Vllaznia Shkodër

Founded In
1919
Location
Shkodër, Albania

Vllaznia Shkodër

About Vllaznia Shkodër

Klub Futboll Vllaznia Shkodër was first established in February 1919, making it the oldest active professional football team in Albania. They are one of the most successful sides in the country's history, having won numerous domestic trophies. In addition, the club have a sizeable fanbase, making them one of the most popular Superliga teams. Their nickname, KuqeBlute, translates to 'Red and Blue', which are the club's primary colours.

Despite being based in seperate cities, the team's main rivalry has been with SK Tirana, the second-oldest top flight team. As a result, it is the longest-running derby match in Albanian football and the games between the two sides have become known as the All-time Albanian Derby. The matches have, historically, carried huge importance and have often had implications as far as deciding the league title.

Over the years, Vllaznia Shkodër have amassed ten Albanian Superliga titles, with their most recent success coming in 2000-01. Their first ever league title was won in 1940, during the Second World War. However, at present, the Albanian Football Association does not recognise the war-time titles as being official and so only regards Vllaznia Shkodër as a nine-time champion. Further success has come in the shape of the Albanian Cup, which the team have lifted six times. Their most recent win came in 2008, after beating their rivals, KF Tirana, in the final.

Vioresin Sinani is perhaps the best-known footballer to have played for the team and he currently holds the all-time scorings record for both Vllaznia Shkodër, and for the Albanian Superliga as a whole. Other notable former talents include Loro Boriçi, Medin Zhega and Edmir Bilali.

Vllaznia Shkodër's home matches are played at the Loro Boriçi Stadium, which takes its name from the club's former player. The venue, which was previously known as Vojo Kushi Stadium, first opened in 1947 but was renovated in 2001. It is currently able to hold up to 16,000 supporters.