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2009–10 Croatian First Football League

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Top goalscorer
Davor Vugrinec (18)

Goals scored

Champions League
Dinamo Zagreb

24 Jul 2009 – 13 May 2010

Matches played

2009–10 Croatian First Football League

Dinamo Zagreb 12th Croatian title 16th domestic title

Europa League
Hajduk Split Cibalia Šibenik

Biggest home win
Dinamo Z. 7–1 Istra 1961

NK Croatia Sesvete, NK Međimurje

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The 2009–10 Croatian First Football League (officially known as the T-Com Prva HNL for sponsorship reasons) was the nineteenth season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. It began on 24 July 2009 and ended on 13 May 2010. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their eleventh championship title (and fourth consecutive title) the previous season, and they defended the title again, after a goalless draw with Hajduk Split on 1 May 2010.


The format was changed from previous season in that the league was expanded from 12 to 16 clubs.

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09

Due to the expansion, no teams were directly relegated following the 2008–09 season.

Four teams from 2008–09 Druga HNL earned direct promotion. These were champions Istra 1961, runners-up Karlovac, third-placed Lokomotiva and fifth-placed Međimurje. Fourth-placed team Slavonac CO had to step back from promotion after they were not able to find a suitable ground.

Croatia Sesvete as last-placed team had to compete in a two-legged play-off against the sixth-placed team from Druga HNL, Hrvatski Dragovoljac. After a scoreless first leg, Croatia Sesvete retained their Prva HNL status by winning the second leg, 2–1.

Stadia and locations

Since most Druga HNL stadiums failed to meet the licensing requirements for top-level football, the Croatian Football Federation announced on 8 May 2008 that clubs who are likely to win promotion berths have agreed to lease stadiums approved for top-flight football. Below is the list of all the stadiums which are licensed to be used in the Prva HNL, along with their home clubs and the promoted clubs who secured rights to use them as "guests" until their own grounds have sufficiently been upgraded to host top-level matches.

League table

Source: soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
For deciding champions, qualification to UEFA Europa League and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored.
a. Hajduk Split won the 2009–10 Croatian Cup and thus qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.
b. Despite finishing 14th NK Zagreb eventually avoided relegation as only two second level clubs were granted first division licences by the Croatian Football Federation.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.


Source: TBA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

As of 13 May 2010; Source: HRnogomet.com

18 goals
  • Davor Vugrinec (NK Zagreb)
  • 17 goals
  • Senijad Ibričić (Hajduk Split)
  • 15 goals
  • Asim Šehić (Istra 1961)
  • 14 goals
  • Nino Bule (Lokomotiva)
  • Mario Mandžukić (Dinamo Zagreb)
  • 13 goals
  • Bojan Golubović (Međimurje)
  • Pedro Morales (Dinamo Zagreb)
  • 11 goals
  • Milan Badelj (Dinamo Zagreb)
  • Miljenko Mumlek (Varteks)
  • Ermin Zec (Šibenik)
  • Transfers

  • List of Croatian football transfers summer 2009
  • List of Croatian football transfers winter 2009–10
  • References

    2009–10 Croatian First Football League Wikipedia

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