KS Kastrioti

KS Kastrioti Krujë is an Albanian football club based in the city of Krujë. The club's home ground is the Kastrioti Stadium which has a capacity of 8,000 spectators and they currently compete in the Kategoria Superiore.

KS Kastrioti
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Full nameKlubi Sportiv Kastrioti
Founded1926
GroundKastrioti Stadium, Krujë, Albania
Capacity10,000
ChairmanAlban Vogli
ManagerRamadan Ndreu
LeagueKategoria Superiore
2020–21Kategoria Superiore, 8th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

The club was founded in 1926 as the city of Krujë's main sports club. During a brief spell in 1949, the club was dissolved, but was quickly re-established under the name of the city, Krujë. Two years later in 1951, the club was renamed Puna Krujë before reverting it back to simply Krujë again in 1958, which they later added Kastrioti to, in honour of the noble Kastrioti family of which Albania's national hero Skanderbeg hailed from.

Rise and fall (1989–2006)Edit

For many years the club only competed in the lower divisions of Albanian football, but they managed to achieve promotion to the top tier Albanian Superliga in 1990 for the very first time. During their debut season in the top flight the club finished in 12th place out of 14 teams with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 17 losses.[1] The following season they would again finish 2 places from the bottom, in 14th place out of 16 teams,[2] a feat they would replicate the following season once again, but this time the league format had changed and the club was relegated to the Albanian First Division.[3] The club returned to the top flight in 1995 after winning the 1994–95 First Division title and gaining promotion.[4] However, this was only short lived as they were relegated in their first season back after finishing in penultimate place.[5] They would have to wait 10 years to return to the Superliga once again, as they achieved promotion in the 2004–05 season after finishing 3rd in the First Division.[6]

Recent history (2006–2011)Edit

During the 2005–06 season, the club finished in its best league position of 8th place out of 12 teams and secured top flight football for another season.[7] The following season they were relegated after losing in the promotion and relegation play off against KS Lushnja 4–2 on penalties after a goalless stalemate.[8] Kastrioti were immediately promoted after finishing in 3rd place and reaching the play offs for promotion, where they beat Partizani Tirana 1–0 to gain promotion.[9] The club had to feature in the play off once again after finishing 9th out of 12 teams, but they beat KS Lushnja 1–0 to remain in the top flight.[10] The following season the club finished 8th but narrowly avoided the promotion and relegation play off by goal difference.[11]

Present timeEdit

In the summer of 2011, 75% of the club's shares were sold by the Municipality of Krujë to Alban Sport, Albania's exclusive distributor of Adidas and Reebok clothing. The remaining 25% of the club's shares were held by the Municipality of Krujë. This provided the club with greater resources to invest in the squad and to keep up with the other Superliga sides who were investing heavily at the time. The 2011–12 season proved to be the club's most successful campaign as they finished in 5th place, just one place behind reaching UEFA Europa League qualification stage.[12] They again remained a mid table team, finishing 8th out of 14 teams in the 2012–13 season and remaining comfortably in the league.[13]

StadiumEdit

 
Kastrioti Stadium in the Distance

The stadium of KS Kastrioti is located in Krujë, Albania. Kastrioti Stadium has a capacity of 8,400 seats and the owner of the stadium is the Municipality of Krujë. During the 2018–19 Albanian Superliga, the team has to move down to Fushë-Krujë because the municipality did not renovate the stadium at the right time for the Albanian Superliga so they will play at Redi Maloku Stadium with a capacity of 3,000 seats. Kastrioti Stadium was last renovated during 2008.

Current squadEdit

As of 15 September, 2021

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 Edmir Sali
2 DF   ALB Endri Reci
3 DF   ALB Enes Isufi
4 DF   ALB Sokol Neziri
5 DF   ALB Bekim Dida
7 MF   ALB Bedri Greca
8 MF   ALB Donald Mëllugja
10 MF   ALB Arber Basha
11 DF   ALB Enes Isufi
12 GK   ALB Arlis Shala
14 FW   CRO Marin Mudrazija
15 MF   NGA Olawale Onanuga
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   ALB Armando Rami
18 MF   ALB Abaz Karakaçi
19 FW   ALB Spartak Ajazi
20 DF   ALB Indrit Prodani
21 DF   CRO Damir Grgic
24 DF   NGA Lukman Hussein
27 MF   ALB Joan Çela
80 DF   ALB Eneid Kodra
99 MF   NGA Henry Okebugwu
MF   ALB Edon Hasani
GK   ALB Elton Vata
DF   ALB Bekim Dida

Club officialsEdit

  • President: Alban Vogli
  • Managing Director: Shkelzen Zhilli
  • Board member: Gëzim Rama

Historical list of coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit