2017–18 Albanian Superliga

The 2017–18 Albanian Superliga was the 79th official season, or 82nd season of top-tier football in Albania (including three unofficial championships during World War II) and the 18th season under the name Kategoria Superiore. The season began on 9 September 2017 and ended on 18 May 2018.[1] Title record-holders KF Tirana did not participate in the top flight for the very first time since competition's foundation. Kukësi are the defending champions.[2] Skënderbeu, won the league title on 9 May 2018 with 3 matches to spare.

Albanian Superliga
Season2017–18
Dates9 September 2017 –
23 May 2018
ChampionsSkënderbeu
8th title
RelegatedLushnja
Vllaznia
Champions LeagueKukësi
Europa LeagueLaçi
Luftëtari
Partizani
Matches played180
Goals scored458 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerAli Sowe
(21 goals)
Biggest home winPartizani 6–0 Lushnja
(28 February 2018)
Biggest away winSkënderbeu 1–5 Vllaznia
(23 May 2018)
Highest scoringTeuta 6–2 Lushnja
(19 May 2018)
Longest winning run7 matches
Skënderbeu
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Skënderbeu
Longest winless run22 matches
Lushnja
Longest losing run12 matches
Lushnja
All statistics correct as of 23 May 2018.

Since Skënderbeu is banned from UEFA competitions, the runners-up of this season's Superliga earned a place in the first qualifying round of the 2018−19 Champions League, with the third and fourth placed clubs earning a place in the first qualifying round of the 2018−19 Europa League.[3]

TeamsEdit

Two clubs earned promotion from the Albanian First Division, Kamza and Lushnja, and joined the Superliga this season.[1] Korabi Peshkopi and Tirana were relegated at the conclusion of last season.

LocationsEdit

2017–18 Albanian Superliga teams.
Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2016–17 season
Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 8,200 8th
Kamza Kamëz Kamëz Stadium 5,500 First Division
Kukësi Kukës Zeqir Ymeri Stadium 10,000 Champions
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 4,300 6th
Luftëtari Gjirokastër Gjirokastra Stadium 8,400 4th
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 8,000 First Division
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 8,724 3rd
Partizani Tirana Selman Stërmasi Stadium(1) 9,600 2nd
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,400 5th
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 18,022 7th

StadiumsEdit

Flamurtari Kamza Kukësi Laçi Luftëtari
Flamurtari Stadium Kamëz Stadium Zeqir Ymeri Stadium Laçi Stadium Gjirokastra Stadium
Capacity: 8,200 Capacity: 5,200 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 2,300 Capacity: 8,400
       
Lushnja Partizani Skënderbeu Teuta Vllaznia
Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium Selman Stërmasi Stadium Skënderbeu Stadium Niko Dovana Stadium Loro Boriçi Stadium
Capacity: 8,500 Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 12,343 Capacity: 12,040 Capacity: 16,022
         

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team President Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flamurtari   Sinan Idrizi   Ardian Behari   Franc Veliu Kappa
Kamza   Naim Qarri   Julian Ahmataj   Argjend Halili Uhlsport Mokador
Kukësi   Safet Gjici   Peter Pacult   Ylli Shameti Macron Kevin Construction
Laçi   Pashk Laska   Gentian Mezani   Taulant Sefgjinaj Uhlsport Baste Live
Luftëtari   Grigor Tavo   Hasan Lika   Orjand Beqiri Legea
Lushnja   Fatos Tushe   Ilir Gjyla   Fatjon Sefa Legea
Partizani   Gazment Demi   Klevis Dalipi   Idriz Batha Joma
Skënderbeu   Ardian Takaj   Ilir Daja   Orges Shehi Puma Ama Cafè
Teuta   Edmond Hasanbelliu   Gentian Begeja   Rustem Hoxha Kappa Caffè Pascucci
Vllaznia   Municipality of Shkodër   Ervis Kraja   Ndriçim Shtubina Legea

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Luftëtari   Mladen Milinković End of contract 30 June 2017 Pre-season   Daniel Fernández 10 August 2017
Partizani   Sulejman Starova Mutual consent 6 July 2017   Mark Iuliano 22 July 2017
Kukësi   Ernest Gjoka Sacked 23 July 2017   Mladen Milinković 29 July 2017
Laçi   Stavri Nica Resigned 26 September 2017 7th   Gentian Mezani 26 September 2017
Luftëtari   Daniel Fernández Sacked 15 October 2017 7th   Hasan Lika 18 October 2017
Vllaznia   Armando Cungu Mutual consent 19 October 2017 8th   Ernest Gjoka 19 October 2017
Lushnja   Artan Bano Resigned 23 October 2017 10th   Hysen Dedja 31 October 2017
Partizani   Mark Iuliano Mutual consent 5 November 2017   Sulejman Starova 7 November 2017
Kukësi   Mladen Milinković Resigned 23 December 2017 4th   Peter Pacult 3 January 2018
Teuta   Gugash Magani Resigned 26 December 2017   Stavri Nica 4 January 2018
Teuta   Stavri Nica Resigned 12 February 2018 9th   Gentian Begeja 12 February 2018
Lushnja   Hysen Dedja Resigned 14 February 2018 10th   Dritan Çuko 20 February 2018
Partizani   Sulejman Starova Mutual consent 5 March 2018 5th   Klevis Dalipi 5 March 2018
Lushnja   Dritan Çuko End of caretaker spell 21 March 2018 10th   Ilir Gjyla 21 March 2018
Kamza   Ramadan Ndreu Sacked 10 April 2018 7th   Julian Ahmataj 11 April 2018
Flamurtari   Shpëtim Duro Resigned 18 April 2018 6th   Ardian Behari 18 April 2018
Vllaznia   Ernest Gjoka Resigned 14 May 2018 9th   Ervis Kraja 14 May 2018

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Skënderbeu[a] (C) 36 22 6 8 68 41 +27 72
2 Kukësi 36 18 9 9 61 41 +20 63 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
3 Luftëtari 36 16 11 9 47 37 +10 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
4 Laçi 36 16 8 12 45 39 +6 56
5 Partizani 36 15 8 13 41 36 +5 53
6 Flamurtari 36 11 13 12 37 37 0 46
7 Kamza 36 12 10 14 37 41 −4 46
8 Teuta 36 12 10 14 55 58 −3 46
9 Vllaznia (R) 36 12 8 16 38 42 −4 44 Relegation to the Albanian First Division
10 Lushnja (R) 36 2 5 29 29 86 −57 11
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.[5]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ In March 2018, Skënderbeu was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing.[4]
  2. ^ Skënderbeu qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2017–18 Albanian Cup. However, since they were banned from entering UEFA competitions, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.

ResultsEdit

Clubs will play each other four times for a total of 36 matches each.[6]

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[7]
1   Ali Sowe Skënderbeu 21
2   Sindrit Guri Kukësi 20
3   Reginaldo Laçi 18
4   Kristal Abazaj Luftëtari 13
  Sebino Plaku Kamza
6   Elis Bakaj Kukësi 12
7   Fatjon Sefa Lushnja 10
  James Adeniyi Skënderbeu
  Myrto Uzuni Laçi
  Xhevahir Sukaj Vllaznia

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref
  Reginaldo Laçi Flamurtari 4–2 (H) 10 March 2018 [8]
  Sindrit Guri Kukësi Partizani 4–0 (H) 14 April 2018 [9]
  Ali Sowe Skënderbeu Lushnja 4–2 (A) 9 May 2018 [10]
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals; (H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1   Alban Hoxha Partizani 14
2   Gentian Selmani Laçi 13
3   Adis Nurković Flamurtari 12
4   Shkëlzen Ruçi Luftëtari 9
5   Orges Shehi Skënderbeu 8
6   Enea Koliçi Kukësi 7

DisciplineEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Superliga". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Superliga". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Preliminary Access List 2018/19". Bert Kassies. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Albania's Skenderbeu handed 10-year ban over match-fixing in worst ever UEFA punishment". Tirana Times. 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Superliga: Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Superliga: Season Rules". scoresway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  7. ^ "topscorers". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ "VIDEO/ Tripleta e Rexhinaldos, Laçi shkërmoq Flamurtarin" [VIDEO/ Reginaldo's hat-trick, Laçi crumble Flamurtari] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Kukësi shpartallon Partizanin dhe arratiset i dyti, Guri superstar" [Kukësi winnows Partizani and escapes second, Guri superstar] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Ndeshje e hapur dhe gola në Lushnjë, Soue heroi i Skënderbeut" [Open game and goals at Lushnje, Sowe hero of Skënderbeu] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "disciplinary record". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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