Montenegrin First League of Men's Handball

The Montenegrin First League of Men's Handball (in Montenegrin: Prva Muška Liga) is the top men's team handball league in Montenegro. It is organized by the Handball Federation of Montenegro.

Prva Muška Liga
Countries Montenegro
ConfederationEHF
Founded2006
Number of teams8
Level on pyramidLevel 1
International cup(s)EHF Cup Winners' Cup
EHF Cup
EHF Challenge Cup
Current championsLovćen Cetinje
Most championshipsLovćen Cetinje (7)
Websitehttp://www.rscg.me

History

Before independence

During the history, many Montenegrin clubs played in the SFR Yugoslavia / FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro First Handball League. Among them were RK Lovćen, RK Budućnost, RK Mornar, RK Rudar and RK Berane.
The only Montenegrin club who gained trophies in Yugoslav League was RK Lovćen. They gained two champion titles, with four finishes as a runner-up of championship.
Below is the list of Montenegrin clubs' champion titles in the First League of Yugoslavia.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
RK Lovćen Cetinje
2
4
1999-00, 2000–01

After independence

Soon after the Montenegrin independence referendum, Handball Federation of Montenegro founded its own competitions, with the First League as a top-tier competition. During the history, RK Lovćen was most successful side and participated three times on regional SEHA League.
In the league participate eight clubs, and the season have two parts. During the first part, there are 14 weekends, after which are forming two groups - TOP4 (league for the champion) and LAST4 (league for relegation).
First League is one of three men's handball competitions in Montenegro. Other high level competition is Montenegrin Cup.

Period 2006-2015

First title holder in independent Montenegro was RK Lovćen, who won the trophy on season 2006-07. Their biggest opponent at the time was RK Berane, who won the champions' battle during the next season.
Next two years saw the domination of RK Budućnost from Podgorica, who won two consecutive titles. Big incidents on the games were occurred during the both seasons. Match RK Budućnost - RK Lovćen, which decided about national champion, played on May 17, 2009, was the most attended game in the history of Montenegrin First League (4,000 spectators). Budućnost won 28:26 (18:14) and held the first title in the club history. Match ended with incidents in Sports center 'Morača', with the clash of supporters, but the players Goran Đukanović (Budućnost) and Igor Marković (Lovćen) too. Big crowd disturbances previously happened on the game RK Berane - RK Lovćen.[1]
RK Budućnost was dissolved during the summer 2010. During the season 2010-11, RK Mojkovac gained their first-ever trophy, after title race with RK Lovćen.
From 2011 to 2015, RK Lovćen won four consecutive titles. At that time, team from Cetinje played three seasons in SEHA League, while RK Sutjeska participated once.

Period 2016-

With poor performances of RK Lovćen and following earlier relegations of many notable teams as RK Berane or RK Sutjeska, title holder on season 2015-16 was RK Budvanska Rivijera. Next season, the trophy won RK Partizan from Tivat.
New time of RK Lovćen domination started in 2017. Team from Cetinje won two consecutive trophies in seasons 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Champions

From the inaugural season (2006–07), five different clubs won the champion title in Montenegrin First League.

Titles by season

Season Champions Runners-up Third
2006–07 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Berane RK Sutjeska Nikšić
2007–08 RK Berane RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Sutjeska Nikšić
2008–09 RK Budućnost Podgorica RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Sutjeska Nikšić
2009–10 RK Budućnost Podgorica RK Sutjeska Nikšić RK Lovćen Cetinje
2010–11 RK Mojkovac RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Sutjeska Nikšić
2011–12 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Mojkovac RK Sutjeska Nikšić
2012–13 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Mojkovac RK Budvanska rivijera
2013–14 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Budvanska rivijera RK Partizan Tivat
2014–15 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Budvanska Rivijera RK Berane
2015–16 RK Budvanska rivijera RK Partizan Tivat RK Lovćen Cetinje
2016–17 RK Partizan Tivat RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Mojkovac
2017–18 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Partizan Tivat RK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje
2018–19 RK Lovćen Cetinje RK Komovi Andrijevica RK Partizan Tivat

Titles by Club

Montenegrin League

Since 2006, five different clubs won the trophy of Montenegrin handball champion.
Most successful were RK Lovćen Cetinje with 6 titles and now dissolved RK Budućnost Podgorica (2 trophies). With 2 titles from FR Yugoslavia Championship (2000, 2001), two trophies of FRY Cup Winner (2002, 2003) and 5 wins in Montenegrin Cup, RK Lovćen is the most successful participant of Montenegrin First League.
Clubs which have one champions trophy are RK Mojkovac, RK Berane, RK Partizan Tivat and RK Budvanska Rivijera.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
RK Lovćen Cetinje
7
4
2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
RK Budućnost Podgorica
2
-
2009, 2010
RK Budvanska rivijera Budva
1
2
2016
RK Berane
1
1
2008
RK Mojkovac
1
2
2011
RK Partizan Tivat
1
2
2017

Overall

Below is an overall list, with titles won in both leagues - Montenegrin League and FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro Championship.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
RK Lovćen Cetinje
9
8
2000, 2001, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
RK Budućnost Podgorica
2
-
2009, 2010
RK Budvanska rivijera Budva
1
2
2016
RK Berane
1
1
2008
RK Mojkovac
1
2
2011
RK Partizan Tivat
1
2
2017

Performances by clubs

Seasons

During the past, in Montenegrin First League participated 17 different teams. Only one club competed in the all seasons - Lovćen.

ClubParticipationsSeasons
RK Lovćen Cetinje132007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
RK Mojkovac112007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
RK Berane92007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
RK Budvanska rivijera Budva92009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
RK Sutjeska Nikšić82007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
RK Rudar Pljevlja82007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
RK Partizan Tivat82007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
RK Mornar Bar62007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
RK Budućnost Podgorica32008, 2009, 2010
RK Ulcinj32013, 2014, 2015
RK Komovi Andrijevica32016, 2018, 2019
RK Mornar 7 Bar32017, 2018, 2019
RK Danilovgrad22010, 2014
RK Cepelin Cetinje22007, 2012
RK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje22018, 2019
RK Ivangrad Berane22017, 2019
RK Sedmerac Bar12012

Final placements

Below is the list of participants of the First League with their placements during the every single season.

Club07080910111213141516171819
RK Berane 2147687-34---
RK Partizan 77-----352123
RK Budućnost -511---------
RK Budvanska rivijera --56543221--5
RK Cepelin 8----7-------
RK Danilovgrad ---8---7-----
RK Ivangrad ----------6-7
RK Jedinstvo -----------34
RK Komovi ---------7-42
RK Lovćen 1223211113211
RK Mojkovac 566-12256535-
RK Mornar 44877-6------
RK Mornar 7 ----------566
RK Rudar 6-7455--464--
RK Sedmerac -----6-------
RK Sutjeska 33323344-----
RK Ulcinj ------567----

All-time table

All-time Montenegrin First League table is a ranking of all Montenegrin handball clubs based on their performance in top tier. In this ranking 2 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss. Highlighted clubs played in the First League in the 2018/19 season.

Rank Club Seasonsa Games W D L Pts
1RK Lovćen132441991035408
2RK Budvanska Rivijera9172851572185
3RK Mojkovac11194831495180
4RK Sutjeska8160811168173
5RK Berane9172721288156
6RK Partizan813667960143
7RK Rudar8152511091112
8RK Budućnost36452111105
9RK Mornar61123487076
10RK Komovi3461642636
11RK Jedinstvo2341631535
12RK Ulcinj3481243228
13RK Mornar 73421013121
14RK Cepelin234522712
15RK Ivangrad230422410
16RK Sedmerac11841139
17RK Danilovgrad23630336

^a Including the season 2018/19

Attendances by season

Season Avg Overall M H CH CL
2006–07 570 45,600 80 3,000 Berane (1,160) Boka (260)
2007–08 551 34,700 63 2,500 Berane (1,278) Boka (150)
2008–09 651 72,900 112 4,000 Lovćen (875) Budva (286)
2009–10 560 44,800 80 3,000 Budućnost (1,020) Danilovgrad (240)
2010–11 557 33,400 60 1,500 Mojkovac (1,033) Mornar (288)
2011–12 387 28,600 74 1,200 Lovćen (690) Sedmerac (222)
2012–13 448 26,900 60 1,500 Mojkovac (778) Berane (275)
2013–14 402 20,900 52 1,000 Lovćen (522) Danilovgrad (188)
2014–15 434 25,150 58 1,500 Rudar (833) RK Ulcinj (183)
2015–16 388 23,300 60 1,000 Budva (478) Komovi (144)
2016–17 416 17,450 42 1,000 Lovćen (643) Ivangrad (214)
2017–18 313 13,750 44 1,200 Lovćen (457) Mornar 7 (183)
2018–19 331 19,850 60 1,500 Ivangrad (575) Partizan (167)
2019–20 473 18,900 40 1,500 Rudar (1,000) Partizan (100)

M = Number of matches (only matches with spectators counted); H = Highest attendance on one match; CH = Club with highest average attendance; CL = Club with lowest average attendance

Current season

At the first part of competition, seven teams play a two-round robin competition. In second phase, four best-placed teams are playing six-weeks long League for champion, while all the others are participating in playout.
The following clubs compete in the First League during the 2019–20 season.

Team City Arena Capacity
Budvanska Rivijera Budva Mediterranean SC 1,500
Danilovgrad Danilovgrad City Hall 1,000
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje SC Nikoljac 3,000
Komovi Andrijevica Gradska dvorana Berane 2,200
Lovćen Cetinje SRC Lovćen 1,500
Mornar 7 Bar Topolica 3,000
Partizan Tivat Župa 1,500
Rudar Pljevlja SC Ada 3,000

Montenegrin handball clubs in SEHA League

Southeastern European Handball Association League, or SEHA League is founded at 2011, and Montenegrin clubs were part of it since first season. Most successful Montenegrin representative in regional league was RK Lovćen.
Below is list of participation of Montenegrin clubs by every season of SEHA League.

Season Club Pos G W D L
2011–12 RK Lovćen Cetinje
6
21
12
0
9
RK Sutjeska Nikšić
10
21
3
1
17
2012–13 RK Lovćen Cetinje
6
18
9
2
7
2013–14 RK Lovćen Cetinje
9
18
3
2
13

Montenegrin handball clubs in European competitions

Montenegrin men's handball clubs are participating in the EHF competitions since the season 1995–96.
First team which ever competed at the European cups was Mornar Bar and most successful Montenegrin represent in the European competitions is Lovćen Cetinje. The other Montenegrin clubs which competed at the EHF competitions are Berane, Rudar Pljevlja, Budućnost Podgorica, Sutjeska Nikšić, Mojkovac and Budvanska rivijera Budva.
The greatest result in the European cups made RK Lovćen during the season 2000–01. As a champion of FR Yugoslavia, Lovćen won fifth place in the EHF Champions League.
Below is a list of Montenegrin teams which played in the European competitions.

Club S G W D L GD Pts
Lovćen Cetinje 19 71 27 4 40 1808:1905 56
Berane 4 16 10 0 6 459:453 20
Budućnost Podgorica 2 16 9 2 5 483:450 20
Sutjeska Nikšić 5 14 3 2 9 323:372 11
Mornar Bar 4 10 4 0 6 282:280 8
Mojkovac 4 10 3 0 7 200:274 6
Partizan Tivat 3 8 1 3 4 187:231 5
Rudar Pljevlja 1 4 2 0 2 97:114 4
Budvanska rivijera Budva 3 6 0 0 6 135:171 0
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 1 2 0 0 2 46:73 0
10 TEAMS 157 59 11 87 4020:4323 129

S - seasons; G - games; W - wins; D - draws; L - losses; GD - goal difference; Pts - points (win = 2pts; draw = 1)

See also

References

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