The State of Kosovan Football

May 27, 2019

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IPKO Superleague of Kosovo

Founded: 1945

Most Championships: Prishtina, 10

Last 5 Winners: Feronikelli (18/19, 15/16, 14/15), Drita (17/18), Trepça (16/17)

UEFA Ranking: 53th

Highest Ranked Club: Drita, 372nd

Interview with Kosovan football expert Albert Hashani

As a newcomer to competitive European Football, what do Kosovan fans and teams currently expect from their European campaigns and what would qualify as a success?

The aim of the World Cup 2018 qualifying group was to gain experience, try new things, learn how to improve for next time, and get players to become more familiar with each other, and I think we surpassed expectations.

Now we aim to qualify for the Euros next year, and we have a second chance through Nations League. Qualifying would be a massive success for us, but not doing so would be still a success since we are here for the very first time and these players will learn a lot from it. Next time, I’m sure we will be there.

How much do the fans and teams look forward to European competition?

That’s all we think of. We’ve been banned from playing in proper European football competitions for so long and now, just being there, first round, second round, it doesn’t matter we just enjoy being here.

Is funding ever a problem for Kosovan sides in European competition in regards getting to and from away games?

No, this is not an issue.

Is a Champions League / Europa League game involving Kosovan side watched by most of the nation?

Yes, a team playing in either competition is supported by everyone, no matter who plays. Last season Drita played in CL and their main rivals KF Gjilani fans were there to support them.

Do you think UEFA are doing enough to help the minnows of European football and what can they do to further help them?

So far so good. New stadiums have already been built and funded by UEFA, a new training camp will begin construction during the summer, and there are new training pitches popping up all over the country so at the moment it’s more than okay.

What I would like to see UEFA doing in the future is installing an office in small countries like ours where we can go there to talk, give ideas, and share stuff. It’s important to be in close communication with UEFA.

Interview with Kosovan football expert Albert Hashani

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