2018–19 Macedonian First Football League

The 2018–19 Macedonian First League was the 27th season of the Macedonian First Football League, the highest football league of North Macedonia (before 12 February Macedonia). It began on 11 August 2018 and ended on 26 May 2019. Each team played the other sides four times on home-away basis, for a total of 36 matches. Shkëndija were the defending champions, having won their second title in 2017–18.

Macedonian First League
Season2018–19
Dates11 August 2018 –
26 May 2019
ChampionsShkëndija
3rd domestic title
RelegatedBelasica
Pobeda
Champions LeagueShkëndija
Europa LeagueAkademija Pandev
Makedonija GjP
Shkupi
Matches played180
Goals scored440 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorerVlatko Stojanovski
(18 goals)
Biggest home winRenova 9–1 Pobeda
(4 May 2019)
Biggest away winBelasica 1–4 Makedonija GjP
(10 November 2018)
Renova 0–3 Shkëndija
(2 December 2018)
Highest scoringRenova 9–1 Pobeda
(4 May 2019)
Longest winning run7 games
Shkëndija
Longest unbeaten run13 games
Vardar
Longest winless run15 games
Pobeda
Longest losing run7 games
Pobeda
All statistics correct as of 26 May 2019.

Promotion and relegationEdit

At the end of the 2017–18 season

Promoted from 2017–18 Second League

Relegated to 2018–19 Second League

At the end of the 2018–19 season

Promoted from 2018–19 Second League

Relegated to 2019–20 Second League

Participating teamsEdit

Location of teams in 2018–19 Macedonian First League
Club City Stadium Capacity
Akademija Pandev Strumica Stadion Kukush 1,500
Belasica Strumica Stadion Mladost 9,200
Makedonija GP Skopje Gjorche Petrov Stadium 3,000
Pobeda Prilep Stadion Goce Delchev 15,000
Rabotnichki Skopje Toshe Proeski Arena[a] 36,460
Renova Djepchishte City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkëndija Tetovo City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkupi Skopje Chair Stadium 6,000
Sileks Kratovo Stadion Sileks 1,800
Vardar Skopje Toshe Proeski Arena[a] 36,460
  1. ^ a b The stadium was called Philip II Arena until 9 April 2019.

Personnel and kitsEdit

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Akademija Pandev   Jugoslav Trenchovski   Sashko Pandev Givova
Belasica   Zdravko Zdravkov   Dragan Stojkov Nike Cosmopolit
Makedonija GP   Aleksandar Tanevski   Bobi Bozhinovski Kappa Evropa
Pobeda   Toni Meglenski   Darko Tofiloski Jako Krali Marko & Vitaminka
Rabotnichki   Zhikica Tasevski   Blazhe Ilijoski Joma Seavus
Renova   Nikola Ilievski   Fisnik Nuhi Jako Renova
Shkëndija   Qatip Osmani   Armend Alimi Macron Ecolog
Shkupi   Ümit Karan   Muharem Bajrami Kappa ATS Group
Sileks   Momchilo Mitevski   Filip Duranski Legea
Vardar   Aleksandar Vasoski   Goran Popov Hummel BetCity

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shkëndija (C) 36 24 7 5 80 29 +51 79 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Vardar 36 17 13 6 45 23 +22 64
3 Akademija Pandev 36 17 7 12 45 35 +10 58 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Shkupi 36 13 9 14 40 42 −2 48
5 Makedonija GP 36 12 11 13 45 50 −5 47
6 Renova 36 12 11 13 53 49 +4 47
7 Rabotnichki 36 13 7 16 43 49 −6 46
8 Sileks (O) 36 11 11 14 27 39 −12 44 Qualification for the relegation play-off final
9 Belasica (R) 36 9 11 16 37 49 −12 38 Relegation to the Macedonian Second League
10 Pobeda (R) 36 6 5 25 26 76 −50 23
Source: MacedonianFootball.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Draw; 9) Play-off. (Note: Criteria 2, 3 and 8 is only used if not deciding Champion, teams for UEFA competitions or relegation).[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Each team played home-and-away against every other team in the league twice, for a total of 36 matches each.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 26 May 2019
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Vlatko Stojanovski Renova 18
2   Ljupcho Doriev Akademija Pandev 16
3   Izair Emini Shkëndija 11
  Besart Ibraimi Shkëndija
  Hristijan Kirovski Makedonija GjP
  Petar Petkovski Rabotnichki
  Emran Ramadani Renova
8   Pepi Gorgiev Belasica 9
  Dejan Tanturovski Makedonija GjP
10   Bobi Bozhinovski Makedonija GjP 8
  Boban Georgiev Sileks
  Omar Imeri Shkëndija
  Darko Micevski Vardar

See alsoEdit

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