Agustin Kola

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Agustin Kola
Personal information
Full name Agustin Kola
Date of birth (1959-05-10) 10 May 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1991 Tirana 250 (107)
1991–1992 Egaleo
1994–1997 Tirana 48 (13)
National team
1980–1994 Albania 22 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Tirana
2009–2010 Kamza
2010–2011 Tirana U17
2011–2014 Tirana U19
2015 Adriatiku Mamurras
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Agustin Kola (born 10 May 1959), is an Albanian professional football coach and former player.

He played most of his career at Tirana where he established himself as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, winning several individual and collective awards.[1] Towards the end of his career, Kola moved for the first time aboard by signing with Greece's Egaleo. He played there for only one season before returning to Tirana once again to play until his retirement.

Kola has also been a member of the Albania national team from 1980 to 1994, in total he earned 21 caps and scored one goal.[2]

Kola's managerial career begun in the 2008–09 season with Tirana, taking charge on 12 December 2008 and leading the team until 7 May, resigning just two matches before the end of the season after losing the 2009 Albanian Cup final to Flamurtari Vlorë.[3] However, the team won their 24th championship with Kola becoming a big factor with his presence as a coach during that season.[4]

Club career[edit]

After spending some of his teen years at the Tirana Circus, as an acrobat, and also excelling in swimming, Kola was seen playing football by then middle school teacher Aurel Verria, who referred him to Kola's first coach at KF Tirana's youth, Enver Rada. Kola was then 13 years old.[5] At 14, he excelled at the youth Spartakiad and, given his acrobatic mastery, his role was goalie. However, after his team was losing 0-1, he told one of the defenders to go and become goallie and went himself to attack. Coach Rada didn't have time to recall his undisciplined player because Kola scored the drawing goal, and soon after helped one of his teammates score the winner. From that game on, Kola never played as a goalie anymore, but became a forward.[5]

Without consulting or letting anyone know, at 14, he applied and passed a scrimmage at the Sports mastery school Loro Boriçi, a high school specializing in producing young football players.[5]

Kola will be remembered by the KF Tirana fans as one of its greatest players for the spirit of sacrifice that he would put into the game.[5] Several times Kola played even injured for his team and managed to overturn the fate of the game into a Tirana win.[5] His partnership in attack with Arben Minga made the attacking power of KF Tirana one of the most memorable of the Albanian football.[5]

Kola has won 8 Albanian Superliga seasons and 8 Albanian Cups while at KF Tirana.[5]

Retirement[edit]

Charity activities[edit]

On 7 May 2015, Kola took part in a charity match played at Elbasan Arena as part of the Albania Legends vs. Germany Legends.[6] He played in the match and notably scored a Panenka-style penalty in the first match as Albania lost 4–3, a photocopy of the 1997 match.[7]

Goals in Albanian Championship[edit]

Season Team Goals
1977-78 Shkëndija 2
1978-79 SK Tirana 7
1979-80 Shkëndija 5
1980-81 SK Tirana 6
1981-82 SK Tirana 10
1982-83 SK Tirana 7
1983-84 SK Tirana 4
1984-85 SK Tirana 10
1985-86 SK Tirana 13
1986-87 SK Tirana 13
1987-88 SK Tirana 18
1988-89 SK Tirana 19
1989-90 SK Tirana 9
1990-91 SK Tirana 4
1991-92 Egaleo ?
1992-93 Egaleo (?) ?
1993-94 Egaleo (?) ?
1994-95 SK Tirana 11
1996-97 SK Tirana 2
TOTAL 140

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agustin Kola, Mjeshtër i Merituar sporti, një nga ikonat e futbollit bardheblu" [Agustin Kola, Deserved Sports Master, one of the whiteblue's football icons] (in Albanian). Zemra Shqiptare. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Agustin Kola - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 2 September 2018. 
  3. ^ "Flamurtari i rrëmben Tiranës Kupën dhe UEFA-n" [Flamurtari takes from Tirana the cup and UEFA]. BalkanWeb.com (in Albanian). Arkiva Shqiptare e Lajmeve. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Tirana, 24 here kampione e Shqiperise" [Tirana, 24 times champion of Albania]. Top-Channel.tv (in Albanian). Arkiva Shqiptare e Lajmeve. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Sejamini, Agron (2009-02-08). "Grinta dhe sedra bardheblu". Zemra Shqiptare. Archived from the original on 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Kthehet Shqipëri – Gjermani, miqësore veteranësh" [Albania – Germany returns, veterans friendly] (in Albanian). FSHF.org. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2018. 
  7. ^ "Historia përsëritet, Gjermania mund sërish 4-3 Shqipërinë" [The history repeated, Germany defeats Albania again 4-3] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2018. 

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