Mirel Josa

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Mirel Josa
Personal information
Full name Mirel Josa
Date of birth (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 KF Tirana 100 (22)
1990–1991 Kavala 20 (1)
1991–1992 Aris 17 (1)
National team
1984–1992 Albania 27 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2007 KF Tirana
2007–2008 KS Vllaznia
2008–2009 KS Elbasani
2009–2010 KS Teuta
2010–2011 KS Shkumbini
2011–2012 KS Vllaznia
2012– KF Skënderbeu Korçë
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mirel Josa (born 1 June 1963[1]) is an Albanian football coach and former player, who currently works as head coach of KF Skënderbeu Korçë. As a player, he played in the Greek Alpha Ethniki for Kavala F.C. and Aris Thessaloniki F.C.,[2] as well as making 27 international appearances for the Albania national football team between 1984 and 1992.[3]



In his youth years Josa distinguished himself both as a defensive and attacking midfielder. During the 1982 UEFA European Under-18 Championship, played in Finland, Josa managed to score a goal against Netherlands, in a 1-3 loss, which disqualified Netherlands, where Marco van Basten was present.[4]

During the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship his goal made Albania draw against West Germany in Trier, and was a determining factor in qualifying Albania in the quarter-finals of the championship, eliminating West Germany, Turkey, and Austria.[4] After that game Josa was awarded the Master of Sports title.[5]

In the national team during the qualifiers of Mexico 1986 campaign he scored the first goal in the winning game of Albania against Belgium.[4] As a player with KF Tirana, Josa will be remembered for his last minutes' goal against FC Dinamo București in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup, which brought his team in the best 16 of the competition.[4]


Persona life[edit]

Josa is the son-in-law of Shyqyri Rreli, former Albania coach.


  1. ^ Mirel Josa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (2005-05-11). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ Hoxha, Florent and Mamrud, Roberto (2009-07-16). "Albania - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d Sportekspres (9 January 2014). "Cikli Dossier/ Mirel Josa, “makthi i të huajve". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Panorama Sport (2 December 2013). "Ndeshjet e pashlyeshme që çuan te “Drama e Trier-it”…". Retrieved 3 February 2014.