team of Druga HNL, Hrvatski Dragovoljac. Croatia Sesvete won 2-1 on aggregate and thereby earned a spot in the 2009-10 season.

Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Domagoj Ljubi?i? (Osijek)

Croatia Sesvete2 - 1Hrvatski dragovoljac
Vojnovi? Goal 10 Yellow card 41 Yellow-red card 62
?i?mek Goal 90
Report
(in Croatian)
Janjetovi? Goal 67
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Rijeka)

Results

The schedule consisted of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round

Home \ Away CIB CRS DIN HAJ INT OSI RIJ SLA ?IB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 3-1 1-1 1-1 4-3 0-3 3-1 0-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-1
Croatia Sesvete 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-3 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 4-0 3-1 1-4
Dinamo Zagreb 6-0 6-1 0-2 3-1 1-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-1 2-0 3-1
Hajduk Split 2-0 1-0 2-0 3-3 3-1 2-0 3-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 4-0
Inter Zapre?i? 1-2 3-2 1-3 0-4 0-1 2-2 0-0 2-3 2-3 3-1 1-1
Osijek 2-0 4-2 0-2 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 1-3 2-1 3-0 0-2
Rijeka 1-0 2-1 1-0 3-1 0-1 0-0 2-0 0-1 2-1 2-1 0-1
Slaven Belupo 1-0 4-0 2-0 1-2 1-0 4-2 2-1 3-1 2-3 2-1 2-0
?ibenik 4-0 0-1 2-2 1-2 1-1 1-1 3-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-1
Varteks 3-0 2-1 0-1 0-2 1-0 0-0[a] 3-3 2-3 2-1 2-0 2-1
Zadar 2-1 1-2 2-3 1-0 1-1 2-2 0-3 1-1 1-0 1-0 2-1
NK Zagreb 0-0 1-1 2-2 3-0 0-1 2-1 1-1 2-0 0-4 0-3 0-0
Source: prva-hnl.hr (in Croatian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match was suspended after 82 minutes due to heavy fog. However, since more than 80% of the game was played it was officially registered with the score at the moment of suspension (0-0).[40]

Third round

Home \ Away CIB CRS DIN HAJ INT OSI RIJ SLA ?IB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 3-0 3-4 1-1 2-1 2-1
Croatia Sesvete 0-4 0-3 1-1 0-1 2-1
Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 0-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 0-1
Hajduk Split 2-0 5-0 2-2 2-0 0-1 2-0
Inter Zapre?i? 0-0 0-2 3-0 1-0 2-2
Osijek 1-0 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-0
Rijeka 2-0 3-2 2-1 6-2 4-1 2-0
Slaven Belupo 1-1 5-1 1-1 1-0 2-1 2-1
?ibenik 0-2 4-0 2-1 0-1 0-0 2-1
Varteks 1-6 0-1 2-3 2-2 0-0 1-2
Zadar 3-1 1-1 0-3 3-1 0-1
NK Zagreb 4-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 3-1
Source: prva-hnl.hr (in Croatian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Source: HRnogomet.com (in Croatian)

Transfers

See also

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