|Number of teams||16|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Serbian First League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Serbian Cup|
Red Star (28th title) |
|Most championships||Red Star (28 titles)|
|Top goalscorer||Andrija Kaluđerović (61 goals)|
|TV partners||Arena Sport|
The Serbian SuperLiga (Serbian: Суперлига Србије / Superliga Srbije) is a Serbian professional league for football clubs. At the top of the Serbian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 16 clubs, operating a system of promotion and relegation with the Serbian First League (Prva liga Srbija, second Serbian football tier). The SuperLiga was formed during the summer of 2005 as the country's top football league competition in Serbia and Montenegro. Since summer 2006 after the secession of Montenegro from Serbia, the league only has had Serbian clubs.
Serbian clubs used to compete in the Yugoslav First League. This competition was formed in 1923 and lasted until 2003. After the downfall of SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 a new Yugoslavia would be formed that would be named FR Yugoslavia with Montenegro and Serbia. They kept the name Yugoslavia until 2003 when the country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro: this union lasted until 2006 when Montenegro gained independence and formed its own league, the Montenegrin First League.
The current SuperLiga champions are Red Star Belgrade. UEFA currently ranks the league 25th in Europe of 54 leagues. The league was known as Meridian Prva liga/Super liga from 2004 until 2008. The league's official sponsor until 2015 was beer brand Jelen pivo, thus resulted in the league's official name to be Jelen Super liga.
The SuperLiga began as a league with a playoff system in an attempt to boost ratings and improve competition. After the first season however, the SuperLiga changed its format. The 2007–08 season was the first to be played in a more traditional format. The league no longer divided into a play-off and play-out group midway through the campaign. Instead, the 12 teams began playing each other three times in a more conventional league format. After two seasons with that format the Football Association of Serbia decided to add 4 teams to the SuperLiga. The 2009–10 season will be the first with a 16 team league played in a conventional league format of one home and one away match rather than the previous 3 match encounters. This drops the match schedule from 33 rounds to 30.
As of the 2015-16 season, the league reverted to its previous playoff system, whereby the top 8 placed teams compete in the championship round at the end of the season and the 8 lowest placed teams play in the relegation playoff round. The two bottom placed teams are relegated to the second division, the Serbian Prva Liga. The third lowest-placed team is then sent to a relegation playoff against the third-placed team in the second division. Whichever team wins will play in the SuperLiga the following season.
Qualification for UEFA competitions
The champions of the SuperLiga are drawn into the primary qualifying rounds for the UEFA Champions League, while the second and third placed teams are drawn into the primary qualifying rounds for the UEFA Europa League.
The Yugoslav First League started being played in 1923, and gathered the best clubs from the former Yugoslavia. In 1991, clubs from Slovenia and Croatia left and formed their own league systems, and in 1992 so did the clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. The Yugoslav First League was played since 1992 with clubs from Serbia and Montenegro, until 2006, when Montenegro declared independence and subsequently formed its own league system. Since 2006 the league is formed exclusively by clubs from Serbia and got renamed into Serbian SuperLiga.
Serbian League (1914 / 1920–1922 / 1941–1944)
|BSK||1920, 1921, 1941, 1943, 1944|
|Jugoslavija||1914, 1922, 1942|
Kingdom of Yugoslavia League (1923–1940)
|Club||Titles||Years won||Runners up|
|BSK||1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1939|
Yugoslav First League (1946–1992)
|Club||Titles||Years won||Runners up||Third place|
|Red Star||1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992|
|Partizan||1947, 1949, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1987|
First League of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006)
In 1992 the Yugoslav First League became the First League of FR Yugoslavia (Prva savezna liga or Meridian SuperLiga) and was played since then with the clubs from Serbia and Montenegro.
The league winner had access to the UEFA Champions League qualifications rounds, and the 2nd, 3rd and the Cup winner had played in the UEFA Cup. The bottom clubs would be relegated to the two Second Leagues depending on the republic they were based in, the Second League of Serbia (Druga savezna liga Srbija) and the Second League of Montenegro (Druga savezna liga grupa Crna Gora).
In 2002, FR Yugoslavia changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro, and the league was named First League of Serbia and Montenegro between 2002 and its dissolution, in 2006. In 2006 Serbia and Montenegro separated and formed their own top leagues (Serbian SuperLiga and Montenegrin First League). Serbian SuperLiga was officially declared the successor of the First Leagues of FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.
A total of 41 clubs participated between 1992 and 2006, being 34 from Serbia, 6 from Montenegro and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Borac Banja Luka was temporarily based in Serbia in early 1990s). A total of 3 clubs were champions, all from Serbia, Partizan (8 times), Red Star (5 times) and Obilić (once).
|Club||Titles||Years Won||Runners up||Third place|
|Partizan||1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005|
|Red Star||1995, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006|
Serbian Superliga (2006– )
A total of 28 clubs participated between 2006 and 2013 in the Serbian Superliga. After 8 seasons, Partizan has won 7 championship titles and Red Star has won 1 championship title. Also, Partizan is a record holder of winning 6 consecutive champion titles.
|Season||Champions||Runners up||Third place||Top scorer(s)||Goals|
|2006–07||Red Star (25)||Partizan||Vojvodina||18|
|2007–08||Partizan (20)||Red Star||Vojvodina||13|
|2008–09||Partizan (21)||Vojvodina||Red Star||19|
|2009–10||Partizan (22)||Red Star||OFK||22|
|2010–11||Partizan (23)||Red Star||Vojvodina||13|
|2011–12||Partizan (24)||Red Star||Vojvodina||19|
|2012–13||Partizan (25)||Red Star||Vojvodina||19|
|2013–14||Red Star (26)||Partizan||Jagodina||19|
|2014–15||Partizan (26)||Red Star||Čukarički||15|
|2015–16||Red Star (27)||Partizan||Čukarički||21|
|2016–17||Partizan (27)||Red Star||Vojvodina||24|
|2017–18||Red Star (28)||Partizan||Radnički Niš||25|
|Club||Titles||Years Won||Runners up||Third place|
|Partizan||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017|
|Red Star||2007, 2014, 2016, 2018|
Serbian all-time champions (1923–2018)
|Club||Titles||Years Won||Runners up|
|Red Star||1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2018|
|Partizan||1947, 1949, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017|
|BSK||1931, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1939|
All-time table 2006–2018
The following is a list of clubs who have played in the Serbian SuperLiga at any time since its formation in 2006 to the current season. Teams playing in the 2018–19 Serbian SuperLiga season are indicated in bold. A total of 33 teams have played in the Serbian SuperLiga. The table is accurate as of the start of the 2018–19 season.
League or status at 2018–19:
|2018–19 Serbian SuperLiga|
|2018–19 Serbian First League|
|2018–19 Serbian League|
|2018–19 The fourth or lower degree of competition|
The following 16 clubs compete in the Jelen SuperLiga during the 2018–19 season.
Serbian top level football has been played in 27 stadiums since its formation in 2006. The top-three stadiums in SuperLiga by seating capacity are Belgrade-based Red Star Stadium, Partizan Stadium and Omladinski stadion.
|1||Rajko Mitić Stadium||Red Star||Belgrade||1963||55,538|
|3||Omladinski Stadium||OFK Beograd||Belgrade||1957||19,100|
|5||Smederevo Stadium||Smederevo 1924||Smederevo||1930||17,200|
|6||Čika Dača Stadium||Radnički 1923||Kragujevac||1957||15,100|
|7||Karađorđe Stadium||FK Vojvodina||Novi Sad||1924||15,000|
|8||Jagodina City Stadium||FK Jagodina||Jagodina||1958||15,000|
|9||Stadion Karađorđev park||Banat||Zrenjanin||1968||13,500|
|10||Subotica City Stadium||Spartak||Subotica||1936||13,000|
- As of July 11, 2018
|1||2006–2008/ 2008-2010 / 2010-2011/ 2013 / 2016||OFK Beograd / Rad / Red Star / Vojvodina / Rad||63|
|2||2007–2010 / 2011–2012||Partizan||56|
|3||2008–2010 / 2013–2014||Vojvodina / Red Star||54|
|4||2006–2009 / 2012–2014 / 2017–present||Red Star||53|
|5||2007–2012 / 2016||Čukarički / Jagodina / Vojvodina / Mladost Lučani||52|
|6||2009–2013 / 2016–present||Vojvodina / Hajduk Kula/ Jagodina / Red Star / Spartak / Čukarički||47|
|7||2006–2007 / 2010–2012 / 2014–present||Partizan / Javor / Voždovac / Mladost Lučani||41|
|8||2011–2015||Radnički Kragujevac / Donji Srem||39|
|9||2013-2014 / 2017–2018||Jagodina / Red Star||38|
|10||2011–2013 / 2016–2017||Rad / Partizan||38|
- As of May 23, 2018
|1||2006 / 2008–||Borac / Javor / Vojvodina / Partizan||253|
|3||2007–2014 / 2015–||Mladost Lučani / Borac / Sloboda / Radnički 1923 / Jagodina / Novi Pazar / Mladost Lučani||241|
|4||2007–2009 / 2010–2015 / 2017–||Napredak / Metalac / OFK Beograd / Novi Pazar / Mladost Lučani||225|
|5||2006–||Bežanija / Javor / Vojvodina / Radnički Niš / Radnik||219|
|6||2007–2011 / 2013 –||Vojvodina / Spartak / Mladost Lučani||213|
|8||2009–||Metalac / Spartak / Radnički 1923 / Novi Pazar / Mladost Lučani / Metalac / Borac||208|
|9||2007–2010 / 2011–2017||Javor / Partizan / OFK Beograd / Vojvodina / Javor||206|
|10||2007–2010 / 2011–2012 / 2013–||Mladost Lučani / OFK Beograd / Donji Srem / Voždovac / Mladost Lučani||206|
- As of October 4, 2014
Superliga records and statistics
- Highest single game attendance: 48,347, Red Star vs. OFK Beograd during 2013–14 season
- Highest average home attendance: 19,819 (15 home games), Red Star during 2011–12 season
- Biggest league victory/defeat: 7–0, Vojvodina vs. Napredak during 2009–10, Partizan vs. BSK Borča during 2012–13 season and Čukarički vs. Rad during 2014–15 season
- Biggest away win: Čukarički 2-7 Red Star during 2015–16 season
- Most goals in a single game: 9, Čukarički 2-7 Red Star during 2015–16 season
- Highest draw: Čukarički 4-4 Vojvodina during 2008–09 season
- Fastest turnover: Red Star scoring 2 goals in 61 seconds. Metalac 1-2 Red Star during 2016–17 season
- Most league appearances: 149, Nikola Bogić in 5 seasons between 2007–08 and 2012–13
- Most league goals: 61, Andrija Kaluđerović playing for Rad, Red Star and Vojvodina
- Most league goals in a season: 25, Aleksandar Pešić for Red Star during 2017–18 season
- Youngest player used: 16 years, 0 months and 07 days, Luka Belić for OFK Beograd vs. Red Star on 25 April 2012
- Oldest player used: 40 years, 10 months and 03 days, Dragoslav Poleksić for FK Inđija vs. FK Smederevo on 29 May 2011
- Fastest hat-trick: 9 min, Dragan Mrđa for Red Star vs. Spartak on 29 September 2013
- Most league goals in one game: 5, Petar Jelić playing for Rad vs. Voždovac on 23 August 2014. and Saša Marjanović playing for Radnički Niš vs. Radnik Surdulica on 28 April 2016
- Fastest goal: 10.5 seconds, Uroš Đurđević playing for Partizan vs. Čukarički on 11 December 2016.
- Most hat-tricks in SuperLiga: 6, Dragan Mrđa playing for Vojvodina and Red Star
- Longest scoring run in SuperLiga: – Hugo Vieira 15 goals, 10 games playing for Red Star during 2015–16 season.
- Fastest own goal: 52 seconds, Ivan Bandalovski playing for Partizan vs Čukarički during 2015–16 season.
- Most consecutive league victories: 24 out of 37 games, Red Star during 2015–16 season
- Most consecutive league defeats: 14, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Most consecutive league games without defeat (undefeated run): 31, Partizan during 2016–17 season
- Club having top season scorers: 3, Red Star
- Club with overall SuperLiga hat-tricks: 12, Red Star
- Most points won in a single season: 82, Red Star during 2015–16 season
- Fewest points won in a single season: 5, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Fewest won games in a single season: 0, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Most team goals in a single season: 82, Red Star during 2015–16 season
- Fewest team goals in a single season: 10, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Most team goals against in a single season: 65, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Fewest team goals against in a single season: 12, Partizan during 2011–12 season
- The best goal difference in a single season: +63, Red Star during 2015–16 season
- The worst goal difference in a single season: –55, Čukarički during 2010–11 season
- Most hat-tricks in a season: 3 Dragan Mrđa playing for Vojvodina during 2009–10 season
- Goalscoring goalkeepers :
All time Serbian football clubs in European competitions
European Cup/ UEFA Champions League
|Red Star||1991||-||1957, 1971||1958, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1992||2018|
|Partizan||-||1966||-||1956, 1964||2003, 2010|
UEFA Cup/ Europa League
Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
|Red Star||-||-||1975||1972, 1986|
UEFA Intertoto Cup
The Golden Star
Based on an idea of Umberto Agnelli, the honor of Golden Star for Sports Excellence was introduced to recognize sides that have won multiple championships or other honours by the display of gold stars on their team badges and jerseys.
The current officially sanctioned SuperLiga stars are:
Names of the competition
The Eternal derby is the game that attracts most attention from the foreign media. In 2010, the 139 Eternal derby was broadcast in 19 countries and over 60 foreign correspondents were present.
Matches of Serbian Superliga are broadcast on the website www.kliksport.rs.
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- Unofficial website (in Serbian)
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