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The 1980–81 Yugoslav First League season was the 35th season of the First Federal League (Serbo-Croatian: Prva savezna liga), the top level association football competition of SFR Yugoslavia, since its establishment in 1946. A total of 18 teams competed in the league, with the previous season's champions Red Star successfully defending their title, finishing the season two points clear of runners-up Hajduk Split.

Prva savezna liga
Season1980–81
Dates16 August 1980 –
14 June 1981
ChampionsRed Star (14th title)
RelegatedBorac Banja Luka
Napredak Kruševac
European CupRed Star
Cup Winners' CupVelež Mostar
UEFA CupHajduk Split
Radnički Niš
Top goalscorerMilan Radović (26)

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TeamsEdit

A total of eighteen teams contested the league, including sixteen sides from the 1979–80 season and two sides promoted from the 1979–80 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.

Osijek and Čelik were relegated from the 1979–80 Yugoslav First League after finishing the season in bottom two places of the league table. The two clubs promoted were NK Zagreb and OFK Belgrade, returning to the top level after being relegated in the 1978–79 season.

Locations of teams' home cities in the 1980–81 Yugoslav First League
Team Location Federal Republic Position
in 1979–80
Borac Banja Luka Banja Luka   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 01414th
Budućnost Titograd   SR Montenegro 01111th
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb   SR Croatia 01212th
Hajduk Split Split   SR Croatia 0055th
Napredak Kruševac Kruševac   SR Serbia 0044th
OFK Belgrade Belgrade   SR Serbia N/A
Olimpija Ljubljana   SR Slovenia 01515th
Partizan Belgrade   SR Serbia 01313th
Radnički Niš Niš   SR Serbia 0033rd
Red Star Belgrade   SR Serbia 0011st
Rijeka Rijeka   SR Croatia 01010th
Sarajevo Sarajevo   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0022nd
Sloboda Tuzla   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0066th
Vardar Skopje   SR Macedonia 0077th
Velež Mostar   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0088th
Vojvodina Novi Sad   SR Serbia 01616th
NK Zagreb Zagreb   SR Croatia N/A
Željezničar Sarajevo   SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0099th

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Red Star Belgrade (C) 34 15 14 5 62 31 +31 44 1981–82 European Cup
2 Hajduk Split 34 16 10 8 57 36 +21 42 1981–82 UEFA Cup
3 Radnički Niš 34 13 15 6 39 28 +11 41
4 Sloboda Tuzla 34 14 8 12 46 51 −5 36 1981–83 Balkans Cup
5 Dinamo Zagreb 34 12 11 11 44 38 +6 35
6 Budućnost 34 11 12 11 38 34 +4 34 1981 Intertoto Cup
7 Rijeka 34 12 10 12 50 47 +3 34
8 Partizan 34 9 16 9 43 41 +2 34
9 Velež 34 13 8 13 44 47 −3 34 1981–82 European Cup Winners' Cup
10 Vojvodina 34 13 8 13 37 40 −3 34
11 Vardar 34 11 11 12 41 48 −7 33
12 Olimpija 34 8 16 10 29 33 −4 32
13 Sarajevo 34 12 8 14 47 53 −6 32
14 Željezničar 34 11 10 13 42 51 −9 32
15 OFK Belgrade 34 8 14 12 34 39 −5 30
16 NK Zagreb 34 11 8 15 43 55 −12 30
17 Borac Banja Luka (R) 34 10 9 15 35 44 −9 29 1981–82 Yugoslav Second League
18 Napredak Kruševac (R) 34 9 8 17 45 60 −15 26
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Champions: Red Star Belgrade
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Matches Goals
  Rajko Janjanin 34 6
  Srebrenko Repčić 33 10
  Zlatko Krmpotić 32 1
  Miloš Šestić 31 7
  Milan Janković 30 5
  Zdravko Borovnica 29 12
  Ivan Jurišić 27 1
  Boško Đurovski 26 0
  Vladimir "Pižon" Petrović 23 6
  Dragan Miletović 23 0
  Živan Ljukovčan (goalkeeper) 17 0
  Milan Jovin 16 2
  Cvijetin Blagojević 16 2
  Dragan Simeunović (goalkeeper) 16 0
  Milenko Rajković 14 0
  Ljubiša Stojanović 12 0
  Radomir Savić 12 0
  Zoran Jelikić 10 1
  Slavoljub Muslin 10 0
  Milko Đurovski 9 5
  Nedeljko Milosavljević 6 2
  Slobodan Goračinov 2 0
  Zdravko Čakalić 2 0
  Srboljub Stamenković 1 0
  Goran Živanović 1 0
  Slavko Radovanović 1 0
  Srboljub Marinković 1 0
Head coach: Branko Stanković

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