Daniel Xhafa

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Daniel Xhafaj
Personal information
Full name Daniel Xhafaj
Date of birth (1977-05-01) 1 May 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Vlorë, Albania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1992–1995 Flamurtari Vlorë
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Flamurtari Vlorë 70 (17)
2000–2003 Dinamo Tirana 63 (23)
2000 Bylis Ballsh (loan) 12 (8)
2003–2004 Flamurtari Vlorë 20 (4)
2003–2005 Teuta Durrës 58 (42)
2005–2006 Neuchâtel Xamax 21 (3)
2005–2006 Elbasani 2 (0)
2006–2007 Teuta Durrës 31 (20)
2007–2009 Tirana 61 (18)
2009–2010 Besa Kavajë 32 (18)
2010–2011 Flamurtari Vlorë 31 (19)
2011–2012 Skënderbeu Korçë 24 (11)
2012–2014 Teuta Durrës 55 (24)
2015 Dinamo Tirana 3 (0)
Total 483 (207)
National team
2007 Albania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2015

Daniel Xhafaj (born 8 March 1977) is a retired Albanian professional footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Besa Kavajë[edit]

Xhafaj signed for Besa Kavajë on 27 August 2009 after having played in the Champions League qualifiers with previous club Tirana against Norwegian side Stabæk. Tirana's failure to qualify to the next round lead to Xhafaj considering his options, one of those came from Besa's president Nexhat Bizhdili who had great ambitions to make Besa one of Albania's top sides. Just days before finalising the deal for the striker, he had a meeting with Bizhdili to discuss a possible transfer, after he was convinced he signed on 27 August 2009 and trained with the rest of the club at their preseason training camp in Mavrovë.[1]

On 29 November 2009, in the matchday 12 away against Vllaznia Shkodër, Xhafaj scored in the 35th second of the match to make it the fastest goal ever in Albanian Superliga; Besa won 3–2.[2][3] The record was later broken by Partizani Tirana's Stevan Račić in 2014.[4]

Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

He was released by the Flamurtari chairman Shpëtim Gjika on 19 July 2011, along with three other main players, Sebino Plaku, Bledar Devolli and Julian Ahmataj.[5]

Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

Despite interest from Greek side PAS Giannina, Xhafaj signed a one-year contract with Albanian champions Skënderbeu Korçë on 23 July 2011, just 4 days after being released by Flamurtari. It was believed he had signed a contract worth €70,000 for the 2011–12 season.[6][7][8]

Teuta Durres[edit]

Xhafa returned to Teuta Durres after a 5-year absence on 2 August 2012.[9] He left the team on 30 May 2014 at the end of the season after his contract expired and the club's directors decided not to renew his contract.[10]

International career[edit]

Xhafa was called for the first time in national team in June 2007 by the coach Otto Barić for the qualifying match against Luxembourg in Luxembourg city. He was able to make his debut in this match, featuring in the last 13 minutes of the 3–0 win at Stade Josy Barthel.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2015[12]
Club League Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamurtari Vlorë Albanian Superliga 1995–96 1 0 ? ? 1 0
1996–97 11 0 ? ? 11 0
1997–98 22 3 ? ? 22 3
1998–99 23 10 ? ? 23 10
1999–00 7 2 2+ 5 9 7
Total 64 15 2+ 5+ 66 20
Bylis Ballsh Albanian Superliga 1999–00 16 8 0 0 16 8
Total 16 8 0 0 16 8
Dinamo Tirana Albanian Superliga 1999–00 5 1 0 0 5 1
2000–01 30 11 ? ? 30 11
2001–02 24 10 3+ 2 27 12
2002–03 13 2 1+ 1 14 3
Total 72 24 4+ 3 76 27
Flamurtari Vlorë Albanian Superliga 2002–03 ? 4 0 0 ? 4
2003–04 30 11 ? ? 30 11
Total 72 24 4+ 3 76 27
Career Total 80 23 2+ 5+ 0 0 82 28

International[edit]

As of 7 July 2015[13]

Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 2 0
Total 2 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Tirana
Teuta Durrës
Tirana
Besa Kavajë
Flamurtari Vlorë
Skënderbeu Korçë

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bizhdili bind Xhafaj për Besën" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vllaznia Shkodër vs. Besa Kavajë 2 – 3". Soccerway. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Kel Naraci (29 November 2009). "Daniel Xhafaj goli më i shpejtë" (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Partizani triumfon në Elbasan për 12 sekonda, Laçi fundos Apoloninë" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Gjergji Stefa (2011-07-19). "Katër largime "big" në Vlorë!" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Xhafaj firmos per Skenderbeun" (in Albanian). Albania Sport. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Daniel Xhafa firmos per Skenderbeun" (in Albanian). Futbolli Shqiptar. 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Xhafa per 70 mije euro te Skenderbeu" (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  9. ^ Xhafaj, largimi “numër 3”: shkon te Teuta!
  10. ^ Leonidha Musaj (30 May 2014). "I skadoi kontrata, Daniel Xhafaj largohet nga Teuta". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Football MATCH: 06.06.2007 Luxembourg v Albania". EU-Football.info. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Albania - D. Xhafaj - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Football PLAYER: Daniel Xhafaj". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Daniel Xhafaj shpallet futbollisti më i mirë i muajit shtator; Gazeta e Durresit, 6 October 2013

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