First NL

CountryCroatiaCroatia
Season2023

The First NL, also known as Prva HNL or the Croatian First Football League, is the top professional football league in Croatia. It was founded in 1991 following the dissolution of the Yugoslav League and is operated by the Croatian Football Federation. The league is contested by ten clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Croatian Second Football League.

The inaugural season began in February 1992 and was played in a single round-robin format. Due to the ongoing Croatian War of Independence, several clubs were unable to participate in the league. The first season was completed in June 1992, with the club Hajduk Split becoming the first champions.

Since then, the league has evolved and expanded, with a varying number of clubs participating each season. The most successful club in the history of the league is Dinamo Zagreb, having won the title more than 20 times. Other notable clubs include Hajduk Split, Rijeka, and Osijek.

The First NL is known for its passionate fans and intense rivalries, particularly the "Eternal Derby" between Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split. This match is one of the most anticipated and watched events in Croatian sport.

The league has also produced many notable players who have gone on to have successful careers in some of Europe's top leagues and represent Croatia in international competitions, including the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship. Some of these players include Luka Modrić, Mario Mandžukić, and Ivan Rakitić.

Despite facing challenges such as financial instability and match-fixing allegations, the First NL has managed to maintain its status as the premier football competition in Croatia. It continues to be a breeding ground for talented players and a source of national pride.

The league's format has seen several changes over the years. Currently, each team plays each other four times during a season, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 matches. The team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned champion, while the bottom-placed team is relegated to the Second League. The team finishing in ninth place enters a relegation playoff against the second-placed team from the Second League.

The First NL has grown in stature and popularity since its inception, with its matches being broadcast in several countries. Despite its relatively small size, the league has made a significant impact on the European football scene, both in terms of player development and club performances in European competitions. The league's clubs have had notable success in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, particularly Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split.

In conclusion, the First NL is more than just a football league; it is a symbol of Croatian national identity and a testament to the country's love for the beautiful game. It has faced numerous challenges since its inception, but it continues to thrive and contribute to the global football landscape.

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First NL Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for First NL in 2023

Player Team Goals
hnk-cibalia 15
vukovar 10
vukovar 10
sibenik 9
sibenik 9
croatia-zmijavci 8
jarun 8
dubrava-zagreb 8
sibenik 8
dugopolje 8

First NL standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Zrinski Jurjevac players, news and schedule Zrinski Jurjevac 25 19 3 3 41 13 28 60
2 Sibenik players, news and schedule Sibenik 24 17 4 3 47 15 32 55
3 Vukovar players, news and schedule Vukovar 25 13 8 4 42 26 16 47
4 Jarun players, news and schedule Jarun 25 10 3 12 27 35 -8 33
5 Dugopolje players, news and schedule Dugopolje 25 7 11 7 31 29 2 32
6 Sesvete players, news and schedule Sesvete 25 9 5 11 26 27 -1 32
7 HNK Cibalia players, news and schedule HNK Cibalia 25 9 2 14 27 42 -15 29
8 Dubrava Zagreb players, news and schedule Dubrava Zagreb 25 7 6 12 25 37 -12 27
9 Croatia Zmijavci players, news and schedule Croatia Zmijavci 25 5 10 10 29 36 -7 25
10 Bsk Bijelo Brdo players, news and schedule Bsk Bijelo Brdo 25 4 12 9 25 32 -7 24
11 Orijent 1919 players, news and schedule Orijent 1919 24 5 7 12 27 43 -16 22
12 Solin players, news and schedule Solin 25 3 11 11 24 36 -12 20

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 81/113 72%
Over/Under 18/23 78%
League Correct %
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 28/34 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 50/62 81%
World Cup - Qualification Asia logo World Cup - Qualification Asia 28/35 80%
First League logo First League 118/150 79%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 65/83 78%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 113/144 78%
Primera División Femenina logo Primera División Femenina 103/136 76%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 130/170 76%