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The Fadil Vokrri Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri), previously known as Pristina City Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi i qytetit të Prishtinës) is a multi-purpose stadium in Pristina, Kosovo, which is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FC Prishtina and Kosovo national football team. The stadium has a capacity of 13,500.

Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri (sq)
Pristina City Stadium renovated.jpg
Full nameStadiumi Fadil Vokrri
Former namesPristina City Stadium (1953–2018)
LocationPristina, Kosovo
Coordinates42°39′47″N 21°09′25″E / 42.66297°N 21.15688°E / 42.66297; 21.15688Coordinates: 42°39′47″N 21°09′25″E / 42.66297°N 21.15688°E / 42.66297; 21.15688
OwnerMunicipality of Pristina
OperatorFC Prishtina
Capacity13,500
Record attendance38,000
Field size105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardLED
Construction
Built1951–1953
Opened1953; 66 years ago (1953)
Renovated2005, 2016–2018
Construction cost9,50 million (2016–2018 renovation)
Tenants
FC Prishtina
Kosovo national football team

HistoryEdit

 
The stadium before renovation.

The stadium's construction was started in 1951 and since 1953, it has been used by FC Prishtina.[1] On 9 June 2018, the stadium was renamed from Pristina City Stadium to Fadil Vokrri Stadium, following the death of Fadil Vokrri on the same day, who was a football administrator, player and lastly president of Football Federation of Kosovo. The change was announced by Shpend Ahmeti, the Mayor of Pristina.[2][3]

Notable eventsEdit

International concertsEdit

On 17 December 2007 the stadium was filled with 25,000 people for first time after the Kosovo War in a concert by American rapper 50 Cent.[4][5] On 10 July 2010. The American rapper Snoop Dogg performed in the stadium. This was the second international concert that was held in Pristina after that the 50 Cent concert in 2007 and over 10,000 people attended the concert.[6]

On 15 July 2012. The Albanian rapper Unikkatil held a concert which was the biggest Albanian concert ever held and 25,000 spectators attended the concert to see the “King” of Albanian rap.[7]

International matchesEdit

On 7 September 2002, it hosted for first time after Kosovo War a friendly match of Kosovo against Albania and finished with a 0–1 win for Albania.[8][9]

# Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
  Kosovo (from 2002)
1. 7 September 2002 (2002-09-07) Friendly   Albania 0–1 25,000 [8][9]
2. 17 February 2010 (2010-02-17) 2–3 10,000 [10][11]
3. 7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)   Oman 1–0 10,700 [12]
4. 10 October 2015 (2015-10-10)   Equatorial Guinea 2–0 6,700 [13]
5. 13 November 2015 (2015-11-13)   Albania 2–2 38,000 [14]
6. 10 September 2018 (2018-09-10) 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D3   Faroe Islands 2–0 12,667 [15]
7. 11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)   Malta 3–1 12,365 [16]
8. 20 November 2018 (2018-11-20)   Azerbaijan 4–0 13,000 [17]
9. 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21) Friendly   Denmark 2–2 13,000 [18]
10. 25 March 2019 (2019-03-25) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying   Bulgaria 1–1 12,580 [19]

European matchesEdit

The stadium will host the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League Preliminary Round Tournament.

The clubs involved are:

InaugurationEdit

On 13 August 2018, after renovation was held a 2018 Kosovar Supercup between the winners of the 2017–18 Football Superleague of Kosovo, Drita and 2017–18 Kosovar Cup, Prishtina. Playing for the first time at the recently refurbished Fadil Vokrri Stadium.

Drita2–1Prishtina
Fidan Gërbeshi   64' (pen.)
Betim Haxhimusa   82'
Report Gauthier Mankenda   34'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drita
 
 
 
 
 
Prishtina
31   Edvan Bakaj
5   Ardian Limani
4   Fidan Gërbeshi   43'
13   Liridon Leci   67'
11   Përparim Livoreka   85'
7   Endrit Krasniqi   90+4'
25   Bujar Shabani
27   Eri Lamçja   55'   75'
10   Xhevdet Shabani
93   Haxhi Neziraj
22   Betim Haxhimusa
Substitutions:
1   Leutrim Rexhepi
99   Dorant Ramadani
23   Arbër Shala
8   Edenilson
14   Fillonit Shaqiri   75'
16   Albin Krasniqi   90+4'
74   Zgjim Mustafa
Manager:
  Bekim Isufi
12   Visar Bekaj
2   Armend Thaqi
8   Ahmet Haliti
3   Jamal Arago
13   Abdul Bashiru
21   Argjend Mustafa
66   Ergyn Ahmeti
15   Gauthier Mankenda
17   Arbër Hoxha
19   Alen Jasharoski   84'
9   Basit Abdul Khalid
Substitutions:
1   Alban Muqiqi
88   Përparim Osmani
16   Donat Hasanaj
5   Diar Miftaraj
7   Lorik Boshnjaku   84'
26   Liridon Fetahaj
22   Kastriot Selmani
Manager:
  Mirel Josa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prishtina ndërron tapetin pas 50 vitesh" [Prishtina changes the carpet after 50 years]. GazetaOlle (in Albanian). 13 July 2016. Stadiumi i qytetit ka filluar ndërtimin në vitin 1951, ndërsa nga viti 1953 është në shërbim të klubit
  2. ^ Shpend Ahmeti [@ShpendA] (9 June 2018). "Stadiumi i qytetit me nder do ta mbaj emrin e tij Fadil Vokrri" [The city stadium with honorably will keep his name Fadil Vokrri] (Tweet) (in Albanian) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Kryetari i Prishtinës, Shpend Ahmeti: Stadiumi i qytetit me nder do ta mbajë emrin e Fadil Vokrrit" [Mayor of Pristina, Shpend Ahmeti: The city stadium with honorably will keep his name Fadil Vokrri] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 9 June 2018. Kryetari i kryeqytetit të Kosovës, ai i Prishtinës, Shpend Ahmeti, ka konfirmuar se stadiumi i qytetit të Prishtinës do të mbajë emrin e ikonës së futbollit shqiptar të Kosovës, Fadil Vokrri
  4. ^ "50 cent" në Prishtinë" ["50 cent" in Pristina] (in Albanian). BBC Albanian service. 18 December 2007. Ylli botëror i muzikës rep "50 cent" shfaqi të hënën një koncert në Prishtinë në prani të rreth 25 mijë adhuruesve të tij, jo vetëm nga Kosova, por edhe nga vendet fqinje
  5. ^ "Rapper 50 Cent performs for 25,000 in Kosovo". CTV News. 18 December 2007. Thousands turned out in Kosovo's capital Monday to see rapper 50 Cent perform in the territory known more for its political woes than party tunes. 50 Cent arrived for a 10-hour visit that included a concert in a soccer stadium in the capital Pristina, promoting his latest album "Curtis" and launching Kosovo's second phone operator. Over 25,000 tickets had been snapped up for 50 Cent's performance
  6. ^ "Snoop Dogg performoi në Prishtinë" [Snoop Dogg performed in Pristina]. Malesia.org (in Albanian). 13 July 2010. Të shtunën në stadiumin e qytetit në Prishtinë, para mijëra adhuruesve u mbajt koncerti i reperit amerikan me famë botërore, Snoop Dogg
  7. ^ "Ekskluzive: Unikkatili, përsëri në stadium" [Exclusive: Unikkatil, again in the stadium] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Kosovo vs. Albania (0:1)". National Football Teams. 7 September 2002.
  9. ^ a b "Kosova 0:1 Albania". RSSSF. 7 September 2002.
  10. ^ "Kosovo vs. Albania (2:3)". National Football Teams. 17 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Miqesore/Kosove - Shqipëri 2-3" [Friendly/Kosovo - Albania 2-3]. AlbaniaSoccer (in Albanian). 17 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Kosovo (1–0) Oman". eu-football.info. 7 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Kosovo (2–0) Equatorial Guinea". eu-football.info. 10 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Kosovo (2–2) Albania". eu-football.info. 13 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Kosovo (2–0) Faroe Islands". eu-football.info. 10 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Kosovo (3–1) Malta". eu-football.info. 11 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Kosovo (4–0) Azerbaijan". eu-football.info. 20 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Kosovo (2–2) Denmark". eu-football.info. 21 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Kosovo v Bulgaria". bbc.co.uk/sport/football. 25 March 2019.

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