Football Superleague of Kosovo

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Football Superleague of Kosovo
Football Superleague of Kosovo logo.png
Founded 1945; 73 years ago (1945)
as Kosovo Province League
1990; 28 years ago (1990)
as Independent League of Kosovo
First season 1945 as Kosovo Province League
1990–91 as Independent League of Kosovo
Country Kosovo
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to First Football League of Kosovo
Domestic cup(s) Kosovar Cup
Kosovar Supercup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Drita (2nd title)
(2017–18)
Most championships Prishtina (10 titles)
TV partners SuperSport (live matches)
Radio Television of Kosovo (highlights only)
Website Official website
2018–19 Football Superleague of Kosovo

The Football Superleague of Kosovo (Albanian: Superliga e Futbollit të Kosovës), also known as the Vala Superleague of Kosovo (Albanian: Vala Superliga e Kosovës) for sponsorship reasons with Vala is the top professional association football division 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]

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 Flamurtari 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]

Total performance by club[edit]

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

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

UEFA rankings[edit]

Current rankings[edit]

As of 8 December 2017[4]
2018 2017 Mvmt League
50 50 0 Wales Welsh Premier League
51 51 0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Premier League
52 52 0 Gibraltar Gibraltar Premier Division
53 53 0 Andorra First Division
54 54 0 San Marino Sammarinese Football Championship
55 55 0 Kosovo Football Superleague of Kosovo

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 19 July 0–0 0–0
Drita 2Q Losers of UCL 1Q match 5 2 Aug 26 July N/A

Defunct[edit]

Mitropa Cup[edit]

Season Team Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1983–84 Prishtina RR Austria Eisenstadt 3–3 2–4 Runners-up[5]
Hungary Vasas 4–2 1–1
Czechoslovakia Teplice 2–0 1–1


Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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]

External links[edit]