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.
18th Albanian title
|Goals scored||618 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Artan Bano (22 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Vllaznia 8–0 Flamurtari|
(5 February 1999)
|Biggest away win||Teuta 0–5 Tirana|
(24 November 1998)
|Highest scoring||Burreli 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.
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
|Apolonia||Fier||Loni Papuçiu Stadium||10,000||7th|
|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|
|Lushnja||Lushnjë||Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium||12,000||9th|
|Partizani||Tirana||Qemal Stafa Stadium||19,700||3rd|
|Teuta||Durrës||Niko Dovana Stadium||12,040||5th|
|Tirana||Tirana||Qemal Stafa Stadium||19,700||2nd|
|Vllaznia||Shkodër||Loro Boriçi Stadium||15,000||Champions|
|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]|
|8||Teuta||30||12||4||14||28||48||−20||40||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup first round|
|14||Besa (R)||30||10||6||14||25||40||−15||36||Relegation to the Kategoria e Parë|
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
- 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.
|Fatjon Ymeri||Dinamo Tirana|