2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo

The 2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo season, also known as the Vala Superleague of Kosovo for sponsorship reasons, is the 19th season of top-tier football in Kosovo. The season began on 18 August 2017 and concluded on 20 May 2018. Trepça'89 are the defending champions from the previous season. A total of 12 teams are competing in the league: nine teams from the 2016–17 season and three promoted from the 2016–17 First League.

Football Superleague of Kosovo
Season2017–18
Dates18 August 2017 – 20 May 2018
ChampionsDrita (2nd title)
RelegatedVllaznia Pozheran
Besa Pejë
Vëllaznimi
Champions LeagueDrita
Europa LeaguePrishtina
Matches played209
Goals scored469 (2.24 per match)
Top goalscorerOtto John
Mirlind Daku
(16 goals each)[1]
Biggest home winDrenica 6–2 Vllaznia Pozheran
(28 April 2018)
Biggest away winBesa Pejë 1–6 Llapi
(22 November 2017)
Highest scoringDrenica 6–2 Vllaznia Pozheran
(28 April 2018)
Longest winning run28 matches
Drita
Longest unbeaten run18 matches
Prishtina
Longest winless run25 matches
Vllaznia Pozheran
Longest losing run25 matches
Vllaznia Pozheran
All statistics correct as of 20 May 2018.

Teams and stadiumsEdit

 
 
Pristina
 
Gjilan
 
Pristina clubs:
 
Gjilan clubs:
Locations of the 2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo teams

Trepça and Hajvalia were relegated after finishing the previous season in eleventh and twelfth-place respectively. They were replaced by the champions and runners-up of the 2016–17 First League, Flamurtari and Vëllaznimi respectively. Vllaznia Pozheran defeated Ferizaj in a play-off to claim their top-flight spot.

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Club Town Stadium UEFA
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Besa Pejë Peć Shahin Haxhiislami
 
Drenica Skenderaj Bajram Aliu
 
Drita Gjilan Gjilan City
 
Feronikeli Glogovac Rexhep Rexhepi
 
Flamurtari Pristina Fadil Vokrri
 
Gjilani Gjilan Gjilan City
 
Liria Prizren Përparim Thaçi
 
Llapi Podujevo Zahir Pajaziti
 
Prishtina Pristina Fadil Vokrri
 
Trepça'89 Mitrovica Riza Lushta
 
Vëllaznimi Gjakova Gjakova City
 
Vllaznia Pozheran Požaranje Gjilan City
 

Source:Scoresway

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Drita (C) 33 18 13 2 53 21 +32 67 Qualification for the Champions League preliminary round
2 Prishtina 33 18 10 5 39 18 +21 64 Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round
3 Llapi 33 16 6 11 51 41 +10 54
4 Trepça'89 33 14 11 8 41 25 +16 53
5 Liria 33 13 9 11 34 30 +4 48
6 Feronikeli 33 10 18 5 32 18 +14 48
7 Drenica 33 13 9 11 34 27 +7 48
8 Gjilani 33 10 16 7 29 21 +8 46
9 Vëllaznimi (R) 33 10 14 9 29 28 +1 44 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
10 Flamurtari (O) 33 6 7 20 28 53 −25 25
11 Besa Pejë (R) 33 6 4 23 28 64 −36 22 Relegation to First Football League of Kosovo
12 Vllaznia Pozheran (R) 33 3 5 25 16 68 −52 14
Source: Football Federation of Kosovo (in Albanian), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goal scored; 4) Head-to-Head points; 5) Head-to-Head goal difference; 6) Head-to-Head away goal scored; 7) Head-to-Head goal scored; 8) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion or teams for relegation).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Each team plays three times against every opponent (either twice at home and once away or once at home and twice away) for a total of 33 games played each.

Relegation play-offsEdit

The ninth and tenth-placed teams, Vëllaznimi and Flamurtari respectively, each paired off against the third and fourth-placed teams from the 2017–18 First Football League of Kosovo season, Vushtrria and Ferizaj respectively; the two winners will play in the top-flight next season. As with previous seasons, both play-offs will be played on neutral ground.

Vushtrria1–1 (a.e.t.)Flamurtari
J. Topalli   83' Report A. Ajzeraj   14'
Penalties
  •   L. Osmani
  •   A. Prishtina
  •   F. Ibrahimi
  •   E. Halimi
  •   D. Maxhuni
  •   D. Dragusha
5–6
  •   A. Azemi
  •   V. Shabani
  •   S. Sahiti
  •   G. Ahmeti
  •   A. Ajzeraj
  •   A. Shillova
Referee: B. Batalli

Flamurtari retained their spot in 2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo; Vushtrria remained in 2018–19 First Football League of Kosovo.


Ferizaj0–0 (a.e.t.)Vëllaznimi
Report
Penalties
  •   B. Shabani
  •   E. Hashani
  •   D. Qerkini
  •   F. Berisha
  •   F. Guraziu
3–2
  •   L. Vula
  •   T. Bardhoku
  •   R. Asare
  •   B. Qorri
  •   B. Krasniqi

Ferizaj were promoted to 2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo; Vëllaznimi were relegated to 2018–19 First Football League of Kosovo.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of matches played on 20 May 2018.[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Otto John Trepça'89 17
  Mirlind Daku Llapi
2   Artur Magani Liria 13
  Kastriot Rexha Drita
3   Genc Hamiti Drenica 12
4   Xhevdet Shabani Drita 10
  Betim Haxhimusa Gjilani
5   Mark Milicaj Feronikeli 8
  Albutrint Morina Feronikeli
  Ahmed Januzi Prishtina
6   Fetim Kasapi Besa Pejë 7
  Fidan Gërbeshi Drita
  Mendurim Hoti Feronikeli
  Gauthier Mankenda Prishtina
7   Mentor Zhdrella Llapi 6
  Florim Bërbatovci Llapi
  Florent Hasani Trepça'89
8   Alban Shillova Flamurtari 5
  Armend Thaqi Gjilani
  Gëzim Rusi Gjilani
  Hamdi Namani Llapi
  Semir Zeneli Vëllaznimi
  Denis Peposhi Drenica
9   Ardit Jaupaj Flamurtari 4
  Zenel Gavazaj Liria
  Gentrit Begolli Llapi
  Altin Merlaku Llapi
  Armend Dallku Prishtina
  Shpëtim Idrizi Trepça'89
  Lekë Vula Vëllaznimi
  Almedin Murati Vllaznia Pozheran

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Match awarded 3–0 to Vëllaznimi due to crowd violence caused by the Flamurtari fans; the match was abandoned in the 90th minute, with the result being 1–1.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Top golashënuesit" [Top scorers]. Borozani (in Albanian). Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Vendimi i KG-së për ndeshjen Flamurtari – Vëllaznimi" [The CC's decision on the Flamurtari – Vëllaznimi game]. Football Federation of Kosovo (in Albanian). 23 October 2017.

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