Kosovo national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|Association||Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK)|
|Head coach||Albert Bunjaki|
|Most caps||Shpëtim Hasani (6)|
|Top scorer||Albert Bunjaku
Mërgim Brahimi (2)
|Home stadium||Pristina City Stadium
Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari
|Official (Permitted by FIFA)
Kosovo 0–0 Haiti
(Mitrovica, Kosovo; 5 March 2014)
Albania 3–1 Kosovo
(Tirana, Albania; 14 February 1993)
The Kosovo national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja kosovare e futbollit) represents Kosovo in international men's football. It is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo, the governing body for football in Kosovo. They have been a member of UEFA and FIFA since May 2016. The team is coached by Albert Bunjaki, who took charge in May 2009.
- 1 History
- 2 Match record
- 3 List of matches
- 4 Players
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Kit history
- 7 Kit suppliers
- 8 Managerial history
- 9 Individual all-time records
- 10 Head-to-head records against other countries
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The national team was formed following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, and has played a number of friendly matches. Most of these friendly matches were played against club teams, although a number were played against national teams of other countries. On 6 May 2008, Kosovo applied for FIFA membership. Kosovo's application was discussed at the FIFA Congress in Zurich, in October 2008 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. FIFA reverted that decision on 22 May 2012, stating that Kosovo may play other countries in international friendlies according to Article 79 of the FIFA Statutes.
In September 2012, Albanian international Lorik Cana, along with Swiss internationals Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami (all of them with Kosovar 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: Lorik Cana, Armend Dallku, Mërgim Mavraj, Samir Ujkani, Alban Meha, Burim Kukeli, Etrit Berisha, and Ahmed Januzi. In a meeting held in May 2012, FIFA decided to allow friendly matches to be played, a decision it later revoked following a protest issued by Football Association of Serbia. A new meeting was planned to be 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. In February 2013, FIFA announced that they would allow Kosovo to play against other nations in non-official competitions providing that they did not display national symbols.
On 13 January 2014, the national team was given permission by FIFA to play against FIFA member associations in international friendlies, with the notable exception of "representative teams of countries of the former Yugoslavia". Even club teams would be allowed to play friendlies 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 (flags, emblems, etc.) or play national anthems." The go-ahead was given after meetings between the Serbian Football Association and Blatter. Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi welcomed the decision and expressed his hope that the country would be a full member of FIFA and UEFA in the near future. Following FIFA's ruling, it was announced that Kosovo's first officially sanctioned international match[dubious ] would be against Haiti on 5 March in Mitrovica.
In September 2015 at an Executive committee meeting in Malta, UEFA approved the request from the federation to the admission in UEFA to the next Ordinary Congress to be held in Budapest on 3 May 2016. At the Ordinary Congress on 3 May 2016, Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28-24 in favor of Kosovo.
On 13 May 2016 Kosovo was accepted in FIFA during their 66th congress in Mexico with 141 votes in favour and 23 against. The association joined Gibraltar as the 210th and 211th members of FIFA, respectively.
Kosovo has played a number of unofficial international friendlies. The first one was against Albania on 14 February 1993, lost 1–3. The line-up of that match was: Ahmet Beselica (Afrim Tovërlani), Fadil Berisha, Isa Sadriu (Nushi), Bardhyl Seferi, Gani Llapashtica, Selaudin Jerlini (Osmani), Kushtrim Munishi, Sadullah Ajeti (Ramiz Krasniqi), Muharrem Sahiti (Abdullah Rafuna), Genc Hoxha [c] (Idrizi) and Ardian Kozniku.
One of the most important international matches was a 1–0 win over Saudi Arabia, played in Ankara, Turkey, on 15 June 2007. It was the first time that Kosovo played a team that has taken part in the FIFA World Cup and the winning goal was scored by Kristian Nushi from the penalty spot on the 84th minute. The biggest win for Kosovo is the 7–1 defeat of Monaco, who hosted the event on 24 April 2006. The team that played against Monaco was led by the former Kosovo national team coach, Muharrem Sahiti, who after the match stated that: "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".
On 5 March 2014, Kosovo played its first international friendly against Haiti. The match ended in a 0–0 draw. Before the match, a selection of Kosovo players posed with guns at a shooting range, causing a stir in Serbia. On the eve of the match, Kosovo supporters burned the flag of Serbia. This incident prompted the FSS to request that FIFA revoke Kosovo's right to play international friendlies. On 14 October 2014 the Kosovo, has played another unofficial international test match against the Swiss team FC Wil 1900 at IPG Arena, Wil, and won 1–0 which was scored by Kushtrim Lushtaku at the 77' minute. On 24 March 2015 the Kosovo, has played another unofficial international test match against the German team courses equated with Eintracht Frankfurt with score 0–0 and the date 27 March 2015, lost from Werder Bremen with score 2–0
|World Cup Record||Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Yugoslavia||—|
|1994 to 2006||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|2010 to 2014||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|2018||To be determined[lower-alpha 1]||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2022||To be determined||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- After Kosovo joined FIFA, they could be added in the qualification process for 2018 World Cup together with Gibraltar
|UEFA Euro Record||Qualification record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Yugoslavia||—|
|1996 to 2004||Not a UEFA member||Not a UEFA member|
|2008 to 2016||Not a UEFA member||Not a UEFA member|
|2020||To be determined||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Non-FIFA Tournament record
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
List of matches
|14 February 1993 Friendly||Albania||3–1||Kosovo||Tirana, Albania|
|Report||K. Munishi 72'||Stadium: Qemal Stafa Stadium
Referee: Bujar Pregja (Albania)
|7 September 2002 Friendly||Kosovo||0–1||Albania||Pristina, Kosovo|
|Report||Abazi (o.g.)||Stadium: Pristina City Stadium
|2 November 2005 Friendly||Northern Cyprus||1–0||Kosovo||North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus|
|Report||Stadium: Nicosia Atatürk Stadium
|17 February 2010 Friendly||Kosovo||2–3||Albania||Pristina, Kosovo|
|Sh. Hasani 31'
D. Gashi 75'
Muça, A. Lila
|Stadium: Pristina City Stadium
Assistant referees: Berisha, Kepuska
|5 March 2014 Friendly||Kosovo||0–0||Haiti||Mitrovica, Kosovo|
|15:00 GMT+2||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)
|21 May 2014 Friendly||Kosovo||1–6||Turkey||Mitrovica, Kosovo|
|16:00 GMT||A. Bunjaku 35'||Report||Özek 2'
Pektemek 54', 71'
Potuk 86' (pen.)
|Stadium: Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari
Referee: Bardhyl Pashaj (Albania)
|25 May 2014 Friendly||Kosovo||1–3||Senegal||Geneva, Switzerland|
|15:00 GMT||A. Bunjaku 25'||Report||Niasse 41', 49'
|Stadium: Stade de Genève
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)
|7 September 2014 Friendly||Kosovo||1–0||Oman||Pristina, Kosovo|
|16:00 GMT||I. Bunjaku 84'||Report||Stadium: Pristina City Stadium
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (Albania)
|10 October 2015 Friendly||Kosovo||2–0||Equatorial Guinea||Pristina, Kosovo|
|15:00 CEST||Mërgim Brahimi 2', 47'||Report||Stadium: Pristina City Stadium
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|13 November 2015 Friendly||Kosovo||2–2||Albania||Pristina, Kosovo|
|14:00 (UTC+1)||Celina 58' (pen.)
|Stadium: Pristina City Stadium
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (Albania)
|3 June 2016 Friendly||Kosovo||v||Faroe Islands||Frankfurt, Germany|
|20:00 (UTC+2)||Stadium: Frankfurter Volksbank Stadion
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Visar Bekaj||24 May 1997||1||0||Prishtina||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Ilir Berisha||25 June 1991||3||0||Flamurtari Vlorë||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Denis Markaj||20 February 1991||2||0||Le Mont||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|DF||Alban Pnishi||20 October 1990||1||0||Grasshopper||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Eroll Zejnullahu||19 October 1994||3||0||Union Berlin||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|MF||Imran Bunjaku||18 October 1992||3||1||Grasshopper||v. Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2015|
|MF||Liridon Krasniqi||1 January 1992||3||0||Kedah FA||v. Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2015|
|MF||Leonit Abazi||5 July 1993||1||0||Skënderbeu Korçë||v. Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2015|
|MF||Shkëlqim Pacolli||28 February 1994||0||0||Hajvalia||v. Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2015|
|FW||Shpëtim Hasani||10 August 1982||6||1||Sundsvall||v. Albania, 13 November 2015|
|FW||Erton Fejzullahu||9 June 1988||1||0||Dalian Transcendence||v. Equatorial Guinea, 10 October 2015|
Main stadium of Kosovo national team is Pristina City Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi i Qytetit), a multi-purpose stadium based in Pristina, but also the second used stadium is Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari (Albanian: Stadiumi Olimpik Adem Jashari), a multi-use stadium in Mitrovica, Kosovo[a].
The Kosovo kit has been mostly red and black before the declaration of independence in 2008 with few changes throughout the years. After the independence kits are mostly blue and yellow.
This is a chronological list of the managers who have guided Kosovo since 1993.
- Ajet Shosholli (1993)
- Muharrem Sahiti (2005–2006)
- Edmond Rugova (2006)
- Kujtim Shala (2006–2008)
- Albert Bunjaki (2009–present)
Individual all-time records
Below are two lists of the top 10 players with the most caps and goals for Kosovo.
||2005, 2010, 2014–||6||1|
||2005, 2010, 2014–||4||0|
||2005, 2010, 2014–||1||6|
Head-to-head records against other countries
- As of 14 November 2015
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential||Reference|
|Equatorial Guinea||1||1||0||0||2||0||2||H2H results|
|9 Countries||12||4||2||6||18||20||−2||All results at EU-Football.info|
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- coach of Kosovo Kent national football team (AlbaniaSoccer)
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- Kosovo defeated Monaco by a score of 7–1 (AlbaniaSoccer) Archived 22 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- AlbaniaSoccer (2006). "Salihi's statement after the Monaco friendly". Archived from the original on 29 October 2007.
- "Kosovo footballers draw with Haiti in Mitrovica debut". BBC. 5 March 2014.
- "Kosovo national team cause a stir by posing with guns before first ever international fixture". Independent. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "Zapaljena zastava Srbije" [Serbian flag burned] (in Serbian). B92. 5 March 2014.
- "Navijači Kosova zapalili zastavu Srbije" [Kosovo supporters burn the Serbian flag] (in Bosnian). Oslobođenje. 5 March 2014.
- "FSS traži opoziv FIFA za Kosovo" [The FSS seeks that FIFA recall Kosovo] (in Serbian). B92. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "Navijači Kosova test in Switzerland" [Kosovo supporters burn the Serbian flag] (in Albanian). Oslobođenje. 14 October 2014.
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