FC Prishtina

Football Club Prishtina (Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Prishtina, IPA: [klubiˈ futˈboɫˈistik ˈpɾiʃtina]), commonly known as Prishtina, is a professional football club based in Prishtina, Kosovo. The club play in the Football Superleague of Kosovo, and is the most successful club in Kosovo. The club is also the only club in Kosovo to have never have been relegated from the league.

Prishtina
FC Prishtina.svg
Full nameFootball Club Prishtina
Nickname(s)Plisat (The Clods)
Short namePRI or FCP
Founded1922; 100 years ago (1922), as Kosova
GroundFadil Vokrri Stadium
Capacity13.500
OwnerRemzi Ejupi (50%)
Rahman Haradini (50%)
ChairmanRemzi Ejupi
ManagerAbdulah Ibraković
LeagueFootball Superleague of Kosovo
2021-225th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1922 under the name Kosova. Later on their name changed to Proleter, Jedinstvo, Kosova and finally Prishtina.

1922–1926: Beginnings of FC Prishtina (Futboll Klub Kosova)Edit

Football in Kosovo has been played and developed since 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War. Many demobilized soldiers and officers, as well as students studying at universities in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, England, Bucharest, Budapest, and elsewhere, began to return to their home countries. Thus, a student of Samerslen College Grenoble (France) brought the first soccer ball to Prishtina in 1919. This gift he had from a doctor where he came from.

After the arrival of the first ball in Prishtina and Kosovo, mainly young people started running after it, but there was no organized way of playing.

Only friendly matches took place at that time. The city of Prishtina was just a town with 16,000 inhabitants when in 1922 the first blue club was formed, called "Kosova". This was a club that at that time consisted of soldiers of the Prishtina Garrison and did not hold official matches because it was not registered, but in its formation constantly played quality footballers of the Prishtina Garrison army.

Kosovo's oldest club did not compete at official levels, but played friendly matches with other teams, meanwhile formed by the country and Macedonia. In 1926 in Prishtina was formed the football club "Bashkimi", which gathered mainly craft youth. This club was materially much more consolidated than "Kosova". This team took advantage of the opportunity and registered with the Banovina Skopje Football Sub-League. There is no data on the level of competition.

1939–1945: War yearsEdit

In the beginning the club competed in Yugoslav lower leagues all the way until the beginning of World War II when the region was annexed to Albania. In 1942 Prishtina competed in the North group of the 1942 Albanian Championship finishing in fourth and bottom place of their group.[1]

1945–1981: First success in Yugoslavian FootballEdit

After the end of the war the club returned to the Yugoslav league system and played for mostly in the Yugoslav Second League. FC Prishtina won in 1945 and 1946 they won the Kosovo Province Titel and are the first Kosovar to do so but the success did not end there. In the Season 1947 FC Prishtina wrote History for being one of the Founder Clubs in the new SFR Yugoslavia Cup in this Season. In their first ever Cup match they played against Goce Delcev from Prilep. FC Prishtina won this match with 1–0 and qualify for the next Round. In the second Round FC Prishtina had an harder tie against Rabotnicki Skopje from the second League, but FC Prishtina didnt give up and won this Match away in Skopje with 1–2 and became the first Albanian Club to ever reach the Round of 16 in a Regional competition in their first ever Cup Season. In the Round of 16 FC Prishtina had to play away against Partizan Belgrad despite a good performance they lost this match 2–0.

Fc Prishtina also were close to qualify for their first time in the Yugoslav First League in the season 1972–73 but they lost the playoffs games against NK Osijek from Croatia and could not Progress in the Main division. After losing in the home in Prishtina the leg with 1–2 and away with 0–1 in Osijek.

1981–1989: The Golden GenerationEdit

FC Prishtina was now stabilized and a scary team had been created and only its explosion was expected. The 1980–81 season was difficult both for Pristina and for the entire population of Kosovo due to the political situation that had been created. From March (1981), Dimovski will be replaced by another coach, the Hungarian from Vojvodina, Béla Pálfi (March 1981 – July 1983), who has great merit for qualifying the team in the elite and creating a great team. The team this season was forced to spend almost the entire spring season outside the city (in Kragujevac, Serbia) due to the ban on sports activity in Kosovo and had managed without any problems to rank in the middle of the table. Prishtina with Pálfi, in the 1981/82 season finishes in 8th place. In the 1982/83 season, the white and blue team had finally started to make history and after 60 years of its creation, and after 20 years of struggling in the Second League, a generation, called Golden, was finally created that violated all in front of him, who had extraordinary leaders and an army of fans with an average of 30,000 per match.

There was no stopping the team from the Kosovar capital and not only that, this team had become so big that now a 22 Million Yugoslavia was afraid of him and aroused respect for him. FC Prishtina after entering the first Federal League has competed for five consecutive seasons in it. In her first year in the elite, she also played in the Central European Cup where she took second place among the four teams. In the same year, two players from Prishtina, in the same match, make their debut for the then Yugoslav national team, the strikers: Fadil Vokrri and Zoran Batrovic. For Batrovic, this was the only appearance left, while Vokrri had continued to defend the colors of the state that no longer exists. This did honor to Pristina and elevated it among the biggest teams in the country. Meanwhile, in five years of competitions in the First League, Prishtina was led by well-known Yugoslav football names. Fuad Muzurovic had been the first Pristina coach to lead the team to the highest level of the country, which had the league among the four or five strongest in Europe. Muzurovic, later the coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina, had led the team from July 1983 until the same time in 1984. Then he returned in July 1985 and led the capital from Prishtina to in August 1986.

After Muzurovic, the bench was taken over by the other great strategist of the former Yugoslavia, Vukashin Vishnjevac, who, however, had not been so dear to some key players of the team, as he had withstood the pressure and his adventure in Prishtina had ended. in November 1984. Then, quite successfully for three months, the team was led by the Albanian coach, Ajet Shosholli. Shosholli until that time had been only the second Albanian coach, after Mensur Bajrami (January–April '77), who had led the team. Meanwhile, the position in the table had been aggravated and the leaders of the club had been forced to find a famous coach and the solution was with Miroslav Blazevic. The lease that later with the Croatian Representative reaches the third place in "France '98", contributes to the merits of the club remaining in the First League. The lease had only lasted for two months, long enough for him to remain one of the most memorable of that time. Prishtina continues for another three seasons in the collection of the best and in its ranks gravitate two other well-known strategists of the time, Milovan orioriq (October 1986 – September 1987) and Josip Duvançi ((September 1987 – June 1988) with whom eventually Prishtina falls out of the league. The team had left some of its stars, some had now retired, while the tense political situation and the decline of interest of Kosovo's political and social structures had made Pristina no longer able to stay in the first federal League. With the relegation from the League, Prishtina brings together the next generation of talented people from Kosovo who are first led by another well-known name in former Yugoslav football, Miladin ivivadinovi (July 1988 – March 1989). In the first season since the fall (1988/89) Prishtina played with minus 6 points and again fought and achieved culminating results, but did not manage to climb back into the elite.

Notes

1 Prishtina were docked six points due to match fixing in the last round of the previous season.
2 Two points for winners. If the game finished as a draw, penalty kicks were taken and only the winner gained one point. In brackets are those penalty-kick points.
3 Championship abandoned officially on 14 May 1999 due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Due to UNMIK, FC Prishtina were able to play in the Kosovan league system only.

After 1991Edit

After Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia, FC Prishtina left the Yugoslav football league system and became part of the Independent League of Kosovo, which became the highest football division of Kosovo and would be renamed to the Football Superleague of Kosovo after the Kosovo War in 1999. As the Kosovar club with most successful results in the past and the best infrastructure, FC Prishtina won the first edition of the competition in the 1991–92 season. Afterwards, it won the competition again in the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons.

Since 1991, FC Prishtina has been Kosovo champion 11 times, making it the most successful Kosovar club since Kosovo left the Yugoslav football league system.[3] Between 1945 and 1991 the Kosovar league was a regional league of the Yugoslav league system, and FC Prishtina did not gather many titles in that league because it usually competed in higher national levels.

SupportersEdit

Plisat
Founded1987; 35 years ago (1987)
TypePlisat
LocationPrishtina,   Kosovo
ArenaFadil Vokrri Stadium
StandEast (1987–2019)
South (2019-present)

Plisat are the ultras group of Prishtina. They stand in the South part of the stadium.[4] In the late eighties, there were quite a few small groups with different group names. It was in those years that most of the fans of Prishtina chose to identify as "Plisat". "Plisat" have never been separated from the club even during Yugoslavia’s anti-Albanian policies.[5] In addition to football, they started to follow and support the basketball club with the same fervour. As the organisation grew, it began to resemble some of the other large fan groups in the region and the rest of Europe. They also support the Albanian National Team.[6][7]

HonoursEdit

FC Prishtina honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Football Superleague of Kosovo 11 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2020–21
Kosovar Supercup 10 1994–95, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2019–20
Kosovo Province League 9 1945, 1946, 1947–48, 1953–54, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1976–77, 1978–79
Kosovar Cup 7 1993–94, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2019–20
Yugoslav Second League 1 1982–83
International Albania Independence Cup 1 2013

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   KVX Betim Halimi
2 DF   KVX Besnik Krasniqi (vice-captain)
3 DF   KVX Gledi Mici
4 DF   KVX Benet Ismaili
5 DF   KVX Bujar Pllana
6 MF   KVX Arlind Shabani
7 MF   KVX Lorik Boshnjaku (captain)
8 FW   KVX Albin Prapashtica
9 FW   KVX Leotrim Kryeziu
10 MF   KVX Endrit Krasniqi (3rd captain)
11 FW   KVX Mendurim Hoti
12 GK   KVX Ardit Nika
13 MF   ALB Erando Karabeci
14 FW   KVX Gentrit Begolli
15 MF   COD Gauthier Mankenda
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   KVX Adonis Aliu
18 MF   GHA Samuel Mone Andoh
20 MF   KVX Qëndrim Zyba
21 FW   KVX Bleart Tolaj
22 DF   CRO Josip Tomašević
23 MF   KVX Leonit Abazi
27 FW   ALB Agim Zeka
28 FW   GHA Sadam Sulley
32 MF   KVX Drilon Cenaj
33 DF   MKD Aleksandar Ristevski
34 GK   KVX Fatos Sinani
35 GK   ALB Egland Haxho
80 FW   KVX Dhurim Zhuri
88 FW   NGA Otto John

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   KVX Valon Pllana
FW   KVX Ernis Topalli

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   KVX Kreshnik Uka (at Drenica until 30 June 2022)

Notable former playersEdit

This is a list of FC Prishtina players with senior national team appearances:[8][9]

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staff
Position Name
Head coach   Zekirija Ramadani
Assistant coach(es)
  Armend Simnica
   Debatik Curri
Goalkeeping coach   Ahmet Beselica
Physiotherapist
  Alban Llumnica
  Atdhe Halimi
Doctor   Halil Zymberaj
Secretary   Agim Salihu
Board members
Office Name
President   Remzi Ejupi
Vice-president   Ahmed Kurtolli
Treasurer   Esmet Grainca
Managing director   Sokol Krasniqi
Sports director   Arbnor Morina
Board members
  Afrim Muçiqi
  Fikret Maqastena
  Ragip Mustafa
  Rrahman Haradini
  Sinan Vllasaliu
Information and media officer   Avni Durmishi

List of the managersEdit

This is the list of coaches of FC Prishtina:[10]

  1.   Petar Purić (1950s)[11]
  2.   Slavko Stanić (1961)
  3.   Ilija Dimovski (1979–81)
  4.   Béla Pálfi (1981–83)
  5.   Fuad Muzurović (1983–84)
  6.   Vukašin Višnjevac (1984)
  7.   Ajet Shosholli (1984–85)
  8.   Fuad Muzurović (1985–86)
  9.   Miroslav Blažević (1986)
  10.   Milovan Đorić (1986–87)
  11.   Josip Duvančić (1987–88)
  12.   Milan Živadinović (1988–89)
  13.   Hysni Maxhunaj (1989–90)
  14.   Ajet Shosholli (1990–91)
  15.   Burim Hatipi (1994–95)
  16.   Jusuf Tortoshi (1995–98)
  17.   Ajet Shosholli (1999–00)
  18.   Jusuf Tortoshi (2000–01)
  19.   Medin Zhega (2001–02)
  20.   Arbnor Morina (2002)
  21.   Ramiz Krasniqi (2002)
  22.   Ajet Shosholli (2002–05)
  23.   Fadil Muriqi (2005–06)
  24.   Ramiz Krasniqi (2006)
  25.   Kujtim Shala (2006–07)
  26.   Ramadan Cimili (2007)
  27.   Afrim Tovërlani (2007–09)
  28.   Besnik Kollari (2009)
  29.   Skënder Shengyli (2009)
  30.   Ramiz Krasniqi (2010 – Nov 2011)
  31.   Wolfgang Jerat (2011)[12]
  32.   Jusuf Tortoshi (2011)
  33.   Ejup Mehmeti ( – 18 Oct 2012)[13]
  34.   Afrim Tovërlani (2012–14)
  35.   Suad Keçi (2 Apr 2014 – Jun 2014)[14]
  36.   Bylbyl Sokoli (7 Jul 2014 – 20 Apr 15)[15]
  37.   Ramiz Krasniqi (20 Apr 2015 – 19 Oct 2015)[16]
  38.   Sami Sermaxhaj (21 Oct 2015  – Mar 2016)[17]
  39.   Fadil Berisha (22 Mar 2016 – 27 Jun 2016)[18]
  40.   Kushtrim Munishi (2 Jul 2016 – Sep 2016)[19]
  41.   Lutz Lindemann (21 Sep 2016 – 29 Mar 2017)[20]
  42.   Arsim Thaqi (29 Mar 2017 – Sep 2017)[21]
  43.   Mirel Josa (19 Sep 2017 – 2 Sep 2019)[22]
  44.   Bylbyl Sokoli (4 Sep 2019 – 21 Sep 2019)[23]
  45.    Armend Dallku (21 Sep 2019–04 Sep 2020)[24]
  46.    Zekirija Ramadani (04 Sep 2020–14 Nov 2021)[25]
  47.   Abdulah Ibraković (14 Nov 2021–present)

List of the presidentsEdit

  1.   Borislav Božović (1971)
  2.   Gani Pula (1971–73)
  3.   Ramadan Vraniqi (1973–76)
  4.   Gani Pula (1976–77)
  5.   Blagoje Kostić (1977–81)
  6.   Nazmi Mustafa (1981–82)
  7.   Sadik Vllasaliu (1982–83)
  8.   Mehmet Maliqi (1983–84)
  9.   Muharrem Ismajli (1984–86)
  10.   Bajram Tmava (1986–88)
  11.   Živorad Ivić (1988–89)
  12.   Shefqet Keqekolla (1989)
  13.   Mile Savić (1989–90)
  14.   Beqir Aliu (1991–99)[a]
  15.   Remzi Ejupi (2004–present)

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period Shirt sponsor
  Nike 2007–08 Eurokoha
  LIG 2008–13 zëri
  joma 2013–15 germanwings
  Hummel 2015–18 Eurokoha
  Jako 2019–present Eurokoha
RIO mare

Statistics in Superleague of KosovoEdit

The all-time list of football clubs that have participated in the Football Superleague of Kosovo, prior to the 2019–2020 season. The ranking is based on the total accumulated points by Prishtina.

  Club was disbanded
No. Club Apps. Matches Wins Ties Losses Goals +/- Points Titles
1 Prishtina 20 657 375 149 133 1033:491 1274 10

Prishtina in EuropeEdit

KF Prishtina competed for the Mitropa Cup finals in the 1983-84 season. Being also the one and only Albanian Football Club to do so. Being Runner Up in this competition by a single point to Eisenstadt from Austria. Also being the first Kosovan Football side to compete in a UEFA Football competition.

Prishtina competed in the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the 2017–18 season, entering at the first qualifying round. On 19 June 2017, in Nyon, the draw was held and Prishtina were drawn against Swedish side Norrköping.[26] On 5 July 2018, Prishtina beat the Gibraltarian side Europa at Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium in Mitrovica and became the first Kosovan side to win a UEFA Europa League match.[27][28]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 4 2 0 2 5 6
UEFA Europa League 9 1 4 4 7 13
UEFA Europa Conference League 4 2 0 2 8 8
TOTAL 17 5 4 8 20 27

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Mitropa Cup RR   Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[29]
  Vasas 4–2 1–1
  Teplice 2–0 1–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Norrköping 0–1 0–5 0–6
2018–19 PR   Europa 5–0 1–1 6–1
1Q   Fola Esch 0–0 0–0 0–0 (4–5 p)
2019–20 PR   St Joseph's 1–1 0–2 1–3
2020–21 PR   Lincoln Red Imps 0–3 (awarded)
2021–22 UEFA Champions League PR   Folgore 2–0
  Inter d'Escaldes 2–0
1Q   Ferencváros 1–3 0–3 1–6
2021–22 UEFA Europa
Conference League
2Q   Connah's Quay Nomads 4–1 2–4 6–5
3Q   Bodø/Glimt 2–1 0–2 2–3

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

As of 29 September 2021[30]
Rank Team Points Country Part
278   Bnei Yehuda 4.350 0.000
279   Hapoel Haifa 4.350 0.000
280   Prishtina 4.250 2.000
281   Partizani 4.250 1.500
282   Stjarnan 4.250 1.000
283   Pyunik 4.250 0.000

Notes and referencesEdit

Explanatory notesEdit

  1. ^
    During the period 1991–99, FC Prishtina had two chairmen who led the team in two different leagues as Kosovo. An Albanian chairman who led FC Prishtina playing for the Independent League of Kosovo, a unrecognised competition parallel to the Serbian league system, and a Serbian chairman who led FC Prishtina playing for the Serbian league system.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Copy of Besnik Dizdari Historia e Kampionatëve të Shqipërise. Vol. III: Vitet 1939–’42 Ombra GVG, Tiranë, 2004, p. 150 Archived 22 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine at sktirana.com (in Albanian)
  2. ^ "1988–89 Yugoslav Cup". RSSSF.
  3. ^ Kosovo – List of Champions at RSSSF
  4. ^ "Plisat ndërrojnë tribunën për ndeshjen ndaj Dritës".
  5. ^ "FAN CLUB".
  6. ^ "Plisat do të jenë në Elbasan për ta përkrahur Shqipërinë nesër".
  7. ^ ""Plisat" nuk e braktisin Shqipërinë, nesër janë në Shkodër".
  8. ^ "FK Priština". National Football Teams.
  9. ^ "FC Prishtina". National Football Teams.
  10. ^ Historia e Klubit Archived 7 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine at FC Prishtina official website, retrieved 15-1-2014 (in Albanian)
  11. ^ Od Zone do Zone by Radiša Dragićević, page 47 (in Serbian)
  12. ^ p=3&id=8&lng=1 Archived 15 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine at FC Prishtina's Official Website
  13. ^ Jep dorëheqje trajneri i Prishtinës. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  14. ^ Prishtina zyrtarizon Keçin. Gazeta Express (in Albanian)
  15. ^ Zyrtare: Bylbyl Sokoli arrin marrëveshje me Prishtinën. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  16. ^ Ramiz Krasniqi, trajner i Prishtinës?. Gazeta Olle (in Albanian)
  17. ^ Zyrtare: Prishtina gjen trajnerin e ri. Gazeta Express (in Albanian)
  18. ^ Zyrtare: Fadil Berisha emërohet trajner i Prishtinës. Gazeta Olle (in Albanian)
  19. ^ Zyrtare: Prishtina prezanton trajnerin e ri. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  20. ^ Zyrtare: Prishtina ndërron trajnerin, gjermani merr drejtimin. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  21. ^ Zyrtare: Arsim Thaçi, trajner i ri i Prishtinës. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  22. ^ Zyrtare: Mirel Josa do të drejtojë Prishtinën. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  23. ^ Prishtina: Mirë se vjen Bylbyl Sokoli. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  24. ^ Armend Dallku prezantohet si trajner i Prishtinës. Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  25. ^ FC Prishtina e prezanton trajnerin Zekrija Ramadani: Prishtina, ndër klubet më të mëdha në rajon. zëri (in Albanian)
  26. ^ "Prishtina luan kundër IFK Norrkoping në Europa League" [Prishtina plays against IFK Norrkoping in the Europa League]. Telegrafi (in Albanian). 19 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Prishtina me spektakël triumfon ndaj FC Europas, kalon në rrethin e parë të Ligës së Evropës" [Prishtina with spectacle triumphs over FC Europa, passes in the first round of the Europa League]. Telegrafi (in Albanian). 5 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Prishtina kualifikohet me goleadë, Dallku bën goleadorin" [Prishtina qualifies with golead, Dallku makes goleador] (in Albanian). Top Channel. 5 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.
  30. ^ "Member associations - UEFA club coefficient ranking". UEFA.

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