Alban Hoxha

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Alban Hoxha
Personal information
Full name Alban Bekim Hoxha
Date of birth (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Cërrik, Albania
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Partizani Tirana
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2004 Turbina Cërrik
2004–2005 Dinamo Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Dinamo Tirana 45 (0)
2005–2006 Turbina Cërrik (loan) ? (?)
2009 Apolonia Fier (loan) 8 (0)
2010 Kosova Vushtrri (loan) ? (?)
2011–2012 Kastrioti Krujë 6 (0)
2012–2013 Besa Kavajë 23 (0)
2013– Partizani Tirana 78 (0)
National team
2006 Albania U19 3 (0)
2014– Albania 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2014.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015

Alban Bekim Hoxha (Albanian pronunciation: [alban hɔdʒa]; born 23 November 1987) is an Albanian footballer who plays as a Goalkeeper for Albanian club Partizani Tirana and the Albania national team.

Club career[edit]

Dinamo[edit]

He was raised through the ranks at his hometown team Turbina Cërrik before joining the youth team of Dinamo Tirana in 2004. He was loaned back out to Turbina Cërrik for the 2005–06 campaign, where he played in the Albanian First Division.[1] He returned the following season and joined the first team at Dinamo as Ilion Lika understudy. He made his top flight debut with Dinamo on 10 March 2007 in a home game against KF Elbasani.[2] He featured in 11 league games between March and the end of the season due to first choice keeper Lika being sidelined with injury.

The following season he became second choice to Elvis Kotorri following the departure of Ilion Lika, and he made 2 league appearances as Dinamo were crowned Albanian Superliga champions for the first time since 2002. During the first half of the 2008–09 season he only made one league and one cup appearance before being loaned out to fellow Superliga side Apolonia Fier in January for the remainder of the season. He made 8 appearances while on loan at Apolonia Fier and kept 3 clean sheets, helping the team avoid the relegation play off places by a single point.

He returned to his parent club Dinamo ahead of the 2009–10 season and made 6 league appearances as he won his second Superliga title with Dinamo. The following season he competed with Albanian international Isli Hidi for the first choice spot in the team, and following Hidi's departure to Olympiakos Nicosia in January 2011 he became Dinamo's first choice keeper for the first time and eventually featured in 24 league games as Dinamo narrowly avoided relegation after beating Besëlidhja Lezhë in the relegation play off.[3]

At the time with Dinamo, he had a short spell with Kosova Vushtrri in the Kosovo Superleague.[4]

Kastrioti[edit]

Hoxha left Dinamo Tirana in the summer transfer window of 2011 and joined another Superliga side Kastrioti Krujë, where he competed with Argjent Halili for the starting lineup, ultimately losing out as he only made 6 league appearances, and was used mainly in the Albanian Cup, where he featured 10 times. He left the club at the end of the season along with Halili, and was in talks with FK Kukësi regarding a possible transfer, but a move never materialised as an agreement could not be reached.[5]

Besa[edit]

He joined Besa Kavajë ahead of the 2012–13 campaign and was immediately made the first choice goalkeeper ahead of Ibrahim Bejte. Throughout the season Hoxha made 23 league and 2 cup appearances, helping Besa to a 9th-place finish, avoiding the relegation play off places.

Partizani[edit]

He joined newly promoted FK Partizani Tirana in the summer of 2013 and was given the number 1 shirt as well being named captain for the 2013–14 season.[6]

Hoxha went 1,084 minutes without conceding a goal during 2014–15 Albanian Superliga season and got the all-time Albanian Superliga record as he broke the 30-year-old record set by the goalkeeper of KS Labinoti Elbasan (modern day called KF Elbasani), Bujar Gogunja, who kept intact net goal for 1037 minutes.[7] He has been chosen as the Footballer of the Year for 2014 by the Albanian Football Association.[8]

On 1 November 2015, during the league match against Teuta Durrës, Hoxha suffered a jaw-injury after a clash with his team-mate Gëzim Krasniqi in the 76th minute of the match, being taken off the field by an ambulance.[9]

International career[edit]

Albania U19[edit]

Hoxha played three matches for the youth's Albania national under-19 football team in the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification - Group 9 between 23–27 October 2005.[10][11][12]

Albania senior team[edit]

After the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in which Albania participated, the second choice goalkeeper Samir Ujkani left the team to play for the Kosovo, which just had gained the right to play international friendlies against FIFA member associations and it will represent Kosovo in these friendlies starting from 5 March 2014 against Haiti national team.[13] Albania were looking forward for a third choice behind Etrit Berisha, which was a starter choice and Orges Shehi, which became second choice after leaving of Ujkani.[14]

For the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying second round matches against Denmark & Serbia on 11 & 15 October 2014, Hoxha received his first senior team call-up by the Albania coach Gianni De Biasi as a third choice goalkeeper.[15] He remained as an unused substitute with for both matches as an 23rd shirt number. For the friendly matches against France and Italy on 14 & 18 November 2014, Hoxha had some issue family problems and he replaced as a third choice with the fellow Albanian Superliga goalkeeper of KF Tirana, Stivi Frashëri.[16]

On 16 November 2015, Hoxha made his official debut with Albania by replacing Berisha during the friendly match against Georgia which ended in a 2–2 draw at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 December 2014[18]
Season Club League country League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Turbina Cërrik Albanian Second Division
Total
2006–07 Dinamo Tirana Albanian Superliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0
Apolonia Fier 8 0 0 0 8 0
2009–10 Dinamo Tirana 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 25 0 6 0 0 0 31 0
Total Dinamo 31 6 6 0 0 0 37 6
2011–12 Kastrioti Krujë Albanian Superliga 6 0 10 0 16 0
Total 6 0 10 0 0 0 16 0
2012–13 Besa Kavajë Albanian Superliga 23 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Total 23 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
2013–14 Partizani Tirana Albanian Superliga 31 0 3 0 34 0
2014–15 14 0 0 0 14 0
Total 45 0 3 0 0 0 48 0
Career total 113 0 21 0 0 0 134 0

International[edit]

As of 17 November 2015[19]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 0 0
2015 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Tirana

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andi Matraxhiu (2011-06-06). "Alban Hoxha premton besnikëri: "Dinamon e pres deri në fund"" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  2. ^ Dinamo 1-1 Elbasani
  3. ^ Besëlidhja 1-4 Dinamo
  4. ^ Alban Hoxha at albaniasoccer
  5. ^ Kastrioti pa portier, Hoxha dhe Halilaj drejt largimit
  6. ^ "Prodani firmos me 3 "dema të kuq"". Panorama Sport. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hoxha thyen rekordin: Ia dedikoj gruas dhe djalit, emocion i papërshkrueshëm". Panorama Sport. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Alban Hoxha, lojtari më i mirë i vitit 2014". Asport.info. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Alban Hoxha largohet me ambulance nga stadjumi". Albania Soccer (in Albanian). 1 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Maqedonia 4–2 Shqipëria - 2005-10-23 - European Under-19 Championship - FSHF.org
  11. ^ Rumania 2–0 Shqipëria - 2005-10-27 - European Under-19 Championship - FSHF.org
  12. ^ Shqipëria 0–2 Turqia - 2005-10-25 - European Under-19 Championship - FSHF.org
  13. ^ Largimi i parë, Ujkani le Shqipërinë për Kosovën - Albeu.com
  14. ^ Shqipëria kërkon një portier për vendin e lënë bosh nga Ujkani - Gazeta SHQIP
  15. ^ "De Biazi: Me Danimarkën duhet përqëndrim - (Më pas, ai ka shpallur edhe listën me 27 të ftuar për këto dy takime. Ja lojtarët që do të jenë nën urdhrat e trajnerit Xhani De Biazi". FSHF.org (in Albanian). 4 October 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  16. ^ Zbardhet lista për miqësoret, Gashi dhe Meha mbeten jashtë Panorama Sport "Fjala është për portierin e Tiranës, Stivi Frashëri, që zëvendëson Alban Hoxhën e Partizanit, i cili ka probleme familjare."
  17. ^ "Shqipëria barazon 2-2 me Gjeorgjinë; tifozët protestojnë ndaj FSHF-së". Top Channel (in Albanian). 16 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  18. ^ Alban Hoxha profile at Soccerway
  19. ^ Alban Hoxha at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ Alban Hoxha eshte shpallur si lojtari i muajit Mars ne Superlige nga shoqata "Sporti na bashkon". Superliga Shqiptare, 3 April 2015

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