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Shkupi
FK Shkupi Logo.svg
Full nameFutboll Club Shkupi
Nickname(s)Pëllumbat (Pigeons)
Shvercerat (Smugglers)
Short nameShkupi
Founded2012; 7 years ago (2012)
GroundČair Stadium
Capacity6,000
ChairmanEjup Ademi
ManagerÜmit Karan
LeagueMacedonian First Football League
2017–184th
WebsiteClub website

FK Shkupi (Macedonian: ФК Шкупи, Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Shkupi) is a professional football club based in Čair, North Macedonia. The club plays in the Macedonian First Football League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

History[edit]

After financial issues with main sponsor Jugomagnat, Sloga went through an unstable period until. In 2012, Sloga was merged with FC Albarsa to form FK Shkupi.

In 2011. However, the Football Federation of Macedonia does not consider Shkupi to be successors to the original Sloga Jugomagnat for political reasons as the FFM allowed a merging between Vardar, the most popular club among ethnic Macedonians and Miravci with Vardar avoiding relegation and keeping its previous trophies and accolades.[1] Despite the FFM not recognising Shkupi's track records and honours as Sloga, Sloga's official support firm, previous players and management, recognize Shkupi as its successor.

After finishing the Macedonian First league in fourth place in the 2017–18 season, Shkupi will be playing in the Europa League qualifiers for the first time.

Supporters[edit]

The team's supporters are the Shvercerat which were officially established in 1989 in Čair in Skopje. Shvercerat is Albanian for "Smugglers". Shvercerat were also the same supporters of the predecessor club Sloga Jugomagnat, before the merger to the current club Shkupi. Similarly to Shkëndija, FK Shkupi is an Albanian oriented club, with the supporters being Albanian and also part of the Tifozat Kuq e Zi, an ultras group that supports Albania in international football. Nationalist Albanian rhetoric is often a part of the chanting in league games, although comparing in level of popularity, Shkupi has not matched with Shkëndija.

On 13 February 2011, a large gathering of Vardar supporters, Komiti Skopje, congregated at the Skopje Fortress to protect a construction site on the grounds of the fortress.[2] A large group of the Shvercerat, who were against the government building on the area of the old fortress, broke through the police line and forced the Komiti out of the Skopje Fortress.[3][4][2] The construction site was seized by the Shvercerat[3] until police successfully took control and arrested Omer Bunjaku, a leading figure of the Schvecerat.[4]

The Shvercerat are known for taking rival team supporter's banner. They have succeeded in taking the Kratovo banner of Sileks, the Vojvodi banner of Teteks, Komiti Zapad banner of Vardar, Vinari banner of Vardar Negotino, Prilep banner of Probeda, Green Front and BFC Hooligans banners of Pelister. [5][6]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup European competitions
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
2012–13 3. MFL North 28 23 4 1 80 26 73 1st ↑
2013–14 2. MFL 29 16 4 9 56 31 52 4th R1
2014–15 2. MFL 27 16 5 6 44 19 53 1st ↑ R2
2015–16 1. MFL 32 9 11 12 29 34 38 6th R2
2016–17 1. MFL 36 8 13 15 27 39 37 8th QF
2017–18 1. MFL 36 13 12 11 51 46 51 4th R2

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 July 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Enes Azizi
4 North Macedonia DF Bojan Gjorgievski
5 North Macedonia MF Muharem Bajrami (captain)
6 North Macedonia DF Mevlan Adili
7 North Macedonia MF Artan Veliu
8 North Macedonia MF Fatjon Jusufi
9 North Macedonia FW Suhejlj Muharem
10 North Macedonia MF Besar Iseni
11 Brazil MF Sergio Junior
12 North Macedonia GK Alban Miftari
13 North Macedonia GK Igor Aleksovski
14 Senegal MF Aboubrakine Sall
15 Equatorial Guinea DF Basilio Ndong
16 North Macedonia DF Besart Krivanjeva
17 Senegal MF Lamine Diack
19 Senegal MF Oumar Goudiaby
No. Position Player
21 North Macedonia MF Sabit Bilali
22 North Macedonia MF Hamza Ramani
25 North Macedonia MF Musli Lika
26 North Macedonia DF Halil Berisha
30 North Macedonia GK Sufjan Ramadani
31 Brazil GK Thulio
32 North Macedonia DF Darko Ilieski
33 Albania DF Besir Ramadani
34 North Macedonia DF Fati Ismaili
77 North Macedonia MF Burhan Sali
88 North Macedonia MF Jusuf Aliu
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Marin Jurina
Nigeria DF Emmanuel Ifeanyi Onyebuchi
Nigeria DF Abdulkadir Zango
North Macedonia FW Omer Jashari

Shkupi in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Scotland Rangers 0–0 0–2 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Armenia Pyunik 3−3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official, FK Vardar Stays in First Division". MINA. 23 June 2011. There will be a fusion between FK Vardar and FK Miravci. Both clubs will change their names. FK Miravci will in effect become FK Vardar 1947, except Vardar will keep all of its trophies and history.
  2. ^ a b "Macedonia: Violent Inter-Ethnic Incident on Skopje Fortress". Global Voices. 15 February 2011. a group of “supporters” of the building of the church (i.e., a Macedonian football fan group Komiti) and a group of “supporters” of its destruction (i.e., an Albanian football fan group Shverceri) gathered on the same location
  3. ^ a b "INCIDENT NE KALA TE SHKUPIT – ИНЦИДЕНТ ВО СКОПСКО КАЛЕ" on YouTube
  4. ^ a b "OMER BUNJAKU I ARTAN GRUBI" on YouTube
  5. ^ "Shvercerat vazhdojnë të sundojnë FYROM-in". Tfsh.ml (in Albanian). 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ Shvercerat banner collection (Media notes). Archived from the original on 18 April 2015.

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