Lira Bajramaj in 2011
|Full name||Fatmire Lira Bajramaj|
|Date of birth||1 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Istok, Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Current club||1. FFC Frankfurt|
|2004–2009||FCR 2001 Duisburg||84||(30)|
|2009–2011||1. FFC Turbine Potsdam||40||(29)|
|2011–||1. FFC Frankfurt||22||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Fatmire "Lira" Bajramaj (born 1 April 1988) is a German footballer with Albanian ethnicity. She plays as an attacking midfielder for 1. FFC Frankfurt and the German national team. She placed 3rd in 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or competition, an annual award given to the world's best player.
Bajramaj began her career at DJK/VfL Giesenkirchen. From 1997 to 2004 she played for FSC Mönchengladbach, before moving to the Bundesliga side and joining FCR 2001 Duisburg. She made her Bundesliga debut in September 2004 for the club and scored her first goal one month later. Bajramaj immediately became a regular starter for Duisburg. She was runner-up with Duisburg for four seasons in a row from 2005 to 2008. During the 2008–09 season, Bajramaj won the UEFA Women's Champions League. She also claimed the 2009 German Cup title, where she scored in the final.
After five seasons at Duisburg, Bajramaj moved to league rivals 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam for the 2009–10 season. At her new club, she won the Bundesliga title in 2010 and 2011. In the 2009–10 season, Potsdam also claimed the inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League title, with Bajramaj scoring during the penalty shoot-out in the final. One year later, Potsdam again made it to the final, but lost against Olympique Lyonnais.
Bajramaj came in third place for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. She has announced to move to 1. FFC Frankfurt for the 2011–12 season. The transfer is the most expensive in women's Bundesliga history.
Bajramaj made her debut for Germany’s senior national team in October 2005 against Scotland. One year later, she won 2006 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship at junior level. At the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, the German team was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Bajramaj started in all four of the team's matches and scored three goals during the tournament.
She won her first major international title at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was a reserve player for Germany, appearing in four games, including the tournament's final, in which she won the corner that let to Germany's second goal. One year later, Bajramaj claimed bronze with Germany at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was brought on after 62 minutes in the third-place play-off and scored both goals in Germany's 2–0 win over Japan. In 2009, Bajramaj won her first European trophy at the 2009 European Championship, where Germany claimed its seventh title. She was also called up for Germany's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup squad.
Bajramaj's parents Ismet and Ganimet, who are Kosovar-Albanians, moved their family from Istok, Yugoslavia to Germany in 1993. Since 2007, she was in a relationship with the Kosovo-Albanian actor and model Eshref Durmishi. In October 2009, she published her autobiography Mein Tor ins Leben – Vom Flüchtling zur Weltmeisterin (My Gate [wordplay: German "Tor" translates to both "Goal"/"Gate"] into Life – From Refugee to World Champion). In June 2011 she began dating fellow footballer Enis Alushi. Both their fathers are working together as police officers in Kosovo. The couple announced its engagement the following year. Shortly after, in September 2012 both suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries in matches within 72 hours of each other.
- FCR 2001 Duisburg
- UEFA Women's Cup: 2008–09
- Bundesliga: Runner-up 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
- German Cup: 2008–09; Runner-up 2006–07
- Turbine Potsdam
- FIFA World Cup: 2007
- UEFA European Championship: 2009
- Olympic bronze medal: 2008
- UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship: 2006
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- "Film ab! Jetzt spielen auch die Eltern mit". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 23 June 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
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- Schöne Lira liebt diesen Zweitliga-Profi
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fatmire Bajramaj.|
- Official website (German)
- Profile at the German Football Federation (German)
- Fatmire Bajramaj – FIFA competition record
- Profile at Weltfussball.de (German)
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