Andis Shala

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Andis Shala
Personal information
Full name Andis Shala
Date of birth (1988-11-15) 15 November 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Đakovica, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Kosovo[b])
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Berliner FC Dynamo
Youth career
0000–2007 Hannover 96
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Hannover 96 II
2008 VfR Mannheim 9 (2)
2008–2011 Dundee United 30 (1)
2011–2013 Hallescher FC 46 (6)
2013–2014 Carl Zeiss Jena 34 (8)
2014– Berliner FC Dynamo 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andis Shala[a] (born 15 November 1988) is a German footballer of Kosovar Albanian descent, playing as a striker for Berliner FC Dynamo. His father is former Croatian international Kujtim Shala.[1]

Career[edit]

Beginning his career in the youth team at Hannover 96, Shala joined VfR Mannheim in January 2008 on a short-term deal. Shala joined United in pre-season for the 2008–09 season,[2] with manager Craig Levein calling him a "decent prospect" and stated that he had "high hopes for him".[3] Shala arrived in mid June 2008 with fellow new signing Michael McGovern.[1]

He made his debut as a substitute in an August 2008 Scottish League Cup match. He made his league debut in February 2009, and with his first touch of the ball, set up Lee Wilkie to score the equalising goal in a 1–1 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He was released by United in the summer of 2011, and returned to Germany to sign for Hallescher FC. After earning promotion to the 3. Liga in the 2011–12 season, he left Halle to sign for Carl Zeiss Jena in January 2013. Eighteen months later he signed for Berliner FC Dynamo.

Albania[edit]

In late December 2009, Shala was the subject of interest from Albania, with national team manager Josip Kuže confirming he was intending to watch the player.[4] In an interview for the Albanian newspaper SportiShqiptar, Andis announced that his dream is to play for the Albanian National Team, and he swore that if he never got called for the Albanian Squad, that he would not play for any other country.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 2008–09 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2009–10 7 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9 2
Career total 14 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 16 1

Notes[edit]

a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Andis Shala, Serbo-Croat spelling: Andis Šala, Андис Шала.
b.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dundee United confirm signings". Dundee United FC. 17 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Dundee United make double swoop". BBC Sport website. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Roache, Ian (27 May 2008). "Tangerines to sign German striker". The Courier. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Shala in line for Albania call-up". The Courier. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Andis Shala: Dua të luaj për Shqipërinë". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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