Ahmed Januzi

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Ahmed Januzi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Vushtrri, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Kosova Vushtrri
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Besa Kavajë 30 (7)
2007–2015 Vorskla Poltava 169 (28)
2016– Prishtina
National team
2009–2010 Albania U21 7 (1)
2010–2013 Albania 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 December 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 December 2015

Ahmed Januzi (born 8 July 1988 in Vushtrri) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays for F.C. Prishtina in the Raiffeisen Superliga. He previously represented Albanian National Football Team.

Club career[edit]

Childhood and early career[edit]

Ahmed Januzi was born in Vučitrn to Kosovar Albanian parents. Growing up in Vučitrn, Januzi joined the city club, KF Kosova Vushtrri. At the age of nineteen, Januzi joined Albanian Superliga club, KS Besa Kavajë as a senior.

Besa Kavajë[edit]

Januzi only played for half a season in Albania. He made thirty appearances and scored seven times. During the winter break, Januzi transferred to Vorskla Poltava in February 2007.

Vorskla Poltava[edit]

Januzi made his debut on 7 March 2007, against FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena. He came off the bench on the 59th minute and scored on the 90th minute. In that season, Januzi made nine league matches, starting in only two of the matches.[1] Vorskla finished thirteen that season.

In the 2007-08 season, Januzi made twenty three league appearances, starting in only two matches. He scored his second goal for Vorskla against Karpaty Lviv away that season and produced three assists. Vorskla finished eighth that season.

In the 2008-09 season, Januzi played a more influential role in the squad. He started in six matches and appeared in twenty. Januzi scored the first goal of the tournament on 18 July 2008 in the 72nd minute of an away match against FC Kharkiv and also scored against Metalurg Donetsk that season. Januzi also produced three assists. Januzi helped Vorskla reach the finals of the Ukrainian Cup, which Vorskla won 1:0 against Shakhtar Donetsk. He helped Vorskla reach fifth in the table, which secured them a spot in the Play-off round in the UEFA Europa League for the 2009-10 season.

In the 2009-10 season, Januzi started in eight matches and appeared in twenty four matches. He scored twice that season against Metalurg Donetsk both home and away. Januzi also made two assists.

In the 2010-11 season, Januzi was more a regular starter for Vorskla. He started in thirteen matches and appeared in twenty one matches. He scored eight goals and two assists that season. Januzi was an important member of the team since towards the end of the season, Vorskla and Tavriya Simferopol were both equal in the sixth and seventh spot on the table. Januzi scored against Shakhtar Donetsk and against Karpaty Lviv in the final two games, which resulted in both teams having equal points but Vorskla being sixth due to goal difference. They secured a Second qualifying round spot in the UEFA Europa League.

In the 2011-12 season, Januzi has so far started in eleven matched and appeared in eighteen. He has currently scored five goals and has assisted one.

Januzi has helped Vorskla reach the final qualification round of the UEFA Europa League by score trice against Glentoran F.C home and away.[2][3] In the final qualification round, Januzi scored against FC Dinamo Bucureşti,[4] resulting in Vorskla reaching the group stage of the UEFA Europa League for the first time In the group stage, Januzi did not score but managed an assist against Hannover 96.[5]

Prishtina[edit]

He signed for FC Prishtina in June 2016.

International career[edit]

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Final Score Goal Result Competition
2010
1 17 November 2010 Skënderbeu Stadium, Korçë, Albania  Macedonia 0–0 0 Draw Friendly
2011
2 7 October 2011 Stade de France, Paris, France  France 3–0 0 Loss UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 11 October 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Romania 1–1 0 Draw UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4 11 November 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Azerbaijan 0–1 0 Loss Friendly
5 15 November 2011 Goce Delcev Stadium, Prilep, Macedonia  Macedonia 0–0 0 Draw Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukrainian Premier League 2007–08 statistics
  2. ^ uefa (2011-07-14). "Glentoran vs Vorskla". uefa. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ uefa. "Vorskla vs Glentoran". uefa. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Goal against Bucureşt
  5. ^ uefa (2011-12-15). "Hannover return to winning ways against Vorskla". uefa. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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