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1973–74 Yugoslav First League (Prva savezna liga Jugoslavije, Prvenstvo 1973/74) competition was the 46th top league season since 1923 in various incarnations of Yugoslavia. It was won by Hajduk Split by the tightest of margins over second placed Velež. The two teams were tied on points at the end of the season, so the goal difference decided the title.

Prva savezna liga
Season1973–74
Dates19 August 1973 – 14 May 1974
ChampionsHajduk Split
(5th Federal League title)
(7th Yugoslav title overall)
RelegatedBorac Banja Luka
NK Zagreb
European CupHajduk Split
Cup Winners' CupRed Star
UEFA CupVelež
Partizan
Top goalscorerDanilo Popivoda (17)

Had the current three-points-for-a-win system been in use instead of the standard two-points-for-a-win that was used at the time, Velež Mostar would have been champions with 64 points, while Hajduk would have been be second with 63.

This was Hajduk's 7th league title overall (their 5th after the World War II).

TeamsEdit

A total of eighteen teams contested the league, including sixteen sides from the 1972–73 season and two sides promoted from the 1972–73 Yugoslav Second League (YSL) as winners of the two second level divisions East and West. The league was contested in a double round robin format, with each club playing every other club twice, for a total of 34 rounds. Two points were awarded for wins and one point for draws.

Spartak Subotica and Sutjeska Nikšić were relegated from the 1972–73 Yugoslav First League after finishing the season in bottom two places of the league table. The two clubs promoted to top level were Proleter Zrenjanin and NK Zagreb.

Team Location Federal Republic Position
in 1972–73
Bor Bor   SR Serbia 01515th
Borac Banja Luka Banja Luka   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 01212th
Čelik Zenica   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 01414th
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb   SR Croatia 0088th
Hajduk Split Split   SR Croatia 0099th
OFK Belgrade Belgrade   SR Serbia 0033rd
Olimpija Ljubljana Ljubljana   SR Slovenia 01616th
Partizan Belgrade   SR Serbia 0044th
Proleter Zrenjanin Zrenjanin   SR Serbia N/A
Radnički Niš Niš   SR Serbia 01111th
Red Star Belgrade   SR Serbia 0011st
Sarajevo Sarajevo   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0077th
Sloboda Tuzla   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0066th
Vardar Skopje   SR Macedonia 01010th
Velež Mostar   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0022nd
Vojvodina Novi Sad   SR Serbia 01313th
NK Zagreb Zagreb   SR Croatia N/A
Željezničar Sarajevo   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0055th

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hajduk Split (C) 34 18 9 7 52 24 +28 45 1974–75 European Cup
2 Velež 34 19 7 8 54 34 +20 45 1974–75 UEFA Cup
3 Red Star Belgrade 34 19 5 10 72 46 +26 43 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup
4 Partizan 34 12 13 9 41 33 +8 37 1974–75 UEFA Cup
5 OFK Belgrade 34 13 9 12 35 32 +3 35
6 Čelik 34 12 11 11 30 28 +2 35
7 Dinamo Zagreb 34 12 9 13 34 33 +1 33
8 Željezničar 34 10 12 12 39 39 0 32
9 Sloboda Tuzla 34 8 16 10 34 38 −4 32
10 Olimpija 34 11 10 13 36 42 −6 32
11 Vardar 34 12 7 15 38 40 −2 31
12 Vojvodina 34 10 11 13 33 37 −4 31
13 Proleter Zrenjanin 34 13 5 16 36 48 −12 31
14 Sarajevo 34 11 9 14 29 42 −13 31
15 Radnički Niš 34 11 9 14 29 43 −14 31 1975 Balkans Cup
16 Bor 34 13 5 16 32 49 −17 31
17 Borac Banja Luka (R) 34 8 14 12 43 43 0 30 1974–75 Yugoslav Second League
18 NK Zagreb (R) 34 9 9 16 28 44 −16 27
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

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