Qualification history
As Kosovo have only been a member of FIFA and UEFA since May 2016, they have not participated in any previous FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns.

The team
Like many teams with roots in the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo can call on several technically adept players. Many members of the current squad play in Switzerland, like Hekuran Kryeziu and Albnan Pnishi, or Germany, where Fanol Perdedaj and Enis Alushi ply their trade. Their best-known player is striker Albert Bunjaku, who has spent the majority of his career in Germany and now plays for St Gallen. The 32-year-old also scored his country’s first international goal against the Faroe Islands in June 2016.

The coach
Former Kalmar assistant coach Albert Bunjaki has been Kosovo’s head coach since 2009, when the team primarily contested unofficial matches. He was born in Pristina but moved to Sweden at the age of 20 to pursue his playing career before gaining coaching experience at several smaller clubs there.

The stat
100 – Kosovo won 100 per cent of their official international matches ahead of Russia 2018 qualifying. While this may seem like an incredibly impressive statistic, they had only played one official game, beating the Faroe Islands 2-0 in Frankfurt on 3 June 2016.

The former stars