Nemzeti Bajnokság I (men's handball)

The Nemzeti Bajnokság I (English: National Championship I, commonly abbreviated NB I) is the premier men's professional handball league in Hungary, administered by the Hungarian Handball Federation. Since 2016 the official name of the championship is K&H Férfi Kézilabda Liga due to sponsorship reasons.

K&H férfi kézilabda liga
Current season, competition or edition:
2017–18 season
Nemzeti Bajnokság I (men's handball).png
CountriesHungary
ConfederationEHF
Founded1951
Number of teams14
Relegation toNemzeti Bajnokság I/B
Level on pyramidLevel 1
Domestic cup(s)Magyar Kupa
International cup(s)EHF Champions League
EHF Cup
Current championsVeszprém KC
Most championshipsVeszprém KC (26 titles)
TV partnersM4 Sport
Websitehttp://www.keziszovetseg.hu/

OverviewEdit

Running since 1951, the Hungarian championship is among the strongests in Europe. MKB Veszprém KC have won the EHF Cup Winners' Cup in 2008 and have reached the semi-final of the EHF Champions League three times in the last nine seasons, capturing a silver medal in 2002. Main domestic rivals Pick Szeged are also regular members of the Champions League.

Famous handball players who have played in the league include Carlos Perez, Zlatko Saračević, Mirza Džomba, Árpád Sterbik, Kiril Lazarov, László Nagy, Dániel Buday, Balázs Laluska, József Éles, Julio Fis, Rolando Uríos, Nenad Peruničić, Vlado Šola, Dejan Perić, Vladimir Hernandez, Gergő Iváncsik and many others.

Currently, it consists of 14 teams. The top four teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs, where a best-of-three system is used. Teams ranked fifth to ninth and tenth to twelfth decide their final places in a classification round, using a double round robin system, playing six additional rounds. Depending on their final position in the regular season, they are awarded bonus points which are added to the points they earn in the postseason.

According to the EHF league ranking, NB I champions and runners-up receive an automatic spot in the Group phase of the forthcoming Champions League season, while following two clubs enter the EHF Cup. Teams ranked thirteenth and fourteenth get relegated and will be replaced by the winners of the Eastern and Western group of the second division.

Current seasonEdit

Teams for season 2017–18Edit

SponsorshipEdit

The league went through various name changes depending on the sponsor for the given season(s):[citation needed]

  • –2002: No sponsor
  • 2002–2012: Budapest Bank (Budapest Bank Kézilabda Liga)
  • 2012–2016: No sponsor (Nemzeti Bajnokság I - NB I)
  • 2016– : K&H Bank (K&H liga)[1]

FormatEdit

As we can see from the chart the number of teams in the Hungarian First Division changed a lot and continuously. The league started in 1951 with four teams and with the formation of teams the league expanded continuously. Currently, there are 14 teams in the first division.

Title holdersEdit

PerformancesEdit

By clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Winning years
Veszprém
26
  
10
2
1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Bp. Honvéd
14
 
7
4
1952, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
Bp. Spartacus
5
5
4
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973
Vörös Meteor
4 + (1)
2
2
1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Elektromos SE
4
6
4
1969, 1970, 1971, 1991
Tatabánya
4
3
7
1974, 1978, 1979, 1984
Szeged
3
18
11
1996, 2007, 2018
Győri ETO
3
3
4
1987, 1989, 1990
Újpest
2
3
1
1953, 1958
Dunaferr
1
4
8
2000
Debreceni Dózsa
1
1
2
1975
Ferencváros
-
3 + (1)
3
-
Győri Textiles
-
1
2
-
Csepel
-
1
1
-
Vörös Lobogó
-
-
2
-
Testnevelési Főiskola
-
-
2
-
Balatonfüred
-
-
2
-
Bp. Építők
-
-
1 + (1)
-
Martfűi MSE
-
-
1
-
Vasas
-
-
1
-
Honvéd Szondi SE
-
-
1
-
Csurgó
-
-
1
-

By countiesEdit

The following table lists the Hungarian handball champions by counties of Hungary.

County (megye) Titles Winning Clubs
Budapest
29
  Honvéd (14)
  Bp. Spartacus (5)
  Elektromos SE (4)
  Vörös Meteor (4)
  Újpest (2)
Veszprém
26
  MVM Veszprém (26)
Komárom-Esztergom
4
  Tatabánya KC (4)
Győr-Moson-Sopron
3
  Győri ETO (3)
Csongrád
3
  MOL-Pick Szeged (3)
Hajdú-Bihar
1
  Debreceni Dózsa (1)
Fejér
1
  Dunaferr (1)
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2019-20 season of the Hungarian League.

ClubsEdit

Since 1951, clubs have participated in the Hungarian League. Below the list of Hungarian League clubs who have participated in the first division. The club with the most appearances are the 28-time champions Ferencváros, however the club spent three years in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II (Hungarian Second Division) between 2006 and 2009. The only clubs who have never been relegated are Újpest.

  • 19 seasons: Vörös Meteor
  • 17 seasons: Csepel SC
  • 2 seasons: Vörös Lobogó
Notes
  • The teams in bold are competing in the 2015–16 season of the Hungarian League.

StatisticsEdit

EHF coefficientsEdit

The following data indicates Hungarian coefficient rankings between European handball leagues.

In European competitionsEdit

Champions League EHF Cup Challenge Cup Cup Winners' Cup (defunct)
C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF C RU SF
  Honvéd 1 1982 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Veszprém 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1992, 2008 2 3
  Szeged 0 0 0 1 2014 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
  Győri ETO 0 0 0 1 1986 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Dunaferr 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Tatabánya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 1 title 4 6 3 title 0 1 0 0 1 2 title 3 8

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A K&H Bank a női és férfi NB I névadója". keziszovettseg.hu. keziszovettseg.hu. 5 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016.
  2. ^ "2018/19 season ranking" (PDF). European Handball Federation. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Club coefficients". eurotopteams.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

External linksEdit