2009–10 KF Tirana season

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KF Tirana
2009–10 season
ChairmanAlbania Refik Halili
ManagerAlbania Nevil Dede
(until August 1, 2010)
Albania Alban Tafaj
(caretaker manager)
Albanian Superliga3rd
Albanian CupRound of 16
Albanian SupercupWinners
Champions League2nd Qualifying Round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Gjergji Muzaka (10)

All:
Gjergji Muzaka (10)

The 2009–10 season was Klubi i Futbollit Tirana's 71st competitive season, 71st consecutive season in the Albanian Superliga and 89th year in existence as a football club. Following the title win the previous season, KF Tirana added to their 22 titles to make it their record 23 title wins. As the club were the league winners they were Albania's only team to play in the Champions League which was against Norwegian side Stabæk IF.

Background[edit]

Kit[edit]

Other information[edit]

President Refik Halili
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Selman Stërmasi stadium (12, 500 / 105m x 68m)

Source: Selman Stërmasi stadium

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Albania Nallbani 48 2004 86 1 2010 $1 million
12 GK North Macedonia Korunovski 37 2008 5 0 2010 undisclosed
31 GK Albania Kuka 29 2007 1 0 2011 Youth system
3 DF Albania Dabulla 40 2008 25 0 2010 undisclosed
19 DF Albania Osmani 34 2008 24 0 2010 €40,000
5 DF Albania Pashaj 35 2008 4 0 2010 undisclosed
16 DF Nigeria Abraham 33 2008 60 0 2010 $160,000
6 DF Albania Lila 33 2008 30 4 2010 undisclosed
4 MF France Mohellebi 35 2009 0 0 2011 €100,000
14 MF Albania Devolli 41 2008 31 2 2010 Free
23 MF Albania Lilaj 30 2008 21 1 2011 Youth system
13 MF Albania Patushi 43 2009 (Winter) 15 0 2010 Free
8 MF Albania Sefa 32 2005 75 6 2010 Youth system
27 MF Albania Tusha 29 2008 3 0 2010 Youth system
10 MF Albania Mukaj 42 2002 159 50 2010 undisclosed
17 MF Albania Muzaka 35 2008 30 3 2010 €100,000
7 MF Albania Hajdari 29 2007 10 0 2011 Youth system
20 FW Albania Abilaliaj 33 2009 2 1 2011 Free
9 FW Albania Ferra 30 2008 2 0 2011 Youth system
15 FW Albania Memelli 39 2008 29 22 2009 undisclosed
11 FW Albania Sorra 30 2007 5 1 2011 Youth system
18 FW Albania Rica 29 2009 0 0 2010 Youth system
? DF Albania Bicaj 30 2009 0 0 2011 undisclosed
? DF Albania Ahmataj 40 2009 1 0 2010 Free
? DF Albania Dede 43 2009 0 0 2010 Free
? DF Albania Sina 41 2009 0 0 2010 undisclosed
? DF Albania Sinanaj 33 2009 0 0 2010 undisclosed
? MF Albania Karabeci 32 2009 0 0 2010 Free
? FW Albania Çeliku 32 2006 0 0 2010 Youth system
? FW Albania Malindi 31 2009 0 0 2010 undisclosed

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Ohrid, Macedonia[edit]

Tirana's president Refik Halili chose not to reveal where the club would be holding their re-season training camp ahead of the club's appearance in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League until he named the manager and the players had signed new contracts at the club. The two possibilities were either Ohrid in Macedonia or southern Turkey. After winning the 2008–09 Albanian Superliga the players received a three-week break ahead of the new season.[1] It was announced that the team would be traveling to Oher, Macedonia instead of Turkey for their pre-season training camp on June 24, 2009, this was announced before Halili had signed a new coach which was not expected.[2] The club along with new coach Ilija Lončarević traveled to Ohrid in western Macedonia for their pre-season training on June 28, 2009, which was four days after previously expected, the club left Tirana at 16:15 local time. The squad along with the staff planned to stay in Macedonia for nine days and had planned to three friendlies against Macedonian sides during their stay there.[3] The club planned to stay at the 'Mizo' hotel in Oher for the duration of their trip.[4] The club's first game was planned in Oher against local side FK Karaorman of Struga, however due to heavy rainfall the match was called off, it was due to be staged at a small stadium close to where Tirana was training, however it was expected for the friendly to be staged the next day depending on the weather.[5] Tirana played their first game of the pre-season against Albanian-Macedonian side KF Vllaznimi on July 1, 2009, this match gave a chance for new coach Lončarević to try out the squad for the very first time and to see the younger and fringe players of the side as well. The 1st preseason game proved to be a success for the champions of Albania and the coach as Tirana won comfortably 6–0 against the Macedonian side. Besa Kavaje bound striker scored 2 goals, the captain Devis Mukaj netted once, as did Jetmir Sefa, Ergys Sorra and new signing Arbër Abilaliaj.[6] Three days later the club faced their biggest test of the stay in Oher, FK Teteks. The match was played on July 4, 2009 and the scores ended 1–1 with both teams creating chances but neither able to in the end.[7] Tirana then played local a Struga side who they beat 3–1 with mostly young players and also a Macedonian League selection team on July 6, 2009 who they beat comfortably 6–0, the second time they beat a team with this same scoreline after their first game against KF Vllaznimi. The goals came from doubles from both captain Devis Mukaj and midfielder Gjergji Muzaka and the rest came from Daniel Xhafa and Arbër Abilaliaj.[8] The team and staff left Macedonia for Tirana on July 7, 2009 after they had finished their last dinner in Macedonia. The club had spent a week and a half in Macedonia and had played 4 friendlies against teams from different levels of football, this gave Lončarević the chance to see his players for the first time since taking on the job at Tirana and to witness some of his younger players. In total Tirana played 4 friendlies in Ohrid, winning 3 of them and drawing just one which was seen as a positive result out of Macedonia ahead of the club's Champions League games and the Albanian Supercup.[9]

Total Games[edit]

Match won Match drawn Match lost
Date Tournament Location Opponent team Score Scorers
July 1, 2009 Friendly North Macedonia Ohrid North Macedonia Vllaznimi 6 – 0[permanent dead link] Xhafa GoalGoal, Muka Goal, Sefa Goal, Sorra Goal, Abilaliaj Goal
? July 2009 Friendly North Macedonia Ohrid North Macedonia Karaorman 3–1 ?
July 4, 2009 Friendly North Macedonia Ohrid North Macedonia Teteks 1 – 1 ?
July 6, 2009 Friendly North Macedonia Ohrid North Macedonia Selection 6 – 0[permanent dead link] Mukaj GoalGoal, Muzaka GoalGoal, Xhafa Goal, Abilaliaj Goal
? July 2009 Friendly Albania Tirana Albania Kamza 5 – 1 ?
July 25, 2009 Friendly Albania Tirana Albania Olimpiku 4 – 1 Lila Goal, Xhafa, Ferra Goal, Abilaliaj Goal
July 28, 2009 Friendly Albania Tirana Albania KF Tirana U-19 5 – 1 Sefa Goal, Mukaj Goal(p), Hajdari Goal(p), Ferra Goal, Abilaliaj Goal
August 6, 2009 Friendly Albania Tirana Albania Partizani 1 – 1 Lila Goal 21'(p)
August 9, 2009 Friendly Albania Tirana Albania Kastrioti 1 – 3 Lila Goal 40'
August 10, 2009 Majaci Cup Albania Fier Albania Apolonia 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Malindi Goal 38'
August 10, 2009 Majaci Cup Albania Fier Albania Apolonia 1 – 1[permanent dead link] aet

(5–4p)

Abilaliaj Goal 18'

Competitions[edit]

Albanian Supercup[edit]

As 2008–09 Albanian Superliga champions Tirana kicked off the domestic 2009–10 season with the annual Albanian Supercup on August 16, 2009, where they played the 2008–09 Albanian Cup winners Flamurtari. The match was played at the Qemal Stafa Stadium with only a few thousand fans showing up from the start of the game. Tirana were forced to play an unusual line-up due to injury to some of their main players like inspirational leader Devis Mukaj and goal-machine Migen Memelli. Tirana started the game with just Arbër Abilaliaj up front with youngster Blerti Hajdari playing just behind the striker. The fans providing the atmosphere inside the stadium as always were the 'Tirona Fanatics', another notable fan was former chairman of KF Tirana and the president of Albania, Bamir Topi who had taken up his normal place in the V.I.P section of the stadium. The match itself started very slowly with very few chances to shout about until the second half when Tirana whipped in a corner and after confusion in the box former Flamurtari player Arbër Abilaliaj managed to scramble the ball into the back of the net on the 72nd minute mark. This proved to be the only goal in the game.[citation needed]

Albanian Superliga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Tirana (C) 33 19 4 10 56 42 +14 61 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Besa 33 15 8 10 42 33 +9 53 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
3 Tirana 33 15 7 11 38 32 +6 52 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Laçi 33 14 9 10 35 28 +7 51
5 Flamurtari 33 13 8 12 42 39 +3 47
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) points in head-to-head matches; 3) goal difference in head-to-head matches; 4) goals scored in head-to-head matches; 5) total goal difference; 6) total goals scored; 7) draw
(C) Champion.
Notes:

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
33 15 7 11 38 32  +6 52 8 3 6 22 17  +5 7 4 5 16 15  +1

Last updated: 19 May 2010.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
GroundHHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA
ResultLWWDLDLWWWLWDDDWWLWLLWLLLWWWLWDWD
Position954466655444434333333333443243443
Source: Competitive matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League Albanian Cup Europe Supercup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Albania Blendi Nallbani 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 1 0 0
3 DF Albania Rezart Dabulla 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 2 0
4 MF France Laurent Mohellebi 2 0 0 0 2(2) 0 1 0 5(2) 0 1 1
5 DF Albania Entonio Pashaj 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
6 DF Albania Andi Lila 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 2 1
7 MF Albania Blerti Hajdari 1 0 0 0 1(1) 0 1 0 3(1) 0 0 0
8 MF Albania Jetmir Sefa 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
9 FW Albania Hendrit Ferra 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0
10 FW Albania Devis Mukaj 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
11 FW Albania Ergys Sorra 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK North Macedonia Pece Korunovski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 MF Albania Sajmir Patushi 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 MF Albania Bledar Devolli 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 2 0
15 FW Albania Migen Memelli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF Nigeria Abraham Alechenwu 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
17 MF Albania Gjergji Muzaka 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
18 FW Albania Erand Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF Albania Tefik Osmani 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 0
20 FW Albania Arbër Abilaliaj 2 1 0 0 2(2) 0 1 1 5 2 2 0
23 MF Albania Sabien Lila 2 0 0 0 2 0 1(1) 0 5(1) 0 0 0
27 MF Albania Gerald Tusha 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0 0
31 GK Albania Klajdi Kuka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]