The women of Hajvali introducing Kosovo teams to European football



On August 23rd 2016 history will be written as Hajvalia’s women will play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. They won the double last season earning both the Kosovo League and Cup. However things got even better for the ladies, with Kosovo’s entrance in UEFA this May it granted them a ticket to WCL as well.

Captain Qendresa Krasniqi won the ”Best female player of the year” last season and also represents Albania’s women. Now the 21-year old will lead her team as they become first team from Kosovo to ever participate in an major international tournament. Please note that on the men’s side neither league winners Feronikeli nor cup winners FC Prishtina were given any Champions League and European League ticket since they failed to meet UEFA’s requirements so Hajvalia’s women are paving way for them all.

It has been quite a summer for Kosovo’s women. Just recently Kosovo born Majlinda Kelmendi became the first person to ever collect a Olympics medal for Kosovo. During the Rio 2016 the judoka won gold in the -52 kg klass.

Hajvalia’s first opponents in the qualifying round will be against Greek side PAOK. Apollon Limassol, Cyprus, and Icelandic team KI are listed among the other ones in Hajvalia’s group (group 1). Furthermore Albania’s Vllaznia Shkodër and their women will also take place in this tourmanet. Lined up in group five alongside Pomurje (Slovenia, Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) and Zürich (Switzerland).


Make sure to watch Hajvalia’s game tonight at 20.00 (CET) as they become historical.

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