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Kosovo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Dardanët (Dardanians)
AssociationFederata e Futbollit e Kosovës (FFK)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachBernard Challandes
CaptainSamir Ujkani
Most caps
Top scorerVedat Muriqi (11)
Home stadiumFadil Vokrri Stadium
FIFA codeKVX[a]
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Decrease 3 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest114 (October 2019[2])
Lowest190 (July–August 2016[2])
First international
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
 Kosovo 0–6 Croatia 
(Shkodër, Albania; 6 October 2016)

The Kosovo national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Kosovës; Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Косова, romanizedFudbalska reprezentacija Kosova) represents Kosovo in international men's football. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo.

History

Pre-independence

First ever match

On 29 November 1942, Kosovo for first time in its history played a friendly match as part of the celebrations for 30th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania against Tirana[b] and the match ended with a 2–0 away defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Mustafa Daci, Ballanca, Ahmet Zaimi, Mazllum Xërxa, Veseli, Hajdar Hamza, Nebil Dylatahu, Ramadan Vraniqi, Dobrica Barbaroga,[c] Bajrami and Henci.[4][5][6]

Yugoslav era

"The reason of this friendly match is that we wanted to face with a team that has the same temperament and character as Albania national team."

—The reasoning of the then head coach of Yugoslavia, Rajko Mitić for the reason for organizing the Kosovo–Yugoslavia match.[6]

On 8 November 1967, Kosovo for first time as autonomous province of SFR Yugoslavia played a friendly match against Yugoslavia and the match ended with a 3–3 home draw and the starting line-up of that match was a mix between Albanian and Serbian players as Milosavlević, Stevanović, Mušikić, Abrashi, S. Džukić, V. Džukić, Brovina, Hatibi, Radović, Prekazi and Pindović, for Yugoslavia this match it was a pre-preparation before the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying match against Albania.

As part of Yugoslavia national team

Yugoslav squads at international competitions often included players from Kosovo, such as Fadil Vokrri and Stevan Stojanović. Three other footballers from Kosovo, Fahrudin Jusufi, Milutin Šoškić and Vladimir Durković, were part of the Yugoslav team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics and silver medal at the 1960 European Nations' Cup.

After breakup of Yugoslavia

On 20 January 1993, The Football Federation of Kosovo signed a cooperation protocol with the Albanian Football Association and in the framework of this protocol it was decided to play on 14 February a friendly match between Albania and Kosovo, which was the first match of Kosovo following the breakup of Yugoslavia,[7] and this match ended with a 1–3 defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Ahmet Beselica, Ardian Kozniku, Bardhec Seferi, Fadil Berisha, Gani Llapashtica, Genc Hoxha, Isa Sadriu, Kushtrim Munishi, Muharrem Sahiti, Sadullah Ajeti and Selajdin Jerliu.[8]

After Kosovo War

"I am very pleased with the team's performance even though we had predicted a stronger opponent. However, I want to emphasize that our players have been fantastic. The fact that we do not play many international matches may have inspired the players to give it their all this time."

—Opinion of the then coach Muharrem Sahiti after the match against Monaco.[9]

On 7 September 2002, Kosovo for first time after the Kosovo War played a friendly match against Albania and the match ended with a 0–1 home minimal defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Ahmet Beselica, Ardian Kozniku, Arsim Abazi, Besnik Kollari, Fadil Ademi, Faruk Statovci, Ismet Munishi, Mehmet Dragusha, Sunaj Keqi, Xhevdet Llumnica and Zenun Selimi.[10]

One of the most important international matches was a 1–0 win over Saudi Arabia played on 15 June 2007. It was the first time that Kosovo played against a team that has taken part in the FIFA World Cup and the winning goal was scored by Kristian Nushi from the penalty kick on the 84th minute.[11] On 22 April 2006, Kosovo achieved their biggest win, defeating Monaco 7–1. If one included matches played before Kosovo became a FIFA member, this scoreline is their best result yet.[12]

After independence

First match

On 17 February 2010, for the first time since the declaration of independence Kosovo played a friendly match against Albania and the match ended with a 2–3 home defeat. The starting line-up of that match was Anel Rashkaj, Dukagjin Gashi, Enis Zabërgja, Fisnik Papuçi, Ilir Nallbani, Kushtrim Mushica, Liridon Kukaj, Robert Gjeraj, Shpëtim Hasani and Yll Hoxha. This match had a charity character as the profits gathered from this meeting went to those affected by floods in Shkodër.[13]

Efforts for internationalization

On 6 May 2008, after the declaration of independence from Serbia, Kosovo applied for FIFA membership. On 24 October 2008, Kosovo's application was discussed at the FIFA Congress in Zürich, when Kosovo was rejected membership in FIFA and could not play friendly matches as it was deemed it did not comply with article 10 of the FIFA statutes, that only "an independent state recognised by the international community" may be admitted into FIFA.[14] On 22 May 2012. FIFA reversed that decision stating that Kosovo may play other countries in international friendlies according to Article 79 of the FIFA Statutes.[15]

In September 2012, Albania international Lorik Cana, along with Swiss internationals Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami and Xherdan Shaqiri, all of them with Kosovo Albanian origin, wrote a declaration to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, asking him to allow the Kosovo national team to be allowed to play friendly matches. The declaration was also signed by eight other Albanian footballers, hailing from Kosovo as Ahmed Januzi, Alban Meha, Armend Dallku, Burim Kukeli, Etrit Berisha, Fatmire Bajramaj, Lorik Cana, Mërgim Mavraj and Samir Ujkani.[16] In May 2012. In a meeting held, FIFA decided to allow friendly matches to be played a decision it later revoked following a protest issued by Football Association of Serbia. Some players, especially Kosovo Serbs as Milan Biševac and Miloš Krasić, continued to play for the Serbia. A new meeting was held at FIFA, on 27 and 28 September in which the Kosovo issue was again planned to be discussed, which was then postponed until December.[17][18]

Permitting by FIFA to play friendlies
Kosovo starting line-up in first international friendly against Haiti
(4–3–3)[19][20]

On 6 February 2013, FIFA gave the permission to play international friendly games against other member associations.[21] Whereas, on 13 January 2014, there was a change of this permit that forbade Kosovo to play against the national teams of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Club teams were also allowed to play friendlies and this happened after a FIFA Emergency Committee meeting. However, it was stipulated that clubs and representative teams of the Football Federation of Kosovo may not display national symbols as flags, emblems, etc. or play national anthems. The go-ahead was given after meetings between the Football Association of Serbia and Sepp Blatter.

On 5 March 2014, following FIFA's ruling. Kosovo played its first international friendly against Haiti and the match ended in a 0–0 draw.[22][23] Before the match, some players of Kosovo posed with guns at a shooting range, causing a stir in Serbia.[24] On the eve of the match, supporters of Kosovo burned the flag of Serbia.[25] This incident prompted the Football Association of Serbia to request that FIFA revoke Kosovo's right to play international friendlies.[26]

After the match against Haiti, five more matches were held as against Turkey, Senegal, Oman, Equatorial Guinea and in the end with Albania. The first win in these friendlies was against Oman with a 1–0 home minimal win,[27] while the biggest defeat that was simultaneously also the first defeat was a 1–6 home defeat against Turkey that was playing with players that were the majority from Turkish championship.[28]

Membership in UEFA and FIFA

In September 2015 at an UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Malta was approved the request from the federation to the admission in UEFA to the next Ordinary Congress to be held in Budapest.[29] On 3 May 2016, at the Ordinary Congress. Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28–24 in favor of Kosovo.[30][31] Ten days later, Kosovo was accepted in FIFA during their 66th congress in Mexico with 141 votes in favour and 23 against.[32]

First tournament

Debut in World Cup qualification and nearly successful first Euro attempt

Kosovo began to make their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, where Kosovo was drawn with Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine.[33][34] The Kosovars created its first major surprise, holding host Finland to a 1–1 draw,[35] but it turned to be the lone point of Kosovo in the qualification, as the team lost the remaining games and finished last.

Following the failure to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kosovo participated in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D sharing group with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Malta,[36][37] where the Kosovars topped their group undefeated to reach the country's first-ever play-offs in its attempt to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020.[38] After the successful Nations League, Kosovo entered the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, where they shared group A with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and 2018 World Cup fourth place finisher England.[39] As the dark horse of the qualification, Kosovo however created a major phenomenon, managed to beat Bulgaria, Montenegro and especially, a shock home win over the Czechs to take the second place behind England, being 15 matches and on that time nearly two years without defeat winning 11 of these 15 matches. The game against England away even saw the Kosovars took an early lead in the surprise, even though they were unable to protect it and fell 3–5 away, ending the longest unbeaten run in the football history of Kosovo.[40] In the decisive match against the Czechs away, which Kosovo needed a win to directly qualify for the first time, Kosovo gained a shock lead, but failed to protect it again as they lost 1–2 and could only participate in the play-off,[41] but this remained to be Kosovo's greatest success up to date.

Setback

After successfully obtained a play-off position, Kosovo headed to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C, being drawn with Greece, Moldova and Slovenia.[42] After impressive performance in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Kosovo was tipped favorably to promote to League B. Yet, Kosovo began the Nations League with a disappointing 1–1 away draw to Moldova,[43] before the team which was halved due to the absences of key players suffered a 1–2 home loss against Greece.[44]

In Kosovo's first ever competitive UEFA Euro play-offs, Kosovo was drawn against North Macedonia.[41] However, Kosovo was eliminated after losing 1–2 to the Macedonians in Skopje.[45] After the elimination in the play-off's semifinals, the Kosovo's setback continues and the year 2020 was ended six losses, two draws and a victory in the last match of the year against Moldova, a victory which secured the attitude even for another season in the League C of the UEFA Nations League.[46]

FIFA ranking history

As of 28 March 2021[2]

  Best Ranking   Worst Ranking   Best Mover   Worst Mover

Rank Year Pld W D L Win % Ranking Move
Best Worst Best (+) Worst (−)
117 2021 3 1 0 2 033.33 To be determined
115 2020 9 1 2 6 011.11 115 117 0 (February) 1 (October)
  114 2019 10 4 3 3 040.00 114 130 6 (June) 1 (November)
  131 2018 9 7 2 0 077.78 131 178 24 (August) 1 (January)
177 2017 7 1 0 6 014.29 164 184 9 (November) 6 (April)
   165 2016 5 1 1 3 020.00 164 190 22 (September) 190 (July)

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

On 9 June 2016, the UEFA Emergency Panel decided that Kosovo would join Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine in the Group I; and also decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia should not play against Kosovo for security reasons.[33][34] On 5 September 2016, Kosovo made its debut in the FIFA World Cup qualifications with a 1–1 away draw against Finland, with Kosovo's equalizing goal being scored by the newcomer Valon Berisha from a penalty-kick in the 60th minute.[35]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Part of  SFR Yugoslavia
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Part of  FR Yugoslavia
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Part of  Serbia and Montenegro
South Africa 2010 Not a FIFA member
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 6th 10 0 1 9 3 24
Qatar 2022 To be determined 5th 1 0 0 1 0 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 11 0 1 10 3 27
  • Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 28 March 2021 after the match against  Sweden.[47]

UEFA European Championship

On 2 December 2018, in Dublin, it was decided that Kosovo should be part in Group A of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, together with Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro and 2018 World Cup fourth place finisher England.[39] On 25 March 2019, Kosovo made their debut on UEFA European Championship qualifying with a 1–1 home draw against Bulgaria and the draw goal was scored by Arbër Zeneli on the 61st minute.[48] On 11 June 2019, Kosovo won their first ever qualifying match for a major tournament by defeating Bulgaria 3–2.[49]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Part of  SFR Yugoslavia
Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Part of  FR Yugoslavia
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004 Part of  Serbia and Montenegro
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012 Not a UEFA member
France 2016
Europe 2020 Did not qualify 3rd 9 3 2 4 14 18
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 9 3 2 4 14 18

UEFA Nations League

On 24 January 2018, in Lausanne, it was decided that Kosovo should be part of League D in Group 3 of the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, together with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Malta.[36][37] On 7 September 2018, Kosovo made their debut in the UEFA Nations League with a 0–0 away draw against Azerbaijan.[51] On 10 September 2018, Kosovo achieved their first win in the UEFA Nations League, which was also the team's first-ever competitive win, a 2–0 home win against the Faroe Islands.[52] Kosovo finished the league unbeaten (with four wins and two draws) and will be promoted to the next tier (C league) for the next edition.[38]

UEFA Nations League record
Season LG GP Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 D 3 6 4 2 0 15 2 Rise 42nd
Italy 2020–21 C 3 6 1 2 3 4 6 Same position 44th
2022–23 C To be determined
Total 12 5 4 3 19 8 42nd
  • Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 18 November 2020 after the match against  Moldova.[53]

Non-FIFA Tournament

Kosovo for first time after the Kosovo War participated in a tournament held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association. Kosovo lost against the host with result 1–0 and won against Sàpmi with result 4–1.[54]

Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Northern Cyprus KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 2 Squad
Total Runners-up 1/1 2 1 0 1 4 2

Fixtures and results

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.

2020

3 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Moldova  1–1  Kosovo Parma, Italy[d]
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) Nicolaescu Goal 20' Report Kololli Goal 71' Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (Norway)
6 September 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kosovo  1–2  Greece Pristina, Kosovo
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) B. Berisha Goal 82' Report Limnios Goal 2'
Siovas Goal 51'
Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
11 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kosovo  0–1  Slovenia Pristina, Kosovo
20:45 (CEST; UTC+02:00) Report Vučkić Goal 22' Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andrew Madley (England)
14 October 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Greece  0–0  Kosovo Athens, Grecce
20:45 (CEST; UTC+03:00) Report Stadium: Athens Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)
11 November Friendly
(Brotherly derby)
Albania  2–1  Kosovo Elbasan, Albania
16:00 (CET; UTC+01:00) Balaj Goal 31'
Uzuni Goal 65'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Muriqi Goal 85' (pen.) Stadium: Elbasan Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
15 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Slovenia  2–1  Kosovo Ljubljana, Slovenia
20:45 (CET; UTC+01:00) Kurtić Goal 63'
Iličić Goal 90+4' (pen.)
Report Muriqi Goal 58' Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
18 November 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Kosovo  1–0  Moldova Pristina, Kosovo
20:45 (CET; UTC+01:00) Kastrati Goal 31' Report Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

2021

24 March Friendly Kosovo  4–0  Lithuania Pristina, Kosovo
20:45 Zeneli Goal 27'71'
Muriqi Goal 63'
Halimi Goal 79'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
31 March 2022 FIFA World
Cup qualification
Spain  3–1  Kosovo Seville, Spain
20:45 Olmo Goal 34'
Torres Goal 36'
Moreno Goal 75'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Halimi Goal 70' Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly match against  Lithuania and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against  Sweden and  Spain, on 24, 28 and 31 March 2021.[55] All caps and goals as of 31 March 2021 after the match against  Spain.[56]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Samir Ujkani (Captain) (1988-07-05) 5 July 1988 (age 32) 31 0 Italy Torino
16 1GK Visar Bekaj (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Albania Tirana
12 1GK Betim Halimi (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Ukraine Olimpik Donetsk

15 2DF Mërgim Vojvoda (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 26) 34 1 Italy Torino
3 2DF Fidan Aliti (3rd captain) (1993-10-03) 3 October 1993 (age 27) 32 0 Switzerland Zürich
19 2DF Leart Paqarada (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 26) 24 1 Germany St. Pauli
2 2DF Florent Hadergjonaj (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 26) 18 1 Turkey Kasımpaşa
20 2DF Ibrahim Drešević (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 24) 9 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
5 2DF Lirim R. Kastrati (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Hungary Újpest
14 2DF Betim Fazliji (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen

7 3MF Milot Rashica (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 24) 31 4 Germany Werder Bremen
9 3MF Bersant Celina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 24) 30 2 France Dijon
8 3MF Besar Halimi (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 26) 27 3 Germany Sandhausen
6 3MF Hekuran Kryeziu (Vice-captain) (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 28) 26 0 Switzerland Zürich
10 3MF Arbër Zeneli (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 26) 25 9 France Reims
17 3MF Benjamin Kololli (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 28) 23 4 Switzerland Zürich
22 3MF Edon Zhegrova (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 22) 22 2 Switzerland Basel
4 3MF Idriz Voca (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 23) 13 0 Turkey Ankaragücü
23 3MF Florent Hasani (1997-03-30) 30 March 1997 (age 24) 8 1 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba

18 4FW Vedat Muriqi (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 (age 26) 29 11 Italy Lazio
21 4FW Atdhe Nuhiu (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 31) 19 3 Cyprus APOEL
11 4FW Elba Rashani (1993-05-09) 9 May 1993 (age 27) 18 4 Turkey BB Erzurumspor
13 4FW Lirim M. Kastrati (1999-01-16) 16 January 1999 (age 22) 12 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Arijanet Muric (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 16 0 Netherlands Willem II v.  Lithuania, 24 March 2021COACH

DF Amir Rrahmani (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 27) 34 5 Italy Napoli v.  Lithuania, 24 March 2021INJ
DF Armend Thaqi (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 28) 3 0 Kosovo Ballkani v.  Moldova, 18 November 2020
DF Bajram Jashanica (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 30) 7 0 Kosovo Ballkani v.  Greece, 6 September 2020
DF Arbenit Xhemajli (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 22) 1 0 England Sunderland v.  Moldova, 3 September 2020INJ
DF Mirlind Kryeziu (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Switzerland Kriens v.  Moldova, 3 September 2020

MF Bernard Berisha (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 29) 20 1 Russia Akhmat Grozny v.  Spain, 31 March 2021SUSP
MF Valon Berisha (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28) 27 3 France Reims v.  Sweden, 28 March 2021INJ
MF Herolind Shala (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 29) 23 0 Norway Stabæk v.  Lithuania, 24 March 2021COVID
MF Zymer Bytyqi (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Turkey Konyaspor v.  Lithuania, 24 March 2021PRE
MF Anel Rashkaj (1989-08-19) 19 August 1989 (age 31) 15 0 Sweden Örgryte v.  Moldova, 18 November 2020
MF Florent Muslija (1998-07-06) 6 July 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Albania, 11 November 2020
MF Florian Loshaj (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Poland Cracovia v.  Albania, 11 November 2020PRE
MF Rron Broja (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Albania Partizani Tirana v.  Greece, 6 September 2020

FW Astrit Selmani (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Sweden Hammarby v.  Lithuania, 24 March 2021COVID
FW Mirlind Daku (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Kosovo Ballkani v.  Moldova, 18 November 2020
FW Valmir Sulejmani (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Albania, 11 November 2020PRE
Notes
  • COACH = It is not available in next match due to suspended by the coach.
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • SUSP = It is not available in next match due to red card suspension.
  • COVID = The player is not part of the current squad due to has been tested positive for COVID-19.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.

Personnel

Bernard Challandes, the current head coach of Kosovo national football team.

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Switzerland Bernard Challandes
Assistant coach(es)
France Sébastien Bichard
Slovenia Primož Gliha
Kosovo Ramush Gashi
Kosovo Genc Hoxha
Fitness coach Switzerland Thomas Richard
Goalkeeping coach Kosovo Ahmet Beselica
Physiotherapist(s)
Kosovo Ismet Shalaj
Kosovo Zheralldin Durguti
Doctor Kosovo Murat Berisha
Device manager Kosovo Sahit Salihi
Team manager Kosovo Bajram Shala
Technical director Kosovo Muharrem Sahiti

Team image

Nicknames

The Kosovo national football team is been known or nicknamed as the "Dardanët (Dardanians)", while after the good results had during the 2018–19 period, it was also nicknamed even as the "Brazili i Ballkanit (Brazil of the Balkans)".[57][58]

Kits and crest

Kosovo kit in the first competitive match against Finland in September 2016.

The Kosovo kit has been mostly red and black before declaration of independence with few changes throughout the years and after the independence the kits are mostly blue and yellow. On 5 October 2016, Kosovo signed with Spanish sportswear company Kelme to a four-year contract and was the first official kit suppliers of Kosovo after membership in UEFA and FIFA.[59] On 16 June 2018, Kosovo signed with Swiss sportswear company Fourteen to a four-year contract and becomes the current kit suppliers of Kosovo.[60][61]

Kit deals

Kit supplier Period Contract
Announcement Duration
Legea 2014 March 2014
Puma 2014 May 2014
Legea 2014 September 2014
Umbro 2015 October 2015 November 2015
Puma 2016 June 2016
Kelme 2016–2018 5 October 2016 2016–2020 (4 years)
Fourteen 2018–present 16 June 2018 2018–2022 (4 years)

Home stadium

Kosovo's home stadium is the Fadil Vokrri Stadium. The stadium capacity is 13,500, which makes it the second largest national stadium in Kosovo. Kosovo's previous national stadium was the Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium which is currently under renovation. Kosovo also used Loro Boriçi Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign,[62][63] and this happened after the two stadiums in Pristina and Mitrovica at that time were under renovation and do not meet UEFA standards.[64] On 12 July 2019, the construction of Kosovo National Stadium began,[65] and two days later the project of this stadium was presented which would have a capacity of 30,000 seats,[66] but after the presentation, the construction was suspended for political reasons related to the location.[67]

As of 28 March 2021[68]
Kosovo national football team home stadiums
Pld Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match Ref
20 Stadiumi "Fadil Vokrri".jpg Fadil Vokrri Stadium 13,500 Pristina, Kosovo v.  Yugoslavia, 8 November 1967 v.  Sweden, 28 March 2021 [69]
5 Loro-Borici-Stadion.jpg Loro Boriçi Stadium 16,000 Shkodër, Albania v.  Croatia, 6 October 2016 v.  Ukraine, 6 October 2017 [70]
3 Olympisches Stadium "Adem Jashari" Mitrovicë.jpg Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium 18,500 Mitrovica, Kosovo v.  Haiti, 5 March 2014 v.  Latvia, 13 November 2017 [71]

Media coverage

Kosovo's qualifying and friendly matches are televised by state-owned Radio Television of Kosovo and by privately-owned SuperSport Albania.

Broadcaster Television channel Period Televised
Radio Television of Kosovo
RTK 1 pre-2010–present Qualifying and friendly matches
RTK 2 2016–present Qualifying matches
SuperSport Albania
Kosovo SuperSport 1 2014–present Qualifying and friendly matches
Albania SuperSport 3

Records

As of 31 March 2021[72][73]
Players in bold are still active with Kosovo.

Most capped players

Mërgim Vojvoda is the second most capped player in the history of Kosovo with 34 caps.
# Name Caps Goals Pos. Career
1 Amir Rrahmani 34 5 DF 2014–present
Mërgim Vojvoda 34 1 DF 2017–present
3 Fidan Aliti 32 0 DF 2017–present
4 Milot Rashica 31 4 MF 2016–present
Samir Ujkani 31 0 GK 2014–present
6 Bersant Celina 30 2 MF 2014–present
7 Vedat Muriqi 29 11 FW 2016–present
8 Valon Berisha 27 3 MF 2016–present
Besar Halimi 27 3 MF 2015–present
10 Hekuran Kryeziu 26 0 MF 2015–present

Top goalscorers

Vedat Muriqi is the top scorer in the history of Kosovo with 11 goals.
# Name Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Vedat Muriqi 11 29 0.38 2016–present
2 Arbër Zeneli 9 25 0.36 2016–present
3 Amir Rrahmani 5 34 0.15 2014–present
4 Elba Rashani 4 18 0.22 2015–present
Benjamin Kololli 4 23 0.17 2016–present
Milot Rashica 4 31 0.13 2016–present
7 Albert Bunjaku 3 6 0.5 2014–2016
Atdhe Nuhiu 3 19 0.16 2017–present
Valon Berisha 3 27 0.11 2016–present
Besar Halimi 3 27 0.11 2015–present

Captains

Samir Ujkani (left) is the most capped player as captain in the history of Kosovo with 28 caps and Anel Rashkaj (right) is the first captain who led Kosovo in the first international match against Haiti.
# Pos. Name As Captain Total
Career Caps Career Caps
1 GK Samir Ujkani 2015–present 28 2014–present 31
2 DF Amir Rrahmani 2019–present 10 2014–present 34
3 MF Valon Berisha 2018–present 3 2016–present 27
MF Anel Rashkaj 2014 3 2014–present 14
5 MF Herolind Shala 2019–present 2 2016–present 23
6 DF Fidan Aliti 2020–present 1 2017–present 32
MF Hekuran Kryeziu 2019–present 1 2015–present 26
MF Enis Alushi 2014 1 2014–2017 10
MF Besnik Hasi 2007 1 2007 1
MF Genc Hoxha 1993 1 1993 1

Head-to-head records against other countries

As of 31 March 2021[74]
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win % Reference
1993–present
 Albania 6 1 1 4 9 11 −2 016.67 H2H results
 Azerbaijan 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 050.00 H2H results
 Bulgaria 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 050.00 H2H results
 Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00 H2H results
 Croatia 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00 H2H results
 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 3 3 +0 050.00 H2H results
 Denmark 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00 H2H results
 England 2 0 0 2 3 9 −6 000.00 H2H results
 Equatorial Guinea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00 H2H results
 Faroe Islands 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 066.67 H2H results
 Finland 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00 H2H results
 Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 H2H results
 Greece 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00 H2H results
 Haiti 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00 H2H results
 Iceland 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 000.00 H2H results
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 100.00 H2H results
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00 H2H results
 Madagascar 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 H2H results
 Malta 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 100.00 H2H results
 Moldova 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00 H2H results
 Monaco 1 1 0 0 7 1 +6 100.00 N/A
 Montenegro 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 050.00 H2H results
 North Macedonia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00 H2H results
 Northern Cyprus 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 N/A
 Oman 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 H2H results
 Sápmi 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00 N/A
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Senegal 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00 H2H results
 Slovenia 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 000.00 H2H results
 Spain 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00 H2H results
 Sweden 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 000.00 H2H results
 Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 000.00 H2H results
H2H results*
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 000.00 H2H results
33 Countries 62 24 11 27 89 91 −2 038.71 All H2H results

See also

Men's
Women's

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^
    The international governing body of football, FIFA uses the trigramme 'KVX' for Kosovo,[75] while the European governing body of football, UEFA uses the trigramme 'KOS' for Kosovo.[76]
  2. ^
    The alternative name of the Albania national team that was used during this match.[6]
  3. ^
    Dobrica Barbaroga was the Albanianized full name of Dobrica Barbarogić by the media of that time, which seems to be expression of peaceful coexistence with national minorities even in Kosovo at that time.[4]
  4. ^
    The match between Moldova and Kosovo was played in Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma due to the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries and COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova.[77]
  5. ^
    The North Macedonia v Kosovo match, originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, 20:45 (UTC+1) at the Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje was postponed on 17 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.[78] The match was later rescheduled to 8 October 2020.[79]

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