2017–18 Albanian Superliga

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Albanian Superliga
Season 2017–18
Dates 9 September 2017 –
23 May 2018
Champions Skënderbeu
8th title
Relegated Lushnja
Vllaznia Shkodër
Champions League Kukësi
Europa League Laçi
Luftëtari
Partizani
Matches played 180
Goals scored 458 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Ali Sowe
(21 goals)
Biggest home win Partizani 6–0 Lushnja
(28 February 2018)
Biggest away win Skënderbeu 1–5 Vllaznia Shkodër
(23 May 2018)
Highest scoring Teuta 6–2 Lushnja
(19 May 2018)
Longest winning run 7 matches
Skënderbeu
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Skënderbeu
Longest winless run 22 matches
Lushnja
Longest losing run 12 matches
Lushnja
All statistics correct as of 23 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Albanian Superliga was the 79th official season, or 82nd season of top-tier football in Albania (including three unofficial championships during World War II) and the 18th season under the name Kategoria Superiore. The season began on 9 September 2017 and ended on 18 May 2018.[1] Title record-holders KF Tirana did not participate in the top flight for the very first time since competition's foundation. Kukësi are the defending champions.[2] Skënderbeu, won the league title on 9 May 2018 with 3 matches to spare.

Since Skënderbeu is banned from UEFA competitions, the runners-up of this season's Superliga earned a place in the first qualifying round of the 2018−19 Champions League, with the third and fourth placed clubs earning a place in the first qualifying round of the 2018−19 Europa League.[3]

Teams[edit]

Two clubs earned promotion from the Albanian First Division, Kamza and Lushnja, and joined the Superliga this season.[1] Korabi Peshkopi and Tirana were relegated at the conclusion of last season.

Locations[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2016–17 season
Flamurtari Vlorë Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 8,200 8th
Kamza Kamëz Kamëz Stadium 5,500 First Division
Kukësi Kukës Zeqir Ymeri Stadium 10,000 Champions
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 4,300 6th
Skënderbeu Korçë Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 8,724 3rd
Partizani Tirana Tirana Selman Stërmasi Stadium(1) 9,600 2nd
Teuta Durrës Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,400 5th
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 8,000 First Division
Luftëtari Gjirokastër Gjirokastër Gjirokastra Stadium 8,400 4th
Vllaznia Shkodër Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 18,022 7th

Stadiums[edit]

Flamurtari Vlorë FC Kamza FK Kukësi KF Laçi KF Skënderbeu
Flamurtari Stadium Kamëz Stadium Zeqir Ymeri Stadium Laçi Stadium Skënderbeu Stadium
Capacity: 8,200 Capacity: 5,200 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 2,300 Capacity: 12,343
Flamurtari Stadium North Stand.JPG Kamza Satdium.jpg Stadiumi i Kf Kuksi.JPG Stadiumi Skënderbeu.jpg
FK Partizani Tirana KF Teuta KF Lushnja Luftëtari KF Vllaznia Shkodër
Selman Stërmasi Stadium Niko Dovana Stadium Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium Gjirokastra Stadium Loro Boriçi Stadium
Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 12,040 Capacity: 8,500 Capacity: 8,400 Capacity: 16,022
Ingaural match of Selman Stërmasi Stadium.jpg Stadiumi Niko Dovana.jpg Fusha e Stadiumit "A.Roza Haxhiu" Lushnje.jpg Gjirokastër Stadium.png Extract of Loro-Borici-Stadion.jpg

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team President Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flamurtari Vlorë Albania Sinan Idrizi Albania Ardian Behari Albania Franc Veliu Kappa
FC Kamza Albania Naim Qarri Albania Julian Ahmataj Albania Argjend Halili Uhlsport Mokador
KF Laçi Albania Pashk Laska Albania Gentian Mezani Albania Taulant Sefgjinaj Uhlsport Baste Live
FK Partizani Tirana Albania Gazment Demi Albania Klevis Dalipi Albania Idriz Batha Joma
KF Skënderbeu Albania Ardian Takaj Albania Ilir Daja Albania Orges Shehi Puma Ama Cafè
KF Teuta Albania Edmond Hasanbelliu Albania Gentian Begeja Albania Rustem Hoxha Kappa Caffè Pascucci
Vllaznia Shkodër Albania Municipality of Shkodër Albania Ervis Kraja Albania Ndriçim Shtubina Legea
FK Kukësi Albania Safet Gjici Austria Peter Pacult Albania Ylli Shameti Macron Kevin Construction
KF Lushnja Albania Fatos Tushe Albania Ilir Gjyla Albania Fatjon Sefa Legea
Luftëtari Albania Grigor Tavo Albania Hasan Lika Albania Orjand Beqiri Legea

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Luftëtari Serbia Mladen Milinković End of contract 30 June 2017 Pre-season Uruguay Daniel Fernández 10 August 2017
Partizani Albania Sulejman Starova Mutual consent 6 July 2017 Italy Mark Iuliano 22 July 2017
Kukësi Albania Ernest Gjoka Sacked 23 July 2017 Serbia Mladen Milinković 29 July 2017
Laçi Albania Stavri Nica Resigned 26 September 2017 7th Albania Gentian Mezani 26 September 2017
Luftëtari Uruguay Daniel Fernández Sacked 15 October 2017 7th Albania Hasan Lika 18 October 2017
Vllaznia Albania Armando Cungu Mutual consent 19 October 2017 8th Albania Ernest Gjoka 19 October 2017
Lushnja Albania Artan Bano Resigned 23 October 2017 10th Albania Hysen Dedja 31 October 2017
Partizani Italy Mark Iuliano Mutual consent 5 November 2017 Albania Sulejman Starova 7 November 2017
Kukësi Serbia Mladen Milinković Resigned 23 December 2017 4th Austria Peter Pacult 3 January 2018
Teuta Albania Gugash Magani Resigned 26 December 2017 Albania Stavri Nica 4 January 2018
Teuta Albania Stavri Nica Resigned 12 February 2018 9th Albania Gentian Begeja 12 February 2018
Lushnja Albania Hysen Dedja Resigned 14 February 2018 10th Albania Dritan Çuko 20 February 2018
Partizani Albania Sulejman Starova Mutual consent 5 March 2018 5th Albania Klevis Dalipi 5 March 2018
Lushnja Albania Dritan Çuko End of caretaker spell 21 March 2018 10th Albania Ilir Gjyla 21 March 2018
Kamza Albania Ramadan Ndreu Sacked 10 April 2018 7th Albania Julian Ahmataj 11 April 2018
Flamurtari Vlorë Albania Shpëtim Duro Resigned 18 April 2018 6th Albania Ardian Behari 18 April 2018
Vllaznia Shkodër Albania Ernest Gjoka Resigned 14 May 2018 9th Albania Ervis Kraja 14 May 2018

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Skënderbeu Korçë[a] (C) 36 22 6 8 68 41 +27 72
2 Kukësi 36 18 9 9 61 41 +20 63 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
3 Luftëtari Gjirokastër 36 16 11 9 47 37 +10 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
4 Laçi 36 16 8 12 45 39 +6 56
5 Partizani Tirana 36 15 8 13 41 36 +5 53
6 Flamurtari Vlorë 36 11 13 12 37 37 0 46
7 Kamza 36 12 10 14 37 41 −4 46
8 Teuta Durrës 36 12 10 14 55 58 −3 46
9 Vllaznia Shkodër (R) 36 12 8 16 38 42 −4 44 Relegation to the Albanian First Division
10 Lushnja (R) 36 2 5 29 29 86 −57 11
Source: Albanian Football Association (in Albanian), Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Draw.[5]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ In March 2018, Skënderbeu Korçë was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing.[4]
  2. ^ Skënderbeu qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2017–18 Albanian Cup. However, since they were banned from entering UEFA competitions, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.

Results[edit]

Clubs will play each other four times for a total of 36 matches each.[6]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[7]
1 The Gambia Ali Sowe Skënderbeu Korçë 21
2 Albania Sindrit Guri Kukësi 20
3 Mozambique Reginaldo Laçi 18
4 Albania Kristal Abazaj Luftëtari Gjirokastër 13
Albania Sebino Plaku Kamza
6 Albania Elis Bakaj Kukësi 12
7 Albania Fatjon Sefa Lushnja 10
Nigeria James Adeniyi Skënderbeu Korçë
Albania Myrto Uzuni Laçi
Albania Xhevahir Sukaj Vllaznia Shkodër

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Mozambique Reginaldo Laçi Flamurtari Vlorë 4–2 (H) 10 March 2018 [8]
Albania Sindrit Guri Kukësi Partizani Tirana 4–0 (H) 14 April 2018 [9]
The Gambia Ali Sowe Skënderbeu Korçë Lushnja 4–2 (A) 9 May 2018 [10]
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals; (H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Albania Alban Hoxha Partizani Tirana 14
2 Albania Gentian Selmani Laçi 13
3 Kosovo Adis Nurković Flamurtari Vlorë 12
4 Albania Shkëlzen Ruçi Luftëtari Gjirokastër 9
5 Albania Orges Shehi Skënderbeu Korçë 8
6 Albania Enea Koliçi Kukësi 7

Discipline[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Superliga". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Superliga". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Preliminary Access List 2018/19". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Albania's Skenderbeu handed 10-year ban over match-fixing in worst ever UEFA punishment". Tirana Times. 29 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Superliga: Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Superliga: Season Rules". scoresway.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "topscorers". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "VIDEO/ Tripleta e Rexhinaldos, Laçi shkërmoq Flamurtarin" [VIDEO/ Reginaldo's hat-trick, Laçi crumble Flamurtari] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  9. ^ "Kukësi shpartallon Partizanin dhe arratiset i dyti, Guri superstar" [Kukësi winnows Partizani and escapes second, Guri superstar] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Ndeshje e hapur dhe gola në Lushnjë, Soue heroi i Skënderbeut" [Open game and goals at Lushnje, Sowe hero of Skënderbeu] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "disciplinary record". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 

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