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KF Tirana
Tirana Club Logo.svg
Full name Klubi i Futbollit Tirana
Nickname(s) Bardheblutë (White and blues)
Short name Tirana
Founded August 15, 1920; 98 years ago (1920-08-15),
as Shoqata Sportive Agimi[1]
Ground Selman Stërmasi Stadium
Capacity 9,600[2]
President Refik Halili
Head coach Zé Maria
League Albanian Superliga
2017–18 Albanian First Division, Group B, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website
Current season
Active branches of KF Tirana
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KF Tirana (Albanian: Klubi i Futbollit Tirana) is an Albanian football club based in the country's capital city, Tirana. The men's football club is part of the multi-disciplinary sports club SK Tirana, and is the most successful in Albania, having won 51 recognized major domestic trophies. They play their home games at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tirana and they play in the Albanian Superliga.

The club was founded on 15 August 1920[1] as Shoqata Sportive Agimi, which translates to the Agimi Sports Association, and they had since participated in all the top tier national championships ever held in Albania. However the ninth-place finish in the 2016-17 season relegated the club to the Albanian First Division (second-tier) for the first time in their history.

They have competed under the name of SK Tirana between 1927 and 1947, when the communist regime forcibly renamed the club 17 Nëntori Tirana, Puna Tirana and KS 17 Nëntori. In 1991 KF Tirana retook its pre-1947 name and was divided into two branches, the multi disciplinary SK Tirana and the football branch of KF Tirana.

KF Tirana is the most successful Albanian team in European competitions, having progressed from the first rounds on 11 occasions since making their European debut in the 1965–66 European Cup.They reached for times the Round of 16 in European Competitions, alone in the European Cup three times in the 1980's. The club also holds the record of being the highest ever ranking Albanian club according to IFFHS, having been ranked 31st in the world in 1987, as a result of the success in their 1986–87 campaign. In addition, KF Tirana is an ECA member.[3]

History[edit]

1911: The first tournament[edit]

Tirana appeared for the first time in 1911 in the first ever championship held in Albania. The city was represented with what is believed to be the predecessor of KF Tirana. The team dominated the tournament, defeating Elbasani and Kavaja to make their way to the final, in which they won 6–1 against Peqini, making them Albania's first ever champions. The tournament is still not officially recognised by the Albanian Football Association.[4]

1920–1937: Beginnings of Klubi i Futbollit Tirana[edit]

The first picture of the KF Tirana squad.

Tirana was officially founded on 15 August 1920 by patriot and football enthusiast Palokë Nika, who had previously former Vllaznia Shkodër. The first name of the club was Sportklub Tirona which was later changed into Futboll Klub Tirona. The team played their first official match in October at Shallvare against Juventus Shkodër.[5]

Tirana played their first international match against Yugoslav team Crnogorac Cetinje from Montenegro in 1925. On 16 August 1927, which was the seventh anniversary of the formation of the Agimi Sports Association, the club's name changed into Sportklub Tirana, which would be commonly referred to as SK Tirana.[6] On that day the president of the club was Teki Selenica.[7]

in 1930, Tirana took part in the first officially recognised football competition held in Albania, organized by newly founded Albanian Football Association. The team dominated the tournament, reaching the final after winning five matches, drawing four and losing just one, to finish joint top, along with Skënderbeu Korçë, albeit with a slightly better goal difference.[8] Tirana faced in the championship final Skënderbeu Korçë, who refused to play as a sign of protest against the bias of the competition and the Albanian Football Association towards Tirana. The club was named champion after the games were awarded 2–0.[8]

The following season, the club introduced new players such as goalkeeper Vasfi Samimi, Sabit Çoku, Muhamet Agolli and Halim Begeja. The championship format changed as it divided the teams into two groups. Tirana was placed in Group A and managed to finish 1st after collecting five points from three matches. In the final against Group B winners Teuta Durrës, the team drew 1–1 in the first leg at home but managed a 3–0 win in the second one to retain the championship title.

Tirana continued to dominate the Albanian football even in the next season, despite the fact that the championship format was changed once again. In a group where every club would play each other twice and the winner would be decided by who finished top of the league, Tirana had it easy as they finished the championship unbeaten, winning five matches and drawing three, winning the title for the third consecutive year, which further cemented their place in history as the first club to dominate football in Albania. The club lost the title for the first time in history in 1933, finishing in a disappointing third place out of six, behind Bashkimi Shkodran and the winners Skënderbeu Korçë. It turned out to be a transition period as team bounced back firmly in the 1934 Championship, finishing five points ahead of runners-up Skënderbeu Korçë in a seven team format.

In the next years, Tirana managed to win the 1936 and 1937 championship, guided by ethnic-Albanian forward Riza Lushta who was named top goalscorer in both years.[9] This was the last pre-World War II competition held by the Albanian Football Association as there was no championship held in 1938 and World War II broke out in 1939.

1939–1947: War years[edit]

In 1939, Albania was under Italian invasion; Giovanni Giro, a loyal trustee of Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano, was in charge of organising the first football competition under Victor Emmanuel III, which was called Turneja Kombëtare E Footbollit Për Ndeshjet E Trofeut Të Liktorit (National Tour of Football for the Matches of the Lictor Trophy). Tirana participated in the tournament, eliminating 9–0 on aggregate Dragoj Pogradeci in the first round to reach the semi-finals. In the semi-final, the team played Skënderbeu Korçë, beating them 3–0 to reach the final against Vllaznia Shkodër. In the final played at the Shallvare field in the capital on 30 September 1939, Tirana won the trophy by winning 6–5.

A similar tournament was held in the next year by the fascist regime, this time in a group format where teams were divided into two groups based on geography location. Two of Tirana's most important players Kryeziu and Lushta left Albania for Italy to join Bari and Roma respectively. In the first match, Tirana drew 2–2 with Vllaznia Shkodër, and then won 3–0 at home against Elbasani. The rest of the campaign did not prove to be fruitful as Vllaznia finished top of the group ahead of Tirana and reached the championship finals, where they defeated Skënderbeu Korçë 11–1 on aggregate to win their first national championship, to this day unrecognized by the Albanian Federal Association.

The championship was not held in 1941 but returned in the following year, which also had three clubs from Kosovo. These clubs from Kosovo competed in the northern section along with the reigning champions Vllaznia Shkodër and Tirana competed in the new middle section group and the southern clubs competed in their own group. In a bizarre ruling, only players born between 1921 and 1925 were allowed to participate in the competition, meaning that only players between the ages of 17 and 22 were allowed to play. However, this rule was not followed by most clubs and senior players did participate in the competition. Tirana reached the semi-finals after winning 5–1 versus Elbasani and drawing 1–1 against Teuta Durrës. In the semi-final, the team faced Prizreni; the first leg ended in a 2–2 draw while the second one was won by Tirana 2–1. The team thus reached the final once again where they faced Vllaznia Shkodër on 29 June. The regular time ended in a 1–1 draw, leading the Italian referee Michele Carone then asked both sides to play extra time of two 15-minute halves, but Vllaznia declined. Two days after the final had been played the match was awarded 2–0 to Tirana along with the title.[10]

The club won two out of the three National Championships that were held during World War II, but in March 2013, Albanian Football Association made a decision by refusing to recognize them, stating that they were not legitimate, since they weren't organized by the AFA, but by the fascist regime.[11]

1944–1957: Postwar period[edit]

Myslym Alla, coached Tirana from 1956 to 1972.

Following the end of World War II, footballing activities resumed as they had done before the war under the guidance of the Albanian Football Association. In the championship of 1945, Tirana was placed in Group B. The team topped the group easily, collecting 16 points from 10 matches, thus reaching the final where they faced Vllaznia Shkodër once again. They lost both matches 2–1, thus missing the opportunity to win another championship.

Under communist regime led by dictator Enver Hoxha, Tiran would quickly become a victim as in early March 1946 the ruling communist Politburo had instructed the club to change its name to 17 Nëntori in honour of the Liberation of Tirana which took place on 17 November 1944. In the following decade, the club was subject to appalling treatment by the regime, and this was highlighted by the creation of a privilege system for the newly created communist backed teams Partizani Tirana and Dinamo Tirana.

The following decade would unroll in the same suffocating atmosphere, becoming even heavier after the foundation of two system-privileged teams that would follow the experiences of their sisters in the former USSR, former Yugoslavia, and the other eastern European countries: Partizani, the Defense Ministry team and Dinamo, the Internal Affairs Ministry team. Dozens of Tirana's talented players were "convinced", against their will, to play for either Partizani or Dinamo. As a result, "17 Nentori" struggled to stay at the top during the years 1947–57, however the team managed to gain some of the lost groung during the second part of the 50's after replacing in part some of the first choice players of its line up.

1958–1990: Decline and revival, communist decades and the golden 80s[edit]

From 1958 to 1964 Tirana kept on producing some good football and finishing the championship almost always at the third spot. These years were a prelude to what was about to happen later: Tirana reexperienced its pre-war glory spell under the services of the unforgettable coach Myslym Alla. At the end of the 28th national championship Tirana became champions of Albania more than twenty years after their last title.

The team repeated the success the year after, but this was an obvious challenge to Partizani's generals and Dinamo's secret service bosses. After having practically won the 1966–67 title three matches in advance, Tirana was banned from the competition and the title was assigned to Dinamo.[12][13]

After this, Tirana won the championship two years in a row in style, losing only two matches in 1968 and only one during the 1969–70 season.[14]

During the seventies, Tirana struggled hard to stay at the top, the best result being the second place and the worst the thirteenth. Yet the club won the national cup twice. The generation of older players came to the end of their careers and this could only mark the end of a highly successful era. However the unsuccessful spell would not last long this time. Tirana won the championship at the end of the 1981–82 season, and they went on to win the title three other times during the eighties, in 1984–85, 1987–88 and 1988–89 and the Albanian Cup in 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1985–86. The club was also successful in European club competitions, reaching there the round of 16 four times in the 1980s, alone in the European Cup three times. Many of the team's players made up the core of the Albania national football team, such as Agustin Kola, Arben Minga, Shkëlqim Muça and Mirel Josa.[15][16][17]

1991–2006: Return to success[edit]

In August 1991, less then a year following the fall of communism in Albania, Tirana regained its old name, and likewise the whole Albanian society, went through a period of profound changes. Almost all the best Albanian players left the country and went abroad looking for a richer team who could hire them. But it seems that the club simply could not stand being too long from the leading spots. The team returned to the winning ways by winning the Albanian Cup in the 1993–94 season, defeating 1–0 on aggregate Teuta Durrës.[18] Shortly after, in January 1995, the team won also their first Albanian Supercup trophy, defeating 1–0 Teuta Durrës at Qemal Stafa Stadium. A couple of months later, they clinched their 15th championship by finishing 12 points ahead of the runner-up Teuta Durrës.[19]

This championship was followed by another one in the 1995–96 season, as Tirana won it just one point ahead of Teuta Durrës once again.[20] The team also clinched the cup in that season, completing the domestic double for the second time in history. Another domestic double followed in 1998–99 season. In the following years, Tirana continued to dominate the Albanian football, winning 10 out of the last 18 Albania's championships.[21] The team also dominated in the domestic cups, adding to their trophy cabinet three Albanian Cups and five other Albanian Supercups.

2007–present: Refik Halili era[edit]

Elvis Sina, most-capped player in the history of Tirana with more than 500 appearances in all competitions.

Following a successful 2006–07 campaign which saw the club win the Albanian Superliga comfortably,[22] the team begun to struggle for results. They begun the season by getting eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by NK Domžale. Despite winning the Albanian Supercup versus Besa Kavajë, Tirana managed only a 6th place finish their worst finish since 1993. In cup, the team lost the final to Vllaznia Shkodër.

In the following season, Tirana bounced back; inspired by striker Migen Memelli,[23] who went on to score 30 goals, Tirana managed to win the championship for the 24th time in history.[24] In cup they reached another final, only to be defeated again, this time by Flamurtari Vlorë.[25] In the next years, Tirana experiences mixed fortunes, being unable to win the championship but remaining on top in domestic cups, winning the Albanian Cup in 2010–11 and 2011–12, and three other Albanian Supercups in 2009, 2011 and 2012. There was also major controversies off the field between club's chief and president in the 2010–11 season, which led to a delay in paying the players' wages and even some players not receiving their wages.

On 12 October 2011, Municipality of Tirana city council voted through a unanimous decision to change the status of the club from a municipality owned to a shareholder own one, under the name KF Tirana Sh.A, with the municipality of Tirana initially holding a 100% stake in the club but with the possibility of any future private sponsors and donors to own stocks in the club.[26]

Starting from 2013, Tirana entered in a period of disappointments. In the 2013–14 season, the team was seriously in risk of getting relegated for the first time in history. By the end of December 2013 the team was ranked in the last position with only 10 points from 13 matches, 7 points away from the safe zone. However, with Gugash Magani as manager and a strong transfer market, the team bounced back and eventually finished in 6th position, escaping the relegation only in the penultimate match.[27] On 26 June 2014, the Tirana city council approved a proposal to give private donors a 66% stake in the club's assets for the next 18 years, which at the time fell in the hands of Refik Halili and Lulzim Morina, which enabled such donors to invest in players, facilities and youth teams.[28]

Selman Stërmasi Stadium was renovated between 2014 and 2015.

Tirana begun the 2014–15 season with high expectations, challenging for the title in the first part of the season.[29] In the second part, however, the team declined and ultimately finished in 5th position. In cup, Tirana was controversially eliminated from Laçi in the semi-final 1–0 on aggregate. Laçi eventually won the final against Kukësi,[30] leaving Tirana without Europa League football once again. The club was relegated during the 2016–17 season.[31] From title contender halfway through the season, Tirana fell continuously to dramatically succumb to relegation for the first time in their history. Ilir Daja was sacked on 1 November following a goalless draw against Vllaznia Shkodër,[32] and was replaced by the returned Mirel Josa.[33] The club also broke the relationship with the fans after allowing with their lifetime rivals Partizani Tirana to play at Selman Stërmasi Stadium; they opposed such an agreement and subsequently abandoned the matches for the entire season as a result.[34]

Tirana then endured a 15 winless match streak before winning 2–0 against Korabi Peshkopi.[35] Their relegation was officially confirmed on 27 May following a goalless draw versus fellow relegation strugglers Vllaznia Shkodër.[31] In cup, Tirana did much better, winning their 16th trophy on 31 May after defeating 3–1 Skënderbeu Korçë at Elbasan Arena.[36] This meant the return of Tirana in European competitions after five years.

Tirana retained most of their players ahead of the new season.[37] The club appointed former Brazil international Zé Maria as the new manager.[38] The team eliminated from the UEFA Europa League by Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv[39] In September 2017, Tirana won another trophy, their 11th Albanian Supercup after winning 1–0 against Kukësi.[40] They also set a record by becoming the Albanian First Division side to win the Supercup.[40] In the league Tirana dominated with hammering results in either home or away matches.[41][42] Club's goal of a quick promotion in Superliga was reached with three spare rounds to play.[43] Tirana won their first ever Albanian First Division title on 16 May by winning 2–0 against the Group A winners Kastrioti Krujë.[44]

Grounds[edit]

Shallvare (1920–46)[edit]

The club's first home ground was the Shallvare, located in the centre of Tirana where today is the existing Shallvare block, acquired by the club prior to their formation in 1920. The also field served as an amusement centre for the youth of Tirana to enjoy, and it was a popular gathering place where various games were played during religious holidays. Before its use as a football ground the site was use by the Ottoman garrison as a playground, and in 1916 it served as a runway for the Austrian-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Aviation Troops. The club played their first game at the Shallvare in 1920 against a team made up of the occupying Austrian-Hungarians. In 1925 there were changing rooms built at the ground, and in the early 1930s there was an athletics track built around the football pitch. The administrator of the ground was the football referee, Besim Hamdiu (Qorri), who only had one assistant in the maintenance of the ground. The ground did not have a main stand or seating area for spectators, but rather a two storied building that was constructed in 1923 by a member of parliament Masar Këlliçi . The building stood 50 metres away from the football pitch and was located in line with the middle of the pitch, with its balcony facing the field and the Dajt mountains. The ground was also used for other sporting events as well as military parades, one of which the president and later king Ahmet Zogu attended in 1927. The ground was destroyed in 1951 and Soviet–style apartment blocks were built onto of it instead.[45][46]

Qemal Stafa Stadium (1946–2015)[edit]

The home ground of KF Tirana is Selman Stërmasi Stadium, which is shared with city rivals Dinamo Tirana and Partizani Tirana. However, most derby and significant matches are played at the national team's Qemal Stafa Stadium; the stadium is also used if the Selman Stërmasi Stadium is unavailable as it is used by three different teams. The club has expressed its desire to rebuild the current Selman Stërmasi Stadium into a modern complex with around 15,000 to 20,000 seats. They want it to be Albania's first modern post-Communism stadium without an athletic track around the field, which they hope will provide more atmosphere and attract more fans. However, it has not yet been decided when this will be built but it is rumoured to be the club's 100th anniversary present in 2020.[47]

Selman Stërmasi Stadium (1956–present)[edit]

Selman Stërmasi Stadium in its inaugural match.

KF Tirana plays most of its official and friendly games at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in Tirana. The Selman Stërmasi Stadium was built in 1956 and was previously named the 'Dinamo' Stadium till 1991 when it was permanently given its new name. The Football Association of Albania and the club decided to name the stadium post mortem after the eminent KF Tirana player, coach and president, Selman Stërmasi.

The stadium has a capacity of 12,500 (6,000 seated). In December 2014, another phase of reconstruction was started, involving a new pitch, central main covered stand, central fans stand including two extra rows extension, broken or missing seats replacements/repairs, interior facilities, general lineaments and a shopping centre just under central seated. The internal facilities include general repairs, a press conference room, journalists' corner and modern showers. The side fans stands will temporary be shut and covered by advertising boards. It is still unclear when will stadium scoreboard be fitted.[48]

The main parking area is located at the front of the stadium, which leads to the entrance. The whole external part of the stadium is surrounded by a 2.7 M (9 ft) rail fence.[49]

Skënder Halili Complex[edit]

The club's training ground is called the Skënder Halili Complex and it is located off of Rruga e Kavajës, near the Birra Tirana factory. The training complex was posthumously named after Skënder Halili, who was one of the club's most notable associates, both during his playing career and after. The complex features a full sized natural grass football pitch, as well as a smaller astro turf fan along with dressing rooms used by senior team as well as some of the youth teams. In December 2014 work began on both the Skënder Halili Complex and the Selman Stërmasi Stadium in order to fully renovate these grounds to be used by the club, and at the training ground the training facilities were all improved which included the dressing rooms and even the single stand that holds a small number of spectators for those wishing to attend training sessions and even occasional friendlies that are played at the ground.[50]

Supporters[edit]

Tirona Fanatics
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Established January 8, 2006
Type Supporters' group
Club KF Tirana
Headquarters Tirana,  Albania
Affiliations Tifozat Kuq e Zi

Tirana is considered to be one of the most supported football clubs in Albania, and its supporters also formed the first Ultras group in the country in 1986 called Ultras Tirona. The group was forced to operate illegally as the communist regime did not allow such organised groups to function. However, despite this, its supporters used games as an outlet to show their dissent against the regime in place and following the fall of communism in Albania they became more organised and attracted more supporters in the late 90s and early 2000s. During the mid 2000s, younger supporters began to emerge on the scene and felt that the older Ultras Tirona did not entirely represent them, which led to the younger supporters forming a new Ultras group called the Tirona Fanatics on 8 January 2006.[51][52][53][54] Tirona Fanatics are widely regarded as a right wing tifo-group, whereas Ultras Guerrils are mostly associated with the left due to their history. The group quickly rose in membership and became the most organised supporters group in Albania, following Tirana home and away, including European games. On 20 May 2015 the majority of the founding members of Tirona Fanatics decided to hand over the management of the group to younger supporters.[55] The group has partnerships with Kosovan group Plisat of FC Prishtina and Macedonian group Shvercerat of FK Shkupi.

Rivalries[edit]

The fans have three main rivals. Vllaznia Shkodër, the oldest derby in the country, with the matches between them called the All-time Albanian derby. The other rivalries are the Tirana derbies with Dinamo Tirana and Partizani Tirana. However, since 2010s, they have developed a fierce rivalry with Skënderbeu Korçë since the latter side's rise to prominence.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 02 September 2018[56]

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 Ilion Lika (vice-captain)
2 Albania DF Marsel Ismailgeci
3 Albania DF Klisman Cake
4 Albania DF Gentian Muca
5 Albania DF Marvin Turtulli
6 Uganda MF Tony Mawejje
7 Albania MF Bedri Greca
8 Ghana MF Winful Cobbinah
9 Albania FW Grent Halili
10 Nigeria FW Nnamdi Oduamadi
11 Uganda FW Yunus Sentamu (4th captain)
13 Albania MF Erando Karabeci (captain)
14 Albania MF Asion Daja
No. Position Player
15 Albania DF Jurgen Çelhaka
16 Albania MF Edon Hasani
17 Albania DF Albi Doka
18 Albania MF Dorian Kërçiku (3th captain)
19 Albania DF Eni Imami
20 Albania FW Ernest Muçi
21 Ghana DF Vincent Atinga
23 Republic of Macedonia DF Sedat Berisha
28 Albania DF Erion Hoxhallari
45 England FW Michael Ngoo
77 Republic of Macedonia FW Dejan Blazhevski
81 Albania GK Alessio Abibi
89 Albania GK Shpëtim Moçka

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Ghana FW Gideon Ofori Offei (loan toKF Bylis)
No. Position Player

KF Tirana B[edit]

Klubi i Futbollit Tirana B is an Albanian football club based in Tiranë. It was founded in 1932, but was dissolved before it was refounded again on 22 January 2013.[57]

Reserves and academy[edit]

The KF Tirana Reserves and Academy (Albanian: Klubi i Futbollit Tirana Rezervat) are the reserve team of KF Tirana, They play in the North section of the Albanian U-19 Superliga and Albanian U-17 Superliga.

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Since the start of 2014–15 season, Tirana retired the number 12 as a recognition towards the Tirona Fanatics, the club's biggest fanbase, considered the 12th man in the pitch.[58]

Honours[edit]

Tirana are the most successful and decorated club in Albania, having won 24 league titles, a national record.[59] The club's first trophy was also the first Albanian National Championship, held in 1930, which was also the first official football competition in the country.[60] The club also holds the record for the most Albanian Cups (16) and Albanian Supercups (11). The club's most recent trophy was the 2017–18 Albanian First Division won on 16 May 2018.[61]

Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Star full.svg Star full.svg Albanian Superliga 24 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1968, 1969–70, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09
Albanian First Division 1 2017–18
Star full.svg Albanian Cup 16 1938–39, 1962–63, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2016–17
Star full.svg Albanian Supercup 11 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017
Double 3 1939, 1995–96, 1998–99
  •   Record

Records[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Biggest ever home league victory: Tirana 11–0 Flamurtari Vlorë (5 July 1936)[62]
  • Biggest ever home league defeat: Tirana 0–6 Vllaznia Shkodër (1947)
  • Biggest ever away league victory: Elbasani 2–9 Tirana (12 June 1932)
  • Biggest ever away league defeat: Besa Kavajë 7–1 Tirana (1991)
  • Most league appearances: Albania Elvis Sina (392)
  • Most league goals: Albania Indrit Fortuzi (152)
  • Most points in a season: 84 (2004–05)
  • Least points in a season: 7 (1940)
  • Most wins in a season: 26 (2004–05)
  • Least wins in a season: 3 (1931, 1933, 1940, 1942)
  • Most ties in a season: 15 (1974–75), (2016–17)
  • Least ties in a season: 0 (1939, 1946)
  • Most losses in a season: 13 (1972–73, 1976–77, 1991–92), (2016–17)
  • Least losses in a season: 0 (1932, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1942)
  • Best Goal Differential: +66 (1936)
  • Worst Goal Differential: -5 (1972–73)

Europe[edit]

  • Biggest ever European home victory: Tirana 5–0 Malta Sliema Wanderers (Sept 27, 1989)
  • Biggest ever European home defeat: Tirana 2–6 Croatia NK Croatia Zagreb (July 24, 1996)
  • Biggest ever European away victory: Belarus FC Gomel 0–2 Tirana (July 14, 2004)
  • Biggest ever European away defeat: Norway Aalesund 5–0 Tirana (July 26, 2012)
  • Most European appearances: Albania Elvis Sina (31)
  • Most European goals: Albania Indrit Fortuzi (10)

KF Tirana Statistics in Albanian Superliga[edit]

Since the Albanian Superliga began in 1930, KF Tirana have played 1925 Superliga matches, scored 3170 goals and conceded 1729. The club has collected so far 2841 points, won 994 games, drawn 501 and lost 430. The club's goal difference is +1441 and the winning difference is +564.

Historical Goals Wins Draws Losses +/-Goals +/- Wins Points Matches
TOTAL 3170-1729 994 501 430 +1441 +564 2841 1925

Data correct up to the end of the 2016–17 season.

See also: KF Tirana Statistics in Albanian Superliga

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Albanian Supercup Europe Top Scorer (League goals)
2005–06 Superliga Runners-up 36 17 11 8 54 33 62 Winners Winners UCL 2QR Albania Hamdi Salihi 29
2006–07 Superliga Champions 33 22 6 5 64 33 72 1/4 Finals Winners UCup 2QR Albania Vioresin Sinani 23
2007–08 Superliga 6 33 14 7 12 46 36 49 Runners-up  – UCL 1QR Albania Klodian Duro 16
2008–09 Superliga Champions 33 19 11 3 58 27 68 Runners-up Winners Albania Migen Memelli 23
2009–10 Superliga 3 33 15 7 11 38 32 52 1/4 Finals  – UCL 2QR Albania Gjergji Muzaka 10
2010–11 Superliga 5 33 11 11 11 42 31 44 Winners Winners UEL 2QR Croatia Pero Pejić 14
2011–12 Superliga 3 26 16 5 5 33 21 53 Winners Winners UEL 2QR Albania Bekim Balaj 13
2012–13 Superliga 5 26 12 7 7 30 23 43 1/8 Finals  – UEL 2QR Albania Gilman Lika 9
2013–14 Superliga 6 33 14 8 11 36 31 50 1/8 Finals  – Albania Mario Morina 5
Brazil Gilberto Fortunato 5
2014–15 Superliga 4 36 21 8 7 47 27 71 Semi-final  – Albania Elis Bakaj 13
2015–16 Superliga 5 36 13 14 9 37 25 53 1/8 Finals  – Albania Elis Bakaj 14
2016–17 Superliga 9 36 8 15 13 29 32 39 Winners  — Albania Afrim Taku 9
2017–18 1st Division 1 26 21 4 1 66 13 64 1/4 Finals Winners UEL 1QR Albania Bedri Greca 14
2018–19 Superliga 8 4 1 1 2 4 5 4

KF Tirana in Europe[edit]

KF Tirana (Sept. 1970)

In addition to being the best team in all domestic competitions, KF Tirana have also given the best performances in Europe among Albanian teams. Although Tirana have passed 11 times one European round, they have never gone further than that. However, white and blues hold the all-time record for the highest IFFHS ranking of an Albanian football club, being ranked as high as 31st in the world in 1987, as result of success preceded 1986–87.[63] In their European path, Tirana have played against "big guns" such as: Ajax, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, etc. Drawn against reputable teams such as Dinamo București, Ferencváros, CSKA Sofia, Stabæk IF, Utrecht, Dinamo Zagreb, IFK Göteborg, Malmö FF, Standard Liège, etc. In several occasions, respectable European names such as: Dinamo București, Dinamo Tbilisi, Gorica, NK Varteks, etc. have been eliminated from white and blues.

In the 2004–05 season, after having easily passed FC Gomel of Belarus in the first round, KF Tirana played against Ferencváros in the second round. Having lost the first leg 3–2 at home, Tirana led 1–0 in Budapest; however, they were unable to score the one extra goal they needed, having missed a penalty and hit the woodwork twice, and were eliminated on away goals, the tie finishing 3–3 on aggregate.

European performance table[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1965/66 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Scotland Kilmarnock F.C. 0–0 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1966/67 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Norway Valerenga IF n.p n.p Symbol delete vote.svg
1969/70 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Belgium Standard Liege 1–1 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1970/71 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Netherlands AFC Ajax 2–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1982/83 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Northern Ireland Linfield 1–0 1–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv n.p n.p Symbol delete vote.svg
1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Sweden Hammarby IF 2–1 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1986/87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Romania FC Dinamo Bucureşti 1–0 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Sweden Malmö FF 0–3 0–0 Symbol delete vote.svg
1988/89 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Malta Ħamrun Spartans 2–0 1–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989/90 European Champion Clubs' Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers 5–0 0–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Germany FC Bayern Munich 0–3 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR Belarus FC Bobruisk 3–0 1–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Denmark Brøndby IF 0–1 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995/96 UEFA Cup QR Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva FC 0–1 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1996/97 UEFA Cup 1QR Croatia NK Croatia Zagreb 2–6 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1998/99 UEFA Cup 1QR Slovakia FK Inter Bratislava 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1999/00 UEFA Champions League 1QR Iceland Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja 1–2 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2000/01 UEFA Champions League 1QR Moldova FC Zimbru Chisinau 2–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001/02 UEFA Cup QR Cyprus Apollon Limassol 3–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002/03 UEFA Cup QR Romania National Bucureşti 0–1 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003/04 UEFA Champions League 1Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 3–0 (4:2 p) 0–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Austria Grazer AK 1–5 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004/05 UEFA Champions League 1QR Belarus FC Gomel 0–1 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 2–3 1–0 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005/06 UEFA Champions League 1QR Slovenia ND Gorica 3–0 0–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Bulgaria PFC CSKA Sofia 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006/07 UEFA Cup 1QR Croatia NK Varteks 2–0 1–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Turkey Kayserispor 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007/08 UEFA Champions League 1QR Slovenia NK Domžale 1–2 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009/10 UEFA Champions League 2QR Norway Stabæk 1–1 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010/11 UEFA Europa League 1QR Hungary Zalaegerszegi TE 0–0 1–0 (aet) Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Netherlands FC Utrecht 1–1 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011/12 UEFA Europa League 2QR Slovakia FC Spartak Trnava 0–0 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012/13 UEFA Europa League 1QR Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 2–0 0–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2QR Norway Aalesund FK 1–1 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017/18 UEFA Europa League 1QR Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 0–3 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg

World and European rankings[edit]

Records[edit]

[citation needed]

Erando Karabeci has played in Superliga and First Division 235 matches and scored 9 goals.Total number 293 matches with the shirt of Tirana,scoring 13 goals

Managers[edit]

Managerial record[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Brazil Italy Zé Maria
Assistant Manager Brazil Marco Aurelio
Athletic Trainer Brazil Rafael Costa
Goalkeeping Coach Nigeria Albania Emanuel Egbo
CEO Albania Greece Hektor Como
Sport director Albania Arbi Laci
Academy Director Albania Devi Muka
Team Manager Albania Mario Nikolli
Team doctor Albania Arzen Voci
Fiziotherapist Albania Tedi Maqellari
Photographer Albania Izmir Doda
Store man Albania Hajdar Karaj

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period Shirt sponsor
United Kingdom Umbro 1988–91 Ariston
1993–97 Parmalat
Germany Adidas 1998–99 Kent
1999–00 Hawaii
Spain Joma 2000–01
2001–02 Volkswagen
Germany Jako 2002–04
Germany Puma 2004–06
Germany Adidas 2006–08
Germany Puma 2008–09
Italy Lotto 2009–10 none
Germany Adidas 2010–11
Italy Macron 2011–12
Italy Errea 2012–13 none
Italy Legea 2013–15
2015–16 Birra Tirana
Italy Macron 2016–19 none

KF Tirana Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsor Type Name
Main Sponsors Halili Constructions, Municipality of Tirana
Secondary Sponsors Birra Elbar, Alba-Trans, Spital Continental, Lajthiza Water, Tirana Dekor, Super Bast, Pepsi, Skela Syla
Official clothing provider Macron

Presidential history[edit]

Tirana have had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club, others have been administrators and honorary presidents such as Bamir Topi and Fatmir Frashëri. The president has historically taken sole charge of the club, except for the period between 2007 and 2008, when was the presidency was formally vacant and numerous donors managed the club. The club have had a total of 13 president and 15 presidencies since 1920, with only Bamir Topi and Refik Halili having held the position on two occasions. The longest serving president is Selman Stërmasi who took charge of the club for 24 years between 1936 and 1960, whilst the shortest presidency belongs to Fatmir Frashëri, who took charge for one year between 2004 and 2005. Here is a complete list of club president from when Bahri Toptani took over at the club in 1920, until the present day. [65][66]

 
Name Years
Albania Bahri Toptani 1920–1933
Albania Stefan Shundi 1933–1936
Albania Selman Stërmasi 1936–1960
Albania Lame Konomi 1960–1970
Albania Nuri Bylyku 1970–1983
Albania Çlirimi Hysi 1983–1985
Albania Zija Shaba 1985–1993
Albania Metush Seferi 1993–1998
 
Name Years
Albania Lutfi Nuri 1998–1999
Egypt Metwally El Sayed 1999–2004
Albania Fatmir Frashëri 2004–2005
Albania Bamir Topi 2005–2007
Vacant 2007–2008
Albania Refik Halili 2008–2011
Albania Bamir Topi 2011–2013
Albania Refik Halili 2013–

KF Tirana's champions[edit]

(4 times or more)

# Champion Times Seasons
1 Nevil Dede 8 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007
Blendi Nallbani 8 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009
3 Krenar Alimehmeti 7 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Eldorado Merkoçi 7 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005
5 Adem Karapici 6 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937
Arben Minga 6 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996
Agustin Kola 6 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1997
Ardian Mema 6 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Sokol Bulku 6 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
Elvis Sina 6 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Devi Muka 6 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
Rezart Dabulla 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Ervin Bulku 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Isli Hidi 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
15 Mark Gurashi 5 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937
Rudolf Gurashi 5 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937
Emil Hajnali 5 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1937
Florian Riza 5 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000
Indrit Fortuzi 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004
Alpin Gallo 5 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Alban Tafaj 5 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Saimir Patushi 5 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
23 Selman Stërmasi 4 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934
Hysen Kusi 4 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936
Pavllo Bukoviku 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Luigj Bytyçi 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Fatmir Frashëri 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Skënder Hyka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Bahri Ishka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Ali Mema 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Osman Mema 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Niko Xhaçka 4 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970
Shkëlqim Muça 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Mirel Josa 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Leonard Liti 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Bedri Omuri 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Bujar Sharra 4 1982, 1985, 1988, 1989
Anesti Stoja 4 1985, 1988, 1989, 1995
Ansi Agolli 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
Gentjan Hajdari 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

See also[edit]

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