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Klubi i Futbollit Elbasani is an Albanian football club based in the city of Elbasan, who currently compete in the Albanian First Division.

KF Elbasani
Elbasani Club Logo.svg
Full nameKlubi i Futbollit Elbasani
Founded1923[1]
GroundElbasan Arena,
Elbasan, Albania
Capacity12,800[2]
ManagerShkëlqim Lleshanaku
LeagueAlbanian First Division, Group B
2018–19Albanian First Division, Group B, 9th

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1923 as Klubi Futbollit Urani Elbasan, the result of the fusion between two clubs, Afërdita Elbasan and Përparimi Elbasan. Urani translates to uranium in Albanian, and the club was named this due to the city's association with the metal. The club changed its name to KS Skampa Elbasan briefly before 1930. They first participated in a nationally recognised competition in the first top flight football league in Albania, the 1930 Kategoria e Parë, where the club finished in 5th place, second from bottom, with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses.[3] The following season they again finished in penultimate place, this time in 7 team league format.[4] In the 1932 champion they finished bottom of the league, gaining no points after 8 straight losses, which meant that Elbasani were relegated for the first time.[5]

The club changed its name to Bashkimi Elbasanas in 1933, when they were playing in the second division, which they won and earned promotion back to the top flight, winning their first trophy in the process.[6] In their first season back in the Kategoria e Parë they once again finished second form bottom with 2 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses.[7] No competition was held during 1935 and when the league restarted in 1936 Bashkimi finished once again second from bottom, with 3 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses, but the team below them Ismail Qemali Vlorë played 2 fewer games and finished on the same points tally.[8] The 1937 championship proved to be more successful as the club finished in 5th place out of 10 teams, with a record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses.[9]

The league officially restarted following World War II in 1945, where Bashkimi finished 3rd in Group B of the new league format, out of 6 teams.[10] The following season they finished 2nd in Group B, just one point behind runners-up Flamurtari Vlorë.[11] For the 1947 season, the league changed to a single 9 team competition, where Bashkimi finished in 8th place.[12] The following season the league returned to the 2 group format, where the club again finished second by one point to Flamurtari Vlorë. The club changed names again to KS Elbasani in 1949 and KF Puna Elbasan in 1950.

Labinoti ElbasanEdit

Between 1958 and 1991 the club was forcibly named KS Labinoti Elbasan, after a nearby village which had been the center of the first nationwide conference of the Party of Labour of Albania during World War II.[13] In 1984 they won their first and only league title, featuring players like Roland Agalliu, Vladimir Tafani and Muharrem Dosti.[14]

The club's first participation in a European competition came in 1984, where they met Danish side Lyngby Boldklub in the first round of the Champions League qualification stage. The first leg was played at the Ruzhdi Bizhuta Stadium and KF Elbasani were beaten 3–0 at home,[15] and along with another 3–0 loss in Denmark the aggregate result was 6–0 to Lyngby Boldklub.[16][17]

KF ElbasaniEdit

Following the fall of communism, the club changed its name again to KF Elbasani, which they have not changed ever since. During the 2005–06 season, the team of Elbasani dominated the Albanian Superliga and won the second title in their history, finishing the competition with 11 points more than their rivals in SK Tirana.

In the 2006–07 1st qualifying round for the Champions League they were eliminated by FK Ekranas from Lithuania (1–3 aggregate). On 24 December 2006 coach Luan Deliu was fired and replaced by Edmond Gezdari.

StadiumEdit

 
Elbasan Arena Stadium 2014

The club plays its home games at the Elbasan Arena, which was originally built in 1967 and named the Labinot Stadium after the club's name at the time, which was Labinot Elbasan. The stadium was previously called Ruzhdi Bizhuta, after one of the club's most famous players. In January 2014 it was announced that the stadium would take over from the Qemal Stafa Stadium as the home of the Albania national team until Qemal Stafa is reconstructed. Prime minister Edi Rama visited the stadium on 28 January 2014 and he confirmed that work on the stadium would begin shortly, in order for Albania to be able to play their home games in the country as no other stadiums met the minimum requirements for Euro 2016 qualifiers.[18][19][20] Works on the stadium began in February, and they were completed in time for Albania's opening qualifying fixture against Denmark in October 2014.[21] The overall reconstruction costs amounted to 5.5 million, which included works being completed on everything from the parking lot to the installation of new floodlights, and the stadium now has an official seated capacity of 12,800.[2][22][23]

HonoursEdit

European competitions recordEdit

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
UEFA competitions 9 1 2 3 2 10 −8
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1984–85 European Cup 1R   Lyngby BK 0–3 0–3 0–6
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1QR   FK Vardar 1–1 0–0 1–1
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1QR   FK Ekranas 1–0 0–3 1–3
  • 1QR = 1st Qualifying Round
  • 1R = 1st Round

Balkans CupEdit

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
Balkans Cup 7 3 1 3 8 10 −2
Season Competition Group Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1973 Balkans Cup A   Sutjeska Nikšić 1–0 0–1 1–1
  Târgu Mureș 2–0 1–5 3–5
1988–89 Balkans Cup A   Malatyaspor 3–0 [a] 3–0
  OFI Crete 1–1 0–3 1–4
  1. ^ Malatyaspor withdrew during the first leg which was awarded 3–0 to Elbasan

Current squadEdit

As of 20 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
5   DF Jurgen Lleshi
15   MF Endri Duka
  GK Fatjon Çollari
  GK Igli Harja
  GK Ergys Dosti
  GK Ferit Moli
  DF Serxhjo Bajrami
  DF Klaudio Çema
  DF Ilirian Dushaj
  DF Alberto Nikehasani
  DF Kejsi Skënderi
  DF Arlind Ballgjini
  DF Enis Dishani
  DF Geri Selimaj
No. Position Player
  DF Flavio Xhakerri
  MF Brixhild Brahimaj
  MF Klodian Nuri
  MF Bektash Vasha
  MF Abner
  MF Mikel Ferhati
  MF Ergys Peposhi
  FW Kejvin Gica
  FW Mateo Allkja
  FW Valentino Baro
  FW Kejdi Balla
  FW Iris Bushi
  FW Arsen Lleshi

StaffEdit

Role Name
President   Arben Laze
Manager   Muharrem Dosti
Athletic Director   Blendi Hoxholli
Club Doctor   Mehmet Berzoxhuni

Historical list of coachesEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1999–00 Superliga ↓13/14 27 8 5 14 20 34 29 Second Round Lost 2–1 to Besa Kavajë in relegation playoff.
2000–01 First Division 1/11 21 17 1 3 57 13 52 Second Round Finished third of six teams in promotion playoff.
2001–02 First Division ↑1/12 22 17 3 2 53 13 51 Semi Finals Defeated Besa Kavajë 3–0 in championship final.
2002–03 Superliga 8/14 26 10 6 10 33 35 36 Second Round
2003–04 Superliga 8/10 36 10 10 16 47 55 40 Quarter Finals
2004–05 Superliga 2/10 36 24 7 5 59 27 79 Quarter Finals Finished runners–up in the Albanian Superliga.
2005–06 Superliga 1/10 36 21 10 5 50 22 73 Semi Finals UC 1st Qualifier Won their second Albanian Superliga title.
2006–07 Superliga 7/12 33 10 10 13 34 39 40 Play-off UCL 1st Qualifier
2007–08 Superliga 4/12 33 13 13 7 40 24 52 Semi Finals
2008–09 Superliga ↓12/12 33 7 14 12 28 39 35 Quarter Finals
2008–09 First Division ↑2/16 24 5 7 12 19 32 22 1st Preliminary
2010–11 Superliga ↓12/12 30 19 5 6 56 25 62 Second Round
2011–12 First Division 6/16 30 11 6 13 44 48 39 Second Round
2012–13 First Division 12/16 30 12 4 14 42 46 40 First Round
2013–14 First Division ↑1/16 30 18 6 6 46 32 60 First Round
2014–15 Superliga ↓10/10 36 4 2 30 19 74 14 Second Round
2015–16 First Division 6/10 27 8 5 14 27 45 29 First Round
2016–17 First Division ↓10/10 26 5 8 13 26 45 15 First Round
2017–18 Second Division ↑1/14 26 21 5 0 61 14 68 First Round

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Inagurohet ‘Elbasan Arena’, Rama: Ky vetëm fillimi Archived 2014-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1930". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1931". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1932". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1933". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1934". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1936". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1937". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1945". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1946". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1947". www.giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  13. ^ Labinoti i Elbasanit 1984 dhe Bujar Gogunja “1037” - Panorama (in Albanian)
  14. ^ Albania - Championship Winning Teams - RSSSF
  15. ^ "Elbasan 0–3 Lyngby". uefa.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Lyngby 3–0 Elbasan". uefa.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  17. ^ "UEFA Champions League 1984–85". uefa.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  18. ^ Rama: Elbasani pret kombëtaren Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "- Bota Sot". botasot.info. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Lajmet e fundit - KOHA.net". KOHA.net. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Sot përballja I në Elbasan Arena Shqipëri-Danimarkë, në 20:45". shqiptarja.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  22. ^ ""Ruzhdi Bizhuta", plani për ta kthyer stadium ndërkombëtar". ikub.al. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  23. ^ Stadiumi ne Elbasan: Rama, per te mos i mbetur hatri Vlores dhe Shkodres Archived 2014-10-11 at the Wayback Machine

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