2019–20 Kategoria e Parë

The 2019–20 Kategoria e Parë was the 72nd official season of the Albanian football second-tier since its establishment. The season began on 14 September 2019 and ended on 29 July 2020. There were 20 teams competing this season, split in 2 groups, each with 10 teams. The 2 winners of each group gained promotion to the 2020-21 Kategoria Superiore, and played the division's final against each other. The runners-up of each group played a play-off match between them. The winners of the play-off will play another promotion play-off match against the 8th ranked team of the 2019–20 Kategoria Superiore.[1] Apolonia and Kastrioti were promoted to the 2020–21 Kategoria Superiore. Devolli, Iliria, Shënkolli, Shkumbini and Tërbuni were relegated to the 2020–21 Kategoria e Dytë. Apolonia won their fifth Kategoria e Parë title on 22 July 2020 after beating Kastrioti in the final match. The competition was completely suspended from 12 March to 7 June 2020, due to a pandemic of COVID-19 in Albania.

Kategoria e Parë
Season2019–20
ChampionsApolonia
5th title
PromotedApolonia
Kastrioti
RelegatedDevolli
Iliria
Shënkolli
Shkumbini
Tërbuni
Matches played241
Goals scored604 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorerKlodian Nuri
(17 goals)
Biggest home winApolonia 7−0 Elbasani
(7 December 2019)
Biggest away winIliria 0−3 Turbina
(29 July 2020)
Shënkolli 0−3 Turbina
(21 June 2020)
Tërbuni 0−3 Dinamo Tirana
(29 July 2020)
Tërbuni 1−4 Veleçiku
(7 March 2020)
Veleçiku 0−3 Dinamo Tirana
(20 June 2020)
Veleçiku 0−3 Erzeni
(14 September 2019)
Highest scoringApolonia 8−5 Besa
(28 June 2020)
Longest winning run6 matches
Pogradeci
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Apolonia
Longest winless run10 matches
Shënkolli
Longest losing run8 matches
Shënkolli

Changes from last seasonEdit

Team changesEdit

From Kategoria e ParëEdit

Promoted to Kategoria Superiore:

Relegated to Kategoria e Dytë:

To Kategoria e ParëEdit

Relegated from Kategoria Superiore:

Promoted from Kategoria e Dytë:

LocationsEdit

2019–20 Kategoria e Parë Group A teams.
2019–20 Kategoria e Parë Group B teams.

Stadia by capacity and locationsEdit

Group AEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Besëlidhja Lezhë Brian Filipi Stadium 5,000
Burreli Burrel Liri Ballabani Stadium 2,500
Dinamo Tirana Tirana Internacional Complex 1,000
Egnatia Rrogozhinë Egnatia Stadium 4,000
Erzeni Shijak Tofik Jashari Stadium 4,000
Kastrioti Krujë Kastrioti Stadium 8,400
Korabi Peshkopi Korabi Stadium 6,000
Shkumbini Peqin Shkumbini Stadium 5,000
Tërbuni Pukë Ismail Xhemali Stadium 1,950
Veleçiku Koplik Kompleksi Vellezërit Duli 2,000

Group BEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Apolonia Fier Loni Papuçiu Stadium 6,800
Besa Kavajë Besa Stadium 8,000
Devolli Bilisht Bilisht Stadium 1,050
Elbasani Elbasan Elbasan Arena 12,800
Iliria Fushë-Krujë Redi Maloku Stadium 3,000
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 8,500
Oriku Orikum Petro Ruci Stadium 2,000
Pogradeci Pogradec Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium 10,700
Shënkolli Shënkoll Shënkoll Stadium 500
Turbina Cërrik Nexhip Trungu Stadium 6,600

First phaseEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kastrioti 16 11 4 1 19 4 +15 37 Qualification to the Promotion round
2 Besëlidhja 16 8 4 4 19 12 +7 28
3 Korabi 16 8 1 7 16 15 +1 25
4 Erzeni 16 7 4 5 18 10 +8 25
5 Burreli 16 6 6 4 17 16 +1 24 Qualification to the Relegation round
6 Egnatia 16 4 7 5 14 13 +1 19
7 Tërbuni 16 3 6 7 11 16 −5 15
8 Veleçiku 16 3 4 9 11 22 −11 13
9 Dinamo Tirana 16 3 2 11 9 26 −17 11
10 Shkumbini[a] (R, D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 −3 Excluded from the league
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)
(D) Disqualified; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Shkumbini was excluded from the league and relegated to the Kategoria e Dytë for the next season, after a violent incident during a match against Dinamo Tirana in the 11th round. They were also deducted 3 points.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pogradeci 18 12 3 3 30 15 +15 39 Qualification to the Promotion round
2 Apolonia 18 11 4 3 36 14 +22 37
3 Lushnja 18 11 2 5 30 18 +12 35
4 Besa 18 8 3 7 28 24 +4 27
5 Oriku 18 6 6 6 12 15 −3 24 Qualification to the Relegation round
6 Devolli 18 7 3 8 29 30 −1 24
7 Iliria 18 4 6 8 18 23 −5 18
8 Shënkolli 18 3 8 7 17 28 −11 17
9 Turbina 18 4 4 10 14 26 −12 16
10 Elbasani 18 4 1 13 14 35 −21 13
Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)

Second phaseEdit

Promotion roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Kastrioti (P) 22 14 5 3 29 13 +16 47 Promotion to 2020–21 Kategoria Superiore
2 Besëlidhja 22 11 6 5 30 19 +11 39 Play-off promotion to 2020–21 Kategoria Superiore
3 Korabi 22 11 3 8 26 22 +4 36
4 Erzeni 22 7 5 10 25 25 0 26
Source: [3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)
(P) Promoted.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Apolonia (C, P) 24 15 6 3 55 26 +29 51 Promotion to 2020–21 Kategoria Superiore
2 Pogradeci 24 14 4 6 39 24 +15 46 Play-off promotion to 2020–21 Kategoria Superiore
3 Lushnja 24 14 2 8 42 29 +13 44
4 Besa 24 9 4 11 42 46 −4 31
Source: [4]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Relegation roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
5 Egnatia 24 7 10 7 21 19 +2 31
6 Burreli 24 8 7 9 23 25 −2 31
7 Dinamo Tirana 24 8 3 13 20 29 −9 27
8 Veleçiku (O) 24 6 7 11 21 30 −9 25 Play-out relegation to 2020–21 Kategoria e Dytë
9 Tërbuni[a] (R, D) 24 5 8 11 20 33 −13 23 Excluded from the league
Source: [5]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)
(D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Tërbuni was excluded from the league and relegated to the Kategoria e Dytë for the next season, after a violent incident during a match against Egnatia in the 22nd round.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
5 Oriku 28 11 7 10 22 25 −3 40
6 Turbina 28 11 5 12 39 35 +4 38
7 Elbasani 28 12 1 15 42 50 −8 37
8 Devolli (R) 28 10 4 14 39 43 −4 34 Play-out relegation to 2020–21 Kategoria e Dytë
9 Iliria (R) 28 9 6 13 35 44 −9 33 Relegation to 2020–21 Kategoria e Dytë
10 Shënkolli (R) 28 3 9 16 31 64 −33 18
Source: [6]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.)
(R) Relegated.

FinalEdit

Kastrioti1−2Apolonia
Ajazi   40' Mihana   43'
Ajazi   67' (o.g.)

Promotion play-offEdit

Besëlidhja3−2Pogradeci
Rrustemaj   14'
Moqi   67'
Čokić   90+4'
Alillari   45+1'
Topllari   51'

Besëlidhja qualified to the final play-off match.

Relegation play-offsEdit

Veleçiku2−1Maliqi
Shekaj   89'
Zaraj   90+5'
Muçollari   63'
Referee: Enea Jorgji

Both teams remained in their respective leagues.


Devolli3−4 (a.e.t.)Partizani B
Pere   22' (pen.)
Ivani   60'
Demollari   66'
Llanaj   2'113'
Bardhi   7'
Bitri   82'
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja

Partizani B were promoted to the Kategoria e Parë, while Devolli were relegated to the Kategoria e Dytë.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Klodian Nuri Elbasani 17
2   Mario Gjata Apolonia 16
  Mikel Canka Lushnja
4   Artion Alillari Pogradeci 12
  Iran da Conceição Besa
  Xhuliano Skuka Korabi

ReferencesEdit