FC Ballkani

Football Club Ballkani (Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Ballkani), commonly known as Ballkani, is a professional football club based in Suva Reka, Kosovo. The club play in the Football Superleague of Kosovo, which is the top tier of football in the country.

Ballkani
FC Ballkani.svg
Full nameFootball Club Ballkani
Nickname(s)Xhebrailat (The Gabriels)
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947) as Rinia
GroundSuva Reka City Stadium
Capacity1,500
ChairmanArsim Kabashi
ManagerBledi Shkëmbi
LeagueFootball Superleague of Kosovo
2019–20Football Superleague of Kosovo, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1947 under the name Rinia by some athletes whose purpose was to participate in various competitions and tournaments that were organized at that time. In 1952, the club was registered and started competing in official championships. In 1965, it changed the name from KF Rinia to KF Ballkani after Suva Reka Chemical and Rubber Industry took the ownership of the club.

The club progressively climbed the Yugoslav league system reaching the Kosovo Provincial League in the season 1973–74. They were relegated, but will return in 1977 and become regular member until the 1990s. Ballkani was one of the first clubs in Kosovo to league the league system managed by the Football Association of Yugoslavia, and will play instead in the unrecognised parallel First League of Kosovo until 2000.

In the league organised by the Football Federation of Kosovo, Ballkani played its first match against Liria at Studençan. In the youth levels of Balkani, many prominent players from Suva Reka started their careers, such as Ali Elshani, Arsim Llapatinca,Bekim Suka, Dervish Shala, Esheref Berisha,Avni Bytyçi, Fillim Guraziu, Gafurr Kabashi, Hajrush Berisha, Hevzi Shalaj, Isuf Asllanaj, Isuf Kolgeci, Lulzim Kolgeci, Musli Bylykbashi, Naser Berisha, Nexhat Elshani, Osman Ramadani, Rexhep Kuçi, Salih Hoxha, Urim Bylykbashi, Visar Berisha and many others who made a valuable contribution to the affirmation of football as well as other human values and some still give their contribution to football pitches as managers and in various sports posts.[1]

StadiumEdit

The club has played its home games at the Suva Reka City Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi i Qytetit të Suharekës) is a multi-purpose stadium in Suva Reka, Kosovo. The stadium has a capacity of 1,500 people all-seater.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 6 February 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   KVX Armend Thaqi
3 DF   KVX Arbër Potoku (vice-captain)
5 DF   KVX Visar Berisha (captain)
7 FW   KVX Edi Maksutaj
8 MF   KVX Kushtrim Gashi
9 FW   KVX Arbër Hoxha
10 MF   ALB Nazmi Gripshi
11 MF   KVX Meriton Korenica
13 DF   KVX Arbër Shala
14 DF   KVX Egzon Sinani
15 DF   KVX Elbasan Gashi
17 FW   KVX Ermal Krasniqi
18 FW   KVX Erduan Ibrahimi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   KVX Mirlind Daku (on loan from Osijek II)
20 MF   MNE Edvin Kuč
23 DF   KVX Ramiz Bytyqi
25 MF   KVX Albin Kapra
30 GK   KVX Kenan Haxhihamza
32 DF   KVX Bajram Jashanica
33 DF   KVX Arbër Prekazi
77 MF   KVX Donat Bekteshi
92 GK   MNE Damir Ljuljanović
98 MF   KVX Blendi Baftiu
99 FW   KVX Mevlan Zeka
MF   KVX Diar Miftaraj

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 MF   KVX Endrit Asllanaj (at Malisheva until 30 June 2021)
12 FW   CMR Effa Lazare Tristan Dylan (at Istogu until 30 June 2021)
24 FW   KVX Bleon Sekiraqa (at Malisheva until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   KVX Fatlind Kabashi (at Rahoveci until 30 June 2021)
FW   KVX Albin Berisha (at Liria until 30 June 2021)

PersonnelEdit

As of 20 January 2019[2]
Current technical staff
Position Name
Head coach   Bledi Shkëmbi
Assistant coach(es)   Francesco Vitobello
  Ardian Basha
Conditional coach   Alban Shala
Goalkeeping coach   Labinot Qosa
Scoutings   Ismet Maksutaj
  Astrit Bekteshi
Physiotherapist   Kastriot Llugagjiu
Physiotherapist   Krenar Zenelaj
Doctor   Nuredin Morinali
Secretary   Arben Osmani
Board members
Office Name
President   Arsim Kabashi
General director   Idriz Hajrizi
Sports Director   Avni Bytyçi
Security director   Blerim Kuqi
Coordinator of football school   Driton Mamaj
Information and media officer   Idriz Hajrizi
Marketing officer   Jetullah Kuqi

Historical list of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "F.C. Ballkani (historia)" [F.C. Ballkani (history)] (in Albanian). KF Ballkani.
  2. ^ "F.C. Ballkani (kryesia e klubit)" [F.C. Ballkani (the club headship)] (in Albanian). KF Ballkani.
  3. ^ Vjen dorëheqja e parë në Superligën e Kosovës, Bekim Shotani largohet nga Ballkani - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  4. ^ Zyrtare: Ballkani dhe Sermaxhaj shkëpusin marrëveshjen - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  5. ^ Zyrtare: Gani Sejdiu prezantohet te Ballkani - Telegrafi (in Albanian)
  6. ^ Ismet Munishi bëhet trajner i Ballkanit - Telegrafi (in Albanian)

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