Ansi Agolli

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Ansi Agolli
Ansi Agolli.JPG
Agolli with Qarabağ in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ansi Agolli
Date of birth (1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Qarabağ
Number 25
Youth career
1991–2000 KF Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Tirana 64 (5)
2003 Apolonia Fier (loan) 12 (1)
2005–2006 Neuchâtel Xamax 29 (3)
2006–2007 Luzern 8 (0)
2007–2009 Vaasa PS 33 (1)
2008–2009 Tirana (loan) 29 (5)
2009–2012 Kryvbas 13 (0)
2010–2011 Qarabağ (loan) 31 (0)
2012– Qarabağ 163 (3)
National team
2002–2003 Albania U21 6 (0)
2005– Albania 69 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:42, 27 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Ansi Agolli (born 11 October 1982 in Tirana) is an Albanian footballer who currently plays for FK Qarabağ in the Azerbaijan Premier League and captains the Albanian national team. He plays primarily as a left midfielder or left-back, but he can also operate as a right-back.

Club career[edit]

Tirana[edit]

Agolli began his career with his hometown club Tirana as a child at age of 9, progressing through the ranks of the club.[1] He eventually joined the first team in the 2000–01 campaign, where he made his debut as a teenager. He made 10 league appearances for Tirana before being sent out on loan to fellow Albanian Superliga side Apolonia Fier in January 2003 to help the club in their battle to avoid the drop. Agolli played 12 times and scored one goal for Apolonia Fier but the side were narrowly relegated to the Albanian First Division on goal difference. Despite experiencing relegation, the six-month loan was a successful one for Agolli as he gained more first team experience and returned to the champions Tirana before the start of the 2003–04 season.

Neuchâtel Xamax[edit]

After spending two years at Tirana, he was spotted by Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax in July 2005, where he made 32 appearances and scored four goals.

Luzern[edit]

After one season at his new club, he decided to move to another Swiss club, Luzern. Things did not work out for him at Luzern, so he moved away from Switzerland in January 2007 on a free transfer to play in Finland with Vaasa PS.

Vaasa PS and return to Tirana[edit]

At Vaasa, Agolli made 33 appearances and scored 1 goal. In July 2008, he decided to move back on loan to his first club Tirana. Agolli was part of a very successful season at the club as Tirana finished top of the league, making 36 appearances and scoring five goals.

Kryvbas[edit]

He returned to Vaasa at the end of April 2009 with a representative of KF Tirana to negotiate a permanent transfer to the Albanian club. The clubs quickly reached an agreement and the transfer was finalised on 4 May. Suddenly at the beginning of July 2009 he moved to Kryvbas in the Ukraine Premier League for a big transfer fee, linking up with compatriots Ervin Bulku, Dorian Bylykbashi and Isli Hidi who were also members of the Albania national football team. Agolli made 13 appearances for the club.

Qarabag[edit]

In July 2010, he moved on loan to Qarabağ in the Azerbaijan Premier League until the end of December 2011. Then in January 2012, he made the loan move permanent for a fee of £30,000.

On 22 February 2013, Agolli scored a goal to give his team a 3–2 win away to Ravan Baku.[2] In the 2014–15 season, his solid performances led him to be named the team's Player of the Season for the first time in his career.[3] At the end of the season, Agolli agreed a contract extension with Qarabağ, keeping him at the club until June 2016.[4]

On 22 April 2016, Agolli played his 228th match for the club across all competitions in the 2–0 home win against Inter Baku,[5] becoming the foreign player with the most appearances for the club, surpassing the record of his compatriot Admir Teli.[6][7]

In the end of the 2016–17 season Agolli renewed his contrat for another 1 year.[8]

International career[edit]

Albania U21[edit]

Agolli debutted in international level with Albania national under-21 football team on 11 October 2002 in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification against Switzerland U21 in a goalless draw. He played 6 matches in total during the qualification campaign as Albania were ranked 3rd in a 5-teams group.[9]

Albania senior team[edit]

Agolli (#7) lining up with Albania against Austria in 2016.

Agolli made his debut for Albania in the match against Kazakhstan in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 3 September 2005, coming on as a second-half substitute in place of Altin Haxhi.[10] He scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Georgia on 10 June 2009.[11]

On 16 November 2015, aged 33, Agolli captained Albania for the first time in his 58th appearance, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Georgia at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[12]

Euro 2016[edit]

On 21 May 2016, Agolli was named in Albania's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[13] and in Albania's final 23-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad on 31 May.[14]

Agolli was named Albania's second acting captain under Gianni De Biasi for UEFA Euro 2016 after incumbent Lorik Cana was sent-off in the opening match of the tournament against Switzerland and so Agolli played the rest of this match as a captain and also two other remained Group A matches because Cana was suspended for the second match and in the third match Cana started from the bench. Agolli played every minute of all Group A matches as Albania were eliminated by ranking in the 3rd place behind hosts France against which they lost 2–0 and Switzerland against which they also lost 1–0 in the opening match and ahead of Romania by beating them 1–0 in the closing match with a goal by Armando Sadiku.[15] Albania finished the group in the third position with three points and with a goal difference –2, and was ranked last in the third-placed teams, which eventually eliminated them.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14:37, 27 May 2017 (UTC) [17][18][19][9]
Season Club Division League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tirana 2000–01 Albanian Superliga 1 0 1 0
2001–02 3 0 3 0
2002–03 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2003–04 23 1 1 1 1 1 25 3
2004–05 31 4 2 0 0 0 33 4
2008–09 29 5 7 0 36 5
Total 93 10 0 0 4 1 2 1 99 12
Apolonia Fier 2002–03 Albanian Superliga 12 1 12 1
Total 12 1 12 1
Neuchâtel Xamax 2005–06 Swiss Super League 29 3 2 1 1 0 32 4
Luzern 2006–07 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total Switzerland 37 3 2 1 1 0 40 4
Vaasa PS 2007 Veikkausliiga 18 0 0 0 18 0
2008 15 1 0 0 15 1
Total 33 1 0 0 33 1
Kryvbas Kryvyi 2009–10 Ukrainian Premier League 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 0 0 13 0
Qarabağ 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League 31 0 1 0 6 0 38 0
2011–12 31 1 4 0 6 1 41 2
2012–13 27 1 4 0 31 1
2013–14 34 1 2 0 8 0 44 1
2014–15 26 0 4 0 12 0 42 0
2015–16 24 0 4 0 11 0 39 0
2016–17 21 0 3 0 12 0 36 0
Total 194 3 22 0 55 1 261 4
Career total 383 18 31 1 60 1 2 1 476 22

International[edit]

As of 28 March 2017 [19][20]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 1 0
2006 1 0
2007 0 0
2008 5 0
2009 7 2
2010 9 0
2011 8 0
2012 6 0
2013 8 0
2014 8 0
2015 5 0
2016 10 0
2017 1 0
Total 69 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.[21]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 10 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 11  Georgia 1–1 1–1 Friendly match [22]
2 12 August 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 12  Cyprus 5–1 6–1 Friendly match [23]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Albania Tirana[17]
Azerbaijan Qarabağ[17]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ansi Agolli – Euro 2016 profile FSHF.org
  2. ^ "Teli dhe Agolli i japin fitoren Karabakut" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Agolli, edhe një vit tjetër te Karabak" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Agolli: firmos edhe për 1 vit" (in Albanian). Sportal.al. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Qarabağ vs. Inter Baku 2 – 0". Soccerway. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Legjionarët / Ansi Agolli, "mbreti" i huaj i Kaspikut, thyen rekordin e Telit" (in Albanian). Albanian Sport. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Theu rekordin e Telit, Agolli: Numra që më japin shtysë" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Agolli firmos rinovimin me Qarabag SuperSport Albania
  9. ^ a b Ansi AgolliUEFA competition record
  10. ^ Albania football team defeated Kazakhstan 2:1, 3 September 2005 EU-Football.info
  11. ^ "Shqiperia barazon me Gjeorgjine". Sport.albeu.com (in Albanian). 11 June 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Erald Kodheli (16 November 2015). "Shqipëri me karakter, barazon në 6 minutat e fundit ndaj Gjeorgjisë". Super Sport Albania (in Albanian). Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Fatjon Pandovski (21 May 2016). "De Biasi leaves out Albanian top scorer Salihi". UEFA. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "De Biasi shpall listën zyrtare të Euro 2016". FSHF.org. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  15. ^ UEFA EURO 2016 - Albania - Matches UEFA.com
  16. ^ "Albania out of Euro 2016 after Portugal draw with Hungary". Fourfourtwo.com. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c Ansi Agolli at Soccerway
  18. ^ "Football : Ansi Agolli". Football Database. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  19. ^ a b Ansi Agolli at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ Ansi Agolli at EU-Football.info
  21. ^ "Ansi Agolli - national football team player". EU-Football.info. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "Albania vs. Georgia 1 – 1". Soccerway. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  23. ^ "Albania vs. Cyprus 6 – 1". Soccerway. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lorik Cana
Albania captain
2016–
Succeeded by
Incumbent