Besart Berisha

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Besart Berisha
Berisha Victory 2014.jpg
Berisha playing for Melbourne Victory in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-07-29) 29 July 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 8
Youth career
1994–1998 Berliner VB 49
1998–1999 Berliner FC Dynamo
1999–2000 TSV Lichtenberg
2000–2003 SV Lichtenberg
2003–2004 Tennis Borussia Berlin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Tennis Borussia Berlin 4 (1)
2004–2007 Hamburger SV 12 (1)
2005 Aalborg (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2006 Horsens (loan) 32 (11)
2007–2009 Burnley 0 (0)
2008 Rosenborg (loan) 8 (3)
2009 Horsens (loan) 13 (4)
2010–2011 Arminia Bielefeld 28 (2)
2011–2014 Brisbane Roar 76 (48)
2014– Melbourne Victory 8 (6)
National team
2006–2010 Albania 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2009

Besart Berisha (born 29 July 1985) is a Albanian professional footballer who plays as a Forward for Australian club Melbourne Victory.[1][2] He represented the Albanian national football team from 2006 to 2009.

Club career[edit]

Youth and Hamburger SV[edit]

Berisha began his youth career at German side Berliner VB 49 academies at age of 9. He then moved to various German teams, such as Berliner FC Dynamo, TSV Lichtenberg, SV Lichtenberg 47 until 2003, then he moved to NOFV-Oberliga club Tennis Borussia Berlin, where a 17-year-old Berisha won the national youth league’s golden boot, outclassing future Germany strikers, Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski.[3] He stayed for just a year before being spotted by Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

For the first half of the 2004–05 season, Berisha wasn't included in Hamburg's starting lineup for any of the matches and for the second-half he was loaned to Danish Superliga team Aalborg Boldspilklub where he spent a rather unsuccessful spell, playing only three games and scoring no goals.[4]

The following season 2005–06 he was loaned to fellow Superliga side AC Horsens, where he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances becoming the team's top scorer that season.

For the 2006–07 football season, he remained at Hamburg and was given his chances in the first team making his German Bundesliga debut on 12 August 2006 against Arminia Bielefeld, coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute in place of Nigel de Jong, as the match finished in a 1–1 draw.[5] On 6 December 2006, Berisha became the first Albanian ever to score a goal in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League[4] by scoring his first goal for Hamburg in the match against CSKA Moscow at home in Hamburg. Exactly 10 days later, on 16 December 2006, Berisha managed to score his first Bundesliga goal against Alemannia Aachen, as the starting striker and scoring the opening goal in the 32nd minute in the match as it finished in an away draw 3–3.[6] He went on to make a total 14 appearances for Hamburg in the 2006–07 season, including one in the German cup and two in the UEFA Champions League, and eleven of them as a substitute. After the sacking of Thomas Doll and the arrival of Huub Stevens as Hamburg's new manager, Berisha was not seen as part of his plan for the team and remained on the bench for the rest of the season.

Burnley[edit]

On 3 July 2007, Burnley purchased Berisha from Hamburg SV for £340,000, this followed his impressive performance for Albania against England B on Burnley's home ground Turf Moor.[7] After his performance many European clubs were interested in signing the player [4] but Berisha was eventually signed to Burnley on a three-year deal, subject to the player being granted a work permit. The permit was eventually granted on 3 July 2007 and the deal was completed.[8]

Berisha was ruled out for the 2007–08 season when he picked up an injury whilst playing for his country in an International friendly against Malta.[9] It was originally believed to be a minor knock to the knee but it was later discovered that the injury was more serious and was likely to keep the player out for 5–6 weeks.[10] After seeing a surgeon it was further revealed that the player had in fact snapped his cruciate ligament in his knee and would not return to football for a year.[11] The reason that doctors had originally failed to discover the damaged ligament was due to a buildup of fluid in the knee which distorted the scans image.[9]

Ten months after suffering his serious knee injury, Berisha made his return to football in a pre-season friendly match in the USA against Carolina Railhawks, He came on in the 71st minute for Joey Guðjónsson. Berisha had just flown to America 24 hours earlier from Albania which proved to be the reason for him not making an impact in the 20 minutes that he spent on the field. The match ended in defeat for Burnley with a 2–1 loss to the American side.

Loan to Rosenborg[edit]

He was loaned out to Rosenborg in the autumn of 2008, scoring twice in his debut on 10 August 2008 against rivals Molde FK on Lerkendal Stadion, match finished in the victory 3–1.[12] On 21 September 2008, Berisha scored the latest goal in the victory 4–0 against HamKam.[13]

With Rosenborg Berisha managed to play in 2008–09 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds, as he played in a two-legged match against Djurgården, were the first-leg played on 14 August 2008 finished in the loss 2–1 with Berisha playing as a starter and substituting off in the 76th minute[14] and in the second-leg victory 5–0, playing only a first-half match.[15] Rosenborg won in aggregate 6–2 and advanced to the next round, playing in another two-legged match against Brøndby, with Berisha playing only in the second-leg match on 2 October 2008 finished in the victory 3–2.[16] Rosenborg won on aggregate 5–3 and advanced to the Group stage and were shorted with Saint-Étienne, Valencia, Copenhagen and Club Brugge, were Berisha played only against Club Brugge on 23 October 2008, coming on as a substitute in the 90th minute and match finished in the goalless draw.<[17]

Loan to Horsens[edit]

Berisha joined AC Horsens on loan on 8 January 2009 and was released to return to Burnley F.C. on 26 May 2009. AC Horsens dissolved the loan contract after an incident in training involving Berisha and Kenneth Emil Petersen. Despite scoring some important goals for AC Horsens Berisha returned prematurely to Burnley, where he had a contract running until 2010.

Despite failing to make a single competitive start for Burnley, on 31 July 2009 it was announced that Burnley had agreed the sale of Berisha to German Bundesliga 2 team Arminia Bielefeld for a fee believed to be £75,000.

Arminia Bielefeld[edit]

Berisha completed a move back to Germany on 5 August 2009, joining 2. Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld. In the 2009–10 season, Berisha finished scoreless and he made it just 11 appearances, which only two were as a starter since his debut on 10 August 2009 against Hansa Rostock. The match was a 3–1 victory where Berisha came as a substitute in the 80th minute.[18]

He started the 2010–11 season on 22 September 2010 playing as a substitute against Bochum the 3–1 loss[19] and scored his first season goal a week later on 29 September 2010 against Union Berlin eventually losing 1–2.[20] He finished the season with a total of 19 appearances, where he made 12 as a starter and in 15 matches Berisha was an unused substitute.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Berisha celebrating Brisbane's 2012 A-League Grand Final win in 2012.
Berisha and Erik Paartalu celebrating Brisbane's 2012 A-League Grand Final win in 2012.

2011–12 season[edit]

On 16 August 2011, Brisbane Roar manager Ange Postecoglou announced that Berisha had agreed to a one-year deal with the 2010–11 A-League champions.[21] Berisha scored his first goal for Brisbane in round two against Sydney FC.[22] Berisha scored four goals in a 7–1 thrashing against Adelaide United in round four, Brisbane's biggest ever victory and making him the first player to score more than three goals in a single game for the club.[23]

On 14 January 2012, Berisha was involved in an on-field melee with Sydney FC defender Pascal Bosschaart. Despite being cleared by the referee's post-match report and the Match Review Panel, Berisha was found to have breached the FFA Code of Conduct and was banned for one match.[24] On 14 February 2012, it was announced that Berisha had signed a two-year contract extension, taking him to the end of the 2013–14 season.[25] Berisha's "volatile" personality led to occasional clashes with team mates, both at training and on-field, as well as with opposition players. However, he was largely praised for his passionate approach to the game.[26][27][28]

In the 2012 A-League Grand Final against Perth Glory, Berisha scored a brace, one in the final seconds from a controversial penalty kick, to help the Roar win 2–1 and become the first team to win back-to-back A-League championships. Berisha became the first Albanian to score in two different Champions Leagues when he scored against F.C. Tokyo in the Asian Champions League.[29] In the 2011–12 A-League season, Berisha won the Golden Boot with 19 goals, the Football Media Association Player of the Year, the Players' Player of the Year, and Members' Player of the Year awards.[30][31][32] Berisha finished the season with 23 goals from 35 games, a record for a player in a season for Brisbane. His season tally included 19 goals in the regular season of the A-League; a joint all-time record.

2012–13 season[edit]

Berisha's 2012–13 season was less notable than his debut season for the club. However, he still managed to finish what was a disappointing season for Brisbane with 14 goals from 28 appearances in all competitions. Berisha scored a number of important goals for Brisbane as they struggled to find the form that won them two consecutive championships; he scored the sole goal in Round 9 as ten man Brisbane saw off Newcastle Jets at home. However, arguably none were as important as the opening goal of the final round victory over Sydney FC which confirmed Brisbane's place in the post-season finals series.

2013–14 season[edit]

The 2013–14 season started poorly for Berisha, despite scoring in the opening round win over Wellington Phoenix, he injured his hamstring in Round 2 which kept him on the sidelines for four weeks. Upon his return, he scored four goals in his next five appearances including a second half winner against Perth Glory and a brace in a 2–1 defeat of Adelaide United, however a hip injury then sidelined him for a further two weeks. Despite Berisha again scoring on his return from injury, on this occasion he could not prevent defeat to Adelaide at home. In the following match away to Perth Glory he received his first red card in the A-League. He was unfortunate to be booked in the first 30 seconds of the game whilst contesting a header with Michael Thwaite; he was then given his marching orders in the 32nd minute after receiving a second yellow card for a reckless tackle on the same player. Berisha scored on his return from suspension, netting a 90th minute winner against Central Coast Mariners. On 27 April 2014, Berisha scored and gave his team the victory 1–0 against Melbourne Victory, valid for semi-finals of the A-League.[33] With this victory, Brisbane Roar advanced to the final match and played on 4 May 2014 against Western Sydney Wanderers winning the match with the 2–1 result after the extra-time, were Berisha scored also in the match equalising goal of 1–1 result after being that Wanderers scored the opening goal and then after that 90-minutes has finished in the 1–1 draw, match passed in to the 30-minutes of the extra-time, where Brisbane scored the winning goal in the 108th minute with Henrique Silva and this way Brisbane Roar were declared the champions of the 2013–14 season.[34] Berisha finished the 2013–14 season with a total of 20 appearances and scoring 13 goals, ranked second top-scorer of the A-League.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 22 January 2014, it was announced that A-League club Melbourne Victory had agreed to sign Berisha as the club's International Marquee player when his contract with Brisbane expires at the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[1] The contract is for two seasons commencing in the 2014–15 season and is worth $1.5 million, more than double his wage at Brisbane.[35]

Berisha had his competitive debut for Victory on 20 August 2014 in a 2014 FFA Cup Round of 32 match against Bayswater City SC away in Perth winning praise for his impact, assisting Archie Thompson's 77th minute goal,[36] followed by a hat-trick in the next round of the same competition in a 0–6 win away to Tuggeranong United in Canberra on the 16 September.[37]

Berisha made his A-League debut for the Victory in their first round clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers. In the same match, Berisha scored his first A-League goal for the Victory, and the 2nd goal of the new A-League season, from a penalty kick in the 19th minute of the match, putting the Victory 2–0 up, in an eventual 4–1 win for the Victory.

In his third appearance & start for his new club, Berisha made his debut in the newly re-established Melbourne Derby against Melbourne City FC in round 3 on 25 October 2014. In this match, Berisha scored his first hat-trick for the club, scoring Victory's second, third and fourth goals in an eventual 5-2 win in front of an attendance of 43,729 at Docklands Stadium, with the first and last goals coming from veteran teammate Archie Thompson. At this point of his Melbourne Victory career, Berisha had played a combined total of five games for the club, scoring seven goals and giving one assist.

International football[edit]

Berisha received Albanian citizenship in September 2006. He played his first game for the Albania national football team on 11 October 2006, against the Netherlands. He scored his first goal for Albania on 25 May 2007, during a friendly match with England B played at Turf Moor, in Burnley, England, where he showed impressive form and was the Albanian man of the match.[7] This goal was not recognized because the match was not between two fully senior teams. The first fully senior international goal was scored by Berisha on 22 August 2007 in a friendly match against Malta which Albania won 3–0. Berisha was in the starting line up and managed to score in the 46th minute of the second half.[38] On 19 November 2008, Berisha assisted the goal scored by Ervin Skela in the friendly match against Azerbaijan which ended 1–1.

During the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, he was called up regularly in the national team for all 10 group matches, playing on eight of them. In two of those matches Berisha played as a starter, in a 0–1 loss against Hungary on 28 March 2009[39] and four days later in a 0–3 loss against Denmark on 1 April 2009.[40] After the end of the tournament, he refused permanently to be called up for the national team's fixtures, one reason being that he is living a long distance away from Albania. As of 14 October 2009, his last game with the national team, Berisha had made 17 appearances and scored one goal for Albania.[41]

On 9 December 2013, he declared that after the opening of the winter transfer period he will sign for a football-club in Europe to be more close Albania and to play again for the national team,[42] but suddenly on 22 January 2014 it was announced that fellow A-League club Melbourne Victory had agreed to sign Berisha for next season 2014–15.[1] On 5 April 2014, he was asked by Albania national team coach Gianni De Biasi to play again for Albania only for the official matches valid for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers and Berisha asked just ten days for final response.[43] His late response was definitive to not accept latest invitation, as he declared that as long as he was playing in Australia he couldn't come to Albania due to the long distance.[44]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Personal[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 5 December 2014[45][46]
Club Season Division League1 Cup Continental2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tennis Borussia Berlin 2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 4 1 4 1
AaB (loan) 2004–05 Danish Superliga 3 0 3 0
Horsens (loan) 2005–06 Danish Superliga 32 11 32 11
2008–09 10 4 10 4
Horsens Total 42 15 42 15
Hamburger SV 2006–07 Bundesliga 12 1 1 0 2 1 15 2
Rosenborg (loan) 2008 Tippeligaen 8 3 4 0 12 3
Arminia Bielefeld 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 10 0 1 0 11 0
Brisbane Roar 2011–12 A-League 29 21 6 2 35 23
2012–13 27 14 1 0 28 14
2013–14 20 13 20 13
Brisbane Roar Total 76 48 7 2 83 50
Melbourne Victory 2014–15 A-League 8 6 2 3 10 9
Melbourne Victory Total 8 6 2 3 0 0 10 9
Career Total 163 74 4 3 13 3 180 80

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in group stages commencing during domestic season (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

International[edit]

Albania national team [45][47]
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
2007 6 1
2008 4 0
2009 6 0
2010– - -
Total 17 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 May 2007 Turf Moor, Burnley, England England England B 1–2 1–3 non-official/recognized Friendly match
2 22 August 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tiranë, Albania  Malta 2–0 3–0 Friendly match

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External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Sergio van Dijk
A-League Golden Boot
2011–12
Succeeded by
Daniel McBreen