KF Tirana B

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KF Tirana B
Tirana Club Logo.svg
Full nameKlubi i Futbollit Tirana B
Nickname(s)Tirona
Founded22 January 2013; 6 years ago (2013-01-22)
GroundSkënder Halili Complex Tiranë
Capacity200
ChairmanRefik Halili
Head CoachKristi Aga
LeagueAlbanian Second Division
2018–19Albanian Second Division, Group A, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
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Klubi i Futbollit Tirana B is an Albanian football club based in Tiranë. The club is the B team of Albania's most successful club KF Tirana. It was founded in 1932, but was dissolved before it was refounded on 22 January 2013.

History[edit]

In 1932, ahead of the Albanian First Division campaign that was to take place, Sportklub Tiranë decided to put together a reserve team to participate in the first officially recognised reserves competition held in Albania. They competed in Group A along with reserve teams of Teuta Durrës, Bashkimi Shkodran, SK Elbasani and Skënderbeu Korçë. Sportklub Tiranë B, as the club was known at the time won the competition, but were not eligible to compete in the championship finals for the main Albanian First Division title and promotion to the Albanian Superliga. The following year the Albanian Football Association held the same competition, in which Sportklub Tiranë B won once again in the second and final year. The team dissolved in 1933 and the players either joined the youth team of Sportklub Tiranë or the first team. New B teams were recreated over the years, notably in 1980 where a team was recreated in order to compete in a friendly cup competition held by the Albanian Football Association, in which the team won.

On 22 January 2013 the first KF Tirana reserve team was founded as a result of a decision undertaken by the Municipality of Tirana to restructure the club's academy system and to improve the efficiency and image of the club. The team was formed to allow younger players to gain first team experience in the lower divisions of Albanian football, and also for first team players to prepare for first team games through featuring in reserve games as players from the first team, under-19s and under-17s are eligible to play for the B team.[1] The club was registered to the Albanian Football Association on the same day as its foundation, and they competed in the Albanian Third Division in the 2012–13 season, which is the fourth and lowest tier of the Albanian Football Association competitions.

Activity[edit]

The club's first manager was named former KF Tirana player Ardian Mema, who guided the club to a third-place finish in the 2012–13 Albanian Third Division campaign. The following season the club finished top of Group A and reached the championship final against Teuta Durrës B, in which they won 2–0 through a brace scored by Franci Kosova, which handed KF Tirana B their first officially recognized honor and promotion to the Albanian Second Division only one year after creation.[2]


Since promotion, however, Tirana B have not been able to promote to a higher division. This due to the fact that club has been currently focused at first team and academy, failing to circulate players of all structures and not fulfilling the purpose of creation of this secondary club.

Stadium[edit]

KF Tirana plays most of its league and friendly games mainly at the Selman Stërmasi stadium in Tirana. The Selman Stërmasi Stadium was built in 1956 and had been named the 'Dinamo' Stadium till 1991 when it was permanently given its new name. The Football Association of Albania and the club decided to name the stadium post mortem after the eminent KF Tirana player, coach and president, Selman Stërmasi. The stadium has a capacity of 12,500 (of which 6000 seated) and has ended a long phase of construction, involving development of the main pitch, central seated area, facilities around the ground and general lineaments. There are still improvements expected to be made soon, as side seated areas, an electronic clock and a KF Tirana shopping centre just under central seating. The internal facilities include a press conference room, journalists' corner and modern showers. The main parking area is located at the front of the stadium, which leads to the entrance. The external part of the stadium is surrounded by a 9 ft rail fence.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 October 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Albania GK Pano Qirko
2 Albania DF Marsel Ismailgeci
Albania GK Engli Selgjekaj
Albania GK Redon Sula
Albania DF Hermes Hyska
Albania DF Denis Luga
Italy DF Rei Qurdeti
Albania DF Ardit Mocovilla
Albania DF Eljo Macaj
Albania DF Devi Duka
Albania DF Kevi Paraj
Albania DF Igli Kalemaj
Albania MF Eni Keqi
Albania MF Stiven Memoçi
No. Position Player
5 Albania DF Dionis Cikani
Albania MF Sokol Lleshi
Albania MF Elton Gjediku
Albania MF Patrik Punavija
Albania MF Johan Becka
Albania MF Fabian Spahiu
Albania MF Mario Beshiraj
Albania MF Eldis Kraja
Albania FW Ardit Aruçi
Albania FW Amar Kapllanaj
Albania FW Eni Keqi
Albania FW Valentino Baro
Albania FW Ilir Mujaj
Albania FW Valmir Preka

Managers[edit]

  • Albania Ardian Mema (22 January 2013 – 30 June 2013)[5]
  • Albania Ilir Muça (30 June 2013– 1 September 2015)
  • Albania Krenar Alimehmeti (1 September 2015– 1 December 2016)
  • Albania Migen Memelli (1 December 2016- 1 July 2017)
  • Albania Krenar Alimehmeti (1 July 2017– 1 August 2018)
  • Albania Alpin Gallo (1 August 2018– 1 November 2018)
  • Albania Bekim Jakupi (1 November 2018 — 1 January 2019)
  • Albania Johanes Tafaj (1 January 2019 — 1 December 2019)
  • Albania Kristi Aga (1 December 2019 —)


Current technical staff[edit]

  • President: Albania Refik Halili
  • Club Secretary Albania Arber Laci
  • Administrative Director: Albania Gerti Dajci
  • Head Coach: Albania Johanes Tafaj
  • Athletic Trainer: —
  • Academy Albania Sulejman Mema
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Nigeria Albania Ndubuisi Egbo
  • Physiotherapist: Albania Altin Haxhia
  • Physiotherapist: Albania Arzen Voci

Recent seasons[edit]

Year Division Position
2012–13 Albanian Third Division 3
2013–14 Albanian Third Division 1
2014–15 Albanian Second Division 9
2015–16 Albanian Second Division 7
2016–17 Albanian Second Division 5
2017–18 Albanian Second Division 8
2018–19 Albanian Second Division 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Risia, themelohet “Tirana B”
  2. ^ Tirana B, kampione e Kategorise III
  3. ^ "Selman Stermasi Stadium". Kftirana.info. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Group A ranking". FSHF. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  5. ^ Ardian Mema: Ju rrëfej ambiciet e Tiranës B

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