Football Superleague of Kosovo

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Football Superleague of Kosovo
IpkoSuperliga2018-19.svg
Founded1945; 73 years ago (1945)
as Kosovo Province League
1990; 28 years ago (1990)
as Independent League of Kosovo
First season1945 as Kosovo Province League
1990–91 as Independent League of Kosovo
CountryKosovo
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toFirst Football League of Kosovo
Domestic cup(s)Kosovar Cup
Kosovar Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current championsDrita (2nd title)
(2017–18)
Most championshipsPrishtina (10 titles)
Most appearancesArtan Latifi (493)
TV partnersSuperSport (live matches)
Radio Television of Kosovo (highlights only)
WebsiteOfficial website
2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo

The Football Superleague of Kosovo[a] (Albanian: Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës), also known as the IPKO Superleague of Kosovo (Albanian: IPKO Superliga e Kosovës) for sponsorship reasons with IPKO is the top level of the Kosovar football league system. The Superleague is organized by the Football Federation of Kosovo and the division currently has a 12-team format. The clubs play each other three times during the season for a 33-match schedule. At the end of the season, the bottom two teams in the division are relegated to the second tier, First Football League of Kosovo.

The Superleague ran outside FIFA and UEFA until Kosovo was admitted to both organizations, on 3 May 2016.[1]

Clubs (2018–19)[edit]

Teams and stadiums[edit]

Locations of the 2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo teams

Besa Pejë and Vllaznia Pozheran were relegated after finishing the previous season in eleventh and twelfth-place respectively. They will be replaced by the champions and runners-up of the 2017–18 First League, Ballkani and KEK respectively. Ferizaj defeated Vëllaznimi in play-off to claim their top-flight spot.

Club Town Stadium and capacity[2] UEFA
license
Ballkani Suva Reka Suva Reka City Stadium 1,500 No
Drenica Skenderaj Bajram Aliu Stadium 3,000 No
Drita Gjilan Gjilan City Stadium 15,000 Yes
Ferizaj Ferizaj Ismet Shabani Stadium 2,000 No
Feronikeli Glogovac Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium 2,000 No
Flamurtari Pristina Xhemail Ibishi Stadium 5,000 No
Gjilani Gjilan Gjilan City Stadium 15,000 Yes
KEK Obilić Agron Rama Stadium 5,000 No
Liria Prizren Përparim Thaçi Stadium 15,000 Yes
Llapi Podujevo Zahir Pajaziti Stadium 10,000 Yes
Prishtina Pristina Fadil Vokrri Stadium 13,000 Yes
Trepça'89 Mitrovica Riza Lushta Stadium 12,000 Yes


History[edit]

Prior Second World War, within Kingdom of Yugoslavia, clubs from Kosovo competed in the provincial leagues of the Belgrade Football Subassociation. During Second World War,between 1941 and 1944, when most of the region became part of the Albanian Kingdom, numerous Kosovar clubs played in the Albanian league system. In 1945 Kosovo was reincorporated to Serbia, and subsequently, SFR Yugoslavia. The league has its origins in 1945 when it became one of the subdivisions of the 5th level in Yugoslav football league system. It gathered the best clubs from SAP Kosovo except those clubs competing in higher levels. In 1990 an unrecognised parallel league gathering ethnic Albanian pro-independence clubs was set that run till 1999. Meantime best clubs competed in the leagues of FR Yugoslavia. In 1999, after Kosovo War, a separate Kosovar league system was formed. It included most clubs from Kosovo except those from Serbian-dominated North Kosovo which remained in Serbian football league system. Since 2000 the competition has been running continuously, and by 2017, after Kosovo has gained membership in FIFA and UEFA had started being the national league of Kosovo providing clubs for international tournaments.

Previous winners[edit]

This is a list of winners of Football Superleague of Kosovo since 1945.[3]

Wins by club[edit]

Number of titles since Independent League of Kosovo became the first tier of Kosovar league system.

Club Wins Winning Years
Prishtina 10 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
Besa Pejë 3 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
Trepça 2 1992–93, 2009–10
Feronikeli 2014–15, 2015–16
Drita 2002–03, 2017–18
Fushë Kosova 1 1990–91
Dukagjini 1993–94
Liria 1994–95
Besiana 2001–02
Hysi 2010–11
Vushtrria 2013–14
Trepça'89 2016–17

UEFA rankings[edit]


Kosovo football clubs in European competitions[edit]

Active[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Trepça'89 1Q Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 1–4 1–2 2–6
2018–19 Drita PR Andorra Santa Coloma 2–0 (a.e.t.)
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 4–1 (a.e.t.)
1Q Sweden Malmö 0–3 0–2 0–5

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 Prishtina 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
Drita 2Q Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 1–1 1–2 2–3

Defunct[edit]

Mitropa Cup[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Prishtina RR Austria Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[6]
Hungary Vasas 4–2 1–1
Czechoslovakia Teplice 2–0 1–1


Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

    a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.
  1. ^ It was one of the leagues forming the 5th level of the Yugoslav football league system. The champion would gain promotion to Serbian Republic League, one of Yugoslav 4th tiers.
  2. ^ Unrecognised competition parallel to Serbian league system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Federation of Kosovo joins UEFA". UEFA. 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "2018/19 Kosovo Superliga (venues)". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "Kosovo - List of Champions". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2019". kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl.
  5. ^ "Member associations - UEFA club coefficient ranking". UEFA.
  6. ^ "Mitropa Cup 1983/84". RSSSF.

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