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Country Albania
Confederation UEFA
Founded 6 June 1930
Number of teams 10 (from 2014–15)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to First Division
Domestic cup(s) Albanian Cup

Albanian Supercup

International cup(s) UEFA Champions League

UEFA Europa League

Current champions Skënderbeu (7th title)

(2016–17)

Most championships Tirana (24 titles)
TV partners SuperSport & RTSH
Website FSHF.org
2016–17 Albanian Superliga

The Albanian Superliga (Albanian: Kategoria Superiore), is a professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Albanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. It is contested by 10 clubs, and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Albanian First Division. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 36 matches each (playing each team in the league four times, twice at home and twice away).

The competition was founded in 1930 as the Albanian National Championship during the reign of King Zog, shortly after the creation of the Albanian Football Association. Since 1930, 43 clubs have competed in recognized competitions, while only eight clubs have won the title: KF Tirana (24), Dinamo Tirana (18), Partizani Tirana (15), Vllaznia Shkodër (9), Skënderbeu Korçë (7),KF Elbasani (1), Flamurtari Vlorë (1) and Teuta Durrës (1). The current champions are Skënderbeu Korçë, who won their sixth consecutive title in 2015–16.

Contents

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  • 1History
    • 1.1Early history
    • 1.21911 Fier Fair Football Tournament
    • 1.3World War II championships
  • 2Competition format
  • 3Clubs
    • 3.12016–17 season
  • 4Champions
    • 4.1List of seasons
    • 4.2Champions, runners-up & third place
    • 4.3Champions by city
  • 5UEFA Rankings
    • 5.1Current rankings (2016–17)
    • 5.2History of rankings
  • 6References
  • 7External links

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Football was first introduced to Albania by an English-Maltese priest named Gut Ruter, who visited the Saverian college in Shkodër in 1908. The first football club in Albania was Indipendenca was founded in Shkodër in 1912 by Palokë Nika.[1] The first 90-minute game to be played with two 45 minute halves took place in October 1913 Indipendenca Shkodër and the occupying Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy. The game is considered to be the first international game to be played in Albania, and it ended in a 2–1 loss for Indipendenca, with the captain and founder of the club Palokë Nika scoring the only goal for the Albanians.[1][2]

1911 Fier Fair Football Tournament[edit]

Main article: Fier Fair Football Tournament

In 2012 historians discovered that a football tournament had taken place in Albania in 1911, some 19 years before the establishment of the Albanian National Championship and the Albanian Football Association. The Fier Fair Football Tournament (Albanian: Turneu Futbollistik i Panairit të Fierit) took place in Rahije, Fier while Albania was still under the administration of the Ottoman Empire and it consisted of 8 teams which were Tirana, Elbasani, Kavaja, Berati, Peqini, Vlora, Fieri and Lushnja. Tirana won the tournament after defeating Peqini 6–1 in the final. The tournament is not officially recognised by the Albanian Football Association or UEFA. The Albanian Football Association did not organise the tournament as the organisation was not formed until 1930.[3]

World War II championships[edit]

Main articles: 1939 Albanian Superliga, 1940 Albanian Superliga, and 1942 Albanian Superliga

Albania was invaded by Italy in April 1939 and World War II soon broke out, meaning the Albanian Football Association, much like the other organisations in the country, ceased operating. Despite the war, three championships were held between 1939 and 1942, with Tirana winning the championships in 1939 and 1942 and Shkodra winning in 1940. Despite calls to recognise these championships, the Albanian Football Association maintains the position that the championships were not organised by them and cannot be formally recognised.[4][5][6]

Competition format[edit]

Since the 2014–15 Albanian Superliga, the league consists of 10 clubs, who face each other four times in a conventional round-robin tournament for a total of 36 matches. At the end of the season, the two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Albanian First Division while two highest-placed teams of Albanian First Division are promoted in their place. Teams are ranked by total points, then head-to-head record, then goal difference, and then goals scored.

Clubs[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

Flamurtari

Luftëtari

Korabi

Kukësi

Laçi

Partizani

Skënderbeu

Teuta

Tirana

Vllaznia

2016–17 Albanian Superliga teams.

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015–16 season Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 8,200 8th
Korabi Peshkopi Selman Stërmasi Stadium(1) 9,600 First Division
Kukesi Kukës Zeqir Ymeri Stadium 5,500 3rd
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 4,300 7th
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium Template:Nts/10,724 Champions
Partizani Tiranë Elbasan Arena(2) 13,600 2nd
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 4th
Tirana Tiranë Selman Stërmasi Stadium 9,600 5th
Luftëtari Gjirokastër Gjirokastra Stadium 8,400 First Division
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 18,022 6th
  • (1) Korabi play their 2016–17 home games at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tiranë. The club's regular home ground, the Korabi Stadium, does not meet the league's licensing criteria to host games.
  • (2) Partizani play their 2016–17 home games at the Elbasan Arena in Elbasan. The club's former home ground, the Qemal Stafa Stadium, was demolished and their new home ground at the Partizani Complex is currently under construction.

Champions[edit]

List of seasons[edit]

Clubs Players
Season Champion Runner-up Third place Teams Top scorer Club Goals
Albanian National Championship
1930 Tirana Skënderbeu Bashkimi S.(1) 6 Rexhep Maçi & Emil Hajnali Tirana (both) 3
1931 Tirana (2) Teuta Skënderbeu/Bashkimi S.(1) 7 Aristotel Samsuri Skënderbeu 9
1932 Tirana (3) Bashkimi S.(1) Teuta 5 Aristotel Samsuri (2) Skënderbeu 10
1933 Skënderbeu Bashkimi S.(1) Tirana 5 Servet Teufik Agaj Skënderbeu 7
1934 Tirana (4) Skënderbeu Bashkimi S. 7 Mark Gurashi Tirana 12
1935
Not Held
1936 Tirana (5) Vllaznia Besa 8 Riza Lushta Tirana 11
1937 Tirana (6) Vllaznia Besa 10 Riza Lushta (2) Tirana 25
1938
Not Held
1939(2)
Tirana
Vllaznia
Teuta/Rinia
8
1940(2)
Shkodra
Korça
Vlora/Tirana
8
1941
Not Held
1942(2)
Tirana
Shkodra
Prizreni/Tomori
10
1943
Not Held
1944
Not Held
1945 Vllaznia Tirana Besa/Ylli(1) 12 Loro Boriçi Vllaznia 11
1946 Vllaznia (2) Flamurtari Tirana/Bashkimi E.(1) 12 Xhevdet Shaqiri Vllaznia 11
1947 Partizani Vllaznia Dinamo Korçë(1) 9 Zihni Gjinali Partizani 11
1948 Partizani (2) Flamurtari Bashkimi E./Vllaznia(1) 14 Tish Daija & Zihni Gjinali (2) Flamurtari & Partizani 11
1949 Partizani (3) Shkodra Durrësi(1) 9 Zihni Gjinali (3) Partizani 14
1950 Dinamo Partizani Shkodra 12 Refik Resmja Partizani 20
1951 Dinamo (2) Partizani Puna Tiranë(1) 14 Refik Resmja (2) Partizani 59
1952 Dinamo (3) Partizani Puna Shkodër(1) 21 Refik Resmja (3) Partizani 17
1953 Dinamo (4) Partizani Puna Tiranë(1) 10 Refik Resmja (4) Partizani 9
1954 Partizani (4) Dinamo Puna Tiranë(1) 12 Refik Resmja (5) Partizani 13
1955 Dinamo (5) Partizani Puna Tiranë(1) 16 Skënder Jareci & Refik Resmja (6) Dinamo & Partizani 23
1956 Dinamo (6) Partizani Puna Tiranë(1) 9 Refik Resmja (7) Partizani 17
1957 Partizani (5) Dinamo Puna Korçë 8 Niko Bespalla Puna Durrës(1) 15
1958 Partizani (6) Besa 17 Nëntori(1) 8 Skënder Jareci (2) Dinamo 14
1959 Partizani (7) 17 Nëntori(1) Flamurtari 8 Stavri Lubonja Dinamo 11
1960 Dinamo (7) Partizani 17 Nëntori(1) 10 Skënder Jareci (3) Dinamo 16
1961 Partizani (8) Dinamo 17 Nëntori(1) 10 Panajot Pano Partizani 14
1962
Not Held
1962–63 Partizani (9) Dinamo Besa 12 Panajot Pano (2) Partizani 17
1963–64 Partizani (10) Dinamo Besa 12 Robert Jashari Partizani 18
1964–65 17 Nëntori(1) (7) Partizani Dinamo 12 Robert Jashari (2) Partizani 14
1965–66 17 Nëntori(1) (8) Partizani Dinamo 12 Sajmir Dauti & Josif Kazanxhi Dinamo & 17 Nëntori(1) 13
1966–67(3) Dinamo (8) 17 Nëntori(1) Besa 12 Medin Zhega Dinamo 19
1968 17 Nëntori(1) (9) Partizani Dinamo 14 Skënder Hyka 17 Nëntori(1) 19
1969–70 17 Nëntori(1) (10) Partizani Vllaznia 14 Panajot Pano (3) Partizani 17
1970–71 Partizani (11) Dinamo Vllaznia 14 Ilir Përnaska Dinamo 19
1971–72 Vllaznia (3) 17 Nëntori(1) Dinamo 14 Ilir Përnaska (2) Dinamo 17
1972–73 Dinamo (9) Partizani Besa 14 Ilir Përnaska (3) Dinamo 12
1973–74 Vllaznia (4) Partizani Besa 14 Ilir Përnaska (4) Dinamo 19
1974–75 Dinamo (10) Vllaznia Partizani 14 Ilir Përnaska (5) Dinamo 17
1975–76 Dinamo (11) 17 Nëntori(1) Vllaznia 12 Ilir Përnaska (6) Dinamo 18
1976–77 Dinamo (12) Skënderbeu Vllaznia 12 Agim Murati Partizani 12
1977–78 Vllaznia (5) Luftëtari Partizan 12 Agim Murati (2) Partizani 14
1978–79 Partizani (12) 17 Nëntori(1) Besa 14 Petrit Dibra & Agim Murati (3) 17 Nëntori(1) & Partizani 14
1979–80 Dinamo (13) 17 Nëntori(1) Vllaznia 14 Përparim Kovaçi Tomori 18
1980–81 Partizani (13) Dinamo 17 Nëntori(1) 14 Dashnor Bajaziti Besa 12
1981–82 17 Nëntori(1) (11) Dinamo Flamurtari 14 Vasil Ruci Flamurtari 12
1982–83 Vllaznia (6) Partizani 17 Nëntori(1) 14 Dashnor Bajaziti (2) Besa 16
1983–84 Labinoti(1) 17 Nëntori(1) Partizani 14 Vasil Ruci (2) Flamurtari 12
1984–85 17 Nëntori(1) (12) Dinamo Vllaznia 14 Arben Minga & Faslli Fakja 17 Nëntori(1) & Vllaznia 13
1985–86 Dinamo (14) Flamurtari 17 Nëntori(1) 14 Kujtim Majaci Apolonia 20
1986–87 Partizani (14) Flamurtari Vllaznia 14 Arben Arbëri Tomori 14
1987–88 17 Nëntori(1) (13) Flamurtari Labinoti(1) 14 Agustin Kola 17 Nëntori(1) 18
1988–89 17 Nëntori(1) (14) Partizani Dinamo 12 Agustin Kola 17 Nëntori(1) 19
1989–90 Dinamo (15) Partizani Flamurtari 12 Kujtim Majaci Apolonia 19
1990–91 Flamurtari Partizani Vllaznia 14 Kliton Bozgo Tomori 29
1991–92 Vllaznia (7) Partizani Teuta 16 Edmir Bilali Vllaznia 20
1992–93 Partizani (15) Teuta Besa 16 Edmond Dosti Partizani 21
1993–94 Teuta Tirana Flamurtari 14 Edi Martini Vllaznia 14
1994–95 Tirana (15) Teuta Partizani 16 Arben Shehu Shqiponja(1) 21
1995–96 Tirana (16) Teuta Partizani 18 Altin Çuko Tomori & Laçi 21
1996–97 Tirana (17) Vllaznia Flamurtari 18 Viktor Paço Flamurtari 14
1997–98 Vllaznia (8) Tirana Partizani 18 Dorian Bubeqi Shkumbini 26
1998–99 Tirana (18) Vllaznia Bylis 16 Artan Bano Lushnja 22
1999–2000 Tirana (19) Tomori Teuta 14 Klodian Arbëri Tomori 18
2000–01 Vllaznia (9) Tirana Dinamo 14 Indrit Fortuzi Tirana 30
2001–02 Dinamo (16) Tirana Partizani 14 Indrit Fortuzi (2) Tirana 24
2002–03 Tirana (20) Vllaznia Partizani 14 Mahir Halili Tirana 20
Albanian Superliga
2003–04 Tirana (21) Dinamo Vllaznia 10 Vioresin Sinani Vllaznia 36
2004–05 Tirana (22) Elbasani Dinamo 10 Dorian Bylykbashi Partizani 24
2005–06 Elbasani (2) Tirana Dinamo 10 Hamdi Salihi Tirana 29
2006–07 Tirana (23) Teuta Vllaznia 12 Vioresin Sinani (2) Tirana 23
2007–08 Dinamo (17) Partizani Besa 12 Vioresin Sinani (3) Vllaznia 20
2008–09 Tirana (24) Vllaznia Dinamo 12 Migen Memelli Tirana 22
2009–10 Dinamo (18) Besa Tirana 12 Daniel Xhafa Besa 18
2010–11 Skënderbeu (2) Flamurtari Vllaznia 12 Daniel Xhafa Flamurtari 19
2011–12 Skënderbeu (3) Teuta Tirana 14 Ronald Dervishi Shkumbini 20
2012–13 Skënderbeu (4) Kukësi Teuta 14 Migen Memelli (2) Flamurtari 19
2013–14 Skënderbeu (5) Kukësi Laçi 12 Pero Pejić Skënderbeu 20
2014–15 Skënderbeu (6) Kukësi Partizani 10 Pero Pejić (2) Kukësi 31
2015–16 Skënderbeu (7) Partizani Kukësi 10 Hamdi Salihi (2) Skënderbeu 27
  • (1) Bashkimi S., Shkodra & Puna Shkodër is Vllaznia Shkodër; Rinia Korçare, Korça, Dinamo Korçë & Puna Korçë is Skënderbeu Korçë; Vlora is Flamurtari Vlorë; Prizreni is Liria Prizren; Bashkimi E. & Labinoti is KF Elbasani; Durrësi & Puna Durrës is Teuta Durrës; Puna Tiranë & 21 Nëntori is KF Tirana; Shqiponja is Luftëtari Gjirokastër; Ylli was a short-lived military team
  • (2) Took place during World War II and is not officially recognised by UEFA or the Albanian Football Association.
  • (3) The 1966–67 Albanian National Championship is not recognised by UEFA, but it is recognised by the Albanian Football Association.

Champions, runners-up & third place[edit]

A list of clubs in order of most titles won is provided in the following table:[7]

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Winning seasons Ref Tirana
24
13
15
1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1968, 1969–70, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
[8]
Dinamo
18
9
9
1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1966–67, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1989–90, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2009–10
[9]
Partizani
15
20
9
1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1970–71, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1986–87,1992–93,
[10]
Vllaznia
9
11
17
1945, 1946, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1991–92, 1997–98, 2000–01
[11]
Skënderbeu
7
3
3
1933, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
[12]
Elbasani
2
1
3
1983–84, 2005–06
[13]
Flamurtari
1
7
5
1990–91
[14]
Teuta
1
6
5
1993–94
[15]
Kukësi
3
1
Besa
2
11
Luftëtari
1
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