The Nemzeti Bajnokság is a top football division in Hungary. The top tier is often referred to as the OTP Bank Liga and is contested by 16 teams which represent 13 Hungarian cities.
The top league started life on January 19, 1901. The first competitive game was played between Budapest TC and Budapest SC. The maiden championship comprised five clubs with Budapest TC becoming Hungarian first ever champions. Ferencváros, MTK Budapest and Újpest are the most revered and successful sides in the country as they secured more than twenty league titles each.
The Hungarian Football Federation has three divisions. A 16-team top flight kicks off in late July and lasts till early June. The competition consists of two rounds of fixtures in which teams meet home and away. Each club plays 30 games throughout the season. Title holders qualify for the Champions League, while the second and third placed teams alongside with the Hungarian Cup winners gain entry to Europa League qualifying phase. Bottom two clubs are automatically relegated, being replaced with National Championship II title winners and runners-up.
Debreceni VSC is the reigning champion of the OTP Bank Liga.
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