Founded In
Kukës, Albania

About Kukësi

Futboll Klub Kukësi was founded in March 1930, under the name Shoqëria Sportive Kosova. Over the course of the following decades, the club underwent a number of name changes, before adopting the current name in 2010. The team have risen to prominence within Albania over the course of the last few seasons, which have seen them climb through the divisions and begin to compete for major honours for the first time.

Having spent much of their history struggling in the lower divisions, the team ran into major financial problems after the fall of Communism within the country, relying on state funding in order to survive through the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2010, however, the club was rebranded and the politician, Fatos Hoxha, was appointed as president. Hoxha upped investment in the team, in a bid to secure promotion to the Superliga for the first time.

After appointing Shahin Berberi as manager, that investment paid off, as the team finished top of the country's third tier in 2010-11 and gained promotion. At the conclusion of the following season, they achieved their goal of reaching the Superliga. In the 2012-13 campaign, with Armando Cungu serving as the team's manager, they pushed on once more and finished their first season in the top flight as league runners up. As a result of their league performance, they entered the UEFA Europa League qualifiers in 2013-14, where they overcame teams like Sarajevo and Metalurh Donetsk, before being eliminated by Turkish side, Trabzonspor, in the playoff round.

FK Kukësi play their home matches at Zeqir Ymeri Stadium, which was previously known as Përparimi Stadium. The venue, which is located in the city of Kukës, underwent major renovations after the club was promoted to the Superliga. It is currently capable of holding up to 5,000 people.

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