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The Loro Boriçi Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi Loro Boriçi), previously known as Vojo Kushi Stadium (Albanian: Stadiumi Vojo Kushi) is a multi-purpose stadium in Shkodër, Albania, which is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of KF Vllaznia Shkodër. The stadium has a capacity of around 16,000 seated.

Loro Boriçi Stadium
Stadiumi Loro Boriçi (sq)
Loro-Borici-Stadion.jpg
Full nameStadiumi Loro Boriçi
Former namesVojo Kushi Stadium (1952–1990)
LocationRruga Djepaxhijej 2,
4001 Shkodër, Albania
Coordinates42°04′12″N 19°30′24″E / 42.07000°N 19.50667°E / 42.07000; 19.50667Coordinates: 42°04′12″N 19°30′24″E / 42.07000°N 19.50667°E / 42.07000; 19.50667
OwnerMunicipality of Shkodër
OperatorAlbanian Football Association
and KF Vllaznia Shkodër
Capacity16,000
Record attendance16,000
Field size105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardLED
Construction
Broke ground27 May 1950
Built1950–1952
Opened1 May 1952; 67 years ago (1952-05-01)
(original stadium)
29 August 2016; 2 years ago (2016-08-29) (rebuilt stadium)
Renovated1980s, 2001, 2016
Construction cost17 million (2015–16 rebuild cost)
ArchitectBolles+Wilson
Tenants
KF Vllaznia Shkodër (1952-present)
Albania national football team (2003-present)
Kosovo national football team (2016-2017) (temporary) [a]

Contents

HistoryEdit

On 17 May 1950, the stadium started the construction and on 1 May 1952, the stadium was inaugurated and was named with name Vojo Kushi, who was an Albanian partisan, hero of Albania.[1] In 1990, during the fall of communism in Albania, the stadium was renamed in honour of football coach and former player Loro Boriçi. Between 2015 and 2016 the stadium was rebuilt into a modern all-seater stadium with a capacity of 16,022.[2] The stadium is also the second largest stadium in Albania behind the Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana.

2015 ReconstructionEdit

In 2001. The stadium was last renovated. In October 2014, the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, promised the reconstruction of the stadium.[3] On 3 May 2015, the construction work officially started, bringing the stadium to a renewed capacity of 18,100.[2]

International matchesEdit

AlbaniaEdit

On 29 March 2003, it hosted a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying match of Albania against Russia and finished with a 3–1 win.[4]

# Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
1. 29 March 2003 (2003-03-29) UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying   Russia 3–1 16,000 [4]
2. 7 February 2007 (2007-02-07) Friendly   Macedonia 0–1 7,000 [5]
3. 24 March 2007 (2007-03-24) UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying   Slovenia 0–0 12,000 [6]
4. 10 August 2011 (2011-08-10) Friendly   Montenegro 3–2 5,000 [7]
5. 31 August 2016 (2016-08-31)   Morocco 0–0 N/A [8]
6. 5 September 2016 (2016-09-05) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification   Macedonia 2–1 14,667 [9]
7. 9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)   Spain 0–2 15,425 [10]
8. 9 October 2017 (2017-10-09)   Italy 0–1 14,718 [11]
9. 17 November 2018 (2018-11-17) 2018–19 UEFA Nations League   Scotland 0–4 8,632 [12]
10. 22 March 2019 (2019-03-22) UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying   Turkey 0–2 11,730 [13]

KosovoEdit

After stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and do not meet UEFA standards.[14] Kosovo played the qualifying matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Loro Boriçi Stadium.[15][16] On 6 October 2016, it hosted the first qualifying match of Kosovo against Croatia and finished with a 0–6 biggest defeat.[17][18]

# Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
1. 6 October 2016 (2016-10-06) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification   Croatia 0–6 14,612 [17][18]
2. 24 March 2017 (2017-03-24)   Iceland 1–2 6,832 [19]
3. 11 June 2017 (2017-06-11)   Turkey 1–4 6,000 [20]
4. 5 September 2017 (2017-09-05)   Finland 0–1 2,446 [21]
5. 6 October 2017 (2017-10-06)   Ukraine 0–2 1,261 [22]

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ After stadiums in Mitrovica and Pristina were under renovation and do not meet UEFA standards.[14] Kosovo played the qualifying matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Loro Boriçi Stadium.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historia e stadiumit kombëtar "Loro Boriçi"" [History of national stadium "Loro Boriçi"]. ShkodraNews (in Albanian).
  2. ^ a b Konferencë për shtyp e Sekretarit të Përgjithshëm Ilir Shulku on YouTube
  3. ^ "Edi Rama: Doshi, Frroku e Çela, merrni Vllazninë. "Loro Boriçi", arenë europiane" [Edi Rama: Doshi, Frroku and Çela get Vllaznia. "Loro Boriçi", the European arena] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 12 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Albania (3–1) Russia". eu-football.info. 29 March 2003.
  5. ^ "Albania (0–1) Macedonia". eu-football.info. 7 February 2007.
  6. ^ "Albania (0–0) Slovenia". eu-football.info. 24 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Albania (3–2) Montenegro". eu-football.info. 10 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Albania (0–0) Morocco". eu-football.info. 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Albania (2–1) Macedonia". eu-football.info. 5 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Albania (0–2) Spain". eu-football.info. 9 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Albania (0–1) Italy". eu-football.info. 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Albania (0–4) Scotland". eu-football.info. 17 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Albania (0–2) Turkey". eu-football.info. 22 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Këto janë 11 stadiumet e Superligës dhe asnjëri nuk i plotëson kushtet (Foto)" [These are the 11 Superleague stadiums and none meet the conditions (Photo)] (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 3 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Loro Boriçi, shtëpia e përkohshme e Kosovës" [Loro Boriçi, the temporary home of Kosovo] (in Albanian). Radio Television of Kosovo. 28 June 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Loro Boriçi, i rilindur gati për kolaudim (Foto)" [Loro Boriçi, reborn ready for test (Photo)]. Facebook (in Albanian). Edi Rama. 11 August 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Kosova nuk arriti t'i bëjë ballë Kroacisë" [Kosovo failed to withstand Croatia] (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 6 October 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Kosovo (0–6) Croatia". eu-football.info. 6 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Kosovo (1–2) Iceland". eu-football.info. 24 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Kosovo (1–4) Turkey". eu-football.info. 11 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Kosovo (0–1) Finland". eu-football.info. 5 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Kosovo (0–2) Ukraine". eu-football.info. 6 October 2017.

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