KF Shkupi

KF Shkupi (Macedonian: ФК Шкупи, Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Shkupi) is a professional football club based in Čair, North Macedonia. The club plays in the Macedonian First Football League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

KF Shkupi
KF Shkupi logo.svg
Full nameKlubi Futbollistik Shkupi
Nickname(s)Pëllumbat (Pigeons)
Shvercerat (Smugglers)
Short nameShkupi
Founded2012; 8 years ago (2012)
GroundČair Stadium
Capacity6,000
OwnerAydin Ölgun
ChairmanEjup Ademi
ManagerQatip Osmani
LeagueMacedonian First Football League
2018–194th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

After financial issues with main sponsor Jugomagnat, Sloga went through an unstable period until. In 2012, Sloga was merged with FC Albarsa to form FK Shkupi.

In 2011. However, the Football Federation of Macedonia does not consider Shkupi to be successors to the original Sloga Jugomagnat for political reasons as the FFM allowed a merging between Vardar, the most popular club among ethnic Macedonians and Miravci with Vardar avoiding relegation and keeping its previous trophies and accolades.[1] Despite the FFM not recognising Shkupi's track records and honours as Sloga, Sloga's official support firm, previous players and management, recognize Shkupi as its successor.

After finishing the Macedonian First league in fourth place in the 2017–18 season, Shkupi will be playing in the Europa League qualifiers for the first time.

SupportersEdit

The team's supporters are the Shvercerat which were officially established in 1989 in Čair in Skopje. Shvercerat is Albanian for "Smugglers". Shvercerat were also the same supporters of the predecessor club Sloga Jugomagnat, before the merger to the current club Shkupi. Similarly to Shkëndija, FK Shkupi is an Albanian oriented club, with the supporters being Albanian and also part of the Tifozat Kuq e Zi, an ultras group that supports Albania in international football. Nationalist Albanian rhetoric is often a part of the chanting in league games, although comparing in level of popularity, Shkupi has not matched with Shkëndija.

On 13 February 2011, a large gathering of Vardar supporters, Komiti Skopje, congregated at the Skopje Fortress to protect a construction site on the grounds of the fortress.[2] A large group of the Shvercerat, who were against the government building on the area of the old fortress, broke through the police line and forced the Komiti out of the Skopje Fortress.[3][4][2] The construction site was seized by the Shvercerat[3] until police successfully took control and arrested Omer Bunjaku, a leading figure of the Schvecerat.[4]

The Shvercerat are known for taking rival team supporter's banner. They have succeeded in taking the Kratovo banner of Sileks, the Vojvodi banner of Teteks, Komiti Zapad banner of Vardar, Vinari banner of Vardar Negotino, Prilep banner of Probeda, Green Front and BFC Hooligans banners of Pelister. [5][6]

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup European competitions
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
2012–13 3. MFL North 28 23 4 1 80 26 73 1st ↑
2013–14 2. MFL 29 16 4 9 56 31 52 4th R1
2014–15 2. MFL 27 16 5 6 44 19 53 1st ↑ R2
2015–16 1. MFL 32 9 11 12 29 34 38 6th R2
2016–17 1. MFL 36 8 13 15 27 39 37 8th QF
2017–18 1. MFL 36 13 12 11 51 46 51 4th R2
2018–19 1. MFL 36 13 9 14 40 42 48 4th R1 Europa League QR1

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 February 2020

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Canberk Yurdakul
2   DF Ardit Ilazi
3   DF Darko Glišić
5   MF Muharem Bajrami (captain)
7   MF Jakup Berisha
8   MF Fatjon Jusufi
9   FW Suhejlj Muharem
10   MF Besar Iseni
11   MF Sergio Junior
12   GK Filip Lazarevski
13   GK Igor Aleksovski
16   DF Besart Krivanjeva
No. Position Player
17   MF Lamine Diack
19   MF Oumar Goudiaby
20   MF Dembo Darboe
21   MF Sabit Bilali
23   MF Ramin Alii
24   MF Faouly Keita
30   GK Sufjan Ramadani
32   DF Darko Ilieski
33   DF Bianor Neto
34   DF Fati Ismaili
44   MF Benjamin Demir

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Halil Berisha (at Vardari until 31 May 2020)
  MF Jusuf Aliu (at Vëllazërimi 77 until 31 May 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Xhemail Esati (at Gostivar until 31 May 2020)
  MF Musli Lika (at Gostivar until 31 May 2020)

Shkupi in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Rangers 0–0 0–2 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Pyunik 1−2 3−3 4–5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official, FK Vardar Stays in First Division". MINA. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2018. There will be a fusion between FK Vardar and FK Miravci. Both clubs will change their names. FK Miravci will in effect become FK Vardar 1947, except Vardar will keep all of its trophies and history.
  2. ^ a b "Macedonia: Violent Inter-Ethnic Incident on Skopje Fortress". Global Voices. 15 February 2011. a group of “supporters” of the building of the church (i.e., a Macedonian football fan group Komiti) and a group of “supporters” of its destruction (i.e., an Albanian football fan group Shverceri) gathered on the same location
  3. ^ a b "INCIDENT NE KALA TE SHKUPIT – ИНЦИДЕНТ ВО СКОПСКО КАЛЕ" on YouTube
  4. ^ a b "OMER BUNJAKU I ARTAN GRUBI" on YouTube
  5. ^ "Shvercerat vazhdojnë të sundojnë FYROM-in". Tfsh.ml (in Albanian). 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ Shvercerat banner collection (Media notes). Archived from the original on 18 April 2015.

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