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Kosovo national football team

The Kosovo national football team (Albanian: Përfaqësuesja e futbollit të Kosovës, Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Косова, translit. Fudbalska reprezentacija Kosova) represents Kosovo[a] in international men's football. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo. They have been a member of UEFA and FIFA since May 2016.[2]

Kosovo
Nickname(s) Dardanët (Dardanians)
Association Football Federation of Kosovo (Federata e Futbollit të Kosovës – FFK)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Muharrem Sahiti (caretaker)
Captain Samir Ujkani
Most caps Samir Ujkani (16)
Top scorer Albert Bunjaku
Elba Rashani (3)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code KVX[1]
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 174 Increase 9 (23 November 2017)
Highest 164 (October 2016, March 2017)
Lowest 190 (July–August 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 118 (15 November 2017)
Highest 102 (14 February 1993)
Lowest 122 (June–July 2014)
First international
As FIFA member
 Kosovo 2–0 Faroe Islands 
(Frankfurt, Germany; 3 June 2016)
Permitted by FIFA
 Kosovo 0–0 Haiti 
(Mitrovica, Kosovo; 5 March 2014)
Unofficial
 Albania 3–1 Kosovo Albania
(Tirana, Albania; 14 February 1993)
Biggest win
United Nations Kosovo 7–1 Monaco 
(Cap d'Ail, France; 22 April 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Kosovo 0–6 Croatia 
(Shkodër, Albania; 6 October 2016)

Contents

History

Pre-independence

The squads of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbia at international competitions often included players from Kosovo, such as Fadil Vokrri and Stevan Stojanović. Three football players (Milutin Šoškić, Fahrudin Jusufi, Vladimir Durković) were part of the Yugoslavia team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics and silver medal at the 1960 European Championship.

The unofficial national team of Kosovo was formed following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and has played a number of friendly matches. Most of these friendly matches were played against club teams, although a number were played against national teams of other countries.

Official formation

On 6 May 2008, after the declaration of independence from Serbia, Kosovo applied for FIFA membership. Kosovo's application was discussed at the FIFA Congress in Zurich, in October 2008 when Kosovo was rejected membership in FIFA and could not play friendly matches as it was deemed it did not comply with article 10 of the FIFA statutes, that only "an independent state recognised by the international community" may be admitted into FIFA.[3][4] FIFA reverted that decision on 22 May 2012, stating that Kosovo may play other countries in international friendlies according to Article 79 of the FIFA Statutes.[5]

In September 2012, Albanian international Lorik Cana, along with Swiss internationals Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami (all of them with Kosovar Albanian origin) wrote a declaration to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, asking him to allow the Kosovo national team to be allowed to play friendly matches. The declaration was also signed by eight other Albanian footballers, hailing from Kosovo: Lorik Cana, Armend Dallku, Mërgim Mavraj, Samir Ujkani, Alban Meha, Burim Kukeli, Etrit Berisha, and Ahmed Januzi.[6] In a meeting held in May 2012, FIFA decided to allow friendly matches to be played, a decision it later revoked following a protest issued by Football Association of Serbia. Some players, especially Kosovo Serbs (such as Miloš Krasić and Milan Biševac), continued to play for the Serbia national football team. A new meeting was planned to be held at FIFA on 27 and 28 September in which the Kosovo issue was again planned to be discussed, which was then postponed until December.[7][8] In February 2013, FIFA announced that they would allow Kosovo to play against other nations in non-official competitions providing that they did not display national symbols.[9]

On 13 January 2014, the national team was given permission by FIFA to play against FIFA member associations in international friendlies, with the notable exception of "representative teams of countries of the former Yugoslavia". Even club teams would be allowed to play friendlies after a FIFA Emergency Committee meeting. However, it was stipulated that "clubs and representative teams of the (Football Federation of Kosovo) may not display national symbols (flags, emblems, etc.) or play national anthems." The go-ahead was given after meetings between the Serbian Football Association and Blatter. Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi welcomed the decision and expressed his hope that the country would be a full member of FIFA and UEFA in the near future.[10][11] Following FIFA's ruling, it was announced that Kosovo's first officially sanctioned international match[dubious ] would be against Haiti on 5 March in Mitrovica.

In March 2015. Michel Platini, UEFA's president, declared that Kosovo will be likely accepted in UEFA in 2016.[citation needed]

In September 2015 at an Executive committee meeting in Malta, UEFA approved the request from the federation to the admission in UEFA to the next Ordinary Congress to be held in Budapest on 3 May 2016.[12] At the Ordinary Congress on 3 May 2016, Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28–24 in favor of Kosovo.[13]

On 13 May 2016. Kosovo was accepted in FIFA during their 66th congress in Mexico with 141 votes in favour and 23 against.[14] The association joined Gibraltar as the 210th and 211th members of FIFA, respectively.

Match record

Kosovo has played a number of unofficial international friendlies. The first one was against Albania on 14 February 1993, lost 1–3. The line-up of that match was: Ahmet Beselica (Afrim Tovërlani), Fadil Berisha, Isa Sadriu (Nushi), Bardhyl Seferi, Gani Llapashtica, Selaudin Jerlini (Osmani), Kushtrim Munishi, Sadullah Ajeti (Ramiz Krasniqi), Muharrem Sahiti (Abdullah Rafuna), Genc Hoxha (c) (Idrizi) and Ardian Kozniku.[15]

One of the most important international matches was a 1–0 win over Saudi Arabia,[16] played in Ankara, Turkey, on 15 June 2007. It was the first time that Kosovo played a team that has taken part in the FIFA World Cup and the winning goal was scored by Kristian Nushi from the penalty spot on the 84th minute. The biggest win for Kosovo is the 7–1 defeat of Monaco,[17] who hosted the event on 24 April 2006. The team that played against Monaco was led by the former Kosovo national team coach, Muharrem Sahiti, who after the match stated that: "I am very pleased with the team's performance even though we had predicted a stronger opponent. However, I want to emphasize that our players have been fantastic. The fact that we do not play many international matches may have inspired the players to give it their all this time".[18]

In 2005 they participated in the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup in Northern Cyprus, finishing second out of three. They lost 1–0 against the host and won 4–1 against Sàpmi.[citation needed]

On 5 March 2014. Kosovo played its first international friendly against Haiti. The match ended in a 0–0 draw.[19] Before the match, a selection of Kosovo players posed with guns at a shooting range, causing a stir in Serbia.[20] On the eve of the match, Kosovo supporters burned the flag of Serbia.[21][22] This incident prompted the FSS to request that FIFA revoke Kosovo's right to play international friendlies.[23] On 14 October 2014 the Kosovo, has played another unofficial international test match against the Swiss team Wil at IPG Arena, Wil, and won 1–0 which was scored by Kushtrim Lushtaku at the 77' minute.[24] On 24 March 2015 the Kosovo, has played another unofficial international test match against the German team courses equated with Eintracht Frankfurt with score 0–0 and the date 27 March 2015, lost from Werder Bremen with score 2–0.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro
2002 to 2014 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  2018 Did not qualify 10 0 1 9 3 24
  2022 To be determined  —  —  —  —  —  —
2026  —  —  —  —  —  —
2030  —  —  —  —  —  —
Total 0/24 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 9 3 24

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1996 Part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro
2000 to 2016 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
  2020 To be determined  —  —  —  —  —  —
2024  —  —  —  —  —  —
Total 0/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Non-FIFA Tournament

Kosovo has so far only participated in one international tournament, the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Northern Cyprus Football Federation.[25]

Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
  2005 Group stage Runners-up 2 1 0 1 4 2

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Fixtures and results

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

2017

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly match against   Latvia, on 13 November 2017.[29]
All caps and goals as of 13 November 2017 after match against   Latvia.[30]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Samir Ujkani (Captain) (1988-07-05) 5 July 1988 (age 29) 16 0   Cremonese
16 1GK Bledar Hajdini (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Trepça'89
12 1GK Faton Maloku (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 26) 0 0   Feronikeli

13 2DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 23) 11 2   Dinamo Zagreb
15 2DF Mërgim Vojvoda (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Mouscron
5 2DF Fidan Aliti (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 24) 2 0   Skënderbeu Korçë
2 2DF Lirim Kastrati (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 18) 2 0   Roma
4 2DF Armend Thaqi (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 25) 1 0   Gjilani
20 2DF Ardin Dallku (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Vorskla Poltava

23 3MF Bernard Berisha (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 26) 11 0   Akhmat Grozny
6 3MF Hekuran Kryeziu (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 25) 11 0   Luzern
7 3MF Milot Rashica (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 21) 11 0   Vitesse
14 3MF Valon Berisha (Vice-captain) (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 24) 10 1   Red Bull Salzburg
8 3MF Besar Halimi (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 23) 9 1   Brøndby
3 3MF Besar Musolli (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Kukësi
11 3MF Suad Sahiti (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Skënderbeu Korçë

21 4FW Atdhe Nuhiu (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 28) 7 1   Sheffield Wednesday
18 4FW Vedat Muriqi (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 (age 23) 7 1   Gençlerbirliği
17 4FW Elba Rashani (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 24) 4 3   Odd

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Visar Bekaj (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0   Prishtina v.   Iceland, 9 October 2017U21
GK Adis Nurković (1986-04-28) 28 April 1986 (age 31) 1 0   Flamurtari Vlorë v.   Finland, 5 September 2017

DF Bajram Jashanica (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 27) 7 0   Skënderbeu Korçë v.   Latvia, 13 November 2017
DF Leart Paqarada (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 23) 11 0   Sandhausen v.   Iceland, 9 October 2017
DF Alban PnishiINJ (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 27) 8 0   Grasshoppers v.   Iceland, 9 October 2017
DF Avni Pepa (1988-11-14) 14 November 1988 (age 29) 5 0   Arendal v.   Turkey, 11 June 2017
DF Ardian Ismajli (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Hajduk Split v.   Iceland, 24 March 2017U21

MF Bersant Celina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 21) 8 1   Ipswich Town v.   Iceland, 9 October 2017U21
MF Enis Alushi (1985-12-22) 22 December 1985 (age 31) 10 0   1. FC Nürnberg v.   Finland, 5 September 2017
MF Arber ZeneliINJ (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Heerenveen v.   Finland, 5 September 2017
MF Benjamin Kololli (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 25) 3 0   Lausanne-Sport v.   Finland, 5 September 2017
MF Fanol Përdedaj (1991-07-16) 16 July 1991 (age 26) 11 0 Unattached v.   Turkey, 11 June 2017
MF Anel Raskaj (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 28) 4 0 Unattached v.   Turkey, 11 June 2017
MF Herolind Shala (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 25) 4 0   Lyngby v.   Turkey, 11 June 2017

FW Flamur Kastrati (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 26) 4 0   Sandefjord v.   Iceland, 9 October 2017
FW Donis Avdijaj (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 21) 2 0   Schalke 04 v.   Ukraine, 6 October 2017
FW Erton Fejzullahu (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 29) 2 0   Kalmar v.   Finland, 5 September 2017
FW Besart Berisha (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 32) 1 0   Melbourne Victory v.   Turkey, 11 June 2017SWD
Notes
  • U21 = Was engaged also with U21 squad.
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • SWD = Player self-withdrew from the squad due to problems with former coach.[31]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach   Muharrem Sahiti (caretaker)
Assistant coach   Genc Hoxha
Goalkeeping coach   Ahmet Beselica
Doctor   Murat Berisha
Technical director   Michael Nees
Video analyst   Alexander Carra

Stadiums

The main stadium of Kosovo national football team is Pristina City Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi i Qytetit), a multi-purpose stadium based in Pristina, but also the second used stadium is Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari (Albanian: Stadiumi Olimpik Adem Jashari), a multi-use stadium in Mitrovica.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications

After stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and do not meet UEFA standards.[32] Kosovo played the qualifying matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Loro Boriçi Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi Loro Boriçi), a multi-use stadium in Shkodër, Albania.[33][34]

Records

Below are two lists of the top 11 players with the most caps and goals for Kosovo.
Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped players

As of 13 November 2017[35]
 
Samir Ujkani is the most capped player in the history of Kosovo with 16 caps.
Rank Position Name Career Caps Goals
1 GK Samir Ujkani 2014– 16 0
2 DF Amir Rrahmani 2014– 11 2
DF Fanol Përdedaj 2014– 11 0
DF Leart Paqarada 2014– 11 0
MF Bernard Berisha 2015– 11 0
MF Hekuran Kryeziu 2015– 11 0
MF Milot Rashica 2016– 11 0
3 MF Valon Berisha 2016– 10 1
MF Enis Alushi 2014– 10 0
4 MF Besar Halimi 2015– 9 1
5 MF Bersant Celina 2014– 8 1

Top goalscorers

As of 13 November 2017[36]
Albert Bunjaku (left) and Elba Rashani (right) are the top goalscorers in the history of Kosovo with 3 goals.
Rank Position Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 FW Albert Bunjaku 2014– 3 6 0.5
FW Elba Rashani 2015– 3 4 0.75
2 DF Amir Rrahmani 2014– 2 11 0.18
FW Shpëtim Hasani 2005–2015 2 7 0.29
FW Uliks Emra 2005–2007 2 3 0.67
MF Mërgim Brahimi 2015 2 2 1
3 MF Valon Berisha 2016– 1 10 0.1
MF Besar Halimi 2015– 1 9 0.11
MF Bersant Celina 2014– 1 8 0.13
FW Vedat Muriqi 2016– 1 7 0.14
FW Atdhe Nuhiu 2017– 1 7 0.14

Head-to-head records against other countries

As of 13 November 2017
Head-to-head records are included only matches from 2014, until now.
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Ref
  Albania 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 H2H results
  Croatia 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 H2H results
  Equatorial Guinea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 H2H results
  Faroe Islands 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 H2H results
  Finland 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 H2H results
  Haiti 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 H2H results
  Iceland 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 H2H results
  Latvia 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 H2H results
  Oman 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 H2H results
  Senegal 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 H2H results
  Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 H2H results
H2H results
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 H2H results
12 Countries 18 4 3 11 16 38 −24 All H2H results

Notes and references

Notes

a. ^ 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, but 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 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 112 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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