FC Prishtina

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FC Prishtina
FC Prishtina.svg
Full name Klubi Futbollistik Prishtina
Founded 1922; 95 years ago (1922)
as Kosova Prishtinë
Ground Pristina City Stadium (under renovation)
Agron Rama Stadium (interim stadium)
Ground Capacity 16,200
Ground Coordinates 42°40′0″N 21°10′0″E / 42.66667°N 21.16667°E / 42.66667; 21.16667
President Remzi Ejupi
Manager Arsim Thaçi
League Vala Superliga e Kosovës
2016–17 2nd
Website Club home page

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 Gajret. Later on their name changed to Proleter, Kosova and finally FC Prishtina. During the period the club participated in the Yugoslav league system the club was known in its Serbo-Croatian 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 Priština with players such as Sukri Pacarada, Xhevdet Muriqi, Mensur Nexhipi, Skender Shengyli, Kujtim Shala, Fadil Vokrri, Fadil Muriqi, Zoran Batrović, Sahit Kelmendi, Faruk Domi, Faton Domi, Agim Cana, Abdyl Bellopoja, Gani Llapashtica, Kosta Lalić, Ramadan Cimilli, Favzi Rrama, Edmond Rugova, Mehana Ramadani, Danilo Mandić, Ljubiša P. Trajković, Petre Gruevski, Neshat Zhavelli, Rifat Mehinović, Zoran Martinović, 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 SC Eisenstadt.[2]

1983–84 Mitropa Cup

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FC Prishtina vs

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.

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Notes
1979–80 Yugoslav Second League 6 30 11 11 8 27 25 33 2nd Round
1980–81 Yugoslav Second League 8 30 9 12 9 27 22 30 1st Round
1981–82 Yugoslav Second League 9 30 10 8 12 36 32 28 1st Round
1982–83 Yugoslav Second League 1 34 20 9 5 65 30 49 1st Round (promoted)
1983–84 Yugoslav First League 8 34 15 3 16 36 55 33 1st Round
1984–85 Yugoslav First League 10 34 13 6 15 44 49 32 1st Round
1985–86 Yugoslav First League 11 34 13 6 15 37 47 32 1st Round
1986–87 Yugoslav First League 14 34 13 4 17 47 52 30 1st Round
1987–88 Yugoslav First League 18 34 10 7 17 43 59 27 Semi-finals (relegated)
1988–89 Yugoslav Second League 10 38 18 5 (2) 15 42 40 32 1 1st Round[4] 2
1989–90 Yugoslav Second League 4 38 21 4 (1) 13 61 39 43 ?2
1990–91 Yugoslav Second League 8 36 16 3 (1) 17 48 44 33 ?2
1991–92 Yugoslav Second League 5 36 17 8 (5) 11 50 35 39 ? (promoted)2
1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia 18 36 7 9 20 32 64 23 1st Round (relegated)
1993–94 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 9 ? ? ? ? ? ? 31 1st Round
1994–95 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 14 ? ? ? ? ? ? 30 ?
1995–96 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 17 ? ? ? ? ? ? 35 2nd Round
1996–97 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? 66 ? (promoted)
1997–98 First League of FR Yugoslavia 16 33 17 9 7 57 28 60 1st Round
1998–99 First League of FR Yugoslavia 17 24 5 3 16 25 49 18 1st Round3

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 Kosovar 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
Founded 1987; 30 years ago (1987)
Type Ultras club
Location Pristina,  Kosovo
Arena Pristina City Stadium
Stand East

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 10 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
Kosovar Supercup 8 1994–95, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13
Kosovar League (pre-1991) 7 1947–48, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1976–77, 1978–79
Kosovar Cup 5 1993–94, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2015–16
Yugoslav Second League
1
1982–83
Worldwide Independence Cup (Albania) 2013

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2017

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
4 Albania DF Armend Dallku (captain)
5 Kosovo MF Diar Miftaraj
6 Albania DF Debatik Curri
7 Kosovo MF Lorik Boshnjaku
11 Kosovo FW Liridon Fetahaj
12 Kosovo GK Visar Bekaj
14 Kosovo FW Bleon Sekiraqa
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Gauthier Mankenda
17 Kosovo MF Donat Hasani
18 Kosovo DF Gentrit Dumani
21 Kosovo MF Ergyn Ahmeti
No. Position Player
22 Kosovo DF Lorik Maxhuni
23 Kosovo DF Blendi Baftiu
25 Ghana FW Basit Abdul Khalid
27 Albania FW Ahmed Januzi
29 Kosovo MF Kastriot Selmani
34 Kosovo MF Agon Xhaka
35 Kosovo GK Ardit Nika
66 Kosovo MF Arbër Hoxha
77 Kosovo MF Mërgim Pefqeli
88 Kosovo DF Përparim Osmani
Ghana DF Abdul Bashiru
Montenegro MF Draško Božović

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
Kosovo MF Atdhe Grajqevci (at KF KEK until 2018)

Notable players[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

FC Prishtina in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden IFK Norrköping 0–1 0–5 0–6

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 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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. ^ Mitropa Cup 1983/84 at 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

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