2016–17 Kategoria Superiore

The 2016–17 Kategoria Superiore was the 78th official season, or 81st season of top-tier football in Albania (including three unofficial championships during World War II) and the 17th season under the name Kategoria Superiore. Skënderbeu were the defending champions. The season began on 7 September 2016 and concluded on 27 May 2017.

Kategoria Superiore
Season2016–17
Dates7 September 2016 –
27 May 2017
ChampionsKukësi
1st Albanian title
RelegatedTirana
Korabi
Champions LeagueKukësi
Europa LeaguePartizani
Skënderbeu
Tirana
Matches played180
Goals scored340 (1.89 per match)
Top goalscorerPero Pejić
(28 goals)
Biggest home winFlamurtari 6–0 Korabi
(1 April 2017)[1]
Biggest away winKorabi 0–4 Luftëtari
(22 April 2017)[2]
Laçi 1–5 Skënderbeu
(23 April 2017)[3]
Korabi 0–4 Teuta
(6 May 2017)[4]
Highest scoringSkënderbeu 4–3 Vllaznia
(6 May 2017)[5]

On 20 May 2017, Kukësi defeated the reigning champions Skënderbeu 2–0 to clinch their first-ever league title, in only their fifth season in the top-flight.[6]

TeamsEdit

ChangesEdit

Ten teams competed in the league – the top eight teams from the previous season, as well as two teams promoted from the Kategoria e Parë. Korabi defeated Ada 1–0 at the Reshit Rusi Stadium on the final matchday of the regular season in Group A of the Kategoria e Parë to secure promotion to the Kategoria Superiore after a 54-year absence.[7][8] Luftëtari were then promoted back to Albanian Superliga after a three-year absence as they defeated Apolonia Fier on the final matchday of the regular season in Group B of the Kategoria e Parë.[9][10] The two promoted clubs replace Bylis and Tërbuni.

LocationsEdit

Locations of the 2016–17 Kategoria Superiore teams
Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015–16 season
Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 8,200 8th
Korabi Peshkopi Selman Stërmasi Stadium(1) 9,600 Kategoria e Parë
Kukësi Kukës Zeqir Ymeri Stadium 5,000 3rd
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 4,300 7th
Luftëtari Gjirokastër Gjirokastra Stadium 8,400 Kategoria e Parë
Partizani Tirana Selman Stërmasi Stadium(2) 9,500 2nd
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 8,724 Champions
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 4th
Tirana Tirana Selman Stërmasi Stadium 9,600 5th
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 16,022 6th

StadiumsEdit

Flamurtari Korabi Kukësi Laçi Luftëtari
Flamurtari Stadium Selman Stërmasi Stadium Zeqir Ymeri Stadium Laçi Stadium Gjirokastra Stadium
Capacity: 8,200 Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 2,300 Capacity: 8,400
         
Partizani Skënderbeu Teuta Tirana Vllaznia
Selman Stërmasi Stadium Skënderbeu Stadium Niko Dovana Stadium Selman Stërmasi Stadium Loro Boriçi Stadium
Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,040 Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 16,022
         

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Kukësi (C) 36 20 15 1 51 18 +33 75 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Partizani 36 19 15 2 46 17 +29 72[b] Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Skënderbeu 36 21 9 6 45 22 +23 72[b]
4 Luftëtari 36 11 11 14 37 45 −8 44
5 Teuta 36 10 10 16 27 34 −7 40
6 Laçi 36 10 10 16 23 35 −12 40
7 Vllaznia 36 8 16 12 29 35 −6 40
8 Flamurtari[c] 36 12 10 14 42 34 +8 40
9 Tirana (R) 36 8 15 13 29 32 −3 39
Relegation to the 2017–18 Kategoria e Parë
Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
10 Korabi (R) 36 2 7 27 11 68 −57 13 Relegation to the 2017–18 Kategoria e Parë
Source: Albanian Football Association (in Albanian), 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.[12]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Tirana qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2016–17 Albanian Cup.
  2. ^ a b Partizani ahead of Skënderbeu on head-to-head record; Partizani–Skënderbeu 0–0, Skënderbeu–Partizani 1–2, Partizani–Skënderbeu 1–0, Skënderbeu–Partizani 2–2.
  3. ^ Flamurtari were deducted six points for failing to fulfill financial obligations.[11]

ResultsEdit

Each team plays every opponent four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches.

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
Kukësi723323333112111111111111111211111111
Partizani232232222333333322223333222122223322
Skënderbeu111111111221222233332222333333332233
Luftëtari10107866666766666555554444444454444444
Teuta79101010109108988988998798777776677666655
Laçi768799779877899889989889989889999896
Vllaznia764455555655555666666666555545555567
Flamurtari945587887599777777877998898998877788
Tirana766644444444444444445555667766788979
Korabi78997810910101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010
Leader and UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2017–18 Kategoria e Parë

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of matches played on 27 May 2017.[13]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Pero Pejić Kukësi 28
2   Caleb Ekuban Partizani 17
3   Hamdi Salihi Skënderbeu 15
4   Liridon Latifi Skënderbeu 11
5   Tomislav Bušić Flamurtari 10
6   Donjet Shkodra Flamurtari 9
  Afrim Taku Tirana
  Dejvi Bregu Luftëtari
9   Izair Emini Kukësi 8
  Idriz Batha Partizani
  Reginaldo Luftëtari
  James Adeniyi Skënderbeu

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref
  Liridon Latifi Skënderbeu Laçi 5–1 23 April 2017 [14]
  Pero Pejić Kukësi Korabi 3–1 15 May 2017 [15]
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals

Clean sheetsEdit

As of matches played on 27 May 2017.[13]
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1   Orges Shehi Skënderbeu 23
2   Alban Hoxha Partizani 21
  Enea Koliqi Kukësi
3   Ilion Lika Tirana 17
4   Gentian Selmani Tirana 15
6   Jasmin Agović Vllaznia 13
7   Shpëtim Moçka Teuta 11
8   Argjent Halili Flamurtari 10
9   Shkëlzen Ruçi Luftëtari 7

DisciplineEdit

As of matches played on 6 May 2017.

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

  • Most yellow cards: 104[13]
    • Luftëtari
  • Most red cards: 7[13]
    • Luftëtari
    • Korabi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flamurtari Vlorë vs. Korabi Peshkopi". Soccerway. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Korabi Peshkopi vs. Luftëtari Gjirokastër". Soccerway. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Laçi vs. Skënderbeu Korçë". Soccerway. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Korabi Peshkopi vs. Teuta Durrës". Soccerway. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Skënderbeu Korçë vs. Vllaznia Shkodër". Soccerway. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Minnows Kukes claim first Superliga title". Tirana Times. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  7. ^ Senad Niksiqi (15 May 2016). "Korabi feston në Shkodër, në elitë pas 54 vitesh" [Korabi celebrates in Shkodër, in elite after 54 years] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Ada Velipojë vs. Korabi Peshkopi 0 – 1". Soccerway. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Luftëtari Gjirokastër vs. Apolonia Fier 2 – 1". Soccerway. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  10. ^ Tomor Shehu (15 May 2016). "Luftëtari hap shampanjën e elitës" [Luftëtari opens the elite champagne] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Vendimi i Komisionit te Disiplines se FSHF" [Discipline Commission Decision]. Albanian Football Association (in Albanian). 10 November 2016. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Superliga 2016/2017 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Summary - Superliga - Albania, Results, fixtures, tables and news". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  14. ^ Erald Kodheli (23 April 2017). "Shkëlqen Latifi, Skënderbeu shkatërron Laçin" [Latifi shines, Skënderbeu destroys Laçi] (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  15. ^ Rinald Bregasi (15 May 2017). "Kukësi nuk ndalet, mposht Korabin" [Kukësi doesn't stop, defeat Korabi] (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 25 April 2017.[permanent dead link]

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