KF Skënderbeu Korçë
|Full name||Klubi Futbollistik Skënderbeu Korçë|
|Nickname(s)||Ujqërit e Dëborës (The snow wolves)
Bardhekuqtë (The White and Reds)
Juglindorët (The Southeasterners)
|Founded||15 April 1909|
|Owner||Municipality of Korça|
|Head Coach||Mirel Josa|
|League||Albanian Superliga (level 1)|
|2012–13||Albanian Superliga, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
K.F. Skënderbeu Korçë (Albanian: Klubi futbollistik Skënderbeu Korçë, in English: Football Club Skenderbeu Korce) is a football club based in Korçë, a city in southeastern Albania . They play in the Albanian Superliga, which is the top tier in the country and are currently reigning champions. The club is named after Albania's greatest hero of all time, Skanderbeg (Skënderbeu). The club plays its home games at Stadiumi Skënderbeu which is one of the largest stadiums in the country, with a seating capacity of over 12,000.
The first years
The first team in the city of Korçë was created on 15 April 1909 under the name "Vllazëria" by politician and poet Hilë Mosi. During the years 1920 and 1922 there were football associations made in Korçë for the first time, such as Përparimi and Sport Klub Korça, in 1923 the Shpresa society was founded under the Albanian National Lyceum. But it was not until 1925 that Skënderbeu would be born, as football began to become more popular in this city of Albania, almost every field would be used as a football ground for locals to play and enjoy the sport. This led to many neighbourhoods in Korçës trying to form their own small football teams. In 1926 the Zhgaba society was created, and in 1927 many neighbourhood teams were finally set up, such as Leka i Madh, Pirro, Brekverdhit, Zjarri, Tigri and Diamanti. However there was still a main squad representing the city, which was Skënderbeu who managed to overcome problems in the start, some even political.
The club participated for the first time in the Albanian Superliga in 1930, which was the first Albanian tournament. At this time the entire city was behind the club, which helped Skënderbeu, along with the likes of KF Tirana and Vllaznia Shkodër earn a big name for themselves in this early chapter of Albanian football. During the 1930 championship, Skënderbeu finished runners up to KF Tirana, after forfeiting both championship playoff matches. The club managed to win its first ever Albanian Championship just 3 years later in 1933, finishing 2 points ahead of Vllaznia. The championship winning side was: Klani Marjani, Kristaq Bimbli, Andrea Çani, Andon Miti, Lefter Petra, Flori Stasa, Nexhat Dishnica, Tomor Ypi, Thoma Vangjeli, Servet Teufik Agaj, Enver Kulla, Vasil Trebicka, Stavri Kondili, Aristotel Samsuri, with Qemal Omari as their manager.
Skënderbeu is also a three time finalist in the Albanian Cup in 1958, 1965 and 1976, in which they lost all three finals. They did however win the Albanian First Division in 1976/77 as well as three other times with the last win in 2008–2009 season where Skënderbeu won the rights to move into the Albanian Superliga where they have never looked back. As of 8 May 2011 they are the current champions in Albanian Superliga, thanks to their devoted manager of Czech Nationality Stanislav Levý their generous and son of this city, president Agim Zeqo, and of course a very supportive fan base. The greatest managers in the club's history are Kosta Koça and Aleko Pilika who were also their most successful manager ever, with the first team and youth teams.
Players over the ages
Some players over the ages include: Kleo Marjani, Servet Gora, Aristotel Samsuri, Teodor Vaso, Koço Dinella, Jani Kaçi, Dhimitër Dëmbo, Aleko Toshi, Gaqo Lara, Tefik Osmani, Stavrion Lako, Bledi Shkëmbi, Paulin Dhëmbi, Dhimitraq Xhambazi, Gjergji Ballço, Aleko Pilika, Zhani Pilika, Maksim Tuxhari, Petro Mile, Hektor Shkurti, Gjergo Shule, Ridvan Shëllira, Ëngjëll Dvorani, Servet Teufik Agaj, Gentian Liçi, Gëzim Muhaxhiri,Kristi Vangjeli and Petrika Tole.
KF Skenderbeu is one of the teams with the greatest number of supporters in Albania. The Ultras group was formed in 2005 under the name "Ujqërit e Deborës" (Snow wolves). "Snow wolf" is a nick name Skenderbeu's fans used for one of the most famous football players and captains of this team Mr. Gentian Lici. The Skenderbeu's fans are well known for their special choreographies and for their enthusiasm even outside the city.
Honours and achievements
- Albanian Superliga (level 1)
- Albanian First Division (level 2)
- Winners (3): 1975–76, 2004–05 & 2006–07
- Runners-up (3): 1989–90, 1994–95 & 2004–05
- Albanian Cup
- Albanian Supercup
- SuperSport Trophy
- Winners (1): 2011
Seasons top scorers
|1933||Servet Teufik Agaj||Skënderbeu||7|
|2010–11||Alfredo Rafael Sosa||Skënderbeu||13|
European competitions record
(As of 1 September 2012)
|UEFA Champions League||2||4||1||0||3||1||9|
|UEFA Cup/Europa League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|UEFA Super Cup||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
#Q = #preliminary, #PO = #play-offs, #G = #Group stage, #R = #round, 1/8 = quarter finals
|2011–12||UEFA Champions League||2QR||APOEL||0–2||0–4||0–6|
|2012–13||UEFA Champions League||2QR||Debrecen||1–0||0–3||1–3|
|2013–14||UEFA Champions League||2QR|
- 1QR = 1st Qualifying Round
- 2QR = 2nd Qualifying Round
- 3QR = 3rd Qualifying Round
- PO = Play-off Round
|1978||Balkans Cup||B||Aris Thessaloniki||2–0||0–2||2–2|
UEFA club coefficient ranking
(As of 5 June 2013)
|336||KF Skënderbeu Korçë||2.833|
|338||FK Rudar Pljevlja||2.800|
(As of 1 September 2012)
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Co President||Agim Zeqo|
Current coaching staff
|Head Coach||Mirel Josa|
|Assistant Coach||Milutin Kërçiç|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Ilir Bozhiqi|
|Athletic Coach||Ilir Selimi|
- Official shirt sponsor – Ama Coffee
- Official host broadcaster – SuperSport Albania
- Official sport clothing provider – Legea
- Official Website (Albanian)
- Faqja e Tifozave te Skenderbeut (Albanian)
- Albanian Football Association Official Website (Albanian) (English)
- KF Skënderbeu at UEFA.com (English)
- Teodor Vaso (11 November 2010). "Todo Vaso, mjeshtri i merituar, rrëfen historinë 80-vjeçare të futbollit korçar" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 2010-11-12.[dead link]
- Giovanni Armillotta (15 July 2009). "Albanian Football Season 1930". Giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- Giovanni Armillotta (15 July 2009). "Albanian Football Season 1933". Giovanniarmillotta.it. Retrieved 2011-06-18.