Gjergji Muzaka

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Gjergji Muzaka
Personal information
Full name Gjergji Muzaka
Date of birth (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
KS Flamurtari Vlore
Number 17
Youth career
1999-2000 FK Partizani
2000-2001 Paris SG
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001-2004 KF Partizani 59 (15)
2004-2005 FC Iraklis 3 (0)
2005-2008 KF Partizani 106 (23)
2008-2010 KF Tirana 59 (12)
2010-2011 KS Dinamo 15 (1)
2011-2012 KS Skënderbeu 40 (16)
2012-2013 KS Flamurtari 24 (12)
2013-2014 KS Skënderbeu 31 (4)
2014- KS Flamurtari 0 (0)
National team
2002-2003 Albania U19 3 (1)
2003-2007 Albania U21 9 (2)
2008- Albania 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2010

Gjergji Muzaka (born 26 September 1984 in Tiranë) is an Albanian footballer who currently plays for KS Flamurtari in the Albanian Superliga. He has been a member of the Albanian national team between 2008 and 2012, and has earned 21 senior international caps. He is typically an attacking midfielder, who operated primarily on the right side of the midfield, but he can also play through the middle as well as the left occasionally. He is known for his crossing and playmaking abilities but he is also an able goalscorer.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Muzaka began his playing career with local side Partizani Tirana when he was just a teenager. He played for the Partizani U-17s where he attracted the interest of several foreign clubs with his performances on the right hand side of midfield. One of these foreign clubs was French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who in 2000 offered Muzaka a contract at the club. Muzaka accepted and left Partizani at the age of just 16, joining the PSG youth team. However, after just one year in France Muzaka moved back to Albania and back to Partizani before the beginning of the 2001-2002 season.

Partizani (2001-2005)[edit]

After returning to Albania Muzaka was placed into the Partizani first team.

KF Tirana (2008-2010)[edit]

The president of KF Tirana, Refik Halili paid a total of €70,000 to buy the player from their fierce rivals Partizani in the summer of 2008.[1]

Dinamo (2010-2010)[edit]

Muzaka signed a three year contract with the 2009-2010 champions Dinamo Tirana on 16 June 2010. The transfer was managed by the FIFA licenced agent Elton Marini, of 'M&M Management Agency'.[2] The contact is worth a total of €210,000, with Muzaka earning €70,000 a season with Dinamo.[3]

KS Skenderbeu (2011-present)[edit]

In January 2011 Muzaka joined a half-season loan at KF Skënderbeu Korçë.

Return to Flamurtari[edit]

After becoming a free agent following the expiration of his one year contract with Skënderbeu Korçë, Muzaka re-joined Flamurtari Vlorë, where had played between 2012 and 2013. He officially signed a two year contract with Flamurtari on 10 June 2014.[4]

Honours[edit]

KF Tirana
Dinamo Tirana
Skënderbeu Korçë

International career[edit]

He is also playing for the Albania national football team. He scored his first goal against Romania in a Euro 2012 Qualifier, he came on the field in the 81st minute, just one minute after Romania had taken the lead. He made an immediate impact and in the 87th minute he managed to find a head onto Ansi Agolli's free kick which he guided past the Romanian goalkeeper, which levelled the tie at 1-1 and earned Albania a very important and well-deserved point in the opening match of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.[5][6]

International career[edit]

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Final Score Goal Result Competition
2009
1 10 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Georgia 1–1 0 Draw Friendly
2 14 November 2009 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–0 0 Draw Friendly
2010
3 25 May 2010 Gradski Stadium, Berane, Montenegro  Montenegro 1–0 0 Win Friendly
4 2 June 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Andorra 1–0 0 Win Friendly
5 11 August 2010 Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës, Albania  Uzbekistan 1–0 0 Win Friendly
6 3 September 2010 Stadionul Ceahlăul, Piatra Neamţ, Romania  Romania 1–1 1 Draw UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
7 7 September 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Luxembourg 1–0 0 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
8 8 October 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1–1 0 Draw UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9 12 October 2010 Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 0–2 0 Loss Euro 2012 qualifying
10 17 November 2010 Skënderbeu Stadium, Korçë, Albania  Macedonia 0–0 0 Draw Friendly
2011
11 9 February 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Slovenia 1–2 0 Loss Friendly
12 26 March 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Belarus 1–0 0 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
13 7 June 2011 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina 0–2 0 Loss UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
14 20 June 2011 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Argentina 0–4 0 Loss Friendly
15 10 August 2011 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania  Montenegro 3–2 0 Win Friendly
16 6 September 2011 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxemburg  Luxembourg 2–1 0 Loss UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
17 7 October 2011 Stade de France, Paris, France  France 3–0 0 Loss UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
18 11 October 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Romania 1–1 0 Draw UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
19 11 November 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Azerbaijan 0–1 0 Loss Friendly
20 15 November 2011 Goce Delcev Stadium, Prilep, Macedonia  Macedonia 0–0 0 Draw Friendly
21 29 February 2012 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–2 0 Loss Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gjergji Muzaka firmos për Dinamon" (in Albanian). Albania-Sport. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Gjergji Muzaka, lojtar i Dinamos" (in Albanian). Futboll Klub Dinamo. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Gjergji Muzaka firmos për Dinamon" (in Albanian). Albania-Sport. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ Muzaka firmos për 2 vite me Flamurtarin
  5. ^ ""Dakët" thyejnë brirët në "bunkerin" e Kuzhes" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Romania 1-1 Albania". Football Database. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2010-09-05.