FC Besa Pejë

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from KF Besa Pejë)
Besa Pejë
FC Besa Pejë.svg
Full nameFootball Club Besa Pejë
(Klubi Futbollistik Besa Pejë)
Nickname(s)Besa Boys (Djemtë e Besës)
Founded1923; 100 years ago (1923) as
Behari i Ri
GroundShahin Haxhiislami Stadium
Coordinates42°39′0″N 20°18′0″E / 42.65000°N 20.30000°E / 42.65000; 20.30000
ChairmanYlli Kullashi
ManagerLeotrim Krasniqi
LeagueKosovo Third League
2022–23Kosovo Second League, 16th of 16 (relegated)

FC Besa Pejë (Albanian: KF Besa Pejë), commonly known as Besa Pejë, is a football club based in Peja, Kosovo.[a] Their home ground is Shahin Haxhiislami and they compete in the Second Football League of Kosovo.


Early history (1923–1945)[edit]

The current club is considered to be the successor of a number of different football and sports clubs that had been active in the city of Peja since 1923, with the first being Behari i Ri who were the original club that today's KF Besa Pejë is based on. In 1924 another club named Gajret Pejë was formed, but ended disbanded soon after. Other clubs that were also formed in Peć at the time were Zeleni Venac in 1925, Tarabosh in 1927, Dukagjini Pejë in 1928, Radnički Peć in 1930, Budućnost Peć in 1935 and Ardhmëria Pejë who were active between 1941 and 1945. Between 1923 and World War II, the different clubs representing the city of Peć competed only in friendly tournaments as none of the clubs were members of the Belgrade Football Subassociation. A club representing the city competed in the 1942 Albanian Superliga, but the war period championships that were held in Albania are not recognised by the Albanian Football Association.[1]

Development of football (1945–1991)[edit]

Following the end of World War II, football in Peć and the rest of the Kosovo region became more prominent and this was in no part due to the rise in tournaments and championships that were held regularly. The most dominant club of the post war era was Yugoslav backed FK Budućnost Peć, but other clubs were also active including Përparimi Pejë, who only functioned between 1949 and 1951. Other clubs active after World War II included Kombinati i Drurit, Klubi Kristal, who were active between 1973 and 1990. Another club that was formed in the 1970s was Klubi Kombinatit Bujqësor Industrial, a club heavily involved in the agricultural business at the time. In 1974 the first club to be called Besa was formed, which is where the current name of the club comes from, which is an Albanian cultural precept meaning "faith" and "to keep a promise". Other clubs were formed to represent the different professions in the city at the time, including Klubi Fabrikës së Autopjesëve of the automobile parts factory, Klubi Kombinatit të Lëkur-Këpucëve of the leather and footwear factory and Kosovatransi Klubi Ndërrmarjes Transportuese Të Udhëtarëve of the shipyard passenger transport profession.

End of Yugoslavia (1991–1998)[edit]

There was widespread ethnic tension in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The three main clubs that were left in Peć at the time, Besa, Budućnost and Kristal, held a joint assembly early in 1991 and decided to merge the clubs in order to create what is now known as KF Besa Pejë that was to compete in the independent League of Kosovo that was organised by the Football Federation of Kosovo, which was out of the Yugoslav football league system. This parallel competitions were of poor standard and were limited to matches played in remote villages on fields rather since the stadiums were still property of the clubs which were competing in the Yugoslav leagues. Until 1996 the Kosovo Superleague was held in four different groups, whose winners would then face each other in a playoff to determine the champions, but in 1996 the original league format was restored. The 1997–98 Kosovo Superleague was interrupted due to the start of the Kosovo War while KF Besa was top of the league.

Post war rebuilding (1999–2003)[edit]

The Kosovo War devastated the country, including Peć, and sports activities were put on hold in 1999. Football, much like most things in Kosovo, had to restart once again and the development of KF Besa Pejë was slow as the club began to rebuild from 1999. The club relied on donors from the city, and the main donor of the post war period was Birra Peja and the brewery, who became the club's main financier in July 2003.


Kosovo Superleague

  • Winners (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07

Kosovar Cup

Kosovar Supercup

  • Winners (1): 2004–05


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 February 2021[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Kosovo KOS Agron Kolaj
2 DF England ENG Guri Hana
3 DF Kosovo KOS Valton Ibrahimi
5 DF Kosovo KOS Ardi Ajdini
6 FW Kosovo KOS Gentrit Salihu
7 MF Kosovo KOS Erjon Morina
8 MF Albania ALB Diellor Beseni
9 FW Kosovo KOS Ardit Tahiri
10 MF Kosovo KOS Donart Sheqerolli (captain)
11 FW Kosovo KOS Bekim Maliqi
13 MF Mauritania MTN Ethmane M'Heimar
15 MF Kosovo KOS Diar Halili
16 GK Kosovo KOS Kreshnik Nreca
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Kosovo KOS Festim Haxhiu
18 DF Montenegro MNE Blažo Rajović
19 MF Kosovo KOS Ardi Qorri (on loan from Feronikeli)
21 MF Kosovo KOS Ron Raçi
22 FW Kosovo KOS Dren Idrizi
27 DF Mauritania MTN Bilal Taghiyoullah
26 FW Kosovo KOS Redon Syla
30 MF Kosovo KOS Etnik Brruti
33 FW Kosovo KOS Dhurim Zhuri (on loan from Prishtina)
34 DF Albania ALB Agon Xhaka (on loan from Prishtina)
36 FW Mauritania MTN Ahmed Salem M'bareck
37 MF Kosovo KOS Boiken Shala
40 GK Kosovo KOS Visar Haxhijaj

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF Kosovo KOS Andi Alshiqi (at Ramiz Sadiku until 30 June 2021)
MF Kosovo KOS Arbër Maznikolli (at Onix Banjë until 30 June 2021)


Current technical staff
Position Name
Head coach Kosovo Leotrim Krasniqi
Assistant coach(es) Kosovo Fisnik Papuçi
Conditioning coach France Tahar Ben-Romdhane
Goalkeeping coach Kosovo Valmir Bytyqi
Scout Kosovo Fetim Kasapi
Physiotherapist Kosovo Fatlind Maraj
Board members
Office Name
President Kosovo Ylli Kullashi
Advisor Kosovo Dritëro Daci

Historical list of coaches[edit]


a. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as a sovereign state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as a part of its own territory.


  1. ^ Copy of Besnik Dizdari Historia e Kampionatëve të Shqipërise. Vol. III: Vitet 1939–’42 Ombra GVG, Tiranë, 2004, p. 150 Archived 2013-09-22 at the Wayback Machine at sktirana.com (in Albanian)
  2. ^ "Besa "zbulon fytyrën" për edicionin e ri, klubi vjen me… gjithçka të re!" [Besa "reveals the face" for the new edition, the club comes with… everything new!]. GazetaOlle (in Albanian). 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ Trajnerët më të suksesshëm në Kosovë, prin Afrim Tovërlani - Gazeta Express (in Albanian)
  4. ^ Besa angazhon Morinën e jo Tovërlanin - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  5. ^ Gani Sejdiu emërohet trajner i Besës - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  6. ^ Pas largimit të Sejdiut, Besa emëron trajnerin e ri - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  7. ^ Besa zyrtarizon si trajner Valdet Shoshin - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  8. ^ Ismet Munishi, trajner i Besës së Pejës në Ligën e Parë - Telegrafi (in Albanian)

External links[edit]

  • (in Albanian) KF Besa official website