8 September 2022 – The Kosovo’s champion, FC Ballkan, debuted with a draw in the group stage of the Conference League. The orange-and-black team from Suhareka continued with amazing performances in the European arena as they drew 1:1 against the champion of Romania, Cluj on Thursday evening at the Fadil Vokrri stadium. In fact, Ilir Daja’s team was only a few minutes away from winning the match, because they conceded the equalizing goal in overtime. During the entire match, Ballkan footballers showed a good game, never appearing inferior to the champions of Romania. After the first 20 minutes when it was the visitors who dominated the game, in the following our champions showed a confident game as they managed to take the lead in the 65th minute. Captain Armend Thaqi scored the goal after assisting by Albion Rrahmani. After the leading goal, Daja’s boys did not allow much space for the opponent and were on their way to winning the match. However, in the 91st minute, after a break in the middle of the field, the visitors’ goalkeeper sent the ball deep into the area whereas the weak reaction of the defense was used by Yuri Matis who scored with a header to equalize the score and spoil the celebration of our champions. However, even the draw at this level of competition can be considered a success for Ballkan although it was very close to the next surprise in Europe.