2015–16 Croatian First Football League

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MAXtv Prva Liga
Season 2015–16
Champions Dinamo Zagreb
Relegated NK Zagreb
Champions League Dinamo Zagreb
Europa League Rijeka
Hajduk Split
Lokomotiva
Matches played 180
Goals scored 410 (2.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Ilija Nestorovski (25)
Biggest home win Lokomotiva 6–1 Istra 1961
Rijeka 5–0 Osijek
Biggest away win Lokomotiva 0–4 Dinamo
Highest scoring Lokomotiva 6–1 Istra 1961
Longest winning run Dinamo Zagreb (12)
Longest unbeaten run Rijeka (22)
Longest winless run Istra 1961 (23)
Longest losing run Istra 1961, Osijek, NK Zagreb (4)
Highest attendance 24,621
(Hajduk Split 0–3 Rijeka)
Lowest attendance 120
(Zagreb 2–0 RNK Split)
Total attendance 442,952[1][2]
Average attendance 2,461[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

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

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 6,011[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

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Mamić, ZoranZoran Mamić Croatia Antolić, DomagojDomagoj Antolić Puma
Hajduk Split Croatia Burić, DamirDamir Burić Croatia Milović, GoranGoran Milović Macron Tommy
Inter Zaprešić Croatia Toplak, SamirSamir Toplak Croatia CzosicMarko Ćosić Joma Veleučilište Baltazar Zaprešić
Istra 1961 Croatia Panadić, AndrejAndrej Panadić Croatia Tomić, DarioDario Tomić Erreà Croatia Osiguranje
Lokomotiva Croatia CzukSreten Ćuk Croatia Leko, JerkoJerko Leko Nike Crodux
Osijek Croatia Zekić, ZoranZoran Zekić Croatia Kurtović, HrvojeHrvoje Kurtović Jako Osječko
Rijeka Slovenia Kek, MatjažMatjaž Kek Croatia Močinić, IvanIvan Močinić Jako
Slaven Belupo Croatia Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić Croatia Delić, MateasMateas Delić adidas Belupo
RNK Split Croatia Sablić, GoranGoran Sablić Croatia Zagorac, DanijelDanijel Zagorac Jako Skladgradnja
NK Zagreb Croatia Madunović, DraženDražen Madunović Croatia Stepčić, ValentinoValentino Stepčić Kappa

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Hajduk Split Croatia Vukas, HariHari Vukas Removed from position 1 June 2015[15] Croatia Burić, DamirDamir Burić 1 June 2015[15] Pre-season
Osijek Croatia SzuszakIvo Šušak Contract expired 1 June 2015[16] Croatia Besek, DraženDražen Besek 14 June 2015[16] Pre-season
Slaven Belupo Croatia CzaczicAnte Čačić Signed by Lokomotiva 3 June 2015[17] Croatia Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić 10 June 2015[18] Pre-season
Lokomotiva Croatia Pinčić, MarkoMarko Pinčić (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 3 June 2015[17] Croatia CzaczicAnte Čačić 3 June 2015[17] Pre-season
NK Zagreb Croatia Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić Signed by Slaven Belupo 9 June 2015[18] Croatia Vincetić, GoranGoran Vincetić 9 June 2015[18] Pre-season
Osijek Croatia Besek, DraženDražen Besek Sacked 1 September 2015[19] Croatia Zekić, ZoranZoran Zekić 1 September 2015[19] 9th
Lokomotiva Croatia CzaczicAnte Čačić Signed by Croatia 21 September 2015 Croatia CzukSreten Ćuk 22 September 2015[20] 5th
RNK Split Croatia Vulić, ZoranZoran Vulić Mutual consent 30 September 2015[21] Croatia Sablić, GoranGoran Sablić 30 September 2015[21] 4th
Istra 1961 Croatia Pamić, IgorIgor Pamić Sacked 5 October 2015[22] Croatia Rubčić, RobertRobert Rubčić (caretaker) 5 October 2015[22] 7th
Istra 1961 Croatia Rubčić, RobertRobert Rubčić (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 4 January 2016[23] Croatia Panadić, AndrejAndrej Panadić 4 January 2016[23] 8th

League table

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 to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Rijeka 36 21 14 1 56 20 +36 77 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
3 Hajduk Split 36 17 10 9 46 28 +18 61 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
4 Lokomotiva 36 16 4 16 56 53 +3 52 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
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 36 4 12 20 23 58 −35 24 Qualification to Relegation play-off
10 NK Zagreb (R) 36 3 8 25 27 64 −37 17 Relegation to 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; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Since the winners of the 2015–16 Croatian Football Cup, Dinamo Zagreb, qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winner (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the runners-up. The remaining spots for European competitons have been adjusted accordingly, and the third-placed and fourth-placed teams qualify for Europa League second qualifying round and Europa League first qualifying round repectively.

Results

Relegation play-off

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

29 May 2016
19:00
Šibenik 1 – 1 Istra 1961
Šare Goal 87' Report Trojak Goal 18'
Stadion Šubićevac, Šibenik
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bruno Marić (Daruvar)

Second leg

1 June 2016
20:15
Istra 1961 Šibenik
Stadion Aldo Drosina, Pula
Referee: Fran Jović (Zagreb)

Top scorers

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

References

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