Alban Bushi

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Alban Bushi
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-08-20) 20 August 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Albania U21 (manager)
Youth career
Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Tirana 27 (24)
1994 Szegedi (loan) 20 (7)
1994–1995 Remscheid (loan) ? (?)
1996 Flamurtari Vlorë (loan) 16 (7)
1997 Apollon Smyrni 13 (3)
1998–1999 Litex Lovech 37 (14)
1999–2000 Adanaspor 29 (10)
2000–2005 İstanbulspor 96 (26)
2001–2003 Trabzonspor (loan) 12 (0)
2004–2005 Partizani Tirana 14 (5)
2005–2010 Levadiakos 49 (9)
2006–2008 Apollon Kalamarias (loan) 41 (13)
2010 Tirana 5 (0)
Total 359 (118)
National team
1992–1993 Albania U21 2 (0)
1995–2007 Albania 67 (14)
Teams managed
2015 Albania U16
2017– Albania U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alban Bushi (born 20 August 1973 in Tirana) is an Albanian retired footballer and current manager of Albania national under-21 football team. During his playing career he played as a striker. Bushi during his 19-year career has played with 12 different clubs in 6 different countries.[1] He was also part of Albania national team for 12 year, recording 65 appearances and 14 goals. He is nicknamed "Loku".[2]

Club career[edit]

Bushi has enjoyed a long playing career which has seen him play for 12 different clubs in 6 different countries.[1] He started off his career in Albania with Tirana.[1] He then moved to Hungary with Szegedi. Germany was his next destination in 1994 with FC Remscheid.[1] He then returned to Albania with Tirana, Flamurtari Vlorë and Tirana again. He then moved to Greece with Apollon Smyrni before heading off to Bulgaria to join Litex Lovech, where he became the first foreigner to captain the team.[1]

After his spell in Bulgaria he moved to Turkey to play for Adanaspor, Istanbulspor and Trabzonspor before returning to Istanbulspor. After many years playing abroad Bushi returned to Albania with Partizani Tirana. He then went off to Greece again, this time to join AE Levadiakos. After this he played for Apollon Kalamarias. In 2008, he went back to Greece to play for AE Levadiakos.[1]

Return to Albania[edit]

After a long 13-year absence from Albania, Bushi returned to the club where his career began and where he last played in 1997, he signed for Tirana on 31 August 2010 and was presented to the media alongside fellow veteran Devi Muka.[3][4] Although having offers from foreign teams once again, he felt that he had the moral debt to Tirana to end his career where he started it,[5] a decision that earnt Bushi the Swan d'Or from the Albanian Football Association in recognition of his service to Albanian football.[6]

His first game in Albania for over 13 years came on 3 October 2010 in an away game against Skënderbeu Korçë, he came on as a substitute for Pero Pejic in the 65th minute in a game which ended in a 2–1 loss for Bushi's side.[7][8] He played his first match as a starter on 31 October in the match against Teuta Durrës, contributing in a 2–0 home win.[9]

On 23 November, he officially announced his retired from football at the age of 37.[2] He finished his final spell with Tirana by playing five league matches, three of them as a starter, failing to score.

International career[edit]

Bushi was part of the Albania national under-21 football team during the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification playing two games both against Germany U21 on 17 November & 22 December 1992.[10]

Bushi is a former Albania's all-time top scorer with 14 goals until Erjon Bogdani with his goal against France in 2011 became the new record holder with 15. He made 67 appearances Albania, the fourth highest in the team's history behind Foto Strakosha, Altin Lala, and Igli Tare.[11]

Bushi scored on his international debut for Albania on 16 August 1995 against Malta at Ta' Qali National Stadium, netting the temporary equalizer in the 72th minute in an eventual 1–2 loss.[12] He made his competitive debut on 15 November in the match against Wales for the qualifiers of the UEFA Euro 1996, entering as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 home draw.[13]

Managerial career[edit]

Bushi was named as the Albania national under-16 football team coach for their participation in the UEFA Development Tournament 2015.[14] He won the tournament by winning all three matches.[15]

Following naming of Paolo Tramezzani as a National teams director, on 9 December 2016 Bushi was named as the Albania national under-21 football team manager.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 November 2010 [17][18]
Club Season League country League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tirana 1992–93 Albanian Superliga 12 8 12 8
1993–94 8 6 8 6
1995–96 2 3 2 3
1996–97 5 7 5 7
Total 27 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 24
Szegedi 1993–94 Nemzeti Bajnokság II 20 7 20 7
Total 20 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 7
Remscheid 1994–95 Oberliga Nordrhein
Total
Flamurtari Vlorë 1995–96 Albanian Superliga 10 5 10 5
1996–97 6 2 6 2
Total 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 7
Apollon Smyrni 1997–98 Alpha Ethniki 13 3 13 3
Total 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
Litex Lovech 1997–98 Bulgarian A Football Group 15 4 15 4
1998–99 22 10 22 10
Total 37 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 14
Adanaspor 1999–2000 Süper Lig 29 10 29 10
Total 29 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 10
İstanbulspor 2000–01 Süper Lig 29 12 29 12
2001–02 16 4 16 4
2002–03 14 4 14 4
2003–04 21 5 21 5
2004–05 16 1 16 1
Total 96 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 26
Trabzonspor 2001–02 Süper Lig 5 0 5 0
2002–03 7 0 7 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Partizani Tirana 2004–05 Albanian Superliga 14 5 14 5
Total 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
Levadiakos 2005–06 Alpha Ethniki
(from 2008–09 as Superleague Greece)
22 8 22 8
2008–09 19 1 19 1
2009–10 8 0 8 0
Total 49 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 9
Apollon Kalamarias 2006–07 Superleague Greece 24 9 1 0 25 9
2007–08 17 4 1 0 18 4
Total 41 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 43 13
Tirana 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 5 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 359 118 2 0 0 0 0 0 361 118

International[edit]

As of 17 November 2007 [17][19]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 2 1
1996 1 0
1997 6 0
1998 8 3
1999 7 2
2000 5 1
2001 7 1
2002 2 0
2003 9 3
2004 7 2
2005 4 1
2006 1 0
2007 8 0
Total 67 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gola dhe spektakël, shiko si shkëlqente Alban Bushi dikur/VIDEO" (in Albanian). Syri.net. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Profil/ Alban Bushi lë futbollin, kush është "Loku" i 14 golave kuqezi" (in Albanian). Ikub.al. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tirana, firmosin Bushi dhe Muka" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Zyrtare Bushi te Tirana rikthehet edhe Devi Muka" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Zyrtare: Alban Bushi te Tirana" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Erion Saliu (1 September 2010). "Muka dhe Bushi, Tiranës i kthehen dy "ikona"" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 29 October 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Leonard Trebicka (4 October 2010). "Soza nuk e beson as vetë golin, një Korçë e tërë feston fitoren me Tiranën" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 29 October 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Oltian Ruçi (3 October 2010). "Skënderbeu Korçë 2–1 KF Tirana". Football Database. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tirana vs. Teuta Durrës 2 – 0". Soccerway. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Alban Bushi Football Player Statistics 11v11
  11. ^ "Appearances for Albania National Team". RSSSF.com. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Football MATCH: 16.08.1995 Malta v Albania". EU-Football.info. 16 August 1995. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Football MATCH: 15.11.1995 Albania v Wales". EU-Football.info. 15 November 1995. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "UEFA Development 2015" ne qytetin e Durresit FSHF.org
  15. ^ Kombetarja U-16 fiton "UEFA Development 2015" FSHF.org
  16. ^ Prezantohen trajnerët e ekipeve kombëtare U-21 dhe U-19 FSHF.org
  17. ^ a b Alban Bushi at National-Football-Teams.com
  18. ^ Alban Bushi at Soccerway
  19. ^ Alban Bushi - national football team player EU-football.info

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