KF Vllaznia Shkodër

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KF Vllaznia Shkodër
Club crest
Full name Klubi i futbollit Vllaznia Shkodër
Nickname(s) Kuqe Blutë (Blue & Reds)
Founded 16 February 1919; 95 years ago (1919-02-16)
as Vllaznia Sports Society
Ground Loro Boriçi Stadium,
Shkodër, Albania
Ground Capacity 18,000[1]
Chairman Roberto Nava
Manager Baldo Ranieri
League Albanian Superliga
2013–14 Albanian Superliga, 8th
Website Club home page

Klubi i futbollit Vllaznia Shkodër is an Albanian football club based in the city of Shkodër. Their home ground is the Loro-Boriçi Stadium, name after former Vllaznia Shkodër footballer Loro Boriçi, and they currently compete in the Albanian Superliga.

History[edit]

Background history[edit]

Football was introduced to the city of Shkodër in 1908, when a Maltese man named At Gut Ruter brought a football into the city, which is considered to be the first time football was played in the country. The first football club formed in Albania was Indipendenca Shkodër, who began operating in 1912 under the guidance of founder Palokë Nika who was also the captain of the team.[2] The first football game organised in city took place in October 1913 between Indipendenca Shkodër and the occupying Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy. It was the first time a football team composed of Albanians had played foreigners, making it the first international game to ever take place involving an Albanian team, as well as being the first 90 minute football game to be played with two 45 minute halves in the country. Indipendenca Shkodër lost the game 2-1, with the captain Palokë Nika scoring the only goal for the home side.[2][3]

Early history[edit]

Following the rise in popularity of football in the city, this prompted Palokë Nika along with other sportspeople in the city to form a club that would cater for many sports including football and on 16 February 1919 the Vllaznia Sports Society was formed. They played games against other Albanian teams, notably playing KF Tirana in their first ever game in October 1920. The club also played international games, the first of which was against the occupying Italian troops on 23 May, who beat Vllaznia 1-0. Later in the year for Albanian Independence Day on 28 November Vllaznia organised another football game against an Italian selection once again, this time losing 5-1. The club's first game outside of Albania was played on 31 August 1922 in Montenegro against FK Lovćen Cetinje, a match which they lost 4-0.[2] The club would continue to play domestic friendly games until the creation of the Albanian Football Association in 1930 and the start of the Kategoria e Parë in the same year.[3]

Championships of World War II[edit]

During the peak of WW2, between the years 1939 and 1942, AFA organized three championships, in 1939, 1940 and 1942.[4] According to all information gathered in years from Albanian and foreign historians, players and veterans who lived these events, clear evidence proves the existence of these championships at that time, as well as the existence of three trophies given from AFA officials themselves. One must not forget that 1942 Albanian Superliga had a nationwide participation - the first and the only one so far involving teams from both countries, Albania and Kosovo.

KS Vllaznia won one such championship whilst KF Tirana won the other two championships in 1939 & 1942.[5] This would update the championship trophies won by these clubs to respectively 10 and 26 at the present time.[when?] After years of silence, AFA have appointed a dedicated commission with 5 members, which is involved in gathering enough evidence in this regard. And finally, after a significant amount of evidence has been produced, it has been given an official date, when AFA intend to officially recognize these 3 championships in their next General Assembly, to be held in February, 2013.[6]

In 1958 the club was renamed "KF Vllaznia". In the European Cup for Champions 1978/79 they beat Austrian team Austria Wien (who went on to the semifinals) 2–0 at home but lost 3–4 on aggregate. In the Cup Winners Cup of 1987/88 they reached the second round after beating Sliema Wanderes from Malta in both games (aggregate 6–0). In the 2001/2002 UEFA Champions league qualifying they beat KR Reykjavik from Iceland 2–1 in Reykjavik and 1–0 in Tirana with two goals from Klodian Duro. In next round KF Vllaznia were eliminated by the Turkish club Galatasaray 2–0 in Istanbul and 1–4 in Tirana. German Uli Schulze, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winner with 1. FC Magdeburg in 1974, was appointed as new coach in summer 2006. He was later replaced by Mirel Josa who is currently at his third spell coaching the team.

2000s[edit]

In the 2000s Vllaznia went through changes, in 2003 the President of Vllaznia, Myftar Cela was shot in Montenegro. The President was loved by every Vllaznia fan, because of his generosity and he loved the team. After Cela died, a group of businessmen gathered to help the team.

In 2006 the Albanian businessman, Valter Fushaj, became Vllaznia President. Since then he has been criticized by the fans for corruption and not wanting the best for the team.

In the 2009–2010 Vllaznia went through some rough changes; having to change 3 coaches and also replacing players. Vllaznia went to the bottom of the table, and having been criticized by the fans, Vllaznia went through some bad times.

On 17 April 2010 Vllaznia won 3–2 against Skenderbeu Korçe but the result was changed to a 2–0 loss for Vllaznia. This was because the player Ansi Nika wasn't on the team roster but was picked for the team anyway. This led to protests by the fans, making accusations that the Vllaznia staff and the President Valter Fushaj specifically did it for bribing reasons.

Stadium[edit]

Loro Boriçi Stadium[edit]

Main article: Loro Boriçi Stadium

The home ground of the club is called "Loro Borici". The name comes from one of the club's and Albania's greatest footballer to ever play, Loro played with some of the biggest teams at that time, with A.S Roma and S.S. Lazio. The striker was known for his goalscoring abilities which he displayed in the Serie A after he left Vllaznia in 1930s.

Loro Boriçi stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Shkodër, Albania. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Vllaznia Shkodër. The stadium holds about 16,000 spectators and was reconstructed in 2001. It is named in honour of Loro Boriçi, famous player in 1940s and 1950s. It is also the second largest stadium in Albania behind the Qemal Stafa (stadium) in Tirana which seats 19,600.

Honors[edit]

Winners (10):1940 (not yet recognized by AFA)1945, 1946, 1971–1972, 1973–1974, 1977–1978, 1982–1983, 1991–1992, 1997–1998, and 2000–2001
Runners-up (11):1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1947, 1949, 1974–1975, 1996–1997, 1998–1999, 2002–2003, and 2008–2009
Winners (6): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1986–87 and 2007–2008
Runners-up (7): 1965–66, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1985–86, 1998–99, 2005–06, and 2009–2010
Winners (2): 1998 and 2001
Runners-up (2): 1992 and 2008.

Records[edit]

  • Biggest ever home league victory: Vllaznia Shkodër 8–0 Flamurtari Vlorë - 6 February 1999
  • Biggest ever home league defeat: Vllaznia Shkodër 0–4 Dinamo Tirana - 25 September 2010
  • Biggest ever away league victory: KF Laçi 1–7 Vllaznia Shkodër - 18 December 2004
  • Biggest ever away league defeat: KF Tirana 5–1 Vllaznia Shkodër - 28 February 2004
  • Biggest ever European home victory: Vllaznia Shkodër 2–0 Austria Austria Vienna - 13 September 1978
  • Biggest ever European home defeat: Vllaznia Shkodër 0–4 Turkey Trabzonspor - 14 July 2007
  • Biggest ever European away victory:Malta Sliema Wanderers 0–4 Vllaznia Shkodër - 30 September 1987
  • Biggest ever European away defeat: Turkey Trabzonspor 6–0 Vllaznia Shkodër - 8 July 2007

Albanian records from September 1997

KF Vllaznia in Europe[edit]

As of July 22, 2011.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1978/79 UEFA European Cup 1R Austria Austria Wien 2–0 1–4
1987/88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers 2–0 4–0
2R Finland RoPS 0–1 0–1
1991/92 UEFA Cup 1R Greece AEK Athens 0–1 0–2
1998/99 UEFA Champions League QR Georgia (country) FC Dinamo Tbilisi 3–1 0–3
1999/00 UEFA Cup QR Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–1 0–2
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Cyprus Nea Salamis FC 1–2 1–4
2001/02 UEFA Champions League 1QR Iceland KR Reykjavik 1–0 1–2
2QR Turkey Galatasaray 1–4 0–2
2003/04 UEFA Cup QR Scotland Dundee FC 0–2 0–4
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Israel Hapoel Beer Sheva 1–2 3–0
2R Croatia NK Slaven Belupo 1–0 0–2
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Croatia NK Zagreb 1–0 1–2
2R Turkey Trabzonspor 0–4 0–6
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1QR Slovenia FC Koper 0–0 2–1
2QR Italy S.S.C. Napoli 0–3 0–5
2009/10 UEFA Europa League 1QR Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers 1–1 2–1
2QR Austria Rapid Wien 0–3 0–5
2011/12 UEFA Europa League 1QR Malta Birkirkara F.C. 1–1 1–0
2QR Switzerland FC Thun 0–0 1–2
  • QR = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = 1st Round
  • 2R = 2nd Round

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 Erind Selimaj
3 Albania DF Alis Baci
4 Albania DF Ervis Kraja
5 Albania MF Arsid Tafili
6 Albania MF Bekim Dema
10 Albania MF Ndriçim Shtubina
11 Albania FW Arsen Hajdari
15 Albania DF Arsen Sykaj
No. Position Player
17 Albania MF Mateo Zefi
18 Albania DF Elvin Beqiri (captain)
22 Albania MF Stivi Vecaj
23 Albania MF Olsi Gocaj
24 Albania DF Antonio Marku
27 Albania MF Arsid Kruja
44 Albania MF Arenc Dibra
Switzerland MF Rijat Shala
Serbia DF Ersin Mehmedović

Youth academy[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Albania DF Arsid Bala
Albania DF Izmir Bala
No. Position Player
Albania DF Ergi Lekaj
Albania FW Hysmir Idrizi

Managers[edit]

Women's team[edit]

A women's team was created in 2013. When three time Albanian champion KF Ada Velipojë disestablished their women's team, the whole team moved to Vllaznia and formed a new women's section.[7] The team then won the 2013–14 Albanian women's football championship and competed in the 2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League. Vllaznia was the first Albanian team draw or win a match when they beat Faroes side KI 2–1. UEFA considers them as a successor team and credits Ada's results to them.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Stadiums - Stadiums in Albania". World Stadiums. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Gjergj Kola. "Palokë Nika - personazhi historik i sportit Shqiptar" (in Albanian). Shkodra Sport. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Një historik i shkurtër i futbollit në Shkodër" (in Albanian). Vllaznia.al. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ RSSSF
  5. ^ http://www.kftirana.info/history.html
  6. ^ AFA's General Assembly to consider the 3 war championships
  7. ^ "Vllaznia is winter champion" (in Albania). albaniansport.net. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014. "Team Shkodra, which in fact is the Ada Velipojë last season" 
  8. ^ "Surprises as qualifying round opens season". UEFA. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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