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Five things to know about FC Drita, Antwerp’s first European opponent

For its first of the season on the continental scene, the Great Old will face a Kosovo team. But what do we really know about this club? Here are five things to know to get to know him better.

1. FC Drita almost achieved the feat against Feyenoord

The name of FC Drita probably means nothing to us, but in the Netherlands we know how tough this team can be. Last year Feyenoord faced them in the preliminaries of the Conference League. If the Rotterdam club will reach the final of the competition, it nevertheless suffered against the Kosovars.

The away leg ended in a tie and at home they even trailed. It was necessary to wait for additional time for the Rotterdamois to qualify. This is Guus Til, who was recently cited for a transfer to Antwerp, which gave victory to Feyenoord. The top scorer season of this first edition of the new European Cup Cyriel Dessers could have been completely different without this providential goal.

FC Drita led in their preliminary round against Feyenoord. It took a goal from Guus Til to allow the Rotterdamois to continue a course that will end in the final. © iStock

2. Only since 2016 on the European scene

FC Drita don’t have much experience in European football yet, but that’s for good reason. Until recently, Kosovo was not yet a member of UEFA. He only became one in 2016.

Since then, FC Drita have qualified for the preliminary rounds several times but have yet to make it to the group stage. The farthest he’s gone was in 2020, when he was eliminated in the third preliminary round of theEuropa League by Legia Warsaw.

Kosovo’s European coefficient is quite low. With 8116 points, the country is in 39th place in the UEFA ranking.

3. Hard core fanatic

FC Drita can enjoy wide popular support and even has a real group of ultras. “Intelektualët” was founded in 1998 and since then has grown into a large group of fans supporting all sports clubs that have the word Drita in their name and are located in Gjilan, the city where FC Drita is based.

Blue and white two colors with which we do not laugh at FC Drita., iStock
Blue and white two colors with which we do not laugh at FC Drita. © iStock

4. Blue and white not red and white

The colors of FC Drita are blue and white and these colors are taken very seriously by the club. Antwerp posted an image on their social media where Drita’s logo had the same colors as the Great Old and it didn’t amuse them. Or at least they were, because a little later Drita posted a visual of her own. In this one, the two logos were in blue and white. A nod to his Belgian opponent.

5. Locked Instagram Page

Today it is impossible to imagine football clubs without social media. They do everything to gain followers, likes and shares. In this regard, the Kosovars are somewhat contradictory. Those who want to take a look at the club’s Instagram page to see pictures of matches or training will be disappointed. Drita has locked down its official Instagram page, which means you need to submit a follow request to view posts. A strange tactic to gain name recognition.

The name of FC Drita probably means nothing to us, but in the Netherlands we know how tough this team can be. Last year, Feyenoord faced them in the Conference League preliminaries. If the Rotterdam club will reach the final of the competition, they have nevertheless suffered against the Kosovars. The away leg ended in a draw and at home, they were even behind. It was necessary to wait for additional time for the Rotterdamois to qualify. It was Guus Til, who was recently mentioned for a transfer to Antwerp, who handed victory to Feyenoord. Cyriel Dessers’ season as top scorer in this first edition of the new European Cup could have been completely different without this providential goal. FC Drita does not yet have much experience of European football, but it is for a good reason. Until recently, Kosovo was not yet a member of UEFA. It only became one in 2016. Since then, FC Drita have qualified for the preliminary rounds several times, but have yet to manage to reach the group stage. The farthest he has gone was in 2020, when he was knocked out in the Europa League third preliminary round by Legia Warsaw. Kosovo’s European coefficient is quite low. With 8116 points, the country occupies the 39th place in the UEFA ranking. FC Drita can enjoy wide popular support and even has a real group of ultras. “Intelektualët” was founded in 1998 and has since grown into a large group of fans that supports all sports clubs that have the word Drita in their name and are located in Gjilan, the city where FC Drita is based.The colors of FC Drita are blue and white and these colors are taken very seriously by the club. Antwerp posted an image on their social media where Drita’s logo had the same colors as Great Old’s and it didn’t amuse them. Or at least they were, because a little later Drita posted a visual of her own. In this one, the two logos were in blue and white. A nod to his Belgian opponent.5. Instagram page lockedToday it is impossible to imagine football clubs without social media. They do everything to gain followers, likes and shares. In this regard, the Kosovars are somewhat contradictory. Those who want to take a look at the club’s Instagram page to see pictures of matches or training will be disappointed. Drita has locked down its official Instagram page, which means you need to submit a follow request to view posts. A strange tactic to gain name recognition.

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