Founded in 1919, FK Ljuboten is the oldest club in Macedonia. FK Ljuboten was based in northern Tetovo, built and supported by the locals. The name was derived from the mountain peak of the Šar Mountains, Ljuboten. Through most of the football period under both the Kingdom and Socialist Yugoslavia, the club relied on local talent and were funded by the locals and the city of Tetovo.
FK Ljuboten's rival is FK Teteks. The rivalry reflected the social and class differences of the respective club's supporters. Ljuboten's supporters are the oldest locals of Tetovo and consisted predominantly of Albanians and also Macedonians. Teteks supporters were the working class, as the club was founded by the Teteks company and had supporters from Macedonians in Tetovo and all around Macedonia.