2008–09 Albanian Superliga

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Albanian Superliga
Season 2008–09
Champions KF Tirana
24th Albanian title
Relegated Bylis Ballsh (via play-off)
Partizani Tirana (via play-off)
KS Lushnja
KS Elbasani
Champions League KF Tirana
Europa League Vllaznia Shkodër
Dinamo Tirana
Flamurtari Vlorë (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 427
Average goals/game 2.16
Top goalscorer Albania Migen Memelli (23)
Biggest home win Tirana 6–2 Bylis
Dinamo 5–1 Bylis
Teuta 4–0 Vllaznia
Flamurtari 4–0 Besa
Biggest away win Lushnja 1–4 Vllaznia
Elbasani 1–4 Vllaznia
Highest scoring Tirana 6–2 Bylis

The Albanian Superliga 2008–09 was the 73rd season of top-tier football in Albania and the eleventh season under the name Kategoria superiore. The season began on 24 August 2008 and ended on 23 May 2009. The defending champions were Dinamo Tirana.

KF Tirana won their 24th national league title and qualified for the UEFA Champions League; Vllaznia Shkodër, Dinamo Tirana and Albanian Cup 2008–09 winners Flamurtari Vlorë gained access to the UEFA Europa League. On the bottom end of the table, Lushnja and Elbasani were directly relegated. Bylis Ballsh and Partizani Tirana had to face teams from the First Division in relegation matches. Both teams lost and thus were demoted as well.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Besëlidhja Lezhë and Skënderbeu Korçë were directly relegated to the First Division after finishing 11th and 12th in the previous year's standings. They were replaced by First Division champions Bylis Ballsh and runners-up Apolonia Fier.

9th placed Teuta Durrës and 10th placed Kastrioti Krujë had to compete in single-match relegation play-offs. Krujë were relegated in the process by losing on penalties against the 3rd placed team from First Division, Lushnja. On the other hand, Teuta Durrës saved their place in Albania's top league by beating Burreli, who had finished in 4th place in the First Division, with 2–1 after extra time.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in Albanian Superliga 2008–09
Team City/Area Stadium Capacity
Apolonia Fier Stadiumi Loni Papuçiu 6,000
Besa Kavajë Stadiumi Besa 12,000
Bylis Ballsh Stadiumi Agush Maca 6,000
Dinamo Tirana Selman Stërmasi stadium 12,000
KS Elbasani Elbasan Stadiumi Ruzhdi Bizhuta 13,000
Flamurtari Vlorë Stadiumi Flamurtari 8,500
KS Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 6,000
Partizani Tirana Selman Stërmasi stadium 12,000
Shkumbini Peqin Stadiumi Peqin 6,000
Teuta Durrës Stadiumi Niko Dovana 12,000
KF Tirana Tirana Selman Stërmasi stadium 12,000
Vllaznia Shkodër Stadiumi Loro-Boriçi 20,300

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Tirana (C) 33 19 11 3 58 27 +31 68 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Vllaznia Shkodër 33 19 7 7 49 29 +20 64 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Dinamo Tirana 33 14 10 9 48 34 +14 52
4 Teuta Durrës 33 12 8 13 32 34 −2 44
5 Shkumbini Peqin 33 12 8 13 32 38 −6 44
6 Flamurtari Vlorë 33 10 12 11 33 33 0 42 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
7 Besa Kavajë 33 10 10 13 31 41 −10 40
8 Apolonia Fier 33 11 5 17 36 43 −7 38
9 Bylis Ballsh (R) 33 9 10 14 28 38 −10 37 Qualification to relegation play-offs
10 Partizani Tirana (R) 33 9 9 15 27 36 −9 36
11 KS Lushnja (R) 33 8 12 13 25 35 −10 36 Relegation to Albanian First Division 2009-10
12 KS Elbasani (R) 33 7 14 12 28 39 −11 35

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Flamurtari Vlorë won the Albanian Cup 2008–09 and qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Bylis Ballsh as 9th-placed team (against the 4th-placed team of the First Division, Gramozi Ersekë) and 10th-placed Partizani Tirana (against 3rd-placed First Division team Kastrioti Krujë) both competed in relegation play-off games after the end of the season. Superliga sides Partizani and Bylis lost their matches and were thus relegated to the First Division.

29 May 2009
17:00 CEST
Partizani Tirana 0 – 1 Kastrioti Krujë
Report
(Albanian)
Prelaj Goal 42'

30 May 2009
16:30 CEST
Bylis Ballsh 2 – 5 (aet) Gramozi Ersekë
Bakiu Goal 18'
Muça Goal 28'
Report
(Albanian)
Bajollari Goal 4'
Peci Goal 73'
Olivera Goal 91'
Lena Goal 101'
dos Santos Goal 111'

Results[edit]

The schedule consisted of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home \ Away[1] APO BES BYL DIN ELB FLA LUS PAR SHK TEU TIR VLL
Apolonia Fier 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
Besa Kavajë 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–0
Bylis Ballsh 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–2
Dinamo Tirana 3–2 4–2 5–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–4 1–1
KS Elbasani 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0
Flamurtari Vlorë 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
KS Lushnja 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–4
Partizani Tirana 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–2
Shkumbini Peqin 2–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Teuta Durrës 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 4–0
Tirana 3–0 1–1 6–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1
Vllaznia Shkodër 3–1 4–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–0

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):

23rd round 24th round 25th round 26th round 27th round 28th round
 1 – 12     11 – 1     1 – 10     9 – 1      1 – 8      7 – 1
 2 – 11     10 – 2     2 – 9      8 – 2      2 – 7      6 – 2
 3 – 10      9 – 3     3 – 8      7 – 3      3 – 6      5 – 3
 4 – 9       8 – 4     4 – 7      6 – 4      4 – 5      4 – 12
 5 – 8       7 – 5     5 – 6      5 – 12    11 – 9      8 – 11
 6 – 7       6 – 12   12 – 11    10 – 11    12 – 10     9 – 10

29th round 30th round 31st round 32nd round 33rd round
 1 – 6       5 – 1     1 – 4      3 – 1      1 – 2
 2 – 5       4 – 2     2 – 3      2 – 12    11 – 3
 3 – 4       3 – 12   11 – 5      4 – 11    10 – 4
11 – 7       6 – 11   10 – 6      5 – 10     9 – 5
10 – 8       7 – 10    9 – 7      6 – 9      8 – 6
12 – 9       8 – 9    12 – 8      7 – 8     12 – 7
Home \ Away[1] APO BES BYL DIN ELB FLA LUS PAR SHK TEU TIR VLL
Apolonia Fier 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–1
Besa Kavajë 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1
Bylis Ballsh 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Dinamo Tirana 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–3
KS Elbasani 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–4
Flamurtari Vlorë 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–2
KS Lushnja 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
Partizani Tirana 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2
Shkumbini Peqin 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–2
Teuta Durrës 1–0 2–3 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–0
Tirana 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 2–1
Vllaznia Shkodër 3–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: soccerway.com

23 goals
17 goals
14 goals
12 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals

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