2017–18 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 2017–18 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as Liga 12[1] and also known as BH Telecom Premier League for sponsorship reasons, was the eighteenth season of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the highest football league of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The season began on 22 July 2017 and concluded on 20 May 2018, with a winter break between early December 2017 and late February 2018.

Premijer liga
Season2017–18
Dates22 July 2017 – 20 May 2018
ChampionsZrinjski
6th Premier League title
RelegatedBorac
Vitez
Champions LeagueZrinjski
Europa LeagueŽeljezničar
Sarajevo
Široki Brijeg
Matches played108
Goals scored260 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorerMiloš Filipović (16 goals)

TeamsEdit

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 10 sides from the 2016–17 season and two promoted from each of the second-level league.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Borac Čelik Gabela Krupa
Banja Luka City Stadium Bilino Polje Perica-Pero Pavlović Krupa na Vrbasu
Capacity: 9,730 Capacity: 15,292 Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 3,500
[[File: |550px|alt=]]
Mladost
Locations of the 2017–18 Premier League of BiH clubs
Radnik
Stadium Mladost Kakanj Gradski Stadium (Bijeljina)
Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 6,000
Sarajevo Sloboda
Asim Ferhatović Hase Tušanj
Capacity: 35,630 Capacity: 7,200
 
Široki Brijeg Vitez Zrinjski Željezničar
Pecara Gradski Stadium (Vitez) HŠK Zrinjski Stadium Grbavica
Capacity: 7,000 Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 14,000

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Borac   Darko Vojvodić   Mahir Karić Diadora Nova Banka
Čelik   Edin Prljača   Fenan Salčinović Givova Wwin
GOŠK   Feđa Dudić - no.1
Krupa   Slobodan Starčević   Aleksandar Vukotić NAAI BEMA
Mladost Doboj Kakanj   Edis Mulalić   Aladin Isaković Joma Kakanj Cement
Radnik   Mladen Žižović   Dino Beširević Joma Nektar
Sarajevo   Husref Musemić   Krste Velkoski Nike Turkish Airlines
Sloboda   Slavko Petrović   Amer Ordagić NAAI Wwin
Široki Brijeg   Goran Sablić   Jure Ivanković Legea Mepas
Vitez   Ivica Bonić   Ivan Livaja Joma tioil
Zrinjski   Blaž Slišković   Pero Stojkić Macron PPD
Željezničar   Admir Adžem   Vedran Kjosevski Diadora Ziraat Bank

Regular seasonEdit

The season has a two-stage format. In the regular season, each of the 12 teams play home-and-away once, resulting in 22 games played each. The top six teams in the regular season qualify for the Championship round, the bottom six teams qualify for the Relegation round. Each team then plays home-and-away against the other teams within their own group, for an additional ten games played each, a season total of 32 games.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Zrinjski Mostar 22 16 2 4 40 18 +22 50 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Željezničar Sarajevo 22 16 2 4 37 16 +21 50
3 Široki Brijeg 22 13 3 6 37 17 +20 42
4 Sarajevo 22 12 4 6 44 19 +25 40
5 Krupa 22 9 8 5 29 23 +6 35
6 Radnik Bijeljina 22 9 5 8 21 24 −3 32
7 Mladost Doboj Kakanj 22 7 8 7 29 28 +1 29 Qualification for the Relegation round
8 Borac Banja Luka 22 7 5 10 14 22 −8 26
9 GOŠK Gabela 22 7 3 12 22 30 −8 24
10 Sloboda Tuzla 22 5 6 11 18 25 −7 21
11 Čelik Zenica 22 4 1 17 17 54 −37 13
12 Vitez 22 1 5 16 9 41 −32 8
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Soccerway, UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Goal difference; 9) Play-off. (Criteria 2 and 3 are not used to decide champion, UEFA competition qualification, or relegation)[2]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BOR ČEL GAB KRU MDK RAD SAR ŠB SLO VIT ŽEL ZRI
Borac Banja Luka 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1
Čelik Zenica 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 3–0 0–2 1–4 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–3
GOŠK Gabela 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–2
Krupa 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–4 1–0
Mladost Doboj Kakanj 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2
Radnik Bijeljina 3–0 3–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–4 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–1
Sarajevo 3–0 5–0 0–1 2–3 4–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 1–2
Široki Brijeg 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1
Sloboda Tuzla 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–3 4–0 1–0 0–2
Vitez 0–0 2–0 0–3 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–3 1–4 0–1 1–1 2–3
Željezničar Sarajevo 2–1 3–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zrinjski Mostar 0–0 5–2 3–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Championship roundEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Zrinjski Mostar (C) 32 21 6 5 58 30 +28 69 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Željezničar Sarajevo 32 19 6 7 49 30 +19 63 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Sarajevo 32 17 5 10 58 28 +30 56
4 Široki Brijeg 32 16 8 8 52 28 +24 56
5 Radnik Bijeljina 32 12 9 11 35 38 −3 45
6 Krupa 32 10 10 12 35 42 −7 40
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Goal difference; 9) Play-off. (Criteria 2 and 3 are not used to decide champion, UEFA competition qualification, or relegation)[3]
(C) Champion.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away KRU RAD SAR SB ZRI ŽEL
Krupa 1–3 2–3 0–0 0–1 2–0
Radnik Bijeljina 1–1 1–0 3–3 1–2 1–0
Sarajevo 1–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 0–0
Široki Brijeg 5–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–1
Zrinjski Mostar 4–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 3–3
Željezničar Sarajevo 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Relegation roundEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 GOŠK Gabela 32 13 6 13 32 36 −4 45
8 Mladost Doboj Kakanj 32 11 9 12 42 44 −2 42
9 Borac Banja Luka (R) 32 10 8 14 22 31 −9 38 Relegation to the Prva Liga RS
10 Sloboda Tuzla 32 9 9 14 31 34 −3 36
11 Čelik Zenica 32 8 4 20 30 61 −31 28
12 Vitez (R) 32 3 6 23 15 57 −42 15 Relegation to the Prva Liga FBiH
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Goal difference; 9) Play-off. (Criteria 2 and 3 are not used to decide champion, UEFA competition qualification, or relegation)[4]
(R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BOR ČEL GAB MDK SLO VIT
Borac Banja Luka 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–0 1–0
Čelik Zenica 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1
GOŠK Gabela 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Mladost Doboj Kakanj 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–0
Sloboda Tuzla 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–3 2–0
Vitez 2–0 0–4 1–2 1–2 0–3
Source: Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Licensing issuesEdit

All clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina must have a license to compete in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the deadline this season being set May 7 for the First Degree commission. Five clubs did not get their licences for the first degree: Borac Banja Luka, Sloboda Tuzla, Čelik Zenica, Vitez and GOŠK Gabela.[5] The Second Degree commission convened on May 24 and only approved Čelik before being abruptly cancelled and rescheduled for May 30.[6] The commission approved all other clubs except for Borac, meaning that they would be relegated into the First League of the Republika Srpska. As Borac did not have the license but Čelik did, they were allowed to stay in the Premier League.[7]

Borac attempted to solve the issues which caused the license removal, including removing the debt Borac owed to FK Džaja. Borac showed the evidence it showed regarding the payments to Džaja to UEFA, which will assist the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the decision of whether or not Borac Banja Luka or Čelik Zenica will compete in the 2018–19 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[8] The debate over the licences also caused the draws for the next season to be rescheduled.[9]

In a similar way, teams promoted from the First League of the Republika Srpska or First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina also need to get a license separated into First and Second Degree commissions, although their deadlines are moved to a later date. The winners of both leagues FK Sloga Simin Han (later known as Tuzla City) and FK Zvijezda 09 met with the First Degree commission on June 14, but only Sloga received their license. Zvijezda 09 will convene at a later date with the Second Degree commission.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Miloš Filipović Zrinjski 16
2   Mersudin Ahmetović Sarajevo 14
3   Nemanja Bilbija Zrinjski 12
  Petar Kunić Borac
  Luka Menalo Široki Brijeg
  Krste Velkoski Sarajevo
  Goran Zakarić Željezničar
8   Dražen Bagarić Široki Brijeg 7
  Haris Dilaver Mladost Doboj Kakanj
  Nusmir Fajić Krupa
  Haris Handžić Zrinjski
  Nardin Mulahusejnović GOŠK Gabela
  Stevo Nikolić Čelik
  Vojo Ubiparip Željezničar
15   Elvir Koljić Krupa 6
  Abid Mujagić Mladost Doboj Kakanj
  Edis Smajić Sloboda

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The League "12" of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Liga 12 BiH)". avaz.ba. Dnevni avaz. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Premijer Liga 2017/2018 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Premier Liga 2016/2017 – Season Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Premier Liga 2016/2017 – Season Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Pet klubova nije dobilo licencu za igranje Premijer lige BiH naredne sezone". Klix.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  6. ^ "Prekinuta sjednica Drugostepene komisije za licenciranje". SportSport.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  7. ^ "Čelik ostaje u Premijer ligi prema pravilniku za licenciranje". SportSport.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  8. ^ ""Ko je ovo dopustio Borcu? Nelogično je, nadam se da će UEFA donijeti pravu odluku"". SportSport.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  9. ^ Radenović, Vedran. "Zvijezda 09 bez licence za Bh. Telecom Premijer ligu". Nezavisne novine (in Serbian). Retrieved 2018-06-19.

External linksEdit