KF Tërbuni, also known as Tërbuni Pukë, is an Albanian football club based in the city of Pukë. The club's home ground is the Ismail Xhemali Stadium and they currently compete in the Kategoria e Parë.
|Full name||Klubi i Futbollit Tërbuni|
|Nickname(s)||Shqiponjat e Veriut Pukjanët|
|Ground||Ismail Xhemali Stadium|
|League||Kategoria e Parë|
|2021–22||Kategoria e Parë, 5th|
The club was founded in 1936 but were not active until the 1940s. They first competed in a national championship in 1949, where they took part in the second tier championship. In their premier campaign they competed in group 3 of 13, which featured Kopliku, Lezha and the Shkodër agricultural enterprise, where the club competed under the name Puka. During the 1949 campaign, they did not go past the first round of the competition as Kopliku and Lezha progressed to the second round, with Lezha finishing as joint champions alongside Spartaku Pogradec. The following year, the club competed in the second tier championship again, this time being eliminated in the first round by Kopliku, who defeated them 5–3 on aggregate following a 4–3 and 1–0 victory. In 1950, the ruling Communist dictatorship forced sports clubs in Albania to change their name to Puna, which literally translates to work, and in 1951 the club competed in group of the second tier under the name Puna Pukë alongside Dinamo Shkodër, Puna Kukës, Puna Lezhë and Spartaku Lezhë, where Puna Lezhë finished as the group and progressed to the next round of the competition. They would not play another competitive game until 1954, where they were in group 1 again in the second tier, this time alongside Dinamo Kukës, Dinamo Shkodër, Puna Lezhë, Spartaku Shkodër, and the Vasil Shanto tobacco plant, where Dinamo Shkodër won the group.
The club were resigned to compete in amateur and lower league competitions for the rest of the 50s and early 60s, but they were promoted back to the second tier in 1964 as they finished runners up in the Albanian Second Division, to reach the new western league format of the Albanian First Division under the new name of Tërbuni Pukë. Their first season back to footballing mainstream in Albania was not fruitful as they finished bottom of the league following just one victory in their 18 games. No teams were relegated during the 1964–65 campaign, meaning Tërbuni kept their place in the league, where they finished second from bottom the following season and avoided relegation after winning 3 and drawing 8 games out of 22. They again finished second from bottom the following season and remained in the league, as they won just once but managed 13 draws. The following season was played in 1968 between May and December, and Tërbuni achieved their best ever result in the league, as they finished in 9th place out of 12 team, with 3 wins, 11 draws to reach a total of 17 points. The Albanian Football Association reverted to the western league format the following season but divided the teams into 2 groups, with a northern and southern division featuring 25 teams in total. Tërbuni were placed in Group A, and they finished in 10th place out of 12 teams to avoid relegation again. They would finish in 8th place of Group A in the 1970–71 campaign, which beat their 9th league position in the 1968 competition. The club had become a regular relegation candidate but had managed to remain in the league following their promotion in 1964, and they finished in 10th place 1972, before finishing 7th in 1973. They finished in 6th place in the 1973–74 campaign, but as there were only 10 teams competing in Group A, the previous season's 7th-place finish out of 14 teams remained their best result. Their 10-year spell in the Albanian First Division came to an end in 1975, as they finished 9th out of 10 teams and were relegated to the Albanian Second Division with 5 wins and 4 draws yielding a total of 14 points, 3 points behind 8th placed Erzeni Shijak.
Former Tërbuni player and wealthy businessman Petrit Syla, who owned Albania's largest scaffolding firm Skela Syla, became the club's president in 2007 and immediately invested heavily in the club in order to improve the club and achieve promotion to the Albanian First Division. In 2011 he again took over as the club's president, where he remained in office until November 2012, and Arben Frroku took over as president.
The club defeated Partizani Tirana 3–1 to win the Albanian Second Division in 2012, which was the club's highest honour in its history. They were promoted to the second tier, the Albanian First Division, and finished in third place in their first season at that level since the 2008–09 campaign.
Appearance in the Albanian SuperligaEdit
KF Tërbuni were promoted from the Northern Division of the Albanian First Division to the Superliga during the 2014/15 season. The final game of the season was against KS Besëlidhja Lezhë which will have decided who would be promoted to the Superliga. Terbuni needed a win or a draw, whilst Beselidhja needed a win. The game ended 2-0 in favor of Tërbuni, goals coming in the first half by Senad Lekaj and in the second half by Taulant Marku. Tërbuni ended the 2014–15 Albanian First Division season in the Northern division with 21 wins, 6 draws and 0 losses. They then faced the winners from the Southern Division, KF Bylis Ballsh at Elbasan Arena for the First Division cup, but lost 2-0.
For the first time in their history, they appeared in the Superliga in the 2015–16 Albanian Superliga. The team went through managerial change, where Elvis Plori left his post and was replaced by Samuel Nikaj. However, due to poor results, the manager was heavily criticised and quit. He was then replaced by Viktor Gjoni who had managed the team in the past.
On 17 April 2016, they claimed an historic away win against 5 time consecutive Albanian champions KF Skënderbeu Korçë. The score ended 3-2 to the underdogs, where the winning goal was scored in the last minute of added time by Abaz Karakaçi.
The Ultras group of Tërbuni are known as the 'Shqiponjat E Veriut' which means 'Eagles of the North'. They are one of the most developed ultras groups in Albania and turn up to all matches which Tërbuni plays. They have their own logo, which makes it easier for them to be recognised by the opposition and by their own fans. Pukjan football fans have always welcomed fans of the opposing team into Puka where the stadium is located and have shown their respect by applauding the opposition, no matter what the score was.
Following Tërbuni Pukë's promotion to the Albanian Superliga for the first time in 2015, the Ismail Xhemali Stadium was inspected by the Albanian Football Association and it was deemed unfit to host top flight football games, and it required reconstruction to meet the minimum requirements of standards set by the Albanian Football Association ahead of the 2015–16 season. Renovations were required on the changing rooms for both players and officials, and seats needed to be installed for the first time in the stadium, rather than benches.
- Runners-up (1): 2014–15
- Winners (2): 2011–12, 2018−19
- Runners-up (3): 1963–64, 1979–80, 2007–08
- Winners (1): 2003–04
- Players (1): 2015–16
- As of 7 December 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Historical list of coachesEdit
- Derviš Hadžiosmanović (2011)
- Edmond Dalipi (2012) (Jul 2012 - Sep 2012)
- Viktor Gjoni (Sep 2012 - Sep 2013)
- Viktor Gjoni (Nov 2013 - Feb 2014)
- Gino Gargano (Feb 2014 - Apr 2014)
- Elvis Plori (Jul 2014 - May 2015)
- Agim Canaj (2015)
- Samuel Nikaj (Jul 2015 - 5 Oct 2015)
- Gino Gargano (5 Oct 2015 - 29 Nov 2015)
- Viktor Gjoni (29 Nov 2015 - Sep 2016)
- Oltion Kërnaja (Oct 2016 - Jan 2017)
- Kreshnik Krepi (Feb 2017 - Jun 2018)
- Oltion Kërnaja (Aug 2018 - 2019)
- Edmond Dalipi (2020 - 2021)
- Elvin Beqiri (2021 - 2022)
- Alert Alcani (2022 - 2023)
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