Kosovo Basketball Superleague

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Kosovo Basketball Superleague
Kosovo Basketball SL logo.png
Organising body Basketball Federation of Kosovo
Founded 1991; 28 years ago (1991)
First season 1991–92
Country Kosovo
Confederation FIBA Europe (Europe)
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Kosovo First League
Domestic cup(s) Kosovo Cup
Current champions Prishtina (14th title)
(2018–19)
Most championships Prishtina (14 titles)
TV partners List of broadcasters
Website basketbolli.com/en/league/superliga
2018–19 Kosovo Basketball Superleague

The Kosovo Basketball Superleague (Albanian: Superliga e Kosovës në Basketboll) and known as the IP Superliga e Basketbollit due to sponsorship reasons is the top men's professional basketball league in Kosovo. Basketball Superleague was founded in 1991. It is run by the Basketball Federation of Kosovo.

Prishtina holds the record for most Superleague titles as it has won the championship 14 times.

Current Teams[edit]

Kosovo Basketball Superleague – Club Locations
Team City Venue Capacity
KB Bashkimi Prizren Palestra Sportive Sezair Surroi 3,200
KB Ponte Prizreni Prizren Palestra Sportive Sezai Surroi 3,200
KB Lipjani Lipjan Palestra Sportive Lipjan 1,000
KB Prishtina Priština Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve 2,500
KB Trepça Kosovska Mitrovica Salla e sporteve Minatori 4,100
KB Feronikeli Drenas Palestra "Hysni Jetullahu" Drenas 1,500
KB Ylli Suva Reka Salla e sporteve "13 Qërshori" 1,800
KB Rahoveci Orahovac Palestra "Mizair Isma" 2,000
Notes
Promoted from the 2018–19 Kosovo Basketball First League.

Rules[edit]

Competition format[edit]

It consists of eight to ten teams which compete each year in two separate phases. Each team has to play all the other teams in its division four times, twice at home and twice away. This means that in Kosovo basketball, the league's regular season ends after all teams play 28 matches.

At the end of the league, the four best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 4th place team in the standings, and so on. There is one playoff rounds, and the winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the Kosovo Basketball Superleague. This is similar to the most basketball leagues in Europe.

Each season, the last qualified team of the regular season relegates to Kosovo Basketball First League and replaced by champion of the First League whilst second from last of Superleague meats the runner up of the First League in e Relegation Playoff.

Foreigners[edit]

Each team can play 3 foreign players in every match that is organized by BFK.

Youngsters[edit]

Every team must play two U20 players in every game for at least 20 min otherwise the teams are fined 500 €.

Arena standards[edit]

Since the establishment of the league, the indoor courts in Kosovo have seen continuous improvements in capacity and facilities, with some municipalities have built and newly built stadiums for basketball clubs in their areas as well as other sports. Today, the facilities of the clubs participating in Kosovo Basketball Superleague and hosting the home matches, must have a minimum capacity of 1,000 people.

History[edit]

Despite the political status of Kosovo, basketball competitions have been legally organized since 1999 under the Basketball Federation of Kosovo licensed by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo.[1] However, the KBF has functioned since 1991 and organized amateur basketball leagues.[1]

Today, basketball in Kosovo shares the same popularity with soccer.

Names of the competition[edit]

  • 1999–2004: Liga e Pare e Kosoves ne Basketboll
  • 2004–2005: Liga Profesionale e Basketbollit te Kosoves
  • 2005–2007: Raiffeisen Superliga
  • 2007–2009: Siguria Superliga
  • 2009–2011: Techno Market Superliga
  • 2011–2013: BKT Superliga
  • 2013–2017: ETC Superliga
  • 2017–2020: IP Superliga

Gallery[edit]

Commissioners[edit]

  • 2006–2011: Nuredin Ibishi
  • 2013–present: Bajrush Ademi

Other competitions[edit]

Winner by season[edit]

Season Winner Runner–up Score
1991–92 Prishtina Vëllaznimi
1992–93 Trepça Peja
1993–94 Peja Trepça
1994–95 Peja Ylli
1995–96 Peja Vëllaznimi
1996–97 Drita Prishtina
1997–98 Competition interrupted due to the war in Kosovo
1998–99 Not held due to war in Kosovo
1999–00 Trepça Peja
2000–01 Trepça Prishtina
2001–02 Prishtina Trepça 3-2
2002–03 Prishtina Mabetex 3-1
2003–04 Dukagjini Prishtina 3–0
2004–05 Mabetex Dukagjini 3–2
2005–06 Prishtina Mabetex 3–1
2006–07 Prishtina Trepça 4–1
2007–08 Prishtina Peja 4–2
2008–09 Prishtina Bashkimi 3–2
2009–10 Prishtina Trepça 3–1
2010–11 Prishtina Peja 3–0
2011–12 Trepça Prishtina 3–2
2012–13 Peja Prishtina 3–0
2013–14 Prishtina Peja 3–0
2014–15 Prishtina Peja 2–1
2015–16 Prishtina Peja 3–1
2016–17 Prishtina Bashkimi 3–1
2017–18 Bashkimi Prishtina 3–1
2018–19 Prishtina Rahoveci 3–1

Titles by Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Years won
Prishtina 13 5 1992, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Peja 6 5 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2013
Trepça 3 4 2000, 2001, 2012
Bashkimi 1 3 2018
Mabetex 1 2 2005
Drita 1 1 1997
Kastrioti 2
Rahoveci 1

Sponsorships and broadcasting rights[edit]

Official sponsors

Official broadcasters

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]