Labinot Harbuzi

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Labinot Harbuzi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Lund, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
1996–1998 Malmö BI
1999–2000 Falkenbergs FF
2000–2001 Malmö FF
2002–2004 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Feyenoord 0 (0)
2004–2005 Excelsior (loan) 9 (0)
2006–2009 Malmö FF 50 (4)
2009–2011 Gençlerbirliği 40 (4)
2012 Manisaspor 15 (0)
2012-2014 Syrianska FC 36 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Sweden U17 20 (5)
2004 Sweden U19 15 (1)
2006–2009 Sweden U21 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Labinot Harbuzi (born 4 April 1986) is a Swedish footballer of Kosovar-Albanian descent who plays as a midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Harbuzi's family migrated to Sweden because of the Kosovo war. His father, Ismet, was a famous table tennis player in Kosovo.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Growing up in the Malmö-suburb Rosengård, he began his career with Malmö BI, the same club where Zlatan Ibrahimović began his career. Being a very hot prospect in his young years, he was spotted by Swedish Malmö FF.

Feyenoord[edit]

At 15 years old he was signed by Dutch club Feyenoord where he started playing professional football in the club's reserve team and youth team.[2] In 2005 he was loaned to their satellite club Excelsior where he played 9 league games.

Malmö FF[edit]

In the spring of 2006 he returned to Malmö FF and made his Allsvenskan debut that same year.[3] In 2009 he made history when he became the first goalscorer in the then newly built Swedbank Stadion.

Gençlerbirliği[edit]

On 11 July 2009, Harbuzi signed with the Turkish club Gençlerbirliği S.K. His contract with the side started in January 2010, when his contract with Malmö FF expired.[4] He has since scored 5 goals, gaining 11 assists, a promising returning for a Bosman signing. He has received great praise from Gençlerbirliği fans and head coach, Fuat Çapa. He left Gençlerbirliği on 20 December 2011 after coming to a mutual agreement with the club to terminate his contract.[5]

International career[edit]

He was a Swedish under-21 international, making his debut against Republic of Ireland on 28 February 2006.[6] He also played in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

In 2011 Harbuzi declared to the media in two different interviews that, given his ethnicity and also his feelings about being an Albanian, he desires to be part of Albania's national football team in the future and is eagerly awaiting a convocation and has been in contact with FSHF.[7]

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