Kosovo stadium makes international debut

Kosovo’s Fadil Vokrri Stadium hosted its first official international match yesterday (Monday) as its national team beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.

The stadium in Prishtina has a capacity of 12,810 and has been renovated with the help of UEFA HatTrick funding programme.

The venue is named in memory of the late president of the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK), who died in June.

Kosovo was admitted as the 55th UEFA member in 2016 and yesterday marked the country’s first-ever win in a competitive game. Kosovo had previously played its qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in nearby Albania.

Fadil Vokrri Stadium was previously known as the City of Prishtina Stadium and its renovation has also been financed by the Kosovo government and Prishtina municipal authorities.

Local club FC Prishtina will play matches at the stadium when it is not being used for international fixtures. UEFA confirmed last week that the renovated stadium meets all requirements, giving the ground the green light to stage yesterday’s historic match.

Kosovo FA president Agim Ademi said: “To witness this day, we needed to invest a lot, and do much work. We all feel excited about it. From now on, Kosovo’s fans will have a modern football temple, proud to bear the name of our legendary former president.”

Image: Arton Krasniqi