2008–09 Montenegrin First League
|Goals scored||480 (2.42 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fatos Bećiraj (18)|
The 2008–09 Montenegrin First League was the third season of the top-tier football in Montenegro. The season began on 9 August 2008 and ended on 30 May 2009. The defending champions are Budućnost Podgorica.
Stadia and locations
|Budućnost||Podgorica||Stadion Pod Goricom||17,000|
|Dečić||Tuzi||Stadion Tuško Polje||1,000|
|Grbalj||Radanovići||Stadion Donja Sutvara||1,500|
|Jedinstvo||Bijelo Polje||Gradski Stadion||5,000|
|Lovćen||Cetinje||Stadion Obilića Poljana||2,000|
|OFK Petrovac||Petrovac||Pod Malim Brdom Stadium||530|
|Sutjeska||Nikšić||Stadion kraj Bistrice||10,800|
Promotion and relegation
10th placed Bokelj Kotor and 11th placed Sutjeska Nikšić had to compete in two-legged relegation play-offs. Bokelj were relegated by losing 1–0 on aggregate against the 3rd placed team from Second League, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje. On the other hand, Sutjeska saved their place in Montenegrin top league by beating cross-town rivals Čelik Nikšić, who had finished in 2nd place in the Second League, also with 1–0 on aggregate.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Mogren (C)||33||23||5||5||62||24||+38||74||Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round|
|2||Budućnost||33||21||7||5||72||34||+38||70||Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round|
|6||Petrovac||33||12||5||16||42||56||−14||41||Qualification for Europa League second qualifying round[a]|
|10||Jezero (R)||33||9||6||18||30||62||−32||33||Qualification for relegation play-offs|
|12||Jedinstvo (R)||33||7||8||18||28||56||−28||29||Relegation to Montenegrin Second League|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
- Petrovac qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as winners of 2008–09 Montenegrin Cup.
- Zeta were docked 9 points because of their decision not to include great number of players that have not been injured, ill or under suspension in their lineup in the match against Mogren. Also, they were docked one more point due to the incident in their match against Sutjeska. The referee did not want to enter the field and start the game due to threats by Radojica Božović, Zeta's chairman, about Zeta must having to win in that match. Božović was also excluded from the Football Association of Montenegro.
The schedule consists of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round will then be set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.
First and second round
Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):
|23rd round||24th round||25th round||26th round||27th round||28th round|
|1 - 12||1 - 2||2 - 12||1 - 4||3 - 12||1 - 6|
|2 - 11||8 - 6||3 - 1||2 - 3||4 - 2||2 - 5|
|3 - 10||9 - 5||4 - 11||9 - 7||5 - 1||3 - 4|
|4 - 9||10 - 4||5 - 10||10 - 6||6 - 11||10 - 8|
|5 - 8||11 - 3||6 - 9||11 - 5||7 - 10||11 - 7|
|6 - 7||12 - 7||7 - 8||12 - 8||8 - 9||12 - 9|
|29th round||30th round||31st round||32nd round||33rd round|
|4 - 12||1 - 8||5 - 12||1 - 10||6 - 12|
|5 - 3||2 - 7||6 - 4||2 - 9||7 - 5|
|6 - 2||3 - 6||7 - 3||3 - 8||8 - 4|
|7 - 1||4 - 5||8 - 2||4 - 7||9 - 3|
|8 - 11||11 - 9||9 - 1||5 - 6||10 - 2|
|9 - 10||12 - 10||10 - 11||12 - 11||11 - 1|
The 10th placed team (against the 3rd placed team of the Second League) and the 11th placed team (against the 2nd placed team of the Second League) will both compete in two-legged relegation play-offs after the end of the season.