KF Tirana

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KF Tirana
KF Tirana Logo
Full name Klubi i Futbollit Tirana
Nickname(s) Tirona
Founded August 16, 1920; 94 years ago (1920-08-16)
as Shoqata Sportive Agimi
Ground Selman Stermasi Stadium
Tirana, Albania
Ground Capacity 12,000[1]
President Albania Refik Halili
Head Coach Albania Gugash Magani
League Albanian Superliga
2013–14 Albanian Superliga , 6th
Website Club home page
Current season
Active branches of KF Tirana
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KF Tirana is an Albanian football club based in the country's capital city, Tiranë. The mens football club is part of the multi disciplinary sports club SK Tirana, and is the most successful in Albania, having won 49 recognized major trophies. They play their home games at the Qemal Stafa stadium and the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tiranë and they compete in Albania's top flight, the Albanian Superliga.

The club was founded on 16 August 1920 as Shoqata Sportive Agimi, which translates to the Agimi Sports Association, and they have since participated in all the top tier national championships ever held in Albania, making them the only club in Albania to have never been relegated. They have competed under the name of SK Tirana between 1927 and 1947, before renaming to 17 Nëntori Tirana, Puna Tirana and KS 17 Nëntori, which was the name of the club until 1991 when it was divided into two branches, the multi disiplinary KS Tirana and the football branch of KF Tirana.

Additionally, the multi-trophy team represents the most successful Albanian team in Europe having passed 11 times the first round along their 46-year history. The club participated in the European Cup competition in 1965–66 for the first time. White and blues hold the all-time record for the highest IFFHS ranking of an Albanian football club, being ranked as high as 31st in the World in 1987, as result of success preceded 1986-87. KF Tirana have been appointed an ECA member.[2]

History[edit]

Albania 1st Football Tournament 1911[edit]

Still an unofficial event of Albanian Football, recently revealed by historians to be the very first championship ever played in Albania. All rounds were played in a one-legged format, similar to those of European competitions. Event started on April, 7th with quarter-finals, semi-finals were played out on April, 11th & 12th, then ended on April, 14th, 1911 with the final match. All matches, including the final have been played in Fier. It was contested by 8 teams, and KF Tirana won the championship.[3]

1920s[edit]

On 16 August 1920, Albanian patriot P. Nika altogether with A. Erebara, P. Jakova, A. Hoxha, A. Koja, P. Berisha, A. Zajmi, H. Fortuzi, B. Pazari, L. Berisha, S. Frasheri, H. Alizoti, A. Gjitomi and V. Fekeci founded the "Agimi Sports Association", probably a continuation of former existing clubs. The association's favourite sport was football. In October of that same year the newly founded team played the first match against "Juventus" Shkodra. In 1925 the association's governing council was elected. Its members were A. Zajmi, S. Stermasi, B. Toptani, I. Gjinali and A. Koja. The team also played its first international match against the Yugoslav team "Crnogorac" Cetinje, Montenegro, the same year. In 1927 on the initiative of Mr S. Stermasi, Mr A. Erebara, Mr A. Zajmi and Mr A. Koja, "Agimi" changed its name to Sportklub Tirana (SK Tirana). During the period 1927–1930 SK Tirana played many friendly matches against other Albanian teams.[4]

1930s and World War 2[edit]

The first picture of the KF Tirana Squad

The onset of the Albanian national football championship was on 6 April 1930. At the end of the first championship the white-and-blue team finished at the leading position, thus becoming the first Albanian champions. Later on they won the championship six times out of seven during the pre-World War 2 period, convincingly dominating the Albanian football scene. Tirana were the first Albanian football team to introduce the permanent role of a regular coach and also the first to secure the services of a foreign coach, the Hungarian Samo Singer, in 1934.

From 1939 to 1942, KF Tirana won two more national championships (out of 3 organized by the AFA during that period, the third won by KS Vllaznia), however, despites being official, these trophies are still not added to Tirana's palmares by AFA. Although these championships were played right after King's Cup was concluded (an event officially recognized from AFA) and the 1942 championship had a massive nationwide participation (the first and the only time in Albanian football history so far in which Kosovo teams compete alongside Albanian teams as a Nationwide League), it's meaningless why AFA are still hesitating to add these events as well, considering the fact that AFA are the official organizers![5][6]

The AFA finally made a decision in February 2013 that, according to them, although AFA admits the WWII Championships have indeed been played correctly and rightfully, are not legitimate and won't be recognized since they weren't organized by the AFA, but by the Fascist regime.[7]

1944–1957[edit]

After the war, KF Tirana made a good start reaching the second spot in 1945, after losing to Vllaznia Shkodër in the final. But soon the club would become a victim of the reigning communist regime in Albania. At the beginning of March 1946, at the "Nacional" movie theater in Tirana, as a result of instructions coming from the communist politburo, KF Tirana was forced to change its name to "17 Nentori". The club was thus denied its own name. The following decade would unroll in the same suffocating atmosphere, becoming even heavier after the foundation of two system-privileged teams that would follow the experiences of their sisters in the former USSR, former Yugoslavia, and the other eastern European countries: Partizani, the Defense Ministry team and Dinamo, the Internal Affairs Ministry team. Dozens of Tirana’s talented players were "convinced", against their will, to play for either Partizani or Dinamo. As a result "17 Nentori" struggled to stay at the top during the years 1947–1957, however the team managed to gain some of the lost groung during the second part of the 50's after replacing in part some of the first choice players of its line up.

1958–1970[edit]

From 1958 to 1964 Tirana kept on producing some good football and finishing the championship almost always at the third spot. These years were a prelude to what was about to happen later: Tirana reexperienced its pre-war glory spell under the services of the unforgettable coach Lym (Myslym) Alla. At the end of the 28th national championship Tirana became champions of Albania more than twenty years after their last title.

Championship of 1966-67[edit]

The team repeated the success the year after, but this was an obvious challenge to Partizani's generals and Dinamo's secret service bosses. After having practically won the 1966–1967 title three matches in advance, Tirana was banned from the competition and the title was assigned to Dinamo.[8][9]

After this, Tirana won the championship two years in a row in style, losing only two matches in 1968 and only one during the 1969–1970 season.[10]

1970s and 1980s[edit]

During the seventies Tirana struggled hard to stay at the top, the best result being the second place and the worst the thirteenth. Yet the club won the national cup twice. The generation of older players came to the end pf their careers and this could only mark the end of a highly successful era. However the unsuccessful spell would not last long this time. Tirana won the championship at the end of the 1981–1982 season, and they went on to win the title three other times during the eighties, in 1984–1985, 1987–1988, and 1988–1989 and the Albanian Cup in 1983, 1984, and 1986. The club was also successful in the European club competitions and many of the team players made up the core of the best Albania the country had ever had.[citation needed]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

During the first half of the nineties KF Tirana (which in August 1991 regained its old name), likewise the whole Albanian society, went through a period of profound changes. Almost all the best Albanian players left the country and went abroad looking for a richer team who could hire them. But it seems that the club simply could not stand being too long from the leading spots. Thus at the end of the 1994–1995 season, K. F. Tirana once again won the championship five matches in advance with 12 points ahead of the second placed team. During the recent years Tirana has dominated the Albanian football by winning 10 out of the last 18 Albania's championships.[11]

Recent seasons and the present[edit]

Utrecht-KF Tirana

Even though KF Tirana has dominated through the last 20 years, since 2006 club have displayed instability in management, which has also reflected in the results. Several factors have affected negatively the presentation, not only in the domestic competitions, but also the international appearances.

  • KF Tirana's last solid dominating season was the one 2006-07, when the title was easily achieved. However, since failure in Champions League qualifications on that year, KF Tirana started an unstable performance.
  • The season 2007-08 found them in 6th spot, an unusual position for this team for last 18 years.[12]
  • Although Tirana won the title in 2008-09, it was a glow-less season.
  • Other severe problems started again in 2009-10 and season ended a total failure, gaining no trophies.[13]
  • White and blues yet again didn't make a good start of the 2010-2011 Domestic League, due to some controversies between the president and club chief, as well as unexplainable delays in paying players salaries, which had a negative impact in the team. The continuous unpleasant results caused Tirana presidency changing coaches thrice in one season, starting with Sulejman Starova, then Nevil Dede and finally Croatian Mišo Krstičević. Contrary to the League, KF Tirana did well in the Cup, winning the final against Dinamo Tirana by penalty shoot-outs (regular and extra time finished in a 1–1 draw) earning also the participation in Europa League for second time in a row.[14]

Late preparations, late new players arrivals, even late new coach appointment gave the negative effects either in team consolidation, or poor performance in Europa League. Starting from 2-nd qualifying round, having drawn goalless first match home, Tirana suffered a 1–3 away loss against Slovakian opponent FC Spartak Trnava and were therefore knocked out early from the competition.[15]

  • The 2011-2012 season started very well for now a consolidated Tirana. They added another trophy in their wealthy palmares, the 9th Supercup, by winning the final match against defending champions KF Skënderbeu Korçë in Korçë, with a single goal of Bekim Bala.

12 October 2011 was another key event for club's future. The Municipality Council voted with unanimous consent the transformation of KF Tirana status to a shareholders association. Since then, the club is originally named as KF Tirana Sh.A (Shoqëri Aksionere). Municipality of Tirana will initially hold 100% of shares, however any future private sponsors or donors approaches to share stock would always be welcome.[16]

White and blues ended the League in the 3rd place, 5 points below crowned champions KF Skënderbeu Korçë, even though outstanding Spanish coach Julián Rubio had to re-create the squad twice, due to lack of players who left the club by late summer. Additionally, Tirana players and staff had to outface a temporary financial kink, caused from the latter club transformation to sh.a. which had negative influence in the limited number of quality players which approached from the market. At majority of the season coach Rubio had severe difficulties and wasn't able to even to create a proper official squad for a match! Nonetheless, despite all difficulties faced, Tirana finally ended the season in the best possible way earning 2 trophies out of 3, by also winning their 15th Cup trophy. Tirana won the final against their fierce rivals of last 2 seasons KF Skënderbeu Korçë, with Bekim Bala becoming again the key scorer, netting the winning goal at 107' at extra-time, since regular time ended goalless draw.[17]

  • The club could, however, get organized better for 2012-13 season, starting from Europa League participation. Even though having a healthy budget, club officials were too late to bring quality players on time, adding here the fact that they let go of main attacker, Bekim Balaj for a funny transfer sum to AC Sparta Prague despite Balaj still had 6 month of contract left! Tirana managed to pass only one round in Europa League, eliminating CS Grevenmacher of Luxembourg, before being knocked out from Norwegians of Aalesunds FK in the 2nd round. Tirana won again the Supercup (their jubilee 10th trophy), by beating on their 3rd final clash KF Skënderbeu Korçë. Despite due to extend his link with Tirana for the following two seasons and continuing the project, the successful Spanish coach, Rubio, did not sign that contract officially, due to some clauses on which himself and the club did not agree and eventually him and the club departed ways after over 13 months cooperation.[18] Artur Lekbello was appointed Tirana new coach, but despite his credits as a player in the past, he did not prove that successful as a coach and therefore presented his resignation to club administrator after only 42 days, following unpleasant results in Tirana's bench. Alban Tafaj once again took the vacant place as a temporary coach. On 19 February, Tafaj withdrew to his original technical director post and Nevil Dede became Tirana coach for the 2nd time in his career. With Dede in bench, Tirana ended the 2012-13 season in the 5th place, thus a total failure, considering neither trophy was won (not mentioning here the Supercup before season started) nor club earned the right to participate in Europe. Dede however extended his contract with the club for another 2 years, in order to take forward his project of activating mostly young players from youth academy and abroad.
  • In the verge of the new season, Tirana transported from last year the financial problems, ungiven salaries and long waiting failure of Tirana city council to sell club assets.[19] This situation went to the extreme and club was nearly starting Superliga with only 10 young players. But days before market was due to close three businessmen approached for Tirana; Ndriçim Babasi (initially appointed decision making head-donor, but then left passing the post to Mr. Halili at December, 2013), ex-donor Refik Halili (decision making head-donor since December, 2013) and Lulzim Morina and fortunately club was able to approach few players. New Tirana started to take shape, however last moment approaches had their negative effect in results, as continuous losses caused Tirana president suspend coach Dede and temporary replaced him with Alpin Gallo, who lasted only 5 matches. Tirana were also eliminated early from the Cup. Gugash Magani, an experienced coach was named instead. He stayed in duty even after changes at the club. With Magani as coach Tirana started to win matches and finally made it staying in Superliga and even ranked 6th in perhaps the worst season in club history.
  • 26 June was a significant date for the football club, as Tirana city council finally approved with 33 pro votes handling 66% of Municipality assets to private sponsors for the next 18 years (currently Mr Halili and Mr Morina), giving them the green light to invest in players, stadium, training pitches, youth academy, etc in order to create a stronger club after lot of struggling past 5 years.[20]

Following this event and considering the fact that there was no European participation, club had all necessary time to organize well pre-seasonal preparations. Along with approaching the right players in the existing squad of last season and proper training project in Albania, a well prepared pre-seasonal training was organized for over 3 weeks in Ohrid, playing friendlies there and consolidate team further. Such well-planned project had not been seen for many years, perhaps since El Sayed era.

Stadiums[edit]

The home ground of KF Tirana is Selman Stërmasi Stadium, which is shared with city rivals Dinamo Tirana and Partizani Tirana. However, most derby and significant matches are played at the national team's Qemal Stafa Stadium; the stadium is also used if the Selman Stërmasi Stadium is unavailable as it is used by three different teams. The club has expressed its desire to rebuild the current Selman Stërmasi Stadium into a modern complex with around 15,000 to 20,000 season. They want it to be Albania's first modern post-Communism stadium without an athletic track around the field, which they hope will provide more atmosphere and attract more fans. However, it has not yet been decided when this will be built but it is rumoured to be the club's 100th anniversary present in 2020.[21]

Selman Stërmasi Stadium[edit]

KF Tirana plays most of its official and friendly games at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tirana. The Selman Stërmasi Stadium was built in 1956 and was previously named the 'Dinamo' Stadium till 1991 when it was permanently given its new name. The Football Association of Albania and the club decided to name the stadium post mortem after the eminent KF Tirana player, coach and president, Selman Stërmasi. The stadium has a capacity of 12,500 (of which 6000 seated) and has recently ended a long phase of construction, involving development of the main pitch, central seated area, facilities around the ground and general lineaments. There are still improvements expected to be made soon,[when?] as side seated areas, an electronic clock and a KF Tirana shopping centre just under central seated. The internal facilities include a press conference room, journalists' corner and modern showers. The main parking area is located at the front of the stadium, which leads to the entrance. The whole external part of the stadium is surrounded by a 2.7 M (9 ft) rail fence.[22]

Supporters[edit]

Tirona Fanatics

The supporters of KF Tirana are organised in Tirona Fanatics, a fan club started on 8 January 2006 and popular with football fans of KF Tirana. The name Tirona Fanatics was chosen because it is written in the dialect of Tirana. Tirona Fanatics are the most organized fan club, not only in Tirana but also in the country. They have a well-prepared agenda which is set in advance for either home or away club support, self-established funds, their own logo, all technical gear needed for every match and always express their serious dedication to KF Tirana emblem through ovations, slogans, songs, gestures and pyrotechnics with a high civilization, without violence and swearing towards opponent team players, staff or fans. The group has shown good support and preparations even beyond Albanian borders, in away matches such as in Trnava, Grevenmacher, etc. Tirona Fanatics are in close cooperation with Plisat of Pristina and Shvercerat of Shkupi and have also attended in many Albania National Football Team matches. Since creation, the fans number has been in a constant increase and new members are recruited every week.

Rivalries[edit]

Honours[edit]

KF Tirana are regarded as the Albania's top football team having won:

Domestic[edit]

*Including the Championships which are awaiting to be officially recognized from AFA.

International[edit]

Runners Up (1)1981.

Records[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Biggest ever home league victory: KF Tirana – KS Flamurtari 11:0 (05.07.1936) [23]
  • Biggest ever home league defeat: KF Tirana – KS Vllaznia 0:6 (1947)
  • Biggest ever away league victory: KF Elbasani – KF Tirana 2:9 (12.06.1932)
  • Biggest ever away league defeat: KS Besa – KF Tirana 7:1 (1992)
  • Most league appearances: Albania Elvis Sina (419)
  • Most league goals: Albania Indrit Fortuzi (152)
  • Most points in a season: 84 (2004–05)
  • Least points in a season: 7 (1940)
  • Most wins in a season: 26 (2004–05)
  • Least wins in a season: 3 (1931, 1933, 1940, 1942)
  • Most ties in a season: 15 (1974–75)
  • Least ties in a season: 0 (1939, 1946)
  • Most losses in a season: 13 (1972–73, 1976–77, 1991–92)
  • Least losses in a season: 0 (1932, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1942)
  • Best Goal Differential: +66 (1936)
  • Worst Goal Differential: -5 (1972–73)

Europe[edit]

  • Biggest ever European home victory: KF Tirana – Malta Sliema Wanderers 5:0 (27 September 1989)
  • Biggest ever European home defeat: KF Tirana – Croatia NK Croatia Zagreb 2:6 (24 July 1996)
  • Biggest ever European away victory: Belarus FC Gomel – KF Tirana 0:2 (14 July 2004)
  • Biggest ever European away defeat: Norway Aalesunds FK – KF Tirana 5:0 (26 July 2012)
  • Most European appearances: Albania Elvis Sina (31)
  • Most European goals: Albania Indrit Fortuzi (10)

Last 20 Seasons[edit]

Season Div. Albanian Superliga M W D L GSco GCon Pts Albanian Cup Albanian Supercup
1993–94 1st Runners-up 26 13 7 6 36 16 33 Winners Winners
1994–95 1st Champions 30 19 6 5 57 27 44 Runners-up -
1995–96 1st Champions 34 19 10 5 52 22 55 Winners -
1996–97 1st Champions 22 14 4 4 40 9 46 1/8 Finals -
1997–98 1st Runners-up 34 19 8 7 54 18 65 1/4 Finals -
1998–99 1st Champions 30 18 7 5 48 20 61 Winners -
1999–00 1st Champions 27 16 5 6 41 15 53 1/4 Finals Winners
2000–01 1st Runners-up 26 16 6 4 56 13 54 Winners Runners-up
2001–02 1st Runners-up 26 19 5 2 52 15 62 Winners Winners
2002–03 1st Champions 26 19 3 4 57 17 60 1/2 Finals Winners
2003–04 1st Champions 36 24 8 4 90 36 80 1/2 Finals Runners-up
2004–05 1st Champions 36 26 6 4 82 32 84 Runners-up Winners
2005–06 1st Runners-up 36 17 11 8 54 33 62 Winners Winners
2006–07 1st Champions 33 22 6 5 64 33 72 1/4 Finals Winners
2007–08 1st 6 33 14 7 12 46 36 49 Runners-up -
2008–09 1st Champions 33 19 11 3 58 27 68 Runners-up Winners
2009–10 1st 3rd Place 33 15 7 11 38 32 52 1/4 Finals -
2010–11 1st 5 33 11 11 11 42 31 44 Winners Winners
2011–12 1st 3rd Place 26 16 5 5 33 21 53 Winners Winners
2012–13 1st 5 26 12 7 7 30 23 43 1/8 Finals -
2013–14 1st 6 33 14 8 11 36 31 50 1/8 Finals -

KF Tirana in Europe[edit]

In addition to being the best team in all domestic competitions, K.F. Tirana (Men) have also given the best performances in Europe among Albanian teams. Although Tirana have passed 11 times one European round, they have never gone further than that. However, white and blues hold the all-time record for the highest IFFHS ranking of an Albanian football club, being ranked as high as 31st in the World in 1987, as result of success preceded 1986-87.[24] In their European path, Tirana have played against "big guns" such as: AFC Ajax, FC Bayern Munich, A.C. Milan, etc. Drawn against reputable teams such as FC Dinamo București, Ferencvárosi TC, PFC CSKA Sofia, Stabæk IF, FC Utrecht, NK Dinamo Zagreb, IFK Göteborg, Malmö FF, Standard Liège, etc. In several occasions, respectable European names such as: FC Dinamo București, FC Dinamo Tbilisi, ND Gorica, NK Varteks, etc. have been eliminated from white and blues.

The best squad to compete in Europe was that of season 2004/05. After having easily passed FC Gomel of Belarus in the first round, Tirana played against Ferencvárosi TC in the second round. Having lost the first leg at home 2–3, KF Tirana produced fantastic football in Budapest and was leading 1–0, after which the team missed a penalty and the ball hit woodwork twice, but they just could not score the qualifying goal and therefore were eliminated with a 3–3 on aggregate.[25]

KF Tirana friendly match for social initiative[edit]

KF Tirana vs A.C. Milan. On 14 October 2008, KF Tirana and A.C. Milan took part, for the first time ever, in the "Taci Oil Albania Reads" project in Tirana. This new initiative had the goal to raise funds for the construction of new and modern libraries across Albania, a project launched by UNICEF. The proceeds of this event, sponsored by Taçi Oil helped to create 100 new libraries in Albanian schools, whilst also driving forward the improvement in learning, teaching and reading standards in schools. KF Tirana won the match 2–1.[26]

World & European Rankings[edit]

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 21 October 2013), Source: Bert Kassies website

Rank Team Points
315 Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 3.650
316 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 3.625
317 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 3.625
318 Bulgaria Cherno More Varna 3.625
319 Albania KF Tirana 3.600
320 Serbia FK Jagodina 3.575
321 Estonia Flora Tallinn 3.575
322 Georgia (country) WIT Georgia Tbilisi 3.475
291 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 3.450

IFFHS Europe club ranking of the 21st century[edit]

(As of 29 January 2013), Source: IFFHS published 29 January 2013

Rank Team Points
168 France FC Nantes 739.0
169 Belgium Germinal Beerschot 735.0
170 Denmark Aalborg BK 727.0
171 France AS Saint-Étienne 718.0
172 Albania KF Tirana 716.0
173 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta FC 716.0
174 Sweden Helsingborgs IF 712.0
175 Russia Dinamo Moscow 710.5
176 Republic of Macedonia FK Rabotnički 710.0

IFFHS World club ranking of the last decade[edit]

(1 January 2001 – 31 December 2011), Source: IFFHS published 21 March 2012

Rank Team Points
303 Syria Al-Karamah SC 650.0
304 South Korea Pohang Steelers 647.5
305 Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 643.5
306 Jordan Al-Wehdat SC 643.5
307 Albania KF Tirana 643.0
308 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero 641.0
309 England West Ham United F.C. 641.0
310 France AS Saint-Étienne 640.0
311 Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan F.C. 632.0

IFFHS Europe club ranking of the last decade[edit]

(1 January 2001 – 31 December 2011), Source: IFFHS published 21 March 2012

Rank Team Points
80 Albania KF Tirana 643.0
81 Belgium K.V.C. Westerlo 656.0
82 Portugal Boavista F.C. 656.0
83 Russia FC Krylia Sovetov Samara 653.0
84 England West Ham United F.C. 641.0
85 France AS Saint-Étienne 640.0
86 Croatia NK Varaždin 632.0
87 Netherlands FC Groningen 629.0

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Albania GK Stivi Frashëri
2 Albania DF David Domgjoni
4 Albania DF Gentian Muça (3rd captain)
5 Albania DF Entonio Pashaj
6 Albania DF Debatik Curri
7 Rwanda FW Meddie Kagere
8 Albania MF Ervin Bulku (captain)
9 Croatia FW Tomislav Bušić
10 Albania FW Mario Morina
11 Albania FW Ergys Sorra
12 Albania GK Marsel Çaka
13 Albania MF Erando Karabeci (vice-captain)
14 Uganda FW Francis Olaki
No. Position Player
17 Burundi FW Selemani Ndikumana
18 Albania MF Dorian Kërçiku
19 Albania MF Elis Bakaj
20 Albania MF Erlind Koreshi
21 Albania MF Ardit Peposhi
23 Kosovo MF Argjend Malaj
24 Albania DF Erion Hoxhallari
26 Albania MF Afrim Taku (4th captain)
27 Albania DF Endrit Idrizaj
29 Albania MF Alush Gavazaj
31 Albania GK Edvan Bakaj
99 Albania DF Renaldo Kalari

Reserves and academy[edit]

For the reserve and academy squads, see KF Tirana Reserves and Academy

KF Tirana B[edit]

Recently, KF Tirana have established their reserve team which initially started to compete from the lowest category.

Main article: KF Tirana B

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:KF Tirana players.

Players[edit]

  Active players are highlighted
Elvis Sina is the most capped player in the history of KF Tirana with 419 caps.
As of 8 June 2014 [27]
# Name Career Caps Goals
1
Elvis Sina
1999–2014 419 8
2
Blendi Nallbani
1990–2010 310 1
3
Nevil Dede
1994–2010 299 30
4
Agustin Kola
1980–1997 298 133
5
Rezart Dabulla
1998–2013 242 8
6
Indrit Fortuzi
1993–2008 224 152
7
Devi Muka
1999–2010 210 61
8
Ervin Bulku
1998– 201 14
9
Klodian Duro
1999–2010 145 30
10
Saimir Patushi
2002–2009 134 15

Most goals[edit]

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most goals for KF Tirana, as of 8 June 2014 [28]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1
Indrit Fortuzi
1993–2008 152 224
2
Agustin Kola
1980–1997 133 298
3
Arben Minga
1977–1996 108 203
4
Shkëlqim Muça
1976–1988 88 92
5
Petrit Dibra
1971–1980 70 187
6
Devi Muka
1999-2010 61 210
7
Skënder Hyka
1965–1974 60 156
8
Niko Xhaçka
1961-1972 57 146
9
Ali Mema
1963–1972 52 115
10
Mahir Halili
2001-2005 46 133

Managerial[edit]

Name Superliga Albanian Cup Supercup Total
Albania Stërmasi, SelmanSelman Stërmasi 6 0 0 6
Albania Myslym Alla 4 1 0 5
Albania Enver Shehu 3 3 0 6
Albania Mema, SulejmanSulejman Mema 2 2 1 5
Albania Muça, ShkëlqimShkëlqim Muça 2 1 1 4
Albania Rreli, ShyqyriShyqyri Rreli 2 1 0 3
Albania Starova, SulejmanSulejman Starova 2 1 0 3
Albania Josa, MirelMirel Josa 1 1 1 3
Spain Rubio, JulianJulian Rubio 0 1 2 3
Albania Fatmir Frasheri 1 1 0 2
Albania Tafaj, AlbanAlban Tafaj 1 0 0 1
Albania Kola, AgustinAgustin Kola 0 1 0 1
Croatia Krstičević, MišoMišo Krstičević 0 1 0 1
Croatia Loncarevic, IlijaIlija Loncarevic 0 0 1 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina Hadžiabdić, EnverEnver Hadžiabdić 0 0 1 1
Hungary Miklós Temesvári 0 0 1 1

Former managers[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Albanian Golden Boot

The following players have won the Albanian Golden Boot whilst playing for KF Tirana:

Current technical staff[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Spain Joma 2000–2002
Germany Jako 2002–2004
Germany Puma 2004–2006
Germany Adidas 2006–2008
Germany Puma 2008–2009
Italy Lotto Sport Italia 2009–2010
Germany Adidas 2010–2011
Italy Macron 2011–2012
Italy Errea 2012–2013
Italy Legea 2013–present

KF Tirana Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsor Type Name
Main Sponsors Halili Constructions, Municipality of Tirana
Secondary Sponsors Lani ltd, BHI-Tiranë, Lajthiza Water, Boga ltd
Official clothing provider Legea

Presidents[edit]

Main article: KF Tirana Presidents

KF Tirana has historically been managed and owned by one president. The only exception is during period of 2007–2008, when the presidency was vacant and club was managed by a number of sponsors. KF Tirana has had numerous presidents over the course of its history, most of which have also been the owners of the club, whilst others have only been honorific presidents such as Bamir Topi and Fatmir Frasheri. The club has had a total of 13 presidents, in total from 1920 until the present day. The most successful president in history is considered to be the Egyptian millionaire Metwally El Sayed who was president of the club during the period 1999–2004. The president who has had the longest management over the club has been Selman Stermasi who was owner and president from 1936 until 1960, whilst the president with the shortest management has been Fatmir Frasheri, who only lasted a single year from 2004–2005. Below is the official presidential history of KF Tirana, from when the club was formed, until the present day.[29]

List of presidents[edit]

Name From–To
Albania Bahri Toptan 1920–1933
Albania Stefan Shundi 1933–1936
AlbaniaSelman Stermasi 1936-1960
Albania Lame Konomi 1960–1970
Albania Nuri Bylyku 1970-1983
Albania Clirim Hysi 1983-1985
Albania Zija Shaba 1985-1993
Albania Metush Seferi 1993-1998
Albania Lutfi Nuri 1998-1999
Egypt Metwally El Sayed 1999-2004
Albania Fatmir Frasheri 2004–2005
Albania Bamir Topi 2005-2008
Albania Refik Halili 2008-

KF Tirana Statistics in Albanian Superliga[edit]

Since the Kategoria superiore began in 1930, KF Tirana have played 1784 Superliga matches, scored 3021 goals and conceded 1614. The club has collected so far 2628 points, won 938 games, drawn 456 and lost 390. The club's goal difference is +1407 and the winning difference is +548.[30]

Historical Goals Wins Draws Losses +/-Goals +/- Wins Points Matches
TOTAL 3057-1645 952 464 401 +1412 +551 2678 1817

Data correct up to the end of the 2013–14 season.

See also: KF Tirana Statistics in Albanian Superliga

KF Tirana's champions[edit]

(4 times or more)

# Champion Times Seasons
1 Nevil Dede 8 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007
Blendi Nallbani 8 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009
3 Krenar Alimehmeti 7 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Eldoraldo Markoçi 7 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005
5 Adem Karrapici 6 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937
Arben Minga 6 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996
Agustin Kola 6 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1997
Ardian Mema 6 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Sokol Bulku 6 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
Elvis Sina 6 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Devi Muka 6 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
Rezart Dabulla 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Ervin Bulku 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Isli Hidi 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
15 Mark Gurashi 5 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937
Rudolf Gurashi 5 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937
Emil Hajnali 5 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1937
Florian Riza 5 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000
Indrit Fortuzi 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004
Alpin Gallo 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Alban Tafaj 5 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Saimir Patushi 5 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
23 Selman Stërmasi 4 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934
Hysen Kusi 4 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936
Pavllo Bukoviku 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Luigj Bytyçi 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Fatmir Frashëri 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Skënder Hyka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Bahri Ishka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Ali Mema 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Osman Mema 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Niko Xhaçka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Shkëlqim Muça 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Mirel Josa 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Leonard Liti 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Bedri Omuri 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Bujar Sharra 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Anesti Stoja 4 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995
Ansi Agolli 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Gentjan Hajdari 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

See also[edit]

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