2017–18 Macedonian First Football League

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Macedonian First League
Season2017–18
Dates12 August 2017 –
20 May 2018
ChampionsShkëndija
2nd domestic title
RelegatedSkopje
Pelister
Champions LeagueShkëndija
Europa LeagueVardar
Rabotnichki
Shkupi
Matches played180
Goals scored461 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorerFerhan Hasani
Besart Ibraimi
22 goals
Biggest home winShkendija 5–0 Sileks
(20 September 2017)
Shkendija 5–0 Renova
(7 April 2018)
Biggest away winPelister 0–6 Shkëndija
(15 April 2018)
Highest scoringRabotnichki 2–6 Shkëndija
(17 September 2017)
Longest winning run6 games
Shkëndija
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Shkëndija
Longest winless run14 games
Akademija Pandev
Longest losing run4 games
Akademija Pandev
Renova
Sileks
All statistics correct as of 20 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Macedonian First League was the 26th season of the Macedonian First Football League, the highest football league of Macedonia. The fixtures were announced on 25 July 2017.[1] It began on 12 August 2017 and ended on 20 May 2018. Each team will play the other sides four times on home-away basis, for a total of 36 matches. Vardar are the defending champions, having won their tenth title in 2016–17.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

At the start of the 2017–18 season

Promoted from 2016–17 Second League

Relegated to 2017–18 Second League

At the end of the 2017–18 season

Promoted from 2017–18 Second League

Relegated to 2018–19 Second League

Participating teams[edit]

Location of teams in 2017–18 Macedonian First League
Club City Stadium Capacity
Akademija Pandev Strumica Stadion Mladost
Stadion Kukush
9,200
1,500
Pelister Bitola Stadion Tumbe Kafe 8,000
Pobeda Prilep Stadion Goce Delchev
Stadion Mogila
Stadion Tumbe Kafe, Bitola
15,000
2,000
8,000
Rabotnichki Skopje Philip II Arena 36,460
Renova Djepchishte City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkëndija Tetovo City Stadium Tetovo 15,000
Shkupi Skopje Chair Stadium 6,000
Sileks Kratovo Stadion Sileks 1,800
Skopje Skopje Stadion Zhelezarnica 3,000
Vardar Skopje Philip II Arena 36,460

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Akademija Pandev North Macedonia Risto Panov North Macedonia Sashko Pandev Givova
Pelister North Macedonia Nexhat Husein North Macedonia Goce Todorovski Givova ZK Pelagonija
Pobeda North Macedonia Toni Meglenski North Macedonia Darko Tofiloski Jako Krali Marko & Vitaminka
Rabotnichki North Macedonia Gjore Jovanovski North Macedonia Dushko Trajchevski Joma
Renova North Macedonia Agron Memedi & Kushtrim Abdulahu North Macedonia Fisnik Nuhi Jako Renova
Shkëndija North Macedonia Qatip Osmani North Macedonia Ferhan Hasani Macron Ecolog
Shkupi North Macedonia Zekirija Ramadani North Macedonia Suat Zendeli Nike V:KO
Sileks North Macedonia Zhikica Tasevski North Macedonia Gligor Gligorov Legea
Skopje North Macedonia Ljupcho Markovski North Macedonia Filip Petkovski Givova
Vardar North Macedonia Boban Babunski North Macedonia Boban Grncharov Hummel BetCity

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shkëndija (C) 36 29 4 3 101 27 +74 91 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Vardar 36 16 8 12 53 41 +12 56 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Rabotnichki 36 14 10 12 50 43 +7 52
4 Shkupi 36 13 12 11 51 46 +5 51
5 Sileks 36 13 11 12 30 37 −7 50
6 Akademija Pandev 36 10 12 14 43 47 −4 42
7 Renova 36 10 11 15 36 53 −17 41
8 Pobeda (O) 36 10 8 18 36 56 −20 38 Qualification for the relegation play-off final
9 Skopje (R) 36 7 14 15 24 43 −19 35 Relegation to the Macedonian Second Football League
10 Pelister (R) 36 8 10 18 37 68 −31 34
Source: MacedonianFootball.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Draw; 9) Play-off. (Note: Criteria 2, 3 and 8 is only used if not deciding Champion, teams for UEFA competitions or relegation).[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Each team played home-and-away against every other team in the league twice, for a total of 36 matches each.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Gostivar0–0Borec
Report
Penalties
Ademi Penalty missed
Bexheti Penalty scored
Esati Penalty scored
Grozdanoski Penalty scored
Osmani Penalty scored
4–5 Penalty scored Kocev
Penalty scored Risteski
Penalty scored Acevski
Penalty scored Kudijan
Penalty scored Gjorgjev
Referee: Marjan Markovski (Ohrid)

Final[edit]

Pobeda2–1Borec
Report
  • Kudijan Goal 56'
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 20 May 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 North Macedonia Ferhan Hasani Shkëndija 22
North Macedonia Besart Ibraimi Shkëndija
3 North Macedonia Zoran Baldovaliev Akademija Pandev 14
4 North Macedonia Blazhe Ilijoski Pelister & Shkupi 13
North Macedonia Alen Jasharoski Shkupi
6 Nigeria Chinedu Charles Geoffrey Rabotnichki 11
Brazil Stênio Júnior Shkëndija
North Macedonia Kire Markoski Rabotnichki
9 Armenia Tigran Barseghyan Vardar 9
North Macedonia Marjan Radeski Shkëndija

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "РАСПОРЕД на натпревари од Прва македонска фудбалска лига, сезона 2017-2018" (PDF). FFM.mk. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

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