First League of Serbia and Montenegro

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First League of Serbia and Montenegro
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Founded 1992
Folded 2006
Country Serbia and Montenegro
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Second League of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2004)
Serbian First League (2004–2006)
Montenegrin First League (2004–2006)
Domestic cup(s) Serbia and Montenegro Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last champions Crvena Zvezda
(2005–06)
Most championships Partizan (8 titles)

The First League of Serbia and Montenegro (Serbian: Prva savezna liga; Прва савезна лига) was the top football league of Serbia and Montenegro, before the country's dissolution in 2006. The league was formed following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, effectively succeeding the Yugoslav First League.

From 1993 to 1998, the league abandoned the traditional single-league structure, which was used in the first season, and the division was split into two groups; Group A (known as IA) for the top-seeded teams and Group B (IB) for the other teams. Until 1995–96, the bottom four teams of the IA group were replaced with the top four teams of IB after the first half of the season, once all teams have played each other in their respective group twice. From 1996–97, the system of replacing teams in each group mid-season was scrapped and was only applied at the end of the season. As a consequence, all teams in each group played each other three times a season, playing each other once at home and once away at least. This two-group format was abandoned after the 1997–98 season and the league reverted to the single-league structure.

The republics of Serbia and Montenegro remained united as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, political reform in the country saw it renamed to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003. After Montenegro gained independence in June 2006, the league ceased to exist and has been succeeded by the Serbian SuperLiga and the First League of Montenegro.

Champions

Team No. of titles Winning seasons Runners up
Partizan 8 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
8
Crvena Zvezda 5 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06
5
Obilić 1 1997–98
1

Seasons

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

See also

External links

  • Union of First Federal League Clubs - Meridian SuperLiga
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