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The First League, also known as the 1. Liga, is a Brunanter professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Brunanter football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by sixteen clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and regulation with the Second League.

Seasons run from August/September to April/May, with teams playing 30 matches each, totalling 240 matches in the season. Every matchday consists of two to four days.

It was formed in 1908 by four clubs (St. Marks Koningstad, Brunant Leuwens, FC Donderar and Grijzestad Strijders), but has since expanded to sixteen. Since then, a total of 15 clubs have been crowned champions of the First League. The current champions are Mediterranean FC, who won the title in the 2014-15 season.

HistoryEdit

In 1908, Johann Von Dreckt, Stephen Chase, W.J. Russell and Adam Snelling, owners of the nation's four professional football clubs, met together to officially establish a competitive league. They agreed to start a league that would contain the four teams and ensure that each team played an equal amount of games and that the rules of football were enforced. In 1925, after the AFC increased its membership to sixteen clubs, a second league was created, dividing into eight clubs in each of the two leagues. The clubs that won more often were in the First, and those that won less often in the Second. After the Second World War, the membership of each league was increased to sixteen in the first, and ten in the second.

The league is looking at expanding to eighteen or twenty teams along with the possible inclusion of Cetatian side AS Cettatie in the league.

Competition formatEdit

There are sixteen clubs in the First League. During the course of a season (from August/September to May/April) each club plays the others twice (a double round-robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 30 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The two lowest placed teams are relegated into the Second League, and the top two teams from the Second League are promoted in their place.

ClubsEdit

2015-16 teamsEdit

LogosEdit

Defunct teamsEdit

Only teams that were playing their last season in the First League are mentioned. Regulation and promotion are not mentioned.

PlayersEdit

Transfers Edit

The first First League player to be involved in a transfer which broke the IWO transfer record was Florian Evers in 1927, who moved from FC Drenthe to Fulvia for £4,800. 21 years later, Alan Kings set a record fee, £17,000 from FC Donderar to Atlético Alcacer in Traspes. In 1961, FC Drenthe again set the record by signing Pedro Santamaría from Atlético Alcacer for £30,700.

All of the last fifteen wikination transfer records have been set by First League clubs, signing Simon Rever, Miguel Pinto, Luis Carlos Menezes, Matthias Bergmann, George Michálek, Karim Zenadi, Andy Chappel, Felix Brunner, Miquel Campdegall, Oliver Jordans, Ibra El-Zein (2x), Hans Oudberghen, Gigo and finally in 2014 Mike Murray, who was bought for between £9,500,000 and £14,300,000 from North Beach Kemburg

All-time top goalscorersEdit

Rank Nat Name Years Goals Apps Ratio
1 Flag of Brunant Willem Bergher 1972-19882683980.67
2 Flag of Brunant Karim Zenadi 1990-20032513550.71
3 Argentina flag Miguel Pinto 1981-19942133500.60
4 Flag of Brunant Ibra El-Zein 2003-2004, 2007-present2072630.79
5 Flag of Brunant Miquel Campdegall 1990-20021962440.80
6 Lovia flag George Michálek 1986-19961902790.68
7 Spain flag Felipe Castilla 1953-19631812770.65
8 Flag of Brunant Florian Evers 1922-1940, 1946-19491632410.68
9 Flag of Brunant Felix Brunner 1999-present1533100.49
10 Flag of Brunant Oliver Jordans 1994-1996, 1998-1999, 2003-20151432820.51

(Bold denotes players still playing in the league.)

StadiumsEdit

Image Stadium Team(s) Location Capacity Opened
Aurora Stadium
Aurora Stadium Aurora F.C. Rosetown 8,000 1983
Donder
Donderstadion FC Donderar Donderstad 12,278 1964
Dortmund Park
Dortmund Park Dortmund SFC Dortmund 13,700 2002
Drenthe City Stadium Drenthe City Stadium FC Drenthe Drenthe 11,000 1997
East Park Middleton Arrows Middleton 6,325 1927
Helmondstadion
Helmondstadion Helmond Raiders
Mediterranean FC
Nieuw Helmond 17,800 1964
Koningstadion
Koningstadion St. Marks Koningstad
FC Kings
Koningstad 40,000 1974
Sdb center
SD Bank-Center Arabian FC Koningstad 32,689 2007
University Park
University Park Grijzestad Strijders
Grijzestad University S.C.
Grijzestad 22,140 1948
Valor Field
Valor Field Charlestown FC Charles Town 3,185 2008
Volkswagen Stadium
Volkswagen Stadium Cape Cross FC
Standard FC
Cape Cross 10,000 2005
Willemstadion
Willemstadion FC Willemstad Sint-Willemstad 14,589 2012

See alsoEdit

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