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Artim Šakiri
Артим Шаќири
Artim Shaqiri
Personal information
Full name Artim Šakiri
Date of birth (1973-09-23) 23 September 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Livadа, Struga, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
FK Dinamo Livadа
FK Karaorman
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1994 FK Karaorman
1994–2000 FK Vardar 87 (21)
1997–1998 Halmstads BK (loan) 43 (8)
2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin (loan) 14 (0)
2000–2001 HIT Gorica 19 (3)
2000–2001 NK Korotan 2 (2)
2001–2002 Malatyaspor 23 (3)
2002–2003 CSKA Sofia 20 (5)
2003–2005 West Bromwich Albion 28 (1)
2005–2006 AaB Aalborg 12 (3)
2006 FC Inter Turku 5 (3)
2007 FC Vaduz 10 (0)
2007 Shkëndija 25 (7)
2008 Besa Kavajë 8 (1)
2008–2009 Qarabağ 22 (7)
National team
1996–2006 Macedonia 72 (15)
Teams managed
2012–2013 FK Shkëndija
2014–2015 FK Kukësi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Artim Šakiri or Shaqiri (Macedonian: Артим Шаќири, Albanian: Artim Shaqiri; born 23 September 1973) is a retired football midfielder from the Republic of Macedonia,[1] who last played for Qarabağ FK in Azerbaijan in 2009. While managing FK Kukësi in 2014, Šakiri was ranked as the best manager of the Albanian Superliga and the second best manager of Albanian origin in the world.[2]

Biography[edit]

Šakiri was born to an Albanian family in Livada, a village near Struga.[3] In his youth, he played football for his village squad (FK Dinamo Livada).[4]

Club career[edit]

In 1997, he moved from Vardar to Swedish side Halmstads BK, a team that won the Swedish premier league Allsvenskan the same year. He played alongside developing star Fredrik Ljungberg.

In 2003, he moved from Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia to West Bromwich Albion in England. He made his debut in a 4–1 defeat away at local rivals Walsall. In his first home league match for Albion, Šakiri scored a spectacular long-range goal, helping his team to a 4–1 win over Burnley.[5] It was, however, his only goal for the club. He made 30 appearances during 2003–04, but the next season he only played three games and left the club. He was set to move to Burnley, but the move fell through as his work permit wasn't renewed.[6] Instead, Šakiri went to AaB in Denmark. He was released by AaB in 2006. In Autumn 2006, Šakiri signed for Finnish club FC Inter. He made five Veikkausliiga appearances and scored three times, but his contract was not renewed. In 2007, he signed for FC Vaduz. At the beginning of the season 2008 he has signed for Azerbaijani side Qarabağ FK.

Career statistics[edit]

[7]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1992–93 FK Karaorman 2. MFL - -
1993–94 1. MFL - -
1994–95 FK Vardar 23 3 - 0 0
1995–96 26 10 - 4 0
1996–97 13 2 - 4 0
1997 Halmstads (loan) Allsvenskan 19 4 - 19 4
1998 24 4 - 2 1 26 5
1998–99 FK Vardar 1. MFL 7 2 - -
1999–2000 9 2 - 1 0 10 2
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin (loan) 2. Bundesliga 14 0 - - 14 0
2000–01 FK Vardar 1. MFL 8 2 - -
2000–01 Gorica 1. SNL 14 3 - 0 0 14 3
2001–02 5 0 - 2 0 7 0
Korotan Prevalje 2 2 - - 2 2
2001–02[8] Malatyaspor Süper Lig 23 3 - - 23 3
2002–03 CSKA Sofia A PFG 20 5 - 3 1 23 6
2003–04 West Bromwich Albion[9] Championship 25 1 1 0 4 0 - 30 1
2004–05 Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
2005–06 AaB Superligaen 12 3 - - 12 3
2006 Inter Turku Veikkausliiga 5 3 - 5 3
2006–07 FC Vaduz Challenge League 10 0 - 0 0 10 0
2007–08 Shkëndija 1. MFL - -
2007–08 Besa Kavajë Albanian Superliga 8 1 - 0 0 8 1
2008–09[10] Qarabağ APL 22 7 - - 22 7
Career total 223 40 1 0 4 0 16 2 245 42

International career[edit]

Šakiri made his debut for Macedonia in a March 1996 friendly match against Malta, coming on as a late substitute for Sašo Miloševski, and has been capped 75 times. He has been captain of the team for many of those years. In 2002, he scored a goal directly from a corner kick against England.

International goals[edit]

[11]

Honours[edit]

FK Vardar[4]
Halmstad
CSKA Sofia[4]
Qarabağ[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euro Qualifying Preview FYR Macedonia – Croatia". Goal.com. 17 November 2007. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Hasi e Shaqiri trajnerët më të mirë shqiptar". alsat-m.tv (in Albanian). 22 December 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Shaqiri: E ardhmja ime në Angli" (in Albanian). Portalb. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Artim Shakjiri". macedonianfootball.com. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "West Brom 4–1 Burnley". BBC Sport. 16 August 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Burnley fail in bid to net Sakiri". BBC Sport. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2007. 
  7. ^ Artim Šakiri at National-Football-Teams.com
  8. ^ "ARTIM ŞAKIRI". tff.org. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Artim Sakiri". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "2008/09 Stats" (PDF). pfl.az. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Artim Shakjiri". macedonianfootball.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Toni Micevski
Macedonia captain
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Goce Sedloski