Edmond Kapllani

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Edmond Kapllani
KSC 0708 9 Kapllani 01.jpg
Kaplani with Karlsruhe in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Edmond Kapllani
Date of birth (1982-07-31) 31 July 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Durrës, Albania
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FSV Frankfurt
Number 9
Youth career
1990–1998 Teuta Durrës
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 NK Orijent 7 (3)
1999–2003 Partizani Tirana 33 (6)
2003–2004 Besa Kavajë 35 (12)
2004–2009 Karlsruher SC 118 (26)
2009–2012 FC Augsburg 8 (1)
2010 TuS Koblenz (loan) 17 (5)
2010–2011 SC Paderborn 07 (loan) 23 (8)
2012– FSV Frankfurt 56 (22)
National team
2004– Albania 41 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Edmond Kapllani (born 31 July 1982 in Durrës, Albania) is an Albanian footballer who currently plays as a striker for FSV Frankfurt. He is the younger brother of the retired football goalkeeper Xhevair Kapllani, a former player of birth-city team Teuta Durrës.

Club career[edit]

Before joining Karlsruher SC, Kapllani had played for several different clubs. His former clubs are KS Teuta Durrës, KF Partizani Tirana and KS Besa Kavajë in the Albanian Superliga. He also spent one year in Croatia with NK Orijent, but after an uneventful season he soon returned to play in Albania.

Karlsruher SC[edit]

Kapllani joined the then 2. Bundesliga side, Karlsruher SC, on 1 July 2004. It took time for Kapllani to adjust to the German league's style of play and started only 15 games in his first season, scoring just 1 goal. In the 2005–06 season Kapllani became a more regular first team player, appearing in 25 league games that season, scoring six goals. He had a very successful 2006–07 season with Karlsruher SC, as he became the second highest goalscorer in the 2. Bundesliga with 17 goals in 30 appearances, behind teammate and strike partner Giovanni Federico, who netted 19 times in the same season. Both players helped the club gain promotion to the Bundesliga after a nine-year absence. In the 2007–08 season, Kapllani found it difficult to adjust to the top division, starting only 14 of his 28 matches and scoring just two goals. Despite Kapllani's unsteady form, Karlsruher SC finished in eleventh place, securing top-flight football for another year.

However, the following season proved to be even more disappointing. Kapllani started only six of his 20 appearances because Edmund Becker entrusted the strike position to Joshua Kennedy even though the Australian wasn't able to score a single goal until the final match of the season. As a result, only one team scored more seldom than Karlsruhe and the club was relegated from the Bundesliga. Kapllani's only sense of achievement followed from his goal in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

FC Augsburg[edit]

On 27 May 2009, Kapllani took advantage of a contract clause and left Karlsruhe for FC Augsburg on a free transfer, signing a contract until 2011.[1]

TuS Koblenz[edit]

On 7 January 2010, FC Augsburg loaned Kapllani to TuS Koblenz until the end of the season.[2][3] Altogether Kapllani scored 5 goals in 17 appearances and was the club's top scorer in the second half of the season.

SC Paderborn 07[edit]

Following his return to Augsburg, Kapllani scored in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. On 31 August 2010, he joined SC Paderborn 07 on loan until the end of the season.[4] He was the club's top scorer in the 2010–11 campaign, scoring 8 goals in 23 games despite suffering a cruciate ligament rupture in February 2011.[5] In the meantime, Augsburg gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history. As a result, Kapllani's contract was extended automatically and he returned to top-flight football for the first time since 2009.

FSV Frankfurt[edit]

On 1 July 2012, after his contract had ended, he left FC Augsburg and signed a two-year contract with FSV Frankfurt until 30 June 2014. He plays alongside his Albanian compatriot Odise Roshi, also a member of the Albanian national team.

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 NK Orijent 2. HNL 7 3
Albania League Albanian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999-2000 Partizani Tirana Superliga
2000-01 First Division
2001-02 Superliga
2002–03 1 0
2003–04 Besa Kavajë 35 12
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Total
2004–05 Karlsruher SC 2. Bundesliga 15 1 2 0 17 1
2005–06 25 6 2 1 27 7
2006–07 30 17 1 1 31 18
2007–08 Bundesliga 28 2 2 0 1 0 31 2
2008–09 20 0 1 1 21 1
2009–10 FC Augsburg 2. Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 3 0
TuS Koblenz 17 5 0 0 17 5
2010–11 FC Augsburg 0 0 1 1 1 1
SC Paderborn 07 23 8 0 0 23 8
2011–12 FC Augsburg Bundesliga 6 1 2 0 8 1
2012–13 FSV Frankfurt 2. Bundesliga 26 11 1 0 27 11
2013–14 30 11 2 1 32 12
Total Croatia 7 3 0 0
Albania 68 18 1 0
Germany 222 62 15 5 1 0 0 0 238 67
Career total 297 83 1 0 1 0

International career[edit]

An Albanian international since 2004, Kapllani was the nation's top scorer in the Euro 2008 qualifying, scoring three goals in his country's two matches against Luxembourg and another two goals in games against Belarus and Romania. He currently has 37 caps and six international goals to his name.[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 6 June 2007 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–2 0–3 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 0–3
4. 17 November 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Belarus 2–1 2–4 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
5. 21 November 2007 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 3–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6. 20 August 2008 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Liechtenstein 2–0 2–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FCA verpflichtet Edmond Kapllani" (in German). FC Augsburg (Official website). Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Kapllani nach Koblenz" (in German). fcaugsburg.de. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Koblenz leiht Edmond Kapllani aus" (in German). handelsblatt.de. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kapllani geht nach Paderborn" (in German). fcaugsburg.de. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kapllani erleidet Kreuzbandriss" (in German). kicker.de. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kapllani, Edmond". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 

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