Agustin Kola

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Agustin Kola
Personal information
Full name Agustin Kola
Date of birth (1959-05-10) 10 May 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Albania
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1991 SK Tirana 250 (107)
1991–1992 Egaleo
1994–1997 SK Tirana 48 (13)
National team
1980–1994 Albania 19 (3[1])
Teams managed
2008–2009 KF Tirana[2]
2009–2010 KS Kamza
2010–2011 KF Tirana U-17
2011– KF Tirana U-19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Agustin Kola (born 10 May 1959) is a former Albanian footballer. His former teams are SK Tirana, where he played all but one season of his career, as he has one season in Greece with Egaleo F.C. in the 1991-1992 season. He was also a member of the Albania from 1980 to 1994, in total he earned 21 caps and scored one goal against Poland in 1984.

Kola is sixth ranked in the all-time Superliga goal scorers with 140 goals.

He was the manager of SK Tirana during the 2008-2009 season, but resigned just two matches before the end of the season, however SK Tirana won the championship, mainly because of his presence as a coach during that season.

Career[edit]

After spending some of his teen years at the Tirana Circus, as an acrobat, and also excelling in swimming, Kola was seen playing football by then middle school teacher Aurel Verria, who referred him to Kola's first coach at KF Tirana's youth, Enver Rada. Kola was then 13 years old.[3] At 14, he excelled at the youth Spartakiad and, given his acrobatic mastery, his role was goallie. However, after his team was losing 0-1, he told one of the defenders to go and become goallie and went himself to attack. Coach Rada didn't have time to recall his undisciplined player because Kola scored the drawing goal, and soon after helped one of his teammates score the winner. From that game on, Kola never played as a goallie anymore, but became an forward.[3]

Without consulting or letting anyone know, at 14, he applied and passed a scrimmage at the Sports mastery school Loro Boriçi, a high school specializing in producing young football players.[3]

Kola will be remembered by the KF Tirana fans as one of its greatest players for the spirit of sacrifice that he would put into the game.[3] Several times Kola played even injured for his team and managed to overturn the fate of the game into a Tirana win.[3] His partnership in attack with Arben Minga made the attacking power of KF Tirana one of the most memorable of the Albanian football.[3]

Kola has won 8 Albanian Superliga seasons and 8 Albanian Cups while at KF Tirana.[3]

Goals in Albanian Championship[edit]

Season Team Goals
1977-78 Shkëndija 2
1978-79 SK Tirana 7
1979-80 Shkëndija 5
1980-81 SK Tirana 6
1981-82 SK Tirana 10
1982-83 SK Tirana 7
1983-84 SK Tirana 4
1984-85 SK Tirana 10
1985-86 SK Tirana 13
1986-87 SK Tirana 13
1987-88 SK Tirana 18
1988-89 SK Tirana 19
1989-90 SK Tirana 9
1990-91 SK Tirana 4
1991-92 Egaleo ?
1992-93 Inactive? ?
1993-94 Inactive? ?
1994-95 SK Tirana 11
1996-97 SK Tirana 2
TOTAL 140

References[edit]

  1. ^ International caps and goals
  2. ^ Manager of Tirana
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sejamini, Agron (08-02-2009). "Grinta dhe sedra bardheblu". Zemra Shqiptare.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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