KF Vllaznia Shkodër
|Full name||Klubi i futbollit Vllaznia Shkodër|
|Nickname(s)||Kuqe Blutë (Blue & Reds)|
|Founded||16 February 1919
as Vllaznia Sports Society
|Ground||Loro Boriçi Stadium,
|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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Championships of World War II
During the peak of WW2, between the years 1939 and 1942, AFA organized three championships, in 1939, 1940 and 1942. 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. 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.
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.
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.
GEA Sport Era
Roberto Nava,the president of GEA Sport SA bought 50% of shares of KF Vllaznia. In July, R.Nava and negotiates with S.S.C. Napoli to loan Sebastián Sosa (footballer, born 1994) for one year in Shkodër. After successful negotiations with SSC Napoli,Nava transfers Sebastián Rodríguez (footballer) and Giorginho Aguirre.
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.
- 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.
- 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 Vienna - 13 September 1978
- Biggest ever European home defeat: Vllaznia Shkodër 0–4 Trabzonspor - 14 July 2007
- Biggest ever European away victory: Sliema Wanderers 0–4 Vllaznia Shkodër - 30 September 1987
- Biggest ever European away defeat: Trabzonspor 6–0 Vllaznia Shkodër - 8 July 2007
Albanian records from September 1997
KF Vllaznia in Europe
As of July 22, 2011.
|1978/79||UEFA European Cup||1R||Austria Wien||2–0||1–4|
|1987/88||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1R||Sliema Wanderers||2–0||4–0|
|1991/92||UEFA Cup||1R||AEK Athens||0–1||0–2|
|1998/99||UEFA Champions League||QR||FC Dinamo Tbilisi||3–1||0–3|
|1999/00||UEFA Cup||QR||Spartak Trnava||1–1||0–2|
|2000||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Nea Salamis FC||1–2||1–4|
|2001/02||UEFA Champions League||1QR||KR Reykjavik||1–0||1–2|
|2003/04||UEFA Cup||QR||Dundee FC||0–2||0–4|
|2004||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Hapoel Beer Sheva||1–2||3–0|
|2R||NK Slaven Belupo||1–0||0–2|
|2007||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||NK Zagreb||1–0||1–2|
|2008/09||UEFA Cup||1QR||FC Koper||0–0||2–1|
|2009/10||UEFA Europa League||1QR||Sligo Rovers||1–1||2–1|
|2011/12||UEFA Europa League||1QR||Birkirkara F.C.||1–1||1–0|
- QR = Qualifying Round
- 1R = 1st Round
- 2R = 2nd Round
- Ulrich Schulze (July 1, 2006–Dec 31, 2006)
- Mirel Josa (July 1, 2006–March 9, 2008)
- Agim Canaj (Aug 24, 2008–May 23, 2009)
- Hasan Lika (June 8, 2009–Sept 26, 2009)
- Roland Luçi (Sept 29, 2009–Dec 23, 2009)
- Edi Martini (Dec 29, 2009–May 19, 2010)
- Mojaš Radonjić (July 7, 2010–Oct 24, 2010)
- Mirel Josa (Oct 26, 2010–Oct 25, 2011)
- Elvis Plori (interim) (Oct 26, 2011–Oct 29, 2011)
- Rudi Vata (Oct 30, 2011–April 9, 2012)
- Armir Grimaj (April 10, 2012–May 20, 2012)
- Shpëtim Duro (June 6, 2012–Jan 18, 2013)
- Artan Bushati (Jan 18, 2013–July 12, 2013)
- Agim Canaj (July 24, 2013–March 10, 2014)
- Samuel Nikaj (interim) (March 11, 2014–March 17, 2014)
- Derviš Hadžiosmanović (March 18, 2014– July 1,2014)
- Baldo Raineri (July 1, 2014–)
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. 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.
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- "Një historik i shkurtër i futbollit në Shkodër" (in Albanian). Vllaznia.al. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- AFA's General Assembly to consider the 3 war championships
- Albania - KS Vllaznia Shkodër - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway
- "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"
- "Surprises as qualifying round opens season". UEFA. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.