2000–01 Croatian First Football League

The 2000–01 Croatian First Football League was the tenth season of the Croatian First Football League, Croatia's top association football league, since its establishment in 1992. It began on 30 July 2000 and ended on 27 May 2001. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their fifth consecutive title the previous season. The 2000–01 Prva HNL was contested by 12 teams and was won by Hajduk Split, who won their thirteenth title, after a win against Varteks on 27 May 2001, which was ended the Dinamo Zagreb (then Croatia Zagreb)'s five year dominance.

Croatian First Football League
Season2000–01
ChampionsHajduk Split
4th Croatian title
13th domestic title
RelegatedNone
Champions LeagueHajduk Split
UEFA CupDinamo Zagreb
Osijek
Varteks
Intertoto CupSlaven Belupo
NK Zagreb
Matches played192
Goals scored548 (2.85 per match)
Best PlayerBoško Balaban
Top goalscorerTomislav Šokota (20)
Biggest home winSlaven Belupo 7–1 Varteks
Hajduk Split 6–0 Varteks
Biggest away winMarsonia 0–5 Hajduk Split
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 0–5 Croatia Zagreb
Highest scoringSlaven Belupo 7–1 Varteks
Croatia Zagreb 6–2 Slaven Belupo
Osijek 6–2 Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Šibenik 3–5 Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Average attendance2,882

TeamsEdit

A total of twelve teams contested the league, including ten sides from the 1999–2000 season and two promoted teams from the 1999–2000 Croatian Second Football League, Čakovec and Marsonia. Marsonia had returned to top flight after one previous three-season spell in the Prva HNL between 1994 and 1997, while Čakovec saw its top flight debut after coming close to promotion in 1998 and 1999 (they lost the promotion play-offs on both occasions).

Changes from last seasonEdit

Teams promoted from 1999–2000 Croatian Second Football League

Teams relegated to 2000–01 Croatian Second Football League

SummariesEdit

Locations of teams in the 2000–01 Prva HNL

The following is an overview of teams which competed in the 2000–01 Prva HNL. The list of managers is correct as of 30 July 2000, the first day of the season.

Team Manager Home city Stadium Capacity
Cibalia   Davor Mladina Vinkovci Stadion HNK Cibalia 9,920
Čakovec   Ilija Lončarević Čakovec Stadion SRC Mladost 8,000
Dinamo Zagreb   Ilija Lončarević Zagreb Stadion Maksimir 37,168
Hajduk Split   Zoran Vulić Split Stadion Poljud 35,000
Hrvatski Dragovoljac   Milivoj Bračun Zagreb Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić 5,000
Marsonia   Stjepan Deverić Slavonski Brod Gradski stadion uz Savu 10,000
Osijek   Stanko Mršić Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt 19,500
Rijeka   Nenad Gračan Rijeka Stadion Kantrida 10,275
Slaven Belupo   Mladen Frančić Koprivnica Gradski stadion 4,000
Šibenik   Milo Nižetić Šibenik Stadion Šubićevac 8,000
Varteks   Ivan Katalinić Varaždin Stadion NK Varteks 10,800
NK Zagreb   Branko Karačić Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva 8,850

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Čakovec   Ilija Lončarević Pre-season
Varteks   Ivan Katalinić 24 May 2000 Pre-season
Marsonia   Stjepan Deverić Resigned 21 August 2000   Marijan Zovko 21 August 2000 12th
Hajduk Split   Petar Nadoveza Sacked 21 August 2000[1]   Zoran Vulić 21 August 2000[1] 2nd
Hrvatski Dragovoljac   Milivoj Bračun Sacked 22 October 2000   Predrag Jurić (p) 22 October 2000 9th
Cibalia   Davor Mladina Resigned 15 October 2000   Davor Čop 15 October 2000 11th
Marsonia   Marijan Zovko Resigned 1 November 2000   Zlatko Kranjčar 3 November 2000 12th
Rijeka   Nenad Gračan Sacked 13 November 2000   Boris Tičić (c) 13 November 9th
Dinamo Zagreb   Marijan Vlak Removed from position 20 November 2000[2]   Hrvoje Braović 20 November 2000[2] 2nd
Rijeka   Boris Tičić (c) Removed from position 15 December 2000[3]   Predrag Stilinović 15 December 2000[3] 9th
Čakovec   Ilija Lončarević Resigned 3 February 2001[4]   Rajko Magić 4 February 2001[4] 8th
Marsonia   Zlatko Kranjčar   Marijan Zovko
Šibenik   Milo Nižetić Resigned 28 February 2001[5]   Vjekoslav Lokica 28 February 2001[5] 8th
Dinamo Zagreb   Hrvoje Braović Sacked 3 April 2001[2]   Ilija Lončarević 3 April 2001[2] 1st
Osijek   Stanko Mršić Sacked 3 April 2001[6]   Vlado Bilić 3 April 2001[6] 2nd
NK Zagreb   Branko Karačić Sacked 16 April 2001[7]   Zlatko Kranjčar 16 April 2001[7] 6th
Varteks   Ivan Katalinić Sacked 1 May 2001[8]   Branko Janžek 1 May 2001[8] 5th
Rijeka   Predrag Stilinović Sacked 2 May 2001[9]   Ivan Katalinić 15 December 2000[9] 11th

First stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dinamo Zagreb 22 13 7 2 49 23 +26 46 Qualification to championship group
2 Osijek 22 13 5 4 49 28 +21 44
3 Hajduk Split 22 12 5 5 39 16 +23 41
4 NK Zagreb 22 10 4 8 43 38 +5 34
5 Varteks 22 8 8 6 42 36 +6 32
6 Slaven Belupo 22 8 8 6 28 23 +5 32
7 Čakovec 22 7 6 9 19 28 −9 27 Qualification to relegation group
8 Šibenik 22 7 5 10 21 30 −9 26
9 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 22 6 5 11 28 45 −17 23
10 Cibalia 22 3 11 8 23 38 −15 20
11 Rijeka 22 5 4 13 17 32 −15 19
12 Marsonia 22 4 4 14 28 49 −21 16
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Rounds 1–22 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB ČAK DIN HAJ HRD MAR OSI RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAG
Cibalia 3–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2
Čakovec 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–1
Dinamo Zagreb 6–1 3–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 0–1 4–1 5–1 2–0 0–4 3–2
Hajduk Split 1–1 3–1 0–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 0–2 2–0 0–5 1–3 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–2
Marsonia 3–3 0–1 2–3 0–5 2–2 2–5 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–3
Osijek 3–0 4–3 1–1 2–1 6–2 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–0 4–1 4–3
Rijeka 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1
Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 7–1 1–0
Šibenik 3–3 3–0 0–0 0–3 3–5 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–3
Varteks 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 2–3 6–1 1–1 2–1 2–1
NK Zagreb 4–2 3–0 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–5 3–3 0–1 3–2 2–0 4–2
Source: prva-hnl.hr (in Croatian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hajduk Split (C) 32 20 6 6 66 23 +43 66 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Dinamo Zagreb 32 19 8 5 70 36 +34 65 Qualification to UEFA Cup qualifying round
3 Osijek 32 17 6 9 61 47 +14 57
4 Varteks 32 12 9 11 56 56 0 45
5 Slaven Belupo 32 11 11 10 39 37 +2 44 Qualification to Intertoto Cup first round
6 NK Zagreb 32 11 5 16 51 58 −7 38
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away DIN HAJ OSI SLA VAR ZAG
Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 3–1 6–2 0–2 2–0
Hajduk Split 3–1 4–0 1–0 6–0 4–2
Osijek 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1
Slaven Belupo 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–0
Varteks 3–1 2–4 1–2 0–1 1–0
NK Zagreb 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–1 3–3
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
7 Šibenik 32 12 7 13 40 40 0 43
8 Čakovec 32 10 9 13 28 37 −9 39
9 Cibalia 32 5 18 9 31 45 −14 33
10 Rijeka 32 9 6 17 30 44 −14 33
11 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 32 8 9 15 35 57 −22 33
12 Marsonia (O) 32 7 8 17 41 68 −27 29 Qualification to relegation play-off
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(O) Play-off winner.

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB ČAK HRD MAR RIJ ŠIB
Cibalia 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0
Čakovec 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 1–0
Marsonia 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 2–2
Rijeka 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2
Šibenik 1–1 2–0 3–1 6–1 3–0
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offEdit

Due to the expansion of Prva HNL to 16 clubs in the 2001–02 season, four clubs from the 2000–01 Druga HNL were automatically promoted. Those should have been top four clubs, but since third-placed Croatia Sesvete and sixth-placed Belišće had decided to step back from promotion, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th placed second level teams were automatically promoted for the following season (Kamen Ingrad, Pomorac Kostrena, Zadar and TŠK Topolovac respectively). Therefore, the 12th placed Marsonia played a two-legged relegation play-off against the 7th placed team of Druga HNL, Solin. The tie ended in a 5–5 aggregate score and Marsonia won it on away goals, thereby staying in the Prva HNL for the following season.

Solin Građa5 – 2Marsonia
Giljušić   47'
Turković   60'
Guč   65'
Kalinić   70'
Bačić   87'
Olić   32'75' (pen.)
Stadion pokraj Jadra, Solin
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Željko Širić (Osijek)

Marsonia3 – 0Solin Građa
Olić   45' (pen.)52'83' (pen.)
Gradski stadion uz Savu, Slavonski Brod
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Goran Marić (Zagreb)

Top goalscorersEdit

Position Player Club Goals[10]
1   Tomislav Šokota Dinamo Zagreb 20
2   Marijo Dodik Slaven Belupo 171
3   Ivica Olić Marsonia 162
4   Boško Balaban Dinamo Zagreb 14
  Stanko Bubalo Hajduk Split 14
6   Ivan Leko Hajduk Split 13
7   Paul Matas Šibenik 12
  Saša Bjelanović Varteks 12
9   Zvonimir Deranja Hajduk Split 11
  Veldin Karić Varteks 11
  Krunoslav Lovrek NK Zagreb 11
Notes
  • 1 Including six goals scored in Slaven Belupo's 7–1 home win against Varteks on 22 October 2000, which is the record for most goals scored by a single player in a Prva HNL match.
  • 2 Ivica Olić scored 11 goals during the regular Prva HNL season and this is the tally as recorded by official records kept by Prva HNL. However, he scored an additional 5 goals in Marsonia's two-legged relegation play-off against second level side Solin, and the total of 16 goals was included in top scoring tables published in the Croatian media at the end of the season.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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