FK Shkupi

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Shkupi
FK Shkupi Logo.svg
Full name Futboll Club Shkupi
Nickname(s) Pëllumbat (Pigeons)
Shvercerat (Smugglers)
Short name Shkupi
Founded 2012; 6 years ago (2012)
Ground Čair Stadium
Capacity 6,000
Chairman Ejup Ademi
Manager Ümit Karan
League Macedonian First Football League
2017–18 4th
Website Club website

FK Shkupi (Macedonian: ФК Шкупи, Albanian: Klubi Futbollistik Shkupi) is a professional football club based in Čair, Republic of Macedonia. The club plays in the Macedonian First Football League, which is the top tier of football in the country.

History

After financial issues with main sponsor Jugomagnat, Sloga went through an unstable period until. In 2012, Sloga was merged with FC Albarsa to form FK Shkupi.

In 2011. However, the Football Federation of Macedonia does not consider Shkupi to be successors to the original Sloga Jugomagnat.

After finishing the Macedonian First league in fourth place in the 2017–18 season, Shkupi will be playing in the Europa League qualifiers for the first time.

Supporters

The team's supporters are the Shvercerat which were officially established in 1989 in Čair in Skopje. Shvercerat is Albanian for "Smugglers". Shvercerat were also the same supporters of the predecessor club Sloga Jugomagnat, before the merger to the current club Shkupi. Similarly to Shkëndija, FK Shkupi is an Albanian oriented club, with the supporters being Albanian and also part of the Tifozat Kuq e Zi, an ultras group that supports Albania in international football. Nationalist Albanian rhetoric is often a part of the chanting in league games, although comparing in level of popularity, Shkupi has not matched with Shkëndija.

On 13 February 2011, a large gathering of Vardar supporters, Komiti Skopje, congregated at the Skopje Fortress to protect a construction site on the grounds of the fortress.[1] A large group of the Shvercerat, who were against the government building on the area of the old fortress, broke through the police line and forced the Komiti out of the Skopje Fortress.[2][3][1] The construction site was seized by the Shvercerat[2] until police successfully took control and arrested Omer Bunjaku, a leading figure of the Schvecerat.[3]

The Shvercerat are known for taking rival team supporter's banner. They have succeeded in taking the Kratovo banner of Sileks, the Vojvodi banner of Teteks, Komiti Zapad banner of Vardar, Vinari banner of Vardar Negotino, Prilep banner of Probeda, Green Front and BFC Hooligans banners of Pelister. [4][5]

Recent seasons

Season League Cup European competitions
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
2012–13 3. MFL North 28 23 4 1 80 26 73 1st ↑
2013–14 2. MFL 29 16 4 9 56 31 52 4th R1
2014–15 2. MFL 27 16 5 6 44 19 53 1st ↑ R2
2015–16 1. MFL 32 9 11 12 29 34 38 6th R2
2016–17 1. MFL 36 8 13 15 27 39 37 8th QF
2017–18 1. MFL 36 13 12 11 51 46 51 4th R2

Players

Current squad

As of 31 Augusut 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Macedonia GK Suat Zendeli (captain)
2 Nigeria DF Abdulkadir Zango
3 Austria DF Toni Tipurić
4 Albania DF Amir Bilali
5 Republic of Macedonia MF Muharem Bajrami
7 Republic of Macedonia DF Blagoja Ljamchevski
8 Ivory Coast MF Bradji Dakouri
9 Republic of Macedonia FW Suhejlj Muharem
10 Republic of Macedonia FW Blazhe Ilijoski
11 Republic of Macedonia MF Muarem Muarem
13 Republic of Macedonia GK Igor Aleksovski
14 Kosovo MF Rron Broja
15 Equatorial Guinea MF Basilio Ndong
No. Position Player
16 Republic of Macedonia DF Besart Krivanjeva
19 Republic of Macedonia FW Viktor Angelov
20 Brazil MF Sergio Junior
23 Republic of Macedonia MF Kristijan Stojkoski
25 Republic of Macedonia MF Artan Veliu
29 Republic of Macedonia GK Nuhi Jonuz
32 Republic of Macedonia MF Abdulhadi Jahja
33 Albania DF Besir Ramadani
34 Nigeria DF Emmanuel Ifeanyi Onyebuchi
88 Republic of Macedonia FW Aliu Jusuf
Republic of Macedonia MF Musli Lika
Republic of Macedonia FW Omer Jashari

Shkupi in Europe

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Scotland Rangers 0–0 0–2 0–2

References

  1. ^ a b "Macedonia: Violent Inter-Ethnic Incident on Skopje Fortress". Global Voices. 15 February 2011. a group of “supporters” of the building of the church (i.e., a Macedonian football fan group Komiti) and a group of “supporters” of its destruction (i.e., an Albanian football fan group Shverceri) gathered on the same location
  2. ^ a b "INCIDENT NE KALA TE SHKUPIT – ИНЦИДЕНТ ВО СКОПСКО КАЛЕ" on YouTube
  3. ^ a b "OMER BUNJAKU I ARTAN GRUBI" on YouTube
  4. ^ "Shvercerat vazhdojnë të sundojnë FYROM-in". Tfsh.ml (in Albanian). 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ Shvercerat banner collection (Media notes). Archived from the original on 18 April 2015.

External links

  • Official website (in Albanian)
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