KF Tirana B

Klubi i Futbollit Tirana B is an Albanian football club based in Tirana. The club is the B team of Albania's most successful club KF Tirana. It was founded in 1932, but was dissolved before it was refounded on 22 January 2013.

KF Tirana B
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Full nameKlubi i Futbollit Tirana B
Nickname(s)Tirona
Founded22 January 2013; 8 years ago (2013-01-22)
GroundSkënder Halili Complex Tiranë
Capacity200
ChairmanRefik Halili
Head CoachArbër Abilaliaj
LeagueKategoria e Dytë, Group A
2019–20Kategoria e Dytë, Group A, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active branches of KF Tirana
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Football (Men's) Football (Women's) Football (B team)
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Football (Youth) Futsal Basketball (Men's)
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Basketball (Women's) Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's)

HistoryEdit

In 1932, ahead of the Albanian First Division campaign that was to take place, Sportklub Tiranë decided to put together a reserve team to participate in the first officially recognised reserves competition held in Albania. They competed in Group A along with reserve teams of Teuta Durrës, Bashkimi Shkodran, SK Elbasani and Skënderbeu Korçë. Sportklub Tiranë B, as the club was known at the time won the competition, but were not eligible to compete in the championship finals for the main Albanian First Division title and promotion to the Albanian Superliga. The following year the Albanian Football Association held the same competition, in which Sportklub Tiranë B won once again in the second and final year. The team dissolved in 1933 and the players either joined the youth team of Sportklub Tiranë or the first team. New B teams were recreated over the years, notably in 1980 where a team was recreated in order to compete in a friendly cup competition held by the Albanian Football Association, in which the team won.

On 22 January 2013, the first KF Tirana reserve team was founded as a result of a decision undertaken by the Municipality of Tirana to restructure the club's academy system and to improve the efficiency and image of the club. The team was formed to allow younger players to gain first team experience in the lower divisions of Albanian football, and also for first team players to prepare for first team games through featuring in reserve games as players from the first team, under-19s and under-17s are eligible to play for the B team.[1] The club was registered to the Albanian Football Association on the same day as its foundation, and they competed in the Albanian Third Division in the 2012–13 season, which is the fourth and lowest tier of the Albanian Football Association competitions.

ActivityEdit

The club's first manager was named former KF Tirana player Ardian Mema, who guided the club to a third-place finish in the 2012–13 Albanian Third Division campaign. The following season the club finished top of Group A and reached the championship final against Teuta Durrës B, in which they won 2–0 through a brace scored by Franci Kosova, which handed KF Tirana B their first officially recognised honour and promotion to the Albanian Second Division only one year after creation.[2]

Since promotion, however, Tirana B have not been able to gain promotion to a higher division. This is due to the fact that the club has currently been focused on its first team and academy. This has resulted in it failing to circulate players of all abilities and not fulfilling the purpose of this secondary clubs creation.

StadiumEdit

KF Tirana plays most of its league and friendly games at the Selman Stërmasi stadium in Tirana. The Selman Stërmasi Stadium was built in 1956 and had been named the 'Dinamo' Stadium until 1991 when it was permanently given its new name. The Football Association of Albania and the club decided to name the stadium in 1991 after the eminent KF Tirana player, coach and president, Selman Stërmasi. The stadium has a capacity of 12,500 (of which 6,000 can be seated) and has ended a long phase of construction, involving development of the main pitch, central seated area, facilities around the ground and general lineaments. There are still improvements expected to be made soon. These include a side seated areas, an electronic clock and a KF Tirana shopping centre just under the central seating. The internal facilities include a press conference room, journalists' corner and modern showers. The main parking area is located at the front of the stadium, which leads to the entrance. The external part of the stadium is surrounded by a 9 ft rail fence.[3][4]

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 March 2020

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 Leon Kozi
2 DF   ALB Xhoi Cici
3 DF   ALB Malion Lami
4 DF   ALB Kristi Malo
6 DF   ALB Simone Marku
5 DF   ALB Hilmi Likollari
7 MF   ALB Aldi Gjumsi
8 MF   ALB Okseold Sefa
9 FW   ALB Mario Beshiraj
10 MF   ALB Angelo Demaj
11 FW   ALB Eldis Kraja
12 GK   ALB Marvin Kodra
13 FW   ALB Rigers Kokakushi
14 DF   GHA Ibrahim Sulley
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   ALB Eldi Gjuzi
17 DF   ALB Miki Basha
20 DF   ALB Arben Jaho
21 MF   ALB Endi Biba
22 MF   ALB Ergi Brahja
23 FW   ALB Servet Dani
24 DF   ALB Kleisi Skenderi
31 DF   CIV Jocelin Behiratche
33 MF   ALB Klajdi Aliaj
35 DF   ALB Omar Musaj
38 GK   ALB Erlind Derhemi
45 MF   ALB Erjon Shima
91 MF   ALB Klajdi Aliaj
99 FW   ALB Andri Stafa

ManagersEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Year Division Position
2012–13 Kategoria e Tretë 3
2013–14 Kategoria e Tretë 1
2014–15 Kategoria e Dytë 9
2015–16 Kategoria e Dytë 7
2016–17 Kategoria e Dytë 5
2017–18 Kategoria e Dytë 8
2018–19 Kategoria e Dytë 9
2019–20 Kategoria e Dytë 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Risia, themelohet "Tirana B"". Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  2. ^ "Tirana B, kampione e Kategorise III". Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  3. ^ "Selman Stermasi Stadium". Kftirana.info. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Group A ranking". FSHF. Archived from the original on 16 February 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  5. ^ Ardian Mema: Ju rrëfej ambiciet e Tiranës B


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