KB Tirana

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KB Tirana are an Albanian professional basketball team based in Tiranë, which is the basketball branch of SK Tirana. They compete in the Albanian Basketball Superliga of the Albanian Basketball League and the Balkan International Basketball League. The club plays its home domestic games at the Farie Hoti Sports Palace, and they play their international games at the Asllan Rusi Sports Palace. Tirana are one of the two most successful teams in the history of Albanian basketball (men), having won the Albanian League 20 times, the Albanian Cup 18 times and the Albanian Supercups 8 times.[1] They have won a total of 46 trophies, and only BC Partizani Tirana have won more in Albania with 48.

KB Tirana
NicknameBardheblutë (The White and Blues)
LeaguesAlbanian Superliga
Balkan League
Albanian Cup
Founded1946
History1946–present
ArenaFarie Hoti Sports Palace
Capacity1,200
LocationTiranë, Albania
Team colorsBlue, White
   
PresidentAngelo Koleka
Vice-president(s)Angelo Koleka
Head coachErkand Karaj
Championships20 Albanian Superligas
18 Albanian Cups
8 Albanian Supercups
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

Early years (1920–43)Edit

On 15 August 1920, shortly after Tirana became the capital city of Albania, patriot and football enthusiast Palokë Nika, who had already formed Vllaznia Shkodër built and trained a new team in Tirana, with A. Erebara, P. Jakova, A. Hoxha, Anastas Koja, P. Berisha, Avni Zajmi, H. Fortuzi, B. Pazari, L. Berisha, S. Frasheri, H. Alizoti, A. Gjitomi, and V. Fekeci. The name of the team was Gjurmuesit Republikanë, which a few months later was changed into Agimi Sports Association. The name Agimi (in English: Dawn), was taken from the building in the centre of Tirana near to where they would hold meetings.[2] In 1925 the association's governing council was elected and its members were Avni Zajmi, Selman Stërmasi, B. Toptani, Irfan Gjinali and Anastas Koja. On 16 August 1927, which was the seventh anniversary of the formation of the Agimi Sports Association, the club's name changed into Sportklub Tirana, which would be commonly referred to as SK Tirana.[3] On that day the president of the club was Teki Selenica.[4] Although SK Tirana's early history was dominated by its emphasis on its football department, basketball was experiencing a rise in popularity in Albania at the time and basketball clubs across the country were being set up and friendly games were occasionally being played between clubs from different cities.

Early history and trophies (1944–72)Edit

After the end of World War II and the liberation of Albania in 1944 Albania fell in the hands of the socialist dictator Enver Hoxha, and soon after sport in the country became organised, with national teams and domestic competitions being set up by the communist regime, and this happened with basketball in 1946. In early March 1946 at the Nacional movie theatre in Tirana, the ruling Communist Politburo had instructed the club to change its name to 17 Nëntori in honour of the Liberation of Tirana which took place on 17 November 1944 and later that year 17 Nëntori became a founding member of the Albanian Basketball League and they won the inaugural National Championship that took place in 1946. They failed to retain the title the following season as local rivals Partizani won the National Championship, but 17 Nëntori were to win 3 consecutive titles between 1948 and 1950.

Recent dominance (1999–2018)Edit

After 11 years drought Tirana got the right roster and coach and started winning trophies yet again. From 1999 to 2018 they won 28 such, dominating in the country. On 30 August 2016 it was announced that Tirana would compete in the 2016–17 Balkan International Basketball League, becoming only the second Albanian club to do so after BC Vllaznia.[5][6] Ahead of the 2016–17 season they appointed Macedonian Slobodan Petrovski as head coach,[7][8] and signed Albanian internationals Endrit Hysenagolli, Erkand Karaj as well as foreigners Nemanja Gavranić, Griffin Ramme and Manuel Johnson.[9][10] Tirana played fellow debutants KB Trepça from Kosovo on 10 October 2016 at the Asllan Rusi Sports Palace in front of around 1,100 spectators, and they won 78–66 to claim a victory in their first ever Balkan League game.[11][12]

Contrary to the domestic domination, even by approaching some quality new players and coach, KB Tirana in the Balkan League has failed to impress so far, despite 2017-18 season participation in play-off and some memorable wins. Playing, however only few seasons in this competition, team needs more experience and perhaps bringing more skillful players to seek success.

Home arenasEdit

Tirana plays its domestic homes games at the Farie Hoti Sports Palace, which has a capacity of around 1,200. Before this arena was built they played their home games at the 2,800 seater Asllan Rusi Sports Palace, which is the main sports arena in Tirana and indeed all of Albania. As of 2016, they played their Balkan International Basketball League home games at the Asllan Rusi Sports Palace as the Farie Hoti Sports Palace does not meet the licensing requirements to stage such games.

However, in 2017 club moved to the Tirana Olympic Park, as a requirement for playing the Balkan League.[13]

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

KB Tirana roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 0   Ramme, Griffin 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 31 – (1989-11-01)1 November 1989
SG 5   Vogli, Redi 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 33 – (1987-04-29)29 April 1987
SG 7   Durrsi, Reldi 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 23 – (1997-05-07)7 May 1997
PG 10   Karaj, Erkand 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 38 – (1982-05-02)2 May 1982
SG 11   Lasku, Genti 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 36 – (1985-03-24)24 March 1985
PF 12   Gjyzeli, Abdel 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 28 – (1993-02-24)24 February 1993
PF 13   Gavranić, Nemanja 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 28 – (1993-03-18)18 March 1993
C 14   Hysenagolli, Endrit 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 32 – (1988-07-05)5 July 1988
PF 15   Shima, Gerti 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 34 – (1986-05-06)6 May 1986
PF 20   Gjeci, Joans 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 22 – (1998-05-14)14 May 1998
PG 20   Pashaj, Kristian 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 21 – (1999-06-04)4 June 1999
PF 21   Johnson, Manuel 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 38 – (1983-02-01)1 February 1983
G 23   Hasani, Erin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 35 – (1985-08-03)3 August 1985
PG 30   Hysa, Eldi 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 21 – (1999-08-30)30 August 1999
Head coach
  •   Erkand Karaj
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Erdal Borova
  •   Onaldo Ago
Physiotherapist(s)
  •   Sabahat Kastrati

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

2016–17 squad changesEdit

HonoursEdit

1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
1961, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018 (Record)
2001, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017 (Record)

International competitionsEdit

Tirana in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1970–71 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   KK Zadar 62–72 60–73 122–145
1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup 1R   CJS Aleppo 20–0 20–0 40–0
2R   Jugoplastika 77–90 58–85 135–175
1973–74 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   KK Crvena zvezda 83–99 70–114 163–213
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round

Tirana in the BIBLEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate Advancing
2016–17 Balkan International Basketball League First Stage
Group B
  Trepça 78–66 74–68
6th
  Feni Industries 63–72 57–98
  Sutjeska 56–79 61–77
  Karpoš Sokoli 83–100 74–78
  Peja 76–73 72-96  
2017–18 Balkan International Basketball League Regular Season   Blokotehna 67-92 68-100
6th
  Rilski Sportist 78-99 79-94
  Academic Plovdiv 61-97 69-90
  Levski 79-76 52-105
  Kumanovo 75–73 cancelled
  Bashkimi 75-69 95-101
  Ibar 95-65 102-107
2017–18 Balkan International Basketball League Play-Off   Levski 67-73 75-98
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Head coachesEdit

Coach Years active
  Bujar Shehu 1966–2002
  Bujar Shehu 2012–2015[15]
  Roland Avrami 2015–2016[16]
  Slobodan Petrovski 2016
  Nikola Milatović 2016–2017
  Antonios Doukas 2017-2018
  Erkand Karaj 2018 -

ManagementEdit

KB Tirana (women)Edit

For the women basketball team see KB Tirana (women)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Historia e kampioneve shqiptare meshkuj
  2. ^ Gjergj Kola. "Palok Nika, personazhi historik i sportit shqiptar" (in Albanian). Shkodra Sport. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  3. ^ Kampionatet e kohës së Luftës II Botërore Archived 2009-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Kur u themelua Sportklub Tirana? Besnik Dizdari on Panorama-Sport 7 November 2012". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  5. ^ SK Tirana is the newest member of SIGAL-UNIQA Balkan League
  6. ^ BIBL visited SK Tirana
  7. ^ Tirana në Ligën Ballkanike, një trajner maqedonas në stol
  8. ^ Slobodan Petrvoski new head coach of SK Tirana
  9. ^ Tirana inks Johnson and Hysenagolli
  10. ^ Three new names for SK Tirana
  11. ^ SK Tirana celebrated its debut with a home victory
  12. ^ Liga Ballkanike / Tirana fantastike, mund Trepçen në debutim
  13. ^ "SK Tirana to participate in SIGAL UNIQA Balkan League for a second year in a row". Balkan International Basketball League. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ Gerti Shima prezantohet zyrtarisht tek Tirana
  15. ^ Bujar Shehu: Fitoi sporti, urime kampionëve kuqeblu!
  16. ^ Revolucion te Tirana, rokadë brenda familjes në stol

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