Skënderbeu Korçë

Founded In
Korçë, Albania

Skënderbeu Korçë

About Skënderbeu Korçë

Klubi Futbollistik Skënderbeu Korçë, usually known more simply as Skënderbeu Korçë, has a history dating back to the foundation of Vllazëria in April 1909. However, the club would not take its present form or adopt its current name until 1925. The team's name is taken from the Albanian hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, or Skanderbeg, who led the country's resistance against the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century. Throughout history, they have been one of the most successful teams in Albanian football.

Upon the foundation of the Superliga in 1930, Skënderbeu Korçë quickly established themselves as a major force in the division, finishing as runners up in the first ever season and winning their first ever league title a few years later, at the conclusion of the 1933 campaign.

Yet, in recent seasons, the team have enjoyed even greater levels of success, winning three consecutive Superliga titles in 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2012–13. Although they have never won the competition, Skënderbeu Korçë have reached the final of the Albanian Cup on four occasions, most recently in 2012. In 2013, the side lifted the Albanian Super Cup for the first time. As a result of their recent domestic success, the team have appeared in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League multiple times, although they are yet to reach the group stage of the tournament.

Some of the club's most notable former players include well-known Albanian footballers, like Aristotel Samsuri, Servet Teufik Agaj, Paulin Dhëmbi and Bledi Shkëmbi. In recent times foreign stars, such as Alfredo Rafael Sosa and Pero Pejić, have also made significant contributions to the side's success.

The team's home matches are held at the Skënderbeu Stadium, which opened back in 1957. Between 2010 and 2011, the venue underwent renovations in order to bring it in line with Champions League regulations. As a result, its capacity currently stands at 12,000.