25 August 2022 – The reigning champion of Kosovo, FC Ballkan has written a new page in Kosovar football. The black-and-orange team managed to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Conference League thus becoming the first club from Kosovo to reach this level of European competitions. Ballkan defeated the champion of North Macedonia, the Albanian club, FC Shkupi on Thursday evening in the overcrowded “Fadil Vokrri” stadium in Prishtina with 1:0. Thus, the team led by Ilir Daja qualified further with the overall result after two games, 3:1. The team from Suhareka achieved this success already in their debut in European competitions. The winning goal for Ballkan was scored by Meriton Korenica in the 69th minute. It should be noted that Shkupi played with one player less from the second minute after the exclusion of Xhelil Abdulla. Now Ballkan are waiting for at least six games in the group stage, whereas the opponents will be learned on Friday when the draw is cast.