KF Trepça

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Not to be confused with FK Trepča or KF Trepça'89.
KF Trepça
Full name Klubi Futbollistik Trepça Mitrovicë
Nickname(s) Xehetarët (The Miners)
Founded 1932; 85 years ago (1932)
Ground Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari
Ground Capacity 18,200
Ground Coordinates 42°53′0″N 20°52′0″E / 42.88333°N 20.86667°E / 42.88333; 20.86667
President Nexhmedin Haxhiu
Manager Fidajim Haxhiu
League Vala Superliga e Kosovës
2016–17 11th

KF Trepça (Klubi Futbollistik Trepça Mitrovicë) is a football club based in the southern part of Mitrovica, Kosovo.[a] The club was founded in 1999.[1] The club is not to be confused with FK Trepča K. Mitrovica, which plays in Serbian football league system.

History[edit]

In 1999 after the Kosovo war, many of the Kosovo Albanian players left the Serbian club FK Trepča and decided to found their own club.[1] The club colours are black and green. The Albanian club received the name KF Trepça, the Albanian name for FK Trepča, thus there were two clubs in the city with virtually the same name. However, the Football Federation of Kosovo was not recognized by FIFA and UEFA until 2016.[2][3]

The glorious generations from the 1970s Trepča that made Mitrovica an important point in the Yugoslav football map are part of the heritage of FK Trepča K. Mitrovica that in 1999 moved to the northern part of the town and plays nowadays in Serbian lower leagues.[4] However KF Trepca claims that heritage for themselves.[5]

Stadium[edit]

After the Kosovo war in 1999, the city was divided into a southern part with an almost exclusively Kosovo Albanian population and a northern part with a non-Albanian or predominantly Serb population.[6] During the war, many Serbs and non-Albanians fled to the northern part of the city or were expelled. The 2004 unrest in Kosovo reinforced the ethnic division of the city.

The home ground of the club is now the Trepča Stadium, the same stadium where the Serbian club FK Trepča played until 1999.[6] The stadium is located in the southern part of the city, but FK Trepča is based in North Kosovska Mitrovica, in North Kosovo; it is not currently possible for them to play their home matches in their former home stadium.[3][6] Currently, only Albanian teams play in Trepča Stadium, including the KF Trepça.[6] The Trepča Stadium is now called Olympik Stadiumi Adem Jashari by the Kosovo Albanian population, after Adem Jashari, a former leader of the Albanian paramilitary rebel organisation UÇK; the non-Albanian population still uses the name Stadion Trepča.[1] The stadium is the largest in Kosovo with a capacity of 18,200.

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Kosovo GK Arben Beqiri
2 Kosovo DF Fljakron Iberdemaj
3 Kosovo DF Amir Prishtina
4 Kosovo MF Liridon Voca
4 Kosovo DF Hekuran Rama
5 Kosovo DF Kujtim Kutllovci
6 Kosovo DF Arbnor Istrefi
7 Kosovo FW Florent Sejdiu
8 Kosovo FW Veton Šhabani
10 South Korea MF Hyunsso Lee
11 Kosovo MF Valmir Aliu
12 Kosovo GK Mehmet Ibrahimi
13 Kosovo MF Agron Shabani
No. Position Player
14 Kosovo DF Hekuran Rama
15 Kosovo DF Kujtim Kutllovci
16 Kosovo FW Argjend Mustafa
17 Kosovo MF Endrit Hajdini
19 Ukraine FW Andri Bobrov
20 South Korea MF Won Yeong
22 South Korea DF Hojun Cho
23 Kosovo FW Florent Avdili
24 South Korea DF Min Kyong
25 Kosovo MF Lorik Arifi
26 Kosovo MF Enis Veliaj
30 Albania DF Sindrit Guri

Youth squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Kosovo GK Valent Bećiri
2 Kosovo MF Menduar Hajredini
3 Kosovo DF Enis Bećiri
4 Kosovo DF Hekuran Rama
5 Kosovo DF Mergim Smajli
6 Kosovo MF Arbnor Istrefi (Club captain)
7 Kosovo FW Alban Tahiri
9 Kosovo FW Berat Vinarci
11 Kosovo MF Arlind Rašica
No. Position Player
12 Kosovo GK Fljamur Vinarci
13 Kosovo DF Elton Hasani
14 Kosovo MF Dijođen Bećiri
15 Kosovo MF Visar Zeneli
16 Kosovo DF Valon Škupoli
17 Kosovo FW Milot Sahiti
18 Kosovo DF Faton Durmiši
21 Kosovo MF Visar Ahmeti
25 Kosovo MF Valmir Aliju

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:KF Trepça players.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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