Flamurtari Vlorë

Founded In
Vlorë (Vlora), Albania

About Flamurtari Vlorë

Klubi Sportiv Flamurtari Vlorë, usually known more simply as Flamurtari Vlorë, was founded in March 1923 under the name Shoqeria Sportive Vlore. The club went on to adopt its current name in 1946. Historically, they have been one of Albania's most successful teams, both domestically and in continental competitions. Their main rivals are Vllaznia Shkodër, but secondary rivalries also exist with teams like KF Tirana and Dinamo Tirana.

While the club was often seen as one of Albania's major teams, they were unable to win the Superliga title until 1991. Over the course of that season, however, they secured wins over their closest rivals and finished the campaign six points clear at the top of the table, becoming champions for the first time.

In addition to their title success, Flamurtari Vlorë have achieved further domestic silverware in the form of the Albanian Cup, which they lifted in 1985, 1988 and 2009, as well as the Albanian Super Cup, which they won in 1990 and 1991. The club have also represented their country in several European competitions. In the 1987-88 edition of the UEFA Cup, Flamurtari Vlorë put in the best individual performance of any Albanian team in a major European tournament, as they reached the last 16 phase of the competition, before losing to Spanish giants, Barcelona.

The list of notable Albanian players to have represented the club includes names like Tish Daija, Vasil Ruci, Viktor Paço, Daniel Xhafa and Migen Memelli. In addition, a number of international players have also played for the side in recent times, including Abada Narcisse Fish and Richard Bokatola.

Since 1961, Flamurtari Vlorë's home matches have been held at the Flamurtari Stadium, known in Albania as Stadiumi Flamurtari. The venue has been under constant redevelopment for much of the last decade, with the renovations finishing in 2012. It is currently able to seat 9,500 supporters.

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