Croatian First Football League

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Prva HNL
HT Prva Liga.png
Founded1992
CountryCroatia
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Druga HNL
Domestic cup(s) Croatian Cup
Croatian Super Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current champions Dinamo Zagreb (22nd title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Dinamo Zagreb
(22 titles)
Most appearances Jakov Surać (453)
Top goalscorer Davor Vugrinec (146)
TV partners T-Hrvatski Telekom
(Arenasport)
HNTV
Website prvahnl.hr
Current: 2020–21 season

The Croatian First Football League (Croatian : Prva hrvatska nogometna liga, pronounced  [pr̩̂ːʋaː xř̩ʋaːtskaː nôɡomeːtnaː lǐːɡa] ), also known as Prva HNL or 1. HNL or, for sponsorship reasons, the Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga, is the top Croatian professional football league competition, established in 1992. [1] The winners and second placed enter the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League. Dinamo Zagreb are the most successful club with 21 titles overall. They are followed by Hajduk Split with six titles. Rijeka and NK Zagreb each have won one title.

Contents

Since 2003, the league has been named after its main sponsor, giving it the following names (Logos see below):

Overview

The league was formed in 1991, following the dissolution of the Yugoslav First League, and is operated by the Croatian Football Federation. Since its formation, the league went through many changes in its system and number of participating clubs. In the first three seasons two points were awarded for a win, from 1994–95 season this was changed to three points. Each season starts in late July or early August and ends in May, with a two-month hiatus between December and February. Currently, there are ten teams participating in the league.

The first season started in February 1992 and ended in June 1992. A total of twelve clubs contested the league and at the end of the season no teams were relegated as it was decided that the league would expand to 16 clubs for the following season. This was followed by another expansion to 18 teams in 1993–94 season, highest number of participating teams in Prva HNL history. The following season, number of teams was reduced again to 16. 1995–96 Prva HNL was the first season to feature separate A- and B- leagues, with a complicated two-stage format to the season. Twelve teams contested the A league, while the B league, formally the second level, consisted of ten teams. In March, the teams were split into three groups: Championship group (consisting of first five teams from A league and the first-placed team of the B league), A play-off group (remaining teams from A league and the second-placed team of the B league) and B play-off group (remaining teams from B league). The first two teams of the B play-off group were placed in the A league for the following season, which featured 16 teams in both A and B league. In the 1997–98 Prva HNL, the league consisted of 12 team and a new format was used. In March, teams were split into two groups of six, Championship and Relegation group, with 50% of their points taken to this phase of the competition. At the end of the season, the last team was directly relegated to the Druga HNL and the second-last team went in the relegation play-off, a two-legged tie against the second-placed team from the Druga HNL. This system was used for two seasons, followed by 1999–2000 Prva HNL where each club playing every other club three times for a total of 33 rounds. Next season featured a return of Championship and Relegation group system but without 50% points cutoff. This system was used until 2005–06 season, with a brief expansion to 16 teams in 2001–02 season. The 2006–07 season brought back a 33 rounds system previously used in 1999–2000 Prva HNL. In the 2009–10 season, the league was expanded to 16 teams. This lasted for three seasons, and in the 2012–13 Prva HNL season, the league was contested by 12 teams playing a total of 33 rounds. From the 2013–14 Prva HNL season, number of teams was reduced to ten.

The league's main sponsor is T-Hrvatski Telekom, owned by the German telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom. At the end of the 2014–15 season, Croatian First Football League was ranked 17th in Europe. The champions of the 2015–16 Croatian First Football League will qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, the runners-up will qualify for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League, while the third-placed team will qualify for the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League. The winners of the 2015–16 Croatian Football Cup will qualify for the third qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.

Clubs

The following ten clubs compete in the 2020–21 Croatian First Football League season, the 30th season since the league's establishment.

Five of the ten clubs currently competing in the Croatian top level also had spells in the Yugoslav First League played from 1945 to 1991 before Croatian clubs abandoned the competition (Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Lokomotiva, Osijek, Rijeka). Four other Croatian clubs which had appeared in the top Yugoslav league (Cibalia, RNK Split, NK Zagreb and Trešnjevka) are currently playing in Croatian lower levels.

As of 2020, only four of the 12 founding members of the Croatian league have never been relegated: Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Osijek and Rijeka.

Club
Position
in 2019–20
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in 1. HNL
First season of
current spell in
top division
Best top level
result
Titles total
(most recent)
Dinamo Zagreb1st 1946–47 7530 1946–47 1st25 (2019–20)nb1
Gorica 6th 2018–19 33 2018–19 5thN/A
Hajduk Split5th 1923 9230 1923 1st15 (2004–05)nb2
Istra 1961 9th 2004–05 1515 2009–10 6thN/A
Lokomotiva 2nd 1946–47 2112 2009–10 2ndN/A
Osijek4th 1953–54 4630 1981–82 3rdN/A
Rijeka3rd 1946–47 5930 1974–75 1st1 (2016–17)
Slaven Belupo 7th 1997–98 2424 1997–98 2ndN/A
Varaždin 8th 2019–20 22 2019–20 8thN/A
Šibenik1st in 2. HNL 1992 1919 2020–21 4thN/A

† – One of the 12 founding members of the league in the inaugural 1992 season.
‡ – Appeared in all 30 seasons up to and including the current 2020–21 season.
nb1 – Dinamo Zagreb tally includes four Yugoslav and 21 Croatian league titles.
nb2 – Hajduk Split tally includes nine Yugoslav and six Croatian league titles.

Prva HNL teams in European competitions

The breakup of Yugoslavia saw top flight league split into several smaller ones. This meant separation of Croatian football association from the Football Association of Yugoslavia and launch of their own football league. Prva HNL saw its first edition in 1992. Hajduk Split and HAŠK Građanski took part in European competitions on account of qualification secured at the end of the 1990–91 Yugoslav football season: HAŠK Građanski were runners-up in the 1990–91 Yugoslav First League and qualified for 1991–92 UEFA Cup while Hajduk Split won the 1990–91 Yugoslav Cup and entered 1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup. Due to war both clubs had to host their European matches abroad, in Austria.

Affected by the ongoing war in Croatia, the first Prva HNL season was held over the course of a single calendar year, from February to June 1992. Neither Hajduk Split (1992 Croatian champions) nor Inker Zaprešić (1992 Croatian Cup winners) could enter European competitions the following 1992–93 season as the Croatian Football Federation, the league's governing body, wasn't yet recognized by UEFA and officially became its affiliate as late as June 1993.

Eight times in history have HNL teams entered the group stages of UEFA Champions League. In the 1994–95 season, Hajduk Split eliminated Legia Warsaw in the qualifying round and entered the group stage. They advanced to quarterfinals as group runners-up behind Benfica but were eliminated by eventual winners Ajax. In the 1998–99 season, Croatia Zagreb qualified over Celtic and finished in second place behind Olympiacos, but failed to advance as only first place teams and two best runners-up went through. The following season, Croatia also entered the group stage after eliminating MTK Budapest in the third qualifying round. Drawn in the group with Manchester United, Olympique Marseille and Sturm Graz, they finished last, winning only against Sturm and drawing away at Manchester and Marseille. In the 2011–12 season, Dinamo Zagreb advanced through three qualifying rounds and were drawn in the group with Real Madrid, Lyon and Ajax. The following season, Dinamo Zagreb also advanced to the group stages and was drawn in the group with Dynamo Kyiv, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto. They lost five group matches, drawing with Dynamo Kyiv in the last round. In the 2015-16 season, Dinamo Zagreb entered the group stage and recorded notable win 2-1 over Arsenal. Next season, 2016-17, another qualification followed. Latest entry to the group stage was in 2019-20 where Dinamo Zagreb finished 4th behind Manchester City, Atalanta and Shakhtar with 2 draws vs Shakhtar and 4-0 win over Atalanta.

UEFA rankings

Europe's top football body, the UEFA, ranks national leagues every year according to coefficients calculated based on each nation's clubs results in international competitions. The ranking takes into account results over the previous five seasons to determine the nation's European quota for the following season, i.e. how many berths in European competitions is assigned to clubs from each of UEFA's 55 member associations.

As of 2020, Croatia's First Football League is ranked 20th in Europe with a coefficient score of 24.875, meaning four Croatian clubs could qualify for European competitions in the 2020–21 season.

UEFA also maintains a separate club ranking, based on each club's international results, used to determine seeds in draws for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. This is calculated through a combination of each club's results as well as the ranking of its national league. As of 2020 Dinamo Zagreb is the top rated Croatian club, ranked 48th in Europe.

Source: Bert Kassies' website (country rankings; team rankings); last updated 17 January 2021

Media coverage

In past, only one match in each round (derby match) was broadcast on television. In the 2008–09 season there were some changes. Croatian national TV Network (HRT) started the new TV show Volim Nogomet (I Love Football), made in association with league's main sponsor T-Com. In the show, five matches were broadcast combined on Sunday afternoons, while the derby match was on program at 20.15 CET, so viewers could watch all the matches. There were also experts in the studio, commenting on matches and other things non-related to football. Main initiator of the project was famous Croatian football player and then president of T-Com 1. HNL organisation Igor Štimac. [5] Most of the clubs weren't satisfied with the scheduling of fixtures and demanded a move from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening. This was done at the start of the following season and the only match played on Sunday was the derby match. [6] [7] However, during the mid-season project was cancelled and the old system with one broadcast per round was returned. [8]

In November 2010, broadcasting rights were sold to marketing agency Digitel Komunikacije for a period of five years, beginning with 2011–12 season. After the negotiations fell through with public broadcasting television HRT, which covered Prva HNL for the past twenty seasons, Digitel signed a deal with T-Hrvatski Telekom. The matches are currently broadcast on Arenasport, a cable television network with five channels, available to subscribers of MAXtv, IPTV solution from T-HT subsidiary T-Com. All matches are broadcast live every week on Arenasport. All highlights are displayed on Sunday evening on RTL 2 and HRT 2. [9] [10]

Attendance

Season
Total attendance
Number of
matches
Average attendance
per match
Ref
1992 376,4351322,896 [11]
1992–93 1,006,3502404,264 [11]
1993–94 851,6003062,820 [11]
1994–95 879,4002403,664 [11]
1995–96 940,2703642,612 [11]
1996–97 687,9502402,903 [11]
1997–98 684,4001923,602 [11]
1998–99 745,7281923,884 [12]
1999–00 515,7901982,605 [12]
2000–01 546,6241922,847 [12]
2001–02 573,8402402,391 [12]
2002–03 635,5201923,310 [12]
2003–04 570,8161922,973 [12]
2004–05 541,4401922,820 [12]
2005–06 633,7921923,301 [12]
2006–07 622,9081983,146 [12]
2007–08 616,5721983,114 [12]
2008–09 617,0501983,116 [13]
2009–10 500,0022402,083 [13]
2010–11 458,7462401,911 [14]
2011–12 482,0022402,087 [11]
2012–13 497,1881982,511 [11]
2013–14 573,0701803,202 [11]
2014–15 489,1591802,733 [11]
2015–16 442,9521802,461 [11]
2016–17 492,0411802,734 [11]
2017–18 530,6381802,948 [11]
2018–19 478,7601802,660 [11]

Champions

Key
League champions also won the Croatian Football Cup, i.e. they completed the domestic Double.
aPlayer received award for top league scorer
SeasonChampions (titles)Runners-upThird placeTop league scorer
Player (Club)Nat.Goals
1992 Hajduk Split (1) NK Zagreb Osijek Ardian Kozniku (Hajduk Split)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 12
1992–93 Croatia Zagreb (1) Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Goran Vlaović (Croatia Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 23
1993–94 Hajduk Split (2) NK Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Goran Vlaović (Croatia Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 29
1994–95 Hajduk Split (3) Croatia Zagreb Osijek Robert Špehar (Osijek)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 23
1995–96 Croatia Zagreb (2) Hajduk Split Varteks Igor Cvitanović (Croatia Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 19
1996–97 Croatia Zagreb (3) Hajduk Split Hrvatski Dragovoljac Igor Cvitanović (Croatia Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 20
1997–98 Croatia Zagreb (4) Hajduk Split Osijek Mate Baturina (NK Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 18
1998–99 Croatia Zagreb (5) Rijeka Hajduk Split Joško Popović (Šibenik)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 21
1999–2000 Dinamo Zagreb (6) Hajduk Split Osijek Tomo Šokota (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 21
2000–01 Hajduk Split (4) Dinamo Zagreb Osijek Tomo Šokota (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 20
2001–02 NK Zagreb (1) Hajduk Split Dinamo Zagreb Ivica Olić (NK Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 21
2002–03 Dinamo Zagreb (7) Hajduk Split Varteks Ivica Olić (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 16
2003–04 Hajduk Split (5) Dinamo Zagreb Rijeka Robert Špehar (Osijek)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 18
2004–05 Hajduk Split (6) Inter Zaprešić NK Zagreb Tomislav Erceg (Rijeka)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 17
2005–06 Dinamo Zagreb (8) Rijeka Varteks Ivan Bošnjak (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 22
2006–07 Dinamo Zagreb (9) Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 34
2007–08 Dinamo Zagreb (10) Slaven Belupo Osijek Želimir Terkeš (Zadar)Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  BIH 21
2008–09 Dinamo Zagreb (11) Hajduk Split Rijeka Mario Mandžukić (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 16
2009–10 Dinamo Zagreb (12) Hajduk Split Cibalia Davor Vugrinec (NK Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 18
2010–11 Dinamo Zagreb (13) Hajduk Split RNK Split Ivan Krstanović (NK Zagreb)Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  BIH 19
2011–12 Dinamo Zagreb (14) Hajduk Split Slaven Belupo Fatos Bećiraj (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Montenegro.svg  MNE 15
2012–13 Dinamo Zagreb (15) Lokomotiva Rijeka Leon Benko (Rijeka)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 19
2013–14 Dinamo Zagreb (16) Rijeka Hajduk Split Duje Čop (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 22
2014–15 Dinamo Zagreb (17) Rijeka Hajduk Split Andrej Kramarić (Rijeka)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 21
2015–16 Dinamo Zagreb (18) Rijeka Hajduk Split Ilija Nestorovski (Inter Zaprešić)Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD 25
2016–17 Rijeka (1) Dinamo Zagreb Hajduk Split Márkó Futács (Hajduk Split)Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN 18
2017–18 Dinamo Zagreb (19) Rijeka Hajduk Split El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb)Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG 17
2018–19 Dinamo Zagreb (20) Rijeka Osijek Mijo Caktaš (Hajduk Split)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 19
2019–20 Dinamo Zagreb (21) Lokomotiva Rijeka Mijo Caktaš (Hajduk Split)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO 20
Antonio Čolak a(Rijeka)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO
Mirko Marić (Osijek)Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO
2020–21 Dinamo Zagreb (22) Osijek Rijeka Ramón Miérez (Osijek)Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG 22

Notes on name changes:

Performance by club

ClubChampionsRunners-upThird place
Dinamo Zagreb 2242
Hajduk Split 6126
Rijeka 175
NK Zagreb 123
Lokomotiva 2
Osijek 17
Slaven Belupo 11
Inter Zaprešić 1
Varteks 3
Cibalia 1
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 1
RNK Split 1

Titles won by club (%)

  Dinamo Zagreb – 22 (73.3%)
  Hajduk Split – 6 (20%)
  Zagreb – 1 (3.3%)
  Rijeka – 1 (3.3%)

All-time HNL table

All-time HNL table (end of 2020–21 season) [15] [16]
Pos
(by Pts)
TeamSPtsGPWDLGFGA1st2nd3rdTDebutSince/
Last App
BestWin%PPG
1 GNK Dinamo Zagreb 30221597567917811824018402242281992 1992 169,64%2,27
2 HNK Hajduk Split 301825975535223217192410246126241992 1992 154,87%1,87
3 HNK Rijeka 30158697944226027716081233175131992 1992 145,14%1,62
4 NK Osijek 3014169753892493371507141201781992 1992 239,89%1,45
5 NK Zagreb 2410437592861852881163116012361992 2015–16 137,68%1,37
6 NK Slaven Belupo 2410217972622313041058117001121997–98 1997–98 232,87%1,28
7 NK Varaždin (Varteks) 218706542431422691047107600331992 2011–12 337,15%1,33
8 HNK Cibalia 22818699210188301848110100111992 2017–18 330,04%1,17
9 NK Inter Zaprešić 20739647193160294783104501011992 2015–16 229,82%1,14
10 HNK Šibenik 1970759818515226172689500001992 2011–12 430,93%1,18
11 NK Zadar 20649597169142286741115900001992 2014–15 628,30%
12 NK Lokomotiva 125654111579416054355302022009–10 2009–10 238,19%
13 NK Istra 1961 1550950812314924552577000002004–05 2009–10 624,21%
14 RNK Split 731223781698725326200112010–11 2016–17 334,17%
15 NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac 731223781698732745500111995–96 2013–14 334,17%
16 NK Istra 7243215654810221531200001992 1999–2000 630,02%
17 NK Kamen Ingrad 621719159409231438600002001–02 2006–07 430,89%
18 HNK Segesta 520716055426319720600001992–93 1996–97 834,37%
19 NK Marsonia 620219053439426941600001994–95 2003–04 527,89%
20 HNK Gorica 316710846293316114100002018-19 2018–19 542,59%
21 NK Međimurje 515016040309022739000002004–05 2009–10 925,00%
22 Mladost 127 412810834264811914900001995-96 1998–99 931,48%
23 NK Karlovac 3112902926358210300002009–10 2011–12 632,22%
24 NK Belišće 3939424214911517000001992–93 1994–95 1225,53%
25 HNK Dubrovnik 1919 377861823455413300001992 1993–94 1120,93%
26 NK Pomorac Kostrena 27262191528789300002001-02 2002–03 730,64%
27 NK Čakovec 271621914297810900002000-01 2001–02 730,64%
28 NK Pazinka 26564152029719500001992–93 1993–94 1123,43%
29 NK Varaždin (2012) 26472151938598000002019-20 2019–20 820,87%
30 NK Primorac 1929 260641817296910300001993–94 1994–95 1428,12%
31 NK Rudeš 254721315446714200002017–18 2018–19 818,00%
32 NK Croatia Sesvete 23963913416114700002008–09 2009–10 1214,28%
33 NK Radnik Velika Gorica 23364129434716100001992–93 1993–94 1318,75%
34 NK Samobor 132329518345500001997–98 1997–98 1228,12%
35 NK Lučko 1313061311293600002011–12 2011–12 1320,00%
36 HNK Vukovar '91 130337917325600001999–2000 1999–2000 1221,21%
37 NK Dubrava 130347918286300001993–94 1993–94 1720,58%
38 HNK Orijent 1919 1263051114285300001996–97 1996–97 1416,67%
39 NK Neretva 1233041115204400001996–97 1994–95 1513,33%
40 NK TŠK Topolovac 114304224319500002001–02 2001–02 1613,33%
League or status for 2020–21 season
2020–21 Prva HNL
2020–21 Druga HNL
2020–21 Treća HNL
Lower leagues
No longer exists

Top scorers

All-time top scorers in the Prva HNL
RankPlayerGoals
1 Flag of Croatia.svg Davor Vugrinec 146
2 Flag of Croatia.svg Igor Cvitanović 126
3 Flag of Croatia.svg Joško Popović 111
4 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Ivan Krstanović 108
5 Flag of Croatia.svg Miljenko Mumlek 107
6 Flag of Croatia.svg Tomislav Erceg 97
7 Flag of Croatia.svg Nino Bule 88
8 Flag of Croatia.svg Renato Jurčec 87
9 Flag of Croatia.svg Robert Špehar 86
10 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Marijo Dodik 84
Updated 9 May 2021
(Bold denotes players still playing in the Prva HNL,
italics denotes players still playing professional football). [17]

Players in the Prva HNL compete for the Prva HNL Top scorer trophy, awarded to the top scorer at the end of each season. Former Dinamo Zagreb striker Igor Cvitanović held the record for most Prva HNL goals with 126 until April 2012. Cvitanović finished among the top ten goal scorers in 7 out of his 11 seasons in the Prva HNL and won the top scorer title two times. During the 1997–98 season, he became the first player to score 100 Prva HNL goals. On 14 April 2012, Davor Vugrinec scored his 127th goal and surpassed Cvitanović's record. [18] Vugrinec retired in May 2015 with 146 goals on his tally. Only two other players have reached the 100-goal mark, Joško Popović and Miljenko Mumlek.

Since the first Prva HNL season in 1992, 19 different players have won the top scorers title. Goran Vlaović, Robert Špehar, Igor Cvitanović, Tomislav Šokota and Ivica Olić have won two titles each. Dinamo Zagreb provided most top scorers in Prva HNL with 12. Eduardo holds the record for most goals in a season with 34, done with Dinamo Zagreb in the 2006–07 season. [19] Six goals is the record individual scoring total for a player in a single Prva HNL match, held by Marijo Dodik. [20]

Dinamo Zagreb became the first team to have scored 1,000 goals in the league after Etto scored in a 4–0 victory over NK Zagreb in the 2005–06 season. [21] The highest-scoring match to date in the Prva HNL occurred on 12 December 1993 when Dinamo Zagreb defeated minnows NK Pazinka 10–1. [22]

Most appearances in Prva HNL

Most appearances in the Prva HNL
RankPlayerAppearances
1 Flag of Croatia.svg Jakov Surać 453
2 Flag of Croatia.svg Miljenko Mumlek 398
3 Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Vuica 372
4 Flag of Croatia.svg Krunoslav Rendulić 355
5 Flag of Croatia.svg Davor Vugrinec 340
6 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Mladen Bartolović 338
7 Flag of Croatia.svg Josip Bulat 318
8 Flag of Croatia.svg Damir Krznar 315
9 Flag of Croatia.svg Nino Bule 310
10 Flag of Croatia.svg Hrvoje Štrok 305
Updated 23 February 2020
(Bold denotes players still playing in the Prva HNL,
italics denotes players still playing professional football).

Awards

There are three awards for best players in the Croatian First League:

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Mislav Oršić Croatian footballer

Mislav Oršić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a left winger or attacking midfielder for Prva HNL club Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia national team.

The 2013–14 season was the 103rd season in Hajduk Split’s history and their twenty-third in the Prva HNL. Their 4th place finish in the 2012–13 season means it is their 23rd successive season playing in the Prva HNL.

The 2015–16 Croatian First Football League was the 25th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 10 July 2015 and ended on 14 May 2016.

The 2017–18 Croatian First Football League was the 27th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 14 July 2017 and ended on 19 May 2018.

The 2017–18 season was the 107th season in Hajduk Split's history and their twenty-seventh in the Prva HNL. Their 3rd-place finish in the 2016–17 season means it was their 27th successive season playing in the Prva HNL.

The 2018–19 Croatian First Football League was the 28th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 27 July 2018 and finished on 26 May 2019.

The 2019–20 Croatian First Football League was the 29th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 19 July 2019. It was temporarily postponed from 12 March to 5 June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020–21 Croatian First Football League was the 30th season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 14 August 2020 and finished on 22 May 2021.

The 2021–22 Croatian First Football League will be the 31st season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992.

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