FK Partizani Tirana is an Albanian profesional Football Club based in the capital city Tiranë. The club’s home ground is the “Selman Stermasi” Stadium and they currently compete in the Albanian Superliga, which is the highest tier of Albanian football.
The club was founded in 1946, and they first competed in an official competition a year later where they won the 1947 Albanian National Championship, thus being crowned the champions of Albania in their debut season as well as the following two seasons. In total the club have been national champions on 16 occasions between 1947 and 2019, which is the last time the club won the Albanian Superliga. They have won 20 other officially recognised domestic honours, including 15 Albanian Cups as well as Second Division, First Division and two Supercup titles. They are also the only Albanian club side to have won an international football competition through their 1970 Balkans Cup campaign in which they beat Bulgarian side Beroe Stara Zagora in the final.
The club was official founded on 4 February 1946 by the Albanian National Liberation Army soon after the end of World War II and the liberation of Albania. However, one year earlier in 1945, there had been two military division teams competing in the first National Championship following the end of World War II. The teams were called Ylli Shkodër and Liria Korçë, and they were both dissolved as clubs at the end of the season, with their best players moving to Tiranë to join Military, which literally translates to The Army. The team played their first friendly game on 13 January 1946 against the reigning champions of Albania Vllaznia Shkodër, in a game that ended in a goalless draw in Tiranë that was played during heavy rainfall. The team played their first ever match in distinctive red shirts with each player’s initials on their chests. The following month, on 4 February, Military was developed into an organised sports club which was to be named in honour of the Albanian Partisans who had fought for the liberation of the country. In the early history of the club they recruited players from the Scanderbeg Military High School and Albanian Military Academy, as well as players from other clubs who were ordered by the ruling Communists to play for Partizani. On 7 April the club played their first official match under the name Partizani, which was against another team from the same city 17 Nëntori Tirana. Partizani won the match 2-0 .As the club did not participate in the 1946 National Championship, they instead toured Albania playing friendly games against some of the biggest clubs at the time, and ended their 9 match tour with 26 goals scored and 9 against.
The club first competed in a national competition in 1947, where they were enrolled into the top flight of Albanian football in their debut season. They played 16 games in their first season, winning 14, drawing 1 and losing 1, which led to them being crowned champions of Albania for the first time. Partizani finished with a goal difference of 41, after scoring 56 goals and conceding just 16, to finish with 29 points, just on ahead of Vllaznia Shkodër.
The following season the Albanian Football Association decided to change the format of the championship and divided teams into two groups based on geographical location, with Group A being a northern conference and Group B being a southern conference. Partizani were placed in Group A where they finished top of the group level on points with Vllaznia Shkodër, and due to possessing a better goal difference Partizani were the group winners and reached the championship final on 25 August 1947 against Flamurtari Vlorë. The final was played in Tiranë and Partizani won with an emphatic 6-2 scoreline, Partizani their second consecutive title.
In over 73 years Partizani have earned fame in Albania by becoming a legendary club. They have won 16 League titles, 15 Cups and 2 Supercups. Another great achievement is the two silver medals won in Leipzig and Hanoi against well known teams from Eastern Europe.
In 1970 they won the prestigious Balkans Cup by overcoming PFC Beroe Stara Zagora in the final matches; the first leg was a 1-1 draw in Tirana and a 3-0 win was awarded for the second leg, as Beroe withdrew from the second leg. They are still the only Albanian club to have ever lifted an international trophy.
Partizani and their talented players have long been the base for the national team as well. Hundreds of Partizani players have worn on the national team jersey. Many players from Partizani have received medals in Albania and have also played abroad in Italy, Germany, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland etc.
Partizani have gone through hard times after the fall of communism in Albania in 1990 and they only managed to win the League once in 1993, 2019 and the Cup on 4 occasions, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 2004. The club was taken over by Albert Xhani in 2001 and a few years later were relegated for the first time in their history to the second division in 1998. Partizani earned promotion immediately by also winning the second level division trophy.
The following season was one of the worst. The bad financial situation brought poor results, so Partizani were again relegated for the second time.
While 2013/14 season coincides with the return of the legendary team of Albanian football elite where
Partizan direction is taken by known businessman Gazment Demi who is legally Club president with 100 % ownership of the shares.
On the season 2018 – 2019 the team is the winner of Albania Championship Title for 16th times . The most popular club in Albania returns to winning the Championship trophy after 26 years. And in this season more Partizani players called the National team U -19 Livio Malaj, U 21 Esat Mala, Rubin Hebaj, Lorenc Trashi, Bruno Telushi and captanin Alban Hoxha in National Team A.
16 times (1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1979, 1981, 1987, 1993, 2019).
11 times – (1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2004)
- Balkans Cup
1 time 1970