KF Feronikeli

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

Feronikeli
FC Feronikeli.svg
Full nameKlubi Futbollistik Feronikeli
Nickname(s)Tigrat e Zi (The Black Tigers)
Founded8 April 1974; 47 years ago (1974-04-08) as Nikeli
GroundRexhep Rexhepi Stadium
Capacity6,000
PresidentNaser Ramaj
ManagerAfrim Tovërlani
LeagueFootball Superleague of Kosovo
2019–20Football Superleague of Kosovo, 5th of 12
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

In 1974, the club was founded as Nikeli. During the spring and summer of 1974, an intense activity took place in all aspects for the formation of the football club, its registration and inclusion in the Inter-Municipal Football League level, namely, at the District League of Pristina. At the top of this activity was the physical education teacher, Hashim Mala.[1]

On 8 April 1974, the Founding Assembly of the Football Club was held in the Glogovac Municipal Assembly Hall. In this assembly was founded the club, which was named Nikeli with headquarters in Glogovac. Then, the headship of the club was elected, the 11-member presidency with Tahir Ajazi as president, vice-president Murtes Zogu, secretary Jusuf Dobra, treasurer Habib Kukiqi and board members were Fetah Elshani, Ismail Bajraktari, Mehdi Bardhi, Nazif Sejda, Rade Jevremović, Remzi Heta and Sylejman Kastrati. This assembly elected Mehdi Bardhi as technical director, while coach was Hashim Mala.[1]

The club has historically closely been associated with NewCo Feronikeli, the nearby ore mining and metallurgical complex, ever since the plant was built in 1984.[2] In the 2014–15 season they were crowned champions for the first time in the club's history.[3] They won the 2018–19 championship as well, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League preliminary rounds for the first time in their history.

StadiumEdit

The club has played its home games at the Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi Rexhep Rexhepi) is a multi-purpose stadium in Glogovac, Kosovo. The stadium has a capacity of 6,000 people all seater and is named after the club's former player and captain Rexhep Rexhepi, who fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army and was killed on 12 February 1999 by Serb forces during KLA insurgency right before the start of the Kosovo War.[4]

SupportersEdit

Tigrat e Zi
Founded2014; 7 years ago (2014)
TypeSupporters' group
LocationGlogovac, Kosovo
ArenaRexhep Rexhepi Stadium
StandWest

Tigrat e Zi are the clubs' supporters. The supporters stand in the West part of the stadium.

HonoursEdit

KF Feronikeli honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons/Years
Domestic Football Superleague of Kosovo 3 2014–15, 2015–16, 2018–19
Kosovar Cup 3 2013–14, 2014–15, 2018–19
Kosovar Supercup 2 2015, 2019
International Albania Independence Cup 1 2014

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 6 February 2021[5]

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 Simon Loshi
3 DF   KVX Drinor Morina
5 DF   KVX Lapidar Lladrovci (captain)
6 DF   KVX Astrit Thaqi (vice-captain)
7 FW   KVX Mendurim Hoti
8 MF   KVX Argjend Malaj
9 FW   KVX Sokol Kiqina
12 GK   KVX Florian Smakiqi
15 DF   KVX Lorent Shala
16 FW   KVX Pajazit Rexhepi
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   MNE Damir Kojašević
26 MF   KVX Rilind Lladrovci
30 MF   KVX Dorent Hajdari
31 MF   KVX Arbër Ahmeti
33 MF   MNE Marko Milićković
39 GK   KVX Festim Krasniqi
44 DF   KVX Bujar Pllana
61 DF   LBR Prince Balde
70 FW   MKD Marko Simonovski
97 GK   KVX Granit Buqinca

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
29 MF   KVX Ardi Qorri (at Besa Pejë until 30 June 2021)

PersonnelEdit