Devi Muka

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Devi Muka
Personal information
Full name Devis Mukaj
Date of birth (1976-12-21) 21 December 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Vlore, Albania
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Flamurtari Vlorë 80 (9)
1998 Partizani Tirana 29 (8)
1999 SK Tirana 23 (9)
2000–2002 Varteks Varazdin 66 (4)
2003–2010 KF Tirana 178 (53)
National team
Albania U-21 6 (0)
1998–2007 Albania 39 (1)
Teams managed
2010 KF Tirana (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 December 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2014

Devi Muka (born 21 December 1976 in Vlorë) is a former Albanian footballer who has spent the majority of his career playing for KF Tirana in the Albanian Superliga as a midfielder.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career and Croatia[edit]

Muka started his career in 1993 with hometown club, Flamurtari Vlorë. He played for them until 1997 when he transferred to Partizani Tirana. He had played 77 league games at Flamurtari Vlorë and had scored 9 goals before leaving. At Partizani Tirana he made 28 appearances and scored 8 goals, and he subsequently moved to play for SK Tirana. In his first season with SK Tirana he played 23 times and scored 9 goals. He then moved to NK Varteks in Croatia, and after 3 years and 66 league games Muka moved back to Albania. He scored 4 goals during his time in Croatia.[2]

Return to Albania[edit]

Muka returned to Albania in 2002 with SK Tirana. He played 23 games and scored 3 goals during the campaign,[3] he scored against former club NK Varteks in the UEFA Champions League.[4] Muka suffered an injury during the 2007–08 season that limited him to just 3 league games all season.[5] In the 2008–09 season Muka did not play until October. He made his season debut on 19 October 2008 against bitter rivals, Dinamo Tirana when he came on for goalscorer Migen Memelli in the 72nd minute.[6] Overall during the 2008–09 season he played 14 games and scored 3 goals, all 3 of them were scored at home at the Selman Stërmasi stadium.[7] Muka once again lifted the trophy at the end of the season following a 2–1 win over title rivals Vllaznia Shkodër.

International career[edit]

Muka made his Albanian National Team debut in a friendly against Cyprus on 19 August 1998. He came on for goalscorer Alban Bushi in the 76th minute of the game. The match resulted in a 3–2 loss for Albania. Muka was 21 when he made his debut. Muka's first and only international goal came on 4 September 1999 Euro 2000 Qualifying match against Latvia. He came off the bench on the 78th minute replacing Igli Tare. His goal came in the 91st minute of the game which secured a point for Albania.[8] He was recalled to the squad when Otto Baric took charge of Albania after having a years gap with no international involvement. Muka last played for the national team on 17 October 2007 in a Euro 2008 Qualifying match against Bulgaria. He replaced Altin Haxhi at half time.[9] The match ended in a 1-1 draw after Ervin Skela missed from the penalty spot on the 90th minute. In total Muka made 40 appearances for the Albanian National Team and scored one goal from 1998 to 2007.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 1999 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Latvia 3–3 3–3 UEFA Euro 2000 qualification[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 November 2015[12][13]
Club Season League Cup Continental[nb 1] Other[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
KF Tirana 2002–03 23 8 1 0 24 8
2003–04 30 15 8 1 4 0 1 0 43 16
2004–05 32 14 9 1 4 4 1 0 46 19
2005–06 33 7 9 5 3 0 1 0 46 12
2006–07 23 3 1 1 4 1 1 1 29 6
2007–08 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 6 1
2008–09 15 4 6 0 21 4
2009–10 19 4 0 0 1 1 20 5
2010–11 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 186 56 34 8 20 6 5 2 245 72
Career total 186 56 34 8 20 6 5 2 245 72

International[edit]

[14][2]

Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 1 0
1999 4 1
2000 8 0
2001 4 0
2002 2 0
2003 4 0
2004 3 0
2005 1 0
2006 4 0
2007 8 0
Total 39 1

Managerial career[edit]

Muka was immediately named as manager of KF Tirana following the departure of Nevil Dede after just two games in charge. The attackind midfielder was still eligible to play for the club and this meant that he became the first Player Manager in the 2009-10 Albanian Superliga. Muka signed his first managerial contract on the day of Dede's departure on 9 February 2010.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Including other competitions, such as Albanian Supercup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devi Muka". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Devi Muka". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  3. ^ Superliga games (login required)
  4. ^ Goal against Varteks
  5. ^ Injury (login required)
  6. ^ Season debut
  7. ^ Home goals
  8. ^ First international goal
  9. ^ Last international match
  10. ^ international games
  11. ^ Albania v Latvia EU-Football.info, 26 December 2014
  12. ^ "Albania - D. Muka - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Football : Devis Mukaj". Football Database. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Devi Muka - national football team player EU-Football.info, 26 December 2014
  15. ^ Devi Muka, trajneri i Tiranës Archived 17 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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