Albania Football – Team Profile: Besa Kavajë

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Overview of Besa Kavajë Football Team

Besa Kavajë is a professional Albanian soccer team that plays in the First Division, the second tier of Albanian football. The club was founded in 1925, and it is based in the city of Kavajë, which is located in western Albania.

Besa Kavajë has a rich history in Albanian football, having won many accolades throughout its existence, including two Albanian Cups, two Albanian Supercups, and one Balkans Cup. The team has also had success in the international arena, having reached the group stages of the UEFA Cup in the 2004/05 season.

History of Besa Kavajë Football Team

Besa Kavajë was founded in 1925, but it wasn’t until the 1940s that the team began to establish itself as a top club in Albanian football. In 1957, Besa Kavajë won its first Albanian Cup, which remains one of the most significant achievements in the club’s history.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Besa Kavajë continued to be a formidable force in Albanian football, consistently finishing in the top half of the league standings. In 1987, the team won its second Albanian Cup, which at the time made Besa Kavajë the only team outside Tirana and Shkodra to have won the trophy.

After the fall of communism in Albania, Besa Kavajë went through a period of instability and financial difficulties. However, the team managed to bounce back in the 2000s, when it won the Balkans Cup in 2003 and reached the group stages of the UEFA Cup two years later.

Notable Players of Besa Kavajë Football Team

Over the years, Besa Kavajë has produced many talented footballers who have gone on to achieve success both domestically and internationally. Some of the most notable players to have played for the team include:

– Alban Bushi: a former Albanian international midfielder who played for several top clubs in Albania and Turkey.
– Alban Jusufi: a former Albanian international defender who played for Besa Kavajë in the early 2000s.
– Sokol Kushta: a former Albanian international striker who scored the winning goal in the 1987 Albanian Cup final for Besa Kavajë.

Coaches of Besa Kavajë Football Team

Besa Kavajë has had many coaches over the years, each of whom has played a significant role in the club’s history. Some of the most notable coaches to have led the team include:

– Artur Lekbello: a former Albanian international who coached Besa Kavajë for the 1987 Albanian Cup win.
– Ilir Daja: a former Besa Kavajë player who led the team to the UEFA Cup group stages in 2005.
– Edmond Gezdari: a former Albanian international who coached Besa Kavajë during the early 2000s when the team won the Balkans Cup.

Most Successful Season of Besa Kavajë Football Team

The most successful season in Besa Kavajë’s history was undoubtedly the 2004/05 season when the team reached the group stages of the UEFA Cup. Besa Kavajë qualified for the tournament by beating Georgian side Dinamo Batumi and Norwegian team Lyn Oslo in the qualifying rounds.

In the group stages of the UEFA Cup, Besa Kavajë faced Italian giants Lazio, Villarreal of Spain, and Greek side Egaleo. Although the team did not manage to progress to the knockout stages, it proved that Besa Kavajë was a force to be reckoned with in European football.

Owner, Stadium, and Team URL of Besa Kavajë Football Team

Team Name: Besa Kavajë
Championships Won: 2 Albanian Cups, 2 Albanian Supercups, 1 Balkans Cup
Owner: Besa Group
City and Country: Kavajë, Albania
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Stadium: Loni Papuçiu Stadium
Team URL:

The Loni Papuçiu Stadium is the home of Besa Kavajë and has a capacity of 4,000 spectators. The stadium underwent renovations in 2005 to meet the UEFA standards for the UEFA Cup group stages.

The Besa Group is the owner of Besa Kavajë and is a conglomerate that operates in various sectors, including construction, mining, energy, and tourism.

The official website of Besa Kavajë is, where fans can find the latest news, fixtures, and squad information.

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