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Partizani Tiranë
Partizani Tirana logo.svg
Full name Futboll Klub Partizani Tiranë
Nickname(s) Demat e Kuq (Red Bulls)
Te Kuqte (The Reds)
Short name Partizani
Founded February 4, 1946; 70 years ago (1946-02-04)
Ground Qemal Stafa Stadium
Ground Capacity 19,700
Chairman Gazment Demi
Coach Adolfo Sormani
League Albanian Superliga
2015–16 Albanian Superliga, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season
Active branches of Partizani Tirana
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Football Basketball

FK Partizani Tirana is an Albanian professional football club based in Tirana, Albania, that competes in the Superliga. Founded in 1946, the club's home ground is Qemal Stafa.

The club first competed in an official competition in 1947 where they won the Albania National Championship, thus being crowned the champions of Albania in their debut season as well as the following two seasons.[1] In total the club have been national champions on 15 occasions between 1947 and 1993, which is the last time the club won the Albanian Superliga. They have won 18 other officially recognised domestic honours, including 15 Albanian Cups as well as Second Division. They are also the only Albanian club side to have won an international football competition through their 1970 Balkans Cup campaign in which they beat Bulgarian side Beroe Stara Zagora in the final.

History[edit]

Foundation (1945–1946)[edit]

FK Partizani Tirana was officially founded on 4 February 1946 soon after the end of World War II and the liberation of Albania. However, one year earlier in 1945, there had been two military division teams competing in the first National Championship following the end of World War II. The teams were called Ylli Shkodër and Liria Korçë, and they were both dissolved as clubs at the end of the season, with their best players moving to Tiranë to join Ushtria, which literally translates to The Army. Ushtria played their first friendly game on 13 January 1946 against the reigning champions of Albania Vllaznia Shkodër, in a game that ended in a goalless draw in Tiranë that was played during heavy rainfall. The team played their first ever match in distinctive red shirts with each player's initials on their chests. The club's first ever lineup was Alfred Bonati, Luga, Tepelia, Xhavit Shyqyri Demneri, Besim Fagu, Rexhepi, Lutfi Hoxha, Qamil Teliti, Kavaja, Hamdi Bakalli and Bylyku. The following month, on 4 February, Ushtria was developed into an organised sports club which was to be named in honour of the Albanian Partisans who had fought for the liberation of the country. In the early history of the club they recruited players from the Scanderbeg Military High School and Albanian Military Academy, as well as players from other clubs who were ordered by the ruling Communists to play for Partizani.

On 7 April the club played their first official match under the name Partizani, which was against another team from the same city 17 Nëntori Tirana. Partizani won the match 2–0 through the goals of Osman Pengili and Qamil Teliti, with a lineup consisting of Çobani, Tepeli, Muhamet Dibra, Besim Fagu, Kavaja, Osman Pengili, Lutfi Hoxha, Hivzi Sakiqi, Bylyku and Xhavit Shyqyri Demneri. As the club did not participate in the 1946 National Championship, they instead took a tour of Albania playing friendly games against some of the biggest clubs in the country at the time, and ended their 9 match tour with 26 goals scored and 9 against, and Qamil Teliti scoring 11 goals to make him the tour's top goalscorer.

Early dominance (1947–1964)[edit]

With Partizani Loro Boriçi won the 1949 and 1954 titles.[2]

Partizani first competed in a national competition in 1947, where they were enrolled into the top flight of Albanian football in their debut season and played 16 games, winning 14, drawing 1 and losing 1 as they went on to win the National Championship in their first competitive campaign. They finished on 29 points, just 1 ahead of Vllaznia Shkodër, who had won the previous 2 National Championships, and they had a goal difference of 41, after scoring 56 goals and conceding 16. The championship winning team was managed by Sllave Llambi, and was made up of Abdulla Stërmasi, Kamberi, Ramazan Njala, Besim Fagu, Medo Cuciqi, Sulejman Vathi, Xhavit Shyqyri Demneri, Hivzi Sakiqi, Isuf Pelingu, Tafil Baci, Lutfi Hoxha, Osman Pengili, Hamdi Tafmizi, Zihni Gjinali, Zef Gavoci, Eqrem Dauti, Zyber Lisi, Alush Merhori and Hamdi Bakalli, who was also the league's top goalscorer with 7 goals.[3] The following season the Albanian Football Association decided to change the format of the championship and divided teams into two groups based on geographical location, with Group A being a northern conference and Group B being a southern conference. Partizani were placed in Group A where they finished top of the group level on points with Vllaznia Shkodër, and due to possessing a better goal difference Partizani were the group winners and reached the championship final on 25 August 1947 against Flamurtari Vlorë. The final was played in Tiranë and Partizani won with an emphatic 6–2 scoreline, following goals from Vasif Biçaku, Xhevdet Shaqiri and four goals from Zihni Gjinali to give Partizani their second consecutive title. Gjinali was also the league's top goalscorer for the campaign, after finishing level on 11 goals with Flamurtari Vlorë forward Tish Daija, who also scored in the championship final.[4] The Republic Cup also returned in 1948 and Partizani competed in the competition for the first time, and they also went on to win it following a 5–2 victory over local rivals 17 Nentori Tiranë in the final which secured the first double in Albanian football. They retained the league title the following season following an undefeated campaign, and they also retained the cup as they defeated 17 Nentori Tiranë 1–0 in the final.

Partizani finished the 1950 National Championship level on points with newly formed Interior Ministry team Dinamo Tirana, and despite having a superior goal difference the Albanian Football Association decided to award the title to Dinamo after using a strange mathematical mathematical calculation using goal statistics, which were 77:10 = 7.7 for Partizani and 60:6 = 10.0 for Dinamo. After losing out on the title to new local rivals Dinamo, Partizani also came runners up to them in the Republic Cup, which began a long period of football in Albania dominated by the 2 sides. The following season, the club finished as runners up to Dinamo in both the league and the cup, but 19 year old striker Refik Resmja managed to score 59 goals in 23 games for Partizani which gave him a 2.57 goalscoring average, a record that is considered to be the best ever in top flight football. Despite finishing level on points and with a greater goal difference than Dinamo during the 1952 campaign, the same strange mathematical calculation as in 1950 was used and the title was once again awarded to Dinamo. The following season they finished runners up in both the league and the cup to Dinamo, before winning the league title in 1954 which was their first trophy since 1949. The club also finished as runners up in the cup to Dinamo in the 1954 Republic Cup, before going off to compete in the third unofficial Championship of Communist Countries' Army Clubs held in Bulgaria, where they only managed to win 1 game and lose 3. They then finished as runners up again to Dinamo Tirana for the next 2 seasons, meaning Partizani won just 1 league title in the previous 7 years.

1957 marked the return of Partizani as the most dominant club in Albania, as they won the league and cup double, a feat they repeated once again in 1958 before competing in the first official Spartakiada, the Championship of Communist Countries' Army Clubs in East Germany. They defeated The Cong Hanoi of Vietnam, CCA Bucharest of Romania, Dukla Prague of Czechoslovakia and Vorwärts Berlin of East Germany to reach the final against CDNA Sofia of Bulgaria, who narrowly defeated Partizani 1–0 at the Leipzig Zentralstadion in front of 100,000 spectators. They returned to Albania with silver medals and used the experience to retain both the league and cup to complete consecutive doubles, and in 1959 they won just the league as the cup was not held that year. However, Dinamo won the double in 1960 as Partizani finished runners up in the league, but they completed the double themselves the following season and they became the first Albanian club to participate in a European competition in 1962, which occurred due to Albania's Communist leader Enver Hoxha falling out with the Soviet Union in 1960, meaning the domestic league formats were changed in line with Europe's and Albania no longer excluded themselves from competing in European competitions. Partizani faced Swedish champions IFK Norrköping in the first round of the UEFA European Cup and they lost the first leg 2–0 in Norrköping[5] before earning a 1–1 draw in Tiranë, where rocks were thrown onto the pitch at the end of the match which ended in a 3–1 aggregate loss for Partizani.[6] During the 1962–63 campaign Partizani once again won the league title and they were then drawn against Bulgarian Spartak Plovdiv side in the European Cup, and they won their first European game in the first leg as they defeated Spartak Plovdiv 1–0 in Tiranë,[7] but they were eliminated after losing 3–1 in Plovdiv.[8] The following season they completed the double, which would be their last of the communist era, and in December 1963, half way through the season, Partizani competed in the third official Spartakiada, the second of which included football, held in Vietnam, and they defeated CDNA Sofia in a rematch of the previous final, as well as Budapest Honvéd of Hungary, and Vorwärts Berlin to reach the semi finals where they defeated Budapest Honvéd once again to reach the final against a team from the Soviet Union consisting of players from CSKA Moscow and SKA Rostov-on-Don, where they lost 2–0 after extra time to finish as runners up in consecutive Spartakiads.[9] They faced German side 1. FC Köln in the European Cup at the start of the following season, and they drew 0–0 in the first leg in Tiranë,[10] but lost 2–0 away in Cologne to lose the tie on aggregate.[11] As Albania was a Stalinist state at the time, during the first leg the 1. FC Köln team was involved in a minor diplomatic incident arose when it was evident that the West Germans had brought their own food and a chef to cook it. 1. Köln’s administrator Julius Ukrainczyk eventually negotiated a compromise that saw the food allowed in but the chef sent home.[12]

Rise in opposition (1965–1993)[edit]

After winning their 10th league title in 17 years, Partizani struggled to maintain their dominance at the top of Albanian football, as they finished as runners up in 4 of the next 5 seasons, but they did win 3 consecutive Republic Cups between 1965 and 1970, as the cup was not held for 2 years during this period. They competed in the 1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup where they were drawn against Italian side Torino, who they defeated 1–0 in Tiranë before losing 3–1 in Turin to lose 3–2 on aggregate. In 1970 they became the first ad only Albanian club to win an international competition, as they defeated Beroe Stara Zagora to win the regional Balkans Cup, following a 1–1 draw in Tiranë and a 3–0 awarded win for the second leg, as Beroe withdrew. Partizani participated in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, and they faced Swedish side Åtvidabergs FF in the preliminary round where the drew 1–1 in Atvidaberg before winning 2–0 in Tiranë to earn the club its first European tie victory as they moved into the last 16 where they faced Austrian side Wacker Innsbruck. Partizani lost 3–2 in the first leg in Innsbruck despite being ahead 2–1 at half time, and they lost 2–1 in the return leg at home, which was their first European home loss in 6 games. They won the 1970–71 National Championship which was their first title since 1964, and they qualified for the first round of the European Cup where they lost 4–0 on aggregate to Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia. They once again failed to retain their title and struggled the following season, finishing 4th in the league and being knocked out of the cup in the semi finals, before going on to win the cup during the 1972–73 season as well as finishing as runners up in the league. They finished as runners up the following season in both the league and cup, before failing to reach the final of the cup or finish in the top 2 of the league until 1979 which is when they managed to win their 11th league title ahead of local rivals KF Tirana. They then faced Scottish champions Celtic in the European Cup who they defeated 1–0 in Tiranë.[13] Once again Albania's communist regime made it difficult for foreign clubs to enter and play in Albania, and it took Celtic over 2 months to acquire visas for their players and staff and they were unable to acquire visas for press and a small number of supporters. The return leg ended in disappointment for Partizani as despite opening the scoring they lost 4–1, meaning they lost the tie 4–2 on aggregate.[14]

Partizani once again failed to challenge for the title the following season, as they could only manage a 4th-place finish, but they won the cup after beating Labinoti Elbasan 2–1 on aggregate in the final. They qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup and faced Swedish side Malmö FF who they narrowly lost 1–0 on aggregate following a 1–0 loss in Malmö and a goalless draw in Tiranë. The club won the 1980–81 National Championship ahead of Dinamo and KF Tirana, meaning they qualified for the European Cup where they faced Austrian side Austria Wien who they lost 3–2 on aggregate to following a disappointing 3–1[15] first leg away loss and a 1–0 home win.[16] The club had to wait until 1987 for their next trophy, which came in the shape of the National Championship which they won ahead of Flamurtari Vlorë. They faced Portuguese champions Benfica in an infamous first leg in Lisbon that saw Partizani lose 4–0 and end the game with 7 men as 4 players were sent off including goalkeeper and captain Perlat Musta.[17] Partizani were punished by UEFA for the incidents, and they were knocked out of the competition following a walkover victory for Benfica in what would have been the second leg, and they were also banned from Europe for 4 years. Partizani finished 9th in the 1987–88 campaign, which was their lowest ever finish in the league and they also missed out on the cup as they lost in the final to Flamurtari Vlorë. They somewhat bounced back the following season as they finished as runners up in the league, a feat that was repeated for 4 seasons in a row. They competed in the UEFA Cup in 1990, where they lost to Romanian side Universitatea Craiova, and they also won the cup in 1991 after beating Flamurtari in the final. In the Cup Winners' Cup the following season, they narrowly lost 1–0 to Dutch side Feyenoord, who they held to a 0–0 draw in Tiranë before losing the tie to a late goal in Rotterdam.

The 1992–93 campaign proved to be last truly successful one for the club, as they managed to win their 7th double in their history. They won the Albanian Superliga in a season where Edmond Dosti became Partizani's first league top goalscorer since Agim Murati in 1979, and they won the Albanian Cup after defeating Albpetrol Patos in the final. After winning the double Partizani faced Icelandic side ÍA Akranes in the preliminary round of the European Cup. They earned a goalless draw in the first leg in Tiranë before losing 3–0 in Akranes, where all 3 goals came in the second half. Following the fall of communism in Albania clubs struggled to support themselves financially and Partizani was also heavily reliant on the Albanian Army's support along with the communist regime. The fall of communism made it difficult for Partizani to be sustainable as a club, which in turn caused the club problems for the next 20 years.

Post-communist era (1993–2008)[edit]

After winning the double in 1993 Partizani began to decline in terms of power, and the club was taken over by businessman Albert Xhani in 1994. Because Teuta Durrës had finished 2nd in the league and won the cup, Partizani were given a place in the UEFA Cup as the third placed team, and they faced Turkish side Fenerbahçe in 1995, who they lost 6–0 to on aggregate as they struggled against far superior opposition. Partizani continued to struggle to compete domestically with their only success coming in 1997 as they won the Albanian Cup. The club's fortunes continued to worsen and they found themselves in bottom spot in the league and the club eventually experienced relegated for the first time in its history at the of the 1999–00 season. The spent one season in the Albanian First Division, as they won the division title and earned promotion at the first attempt. During their first season back in the top flight they managed a respectable third-place finish which qualified them for the UEFA Cup, where they were drawn against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv, who they lost 5–1 to on aggregate as they failed to progress to the next round. The following season they once again finished third and they also reached the quarter finals of the Albanian Cup, as they qualified for the Intertoto Cup where they were once again drawn against Israeli opposition in Maccabi Netanya, who they lost 3–1 to in Netanya before winning the return leg in Tiranë 2–0 against the odds to qualify for the next round of a European competition for only the second time. In the next round they faced Moldovan side Dacia Chișinău who they lost 5–0 on aggregate to, putting an end to their Intertoto Cup run. Domestically they managed a fourth-place finish, just one point behind Vllaznia Shkodër in third place, and they also won the Albanian Cup, which was the first major trophy by the club in 11 years, aside from the Albanian First Division. In the UEFA Cup the following season Partizani was drawn against Maltese side Birkirkara, who they beat 4–2 in the first leg in Tiranë,[18] and despite losing 2–1 in the away leg they managed to qualify for the next round where they faced Israeli side Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin who defeated Partizani 6–1 on aggregate to eliminate them, following 3–0 and 3–1 away and home losses, respectively.[19][20] During the 2004–05 campaign Partizani struggled in the league and they finished third from bottom, although they were not in real danger of being relegated as they finished 22 points away from the relegation zone. In the cup they narrowly lost out to eventual winners Teuta Durrës in the semi finals, as they lost out on the away goal rule following a 2–2 aggregate draw. The following season performances improved and they finished fourth, just 2 points behind local rivals KF Tirana in second place, as they also reached the quarter finals of the cup. They qualified for the Intertoto Cup once again, where they faced Cypriot side Ethnikos Achna who Partizani defeated 2–1 in Tiranë but lost 4–2 to in Achnas to lose 5–4 on aggregate. The 2006–07 campaign saw the club finish fourth once again, and they also missed out on reaching the final of the Albanian Cup on the away goal rule after a 1–1 aggregate draw with Teuta Durrës. The following season Partizani challenged fort the title with local rivals Dinamo Tirana, but they were unable to win the league and they eventually finished 5 points away from Dinamo as they finished as runners up for the 19th time.

Downfall and revival (2008–present)[edit]

After a strong season, Partizani qualified the UEFA Cup and faced Bosnian side Široki Brijeg in the first qualifying round, but they eventually lost 3–1 on aggregate which was the start to what would prove to be a very difficult season, as they struggled in the league and avoided the automatic relegation zone by a single goal on goal difference. They did however face Kastrioti Krujë in a relegation play-out that that led to Partizani's relegation once again, in a game that was marred by poor refereeing decisions as well as violence.[21] Partizani began the 2009–10 campaign in the Albanian First Division and the club's president Albert Xhani began to withdraw from backing the club financially, which meant that the majority of wages were not paid for the season and during the winter break Paro Laci and Lulëzim Sallaku bought out 40% and 10% of the club's shares, respectively, with Xhani retaining the remaining 50%. Laci took control of the majority of the club's finances, and wages were paid to the staff and the players, but despite push for promotion they were unable to reach the play off places and finished the league in 4th place. The 2010–11 season would prove to be the worst in the club's history as they experienced relegation to the Albanian Second Division, the third tier, for the first time, as they were relegated for the 2nd time in 2 years. The club finished bottom of the First Division table, with a record of 4 wins, 5 draws and 21 losses, scoring a total of just 16 goals in 30 games. During the first and only season in the Second Division, Partizani managed to finish top of Group B by a single point, which guaranteed their promotion and their qualification to the championship final against Tërbuni Pukë on 17 May 2012, which ended in a 3–1 loss for Partizani.[22] The club's return to the First Division would prove to be a successful one as they finished as runners up behind KF Lushnja to achieve back to back promotion, in a season that saw the club change ownership as Gazment Demi bought out 50% of the club's shares in January 2013, making him and Lulëzim Sallaku co-owners and co-financiers of the club.[23] The club achieved promotion back into the Albanian Superliga following a four-year absence and Demi took over as president following the departure of Sallaku from the post.[24][25]

Stadium[edit]

Qemal Stafa Stadium serves as the home ground of the team
Main article: Qemal Stafa Stadium

During the club's early history they played their home games at Albania's main stadium, the Qemal Stafa Stadium which was shared with local rivals KF Tirana and then also Dinamo Tirana. A second stadium was built in Tiranë in 1956, which was the Selman Stërmasi Stadium, and this stadium was also shared by the three main Tiranë clubs. The club stopped sharing the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in 2014 when they were promoted back to the Albanian Superliga, and in the summer of 2016 the process of demolishing the Qemal Stafa Stadium will begin, in order to facilitate the proposed 22,500 seater National Arena.

On 9 March 2016, the Albanian government agreed to a 99-year, €1 lease of the 37,000m2 Military Base 4030, located on Myslym Keta Road on the outskirts of Tiranë, which is where Partizani will build their new training complex as well as their proposed 4,500 seater stadium.[26][27][28]

Supporters[edit]

Ultras Guerrils[edit]

Ultras Guerrils
Established 2008
Type Ultras group
Club Partizani Tirana
Motto Perjet me ty Partizan (Forever with you Partizan)
Headquarters Tirana,  Albania
Affiliations Tifozat Kuq e Zi
Website www.ultrasguerrils.com

Partizani Tirana's current supporters group and hooligans firm is called Ultras Guerrils 08–09, who were founded following the merger of two other supports groups, Brigada e Kuqe 08 and Komandos Ultras. They are one of the most loyal supporters in Albania, attending Partizani even where they were in Albanian Second Division. They regularly attend the Albanian national football team matches. Garda 15 are another Ultras group

Rivalries[edit]

The club's biggest rivalry is with KF Tirana also known as 'Viktimat e sistemit mendor' which is referred to as the original Tirana derby; Partizani being the team of the Republic, whereas KF Tirana a local one. KF Tirana is the most successful Albanian club, with Partizani in third place behind Dinamo Tirana, but Partizani have a record of 59 wins, 42 draws and 41 losses, thus giving them the upper hand. Their other main rivalry is with Dinamo Tirana, who were historically linked to the Ministry of Interior Affairs and as Partizani were linked to the National Liberation Army this fixture is often derogatorily referred to as "the communist derby".

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League

Star full.svg Albanian Superliga

Albanian First Division

  • Winners (1): 2000–01
  • Runners-up (1): 2012–13

Albanian Second Division

  • Runners-up (1): 2011–12
Cup

Star full.svg Albanian Cup

Albanian Supercup

  • Winners (1): 2004
  • Runners-up (1): 1991

Regional[edit]

Balkans Cup

  • Winners (1): 1970

Doubles[edit]

FK Partizani in Europe[edit]

As of 14 July 2016

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1962–63 UEFA European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Norrköping 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1963–64 UEFA European Cup 1R Bulgaria Spartak Plovdiv 1–0 1–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1964–65 UEFA European Cup 1R Germany 1. FC Köln 0–0 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Italy Torino 1–0 1–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1970–71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Sweden Åtvidabergs FF 2–0 1–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Austria Tirol Innsbruck 1–2 2–3 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
1971–72 UEFA European Cup 1R Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–1 0–3 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1979–80 UEFA European Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 1–0 1–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Sweden Malmö FF 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1981–82 UEFA European Cup 1R Austria Austria Wien 1–0 1–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1987–88 UEFA European Cup 1R Portugal Benfica w/o 0–4 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Universitatea Craiova 0–1 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1993–94 UEFA Champions League QR Iceland IA Akranes 0–0 0–3 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–4 0–2 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–4 0–1 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Israel Maccabi Netanya 2–0 1–3 3–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Moldova Dacia Chișinău 0–3 0–2 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1QR Malta Birkirkara 4–2 1–2 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Israel Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin 1–3 0–3 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Cyprus Ethnikos Achnas 2–1 2–4 4–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1QR Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 1–3 0–0 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1QR Norway Strømsgodset 0–1 1–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–0 1 N/A
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2QR2 Hungary Ferencváros 1–1 1–1 2–2 (3–1p) Symbol keep vote.svg
3QR Austria Red Bull Salzburg 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League PO Russia FC Krasnodar 0–4
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • Note 1:Partizani Tirana was transferred to 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round following the exclusion of KF Skënderbeu Korçë by UEFA for match-fixing.
  • Note 2:Skënderbeu Korçë would have qualified for the Champions League second qualifying round as the champions of the 2015–16 Albanian Superliga, but were excluded from participating in the 2016–17 European competitions by UEFA for match-fixing.[29][30] They appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and UEFA agreed to suspend the exclusion and Skënderbeu Korçë were included in the second qualifying round draw.[31] The final decision to exclude Skënderbeu Korçë was made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 6 July 2016, before the second qualifying round was played.[32][33] As a result, the berth was given to the runners-up Partizani Tirana.[34]

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 July 2016

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 Dashamir Xhika
12 Albania GK Alban Hoxha Captain
96 Albania GK Mario Dajsinani
Albania GK Fabio Gjonikaj

3 Albania DF Renato Arapi
4 Albania DF Esin Hakaj
5 Albania DF Gëzim Krasniqi
10 Albania MF Idriz Batha
22 Kosovo DF Labinot Ibrahimi
21 Albania DF Endrit Karameto
36 Nigeria DF Sodiq Atanda
99 Albania DF Renaldo Kalari

11 Albania MF Jurgen Bardhi
No. Position Player
14 Kosovo MF Mentor Mazrekaj
16 Kosovo MF Ylber Ramadani
19 Albania MF Lorenc Trashi
31 Albania MF Arbnor Fejzullahu
70 Italy MF Luca Bertoni
88 Albania MF Emiljano Vila

7 Albania FW Realdo Fili
8 Albania FW Jurgen Vatnikaj
17 Albania FW Ardit Jaupaj
27 Argentina FW Agustín Torassa
45 Ghana FW Caleb Ekuban (on loan from Chievo)
Israel FW Ben Azubel

Current youth players[edit]

As of 23 November 2015[A]

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

No. Position Player
3 Albania DF Viktor Mema
12 Albania GK Henri Xhafaj
19 Albania FW Mario Barjamaj
20 Albania FW Xhino Ngjela
27 Albania DF Rigers Mersini
No. Position Player
27 Albania DF Fabio Hasa
30 Albania MF Laurent Ismailaj
44 Albania GK Oldi Lajthia
71 Albania DF Nertil Hoxhaj

International players[edit]

B team[edit]

Managers[edit]

Name Period Trophies
Albania Sllave Llambi 1946–1949 National Championship (3), Republic Cup (2)
Albania Myslym Alla 1954–1956 National Championship, Republic Cup
Albania Rexhep Spahiu 1956–1962 National Championship (4), Republic Cup (3)
Albania Loro Boriçi 1962–1971 National Championship (3), Republic Cup (2), Balkans Cup
Albania Bejkush Birçe 1971–1974
Albania Ilia Shuke 1974–1977 Albanian Superliga
Albania Bejkush Birçe 1977–198x National Championship (2)
Albania Neptun Bajko 1986–1988 National Championship
Albania Kolec Kraja
Albania Hasan Lika 1991–1992
Albania Sulejman Starova 1992–1994 Albanian Superliga
Albania Hasan Lika 1995
Albania Sulejman Starova 1996
Albania Edmond Gezdari 1997–1998
Bulgaria Nikolay Arabov 2000
Albania Neptun Bajko 2000–2001
Albania Shpëtim Duro 2001–2002
Italy Ticiano Gori 2002
Albania Ilir Spahiu 2003
Albania Sulejman Mema 2003–2004 Albanian Cup, Albanian Supercup
Albania Ilir Shulke 2004
Albania Ramadan Shehu 2004
Albania Sulejman Mema 2004–2005
Albania Neptun Bajko 2005
Albania Sulejman Mema 2005
Albania Sulejman Starova 2005–2006
Albania Ilir Spahiu 2006
Albania Neptun Bajko 2006
Albania Hasan Lika 2006–2008
Albania Shpëtim Duro 2008–2009
Albania Skerdi Bejzade 2009–2010
Albania Gerd Haxhiu 2010
Albania Neptun Bajko 2010–2011
Albania Ylli Shehu 2011
Albania Perlat Musta 2012
Albania Shpëtim Duro 2013
Albania Hasan Lika 2013–2014
Albania Genc Tomorri 2014
Portugal Márcio Sampaio 2014
Albania Genc Tomorri 2014
Albania Shpëtim Duro 2014–2015
Albania Sulejman Starova 2015
Italy Andrea Agostinelli 2015–2016
Italy Adolfo Sormani 2016–

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1985–1992 Adidas
1992–1993 Abaco
2003–2004 Legea AMC
2004–2005 Adidas Neri
2007–2008 Legea A.K.K.
2008–2009 Adidas
2013–2014 Legea Albtelecom
2014–2015
2015–2016 Adidas
2016– Macron

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Kuka, Bledar. "Loro Borici, kollos i futbollit shqiptar". Shkodra Sport. Shkodra Sport. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Albania 1947
  4. ^ Albania 1948
  5. ^ Norrköping 2–0 Partizani
  6. ^ Partizani 1–1 Norrköping
  7. ^ Partizani 1–0 Spartak Plovdiv
  8. ^ Spartak Plovdiv 3–1 Partizani
  9. ^ Two legendary International Tournaments of Partizani Tiranë: Leipzig (1958) and Hanoi (1963)
  10. ^ Partizani 0–0 Köln
  11. ^ Köln 2–0 Partizani
  12. ^ Albania's history in European football: beards and bad behaviour in the Balkans
  13. ^ Partizani 1–0 Celtic
  14. ^ Celtic 4–1 Partizani
  15. ^ Austria Wien 3–1 Partizani
  16. ^ Partizani Tirana 1–0 Austria Wien
  17. ^ Benfica 4–0 Partizani
  18. ^ Partizani pack a punch
  19. ^ Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin 3–0 Partizani
  20. ^ Partizani 1–3 Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin
  21. ^ Bie Partizani, ngjitet Kastrioti. Xhani godet gjyqtarin
  22. ^ Partizani 1–3 Tërbuni
  23. ^ Gaz Demi merr 50% të aksioneve te Partizani
  24. ^ Gazmend Demi, president i ri i demave të kuq
  25. ^ Partizani ndërron timonier, ikën Lulzim Sallaku, vjen Gazmend Demi
  26. ^ Qeveria i jep Partizanit 37 mijë m2 sipërfaqe, reparti ushtarak do të kthehet në kompleks
  27. ^ Partizani me shtëpi të re
  28. ^ Partizani planifikon një “Juventus Stadium” të vogël për vet
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  33. ^ "Media release - Football - The appeal filed by KS Skenderbeu is dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)" (pdf). tas-cas.org. Court of Arbitration for Sport. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  34. ^ "Partizani replace Skёnderbeu in Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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