KF Shkëndija

KF Shkëndija is a football club based in Tetovo, North Macedonia. Their home stadium is Ecolog Arena and they currently play in the Macedonian First League. In the 2010–11 season of the Macedonian First Football League, the club won its first major championship.

KF Shkëndija
KF Shkëndija Logo.svg
Full nameKlubi Futbollistik Shkëndija
Nickname(s)Kuq e Zi (The Red and Blacks)
Founded27 August 1979; 42 years ago (1979-08-27)
GroundEcolog Arena
Capacity15,000
PresidentVisar Bexheti
ManagerBruno Akrapovic
LeagueMacedonian First League
2020–211st (Champions)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

SFRY PeriodEdit

 
The original senior Shkëndija team

KF Shkëndija was formed on 27 August 1979 by ethnic Albanians from Tetovo.[1][2] The purpose of forming the club was so that the Albanians throughout Yugoslavia could unite in supporting a club for Albanians. FK Shkëndija was frowned upon by Yugoslav officials as it was thought the club would awaken nationalist feelings among the Albanians of Yugoslavia. Starting at the lowest division in Yugoslavia, the Municipal League, KF Shkëndija played their first match against FK Kosmos, winning 4–0.[3]

Shkëndija won the division in the 1979–1980 season, resulting in Shkëndija being promoted into the Third division.[4] After claiming the third division title in the 1980–1981 season, Shkëndija was then again promoted into the Second division. However, as the popularity of the club began to increase among the Albanian population of Yugoslavia, the ruling socialist government members disbanded the club, worried that the club would stoke ethnic tensions during a fragile period in SFRJ.[4]

Re-establishmentEdit

After Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia, KF Shkëndija was re-established into the Macedonian Football League. It started at the Fourth division, eventually being promoted each season to the third, second and finally, to the First division.[4] In the 2010–11 season of the First Macedonian Football League the club won its first major championship with an unbeaten run of 16 games.[5] On 20 May 2012, Shkëndija handed FK Vardar its first loss of the season with a 1–0 victory.[6]

The Ecolog eraEdit

 
City Stadium in 2008 prior to 2015-2017 renovations

During the 2012–13 season, Shkëndija was embroiled in financial difficulties and as a result, many of its players left the club earlier in the summer. The Shkëndija supporters, the Ballistët, began a social media campaign requesting Ecolog to take over Shkëndija.[7] Albanian international, Lorik Cana and Swiss international, Xherdan Shaqiri also joined the campaign with the supporters.[7] On 31 July 2013, Lazim Destani, father of Ecolog founder and chairman, Nazif Destani, announced Ecolog International will take charge of Shkëndija.[7][8] Under the new administration, Shkëndija bought in over five new players to the squad, four days before the transfer season ended, as well as balancing the financial state of the club. The new season started averagely for Shkëndija, amassing five draws in a row. However, on 21 September 2013, Shkëndija comfortably defeated rivals FK Vardar in a 3–1 home game during the derby, displaying improvement of the club under Ecolog. However, for the next eight fixtures, Shkëndija were very inconsistent, drawing once, winning three and losing four. After losing 5–0 to FK Rabotnički, manager Gjore Jovanovski was relieved of his duties. Shpëtim Duro was named the manager Shkëndija just 15 hours after the sacking of Jovanovski. He was first hired as a temporary caretaker manager for the club's the remaining 3 games before the long winter break, but signed a contract with the club to be the manager for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[9][10]

During the winter break, Shkëndija was the most active team in the Prva Liga during the transfer period, bringing in 9 new players, further revamping the football club in preparation for the second half of the season. The second half of the season saw drastic improvement for Shkëndija under Shpëtim Duro, moving them from 8th position near the relegation zone, to 4th position at the end of the season, winning their final seven games in a row.[11] Shkendija earned a spot in the 2014–15 first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

SupportersEdit

The supporters of Shkëndija are called the Ballistët, named after the World War II Balli Kombëtar. When the club was formed in 1979, use of nationalism was strictly prohibited by the Yugoslav government. The supporting firm of Shkëndija called themselves BAL, using the first three letters of Balli Kombëtar. When Shkëndija was reinstated into the Macedonian Football League, the supporting firm was re-established as the Ballistët in 1992. When kick-off commences, the Ballistët always sing the national anthem of Albania. The ultras of Shkëndija are notorious for their hardline nationalist rhetoric and pride in their Albanian heritage.

RivalryEdit

Being a club with a strong Albanian nationalist background, Shkëndija has rivalry with most of the Macedonian football clubs. However, the biggest rivalry are with FK Vardar and FK Teteks. The Shkëndija-Teteks rivalry is one of the biggest and most heated in Macedonia. When Shkëndija play against Teteks, the majority of the Tetovo police are stationed at Ecolog Arena. Shkendija supporters are banned from attending Vardar-Shkendija matches in Skopje, despite this ban Ballistet attended at Skopje two times.[12]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 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
1 GK   MKD Kostadin Zahov
4 DF   MKD Egzon Bejtulai (captain)
5 MF   MKD Armend Alimi
9 FW   MKD Dashmir Elezi
10 MF   MKD Valmir Nafiu
14 MF   MKD Ljupcho Doriev
16 DF   MKD Mevlan Murati
17 MF   KVX Adenis Shala
19 MF   ALB Bruno Dita
20 DF   SVK Ján Krivák
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   MKD Sabit Bilali
22 DF   MKD Zija Merxhani
24 DF   MKD Medjit Neziri
30 GK   MKD Ferat Ramani
32 DF   MKD Angelche Timovski
55 MF   MKD Oktaj Rakipi
77 MF   MKD Florent Ramadani
95 MF   ALB Kamer Qaka
99 FW   ALB Rubin Hebaj
MF   CMR Jessie Guera Djou

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
11 FW   MKD Ensar Luma (at Borec until 30 June 2022)
15 DF   KVX Leard Sadriu (at   Skënderbeu until 31 December 2021)
40 GK   MKD Bekim Rexhepi (at   Skënderbeu until 31 December 2021)

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

As of 30 June 2020
Position Name
Manager Bruno Akrapovic
Assistant manager Branko Okic
Goalkeeping coach Kushtrim Abdullai
Fitness coach Metin Dalip
Scout Mensur Jakupi
Juniors coach Berat Imeri
Cadets coach Bekim Osmani
Coordinator Festim Ademi

ManagementEdit

Position Staff
Owner Lazim Destani
President Visar Bexheti
Finance Director Faton Jahja
Operations Director Dritan Musliu

HonoursEdit

  Macedonian First League:

  Macedonian Football Supercup:

  Macedonian Second League:

  Macedonian Football Cup:

Recent seasonsEdit

Shkëndija in EuropeEdit

Accurate as of 29 July 2021

OverviewEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 12 3 1 8 8 21 −13 025.00
UEFA Europa League 27 10 6 11 32 33 −1 037.04
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 000.00
Total 41 13 7 21 40 57 −17 031.71

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Partizan 0–1 0–4 0–5  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Portadown 0–0 1–2 1–2  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Zimbru 2–1 0–2 2–3  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Aberdeen 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Cracovia 2–0 2–1 4–1  
2QR   Neftçi 1–0 0–0 1–0  
3QR   Mladá Boleslav 2–0 0–1 2–1  
PO   Gent 0–4 1–2 1–6  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Dacia 3–0 4–0 7–0  
2QR   HJK 3–1 1–1 4–2  
3QR   Trakai 3–0 1–2 4–2  
PO   Milan 0–1 0–6 0–7  
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1QR   The New Saints 5–0 0−4 5–4  
2QR   Sheriff 1–0 0–0 1–0  
3QR   Red Bull Salzburg 0−1 0−3 0–4  
UEFA Europa League PO   Rosenborg 0−2 1−3 1–5  
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Nõmme Kalju 1–2 1–0 2−2 (a)  
UEFA Europa League 2QR   F91 Dudelange 1–2 1–1 2−3  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Sumgayit N/A 2–0 N/A  
2QR   Botoșani N/A 1–0 N/A  
3QR   Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 N/A N/A  
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Mura 0–1 0−5 0–6  
UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Riga 0−1 0−2 0−3  
Notes
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

As of 4.09.2021, Source: [2]

Rank Team Points
113   Dundalk FC 9.500
114   Fenerbahçe SK 9.500
115   KF Shkëndija 9.000
116   RSC Anderlecht 9.000
117   OGC Nice 9.000

Top goalscorers in EuropeEdit

As of 29.09.2020, Source: kfshkendija.com

Rank Name Shkëndija Career Goals
1 Besart Ibraimi 2015–2021 16
2 Ferhan Hasani 2007–2012, 2015–2018 5
Stênio Júnior 2014–2019
4 Agim Ibraimi 2005–2006, 2019–2020 4
5 Marjan Radeski 2015–2020 2
6 Armend Alimi 2014– 1
Ivan Čeliković 2017
Ardian Cuculi 2006–2014, 2015–2018
Ljupcho Doriev 2020–
Izair Emini 2007–2012, 2017–2019
Hristijan Kirovski 2014–2015
Ivan Mitrov 2014–2015
Valmir Nafiu 2010–2011, 2018–
Bojan Vručina 2014–2016
Arbin Zejnullai 2016–2021

Historical list of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ D. Nikolić. "Predstavljamo Škendiju, prvog Partizanovog rivala". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Škendija, šampion Makedonije". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c "Official KF Shkendija Thread". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Shkendija Tetovo wins the Macedonian First League". Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Macedonian First League – Round 32". Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Ecolog takes over Shkendija". Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Ecolog" shpëton Shkëndijën, tha po" (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  9. ^ Shpëtim Duro to caretake Shkendija
  10. ^ Shpëtim Duro, trajneri i Shkëndijës së Tetovës
  11. ^ "Shpëtim Duro leaves Shkendija". macedonianfootball.com. macedonianfootball. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  12. ^ Filip Zdraveski. "Preview: Macedonian First League – Round 9". Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  13. ^ Emil Gasevski. "Skendija lift Macedonian Super Cup". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Вонредна седница на Управен одбор на Фудбалска федерација на Македонија: Прекин на натпреварувачката сезона 2019/2020". Фудбалска Федерација на Македонија. 4 June 2020.

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