Kosovo national football team
The Kosovo national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Kosovës; Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Косова, romanized: Fudbalska reprezentacija Kosova) represents Kosovo in international men's football. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo.
|Association||Federata e Futbollit e Kosovës (FFK)|
|Head coach||Bernard Challandes|
|Top scorer||Vedat Muriqi (15)|
|Home stadium||Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
|Current||120 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||114 (October 2019)|
|Lowest||190 (July–August 2016)|
| Kosovo 0–6 Croatia |
(Shkodër, Albania; 6 October 2016)
First ever match
On 29 November 1942, Kosovo for first time in its history played a friendly match as part of the celebrations for 30th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania against Tirana[b] and the match ended with a 2–0 away defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Mustafa Daci (GK), Ballanca, Ahmet Zaimi, Mazllum Xërxa, Veseli, Hajdar Hamza, Nebil Dylatahu, Ramadan Vraniqi, Dobrica Barbaroga,[c] Bajrami and Henci.
On 8 November 1967, Kosovo for first time as autonomous province of SFR Yugoslavia played a friendly match against Yugoslavia and the match ended with a 3–3 home draw and the starting line-up of that match was a mix between Albanian and Serbian players as Milosavlević, Stevanović, Mušikić, Abrashi, S. Džukić, V. Džukić, Brovina, Hatibi, Radović, Prekazi and Pindović, for Yugoslavia this match it was a pre-preparation before the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying match against Albania.
As part of Yugoslavia national team
Yugoslav squads at international competitions often included players from Kosovo, such as Fadil Vokrri and Stevan Stojanović. Three other footballers from Kosovo, Fahrudin Jusufi, Milutin Šoškić and Vladimir Durković, were part of the Yugoslav team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics and silver medal at the 1960 European Nations' Cup.
After breakup of Yugoslavia
On 20 January 1993, The Football Federation of Kosovo signed a cooperation protocol with the Albanian Football Association and in the framework of this protocol it was decided to play on 14 February a friendly match between Albania and Kosovo, which was the first match of Kosovo following the breakup of Yugoslavia, and this match ended with a 1–3 defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Ahmet Beselica (GK), Ardian Kozniku, Bardhec Seferi, Fadil Berisha, Gani Llapashtica, Genc Hoxha, Isa Sadriu, Kushtrim Munishi, Muharrem Sahiti, Sadullah Ajeti and Selajdin Jerliu.
After Kosovo War
On 7 September 2002, Kosovo for first time after the Kosovo War played a friendly match against Albania and the match ended with a 0–1 home minimal defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Ahmet Beselica (GK), Ardian Kozniku, Arsim Abazi, Besnik Kollari, Fadil Ademi, Faruk Statovci, Ismet Munishi, Mehmet Dragusha, Sunaj Keqi, Xhevdet Llumnica and Zenun Selimi.
One of the most important international matches was a 1–0 win over Saudi Arabia played on 15 June 2007. It was the first time that Kosovo played against a team that has taken part in the FIFA World Cup and the winning goal was scored by Kristian Nushi from the penalty kick on the 84th minute. On 22 April 2006, Kosovo achieved their biggest win, defeating Monaco 7–1. If one included matches played before Kosovo became a FIFA member, this scoreline is their best result yet.
On 17 February 2010, for the first time since the declaration of independence Kosovo played a friendly match against Albania and the match ended with a 2–3 home defeat. The starting line-up of that match was Kushtrim Mushica (GK), Anel Rashkaj, Dukagjin Gashi, Enis Zabërgja, Fisnik Papuçi, Ilir Nallbani, Liridon Kukaj, Robert Gjeraj, Shpëtim Hasani and Yll Hoxha. This match had a charity character as the profits gathered from this meeting went to those affected by floods in Shkodër.
Efforts for internationalization
On 6 May 2008, after the declaration of independence from Serbia, Kosovo applied for FIFA membership. On 24 October 2008, Kosovo's application was discussed at the FIFA Congress in Zürich, 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. On 22 May 2012. FIFA reversed that decision stating that Kosovo may play other countries in international friendlies according to Article 79 of the FIFA Statutes.
In September 2012, Albania international Lorik Cana, along with Swiss internationals Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami and Xherdan Shaqiri, all of them with Kosovo 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 as Ahmed Januzi, Alban Meha, Armend Dallku, Burim Kukeli, Etrit Berisha, Fatmire Bajramaj, Lorik Cana, Mërgim Mavraj and Samir Ujkani. In May 2012. In a meeting held, 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 as Milan Biševac and Miloš Krasić, continued to play for the Serbia. A new meeting was 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.
Permitting by FIFA to play friendlies
On 6 February 2013, FIFA gave the permission to play international friendly games against other member associations. Whereas, on 13 January 2014, there was a change of this permit that forbade Kosovo to play against the national teams of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Club teams were also allowed to play friendlies and this happened 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 as flags, emblems, etc. or play national anthems. The go-ahead was given after meetings between the Football Association of Serbia and Sepp Blatter.
On 5 March 2014, following FIFA's ruling. Kosovo played its first international friendly against Haiti and the match ended in a 0–0 draw. Before the match, some players of Kosovo posed with guns at a shooting range, causing a stir in Serbia. On the eve of the match, supporters of Kosovo burned the flag of Serbia. This incident prompted the Football Association of Serbia to request that FIFA revoke Kosovo's right to play international friendlies.
After the match against Haiti, five more matches were held as against Turkey, Senegal, Oman, Equatorial Guinea and in the end with Albania. The first win in these friendlies was against Oman with a 1–0 home minimal win, while the biggest defeat that was simultaneously also the first defeat was a 1–6 home defeat against Turkey.
Membership in UEFA and FIFA
In September 2015 at an UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Malta was 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, at the Ordinary Congress. Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28–24 in favor of Kosovo. Ten days later, Kosovo was accepted in FIFA during their 66th congress in Mexico with 141 votes in favour and 23 against.
Debut in World Cup qualification and nearly successful first Euro attempt
Kosovo began to make their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, where Kosovo was drawn with Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine. The Kosovars created its first major surprise, holding host Finland to a 1–1 draw, but it turned to be the lone point of Kosovo in the qualification, as the team lost the remaining games and finished last.
Following the failure to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kosovo participated in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D sharing group with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Malta, where the Kosovars topped their group undefeated to reach the country's first-ever play-offs in its attempt to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020. After the successful Nations League, Kosovo entered the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, where they shared group A with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and 2018 World Cup fourth place finisher England. As the dark horse of the qualification, Kosovo however created a major phenomenon, managed to beat Bulgaria, Montenegro and especially, a shock home win over the Czechs to take the second place behind England, being 15 matches and on that time nearly two years without defeat winning 11 of these 15 matches. The game against England away even saw the Kosovars took an early lead in the surprise, even though they were unable to protect it and fell 3–5 away, ending the longest unbeaten run in the football history of Kosovo. In the decisive match against the Czechs away, which Kosovo needed a win to directly qualify for the first time, Kosovo gained a shock lead, but failed to protect it again as they lost 1–2 and could only participate in the play-off, but this remained to be Kosovo's greatest success up to date.
After successfully obtained a play-off position, Kosovo headed to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C, being drawn with Greece, Moldova and Slovenia. After impressive performance in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Kosovo was tipped favorably to promote to League B. Yet, Kosovo began the Nations League with a disappointing 1–1 away draw to Moldova, before the team which was halved due to the absences of key players suffered a 1–2 home loss against Greece.
In Kosovo's first ever competitive UEFA Euro play-offs, Kosovo was drawn against North Macedonia. However, Kosovo was eliminated after losing 1–2 to the Macedonians in Skopje. After the elimination in the play-off's semifinals, the Kosovo's setback continues and the year 2020 was ended six losses, two draws and a victory in the last match of the year against Moldova, a victory which secured the attitude even for another season in the League C of the UEFA Nations League.
The Kosovo national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Dardanët (Dardanians)", while after the good results it had during the 2018–19 period, it was also nicknamed even as the "Brazili i Ballkanit (Brazil of the Balkans)".
Kits and crest
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The Kosovo kit has been mostly red and black before declaration of independence with few changes throughout the years and after the independence the kits are mostly blue and yellow. On 5 October 2016, Kosovo signed with Spanish sportswear company Kelme to a four-year contract and was the first official kit suppliers of Kosovo after membership in UEFA and FIFA. On 16 June 2018, Kosovo signed with Swiss sportswear company Fourteen to a four-year contract and becomes the current kit suppliers of Kosovo.
|Umbro||2015||October 2015||November 2015|
|Kelme||2016–2018||5 October 2016||2016–2020 (4 years)|
|Fourteen||2018–present||16 June 2018||2018–2022 (4 years)|
Kosovo's home stadium is the Fadil Vokrri Stadium. The stadium capacity is 13,500, which makes it the second largest national stadium in Kosovo. Kosovo's previous national stadium was the Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium which is currently under renovation. Kosovo also used Loro Boriçi Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, and this happened after the two stadiums in Pristina and Mitrovica at that time were under renovation and do not meet UEFA standards. On 12 July 2019, the construction of Kosovo National Stadium began, and two days later the project of this stadium was presented which would have a capacity of 30,000 seats, but after the presentation, the construction was suspended for political reasons related to the location.
- As of 28 March 2021
|Kosovo national football team home stadiums|
|Pld||Image||Stadium||Capacity||Location||First match||Last match||Ref|
|21||Fadil Vokrri Stadium||13,500||Pristina, Kosovo||v. Yugoslavia, 8 November 1967||v. San Marino, 1 June 2021|||
|5||Loro Boriçi Stadium||16,000||Shkodër, Albania||v. Croatia, 6 October 2016||v. Ukraine, 6 October 2017|||
|3||Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium||18,500||Mitrovica, Kosovo||v. Haiti, 5 March 2014||v. Latvia, 13 November 2017|||
|Radio Television of Kosovo|
|RTK 1||2014–present||Qualifying and friendly matches|
|RTK 2||2016–present||Qualifying matches|
|SuperSport 1||2014–present||Qualifying and friendly matches|
Fixtures and results
- For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.
|3 September 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00)||Nicolaescu 20'||Report||Kololli 71'||Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini|
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
|6 September 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00)||B. Berisha 82'||Report||Limnios 2'
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|8 October[e] UEFA Euro 2020|
|North Macedonia||2–1||Kosovo||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00)||Kololli 16' (o.g.)
|Report||Hadergjonaj 29'||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|11 October 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00)||Report||Vučkić 22'||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Andrew Madley (England)
|14 October 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00)||Report||Stadium: Athens Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
|11 November Friendly|
|16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00)||Balaj 31'
|Muriqi 85' (pen.)||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|15 November 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CET; UTC+01:00)||Kurtić 63'
Iličić 90+4' (pen.)
|Report||Muriqi 58'||Stadium: Stožice Stadium|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|18 November 2020–21 UEFA|
|20:45 (CET; UTC+01:00)||Kastrati 31'||Report||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)
|24 March Friendly||Kosovo||4–0||Lithuania||Pristina, Kosovo|
|20:45 UTC+2||Zeneli 27', 71'
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|28 March 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
Larsson 70' (pen.)
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
|31 March 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45 UTC+2||Olmo 34'
|Halimi 70'||Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja|
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
|1 June Friendly||Kosovo||4–1||San Marino||Pristina, Kosovo|
|18:00 UTC+2||Muriqi 28', 45+1', 46', 76' (pen.)||Report||D. Tomassini 85'||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Turkey)
|4 June Friendly||Malta||1–2||Kosovo||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|18:00 UTC+2||Dimech 45+2'||Report||Rashica 19', 84'||Stadium: Wörtherseestadion|
Referee: Christopher Jäger (Austria)
|8 June Friendly||Kosovo||1–2||Guinea||Manavgat, Turkey|
|16:00 UTC+2||Manaj 90+3'||Report||Kouyaté 60'
Kanté 66' (pen.)
|Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex|
Referee: Sarper Barış Saka (Turkey)
|11 June Friendly||Kosovo||1–0||Gambia||Manavgat, Turkey|
|19:00 UTC+2||Hoxha 80'||Report||Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex|
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)
|2 September 2022 FIFA World|
|18:00 (20:00; UTC+4)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
|5 September 2022 FIFA World|
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
|8 September 2022 FIFA World|
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
|9 October 2022 FIFA World|
|Stadium: Friends Arena|
|12 October 2022 FIFA World|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Current technical staff
|Head coach||Bernard Challandes|
|Fitness coach||Thomas Richard|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ahmet Beselica|
|Device manager||Sahit Salihi|
|Team manager||Bajram Shala|
|Technical director||Muharrem Sahiti|
- The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Guinea and Gambia, on 8 and 11 June 2021.
- Caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2021 after the match against Gambia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Visar Bekaj (captain)||24 May 1997||4||0||Tirana|
|12||GK||Betim Halimi||28 February 1996||1||0||Olimpik Donetsk|
|5||DF||Bajram Jashanica||25 September 1990||8||0||Ballkani|
|4||DF||Armend Thaqi||10 October 1992||5||0||Ballkani|
|2||DF||Destan Bajselmani||13 May 1999||4||0||PEC Zwolle|
|13||DF||David Domgjoni||21 May 1997||2||0||Menemenspor|
|14||DF||Lavdrim Hajrullahu||7 March 1998||2||0||Stade Lausanne Ouchy|
|8||MF||Eroll Zejnullahu||19 October 1994||4||0||Nitra|
|10||MF||Florian Loshaj (vice-captain)||13 August 1996||4||0||Cracovia|
|6||MF||Rron Broja||9 April 1996||3||0||Partizani Tirana|
|20||MF||Blendi Baftiu||17 February 1998||2||0||Ballkani|
|21||MF||Donat Rrudhani||2 May 1999||2||0||Aarau|
|17||MF||Mersim Asllani||7 June 1999||2||0||Stade Lausanne Ouchy|
|22||MF||Liridon Balaj||15 August 1999||2||0||Aarau|
|15||MF||Muharrem Jashari||21 February 1998||1||0||Trepça '89|
|19||FW||Mirlind Daku||1 January 1998||5||0||Ballkani|
|11||FW||Arb Manaj||23 July 1998||3||1||Balıkesirspor|
|9||FW||Arbër Hoxha||6 October 1998||3||1||Ballkani|
|7||FW||Jetmir Topalli||7 February 1998||3||0||Yeni Malatyaspor|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Samir Ujkani||5 July 1988||32||0||Torino||v. Malta, 4 June 2021WD|
|GK||Arijanet Muric||7 November 1998||16||0||Willem II||v. San Marino, 1 June 2021INJ|
|DF||Gledi Mici||6 February 1991||0||0||Prishtina||v. Guinea, 8 June 2021CLUB|
|DF||Jetmir Haliti||14 September 1996||0||0||AIK||v. Guinea, 8 June 2021INJ|
|DF||Lumbardh Dellova||1 January 1999||0||0||Prishtina||v. Guinea, 8 June 2021CLUB|
|DF||Amir Rrahmani||24 February 1994||36||5||Napoli||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|DF||Mërgim Vojvoda||1 February 1995||36||1||Torino||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|DF||Fidan Aliti||3 October 1993||33||0||Zürich||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|DF||Betim Fazliji||25 April 1999||3||0||St. Gallen||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|DF||Bashkim Ajdini||10 December 1992||0||0||VfL Osnabrück||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|DF||Ibrahim Drešević||24 January 1997||9||0||Heerenveen||v. San Marino, 1 June 2021INJ|
|DF||Florent Hadergjonaj||31 July 1994||18||1||Kasımpaşa||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Lirim R. Kastrati||2 February 1999||3||0||Újpest||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|DF||Arbenit Xhemajli||23 April 1998||1||0||Sunderland||v. Moldova, 3 September 2020INJ|
|DF||Mirlind Kryeziu||26 January 1997||0||0||Kriens||v. Moldova, 3 September 2020|
|MF||Leonit Abazi||5 July 1993||1||0||Prishtina||v. Guinea, 8 June 2021CLUB|
|MF||Endrit Krasniqi||26 October 1994||0||0||Prishtina||v. Guinea, 8 June 2021CLUB|
|MF||Milot Rashica||28 June 1996||32||6||Werder Bremen||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Besar Halimi||12 December 1994||29||3||SV Sandhausen||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Hekuran Kryeziu||12 February 1993||28||0||Zürich||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Arbër Zeneli||25 February 1995||27||9||Reims||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Herolind Shala||2 January 1992||24||0||Stabæk||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Idriz Voca||15 May 1997||15||0||Ankaragücü||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Zymer Bytyqi||11 September 1996||4||0||Konyaspor||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Blendi Idrizi||2 May 1998||2||0||Schalke 04||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|MF||Lorik Emini||29 August 1999||1||0||Luzern||v. Malta, 4 June 2021INJ|
|MF||Bersant Celina||9 September 1996||30||2||Dijon||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Benjamin Kololli||15 May 1992||23||4||Zürich||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Edon Zhegrova||31 March 1999||22||2||Basel||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Bernard Berisha||21 October 1991||20||1||Akhmat Grozny||v. Spain, 31 March 2021SUS|
|MF||Florent Hasani||30 March 1997||8||1||Hapoel Kfar Saba||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
|MF||Valon Berisha||7 February 1993||27||3||Reims||v. Sweden, 28 March 2021INJ|
|MF||Florent Muslija||6 July 1998||4||0||Hannover 96||v. Albania, 11 November 2020|
|FW||Vedat Muriqi||24 April 1994||30||15||Lazio||v. Malta, 4 June 2021WD|
|FW||Lirim M. Kastrati||16 January 1999||14||1||Dinamo Zagreb||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|FW||Valmir Sulejmani||1 February 1996||4||0||Hannover 96||v. Malta, 4 June 2021|
|FW||Astrit Selmani||13 May 1997||0||0||Hammarby||v. Malta, 4 June 2021INJ|
|FW||Elba Rashani||9 May 1993||18||4||BB Erzurumspor||v. Spain, 31 March 2021|
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
On 9 June 2016, the UEFA Emergency Panel decided that Kosovo would join Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine in the Group I; and also decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia should not play against Kosovo for security reasons. On 5 September 2016, Kosovo made its debut in the FIFA World Cup qualifications with a 1–1 away draw against Finland, with Kosovo's equalizing goal being scored by the newcomer Valon Berisha from a penalty-kick in the 60th minute.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia|
|1950||Part of SFR Yugoslavia|
|1994||Part of FR Yugoslavia|
|2006||Part of Serbia and Montenegro|
|2010||Not a FIFA member|
|2018||Did not qualify||6th||10||0||1||9||3||24|
|2022||To be determined||5th||2||0||0||2||1||6|
|2026||To be determined|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 28 March 2021 after the match against Sweden.
UEFA European Championship
On 2 December 2018, in Dublin, it was decided that Kosovo should be part in Group A of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, together with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and 2018 World Cup fourth place finisher England. On 25 March 2019, Kosovo made their debut on UEFA European Championship qualifying with a 1–1 home draw against Bulgaria and the draw goal was scored by Arbër Zeneli on the 61st minute. On 11 June 2019, Kosovo won their first ever qualifying match for a major tournament by defeating Bulgaria 3–2.
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying|
|1960||Part of SFR Yugoslavia|
|1996||Part of FR Yugoslavia|
|2004||Part of Serbia and Montenegro|
|2012||Not a UEFA member|
|2020||Did not qualify||3rd||9||3||2||4||14||18|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 8 October 2020 after the match against North Macedonia.
UEFA Nations League
On 24 January 2018, in Lausanne, it was decided that Kosovo should be part of League D in Group 3 of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, together with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Malta. On 7 September 2018, Kosovo made their debut in the UEFA Nations League with a 0–0 away draw against Azerbaijan. On 10 September 2018, Kosovo achieved their first win in the UEFA Nations League, which was also the team's first-ever competitive win, a 2–0 home win against the Faroe Islands. Kosovo finished the league unbeaten (with four wins and two draws) and will be promoted to the next tier (C league) for the next edition.
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||C||To be determined|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 18 November 2020 after the match against Moldova.
|Kosovo's Nations League record|
|First Match|| Azerbaijan 0–0 Kosovo |
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 7 September 2018)
|Biggest Win|| Malta 0–5 Kosovo |
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 17 November 2018)
|Biggest Defeat|| Kosovo 1–2 Greece |
(Pristina, Kosovo; 6 September 2020)
| Slovenia 2–1 Kosovo |
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 November 2020)
|Best Result||42nd place in 2018–19|
|Worst Result||44th place in 2020–21|
Kosovo for first time after the Kosovo War participated in a tournament held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association. Kosovo lost against the host with result 1–0 and won against Sàpmi with result 4–1.
|KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||4||2||Squad|
FIFA ranking history
- As of 4 June 2021
Best Ranking Worst Ranking Best Mover Worst Mover
|Best||Worst||Best (+)||Worst (−)|
|117||2021||5||3||0||2||60.00||To be determined|
|115||2020||9||1||2||6||11.11||115||117||0 (February)||1 (October)|
|114||2019||10||4||3||3||40.00||114||130||6 (June)||1 (November)|
|131||2018||9||7||2||0||77.78||131||178||24 (August)||1 (January)|
|177||2017||7||1||0||6||14.29||164||184||9 (November)||6 (April)|
|165||2016||5||1||1||3||20.00||164||190||22 (September)||190 (July)|
- As of 11 June 2021
|Burkina Faso||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||100.00||H2H results|
|Czech Republic||2||1||0||1||3||3||+0||50.00||H2H results|
|Equatorial Guinea||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||100.00||H2H results|
|Faroe Islands||3||2||1||0||5||1||+4||66.67||H2H results|
|North Macedonia||1||0||0||1||1||2||−1||0.00||H2H results|
|San Marino||1||1||0||0||4||1||+3||100.00||H2H results|
|36 Countries||66||27||11||28||97||95||+2||40.91||All H2H results|
Notes and references
- Dobrica Barbaroga was the Albanianized full name of Dobrica Barbarogić by the media of that time, which seems to be expression of peaceful coexistence with national minorities even in Kosovo at that time.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Kosovo - Men's". FIFA. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- Besnik Dizdari (12 December 2007). "Besnik Dizdari: Kur në Tiranë lindte Përfaqësuesja e Kosovës...(II)" [Besnik Dizdari: When in Tirana the Kosovo national team was born...(II)]. Zemra Shqiptare (in Albanian).
- Besnik Dizdari (15 September 2019). ""Armiqtë" e vërtetë dhe "miqtë" e rremë të Kosovës" [The real "enemies" and false "friends" of Kosovo] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport.
- Mendrit Shehu (18 November 2019). "Kosova, kalvari sportiv e miqësorja e harruar me Jugosllavinë" [Kosovo, the sports ordeal and the forgotten friendly with Yugoslavia]. Gazetasi (in Albanian).
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14/02/1993, Tiranë, Dinamo, 14000, Friendly International, ALBANIA–KOSOVA
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Emri i Kristian Nushit pa dyshim do të hyjë në historinë e futbollit kosovarë. Në realitet, futbollisti i deritashëm i skuadrës zvicerane, Vill, ka shënuar golin e fitores në minutën e 84-të në ndeshjen miqësore ndërkombëtare ndaj Arabisë Saudite qe perfundoi me rezultatin e ngushte 1:0. Nushi u tregua i saktë nga pika e bardhë, pasi më parë mbrojtësit sauditë rrëzuan brenda zonës Ismet Ramushin dhe gjyqtari pa u hamendur tregoi në pikën e bardhë
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Përfaqësuesja e Kosovës mposhti atë të Monacos me rezultat 7:1
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An application for affiliation from the Kosovo football association was deemed not to comply with art. 10 of the FIFA Statutes, which stipulates that only "an independent state recognised by the international community" may be admitted. In accordance with the Statutes, Kosovo cannot play any friendly matches
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- "KM: Zapaljena zastava Srbije" [KM: Burned flag of Serbia] (in Serbian). B92. 5 March 2014.
- "FSS traži opoziv FIFA za Kosovo" [FAS seeking revocation of FIFA for Kosovo] (in Serbian). B92. 6 March 2014.
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- "Kosova pësoi humbje nga Turqia" [Kosovo suffered losses from Turkey] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 21 May 2014.
- "UEFA shqyrton në mars të vitit të ardhshëm anëtarësimin e Kosovës" [UEFA reviews in March next year Kosovo's membership] (in Albanian). Voice of America. 19 September 2015.
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- "Kosovo accepted as member of Uefa after Congress vote". The Guardian. 3 May 2016.
- "Zyrtare: Kosova pranohet në FIFA, jemi të barabartë me të gjitha vendet e botës" [Official: Kosovo is admitted to FIFA, we are equal to all countries in the world] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 13 May 2016.
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Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
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- "Kosova në grup me Anglinë, ja deklaratat e presidentit Ademi dhe përzgjedhësit Challandes (Video)" [Kosovo in group with England, statements by president Ademi and selector Challandes (Video)] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 2 December 2018.
Fati deshi që Kosova të tërhiqet në Grupin A, grup që përbëhet prej pesë ekipeve dhe aty krahas Kosovës do të jetë edhe gjiganti i futbollit, Anglia, pastaj Republika e Çekisë, Bullgaria dhe Mali i Zi
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- "Dardanët pësojnë humbje në Çeki, ëndrra për kualifikim vazhdon tek Liga e Kombeve" [Dardanians suffer losses in the Czechia, the dream of qualifying continues in the Nations League] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 14 November 2019.
- "Kosova në grup me Greqinë, Slloveninë e Moldavinë" [Kosovo in a group with Greece, Slovenia and Moldova] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 3 March 2020.
- "Kosova e nis me barazim edicionin e ri në Ligën e Kombeve" [Kosovo starts the new edition of the Nations League with a draw] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 3 September 2020.
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- "Ëndrra "Euro2020" përfundon, Dardanët pësojnë humbje në Shkup" [The "Euro2020" dream ends, the Dardanians suffer losses in Skopje] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 8 October 2020.
- "Kosova e mbyll me fitore edicionin e Ligës së Kombeve, siguron qëndrimin në Ligën C" [Kosovo closes with a victory the edition of the Nations League, ensures its stay in League C] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 18 November 2020.
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- "Nënshkruhet marrëveshja mes FFK-së dhe 'Kelme' për fanellat e Përfaqësueses së Kosovës (Foto/Video)" [Signed the agreement between FFK and 'Kelme' for the kits of Kosovo national football team (Photo/Video)] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 5 October 2016.
- "FFK-ja promovoi logon e re dhe sponsorin e ri teknik" [FFK promoted the new logo and the new technical sponsor] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 16 June 2018.
- "Zbulohen fanellat e reja të Kosovës për Ligën e Kombeve dhe logo e re e FFK-së" [Revealed the new jersey of Kosovo for the Nations League and the new logo of FFK] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 16 June 2018.
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- "Këto janë 11 stadiumet e Superligës dhe asnjëri nuk i plotëson kushtet (Foto)" [These are the 11 Superleague stadiums and none meet the conditions (Photo)] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 3 May 2016.
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- "U prezantua projekti i Stadiumit Kombëtar" [The National Stadium project was presented] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 14 July 2019.
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Only matches from 2014 are included
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Only matches from 2014 are included
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- "Kosova e nderon me fitore Fadil Vokrrin, merr kryesimin e Grupit 3 në Ligën D" [Kosovo honors with victory Fadil Vokrri, takes the lead of Group 3 in League D] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 10 September 2018. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
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Only matches from 2014 are included
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All UEFA competitions and matches (including friendlies) for clubs and national teams for both men and women have been put on hold until further notice. The UEFA EURO 2020 play-off matches and international friendlies, scheduled for the end of March, will now be played in the international window at the start of June, subject to a review of the situation
- "UEFA e ka konfirmuar orarin e ndeshjes Maqedoni e Veriut – Kosovë, zhvillohet në Shkup në muajin tetor" [UEFA confirms schedule of North Macedonia – Kosovo match, takes place in Skopje in October] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 17 June 2020.