1998–99 Albanian National Championship

The 1998–99 Albanian National Championship was the 60th season of the Albanian National Championship, the top professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1930. The season began on 29 August 1998 and concluded on 15 May 1999. Vllaznia began the season as defending champions of the 1997–98 season and Burreli was the only team promoted from the Albanian Second Division as the league was reduced from 18 teams to 16.[1]

Albanian National Championship
Season1998–99
ChampionsTirana
18th Albanian title
Relegated
Champions LeagueTirana
UEFA Cup
Intertoto CupTeuta
Matches played240
Goals scored618 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerArtan Bano (22 goals)
Biggest home winVllaznia 8–0 Flamurtari
(5 February 1999)
Biggest away winTeuta 0–5 Tirana
(24 November 1998)
Highest scoringBurreli 4–4 Dinamo
(30 October 1998)
Vllaznia 8–0 Flamurtari
(5 February 1999)
Laçi 5–3 Skënderbeu
(7 May 1999)

Tirana won their 18th Albanian title, having finished as runners-up during the previous season. The newly promoted club Burreli were the first team to be relegated, and they were followed by Laçi and Besa down to the Albanian Second Division.

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegationEdit

A total of 16 teams competed in the 1998–99 season, 2 less than the previous where 18 teams competed. Of these 16 teams, 15 of them were from the 1997–98 season with Burreli being the only promoted side from the Albanian Second Division. 3 sides from the 1997–98 season were relegated, and they were Shqiponja, Sopoti and Albpetrol.

Stadia and last seasonEdit

Locations of the 1998–99 Albanian National Championship teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity Last season
Apolonia Fier Loni Papuçiu Stadium 10,000 7th
Besa Kavajë Besa Stadium 8,000 14th
Burreli Burrel Liri Ballabani Stadium 2,500 Second Division
Bylis Ballsh Adush Muça Stadium 6,000 13th
Dinamo Tirana Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium[note 1] 19,700 12th
Elbasani Elbasan Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium 15,000 6th
Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 15,000 15th
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 5,000 8th
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 12,000 9th
Partizani Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 3rd
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 12,000 11th
Shkumbini Peqin Shkumbini Stadium 6,000 4th
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 5th
Tirana Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 2nd
Tomori Berat Tomori Stadium 14,750 10th
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 15,000 Champions

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Tirana (C) 30 18 7 5 48 20 +28 61 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Vllaznia 30 18 6 6 57 18 +39 60 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round[a]
3 Bylis 30 18 5 7 51 19 +32 59
4 Tomori 30 13 7 10 31 25 +6 46
5 Lushnja 30 14 2 14 52 40 +12 44
6 Dinamo Tirana 30 11 7 12 37 37 0 40
7 Shkumbini 30 12 4 14 30 38 −8 40
8 Teuta 30 12 4 14 28 48 −20 40 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup first round
9 Elbasani 30 11 6 13 30 30 0 39
10 Partizani 30 10 9 11 37 46 −9 39
11 Flamurtari 30 11 5 14 40 47 −7 38
12 Skënderbeu 30 12 2 16 44 53 −9 38
13 Apolonia 30 10 7 13 32 42 −10 37
14 Besa (R) 30 10 6 14 25 40 −15 36 Relegation to the Kategoria e Parë
15 Laçi (R) 30 9 6 15 36 55 −19 33
16 Burreli (R) 30 8 3 19 40 60 −20 27
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Bylis qualified for the UEFA Cup qualifying round due to Tirana winning the league as well as the 1998–99 Albanian Cup, meaning their place in the UEFA Cup was awarded to the cup runners-up Vllaznia, who also finished as runners-up in the league, meaning that their place in the UEFA Cup through the league route was awarded to Bylis.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Artan Bano Lushnja 22
2   Rigels Qose Skënderbeu 19
3   Vioresin Sinani Vllaznia 14
4   Bardhyl Elezi Lushnja 12
  Klodian Asllani Bylis
6   Hekuran Jakupi Bylis 10
  Fjodor Xhafa Flamurtari
8   Vladimir Gjoni Burreli 10
  Fatjon Ymeri Dinamo Tirana
  Daniel Xhafa Flamurtari

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