KF Skënderbeu Korçë

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Skënderbeu Korçë
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Full name Klubi Futbollistik Skënderbeu Korçë
Nickname(s) Ujqërit e Dëborës (The Snow Wolves)
Bardhekuqtë (The White and Reds)
Juglindorët (The Southeasterners)
Founded 15 April 1909; 105 years ago (1909-04-15)
as Vllazëria
Ground Stadiumi Skenderbeu,
Korçë, Albania
Ground Capacity 10,000
Owner Municipality of Korça
President Ardian Takaj
Head Coach Mirel Josa
League Albanian Superliga (level 1)
2012–13 Albanian Superliga, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

K.F. Skënderbeu Korçë (Albanian: Klubi futbollistik Skënderbeu Korçë, in English: Football Club Skenderbeu Korce) is a football club based in Korçë, a city in southeastern Albania. They play in the Albanian Superliga, which is the top tier in the country and are currently reigning champions. The club is named after Albania's greatest hero of all time, Skanderbeg (Skënderbeu). The club plays its home games at Stadiumi Skënderbeu which is one of the largest stadiums in the country, with a seating capacity of over 10,000.

History[edit]

The first years[edit]

The first team in the city of Korçë was created on 15 April 1909 under the name "Vllazëria" by politician and poet Hilë Mosi. During the years 1920 and 1922 there were football associations made in Korçë for the first time, such as Përparimi and Sport Klub Korça, in 1923 the Shpresa society was founded under the Albanian National Lyceum. But it was not until 1925 that Skënderbeu would be born, as football began to become more popular in this city of Albania, almost every field would be used as a football ground for locals to play and enjoy the sport. This led to many neighbourhoods in Korçës trying to form their own small football teams. In 1926 the Zhgaba society was created, and in 1927 many neighbourhood teams were finally set up, such as Leka i Madh, Pirro, Brekverdhit, Zjarri, Tigri and Diamanti. However there was still a main squad representing the city, which was Skënderbeu who managed to overcome problems in the start, some even political.[1]

1930s Championships[edit]

The club participated for the first time in the Albanian Superliga in 1930, which was the first Albanian tournament. At this time the entire city was behind the club, which helped Skënderbeu, along with the likes of KF Tirana and Vllaznia Shkodër earn a big name for themselves in this early chapter of Albanian football. During the 1930 championship, Skënderbeu finished runners up to KF Tirana, after forfeiting both championship playoff matches.[2] The club managed to win its first ever Albanian Championship just 3 years later in 1933, finishing 2 points ahead of Vllaznia.[3] The championship winning side was: Klani Marjani, Kristaq Bimbli, Andrea Çani, Andon Miti, Lefter Petra, Fori Stasa, Nexhat Dishnica, Tomor Ypi, Thoma Vangjeli, Servet Teufik Agaj, Enver Kulla, Vasil Trebicka, Stavri Kondili, Aristotel Samsuri, with Qemal Omari as their manager.

Skënderbeu is also a three time finalist in the Albanian Cup in 1958, 1965 and 1976, in which they lost all three finals. They did however win the Albanian First Division in 1976/77 as well as three other times with the last win in 2008–2009 season where Skënderbeu won the rights to move into the Albanian Superliga where they have never looked back. As of 8 May 2011 they are the current champions in Albanian Superliga, thanks to their devoted manager of Czech Nationality Stanislav Levý their generous and son of this city, president Agim Zeqo, and of course a very supportive fan base. The greatest managers in the club's history are Kosta Koça and Aleko Pilika who were also their most successful manager ever, with the first team and youth teams.[1]

Players over the ages[edit]

Some players over the ages include: Kleo Marjani, Servet Gora, Aristotel Samsuri, Teodor Vaso, Koço Dinella, Jani Kaçi, Dhimitër Dëmbo, Aleko Toshi, Gaqo Lara, Tefik Osmani, Stavrion Lako, Bledi Shkëmbi, Paulin Dhëmbi, Dhimitraq Xhambazi, Gjergji Ballço, Aleko Pilika, Zhani Pilika, Maksim Tuxhari, Petro Mile, Hektor Shkurti, Artan Ziberi, Pajtim Ismaili, Avni Ismaili, Valon Besmiri, Gjergo Shule, Ridvan Shëllira, Ëngjëll Dvorani, Servet Teufik Agaj, Gentian Liçi, Gëzim Muhaxhiri,Kristi Vangjeli and Petrika Tole.

Stadium[edit]

K.F. Skënderbeu Korçë play their home games at Stadiumi Skënderbeu, a multi-purpose stadium in Korçë. It has a seating capacity of 10,000 people all seater with HD night lighting.

Supporters[edit]

Skenderbeu is considered to be one of the best supported clubs in Albania, with the majority of fans live in the Korçë District, which has a population of just under 140,000. The main supporters' group for the club is called Ujqërit e Deborës, which literally translates to snow wolves. The group was formed in 2008 and quickly became considered the club's main supporters' group. They are present at every home game at the Skënderbeu Stadium and they also organise trips to every away game of the season, also attending Albanian national team games alongside other teams' supporters' groups.[4] It is compulsory for every member to wear either the group's or Skënderbeu's clothing during games to distinguish between other fans. The group also has factions in different cities around the world where there are Albanian diaspora, including Toronto, Canada. Yearly membership to be an official member of the group costs 1000 lek (€7,14 or £5.86 as of 1 February 2014).

They have a fierce rivalry with KF Tirana's supports groups Tirona Fanatics, with both sets of fans being involved in hooligan activities since Skënderbeu's rise to prominence overtaking KF Tirana around 2010. In September 2013 prior to an away game in Tiranë the Ujqërit e Deborës group called upon Tirona Fanatics members to reduce the tensions between the two sets of fans.[5]

In November 2013 Skënderbeu was forced to play Flamurtari Vlorë behind closed doors due to the behaviour of Ujqërit e Deborës against Partizani Tirana in a 3-0 win on 2 November. The game against Partizani Tirana was seen by attended by 5500 and there were no altercations between rival fans or any offensive chanting but the Albanian Football Association deemed the choreography of the Ujqërit e Deborës to be worthy of a one match ban on supporters.[6]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League

Cups

Tournaments

Seasons top scorers[edit]

Season Player Goals
1931 Albania Aristotel Samsuri 7
1933 Albania Servet Teufik Agaj 7
2010–11 Argentina Alfredo Rafael Sosa 13
2011–12 Albania Daniel Xhafaj 11
2012–13 Croatia Pero Pejić 12

Records[edit]

  • Biggest ever European home victory: Skënderbeu Korçë 3:2 Shakhter Karagandy Kazakhstan (6 August 2013)
  • Biggest ever European home defeat: Skënderbeu Korçë 0:2 APOEL Cyprus (13 July 2011)
  • Biggest ever European away defeat: APOEL Cyprus 4:0 Skënderbeu Korçë (20 July 2011)

European competitions record[edit]

By competition[edit]

As of 29 August 2013

Competition
App Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League
3
8
3
1
4
5
14
UEFA Europa League
1
2
1
0
1
1
1
Total
4
10
4
1
5
6
15
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2011–12 UEFA Champions League
2QR
Cyprus
APOEL
0–2
0–4
0–6
2012–13 UEFA Champions League
2QR
Hungary
Debrecen
1–0
0–3
1–3
2013–14 UEFA Champions League
2QR
Azerbaijan
Neftchi Baku
1–0 (aet)
0–0
1–0
3QR
Kazakhstan
Shakhter Karagandy
3–2
0–3
3–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League
PO
Ukraine
Chornomorets Odesa
1–0 (aet)
0–1
1–1 (6–7p)
  • 1QR = 1st Qualifying Round
  • 2QR = 2nd Qualifying Round
  • 3QR = 3rd Qualifying Round
  • PO = Play-off Round

Balkans Cup[edit]

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
Balkans Cup 4 2 0 2 3 8 -5
Season Competition Group Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1978 Balkans Cup B Greece Aris Thessaloniki 2–0 0–2 2–2
Croatia HNK Rijeka 1–0 0–6 1–6

Ranking[edit]

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 28 October 2013)

Rank Team Points
268 Croatia NK Varaždin 4.775
268 Croatia RNK Split 4.775
270 Belarus FC Naftan Novopolotsk 4.725
271 Sweden Gefle IF 4.685
272 Poland Polonia Warsaw 4.675
273 Albania KF Skënderbeu Korçë 4.600
274 Estonia FC Levadia Tallinn 4.575
275 Republic of Macedonia FK Rabotnički 4.550
276 Slovenia ND Mura 05 4.500
277 Denmark AGF Aarhus 4.480
278 Northern Ireland Linfield F.C. 4.475

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Albania GK Orges Shehi (vice-captain)
2 Albania DF Amarildo Dimo
3 Albania DF Renato Arapi
4 Kosovo DF Samir Sahiti
5 Kosovo FW Florent Sejdiu
7 Albania DF Erbim Fagu
8 Nigeria MF Nurudeen Orelesi
9 Albania MF Enkeleid Alikaj
10 Albania MF Bledi Shkëmbi (captain)
12 Albania GK Erjon Llapanji
14 Albania MF Leonit Abazi
15 Albania DF Ditmar Bicaj
No. Position Player
17 Albania MF Gjergji Muzaka
19 Mali MF Bakary Nimaga
20 Brazil DF Ademir
21 Albania MF Klaudio Hyseni
22 Croatia FW Pero Pejić
23 Croatia MF Željko Tomić
24 Albania FW Artnant Tahirllari
30 Albania FW Andi Ribaj
33 Croatia DF Marko Radas
78 Serbia DF Ivan Gvozdenović
88 Albania MF Sabien Lilaj
99 Albania FW Mario Kame

Current staff[edit]

Headship[edit]

Position Name
President Albania Ardian Takaj
Co President Albania Agim Zeqo

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Albania Mirel Josa
Assistant Coach Albania Milutin Kërçiç
Goalkeeping Coach Albania Ilir Bozhiqi
Athletic Coach Albania Ilir Selimi

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Club Doctor Albania
Physiotherapist Albania Jorgo Pantazi
Masseur Albania Denis Rrushi

Managers[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Main Sponsors[edit]

  • Official shirt sponsor – Ama Coffee
  • Official host broadcaster – SuperSport Albania
  • Official sport clothing provider – Legea

Other Sponsors[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Teodor Vaso (11 November 2010). "Todo Vaso, mjeshtri i merituar, rrëfen historinë 80-vjeçare të futbollit korçar" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 2010-11-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ Giovanni Armillotta (15 July 2009). "Albanian Football Season 1930". Giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  3. ^ Giovanni Armillotta (15 July 2009). "Albanian Football Season 1933". Giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  4. ^ Ujqërit e Dëborës thërrasin shqiptarët : Eja edhe ti!
  5. ^ Tifozët, thirrje bardhebluve: Të evitojmë problemet
  6. ^ Vendos Disiplina: Skënderbeu-Flamurtari, luhet pa tifozë