Yugoslav Handball Championship

The Yugoslav Handball Championship was the highest level competition in men's team handball in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, played regularly for almost four decades between 1953 and 1992, before being abandoned due to the breakup of Yugoslavia.


The first five editions from 1953 to 1957 were decided via a finals play-off tournament contested by clubs who had qualified in regional competitions, before a regular round-robin league format was introduced for the 1957–58 season. The league featured clubs from all of Yugoslavia's federal subjects, with the most successful being RK Bjelovar with 9 titles, followed by RK Borac Banja Luka and RK Metaloplastika with 7 titles each.

Following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the competition was eventually succeeded by the following handball leagues:

Title holdersEdit

Championships by clubEdit

Titles Club City Republic
9 Partizan Bjelovar Bjelovar   CRO
7 Borac Banja Luka Banja Luka   BIH
7 Metaloplastika Šabac   SRB
6 Zagreb Zagreb   CRO
4 Medveščak Zagreb   CRO
2 Crvena zvezda Belgrade   SRB
2 Proleter Zrenjanin   SRB
1 Crvenka Crvenka   SRB
1 Željezničar Sarajevo   BIH
1 Slovan Ljubljana   SLO

European successEdit

Traditionally one of the strongest handball leagues in Europe, several Yugoslav clubs went on to compete with considerable success in the European Cup (present-day EHF Champions League), the premier continental handball competition. Prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia, six Yugoslav clubs had managed to reach the European finals 11 times, winning four titles.

Club W RU SF Years won Years runners-up Years semi-finalists
  Metaloplastika 2 1 3 1984–85, 1985–86 1983–84 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88
  Partizan Bjelovar 1 2 2 1971–72 1961–62, 1972–73 1967–68, 1970–71
  Borac Banja Luka 1 1 1975–76 1974–75
  Medveščak 1 1964–65
  Slovan 1 1980–81
  Proleter 1 1990–91
  Crvenka 1 1969–70

Notable clubsEdit

(at least 10 top-flight seasons or at least one title)

  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina
  SR Croatia
  SR Macedonia
  SR Montenegro
  SR Serbia
  SR Slovenia