1996–97 Albanian National Championship

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Albanian National Championship
Season1996–97
ChampionsTirana
17th Albanian title
RelegatedNone
Champions LeagueNone
UEFA CupNone
Cup Winners' CupNone
Matches played193
Goals scored441 (2.28 per match)
Top goalscorerViktor Paço (14 goals)

The 1996–97 Albanian National Championship was the 58th season of the Albanian National Championship, the top professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1930.

The championship was interrupted after 17th round due to the economic-political crisis in Albania in 1997 and was completed in August. Instead the regular second half, the final play-off phase was played, with the 18 teams were divided into 3 groups of 6 according to standings after the 17 rounds.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and last season[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Last season
Albpetrol Patos Alush Noga Stadium 2,150 11th
Apolonia Fier Loni Papuçiu Stadium 10,000 6th
Besa Kavajë Besa Stadium 8,000 7th
Bylis Ballsh Adush Muça Stadium 6,000 Second Division
Elbasani Elbasan Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium 15,000 13th
Flamurtari Vlorë Flamurtari Stadium 15,000 4th
Laçi Laç Laçi Stadium 5,000 12th
Lushnja Lushnjë Abdurrahman Roza Haxhiu Stadium 12,000 Second Division
Olimpik Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium[note 1] 19,700 5th
Partizani Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 3rd
Skënderbeu Korçë Skënderbeu Stadium 12,000 16th
Sopoti[note 2] Librazhd Sopoti Stadium 3,000 8th
Shkumbini Peqin Shkumbini Stadium 6,000 9th
Shqiponja Gjirokastër Gjirokastër Stadium 9,000 15th
Teuta Durrës Niko Dovana Stadium 12,040 2nd
Tirana Tirana Qemal Stafa Stadium 19,700 Champions
Tomori Berat Tomori Stadium 14,750 14th
Vllaznia Shkodër Loro Boriçi Stadium 15,000 10th

Regular season[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Flamurtari 17 12 1 4 34 16 +18 37 Qualification for the Group 1
2 Tirana 17 10 4 3 34 8 +26 34
3 Vllaznia 17 11 0 6 24 16 +8 33
4 Apolonia 17 9 4 4 22 15 +7 31
5 Partizani 17 9 4 4 19 15 +4 31
6 Shkumbini 17 8 2 7 17 17 0 26
7 Laçi 17 7 4 6 19 19 0 25 Qualification for the Group 2
8 Lushnja 17 6 6 5 18 14 +4 24
9 Bylis 17 6 4 7 18 16 +2 22 Qualification for the Group 3[a]
10 Besa 17 6 4 7 15 14 +1 22 Qualification for the Group 2
11 Teuta 17 6 3 8 14 13 +1 21
12 Albania Tabak[b] 17 7 0 10 11 19 −8 21
13 Tomori 17 5 5 7 10 18 −8 20
14 Elbasani 17 6 2 9 16 25 −9 20 Qualification for the Group 3
15 Shqiponja 17 5 4 8 13 20 −7 19
16 Olimpik 17 5 1 11 21 24 −3 16
17 Albpetrol 17 4 4 9 12 27 −15 16
18 Skënderbeu 17 4 2 11 12 33 −21 14
Source: RSSSF.com
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ Bylis were placed in the Group 3 for unknown reasons. Tomori were placed instead in the Group 2.
  2. ^ Albania Tabak were changed name back to Sopoti during the interruption.

Final phase[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tirana (C) 22 14 4 4 40 9 +31 46
2 Vllaznia 22 14 1 7 30 20 +10 43
3 Flamurtari[a] 22 14 3 5 42 23 +19 41
4 Partizani 22 12 4 6 28 20 +8 40
5 Apolonia 22 9 4 9 25 26 −1 31
6 Shkumbini 22 9 3 10 23 27 −4 30
Source: RSSSF.com
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.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Flamurtari were deducted four points for the crowd trouble in the last round.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Lushnja 22 10 6 6 32 20 +12 36
8 Teuta 22 10 3 9 23 16 +7 33
9 Sopoti 22 10 1 11 17 23 −6 31
10 Laçi 22 7 6 9 22 29 −7 27
11 Besa 22 7 4 11 18 21 −3 25
12 Tomori 22 6 6 10 15 28 −13 24
Source: RSSSF.com
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.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Elbasani 21 9 2 10 27 28 −1 29
14 Bylis 21 7 4 10 23 26 −3 25
15 Skënderbeu 21 7 3 11 21 38 −17 24
16 Olimpik 21 7 2 12 27 28 −1 23
17 Albpetrol 21 4 4 13 15 39 −24 16
18 Shqiponja[a] 17 5 4 8 13 20 −7 19
Source: RSSSF.com
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ Shqiponja were withdrew before start of the final phase.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Albania Viktor Paço Flamurtari 14
2 Albania Edi Martini Vllaznia 9
Albania Alket Zeqo Apolonia
Albania Agron Xhafa Olimpik
Albania Alban Bushi Tirana/Flamurtari
6 Albania Indrit Fortuzi Tirana 8
7 Albania Erion Bogdani Partizani 7
Albania Gugash Magani Shkumbini
9 Albania Shpëtim Kushta Flamurtari 6
Albania Saimir Maloku Laçi

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Olimpik, Partizani and Tirana all shared the Qemal Stafa Stadium as well as the Selman Stërmasi Stadium.
  2. ^ Sopoti was played under the name Albania Tabak during the regular season.

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