Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball

The Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball is the top women's team handball league in Montenegro. It is organised by the Handball Federation of Montenegro.

Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball
SportHandball
Founded2006
FounderHandball Federation of Montenegro
No. of teams6[1]
Country Montenegro
Continent Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Budućnost
Most titlesBudućnost (13 titles in independent Montenegro, 31 overall)
TV partner(s)RTCG
International cup(s)Champions League
EHF Cup
Challenge Cup
Official websiteMontenegrin Handball Federation

History

Before independence

Since 2006, Montenegrin women's handball clubs played in the competitions of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Most successful was ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica, who gained 18 champion titles in Yugoslav championship, with three European trophies (1985, 1986, 2006). Budućnost was most successful Yugoslav handball club, and except them, in the Yugoslav First League often played ŽRK Danilovgrad.
ŽRK Budućnost was the champion of Yugoslavia in seasons 1984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993-1994, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06.

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 for women. During the all history, ŽRK Budućnost was strongly dominant side, won every single trophy of national champion.
The league comprises four teams. ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica is directly qualified to the final four.
Except all domestic competitions, ŽRK Budućnost won the EHF Champions League on seasons 2011–12 and 2014–15, and EHF Cup Winners' Cup 2009-10.

Champions

From the inaugural season (2006/07), ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica won all the champion titles in Montenegrin First League of Women's Handball.

Titles by season

SeasonChampionRunner up
2006–07ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Nikšić
2007–08ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Nikšić
2008–09ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
2009–10ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
2010–11ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
2011–12ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
2012–13ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Danilovgrad
2013–14ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Danilovgrad
2014–15ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Danilovgrad
2015–16ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Danilovgrad
2016–17ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Danilovgrad
2017–18ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Levalea Nikšić
2018–19ŽRK Budućnost PodgoricaŽRK Levalea Nikšić

Titles by Club

ClubTitles / MontenegroYears WonTitles / YugoslaviaYears Won
ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica132006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017-18, 2018–19181984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993-1994, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06

Montenegrin women's handball clubs in WRH League

Women Regional Handball League (WRHL) is founded on 2009, and Montenegrin clubs are participating from its inaugural season. As one of strongest European clubs, ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica dominated in the history of competition, often playing seasons without any defeat. So, ŽRK Budućnost won five titles during the six seasons of WRHL.
Below is list of participation of Montenegrin clubs by every season of WRHL.

Season Club Pos G W D L Note
2008-09 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2
10
7
0
3
2009-10 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
12
9
1
2
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
6
10
1
0
9
2010-11 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
14
13
0
1
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
6
12
3
0
9
2011-12 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
14
14
0
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
7
12
0
0
12
2012-13 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
16
13
1
2
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
8
14
1
0
13
2013-14 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
10
9
1
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Danilovgrad
6
10
0
0
10
2014-15 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
6
6
0
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Danilovgrad
2
6
4
0
2
2016-17 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2
8
5
0
3
2017-18 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
2
6
3
0
3
2018-19 ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
1
6
6
0
0
CHAMPIONS
ŽRK Rudar Pljevlja
4
6
1
0
5

Montenegrin women's handball clubs in European competitions

Montenegrin women's handball clubs are participating in the EHF competitions since the season 1984/85.

Honours

Montenegrin side ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica was extremely successful in the European Cups and today is among the best and most-trophied European and global women's handball teams. They are most successful Montenegrin sports team in European Cups, too. ŽRK Budućnost won six European titles, and among them are:

All time list

Except ŽRK Budućnost, until today, representatives of Montenegro in women's EHF competitions were ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja, ŽRK Danilovgrad, ŽRK Nikšić and ŽRK Petrol Bonus Podgorica.
Below is the list of performances of Montenegrin women's handball teams in European competitions.

Team Seasons G W D L
ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica
32
317
185
26
106
ŽRK Biseri Pljevlja
5
12
1
0
11
ŽRK Danilovgrad
4
8
1
1
6
ŽRK Petrol Bonus Podgorica
1
4
2
0
2
ŽRK Nikšić
1
4
1
0
3

As of the end of EHF competitions 2018–19 season.

See also

References

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