"The Napoli will pass easily, the Vllaznia will not worry the Azzurri. The Albanian team is a young team, I know a couple of elements, but Naples is a squadron by comparison.
The audience is passionate and warm and makes its warmth feel for ninety minutes. My countrymen will make their main weapon of competition."
The speaker is Erion Bogdani, an Albanian player under Chievo. The idea that the Vllaznia has little hope against Napoli is also confirmed in the Albanian sports newspapers and in the players themselves who focus on the "beautiful figure" rather than on qualification. This is also confirmed by one of the holders of the Vllaznia, Amarildo Belisha, a midfielder with offensive qualities, when in an interview he expressed himself as " I believe that Vllaznia's duty ended with qualifying against the Slovenian team. Obviously our chances are few, not to say that there are none at all, but we would still try to do our best for us and for our fans who eagerly await the confrontation with Napoli. This is also why I think it will be a historic match."
Vllaznia has qualified with the Slovenian team of Koper by winning out for 2-1 and with a neat home draw. The two networks of twenty-year-old Xhevahir Sukaj are fundamental. Followed for a long time by so many European teams, he has already signed with the Turks of the Gençerbirligi which, it must be said, have taken up supplies at the Vllaznia, seeing that in addition to Sukaj, they also bought the promised young Teli and Lika. Despite the signing of the contract, all three of these players should be available for a double confrontation with Napoli. The formation of the return match with the Koper was this;
Beqiri, Belisha, Lika, Teli, Nallbani, Smajli, Osja, Bashiç, Sukaj, Kaçi.
Vllaznia is an integrated team between representatives of the senior national team and the under 21, such as the young goalkeeper Bishani and the tip Sukaj. He also notes among representatives of the senior national team such as E.
Beqiri, former Arsenal Kiev and Metalurg Donetsk or second striker, Vioresin Sinani, former KF Tirana who last year scored 12 goal, second best leader of the Albanian championship. But the coach Canaj prefers the 4-5-1, so it is difficult for Sinani to start this game as a holder. Alternatively, he proposes an 4-4-1-1 with Belisha to support the only Sukaj striker, but the 27-year-old midfielder in the two games against Koper was employed as a left-wing defender. It is therefore possible that the supporting role belongs to Kaçi, with Bashiç and Safet Osja acting on the wings.
The average age of the team is 26 years. The president is Valter Fushaj while the coach is Agim Canaj.
Vllaznia is one of the oldest Albanian teams, the 16 February 1919 being founded. In the 1929 changes the name to Bashkim ( Union ) Scutari. He will change names two more times, first in Shkodra ( Shkodër ) and later in Pune Shkodra ( Scutari work ) before resuming the name of Vllaznia (literally, Brotherhood ) in the 1958, and no name is more appropriate for this nice and beloved team not only by its fans but mostly by Albanian football lovers. He won the Albanian championship nine times, the last in the 2001, and five times the cup. He played in Champion's League and UEFA, also competing against teams such as Austria Wien, AEK Athens, FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Galatasaray, Dundee FC, NK Zagreb, and Trabzonspor, without ever going beyond the second qualifying round of the Uefa Cup.
Loro Boriçi plays in the stadium, a legendary Scutari footballer who also played in Serie A with Lazio when Albania was unity to the kingdom of Savoy. The capacity of the stadium is around 16 thousand places.
According to the management of Vllaznia 550 tickets have been placed at the disposal of Neapolitan guests, but they expect much more fans. Meanwhile, it seems that the two teams have reached an agreement on television broadcasting. According to Sport Five, the Albanian club should collect a sum close to one million euros for the sale of the same. The company that manages the television broadcast spoke of the possible presence of Maradona as a commentator in the two games.
The management confirmed that there will be only a slight increase in tickets compared to the previous match with the Koper, without specifying the exact sum. In the return match with the Koper the ticket cost 400 lek, about 4 euros.
Several flight companies offer low-cost daily flights from Italy to Nene Tereza airport located approximately 25 kilometers from Tirana. They leave from Bari, Bologna, Rome but not from Naples and take off in Tirana in an hour. Alternatively, ferries depart daily from the port of Bari and Brindisi and reach Durazzo in ten hours. The marine city is located at 40 kilometers from Tirana, and Scutari is easily accessible by bus or taxi.
Scutari has 85 thousand inhabitants and is located north of the country. Similar to Napoli, to date the Vllaznia is the only team from the north to have won the Scudetto, as well as the only one to regularly participate in the Albanian championship and European competitions, even with the subtle disregard of the capital's teams - KF Tirana, Partizan Tirana and Dinamo Tirana - which have always dominated the Albanian championship. Although they have always been seen as a kind of Fourth Unfortunate among the teams of the capital, the supporters of the Vllaznia have made of their sportiness and the beauty of their team a kind of trademark, so much so that the team has earned the nickname Cradle of Albanian football.
A case of almost the same name made several Italian newspapers go wrong. The coach of the Vllaznia is in fact called Agim Canaj, a similar name to Agim Cana who is the father of Lorik Cana, a Kosovar Albanian midfielder working for Olimpic Marseille and captain of the Albanian national team. Several newspapers have in fact claimed that the coach of Vllaznia is the father of the same, a fact that is not true.
In its history Napoli has had two Albanian players, Naim Kryeziu and Riza Lushta. After eight years in Rome, in the 1947 Naim Kryeziu (Gjakove, 1 January 1918) it passed to the Neapolitans for 18 million lire. Kryeziu, at the age of 90 years still lives in Rome and is one of the few living soccer players of the first championship of Rome.
Riza Lushta instead (Mitrovicë, 22 Jan1916 -Torino, 6 febbraio1997), after four seasons and as many championships at SK Tirana, went first to Juventus (85 games and 49 goals), and in the 1945 was bought by Napoli, playing 27 and scoring 6 goals. According to one of those stories that are lost in the memory of the fans, so impossible to verify, between the ranks of Napoli experienced a negative period during which the saying spread among the blue fans: "Quanno marks Lushta if you care for it or stadium
"(When Lushta scores, the stadium will fall). It is said that when Lushta found his way back to goal, a part of the stadium's stand gave way, fortunately without serious consequences.
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