Partizani Tirana

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FK Partizani
Logo
Full name Futboll Klub Partizani
Nickname(s) Demat e Kuq
Founded February 4, 1946; 68 years ago (1946-02-04)
Ground Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë, Albania
Ground Capacity 19,700
Chairman Gazment Demi
Coach Shpëtim Duro
League Albanian Superliga
2013-14 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

FK Partizani Tirana is an professional football club based in Albania's capital, Tiranë. They currently compete in the Albanian Superliga, the highest tier of Albanian football. The club was formed in 1946 by the Communist movement that had seized control of Albania, and they first competed in a national competition in 1947, where they were crowned national champions in their debut season,[1] as well as the following two seasons. The club has been won the Albanian Superliga 15 times and they have been runners-up 18 times, making them the third most successful Albanian club after KF Tirana and Dinamo Tirana.

History[edit]

FK Partizani were founded by the Albanian National Liberation Army soon after the end of World War II. In their first years of existence, Partizani's team had to rely on players from the Scanderbeg Military High School and Albanian Military Academy, as well as players from other existing teams. In the first championship after World War II in 1945, there were two army teams that participated, Ylli and Liria. They only played in the first championship, because after that they merged and created Ushtria (The Army).

In January 13, 1946, the team played its first friendly match against the reigning champions Vllaznia. The match, which was played in Tirana under heavy rain, ended in a goalless tie. Ushtria had distinctive uniforms because the initials of each player were on the front of their shirts. The first historic lineup was: Bonati, Luga, Tepelia, Demneri, Fagu, Rexhepi, L.Hoxha, Teliti, Kavaja, Bakalli and Bylyku.

On April 7, 1946, in a friendly match against 17 Nentori of Tirana, the team had for the first time the name "Partizani" on the shirts. Partizani won the match by a 2-0 score line with goals by O. Pengili and Q. Teliti. The starting lineup for this match was: Cobani, Tepeli, Dibra, Fagu, Kavaja, Pengili, Hoxha, Sakiqi, Bylyku and Demneri.

Partizani didn’t participate in the 1946 championship but they went on a friendly match tour all over Albania, playing 9 matches and scoring 26 times while giving up 9 goals. The top scorer of these exhibition games was Qamil Teliti who found the net 11 times.

Partizani participated in the national championship for the first time in 1947 and they managed to win the trophy on their debut. They went on to win again in 1948 and 1949, and they managed to win the Republic's Cup as well during those years. Sllave Llambi was in charge of the team. He had also played for Partizani.

In over 60 years Partizani have earned fame in Albania by becoming a legendary club. They have won 15 League titles, 15 Cups and 1 Supercups. Another great achievement is the two silver medals won in Leipzig and Hanoi against well known teams from Eastern Europe.

Partizani are also the only Albanian team to have won a trophy abroad. In 1970 they won the prestigious Balkans Cup by overcoming PFC Beroe Stara Zagora in the final matches; the first leg was a 1-1 draw in Tirana and a 3-0 win was awarded for the second leg, as Beroe withdrew from the second leg. They are still the only Albanian club to have ever lifted an international trophy.

Partizani and their talented players have long been the base for the national team as well. Hundreds of Partizani players have worn on the national team jersey. Many players from Partizani have received medals in Albania and have also played abroad in Italy, Germany, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland etc.

The club are also considered by many to have one of the largest fan bases in Albania. This is not only in Tirana, but throughout the whole country.

Partizani have went through hard times after the fall of communism in Albania in 1990 and they only managed to win the League once in 1993 and the Cup on 4 occasions, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 2004. The club was taken over by Albert Xhani in 1994 and a few years later were relegated for the first time in their history to the second division in 1998. Partizani earned promotion immediately by also winning the second level division trophy. However, Albert Xhani who had been in charge for 11 years, has only won one Cup trophy. The closest they got to winning the league was in the 2007-08 season when the team, under coach Hasan Lika, couldn’t win the last match of the season against rivals Dinamo Tirana, which would have brought home the title.

The following season was one of the worst. The bad financial situation brought poor results and Shpetim Duro took over the team. He managed to motivate the team and they had a far more positive season than expected by reaching the play-outs, but they couldn’t overcome KS Kastrioti in a much contested play-out match. So Partizani were again relegated for the second time.

The 2009/10 season was another bad one. President Albert Xhani declared that there would be no salaries for the players this season. However there were a few well known players that decided to join the team like Skerdi Bejzade, Klodian Asllani, Arjan Sheta and Sokol Ishka. Eduard Zhupa was the coach initially, but after 6 matches through the season, striker Bejzade also took over the coaching position. Before the start of the second half of the season there were two new shareholders, Paro Laci with 40% of the shares and Lulezim Sallaku with 10%, while Xhani retained the remaining 50%. However it was Laci who was paying the salaries now and he took charge of the club. Partizani thrived by getting consecutive wins, but Laci decides to fire coach Bejzade, Xhani's favorite, and bring in Gerti Haxhiu, a more experienced head coach. After the season 2010-11, team relegated for the first time from Albanian First Division to Albanian Second Division. This was the lowest point in KF Partizani history. Next season, however, they managed to gain promotion back to Albanian First Division and, despite all difficulties faced, are still trying to finally promote to Superliga.

After relegation to the Albanian First Division, Partizani plays at the Selman Stërmasi stadium. Before that, they played at the national stadium Qemal Stafa.

Supporters[edit]

Partizani Tirana is the Club with most supporters in Albania. The Supporters of Partizani Tirana are Ultras Guerrils 08-09.The Group was formed in 2008 by joining of 2 other Partizani Ultras Groups.

Ultras Guerrils have a very big rivalry with KF Tirana's supports group Tirona Fanatics, with both sets of fans being involved in hooligan activities.The rivalry between UG 08-09 and TF'06 is deeper than their Football clubs because UG 08-09 are an ANTIFA group and TF'06 are an AntiAntifa group. UG-08-09 use red as their color of choice. UG 08-09 are known for a lot of hooligan activities like burning the Qemal Stafa stadium in their derby with KF Tirana on 07/02/2014 (1-0 for KF Tirana). Ultras Guerrils are in close cooperation with Forca from Vushtrria

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1970–71, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1992–93

2000-01

2011-12

1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004

2004

European[edit]

1970

KF Partizani in Europe[edit]

As of December 2008

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1962/63 UEFA European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Norrköping 1–1 0–2
1963/64 UEFA European Cup 1R Bulgaria Spartak Plovdiv 1–0 1–3
1964/65 UEFA European Cup 1R Germany 1. FC Köln 0–0 0–2
1968/69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Italy Torino 1–0 1–3
1970/71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Sweden Åtvidabergs FF 2–0 1–1
1R Austria Tirol Innsbruck 1–2 2–3
1971/72 UEFA European Cup 1R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–1 0–3
1979/80 UEFA European Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 1–0 1–4
1980/81 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Sweden Malmö FF 0–0 0–1
1981/82 UEFA European Cup 1R Austria Austria Wien 1–0 1–3
1987/88 UEFA European Cup 1R Portugal Benfica (w/o)1 0–4 0–3
1990/91 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Universitatea Craiova 0–1 0–1
1991/92 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 0–1
1993/94 UEFA Champions League QR Iceland IA Akranes 0–0 0–3
1995/96 UEFA Cup QR Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–4 0–2
2002/03 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–4 0–1
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Israel Maccabi Netanya 2–0 1–3
2R Moldova FC Dacia Chişinău 0–3 0–2
2004/05 UEFA Cup 1QR Malta Birkirkara 4–2 1–2
2QR Israel Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin 1–3 0–3
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Cyprus Ethnikos Achnas 2–1 2–4
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1QR Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 1–3 0–0

1 Partizani Tirana were banned from the competition by UEFA because they had 4 players sent off in the first leg match.

  • QR = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = 1st Round
  • 2R = 2nd Round

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 Dashamir Xhika
3 Albania DF Arbnor Fejzullahu
5 Bulgaria DF Ignat Dishliev
6 Republic of Macedonia DF Ardian Cuculi
8 Albania FW Jurgen Vatnikaj
10 Albania MF Idriz Batha
11 Albania MF Nderim Nexhipi
12 Albania GK Alban Hoxha (Captain)
14 Kosovo MF Mentor Mazrekaj
13 Albania MF Laurent Ismailaj
18 Albania DF Amir Rrahmani
No. Position Player
19 Albania MF Lorenc Trashi
22 Kosovo DF Labinot Ibrahimi
25 Albania GK Fabio Gjonika
27 Albania DF Klaudio Çema
88 Albania FW Emiljano Vila
TBD Albania MF Asion Daja
TBD Kosovo MF Argjend Mustafa
TBD Republic of Macedonia MF Bunjamin Shabani
TBD Serbia FW Stevan Račić
TBD Albania MF Arben Muskaj (on loan from PAS Giannina)

B team[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 Serxhino Sollaku
3 Albania DF Amarildo Bliu
4 Albania MF Elio Rapo
5 Albania MF Eglentin Gjoni
5 Albania MF Renato Tarja
6 Albania DF Emanuel Dulo
6 Albania MF Mario Hasani
7 Albania MF Sandroel Limani
8 Albania MF Santjago Sina (Captain)
9 Albania FW Redael Dervishi
10 Albania FW Leonard Haroku
10 Albania FW Mario Xhafa
11 Albania MF Mateus Levendi
12 Albania GK Xhuljo hoxha
No. Position Player
13 Albania MF Gabriele Mezini
14 Albania FW Altin Bruka
15 Albania MF Emiklajd Xhafa
15 Albania DF Liku Kalemi
16 Albania MF Fabio Hasa
16 Albania MF Florjan Berdaj
17 Albania MF Ervin Sula
17 Albania MF Segi Berberi
18 Albania FW Etien Hametaj
18 Albania MF Denild Cane
19 Albania DF Sajmir Hasanaj
19 Albania DF Mikel Hoxha
20 Albania MF Glaus Bucpapaj
20 Albania MF Klaudio Xhaci

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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