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FK Dinamo Tirana
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Full name FK Dinamo Tirana
Nickname(s) Dinamovitët, Blutë (The Blues), Nëndetësja Blu (Blue Submarine)
Founded March 3, 1950; 68 years ago (1950-03-03)
Ground Stadiumi Dinamo
, Tiranë, Albania
Capacity 1,000
Chairman Besnik Sulaj
Manager Igli Allmuça
League Albanian First Division, Group A
2017–18 Albanian First Division, Group A, 5th
Current season

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.

History[edit]

The club was officially founded on 3 March 1950 by the Interior Ministry of Albania during the communist regime under dictator Enver Hoxha. They won four consecutive championships from 1950 to 1953.[1] During this time, Dinamo recorded a hot streak of 25 consecutive wins, a record in Albanian football and 4th longest domestic winning streak in Europe.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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, 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.[6]

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.[7] Since the 2012–13 season, the club plays in the Albanian First Division, risking several times relegation to the third tier.[8]

Stadium[edit]

FK Dinamo Tirana has historically played at Selman Stermasi Stadium which was also known as Stadiumi i Dinamo when it first became a stadium. FK Dinamo Tirana now plays on Internacional Complex, Pezë Helmës. Which is also known as the main field for FC Internacional Tirana and the training ground for FK Kukësi and FK Partizani Tirana. The stadium is a 1,000 seater stadium and FK Dinamo Tirana also has a training field known as Kompleksi Dinamo in Tirana by the Grand Park of Tirana and next to the Tirana Olympic Park.

Supporters[edit]

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.[9]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Star full.svg Albanian Superliga

  • 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

Star full.svg Albanian Cup

  • 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

Albanian Supercup

  • Winners (2): 1989, 2008
  • Runners-up (4): 1990, 2002, 2003, 2010

KS Dinamo Tirana in Europe[edit]

[citation needed]

As of July 2, 2009.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Austria FK Austria Wien 1–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1980–81 European Cup 1R Netherlands AFC Ajax 0–2 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 1–0 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Scotland Aberdeen F.C. 0–0 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Malta Ħamrun Spartans 1–0 0–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 0–0 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1986–87 European Cup 1R Turkey Beşiktaş JK 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup QR Bulgaria PFC Chernomorets Burgas 4–0 1–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Romania FC Dinamo București 1–0 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990–91 European Cup 1R France Olympique Marseille 0–0 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1QR Romania FC Dinamo București 1–3 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1QR Lithuania FBK Kaunas 0–0 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Denmark Brøndby IF 0–4 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Belgium KSC Lokeren 0–4 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1QR Romania FC Oțelul Galați 1–4 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Croatia NK Varteks 2–1 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1QR Bulgaria PFC CSKA Sofia 0–1 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1QR Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Modriča 0–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1QR Finland FC Lahti 2–0 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2QR Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
  • QR = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = 1st Round
  • 2R = 2nd Round
  • Clubs which ultimately won the tournament in that same season are indicated in bold

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2018[10]

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 Endri Saraçi
4 Albania DF Ymer Shaba
5 Albania DF Elis Doksani
6 Albania DF Rei Nuriu
7 Albania DF Fabio Hasa
8 Albania FW Marko Çema
9 Albania FW Mario Morina
10 Albania MF Kevin Myslimi
12 Albania GK Xhuljo Hoxha
14 Albania MF Erxhan Muça
No. Position Player
15 Albania FW Ervis Koçi
16 Albania DF Bazjon Tragaj
17 Albania DF Ilir Allmuça
18 Albania MF Spartak Elmazi
19 Albania MF Arvis Gjata
20 Albania DF Marlind Nuriu (on loan from Tirana)
21 Albania MF Gresild Lika
22 Albania DF Roland Peqini
23 Albania DF Eneo Sulejmanaj

Managers[edit]

Managerial records[edit]

Name Superliga Albanian Cup Supercup Total
Albania Zihni Gjinali 6 6
Albania Skënder Jareci 2 2
Albania Durim Shehu 2 2
Albania Shkëlqim Muça 1 1
Albania Stavri Lubonja 1 1
Albania Fatmir Frashëri 1 1
Albania Bejkush Birçe 1 1
Albania Faruk Sejdini 1 1
Albania Ilir Daja 1 1
Albania Sabri Peqini 1 1
Albania Zyber Konçi 1 1

Former notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Europe's longest domestic winning streaks". UEFA.com. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Skifter Këlliçi (21 June 2012). "NJE KAMPIONE E DENUAR NGA DIKTATURA!." [A CHAMPION PUNISHED BY DICTATURE!..] (in Albanian). Tirana Observer. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "ALBANIAN FOOTBALL SEASON 1988-89". Giovanni Armillotta. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dinamo Tirana". UEFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Dinamo Tirana at Weltfussball.de Archived 2008-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Dinamo Tirana squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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