The second gold standard. Men's Clubs in European Cups: Dinamo and Partizani, great among the great ones (History of Albanian volleyball. Part II)PremiseIf there is a country in the world where the plots - negative and positive - between international relations, foreign affairs and sports have been dramatically connected, this is Albania. And the first shameful attack on sport in Tirana was recorded in the 1960-61 men's volleyball Champions' Cup. But let's go with order.
The contrasts between the Albanians and the Soviets that began underground since the 1956 began to leak starting from June 1960, during the VIII Congress of the Romanian Workers Party  and from the famous 81 Communist Party Conference in Moscow (November 1960 ). At that time the sabotage of the leaders of the international sports federations (in which Moscow had an immense voice) against Albania, and whose unexploded bombs still peek out every now and then in current injustices against the movement sport in Tirana. This situation ended the 23 February 1990 to still Soviet Union alive and - coincidentally! - in terms of volleyball, as we will see better in the next part of the work dedicated to the "third gold standard", the female one.The debut of Partizani Another bright chapter of Albanian volleyball is the European Champions Cup. The Partizani Tirana made its debut in the first European Cup, the 1960-61. Basic sextet: Masar Aga, Andon Kona, Napoleon Llalla, Fatmir Meka, Petrit Murzaku, Pëllumb Pelivani; reservations: Vasil Binga, A. Lulolli, Fatmir Sharofi; coach: Enver Maçi (all.); technical trainer: M. Konda. In the preliminary round the Partizani eliminated the Austrian champions of the SC ÖMV Blau Gelb Vienna with a double 3-0 (8-4-8 and 12-2-5), in Austria the 15 January 1961 and at home seven days later, qualifying for the second round. On the outward journey the Stade Français of Paris did not show up in Tirana, and the Yugoslav referee - in the "Studenti" stadium (in the current Rruga and Elbasanit) - proclaimed the winner the Partizani for the transalpine fee. The Stade Français - thanks to the great Soviet influence at the 'Fédération Internationale de Volleyball' (the 'Confédération Européenne de Volleyball' was founded in the 1973) - exposed a complaint against the Albanians and asked to play the first leg in Bucharest, on neutral ground , although Albania and France had excellent diplomatic relations, and the "Students" stadium had been recognized by the FIVB. The Partizani refused and the FIBV disqualified the Albanians. What a shame! Instead the Austrians of the SC ÖMV Blau-Gelb of Vienna had played without problems in Tirana without absurd pretexts, let alone taking refuge behind pitiful excuses, as the French acted to avoid being eliminated on the field!The 1966-67 edition of the Champions Cup and the "mysterious" game of the Dynamo in the NetherlandsThe Dinamo of Tirana, instead, went down for the first time in the most important Cup, the 2 December 1966, against the strong Italian champions of Virtus Bologna . The Albanians spent the round: 3-0 in Tirana (10 3 5) and 0-3 the 10 of the same month in Bologna (7 10 11) but with better points difference (83-73). In the last 16 of the final, another yellow antialbanese. After that in Tirana, the 7 1967 January, Dinamo had beaten the Dutch of the Blokkeer Den Haag [The Hague] for 3-0 (15-10 15-11 15-8), the return (22 January) was studded with a real plot.
As some things did not come back to me I asked my friend Pietro Giannini - an Italian who has been living in the Netherlands for years, a sports expert and a perfect connoisseur of the Dutch language - to help me search the archives for as much news as possible by providing him with the basic data I was in knowledge. Well Pietro found information and one historical video (!) of extraordinary sporting value (in the first images the Albanian volleyball players are guests of the headquarters of the Blokkeer "Te Werve" in Rijswijk).
At least from the 1967 to 2001 the rumor circulated in Albania that Dinamo had been denied by the German referee the fifteenth point in the second set at the Viale Steenwijck Sports Hall in The Hague (15-10 lost the first set). Things, on the other hand, are not at all like this: Dinamo lost the second set 13-15, after a partial advantage of 4-0: therefore it is clear that the Albanians have never been to 14 points and then there has been a fifteenth point denied them . The score of the second set (13-15) was also confirmed by my Bulgarian friend Todor Krastev from his website . Moreover already Sotir Seferaj in his book "Klubi Sportiv Dinamo" (Edlor, Tirana 2002), had reported the score of 15-13 for the Blokkeer on page. 116 but without going into details.
The question of the bad arbitrage is relative, instead, to the third set when to the Albanians, already in advantage for 5-3, a single point would have been enough to equalize the total calculation of the set-points and qualify since - in my opinion - in case of a tie of points, it would have passed the Dinamo having the set lost (13-15) of score better than that lost by the Blokkeer (11-15), or at least going to the play-off on neutral ground. Instead the race directors made sure that the Albanians no longer made a point and from 5-3 they were defeated 5-15. And in fact the final calculation of the set-points (with the same set of 3-3) was favorable for the hosts for 74-73! Observe the enthusiasm of both the Blokkeer and the local fans, to better understand how the home team did not expect anything to qualify for the quarter-finals against Rapid Bucharest, a Romanian team that would be second behind in the event of Dinamo Bucharest.
He translated Pietro Giannini from the audio-video: «The second set starts well for Dinamo Tirana which goes ahead 4-0 but in the end the Blokkeer wins for 15-13; then refers to some 'displeasure' or anger on the part of the Albanian coach. The comment suggests some Albanian protest but does not go into detail; the coach, Vangjel "Xhela" Koja, is framed while wearing shoes that are too big for him, probably the shoes he had were not suitable for the gym's parquet and they asked him to wear more ".The successive participations of the DinamoThe following year (1967-68) Dinamo was eliminated in the first round by Partizan Belgrade in the Yugoslavian capital (0-3) after the highly balanced 2 ° and 3 ° sets (15-8 15-12 15-12); the first leg was over for 3-2 at the end of a real marathon (16-14, 15-10, 8-15 8-15 15-13). In the 1968-69, Dinamo had to play against the Turks of Muhafız Gücü Ankara in the first round, but the latter withdrew. In the second round, he had the misfortune to run against the very strong CSKA Bulgarians (1-3 in Tirana, 0-3 in Sofia; the Bulgarians won the Champions Cup that year). In the 1969-70 in the first round the withdrawal of the Akademik Sofia caused the Albanians to pass the round, who in the second round gave life to a balanced meeting with the Dutch of the AMVJ Amstelveen Amsterdam (0-3 away from home and 3-1 win at Tirana).
During the 1970-71 Champions Dinamo eliminated in the first round the Greeks of Panathinaikos (3-2 in Athens, 3-0 in Tirana) and, in the second round, the Yugoslavs of Mladost (1-3 in Zagreb, 3-0 in Tirana ), and then succumbed, in the quarters, against the Czechoslovakians of Zetor Zbrojovka (0-3 in Brno, 1-3 in Tirana): the Czechoslovakians had been European champions 1
967-68, seconds will arrive in the 1970-71 and they will win the 1971-72.The final of the 1971-72 Champions CupAnd precisely the 1971-72 still remains today in the historical memory of the Albanians and connoisseurs and experts of international events: for the first time an Albanian team arrives in the final of a European Cup! Dinamo eliminates in the quarters the Greeks of Panathinaikos (3 -0 in Tirana and 3-1 in Athens) and is about to compete in the Amsterdam semi-final group. Here, after a defeat with the hosts of the AMVJ Amstelveen (0-3; 7 3 2), Dinamo beats the favorites of CSKA Sofia dramatically (3-2; 15-11 11-15 15-11 7-15 15 -5), taking revenge four years later; in the last meeting he regulates the Belgians of the Rebels Lier (3-1; 15-11 14-16 15-13 15-11), going to the final in Brussels. Here we look at another historical video in which Dinamo arrives at the Rinas airport welcomed by state officials, party and sport. Vangjel Koja and Kreshnik Tartari are interviewed by TVSh.
In Belgian territory, the Dynamo and the Italian champions Ruini Florence - both defeated by the Czechoslovakians of Zetor Zbrojovka and the Dutch of the AMVJ - are played in the last game (6 February 1972) the bronze medal in a memorable marathon of two hours and a half. Ruini wins for 3-2 at the end of five interminable sets, where Dinamo seemed to have the best: 15-3, 15-8, 0-15, 9-15, 11-15! A meeting that remains in the annals of European volleyball. The protagonists of Dinamo were: Hajrulla Berjolli, Dajlan Bio, Ilir Cirinaku, Dashamir Fagu, Edmond Gjerazi, Shkëlzen Hoxha, Kiço Lena, Asllan Rusi, Vladimir Starja, Tartars Kreshnik, Leonard Tase, Enis Terihati; coach: Vangjel Koja; as reported by the newspapers "La Gazzetta dello Sport" and "Corriere dello Sport", the 7 February 1972. The latter newspaper writes, recalling the partial advantage of the Albanians in the fifth set: «Dinamo returned to command again taking itself to 9-7. Two flashes of Bondi restored the balance; an external conclusion by Mattioli, however, allowed the Albanians to ascend 11, at which time the Ruini wall held back the next Albanian attack. Dinamo was panicked and "committed suicide" right at the end ".Subsequent editions of the Champions Cup and Cup Winners' Cup: stands out PartizaniTwo years later, the Albanian volleyball players are stopped by politics: this time it is the turn of the equally strong Partizani Tirana who returns to the 1973-74 Champions Cup after 13 years. In the second round, the Turkish side of the IETT Istanbul (3-2 and 3-2; 11 and 18 November 1973 respectively in the house and outside) imposed themselves. In the quarter-finals he avenges the Dynamo by defeating the Ruini Firenze, bronze medal 1971-72 in two great games. The 5 January 1974 in Tirana: Partizani-Ruini 3-1 (15-12, 15-6, 13-15, 15-6); in Florence: Ruini-Partizani 3-2 (15-5, 15-13, 11-15, 6-15, 15-11); Partizani masterpiece that completely overthrew the harmful Albanian relaxation. He writes "La Gazzetta dello Sport" the day after the match in Tirana: "Imposing public setting: six thousand spectators. Ruini fought honorably in the European Cup, but was not able to slow down Partizani's speed, supported by an amazing athletic condition. Setting the competition on the exaggeration of the competitive commitment, the Albanians have hoarded a precious gap of points that could prove decisive in the return match in Florence on January 19. In fact, the Partizani won with a very notable difference in points: 58-39, that is 18 ». From the pages of the Milanese sports newspaper, we read that they were lined up against Ruini: R. Borova, Dashamir Fagu, Macaj, Y. Tomori, Asllan Rusi, Marjani, Domi (Alfred or Hysen?), Merko (Jani Melka or F. Meka? ), E. Dunavaku, Lulushi, Boriçi. However, qualifying for the semi-final group in Leipzig was frustrated by the presence of CSKA (Red Army) in Moscow along with SC Leipzig and CSKA Sofia.
In the 1978-79 Dinamo passed the Eczacibasi in the second round (3-0 in Tirana, 1-3 in Istanbul), but it happened that the Albanian Volleyball Federation had not prepared the documents for the semifinal and the CEV excluded it in favor of the Turks. The following season Dinamo met Klippan CUS Torino, and was the only one to snatch 4 set well from the Turinese who then won the 1979-80 Champions Cup (2-3 in Turin and 2-3 in Tirana, with both fifth sets lost for 13-15). In Albania Dinamo led for 2 set to 1; the fourth set: «Por… Duket sikur seti i katërt shkon i ekuilibruar. Kështu është në fillim dhe ecuria and pikëve. Në 6-8, nis shkëputja and "Klipanit", që vazhdon deri 9-14. Dinamovitët afrohen edhe në 13-14. Pika and 15-të i jep “Klipanit” barazimin me thirsty dhe for setin final favorin for të shënuar qoftë edhe 5 pikë që të sigurojë kualifikimin për në turin and parë të kupës (duke pasur parasysh avantazhin plus 11 pikë tant krijuar në Turin) "Sporti Popullor", N. 49, 20 nëntor 1979, f. 4).
In the 1983-84 Champions Cup in the first leg of the quarter-finals Dinamo defeated the French vice-champions of AS Cannes for 3-1 (11-15, 15-13, 15-12, 17); but was eliminated in the return match.
In the next two editions there are still two issues for difference-points: against CSKA Sofia (0-3 in Bulgaria and 3-0 in Tirana: 53-61) and against Panathinaikos Athens (3-2 in Tirana, and 2-3 in the Hellenic capital: 128-138). In the 89-90 the final acts of the Dinamo: in the second round it took out Csepel Budapest (3-0 in Tirana and 1-3 in Magyar), to then touch the semifinals, stopped by the Yugoslavs of Vojvodina Novi Sad for points difference ( 3-0 and 0-3: 58-85).
The last passing of the European Cup was signed by Erzeni Shijak. In the first round he eliminated the Moldavahidromash Chisinâu for 3-0 in Durres and 2-3 in Moldova; subsequently the Erzeni surrendered to the Donaukraft of Vienna (double 0-3).
The debut in the men's Cup Winners' Cup (from the 1999-2000: Top Teams Cup; from the 2007-08: CEV Cup) was positive: in the 1990-91 edition the 17 Nëntori Tirana (today Sportklub) eliminated the Swiss club Lausanne for 3 -0 and 0-3 (85-76); in the second round it surrendered in front of the Munich Milberstofer (0-3 and 1-3 in Albania). On the rest of the results in the following years it is better to fly over.
The best volleyball players (from an investigation of "Sporti Shqiptar", which ended on 6 February 1996): Asllan Rusi (Dinamo), Dashamir Fagu (Partizani), Petrit Murzaku (Partizani), Ali Bushati (Vllaznia), Shaban Uka (Dinamo), Hysen Domi (Labinoti).
Meanwhile, it's sad to see how the two great Albanian volleyball players - Dinamo and Partizani - no longer exist. They broke up years ago due to financial problems, without the State remedying the cancellation of unforgettable pages of all the Albanian sport.Notes(1) From the 9th Congress (July 1965): Romanian Communist Party (2) In the same season 1966-67 Virtus Bologna won again the title winning all twenty-two races and losing only six sets during the Championship. Only the Robe di Kappa Torino 1980-81 (100% of victories, 7 set lost in 22 races) approached to equal the records of the Virtus eliminated, then, by Dinamo Tirana. The Virtus broke up in the 1974 due to lack of funds. (2. Continues) The other bets (10 June 2010): Male origins and national teams "A", Juniores ("Under 20") and Youth ("Under 18"). From the world elite of the 1950s to today's survival III (13 January 2013): The third gold standard: women. Clubs in Cups
europee IV (7 February 2013): Ela Tase, international star of volleyball
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