Kosovo government gives financial reward to national team


TIRANA, Albania (AP) Kosovo’s government has decided to give a reward of 500,000 euros ($570,000) to the national soccer team as a reward for topping their group in the UEFA Nations League and securing at least a playoff spot in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.

Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, has only been a UEFA and FIFA member since 2016.

The small Balkan republic routed Azerbaijan 4-0 in Pristina on Tuesday to win Group 3 of the lower-tiered League D and get promoted to League C for the next Nations League.

Playing in the playoffs could give Kosovo a shortcut to Euro 2020, which would be a huge sporting success for the country.