KF Shkupi (Macedonian: ФК Шкупи, Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Shkupi) is a professional football club based in Čair, Skopje, 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
Founded1927; 95 years ago (1927)
as FK Sloga Jugomagnat
2012; 10 years ago (2012)
as KF Shkupi
GroundČair Stadium
Capacity6,000
OwnerOlgun Peker
ChairmanOmer Bunjaku
ManagerGoce Sedloski
LeagueMacedonian First Football League
2021–221st (Champions)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

After financial issues with main sponsor Jugomagnat, Sloga went through an unstable period. In 2012, Sloga was merged with FC Albarsa to form FK Shkupi. 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 Macedonian First league in the fourth place in the 2017–18 season, Shkupi played in the Europa League qualifiers for the first time. In the 2021–22 season the club were crowned the champion of country for the first time in its history.

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 Shvecerat.[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 Pobeda, Green Front and BFC Hooligans banners of Pelister.[5][6]

HonoursEdit

  Macedonian First League:

  Macedonian Second League:

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
2019–20 1. MFL Abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic[7] Europa League QR1
2020–21 1. MFL 33 16 11 6 41 24 59 2nd QF Europa League QR1
2021–22 1. MFL 33 23 7 3 66 21 76 1st QF Conference League QR2
2022–23 1. MFL Champions League QR2

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 29 August 2022

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 Kristijan Naumovski
3 DF   MKD Blerton Sheji
4 DF   GEO Gagi Margvelashvili
5 DF   MKD Xhelil Abdulla
8 MF   MKD Ali Adem
10 MF   CRC Freddy Álvarez
11 FW   MKD Kristijan Trapanovski
12 GK   MKD Artan Ilazi
14 FW   MKD Pepi Gjorgiev
16 DF   KOS Melos Bajrami
19 FW   NGA Sunday Adetunji
20 FW   ALG Walid Hamidi
21 DF   MKD Mario Mladenovski
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF   MKD Mario Richkov
29 FW   JAM Renaldo Cephas
31 GK   MKD Amar Melichi
32 DF   MKD Angelche Timovski
34 MF   MKD Kristijan Ackovski
37 MF   SEN Albert Diène
47 MF   MKD Umerfaruk Sulejman
70 DF   MKD Sufjan Chajani
77 DF   MKD Vladica Brdarovski
78 MF   MKD Aleks Zlatkov
80 FW   SEN Mamadou Danfa
88 MF   BRA Queven
MF   MKD Besnik Ferati

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

KF Shkupi in European footballEdit

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
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Neftçi 1–2
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Llapi 2−0 1−1 3–1
2Q   Santa Clara 0–3 0−2 0–5
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Lincoln Red Imps 3–0 0−2 3–2
2Q   Dinamo Zagreb 0−1 2–2 2–3
UEFA Europa League 3Q   Shamrock Rovers 1−2 1−3 2–5
UEFA Europa Conference League PO   Ballkani 1−2 0−1 1–3

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.
  7. ^ "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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