KF Vushtrria

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KF Vushtrria
Full name Klubi Futbollistik Vushtrria
Nickname(s) Vicianët/Gladiatorët
Founded 9 May 1922; 96 years ago (1922-05-09)
Ground Ferki Aliu Stadium
Capacity 6,000
Manager Samuel Nikaj
League Liga e Parë
2017/2018 3rd
Website Club website

KF Vushtrria (Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Vushtrria) is a football club based in Vushtrri, Kosovo.[a] The club was founded in 1922, and currently play their home games at the Ferki Aliu Stadium in the city of Vushtrri which has a capacity of 6,000 supporters. The most notable players to have played for the club have been former Albania internationals Armend Dallku, Ahmed Januzi and Milot Rashica.

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K.F. Vushtrria is the oldest football club in Kosovo. It was founded in 1922 and ever since then has been competing domestically in Kosovo. Throughout the years after World War II, Vushtrria became one of the most renowned football clubs in Kosovo due to producing some of Kosovos’ best young talents. Many of these players were transferred to other Albanian clubs such as K.F. Prishtina and K.F. Trepça due to them playing in Former-Yugoslavia’s 1st Division.

K.F. Vushtrria suffered a difficult era during the 80s which also carryed on into the 90s due to military agression from Serbian occupiants in and around the city of Vushtrri. Because of this, football became a politicalized sport and many of the clubs hardcore supporters boycotted matches and took part in the liberation of Kosovo. Amongst them was Jeton “Tota” Tërstena who fell to never be forgotten in the battle of Vushtrri. Today, the ultras’ group Forca have a subgroup named “Tota’s Brigade/Brigada e Totës” in his honour and memory.

After the Kosovo War, the citizens & supporters returned to its terraces. Although numerously fighting relegation throughout the seasons during the 2000s one thing was for sure, the “Ferki Aliu Stadium” would always be packed to the rafters during every home game. The clubs’ ultras group “Forca” gained a nation wide generalisation during that period due to many opposing teams supporters being the subject of verbal and physical abuse when they would travel and watch their team play in the city of Vushtrri. Due to this the club was constantly fined and deducted points and became one of Kosovos most hated teams and fiercest cities to play away at.

In 2012 the club was purchased by local steel galvanising plant, Llamkos GalvaSteel.[1] When the club was taken over by Llamkos GalvaSteel and the Core Group, there was immediate investments made which resulted in the club winning they 2013–14 league title, which was the first in its history. Llamkos GalvaSteel then distanced itself from the club as did the club's owner Jeton Sadiku, leaving the financing and management in the hands of the Vushtrri municipality. [2][3][4]

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a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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