1998–99 Albanian Superliga

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Albanian National Championship
Season 1998–99
Champions Tirana
18th Albanian title
Relegated Burreli
Laçi
Besa
Champions League Tirana
UEFA Cup Vllaznia
Bylis
UEFA Intertoto Cup Teuta
Matches played 240
Goals scored 618 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Artan Bano (22 goals)
Biggest home win Vllaznia 8–0 Flamurtari
(5 February 1999)
Biggest away win Teuta 0–5 Tirana
(24 November 1998)
Highest scoring Burreli 4–4 Dinamo
(30 October 1998)
Vllaznia 8–0 Flamurtari
(5 February 1999)
Laçi 5–3 Skënderbeu
(7 May 1999)

The 1998–99 Albanian National Championship was the 60th season of the Albanian National Championship, the top professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1930. The season began on 29 August 1998 and concluded on 15 May 1999. Vllaznia began the season as defending champions of the 1997–98 season and Burreli was the only team promoted from the Albanian Second Division as the league was reduced from 18 teams to 16.[1]

Tirana won their 18th Albanian title, having finished as runners-up during the previous season. The newly promoted club Burreli were the first team to be relegated, and they were followed by Laçi and Besa down to the Albanian Second Division.

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

A total of 16 teams competed in the 1998–99 season, 2 less than the previous where 18 teams competed. Of these 16 teams, 15 of them were from the 1997–98 season with Burreli being the only promoted side from the Albanian Second Division. 3 sides from the 1997–98 season were relegated, and they were Shqiponja, Sopoti and Albpetrol.

Stadia and last season[edit]

Locations of the 1998–1999 Albanian National Championship teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity Last season
Apolonia Fier Loni Papuçiu Stadium 10,000 7th
Besa Kavajë Besa Stadium 8,000 14th
Burreli Burrel Liri Ballabani Stadium 2,500 Second Division
Bylis Ballsh Adush Muça Stadium 6,000 13th
Dinamo Tiranë Qemal Stafa Stadium[note 1] 19,700 12th
Elbasani Elbasan Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium 15,000 6th
Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 15,000 15th
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 5,000 8th
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 12,000 9th
Partizani Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 3rd
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 12,000 11th
Shkumbini Peqin Shkumbini Stadium 6,000 4th
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 5th
Tirana Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 2nd
Tomori Berat Tomori Stadium 14,750 10th
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 15,000 Champions

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Tirana (C) 30 18 7 5 48 20 +28 61 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Vllaznia 30 18 6 6 57 18 +39 60 Qualification to UEFA Cup qualifying round[a]
3 Bylis 30 18 5 7 51 19 +32 59
4 Tomori 30 13 7 10 31 25 +6 46
5 Lushnja 30 14 2 14 52 40 +12 44
6 Dinamo 30 11 7 12 37 37 0 40
7 Shkumbini 30 12 4 14 30 38 −8 40
8 Teuta 30 12 4 14 28 48 −20 40 Qualification to UEFA Intertoto first round
9 Elbasani 30 11 6 13 30 30 0 39
10 Partizani 30 10 9 11 37 46 −9 39
11 Flamurtari 30 11 5 14 40 47 −7 38
12 Skënderbeu 30 12 2 16 44 53 −9 38
13 Apolonia 30 10 7 13 32 42 −10 37
14 Besa (R) 30 10 6 14 25 40 −15 36 Relegation to Albanian First Division
15 Laçi (R) 30 9 6 15 36 55 −19 33
16 Burreli (R) 30 8 3 19 40 60 −20 27
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Bylis qualified for the UEFA Cup qualifying round due to Tirana winning the league as well as the 1998–99 Albanian Cup, meaning their place in the UEFA Cup was awarded to the cup runners-up Vllaznia, who also finished as runners-up in the league, meaning that their place in the UEFA Cup through the league route was awarded to Bylis.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[2][edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Albania Artan Bano Lushnja 22
2 Albania Rigels Qose Skënderbeu 19
3 Albania Vioresin Sinani Vllaznia 14
4 Albania Bardhyl Elezi Lushnja 12
Albania Klodian Asllani Bylis
6 Albania Hekuran Jakupi Bylis 11
Albania Fjodor Xhafa Flamurtari
8 Albania Vladimir Gjoni Burreli 10
Albania Fatjon Ymeri Dinamo
Albania Daniel Xhafa Flamurtari
11 Albania Dorian Bubeqi Besa 9
Albania Xhelal Faruku Burreli
Albania Shpëtim Gruda Laçi
Albania Devi Muka Tirana
15 Albania Gentian Begeja Teuta 8
Albania Ferdinand Bilali Bylis
Albania Auron Miloti Vllaznia

Notes[edit]

References[edit]