|Association||Federata e Futbollit e Kosovës (FFK)|
|Head coach||Bernard Challandes|
|Most caps||Amir Rrahmani (29)|
|Top scorer||Vedat Muriqi (8)|
|Current||115 (19 December 2019)|
|Highest||114 (October 2019)|
|Lowest||190 (July-August 2016)|
|Current||66 18 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||62 (October 2019)|
|Lowest||122 (June-July 2014)|
| Kosovo 0-6 Croatia |
(Shkodër, Albania; 6 October 2016)
The Kosovo national football team (Albanian: Kombëtarja e futbollit të Kosovës, Serbian: /Fudbalska 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.
Yugoslav squads at international competitions often included players from Kosovo, such as Fadil Vokrri and Stevan Stojanovi?. Three other footballers from Kosovo, Fahrudin Jusufi, Milutin ?o?ki? and Vladimir Durkovi?, 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.
The first unofficial Kosovo national team was formed following the breakup of Yugoslavia and has played a number of friendly matches. On 14 February 1993, the first one was against Albania and the match ended with a 1-3 away defeat and the starting line-up of that match was Ahmet Beselica, Ardian Kozniku, Bardhyl Seferi, Fadil Berisha, Gani Llapashtica, Genc Hoxha, Isa Sadriu, Kushtrim Munishi, Muharrem Sahiti, Sadullah Ajeti and Selaudin Jerlini.
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.
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. 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.
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 due the profits gathered from this meeting went to those affected by floods in Shkodër.
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. 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.
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. 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 Bi?evac and Milo? Krasi?, 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.
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 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 6 February 2013, FIFA gave the permission to play international friendly games against other member associations.
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. Before the match, some players of Kosovo posed with guns at a shooting range, causing a stir in Serbia. On the eve of the match, supporters of Kosovo burned the flag of Serbia. This incident prompted the Football Association of Serbia to request that FIFA revoke Kosovo's right to play international friendlies.
After the match against Haiti, five more games were held with 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, 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.
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. On 3 May 2016, at the Ordinary Congress. Kosovo were accepted into UEFA after members voted 28-24 in favor of Kosovo.
|Best||Worst||Best (+)||Worst (-)|
|2018||131||9||7||2||0||77.78||131||178||24 (August)||1 (January)|
|2017||177||7||1||0||6||14.29||164||184||9 (November)||6 (April)|
|2016||165||5||1||1||3||20.00||164||190||22 (September)||1 (November)|
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. 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.
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualifications record|
|1930 to 2006||Part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro||--|
|2010 to 2014||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|2018||Did not qualify||2018||6th||10||0||1||9||3||24|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
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, England and Montenegro. 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. On 11 June 2019, Kosovo won their first ever qualifying match for a major tournament by defeating Bulgaria 3-2.
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifications record|
|1960 to 2004||Part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro||--|
|2008 to 2012||Not a UEFA member||Not a UEFA member|
|2016||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2020||Qualifications in progress||2020||3rd||8||3||2||3||13||16|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
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. On 7 September 2018, Kosovo made their debut in the UEFA Nations League with a 0-0 away draw against Azerbaijan. 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. 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.
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020-21||C||--||To be determined|
|Total||Best: Group stage||1/2||6||4||2||0||16||2||--|
In 2005. Kosovo has so far only participated in one international tournament, participated in the KTFF 50th Anniversary Cup, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Turkish Football Association, finishing second out of three. Kosovo lost against the host with result 1-0 and won against Sàpmi with result 4-1.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Visar Bekaj||24 May 1997||2||0||Prishtina|
|12||GK||Florjan Smakiqi||10 August 1998||0||0||Feronikeli|
|3||DF||Fidan Aliti (Captain)||3 October 1993||21||0||Kalmar|
|4||DF||Lirim Kastrati||2 February 1999||3||0||Bologna|
|2||DF||Armend Thaqi||10 October 1992||2||0||Prishtina|
|13||DF||Lapidar Lladrovci||15 December 1990||1||0||Feronikeli|
|14||DF||Leotrim Bekteshi||21 April 1992||1||0||Prishtina|
|23||DF||Edison Kqiku||16 January 1999||0||0||Gjilani|
|24||DF||Leard Sadriu||22 April 2001||0||0||Shkëndija|
|5||MF||Herolind Shala (Vice-captain)||2 January 1992||17||0||Vålerenga|
|6||MF||Anel Rashkaj (3rd captain)||19 August 1989||11||0||Unattached|
|7||MF||Zymer Bytyqi||11 September 1996||2||0||Viking|
|10||MF||Ylldren Ibrahimaj||24 December 1995||1||0||Viking|
|20||MF||Rron Broja||9 April 1996||1||0||Partizani Tirana|
|8||MF||Florian Loshaj||13 August 1996||1||0||Cracovia|
|18||MF||Blendi Baftiu||17 February 1998||1||0||Ballkani|
|15||MF||Valmir Veliu||4 June 2000||1||0||Llapi|
|22||MF||Ismet Lushaku||22 September 2000||1||0||AFC Eskilstuna|
|19||MF||Albert Dabiqaj||10 July 1996||0||0||Feronikeli|
|25||MF||Albin Krasniqi||3 June 2001||0||0||Drita|
|11||FW||Elba Rashani||9 May 1993||12||4||Odd|
|9||FW||Flamur Kastrati||14 November 1994||5||0||Kristiansund|
|16||FW||Jetmir Topalli||7 February 1998||1||0||Ballkani|
|21||FW||Arbër Hoxha||6 October 1998||1||0||Ballkani|
|17||FW||Arb Manaj||23 July 1998||1||0||Trepça'89|
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||Betim Halimi||28 February 1996||0||0||Olimpik Donetsk||v. Sweden, 12 January 2020INJ|
|GK||Samir Ujkani||5 July 1988||26||0||Torino||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|GK||Arijanet Muric||7 November 1998||10||0||Nottingham Forest||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Amir Rrahmani||24 February 1994||29||5||Hellas Verona||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Mërgim Vojvoda||1 February 1995||24||1||Standard Liège||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Leart Paqarada||10 August 1994||19||1||Sandhausen||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Florent Hadergjonaj||31 July 1994||7||0||Huddersfield Town||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Ibrahim Dre?evi?||24 January 1997||2||0||Heerenveen||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Arbenit Xhemajli||23 April 1998||1||0||Neuchâtel Xamax||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|DF||Mirlind Kryeziu||26 January 1997||0||0||Zürich||v. England, 10 September 2019INJ|
|MF||Milot Rashica||28 June 1996||27||4||Werder Bremen||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Besar Halimi||12 December 1994||23||1||Sandhausen||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Valon Berisha||7 February 1993||20||3||Lazio||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Bersant Celina||9 September 1996||20||2||Swansea City||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Edon Zhegrova||31 March 1999||17||2||Basel||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Benjamin Kololli||15 May 1992||16||3||Zürich||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Idriz Voca||15 May 1997||10||0||Luzern||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Florent Hasani||30 March 1997||3||1||Diósgy?ri||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Florent Muslija||6 July 1998||3||0||Hannover 96||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|MF||Bernard Berisha||21 October 1991||16||0||Akhmat Grozny||v. Montenegro, 14 October 2019INJ|
|MF||Arbër Zeneli||25 February 1995||18||7||Reims||v. Bulgaria, 10 June 2019INJ|
|MF||Hekuran Kryeziu||12 December 1992||19||0||Zürich||v. Bulgaria, 25 March 2019INJ|
|FW||Atdhe Nuhiu||29 July 1989||17||3||Sheffield Wednesday||v. England, 17 November 2019|
|FW||Vedat Muriqi||24 April 1994||23||8||Fenerbahçe||v. Czech Republic, 14 November 2019INJ|
|FW||Lirim Kastrati||16 January 1999||3||0||Lokomotiva||v. Montenegro, 14 October 2019U21|
|FW||Shkelqim Demhasaj||19 April 1996||1||0||Luzern||v. Bulgaria, 10 June 2019|
|FW||Festim Alidema||5 October 1997||0||0||Slaven Belupo||v. Montenegro, 7 June 2019PRE|
|Head coach||Bernard Challandes|
|Fitness coach||Thomas Richard|
|Goalkeeping coach||Ahmet Beselica|
|Device manager||Sahit Salihi|
|Team manager||Bajram Shala|
|Technical director||Michael Nees|
|Video analyst||Alexander Carra|
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. On 16 June 2018, Kosovo signed with Swiss sportswear company Fourteen to a four-year contract and becomes the current kit suppliers of Kosovo.
|Kit provider||Period||In matches against|
|Puma||2014||Turkey and Senegal|
|Umbro||2015||Equatorial Guinea and Albania|
|Kosovo national football team home stadiums|
|Image||Stadium||Capacity||Location||First match||Last match||Ref|
|9||Fadil Vokrri Stadium||13,500||Pristina, Kosovo||v. Albania, 7 September 2002||v. England, 17 November 2019|||
|5||Loro Boriçi Stadium||16,000||Shkodër, Albania||v. Croatia, 6 October 2016||v. Ukraine, 6 October 2017||[b]|
|3||Adem Jashari Olympic Stadium||18,500||Mitrovica, Kosovo||v. Haiti, 5 March 2014||v. Latvia, 13 November 2017|||
Below are two lists of the top 11 players with the most caps and goals for Kosovo.
Players in bold are still active at international level.
|As captain||Total||As captain||Total|
|Burkina Faso||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||100.00||H2H results|
|Czech Republic||2||1||0||1||3||3||+0||50.00||H2H results|
|Equatorial Guinea||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||100.00||H2H results|
|Faroe Islands||3||2||1||0||5||1||+4||66.67||H2H results|
|27 Countries||45||18||8||19||68||69||-1||40.00||All H2H results|
Emri i Kristian Nushit pa dyshim do të hyjë në historinë e futbollit kosovarë. Në realitet, futbollisti i deritashëm i skuadrës zvicerane, Vill, ka shënuar golin e fitores në minutën e 84-të në ndeshjen miqësore ndërkombëtare ndaj Arabisë Saudite qe perfundoi me rezultatin e ngushte 1:0. Nushi u tregua i saktë nga pika e bardhë, pasi më parë mbrojtësit sauditë rrëzuan brenda zonës Ismet Ramushin dhe gjyqtari pa u hamendur tregoi në pikën e bardhë
Përfaqësuesja e Kosovës mposhti atë të Monacos me rezultat 7:1
An application for affiliation from the Kosovo football association was deemed not to comply with art. 10 of the FIFA Statutes, which stipulates that only "an independent state recognised by the international community" may be admitted. In accordance with the Statutes, Kosovo cannot play any friendly matches
Fati deshi që Kosova të tërhiqet në Grupin A, grup që përbëhet prej pesë ekipeve dhe aty krahas Kosovës do të jetë edhe gjiganti i futbollit, Anglia, pastaj Republika e Çekisë, Bullgaria dhe Mali i Zi
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Only matches from 2014 are included
Only top goalscorers from 2014 are included
Only captains from 2014 are included
Only matches from 2014 are included