Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the top handball league in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The league is operated by the Handball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is composed of 16 teams. The champion is seeded into the EHF Champions League. Second team is seeded into EHF Cup, while third and fourth teams go to EHF Challenge Cup. The winner of the league cup is seeded into the EHF Cup Winner's Cup.

Handball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Premijer liga Bosne i Hercegovine
Current season, competition or edition:
2019–20 season
Countries Bosnia and Herzegovina
ConfederationEHF
Founded2001
Number of teams15
International cup(s)EHF Champions League
EHF Cup
EHF Challenge Cup
Current championsHRK Izviđač (6th title)
Most championshipsBosna Sarajevo (7 titles)
Websitersbih.com (in Bosnian)

Premier handball league for men

2016/17 Season participants

The following 15 clubs compete in the Handball Premier League during the 2016–17 season.[1]

Team City Arena
HRK Izviđač CO Ljubuški Sports Hall Ljubuški
RK Borac m:tel Banja Luka JUSC Borik
RK Bosna Sarajevo Zetra Olympic Hall
RK Čelik Zenica Sportski Centar Kamberovića polje
RK Derventa Derventa Sportska Dvorana Derventa
RK Goražde Goražde Dvorana Mirsad Hurić
RK Hercegovina Nevesinje Sportska dvorana "Nevesinjka"
RK Konjuh Živinice Gradska Dvorana
RK Krajina Cazin Sportska Dvorana Cazin
RK Krivaja Zavidovići Gradska dvorana
RK Maglaj Maglaj Gradska dvorana Pobjeda
RK Prijedor Prijedor Sportska dvorana Mladost
RK Sloga Doboj Dvorana Srednjoškolskog Centra Doboj
Vogošća Poljine Hills Vogošća Sportska Dvorana Amel Bečković
HMRK Zrinjski Mostar Dvorana Bijeli Brijeg

Champions by year

United Premier league exists from 2001. Till that year, in Bosnia there were three separated federations and championships. EHF recognized only that of official Handball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina based in Sarajevo.

In years 1998 and 1999 playoffs were held, with teams competing from Federation based in Sarajevo, and Handball Federation of Herzeg-Bosnia. In 2001 clubs from Republika Srpska and their Federation participated, and for the first time after Bosnian War, clubs from all of Bosnia and Herzegovina were competing with each other. Sadly, next year, in 2001 clubs from Republika Srpska refused to play, and therefore playoffs were not played. Only in 2002 was this drama of Bosnian handball ended. In 2001 united Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina started, which was a turning point for better quality of teams in years to come.

Regional championships

Year Handball Federation B&H Republika Srpska Herzeg-Bosnia Play-off
1994 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka - -
1995 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1996 Sloboda Solana Tuzla Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1997 Bosna Visoko Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški -
1998 Borac Travnik Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Borac Travnik
1999 Bosna Visoko Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Bosna Visoko
2000 ? Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Izviđač Ljubuški
2001 Gračanica Borac Banja Luka Izviđač Ljubuški Not played

Note: Till united league, only Handball Federation of B&H was officially recognized by European Handball Federation, and also International Handball Federation. Bolded teams are declared as official winners of Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

List of champions

Champions of united Premier league of Bosnia and Herzegovina which started from 2001.

Performance by club

Club Titles Years
RK Bosna Sarajevo
7
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
HRK Izviđač
6
2002, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2018, 2019
RK Borac Banja Luka
4
2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
RK Sloga Doboj
1
2012

Including titles in SFR Yugoslavia championship

Club Titles Years
RK Borac Banja Luka
11
1959, 1960, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
RK Bosna Sarajevo
7
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
HRK Izviđač
6
2002, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2018, 2019
RK Sloga Doboj
1
2012
RK Željezničar
1
1978

EHF Ranking

As of 28 November 2012[2]
Current
Ranking
Movement Last Season
Ranking
League Coefficient
12 (15) Super League 23.58
13 (13) Elitserien 23.08
14 (14) Premier League 22.33
15 (18) Superleague 21.17
16 (16) Ekstraklasa 19.83

Premier handball league for women

Play off champions

Season Champion
1998Interinvest, Mostar
1999Interinvest, Mostar
2000Interinvest, Mostar

Premier league champions

Season Champion
2001–2002Zrinjski, Mostar
2002–2003Ljubuški HO, Ljubuški
2003–2004Galeb, Mostar
2004–2005Zrinjski, Mostar
2005–2006Zrinjski, Mostar
2006-2007Borac, Banja Luka
2007-2008Borac, Banja Luka
2008-2009Borac, Banja Luka
2009-2010Borac, Banja Luka
2010-2011Borac, Banja Luka
2011-2012Borac, Banja Luka
2012-2013Zrinjski, Mostar
2013-2014Mira, Prijedor
2014-2015HŽRK Grude, Grude
2015-2016HŽRK Grude, Grude
2016-2017HŽRK Grude, Grude
2017-2018HŽRK Grude, Grude
2018-2019HŽRK Grude, Grude

Note: Interinvest Mostar merged with Zrinjski

Champions of regional leagues

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Season Women's champion
1993–1994Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1994–1995Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1995–1996Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1996–1997Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1997–1998Jedinstvo, Tuzla
1998–1999Zmaj od Bosne, Tuzla
1999–2000Jedinstvo, Tuzla
2000–2001Gorica Iskra, Bugojno

Herzeg-Bosnia

Season Women's champion
1994?
1994–1995?
1995–1996?
1996–1997?
1997–1998Interinvest, Mostar
1998–1999Interinvest, Mostar
1999–2000Interinvest, Mostar
2000–2001?

See also

References

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