Selman Stërmasi

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Selman Stërmasi
Personal information
Full name Selman Stërmasi
Date of birth (1908-05-09)9 May 1908
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Date of death 9 October 1976(1976-10-09) (aged 68)
Place of death Tiranë, Albania
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
??–?? AS Roma ?? (?)
1930–1937 Sportklub Tiranë ?? (?)
National team
Albania
Teams managed
1930–1936 Sportklub Tiranë (player-manager)
1936–194x Sportklub Tiranë
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Selman Stërmasi (9 May 1908 – 9 October 1976) was a former football player and coach who was an instrumental figure in the early history of KF Tirana. He is generally considered to be one of the club's greatest figures and KF Tirana along with the Albanian Football Association honoured him in 1990 by renaming the Dinamo Stadium to the Selman Stërmasi Stadium.[1]

In 1934 he won the record of jumping (1.71 m or 5 ft 7 in).[2]

Life[edit]

Stërmasi was born in Tiranë on 9 May 1908 to a wealthy family of traditional Albanian patriots, where he grew up surrounded by patriotic sentiment and sport. At the age of just 17 in 1925 he became an executive committee member of the Agimi Sports Society, and two years later he would initiate the renaming of the club to Sportklub Tiranë. In 1928 he moved to Rome to study at the Fascist Male Academy of Physical Education, before returning to Tiranë in 1930 to participate in the first Albanian National Championship, where he was player-manager in the title winning team.

In 1939, he negotiated the sales of SK Tirana players Riza Lushta and Naim Kryeziu to Italian clubs Bari and Roma respectively, and despite the Italian clubs offering Stërmasi 60% of the transfer fees he waived these fees in order to give it all to the players themselves in order to set up their new lives in Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlet Shehi. "SK Tirana". digilander.libero.it. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Biography of Selman Stërmasi at zeriyt.com

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