Labinot Haliti

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Labinot Haliti
Labinot Haliti WSW.jpg
Labi Haliti in Wanderers away strip
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Second Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 7
Youth career
KF 2 Korriku
Sydney Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Sydney Olympic 2 (0)
2003–2005 Sydney United 22 (7)
2005–2007 Newcastle Jets 27 (3)
2007 NK Slaven Belupo 0 (0)
2007–2008 Teuta 18 (3)
2008–2009 ŁKS Łódź 22 (0)
2009–2012 Newcastle Jets 65 (12)
2012– Western Sydney Wanderers 45 (6)
National team
2006 Australia U-23 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Labinot Haliti (born 26 October 1985 in Pristina) is a football (soccer) player who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League. He holds Albanian and Australian passports, making him eligible to represent Albania and Australia.

Early life[edit]

Haliti’s was born in Pristina,[1] and fled his home country at the age of 14 with his family, arriving in Australia in 1999, where they settled in Sydney.[2]

Club career[edit]

Since arriving in Sydney, Haliti stamped himself as a potential superstar of the game with impressive stints at Sydney Olympic and Sydney United in the defunct NSL. Haliti’s talent was spotted by the legendary Frank Arok, a former player and coach of Hungarian descent.[1] It was at Sydney Olympic where Haliti played alongside former Socceroos striker and close friend Ante Milicic, who proved influential in bringing the attacking midfielder to the Newcastle Jets in the newly formed A-League.[2]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

Haliti's impressive first season with the Jets led to much speculation about his international future, with the Albanian national team and Australian Olyroos Under 23 team courting his services. A change in manager in his second season at Newcastle saw his opportunities decrease, and Haliti returned to Sydney United in the NSW Premier League. In June 2007, he signed for Croatian Prva HNL team NK Slaven Belupo, however, he failed to make an appearance for the club after signing for KS Teuta Durrës in the Albanian first division a month later. After a string of appearances and 3 goals, he signed for Polish Orange Ekstraklasa team Łódzki KS, where he established himself as a first team squad member.

On 26 August 2009, he was signed to a short-term deal for the Newcastle Jets as an injury replacement for Marko Jesic.[3] On 2 October 2009, Haliti extended his contract with the Jets to a two-year deal. On 3 September 2009, Haliti was included in the squad against Melbourne Victory after a late clearance from his Polish side ŁKS Łódź and the Polish Football Association. He scored with a header in the 87th minute to secure a 1-1 draw for the Jets.[4] During the 2011/2012 A-League season, Labinot continued to be an integral part of the Newcastle Jets team and was a fans favourite.

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Haliti joined A-League expansion club Western Sydney Wanderers FC on a free transfer.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "From the ashes of war, a star is born". sportsaustralia. 2006-02-16. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Jet happy to land on his feet". The Age. 2006-01-22. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ Jets swoop to recapture Haliti
  4. ^ Haliti makes his point with late strike
  5. ^ [1]

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