Klubi i Futbollit Teuta Durrës, commonly referred to as Teuta, is an Albanian professional football club based in Durrës. The club competes in the Abissnet Superiore, the top tier of Albanian football. Their home ground is the Niko Dovana Stadium.

KF Teuta
Full nameKlubi i Futbollit Teuta
Nickname(s)Djemtë e Detit
Durrsakët
Founded29 January 1920; 104 years ago (1920-01-29)
as Klubi Sportiv Urani (Uranus Sport Club)[1][2]
GroundNiko Dovana Stadium
Capacity12,040[3]
PresidentEdmond Hasanbelliu
ManagerEdi Martini
LeagueAbissnet Superiore
2023–24Abissnet Superiore, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded on 29 January 1920 as Klubi Sportiv Urani (Uranium Sport Club), and they were a founding member of the Albanian National Championship in 1930, as well as runners-up in the 1931 National Championship. They have won the Kategoria Superiore twice in 1994 and in 2021, and they have also won the Albanian Cup four times, as well as finishing runners-up in three Albanian Supercups.

History

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Early years

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The club was founded on 29 January 1920 as Klubi Sportiv Urani, which literally translates to Uranium Sport Club, and they changed their name to Sport Klub Durrës just two years later 1922. They kept the same name until they joined the Albania national championship as one of the original six members alongside SK Tiranë, Skënderbeu Korçë, Bashkimi Shkodran, Urani Elbasan and Sportklub Vlorë. In 1930, before entering the National Championship, the club changes its name to the Klubi Sportiv Teuta Durrës, in reference to Queen Teuta of Illyria. In the first national championship they finished fifth out of six teams, collecting three wins and two draws out of ten games.[4] The following season they finished as runners-up in the league, as they lost 4–1 in the championship final against SK Tiranë, where the club's goalkeeper Niko Dovana famously scored the equaliser in the first leg which ended in a 1–1 draw.[5][6]

After Communism took control of Albania the club was forced to change its name to KS Ylli i Kuq Durrës, literally meaning KS Red Star Durrës. Just 3 years later in 1950 the club dropped KS Red Star Durrës from its name and was simply called SK Durrës once again, before renaming to SK Puna Durrës a 1-year later in 1951. The club changed its name again in 1958 to KS Lokomotiva Durrës which they kept until the fall of Communism in Albania in 1991. Since 1991 the club has renamed KS Teuta Durrës, with the football team being called KF Teuta.

Hasanbelliu era

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In 1999 local businessman and owner of Eurotech Cement Edmond Hasanbelliu he was named as the new president of the club, he brought in Hasan Lika as manager immediately. He began investing in the club and introduced Albanian internationals Sokol Prenga and Suad Liçi in the club, alongside a host of other players including Orges Shehi and Arjan Sheta.[7] In the club's first season under Hasan Lika and Edmond Hasanbelliu they finished in third place, behind Tomori Berat and eventual winners KF Tirana. They also had a successful Albanian Cup run as they eliminated Flamurtari Vlorë, KF Tirana and Dinamo Tirana to reach the final against KS Lushnja, which ended 0–0 after extra time and Teuta won the game 5–4 on penalties. They qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup in the following season, where they faced Austrian side SK Rapid Wien. They were eliminated following a 6–0 aggregate loss, after 4–0 and 2–0 losses.

Recent years

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In November 2013 the president Hasanbelliu announced that the club had sold a 50% stake to Swiss company Gea Sport, who promised investment in the club in order to achieve domestic success as well as have good runs in Europe. The firm's first action as shareholders was to replace the Albanian coach Gugash Magani with the Italian Roberto Sorrentino, who became the club's first ever foreign coach.[8][9] Following less than 2 months as shareholders Gea Sport were instrumental in bringing in 11 players during the January transfer window, most of which were foreigners, in an attempt to push for the title. on 24 February 2014, Sorrentino was fired as the first team coach following a string of poor results. The club announced the appointment of Ilir Daja the day after Sorrentino's departure.[10]

Stadium

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Niko Dovana Stadium

The club play their home games at the Niko Dovana Stadium which was built in 1965 and currently has a capacity of around 13,000. The stadium was previously known as the Lokomotiva Stadium between 1958 and 1991 during Communism while the club was named Lokomotiva Durrës. The stadium has also been host to the Albania national team in 2010 where they played a friendly against Uzbekistan.[11] During the 2013–14 season, according to the club's official website the average league attendance was 2,638.

Honors

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Supporters

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Teuta's fans are known as Djemtë e Detit 1994 (Boys of the Sea).[12] and PIRATËT 2016 (PIRATES 2016) and MARINSAT 2017 (MARINSAT 2017)

European record

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Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1992–93 Balkans Cup QF   Beroe Stara Zagora 1–1 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.)
SF   Edessaikos 2–0 0–2 2–2 (3–5 pen)
1994–95 UEFA Cup QR   Apollon Limassol 1–4 2–4 3–8
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   TPS Turku 3–0 0–1 3–1
1R   AC Parma 0–2 0–2 0–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1QR   FC Kosice 1–4 1–2 2–6
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   IA Akranes 2–1 1–5 3–6
2000–01 UEFA Cup 2QR   SK Rapid Wien 0–4 0–2 0–6
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Valletta 0–0 2–1 2–1
2R   Gloria Bistrița 1–0 0–3 1–3
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   FK ZTS Dubnica 0–0 0–4 0–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1QR   NK Široki Brijeg 3–1 0–3 3–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1QR   NK Slaven Belupo 2–2 2–6 4–8
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1QR   FC Metalurgi Rustavi 0–3 1–6 1–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Dacia Chișinău 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Kairat 0–1 0–5 0–6
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Ventspils 1−0 0−3 1–3
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Beitar Jerusalem 2–0 2–0
2QR   Granada 0–4 0–4
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Sheriff Tiraspol 0–4 0–1 0–5
UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Inter Club d'Escaldes 0–2 3−0 (aet) 3–2 (aet)
3QR   Shamrock Rovers 0−2 0–1 0–3
  • QR = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round

Players

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Current squad

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As of 1 February 2024[13]

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   ALB Elton Vata
4 DF   ALB Artan Jazxhi
5 DF   ALB Harallamb Qaqi
6 MF   ALB Ersi Syla
7 FW   ALB Ergys Peposhi
8 MF   ALB Ledio Beqja
9 FW   ALB Klejdi Daci
11 DF   ALB Muço Boçi
13 MF   ALB Erando Karabeci
14 MF   ALB Arsid Kruja
15 DF   ALB Blerim Kotobelli (captain)
17 FW   ALB Rigel Tepshi
18 MF   ALB Matias Lloci
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   ARG Rodrigo Faust
20 MF   ALB Arseld Halilaj
21 DF   ALB David Gjinollari
23 MF   ALB Asion Daja
24 MF   ALB Alisio Preloshi
28 FW   ALB Realdo Fili
59 MF   ALB Ergis Arifi
75 GK   ALB Endri Dema
92 DF   ALB Elmando Gjini
93 DF   ALB Albi Alla
99 MF   ALB Devit Demircani
MF   ALB Arbër Çyrbja

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ALB Patrik Treni (at Luzi until 30 June 2024)

Current staff

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Position Staff
President   Edmond Hasanbelliu
Director   Enid Furxhi
Head coach   Ilir Biturku
Assistant coach   Bledar Hodo
Goalkeeping coach   Bledjan Rizvani
Head Of Youth   Gentian Begeja
Physiotherapist   Mirban Gorenca
Physiotherapist & Doctor   Ervin Shembitraku
Doctor   Neritan Myderrizi

Records

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List of managers

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Title winning managers

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Name Period Notes
  Haxhi Ballgjini 1993–94 1993-94 Albanian Superliga
  Bashkim Koka 1994–96 1994–95 Albanian Cup
  Hasan Lika 1999–03 1999–2000 Albanian Cup
  Stavri Nica 2005 2004–05 Albanian Cup
  Edi Martini 2019–2021 2019–20 Albanian Cup, 2020 Albanian Supercup,
2020–21 Kategoria Superiore
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References

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  1. ^ "Albania - KS Teuta Durrës - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". Archived from the original on 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. ^ "Club : Teuta Durres B". Archived from the original on 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  3. ^ Worldstadiums. "Stadia in Albania". Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1930". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  5. ^ "Unofficial Site of Albanian Football since 1913: Season 1931". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  6. ^ "Dovana, portieri që shënoi në Tiranë". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  7. ^ Edmond Hasanbelliu at KFTeuta.com Archived 2014-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Teuta zyrtarizon trajnerin italian, Sorrentino: Kam projekt 3-vjeçar, dua titullin kampion Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Magani largohet nga Teuta, vjen Sorrentino Archived 2014-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Daja trajner i Teutës, shkarkohet Sorrentino Archived 2014-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Frasheri, Dash (3 August 2010). "Anti- Uzbekistani, kombëtarja e lojtarëve pa ekip". Albania-Sport (in Albanian). Frasheri. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  12. ^ Fatjon Pandovski (9 February 2012). "Teuta making regal progress in Albania". Member associations: Albania. UEFA. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Lojtarët" [Players] (in Albanian). KF Teuta Durrës. 13 July 2021. Archived from the original on 17 July 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.