FK Dinamo Tirana
|Full name||Futboll Klub Dinamo Tirana|
|Nickname(s)||Dinamovitët, Blutë (The Blues), Nëndetësja Blu (Blue Submarine)|
|Founded||March 3, 1950|
|League||Albanian First Division, Group A|
|2016–17||Albanian First Division, Group B, 8th|
Futboll Klub Dinamo Tirana is an Albanian football club based in the capital city Tiranë. They currently compete in the Albanian First Division and they play their home games primarily at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium, as well as other grounds in the city. Founded in 1950 during the communist regime, the club was historically affiliated to the Interior Ministry and having won 18 National Championships, it is considered to be the second most decorated club after local rivals KF Tirana.
The club was officially founded on 3 March 1950 by the Interior Ministry of Albania during the communist regime under dictator Enver Hoxha. In 1967, Dinamo won its 9th championship by leaving Tirana, then 17 Nëntori, one point behind, who was expelled for the tournament three weeks before the end. This championship is not officially recognized by UEFA, however.
In 1989, Dinamo eventually finished third in the league which was won by 17 Nëntori, which made eligible to play in European Cup Winners' Cup for the third time in their history. In the preliminary round of the tournament the team faced Chernomorets Burgas, losing the first leg 0–3 but winning the second 4–0 at home, recording thus the biggest win in UEFA club competitions. The team then was eliminated in the first round by Dinamo București despite winning the first leg.
In 1995 the team were renamed KS Olimpik Tirana to leave behind the "communist past", but the club returned to their original name two years later.
After finishing third in the table in 2005–06 season, Dinamo Tirana named Faruk Sejdini as their new coach. One of Albania's best teachers of footballing fundamentals, he had a spell at the club last term before being dismissed by president Besnik Sulaj. Having returned following a spell at Shkumbini Peqin, Sejdini said: "It's nice to be back." On 23 October 2006, he was fired.
At the start of the 2007–08 season, Agim Canaj took over as head coach, replacing Ilir Daja who led Dinamo towards the championship title, after a dramatic win against Partizani 2–1 in the final match, playing for 36 minutes with 9 players. In the summer of 2008, Ilir Daja moved into a position as director in order to make place for Marcelo Javier Zuleta from Argentina. The Argentinian coach also brought with him four Argentinian players; goalkeeper Daniel Bertoya, defender Alejandro Palladino, midfielder Agustín González, and striker Cristian Campozano. Zuleta only lasted for the first Champions League qualification match against Bosnians FK Modriča before he was replaced as coach by Artan Mërgjyshi, for only one match.
Together with Zuleta, the four Argentinian players also left the club. After Mërgjyshi left, Zlatko Dalić, the actual coach of Croatia U-21, was appointed as new coach for Dinamo. He signed a two-year contract with the club. That deal was broken when Dinamo lost its second game in the re-beginning of the 2008–09 season against Partizani. Shkëlqim Muça was then appointed manager of the club five days after of Zlatko Dalić's leave. In the 2009–10 season Dinamo won the championship again, registering its 18th success.
In 2011–12 season, the club experienced its worst period of all time, finishing last in the league with 13 points from 26 matches, winning only 3 time, relegated thus to the Albanian First Division for the first time in history. Since the 2012–13 season, the club plays in the Albanian First Division, risking several times relegation to the third tier.
Blue Boys "Blue Boys" are an Ultras group for the Albanian football team, Dinamo Tirana. The group were formed in 2008 and have hundreds of members in first few years. They organise meetings and trips to matches in Tirana and also away matches in Albania and even abroad. They promote Dinamo Tirana to the local public and influence fans of the club in a number of ways.
- Winners (18): 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1966–67, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1989–90, 2001–02, 2007–08, 2009–10
- Runners-up (9): 1954, 1957, 1961, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1970–71, 1980–81, 1984–85, 2003–04
- Winners (13): 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1960, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2002–03
- Runners-up (6): 1972–73, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1981–82, 2001–02, 2003–04
- Winners (2): 1989, 2008
- Runners-up (4): 1990, 2002, 2003, 2010
KS Dinamo Tirana in Europe
As of July 2, 2009.
|1971–72||European Cup Winners' Cup||1R||FK Austria Wien||1–1||0–1|
|1980–81||European Cup||1R||AFC Ajax||0–2||0–1|
|1981–82||UEFA Cup||1R||FC Carl Zeiss Jena||1–0||0–4|
|1982–83||European Cup Winners' Cup||1R||Aberdeen F.C.||0–0||0–1|
|1985–86||UEFA Cup||1R||Ħamrun Spartans||1–0||0–0|
|1R||Sporting Clube de Portugal||0–0||0–1|
|1986–87||European Cup||1R||Beşiktaş JK||0–1||0–2|
|1989–90||European Cup Winners' Cup||QR||PFC Chernomorets Burgas||4–0||1–3|
|1R||FC Dinamo București||1–0||0–2|
|1990–91||European Cup||1R||Olympique Marseille||0–0||1–5|
|2001–02||UEFA Cup||1QR||FC Dinamo București||1–3||0–1|
|2002–03||UEFA Champions League||1QR||FBK Kaunas||0–0||3–2|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||QR||KSC Lokeren||0–4||1–3|
|2004–05||UEFA Cup||1QR||FC Oțelul Galați||1–4||0–4|
|2005||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||NK Varteks||2–1||1–4|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1QR||PFC CSKA Sofia||0–1||1–4|
|2008–09||UEFA Champions League||1QR||FK Modriča||0–2||1–2|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||1QR||FC Lahti||2–0||1–4|
|2010–11||UEFA Champions League||2QR||Sheriff Tiraspol||1–0||1–3|
- QR = Qualifying Round
- 1R = 1st Round
- 2R = 2nd Round
- Clubs which ultimately won the tournament in that same season are indicated in bold
- As of 12 October 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Gjinali, ZihniZihni Gjinali||6||—||—||6|
|Jareci, SkënderSkënder Jareci||2||—||—||2|
|Shehu, DurimDurim Shehu||2||—||—||2|
|Muça, ShkëlqimShkëlqim Muça||1||—||—||1|
|Lubonja, StavriStavri Lubonja||1||—||—||1|
|Frashëri, FatmirFatmir Frashëri||1||—||—||1|
|Birçe, BejkushBejkush Birçe||1||—||—||1|
|Sejdini, FarukFaruk Sejdini||1||—||—||1|
|Daja, IlirIlir Daja||1||—||—||1|
|Peqini, SabriSabri Peqini||1||—||—||1|
|Konçi, ZyberZyber Konçi||1||—||—||1|
Former notable players
- Fatmir Frashëri
- Artan Marxhysmi
- Faruk Sejdini (July 2001 – June 2)
- Aurel Țicleanu (2002–03)
- Agim Canaj (May 2003 – June 3)
- Andrea Marko (Aug 2003 – Oct 03)
- Luka Bonačić (July 2005 – Feb 06)
- Agim Canaj (Aug 2005 – June 8)
- Marcelo Javier Zuleta (July 2008 – Dec 08)
- Zlatko Dalić (July 2008 – Aug 09)
- Shkëlqim Muça (Feb 2009 – May 10)
- Luis Manuel Blanco (July 2010 – Dec 10)
- Ilir Daja (Dec 2010 – Feb 11)
- Artan Mërgjyshi (Feb 2011 – Sept 11)
- Faruk Sejdini (Sept 2011 – Nov 11)
- Artan Mërgjyshi (Nov 2011 – Jun 2012)
- Eduard Zhupa (Jun 2012–)
- Skifter Këlliçi (21 June 2012). "NJE KAMPIONE E DENUAR NGA DIKTATURA!.." [A CHAMPION PUNISHED BY DICTATURE!..] (in Albanian). Tirana Observer. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "ALBANIAN FOOTBALL SEASON 1988-89". Giovanni Armillotta. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Dinamo Tirana". UEFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Dinamo...lavdia e sportit drejt zhdukjes!" [Dinamo...the glory of the sport towards extinction!] (in Albanian). Albanian Free Press. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Dinamo kampione e Shqiperise per here te 18-te, dhe duke humbur" [Dinamo are Albanian champions for the 18th time, even losing] (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Dinamo historia e nje legjende drejt nje renieje te paralajmeruar" [Dinamo, the history of a legend towards a warning decrease] (in Albanian). Shqipëria.com. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Drilon Xhepollari (7 May 2017). "Dinamo zyrtarisht qëndron në Kategorinë e Parë" [Dinamo officially stays in Albanian First Division] (in Albanian). Telesport.al. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Dinamo Tirana at Weltfussball.de
- "Dinamo Tirana squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2015.