2015–16 Croatian First Football League

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MAXtv Prva Liga
Season2015–16
ChampionsDinamo Zagreb
RelegatedNK Zagreb
Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb
Europa LeagueRijeka
Hajduk Split
Lokomotiva
Matches played180
Goals scored410 (2.28 per match)
Top goalscorerIlija Nestorovski (25)
Biggest home winLokomotiva 6–1 Istra 1961
Rijeka 5–0 Osijek
Biggest away winLokomotiva 0–4 Dinamo
Highest scoringLokomotiva 6–1 Istra 1961
Longest winning runDinamo Zagreb (12)
Longest unbeaten runRijeka (22)
Longest winless runIstra 1961 (23)
Longest losing runIstra 1961, Osijek, NK Zagreb (4)
Highest attendance24,621
(Hajduk Split 0–3 Rijeka)
Lowest attendance138
(Zagreb 2–0 RNK Split)
Total attendance442,952[1][2]
Average attendance2,461[1][2]
All statistics correct as of 14 May 2016[2].

The 2015–16 Croatian First Football League (officially known as MAXtv Prva Liga for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 10 July 2015 and ended on 14 May 2016.[3]

The league was contested by ten teams and played in a quadruple round robin format, with each team playing every other team four times over 36 rounds. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their tenth consecutive title in 2014–15. At the end of the previous season Zadar were relegated, ending their eight-season spell in top flight. They were replaced by Inter Zaprešić, who returned to the top level after two seasons in the second division.

Teams[edit]

On 20 April 2015, Croatian Football Federation announced that the first stage of licensing procedure for 2015–16 season was complete. For the 2015–16 Prva HNL, only six clubs were issued a top level license: Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Lokomotiva, Rijeka, Slaven Belupo and NK Zagreb. These clubs were also issued a license for participation in UEFA competitions. In the second stage of licensing, clubs that were not licensed in the first stage appealed the decision.[4] On 20 May 2015, all remaining Prva HNL clubs were granted top level license. Additionally, Istra 1961 and RNK Split obtained a license for UEFA competitions. Only three teams from Druga HNL acquired the top level license: Inter Zaprešić, Sesvete and Hrvatski Dragovoljac.[5]

The following teams participated in the 2015–16 Prva HNL.

Locations of teams in 2015–16 Prva HNL

Stadia and locations[edit]

Stadium City Home club Licensed club(s) Capacity
Maksimir Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 38,079[6]
Poljud Split Hajduk Split 34,448[7]
ŠRC Zaprešić Zaprešić Inter Zaprešić 5,228[8]
Aldo Drosina Pula Istra 1961 8,923[9]
Gradski vrt Osijek Osijek 22,050[10]
Rujevica Rijeka Rijeka 6,036[11]
Gradski stadion Koprivnica Slaven Belupo 3,134[12]
Park mladeži Split RNK Split 4,075[13]
Kranjčevićeva Zagreb NK Zagreb Lokomotiva 8,850[14]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Zoran Mamić Croatia Domagoj Antolić Puma
Hajduk Split Croatia Damir Burić Croatia Goran Milović Macron Tommy
Inter Zaprešić Croatia Samir Toplak Croatia Marko Ćosić Joma Veleučilište Baltazar Zaprešić
Istra 1961 Croatia Andrej Panadić Croatia Dario Tomić Erreà Croatia Osiguranje
Lokomotiva Croatia Sreten Ćuk Croatia Jerko Leko Nike Crodux
Osijek Croatia Zoran Zekić Croatia Hrvoje Kurtović Jako Osječko
Rijeka Slovenia Matjaž Kek Croatia Ivan Močinić Jako
Slaven Belupo Croatia Željko Kopić Croatia Mateas Delić adidas Belupo
RNK Split Croatia Goran Sablić Croatia Danijel Zagorac Jako Skladgradnja
NK Zagreb Croatia Dražen Madunović Croatia Valentino Stepčić Kappa

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Hajduk Split Croatia Hari Vukas Removed from position 1 June 2015[15] Croatia Damir Burić 1 June 2015[15] Pre-season
Osijek Croatia Ivo Šušak Contract expired 1 June 2015[16] Croatia Dražen Besek 14 June 2015[16] Pre-season
Slaven Belupo Croatia Ante Čačić Signed by Lokomotiva 3 June 2015[17] Croatia Željko Kopić 10 June 2015[18] Pre-season
Lokomotiva Croatia Marko Pinčić (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 3 June 2015[17] Croatia Ante Čačić 3 June 2015[17] Pre-season
NK Zagreb Croatia Željko Kopić Signed by Slaven Belupo 9 June 2015[18] Croatia Goran Vincetić 9 June 2015[18] Pre-season
Osijek Croatia Dražen Besek Sacked 1 September 2015[19] Croatia Zoran Zekić 1 September 2015[19] 9th
Lokomotiva Croatia Ante Čačić Signed by Croatia 21 September 2015 Croatia Sreten Ćuk 22 September 2015[20] 5th
RNK Split Croatia Zoran Vulić Mutual consent 30 September 2015[21] Croatia Goran Sablić 30 September 2015[21] 4th
Istra 1961 Croatia Igor Pamić Sacked 5 October 2015[22] Croatia Robert Rubčić (caretaker) 5 October 2015[22] 7th
Istra 1961 Croatia Robert Rubčić (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 4 January 2016[23] Croatia Andrej Panadić 4 January 2016[23] 8th

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 36 26 7 3 67 19 +48 85 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round[a]
2 Rijeka 36 21 14 1 56 20 +36 77 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
3 Hajduk Split 36 17 10 9 46 28 +18 61 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
4 Lokomotiva 36 16 4 16 56 53 +3 52 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
5 Inter Zaprešić 36 11 14 11 39 48 −9 47
6 RNK Split 36 10 16 10 28 29 −1 46
7 Slaven Belupo 36 10 12 14 41 42 −1 42
8 Osijek 36 7 13 16 27 49 −22 34
9 Istra 1961 (O) 36 4 12 20 23 58 −35 24 Qualification for the relegation play-off
10 NK Zagreb (R) 36 3 8 25 27 64 −37 17 Relegation to the Croatian Second Football League
Source: PrvaHNL.hr, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored (at home if two teams tied); 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Play-off
(Note: Criteria 2-4 and 7 is only used if deciding Champion, teams to international competition or teams for relegation and in that case criteria 6 will not be used).[24]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Dinamo Zagreb qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Croatian Football Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.

Results[edit]

Relegation play-offs[edit]

At the end of the season, ninth placed Istra 1961 qualified for a two-legged relegation play-off tie against Šibenik, runners-up of the 2015–16 Croatian Second Football League.

First leg[edit]

Šibenik1–1Istra 1961
Šare Goal 87' Report Trojak Goal 18'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bruno Marić (Daruvar)

Second leg[edit]

2–2 on aggregate. Istra 1961 won 5–4 on penalties.

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 14 May 2016[25][26]
Rank Player Club Goals Apps Minutes played
1 Republic of Macedonia Ilija Nestorovski Inter Zaprešić 25 33 2968
2 Republic of Macedonia Muzafer Ejupi Slaven Belupo 16 32 2429
3 Slovenia Roman Bezjak Rijeka 13 32 2625
Bosnia and Herzegovina Armin Hodžić Dinamo Zagreb 24 1350
5 Croatia Franko Andrijašević Lokomotiva 12 28 2354
Chile Junior Fernandes Dinamo Zagreb 28 2119
Bosnia and Herzegovina Tino-Sven Sušić Hajduk Split 27 2305
8 Croatia Gabrijel Boban NK Zagreb 10 31 2699
9 Albania Bekim Balaj Rijeka 9 31 1856
Albania Eros Grezda Lokomotiva 29 2004

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Attendance statistics MAXtv Prva Liga. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c hrnogomet.hr
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  14. ^ "Stadion Kranjčevićeva". soccerway.com. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
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  17. ^ a b c Bradovski, Mihaela (3 June 2015). "Ante Čačić brzo pronašao novi angažman, povratak u Lokomotivu nakon tri i pol godine". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  18. ^ a b c Korać, Branimir (9 June 2015). "Željko Kopić napustio Zagreb, Goran Vincetić došao na njegovo mjesto". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  19. ^ a b Rupnik, Borna (1 September 2015). "Smjena u Osijeku: Dražen Besek otišao, Zoran Zekić preuzeo prvu momčad". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  20. ^ Sreten Ćuk novi je trener Lokomotive PrvaHNL.hr. (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  21. ^ a b "Zoran Vulić povukao se s klupe Splita, zamijenio ga Goran Sablić". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). 30 September 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  22. ^ a b Korać, Branimir (5 October 2015). "Igor Pamić dobio otkaz, Robert Rubčić privremeno preuzeo prvu momčad". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Istra 1961 dobila novog trenera, Andrej Panadić na klupi Puljana". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). 4 January 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Propozicije natjecanja za prvenstvo MAXtv prve lige za natjecateljsku godinu 2015/2016" (pdf) (in Croatian). Croatian Football Federation. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  25. ^ PrvaHNL.hr
  26. ^ Soccerway - Players

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