KS Kastrioti

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KS Kastrioti Krujë
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Full name Klubi Sportiv Kastrioti Krujë
Founded 1926
Ground Kastrioti Stadium, Krujë, Albania
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Petro Kumi
Manager Nevil Dede
League Albanian Superliga
2012–13 Albanian Superliga, 8th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Klubi Sportiv Kastrioti Krujë is an Albanian football club based in the city of Krujë. The club's home ground is the Kastrioti Stadium which has a capacity of 8,000 spectators and they currently compete in the Albanian Superliga.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The club was founded in 1926 as the city of Krujë's main sports club. During a brief spell in 1949 the club was dissolved, but was quickly re-established under the name of the city, Krujë. Two years later in 1951 the club was renamed Puna Krujë before reverting it back to simply Krujë again in 1958, which they later added Kastrioti to, in honour of the nobel Kastrioti family of which Albania's national hero Skanderbeg hailed from.

Rise and fall (1989-2006)[edit]

For many years the club only competed in the lower divisions of Albanian football, but they managed to achieve promotion to the top tier Albanian Superliga in 1990 for the very first time. During their debut season in the top flight the club finished in 12th place out of 14 teams with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 17 losses.[1] The following season they would again finish 2 places from the bottom, in 14th place out of 16 teams,[2] a feat they would replicate the following season once again, but this time the league format had changed and the club was relegated to the Albanian First Division.[3] The club returned to the top flight in 1995 after winning the 1994-95 First Divison title and gaining promotion.[4] However, this was only short lived as they were relegated in their first season back after finishing in penultimate place.[5] They would have to wait 10 years to return to the Superliga once again, as they achieved promotion in the 2004-05 season after finishing 3rd in the First Division.[6]

Recent history (2006-2011)[edit]

During the 2005-06 season the club finished in its best league position of 8th place out of 12 teams and secured top flight football for another season.[7] The following season they were relegated after losing in the promotion and relegtion play off against KS Lushnja 4-2 on penalties after a goalless stalemate.[8] Kastrioti were immediately promoted after finishing in 3rd place and reaching the play offs for promotion, where they beat Partizani Tirana 1-0 to gain promotion.[9] The club had to feature in the play off once again after finishing 9th out of 12 teams, but they beat KS Lushnja 1-0 to remain in the top flight.[10] The following season the club finished 8th but narrowly avoided the promotion and relegation play off by goal difference.[11]

Present time[edit]

In the summer of 2011, 75% of the club's shares were sold by the Municipality of Krujë to Alban Sport, Albania's exclusive distributor of Adidas and Reebok clothing. The remaining 25% of the club's shares were held by the Municipality of Krujë. This provided the club with greater resources to invest in the squad and to keep up with the other Superliga sides who were investing heavily at the time. The 2011-12 season proved to be the club's most successful campaign as they finished in 5th place, just one place behind reaching UEFA Europa League qualification stage.[12] They again remained a mid table team, finishing 8th out of 14 teams in the 2012-13 season and remaining comfortably in the league.[13]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 January, 2014

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Mladen Kukrika
2 Albania DF Fatmir Caca
4 Albania MF Asion Daja
5 Albania MF Artan Karapici
5 Albania DF Rigers Hoxha
6 Albania DF Erion Xhafa
8 Albania MF Jetmir Sefa
10 Albania FW Enco Malindi
11 Albania FW Erald Turdiu
12 Spain GK Ángel Pindado
14 Albania MF Semiran Cela
No. Position Player
16 Albania FW Guido Tepshi
18 Albania DF Arian Sheta
19 Albania MF Nertil Ferraj
21 Albania MF Elton Muçollari
22 Albania DF Elton Doku
23 Albania MF Gentian Manuka
25 Brazil DF Denis da Silva
26 Croatia MF Davor Bratić
27 Nigeria DF Abraham Alechenwu
29 Serbia FW Lazar Popović
32 Albania GK Princ Cali

Club officials[edit]

  • President: Petro Kumi
  • Board member: Shkelzen Hoxha
  • Board member: Arben Kumi
  • Board member: Armand Shehu

Managers[edit]

  • Albania Ramadan Ndreu (2005-26 September 2006)
  • Albania Petrit Haxhia (26 September 2006-1 April 2007)
  • Albania Ramadan Ndreu (1 April 2007-7 October 2007)
  • Albania Vasil Bici (8 October 2007-2 March 2008)
  • Albania Ramadan Ndreu (2 March 2008-30 June 2012)
  • Albania Andrea Marko (31 June 2012-1 July 2012)
  • Albania Artan Mërgjyshi (1 July 2012–15 October 2012)
  • Albania Shaban Dollaku (16 October 2012–31 May 2013)
  • Albania Ramadan Ndreu (1 July 2013–9 November 2013)
  • Albania Kristaq Mile (15 November 2013–16 February 2014)
  • Albania Nevil Dede (17 February–)

References[edit]