Jahmir Hyka

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Jahmir Hyka
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left Midfielder, Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
KF Tirana
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2005 Dinamo Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Rosenborg 0 (0)
2007–2008 KF Tirana 32 (2)
2008–2010 Mainz 05 15 (0)
2010–2011 Panionios 9 (0)
2011 KF Tirana 11 (4)
2011–2015 FC Luzern 91 (7)
2015- KF Tirana 0 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Albania U-17 3 (1)
2005–2006 Albania U-19 6 (1)
2007-2009 Albania U-21 7 (1)
2007– Albania 38 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Jahmir Hyka (born 8 March 1988) is an Albanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Luzern in the Swiss Super League and the Albanian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early Career and Norway[edit]

Hyka joined local side Dinamo Tirana at the age of 12, where he played for the youth teams for four years, until he entered on the first team at 2004. He was being tracked by a number of European clubs despite never having made a competitive appearance for Dinamo Tirana before joining Norwegian side Rosenborg BK in 2005 on loan. At Rosenborg, Hyka did not manage to break through into the first team, failing to make a single league appearance, only featuring twice as an unused substitute in August and September 2006.

Greece and return to Albania[edit]

In 2007, Hyka left Dinamo Tirana to sign with Greek club Olympiacos for a fee of €600,000. At Olympiakos, he found opportunities in the first team limited and so he moved on loan to KF Tirana, the then champions of the 2006–07 Albanian Superliga in time for the 2007–08 season.


Back in Tirana, Hyka played 32 games, scoring two goals and his good form did not go unnoticed. Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb showed interest and Hyka was close to the move but eventually he signed a four-year deal with German side 1. FSV Mainz 05.[1]

In 2010m after just 13 appearances with the German team, most of them as a substitute, Hyka was once again on the move, this time back to Greece, transferring to Greek team, Panionios, for a €120,000 fee.[1]

Return to Albania[edit]

After a difficult time in Greece, he returned to Albania, returning to former side KF Tirana where he had previously had a loan spell. The deal was completed on 29 January 2011, while Hyka was still in Greece. Tirana president Refik Halili had previously expressed his desire to sign the young national team winger at the unveiling of new signing Bekim Bala.


In the summer of 2011, Hyka was transferred to FC Luzern, in the Swiss Super League.[2] He scored his first goal with Luzern in a draw with BSC Young Boys after he came in as a substitute.[3] Luzern fans have named him as "the Messi of Albania."[4]

Albania national team[edit]

Hyka made his debut with the Albanian national football team in an international match against Romania. He scored his first goal for Albania football national team against Lichtenstein on 20 August. His goal came in just 46 seconds after the game had begun, making the quickest goal to be scored by Albania in their history.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 August 2008 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Liechtenstein 2–0 Win Friendly
2. 10 August 2011 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania  Montenegro 3–2 Win Friendly
Correct as of 13 January 2013[5]

International statistics[edit]

As of 21 October 2014[6]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 5 1
2009 5 0
2010 7 0
2011 7 1
2012 6 0
2013 3 0
2014 1 0
Total 38 1

Personal life[edit]

Hyka has four siblings, two sisters and two brothers who live in his hometown of Tirane. He practices the faith of Islam, praying five times daily and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan,[7] which he has done so since the age of 12. He attends Mosque when possible around his football schedule, and at his former club 1. FSV Mainz 05 he would attend with team mate Chadli Amri.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Sporti Shqiptar (15 August 2010). "Sporti Shqiptar". Sporti Shqiptar (in Albanian). Retrieved 16 August 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Levizjet/ Hyka firmos me Lucernen ne Zvicer" (in Albanian). Albaniasoccer. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legjionaret/ Shenon Hyka ne barazimin e Luzernes" (in Albanian). Albaniasoccer. 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "the Messi of Albania". justcantbeatthat.com. [dead link]
  5. ^ Football PLAYER: Jahmir Hyka
  6. ^ Jahmir Hyka at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ Alfred Lleshi (1 September 2009). "Futboll dhe agjërim në muajin e shenjtë të Ramazanit" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 10 June 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ Klotilda Harka (24 February 2009). "Futbollisti Jahmir Hyka Falet 5 Here Ne Dite!" (in Albanian). Alba VIP News. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hyka në versionin tokësor" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 

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