1952 Yugoslav First League

The First Federal League of Yugoslavia's 1952 season (colloquially the Yugoslav First League) was shortened and sped-up. It was completed over a period of little more than three and a half months, beginning on 2 March 1952 and finishing on 22 June 1952. The reason for the changes was a desire to start the next season in the fall of 1952, thus implementing the fall-spring format that had become a norm all across Europe by this time.

Prva savezna liga
Season1952
ChampionsHajduk Split (4th title)
RelegatedRabotnički
Mačva Šabac
1951

The clubs were initially divided into two groups of six teams each, where everyone within a given group played each other twice (home and away).

Then, according to the placement in these preliminary groups, three new groups were formed:

  • First two teams in each of the two preliminary groups advanced to the 4-team group, the winner of which would become a champion.
  • Teams placed 3rd and 4th in each of the two preliminary groups got to move to a 4-team group that would decide final league standings from 5th to 8th place.
  • The bottom two teams in each of the two preliminary groups moved to a 4-team group that would decide final league standings at the bottom (places 9th through 12th) and thus determine who gets relegated to the Second League.

LeagueEdit

Preliminary stageEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dinamo Zagreb 10 8 0 2 27 13 +14 16 Qualification for Championship group
2 Lokomotiva 10 7 0 3 20 9 +11 14
3 Partizan 10 6 0 4 24 15 +9 12 Qualification for Central group
4 Vojvodina 10 5 0 5 21 15 +6 10
5 Rabotnički 10 2 1 7 9 30 −21 5 Qualification for Relegation group
6 Mačva Šabac 10 1 1 8 10 29 −19 3
Source: rsssf.com
Home \ Away DIN LOK MAČ PAR RAB VOJ
Dinamo Zagreb 5–2 5–1 3–1 4–1 3–2
Lokomotiva 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–1
Mačva Šabac 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–5
Partizan 0–3 2–1 6–3 1–0 1–2
Rabotnički 3–0 0–4 2–1 0–8 0–3
Vojvodina 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–4 5–2
Source: DataSoccer.it
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Red Star Belgrade 10 7 0 3 20 16 +4 14 Qualification for Championship group
2 Hajduk Split 10 6 0 4 23 11 +12 12
3 BSK Belgrade 10 4 2 4 19 12 +7 10 Qualification for Central group
4 Vardar 10 5 0 5 13 18 −5 10
5 NK Zagreb 10 3 2 5 7 12 −5 8 Qualification for Relegation group
6 Sarajevo 10 3 0 7 8 21 −13 6
Source: rsssf.com
Home \ Away BSK HAJ RSB SAR VAR ZAG
BSK Belgrade 0–1 4–2 3–0 6–0 0–0
Hajduk Split 2–3 6–0 4–0 2–1 2–1
Red Star Belgrade 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0
Sarajevo 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–0
Vardar 1–0 0–5 2–1 5–0 2–1
NK Zagreb 0–0 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–0
Source: DataSoccer.it
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Final roundEdit

Championship groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hajduk Split (C) 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 9
2 Red Star Belgrade 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 8
3 Lokomotiva 6 2 0 4 12 19 −7 4
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 0 3 3 8 14 −6 3
Source: rsssf.com
(C) Champion.
Home \ Away DIN HAJ LOK RSB
Dinamo Zagreb 0–3 2–4 0–0
Hajduk Split 1–1 2–0 2–0
Lokomotiva 4–3 2–4 2–3
Red Star Belgrade 2–2 1–0 5–0
Source: DataSoccer.it
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Central groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5 BSK Belgrade 6 5 1 0 15 6 +9 11
6 Partizan 6 3 1 2 17 11 +6 7
7 Vardar 6 2 1 3 8 15 −7 5
8 Vojvodina 6 0 1 5 7 15 −8 1
Source: rsssf.com
Home \ Away BSK PAR VAR VOJ
BSK Belgrade 3–2 5–1 2–1
Partizan 1–2 7–1 5–5
Vardar 1–1 0–1 3–1
Vojvodina 0–2 0–1 0–2
Source: DataSoccer.it
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
9 Sarajevo 6 3 2 1 8 3 +5 8
10 NK Zagreb 6 2 3 1 6 6 0 7
11 Rabotnički (R) 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4 5 Relegation to Yugoslav Second League
12 Mačva Šabac (R) 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 4
Source: rsssf.com
(R) Relegated.
Home \ Away MAČ RAB SAR ZAG
Mačva Šabac 3–1 0–1 2–2
Rabotnički 3–2 1–1 3–1
Sarajevo 1–0 5–1 0–0
NK Zagreb 0–0 2–1 1–0
Source: DataSoccer.it
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Stanoje Jocić BSK Belgrade 13
2   Vladimir Firm Lokomotiva 11
3   Drago Hmeljina Lokomotiva 10

See alsoEdit

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