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.

Football Superleague of Kosovo
Founded1945; 76 years ago (1945)
as Kosovo Province League
1991; 30 years ago (1991)
as Independent League of Kosovo
First season1945 as Kosovo Province League
1991–92 as Independent League of Kosovo
Country Kosovo
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst Football League of Kosovo
Domestic cup(s)Kosovar Cup
Kosovar Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsDrita (3rd title)
(2019–20)
Most championshipsPrishtina (10 titles)
Most appearancesArtan Latifi (493)
TV partnersList of broadcasters
Websiteffk-kosova.com/rez/
Current: 2020–21 Football Superleague of Kosovo

The Superleague ran outside FIFA and UEFA until Kosovo was admitted to both organizations, on 3 May 2016.[1]

HistoryEdit

 
A page of the "Bujku" newspaper on the day of the first games of the Independent League 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.

NamesEdit

Name Period Notes
Albanian English
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.

Clubs (2020–21)Edit

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

Locations of the 2020–21 Football Superleague of Kosovo teams
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Club Town Stadium and capacity[2] UEFA
license[3]
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
  N.N.T ABC
Prishtina   Zekirija Ramadani   Lorik Boshnjaku   Jako   Beni Dona
  Eurokoha
   NLB Banka Prishtina
Trepça '89   Shpëtim Idrizi   Ardian Muja   SHAFF    JYSK Kosova
   KFC 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.

Previous winnersEdit

This is a list of winners of Football Superleague of Kosovo since 1945.[4]

Titles by clubEdit

Number of titles since Independent League of Kosovo became the first tier of Kosovar league system.

Club Wins Winning Years
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
Trepça 2 1992–93, 2009–10
Dukagjini 1 1993–94
Liria 1994–95
Besiana 2001–02
Hysi 2010–11
Vushtrria 2013–14
Trepça'89 2016–17

UEFA rankingsEdit

Country coefficientEdit

As of 2 July 2019[5][6]
Ranking Member association
(L: League, C: Cup)
Coefficient Places in 2021–22 season
2020 2019 Mvmt 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 Total CL EL Total
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

Club coefficientEdit

As of 2 July 2019[7][8]
Ranking Club Coefficient
National UEFA
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 Total Country Part
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

ActiveEdit

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Trepça'89 1Q   Víkingur Gøta 1–4 1–2 2–6
2018–19 Drita PR   FC Santa Coloma 2–0 (a.e.t.)
  Lincoln Red Imps 4–1 (a.e.t.)
1Q   Malmö 0–3 0–2 0–5
2019–20 Feronikeli PR   Lincoln Red Imps 1–0
  FC Santa Coloma 2–1
1Q   The New Saints 0–1 2–2 2–3
2020–21 Drita PR   Inter d'Escaldes 2–1
  Linfield 0–3 (awarded)

UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Prishtina 1Q   Norrköping 0–1 0–5 0–6
2018–19 PR   Europa 5–0 1–1 6–1
1Q   Fola Esch 0–0 (4–5 p) 0–0 4–5
Drita 2Q   F91 Dudelange 1–1 1–2 2–3
2019–20 Prishtina PR   St Joseph's 1–1 0–2 1–3
Feronikeli 2Q   Slovan Bratislava 0−2 1−2 1−4
2020–21 Prishtina PR   Lincoln Red Imps 0–3 (awarded)
Gjilani PR   Tre Penne 3–1
1Q   APOEL 0–2 (a.e.t.)
Drita 2Q   Sileks 2–0
3Q   Legia Warsaw 0–2

DefunctEdit

Mitropa CupEdit

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Prishtina RR   Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[9]
  Vasas 4–2 1–1
  Teplice 2–0 1–1


Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^
    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.
  2. ^
    Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.
  3. 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "2020/21 Kosovo Superliga (venues)". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Kosovo - List of Champions". RSSSF.
  5. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
  6. ^ "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Country coefficients". UEFA.
  7. ^ "UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2020". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
  8. ^ "Member associations - UEFA rankings - Club coefficients". UEFA.
  9. ^ "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.

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