Football Superleague of Kosovo
The Football Superleague of Kosovo (Albanian: Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës) is the top level of the Kosovar football league system. The Superleague is organized by the Football Federation of Kosovo and the division currently has a 10-team format. The clubs play each other four times during the season for a 36-match schedule. At the end of the season, the bottom two teams in the division are relegated to the second tier, First Football League of Kosovo.
as Kosovo Province League
as Independent League of Kosovo
|First season||1945 as Kosovo Province League|
1991–92 as Independent League of Kosovo
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||First Football League of Kosovo|
|Domestic cup(s)||Kosovar Cup|
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League|
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
|Current champions||Drita (3rd title) |
|Most championships||Prishtina (10 titles)|
|Most appearances||Artan Latifi (493)|
|TV partners||List of broadcasters|
|Current: 2020–21 Football Superleague of Kosovo|
Prior World War II within Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Kosovan clubs competed in the provincial leagues of the Belgrade Football Subassociation. During World War II, between 1941 and 1944, when most of the region became part of the Albanian Kingdom, numerous Kosovan clubs played in the Albanian league system. In 1945, Kosovo was reincorporated to Serbia, and subsequently, SFR Yugoslavia. The league has its origins in 1945 when it became one of the subdivisions of the 5th level in Yugoslav football league system. It gathered the best clubs from SAP Kosovo except those clubs competing in higher levels. In 1991 an unrecognised parallel league gathering ethnic Albanian pro-independence clubs was set that run till 1999. Meantime best clubs competed in the leagues of FR Yugoslavia. In 1999, after Kosovo War, a separate Kosovar league system was formed. It included most clubs from Kosovo except those from Serbian-dominated North Kosovo which remained in Serbian football league system. Since 2000 the competition has been running continuously, and by 2017, after Kosovo has gained membership in FIFA and UEFA had started being the national league of Kosovo providing clubs for international tournaments.
|Liga e Provincës së Kosovës||Kosovo Province League||1945–1991||Part of the Yugoslav football league system.[a]|
|Liga e Pavarur e Kosovës||Independent League of Kosovo||1991–1999||Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.|
|Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës||Football Superleague of Kosovo||1999–present||The official name, even though from 2008 for|
sponsorship reasons the name changes.
|Raiffeisen Superliga e Kosovës||Raiffeisen Superleague of Kosovo||2008–2016||Sponsored by Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, a subsidiary|
of the Raiffeisen Bank International.
|Vala Superliga e Kosovës||Vala Superleague of Kosovo||2016–2018||Sponsored by Kosovo Telecom.|
|IPKO Superliga e Kosovës||IPKO Superleague of Kosovo||2018–2020||Sponsored by IPKO.|
Ten teams will compete in the league – the top eight teams from the previous season and the two teams promoted from the First Football League of Kosovo. The promoted teams are Besa Pejë and Arbëria. They will replace Flamurtari, Vushtrria, Dukagjini and Ferizaj.
Stadiums and locationsEdit
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Club||Town||Stadium and capacity||UEFA|
|Arbëria||Dobrajë e Madhe (Lipljan)||Sami Kelmendi Stadium||3,200|
|Agron Rama Stadium[b]||5,000[b]|
|Ballkani||Suva Reka||Suva Reka City Stadium||1,500|
|Besa Pejë||Peja||Shahin Haxhiislami Stadium||8,500|
|Tahir Vokshi Stadium[c]||1,500[c]|
|Drenica||Skenderaj||Bajram Aliu Stadium||3,000|
|Drita||Gjilan||Gjilan City Stadium||15,000|
|Feronikeli||Glogovac||Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium||2,000|
|Gjilani||Gjilan||Gjilan City Stadium||15,000|
|Llapi||Podujevo||Zahir Pajaziti Stadium||10,000|
|Prishtina||Pristina||Fadil Vokrri Stadium||13,000|
|Trepça '89||Mitrovica||Riza Lushta Stadium||12,000|
Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Arbëria||Arbnor Morina||Hysen Bytyqi||SHAFF||Restaurant Marigona|
|Ballkani||Bledi Shkëmbi||Visar Berisha||Macron||Cima Construction|
|Besa Pejë||Jérôme Klein||Donart Sheqerolli||Erreà||Elkos Group|
|Drenica||Bledar Devolli||Azem Bejta||SHAFF||ILEAA-GR SH.P.K|
|Drita||Ardian Nuhiu||Ardian Limani||Macron||JB Automotive AG|
|Feronikeli||Klodian Duro||Lapidar Lladrovci||Macron||Porto Budva|
|Gjilani||Bylbyl Sokoli||Ylber Kastrati||Joma||Tali SH.P.K|
|Llapi||Tahir Batatina||Mentor Zhdrella||Nike||FF Bauunternehmung|
|Prishtina||Zekirija Ramadani||Lorik Boshnjaku||Jako||Beni Dona|
|NLB Banka Prishtina|
|Trepça '89||Shpëtim Idrizi||Ardian Muja||SHAFF||JYSK Kosova|
Seasons in Football Superleague of KosovoEdit
There are 34 teams that have taken part in the Football Super league of Kosovo since 1999. Prishtina is the only team that has played in every season since 1999.
This is a list of winners of Football Superleague of Kosovo since 1945.
Titles by clubEdit
Number of titles since Independent League of Kosovo became the first tier of Kosovar league system.
|Prishtina||10||1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13|
|Besa||3||2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07|
|Feronikeli||2014–15, 2015–16, 2018–19|
|Drita||2002–03, 2017–18, 2019–20|
(L: League, C: Cup)
|Coefficient||Places in 2021–22 season|
|46||51||+5||Gibraltar (L, C)||0.750||1.500||0.500||1.000||1.000||4.750||1||3||4|
|47||48||+1||Wales (L, C)||1.500||1.000||0.500||1.000||1.000||5.000|
|48||53||+5||Kosovo (L, C)||0.000||0.000||0.000||2.500||1.500||4.000|
|49||47||–2||Georgia (L, C)||0.625||1.125||0.125||1.625||2.250||5.750|
|50||46||–4||Estonia (L, C)||1.000||1.375||0.625||0.500||0.875||4.375|
|1||344||Prishtina||Not a UEFA member||0.250||1.000||0.500||1.750||0.750|
|2||352||Feronikeli||Did not qualify||1.500||1.500||0.750|
|3||358||Drita||Did not qualify||1.500||Did not qualify||1.500||0.750|
|4||413||Trepça'89||0.500||Did not qualify||0.500||0.750|
Kosovo football clubs in European competitionsEdit
UEFA Champions LeagueEdit
|2018–19||Drita||PR||FC Santa Coloma||2–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Lincoln Red Imps||4–1 (a.e.t.)|
|2019–20||Feronikeli||PR||Lincoln Red Imps||1–0|
|FC Santa Coloma||2–1|
|1Q||The New Saints||0–1||2–2||2–3|
UEFA Europa LeagueEdit
|1Q||Fola Esch||0–0 (4–5 p)||0–0||4–5|
|2020–21||Prishtina||PR||Lincoln Red Imps||0–3 (awarded)|
Notes and referencesEdit
- It was one of the leagues forming the 4th level of the Yugoslav football league system. The champion would gain promotion to Yugoslav Inter-Republic League East, one of Yugoslav 3rd tiers.
- Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.
|c.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.|
- "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
- "2020/21 Kosovo Superliga (venues)". Soccerway.
- "Përmbyllet procesi i licencimit të klubeve për garat evropiane" [The process of licensing clubs for European competitions is completed] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 14 May 2020.
- "Kosovo - List of Champions". RSSSF.
- "UEFA Country Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
- "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Country coefficients". UEFA.
- "UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
- "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Club coefficients". UEFA.
- "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.
- Official website (in Albanian and English)