Skënder Jareci

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Skënder Jareci
Personal information
Date of birth (1931-05-05)5 May 1931
Place of birth Durrës, Albania
Date of death 9 March 1984(1984-03-09) (aged 52)
Place of death Albania
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Ylli i Kuq Durrës (3)
1950–1963 Dinamo Tirana (119)
National team
1949–1958 Albania 8 (1)
Teams managed
1966–1973 Dinamo Tirana
Lokomotiva Durrës
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Skënder Jareci (5 May 1931 – 9 March 1984) was an Albanian former football manager and player.

Jareci represented Teuta Durrës and Dinamo Tirana during his playing career and also won 8 caps for Albanian national team. He is the tenth all-time top goalscorer in the history of Albanian Superliga with 122 goals.[1]

Club career[edit]

Jareci was born in Durrës in 1931 to parents from Debar who had moved to Durrës in 1920 to escape conflict with neighboring Yugoslavs. His father had established himself as successful trader in Durrës, but was arrested and killed by the Albanian communists in the late 1940s once they had taken control of the country.[2]

In 1950, Jareci joined the newly established Dinamo Tirana club, whom he won 7 championships and 6 cups, establishing himself as one of the best Albanian strikers of his generation.[3] In the 1951 and 1952 seasons, Jareci played an important role as Dinamo won 25 consecutive matches in league, setting the record in Albania and ranked just 4th tied with Celtic in Europe's longest domestic winning streaks.[4]

International career[edit]

Jareci made his international debut on 6 November 1949 in a friendly versus Poland, entering in the second half as the match ended in a 2–1 loss.[5] His first and only international goal came later on 29 November 1952 in the 3–2 home win over Czechoslovakia.[6] He earned his last cap six years later by playing in the 1–1 draw against East Germany.[7]

Managerial career[edit]

Jareci's managerial career reached its peak during his spell with Dinamo Tirana, in which he established himself as one the greatest Albanian managers of all time.[3] He also promoted youth talents such as Faruk Sejdini and Ilir Përnaska, with the latter becoming a one-club man and scoring more than 100 goals.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Namik Jareci was also a professional footballer who played alongside Skënder at Dinamo Tirana for several years.[3] Skënder was married to Jozefilda, who derives from a family in Mirditë District.[8]

International statistics[edit]


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania 1949 1 0
1950 3 0
1952 2 1
1953 1 0
1959 1 0
Total 8 1





  1. ^ "Skënder Jareci, 24 vjet nga ndarja me meteorin e futbollit" [Skënder Jareci, 24 years from spliting with the meteor of football] (in Albanian). AGON. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2013.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Skënder Jareci, historia e jashtëzakonshme e të deklasuarit të madh te futbollit". Reklamo Ketu (in Albanian). Alba Sport. 2012-03-18. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  3. ^ a b c d "Zbulohet ditari i Skënder Jarecit, strategu i Dinamos së madhe" [The dairy of Skënder Jareci is unveiled, the strateg of great Dinamo]. Panorama Sport. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Europe's longest domestic winning streaks". 14 January 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Football MATCH: 06.11.1949 Poland v Albania". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Football MATCH: 29.11.1952 Albania v Czechoslovakia". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Football MATCH: 01.05.1958 Albania v East Germany". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Skënder Jareci, historia e jashtëzakonshme e të deklasuarit të madh të futbollit" [Skënder Jareci, the unbelievable history of the biggest declassed of football]. Alba Sport. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Skënder Jareçi - national football team player". Retrieved 24 September 2018.

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