Croatian First Football League

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Croatian First Football League Country Croatia Confederation UEFA Founded 1992 Number of teams 10 Level on pyramid 1 Relegation to Croatian Second League Domestic cup(s) Croatian Football Cup Croatian Super Cup International cup(s) UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Current champions Dinamo Zagreb (18th title) (2015–16) Most championships Dinamo Zagreb (18 titles) TV partners T-Hrvatski Telekom (Arenasport) Website 2016–17 season The Croatian First Football League (Croatian: Prva hrvatska nogometna liga, pronounced [pr̂ːvaː xř̩ʋaːtskaː nôɡomeːtnaː lǐːɡa]), also known as Prva HNL or 1. HNL) or for sponsorship reasons the MAXtv Prva Liga, is the top Croatian professional football league competition, established in 1992.[1] The winners enter the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League. Dinamo Zagreb are the current champions, having won their eleventh consecutive title in the 2015-16 season, and are the most successful club with 18 titles overall, followed by Hajduk Split with six titles. Since 2003, the league has been named after its main sponsor, giving it the following names (Logos see below): 2003–2007 – Prva HNL Ožujsko (Sponsored by Zagrebačka pivovara and their Ožujsko beer brand.)[2] 2007–2011 – T-Com Prva HNL (Sponsored by T-Hrvatski Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.)[3] 2011–present – MAXtv Prva Liga (Sponsored by T-Hrvatski Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.)[4] Contents 1 Overview 1.1 Members for 2016–17 2 1. HNL teams in European competitions 3 UEFA rankings 3.1 Country 3.2 Team 4 Media coverage 5 Attendance 6 List of winners 6.1 Performance by club 7 Top scorers 8 Awards 9 References 10 External links Overview[edit] 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 10 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 원정녀