27 Championships, 15 Cups, 10 Supercups

KF Tirana

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1920s

August 16, 1920, Albanian patriot P. Nika altogether with gentlemen A. Erebara, P. Jakova, A. Hoxha, A. Koja, P. Berisha, A. Zajmi, H. Fortuzi, B. Pazari, L. Berisha, S. Frasheri, H. Alizoti, A. Gjitomi and V. Fekeci founded the "Agimi Sports Association". The association's favourite sport was football and therefore in October of that same year its team played the first match against "Juventus" Shkodra. In 1925 the association's governing council was elected and its members were A. Zajmi, Selman Stermasi, B. Toptani, I. Gjinali and A. Koja. The team also played its first international match against the Montenegrin team "Crnagorec" Cetinje the same year. In 1927 on the initiative of Mr Selman Stermasi, Mr A. Erebara, Mr A. Zajmi and Mr A. Koja, "Agimi" changed its name to Sportklub Tirana 'SK Tirana'. During the period 1927-1930 SK Tirana played many friendly matches against other Albanian teams.

1930s and WW2

The onset of the Albanian national football championship was on April 6, 1930. At the end of the first championship the white-and-blue team finished at the leading position, thus becoming the first ever Albanian champions. Later on they won the championship six times out of seven during the pre-WW2 period, convincingly dominating the Albanian football scene. SK Tirana were the first Albanian football team to have introduced the permanent role of a regular coach and also the first to have secured the services of a foreign coach, the Hungarian Samo Singer, in 1934. From 1930 to 1944 Tirana won eight national championships (out of 11 organized by the FSHF during that period), however two of them, the "two war championships", are still not recognized by the FSHF. To this date there has never been an official position from FSHF as to why these two championships are not recognized by its own organizer.

1944-1957

After the war, SK Tirana made a good start reaching the second spot in 1945, after losing to Vllaznia Shkodër in the final. But soon the club would become a victim of the reigning communist regime in Albania. At the beginning of march 1946, at the "Nacional" movie theater in Tirana, as a result of instructions coming from the communist politburo, SK Tirana was forced to change its name to "17 Nentori". The club was thus denied its own name. The following decade would unroll in the same suffocating atmosphere, becoming even heavier after the foundation of two system-privileged teams that would follow the experiences of their sisters in the U.S.S.R. and the other eastern European countries: Partizani, the Defense Ministry team and Dinamo, the Internal Affairs Ministry team. Dozens of Tirana’s talented players were "convinced" to play during those years in either Partizani or Dinamo. As a result "17 Nentori" struggled to stay at the top during the years 1947-1957, however the team managed to gain some of the lost groung during the second part of the 50's after replacing in part some of the first choice players of its line up

1958-1970

From 1958 to 1964 Tirana kept on producing some good football and finishing the championship almost always at the third spot. These years were a prelude to what was about to happen later: Tirana reexperienced its pre-war glory spell under the services of the unforgettable coach Lym (Myslym) Alla. At the end of the 28th national championship Tirana became champions of Albania more than twenty years after their last title. The team repeated the success the year after, but this was an obvious challenge to Partizani's generals and Dinamo's secret service bosses. After having practically won the 1966-1967 title three matches in advance, Tirana was banned from the competition and the title was assigned to Dinamo. Although having been a victim of disgusting manipulations and unjustice, Tirana won the championship two years in a row in style, losing only two matches in 1968 and only one during the 1969-1970 season.

1990s

During the first half of the nineties SK Tirana (which in August 1991 regained its old name), likewise the whole Albanian society, went through a period of profound changes. Almost all the best Albanian players left the country and went abroad looking for a richer team who could hire them. But it seems that the club simply couldn't stand being too long from the leading spots. Thus at the end of the 1994-1995 season, SK Tirana once again won the championship five matches in advance with 12 points ahead of the second placed team.

Legendary players

Selman Stermasi, Riza Lushta, Naim Kryeziu, Sllave Llambi, Skënder Halili, Fatmir Frasheri, Panajot Pano, Ali Mema, Petrit Dibra, Millan Baçi, Shkëlqim Muça, Agustin Kola, Arben Minga, Krenar Alimehmeti, Indrit Fortuzi, Devis Mukaj

Legendary managers

Samo Singer, Selman Stermasi, Myslym Alla, Enver Shehu, Shyqyri Rreli