FC Prishtina

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Prishtina
FC Prishtina.svg
Full nameFootball Club Prishtina
Nickname(s)Bardh dhe kaltërit (White and blue)
Short namePRI
Founded1922; 96 years ago (1922)
GroundFadil Vokrri Stadium
Capacity13,500
ChairmanRemzi Ejupi
ManagerMirel Josa
LeagueFootball Superleague of Kosovo
2017–18Football Superleague of Kosovo, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

FC Prishtina, commonly known as Prishtina is a professional football club based in Pristina, Kosovo. The club play in the Football Superleague of Kosovo, which is the top tier of football in the country.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1922 under the name Kosova. Later on their name changed to Proleter, Jedinstvo, Kosova and finally FC Prishtina. During the period the club participated in the Yugoslav league system the club was known in its Serbian form, FK Priština (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Приштина).

Yugoslav period[edit]

In the beginning the club competed in Yugoslav lower leagues all the way until the beginning of the World War II when the region was annexed to Albania. In 1942 Prishtina competed in the North group of the 1942 Albanian Championship finishing in fourth and bottom place of their group.[1] After the end of the war the club returned to the Yugoslav league system and played for most time in the Yugoslav Second League.

Its most successful period was from 1983 to 1988 when it was a member of the highest football division in Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav First League. During those years they traded in mid table, boasting a good home record, including one of their most memorable victories against Red Star Belgrade in 1983. That was the "Golden Generation" of Prishtina with players such as Abdyl Bellopoja, Agim Cana, Danilo Mandić, Edmond Rugova, Fadil Muriqi, Fadil Vokrri, Faruk Domi, Faton Domi, Favzi Rrama, Gani Llapashtica, Kosta Lalić, Kujtim Shala, Ljubiša P. Trajković, Mehana Ramadani, Mensur Nexhipi, Neshat Zhavelli, Petre Gruevski, Ramadan Cimilli, Rifat Mehinović, Sahit Kelmendi, Shukri Paçarada, Skender Shengyli, Xhevdet Muriqi, Zoran Batrović, Zoran Martinović and coaches Maxhuni and Miroslav Blažević, that made the club become almost unbeatable when playing home. This period started after FC Prishtina became champions of the 1982–83 Yugoslav Second League, thus archiving promotion to Yugoslav highest level. In the following season, 1983–84, they finished 8th and they represented Yugoslavia in the 1983–84 Mitropa Cup. In a 4 team group tournament they managed to lose just one match out of six; however, they finished in second place, only one point behind the winners, Austrian team Eisenstadt.[2]

During the following seasons Prishtina managed to stay in mid table in the Yugoslav top tier all the way until 1988 when they were relegated back to the Second League. They returned to the top flight 4 years later to play in the 1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia, which then consisted of clubs only from Serbia and Montenegro. However, the club finished 17th and was relegated. After that, FC Prishtina played in the Second League of FR Yugoslavia until 1997 when they returned to the top flight after winning the Group East, one of the two subdivisions of the 1996–97 Second League of FR Yugoslavia.[3] FC Prishtina played in the First League of FR Yugoslavia for the following 2 seasons, although the 1998–99 season was interrupted in late March by the NATO bombing and the Kosovo War.

Notes

1 Prishtina were docked 6 points due to match fixing in the last round of the previous season
2 2-points for winners. If the game finished as a draw, penalty kicks were taken and only the winner gained 1 point. In brackets are those penalty-kick points.
3 Championship abandoned officially on 14 May 1999 due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Due to UNMIK, FC Prishtina back to play in Kosovan league system only.

After 1999[edit]

After Kosovo became under United Nations Administration Mission, FC Prishtina left the Serbian football league system and became part of the Football Superleague of Kosovo, which became the highest football division of Kosovo. As the club from Kosovo with most successful results in the past and the best infrastructure, FC Prishtina became dominant in the early years of the competition, and won the first two editions, in 1999–00 and 2000–01. Afterwards, it was champion in 2003–04 and twice again won two titles in a row in 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2011–12, 2012–13.

Since 1999, FC Prishtina has been 6 times Kosovo champion until 2011 being the club with most league titles.[5] Between 1945 and 1999 the Kosovar league was a regional league of the Yugoslav league system, and FC Prishtina did not gather many titles in that league because it usually competed in higher national levels.

Supporters[edit]

Plisat
Founded1987; 31 years ago (1987)
TypeUltras club
LocationPrishtina,  Kosovo
ArenaFadil Vokrri Stadium
StandEast

Plisat are the clubs ultras group. The fanatics stand in the East part of the stadium.

Honours[edit]

FC Prishtina honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Football Superleague of Kosovo 9 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
Kosovar Supercup 9 1994–95, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2015–16
Kosovo Province League 7 1947–48, 1953–54, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1976–77, 1978–79
Kosovar Cup 5 1993–94, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2017–18
Second League of FR Yugoslavia 1 1996–97
Yugoslav Second League 1 1982–83
International Albania Independence Cup 1 2013

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Kosovo GK Alban Muqiqi
2 Kosovo DF Armend Thaqi
3 Ghana MF Jamal Arago
4 Albania DF Armend Dallku (captain)
5 Kosovo MF Diar Miftaraj
7 Kosovo MF Lorik Boshnjaku
8 Kosovo DF Ahmet Haliti
9 Ghana FW Basit Abdul Khalid
10 Kosovo MF Meriton Korenica
12 Kosovo GK Visar Bekaj (vice-captain)
13 Ghana DF Abdul Bashiru
14 Kosovo FW Bleon Sekiraqa
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Gauthier Mankenda
No. Position Player
16 Kosovo MF Donat Hasanaj
17 Kosovo MF Arbër Hoxha
19 Republic of Macedonia FW Alen Jasharoski
20 Kosovo MF Qëndrim Zyba
21 Kosovo MF Argjend Mustafa
23 Kosovo GK Laurit Behluli
27 Albania FW Mario Morina
28 Kosovo DF Leotrim Bekteshi
34 Kosovo MF Agon Xhaka
66 Kosovo MF Ergyn Ahmeti
77 Kosovo MF Mërgim Pefqeli
88 Kosovo DF Përparim Osmani
93 Kosovo MF Kastriot Selmani

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 Kosovo FW Liridon Fetahaj (at Liria)
Kosovo GK Ardit Nika (at KEK)
Kosovo MF Leonat Vitija (at KEK)

Notable former players[edit]

This is a list of FC Prishtina players with senior national team appearances:[6][7]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff
Position Name
Head coach Albania Mirel Josa
Assistant coach(es)
Albania Artan Luzi
Kosovo Armend Simnica
AlbaniaKosovo Debatik Curri
Goalkeeping coach Kosovo Ahmet Beselica
Physiotherapist
Kosovo Alban Llumnica
Kosovo Atdhe Halimi
Doctor Kosovo Halil Zymberaj
Secretary Kosovo Agim Salihu
Board members
Office Name
President Kosovo Remzi Ejupi
Vice-president Kosovo Ahmed Kurtolli
Treasurer Kosovo Esmet Grainca
Managing director Kosovo Sokol Krasniqi
Sports director Kosovo Arbnor Morina
Board members
Kosovo Afrim Muçiqi
Kosovo Fikret Maqastena
Kosovo Ragip Mustafa
Kosovo Rrahman Haradini
Kosovo Sinan Vllasaliu
Information and media officer Kosovo Avni Durmishi

List of the managers[edit]

This is the list of coaches of FC Prishtina:[8]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petar Purić[9]
  2. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slavko Stanić (1961)
  3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Dimovski (1979–1981)
  4. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bela Palfi (1981–1983)
  5. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Fuad Muzurović (1983–1984)
  6. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vukašin Višnjevac (1984)
  7. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ajet Shosholli (1984–1985)
  8. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Fuad Muzurović (1985–1986)
  9. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miroslav Blažević (1986)
  10. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Đorić (1986–1987)
  11. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Josip Duvančić (1987–1988)
  12. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Živadinović (1988–1989)
  13. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hysni Maxhunaj (1989–1990)
  14. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ajet Shosholli (1990–1991)
  15. Serbia and Montenegro Burim Hatipi (1994–1995)
  16. Serbia and Montenegro Jusuf Tortoshi (1995–1998)
  17. United Nations Ajet Shosholli (1999–2000)
  18. United Nations Jusuf Tortoshi (2000–2001)
  19. Albania Medin Zhega (2001–2002)
  20. United Nations Arbnor Morina (2002)
  21. United Nations Ramiz Krasniqi (2002)
  22. United Nations Ajet Shosholli (2002–2005)
  23. United Nations Fadil Muriqi (2005–2006)
  24. United Nations Ramiz Krasniqi (2006)
  25. Croatia Kujtim Shala (2006–2007)
  26. United Nations Ramadan Cimili (2007)
  27. Kosovo Afrim Tovërlani (2007–2009)
  28. Kosovo Besnik Kollari (2009)
  29. Kosovo Skender Shengyli (2009)
  30. Kosovo Ramiz Krasniqi (2010–2011)
  31. Kosovo Jusuf Tortoshi (2011)
  32. Germany Wolfgang Jerat (2011)[10]
  33. Kosovo Ejup Mehmeti (2012)
  34. Kosovo Afrim Tovërlani (2012–2014)
  35. Kosovo Bylbyl Sokoli (2014–2015)
  36. Kosovo Ramiz Krasniqi (2015)
  37. Kosovo Sami Sermaxhaj (2015–2016)
  38. Kosovo Fadil Berisha (2016)
  39. Kosovo Kushtrim Munishi (2016)
  40. Germany Lutz Lindemann (2016–2017)[11]
  41. Kosovo Arsim Thaqi (2017)
  42. Albania Mirel Josa (2017–present)

List of the presidents[edit]

  1. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borislav Božović (1971)
  2. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Gani Pula (1971–1973)
  3. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ramadan Vraniqi (1973–1976)
  4. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Gani Pula (1976–1977)
  5. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Blagoje Kostić (1977–1981)
  6. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nazmi Mustafa (1981–1982)
  7. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sadik Vllasaliu (1982–1983)
  8. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mehmet Maliqi (1983–1984)
  9. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Muharrem Ismajli (1984–1986)
  10. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bajram Tmava (1986–1988)
  11. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Živorad Ivić (1988–1989)
  12. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Shefqet Keqekolla (1989)
  13. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mile Savić (1989–1990)
  14. Serbia and Montenegro Beqir Aliu (1991–1997)
  15. Serbia and Montenegro Arkan (1997–1999)
  16. Kosovo Remzi Ejupi (2004–present)

Prishtina in Europe[edit]

Prishtina will compete in the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the 2017–18 season, entering at the first qualifying round. On 19 June 2017, in Nyon, the draw was held and Prishtina were drawn against Swedish side Norrköping.[12] On 5 July 2018, Prishtina beat Europa at Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari in Mitrovica and became the first Kosovan side to win a UEFA Europa League match.[13][14]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Mitropa Cup RR Austria Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[2]
Hungary Vasas 4–2 1–1
Czechoslovakia Teplice 2–0 1–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden Norrköping 0–1 0–5 0–6
2018–19 PR Gibraltar Europa 5–0 1–1 6–1
1Q Luxembourg Fola Esch 0–0 (4–5 p) 0–0 4–5

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

As of 21 September 2018[15]
Rank Team Points Country Part
402 Faroe Islands 1.250 0.800
402 Armenia Gandazasar Kapan 1.250 0.775
402 Kosovo Prishtina 1.250 0.500
406 Wales Bala Town 1.250 0.825
407 Andorra Sant Julià 1.250 0.366
408 Luxembourg Differdange 03 1.250 1.050

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copy of Besnik Dizdari Historia e Kampionatëve të Shqipërise. Vol. III: Vitet 1939–’42 Ombra GVG, Tiranë, 2004, p. 150 at sktirana.com (in Albanian)
  2. ^ a b "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.
  3. ^ League tables at fsgzrenjanin.com, retrieved 7-2-2012 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ "1988–89 Yugoslav Cup". RSSSF.
  5. ^ Kosovo – List of Champions at RSSSF
  6. ^ FK Priština at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ KF Prishtinë at National-Football-Teams.com
  8. ^ Historia e Klubit at FC Prishtina official website, retrieved 15-1-2014 (in Albanian)
  9. ^ Od Zone do Zone by Radiša Dragićević, page 47 (in Serbian)
  10. ^ p=3&id=8&lng=1 at FC Prishtina's Official Website
  11. ^ [1] at FC Prishtina's Official Facebook
  12. ^ "Prishtina luan kundër IFK Norrkoping në Europa League" [Prishtina plays against IFK Norrkoping in the Europa League] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 19 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Prishtina me spektakël triumfon ndaj FC Europas, kalon në rrethin e parë të Ligës së Evropës" [Prishtina with spectacle triumphs over FC Europa, passes in the first round of the Europa League] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 5 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Prishtina kualifikohet me goleadë, Dallku bën goleadorin" [Prishtina qualifies with golead, Dallku makes goleador] (in Albanian). Top Channel. 5 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Member associations - UEFA club coefficient ranking". UEFA.

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