Edvan Bakaj

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Edvan Bakaj
Personal information
Full name Edvan Bakaj
Date of birth (1987-10-09) 9 October 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Tirana
Number 31
Youth career
2000–2004 Partizani Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Partizani Tirana 20 (0)
2008–2009 Laçi 15 (0)
2009–2010 Besa Kavajë 18 (0)
2010–2011 Dinamo Tirana 2 (0)
2011–2012 Besa Kavajë 19 (0)
2012–2014 Laçi 36 (1)
2014– Tirana 38 (0)
2017– Tirana B 3 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Albania U17 3 (0)
2004–2005 Albania U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:49, 30 March 2016 (GMT).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:49, 21 July 2011 (GMT)

Edvan Bakaj (born 9 October 1987) is an Albanian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Tirana in the Albanian Superliga. His cousin Elis Bakaj is an Albania international midfielder and also his teammate at Tirana.

Club career[edit]

Besa Kavajë[edit]

During the winter break, Bakaj announced his departure from Laçi along with the striker Julian Malo,[1] and, in the first days of 2010, he joined Besa Kavajë on a free transfer for the second part of 2009–10.[2]

Romania[edit]

Following recommendation from his cousin Elis Bakaj, Edvan was given a trial at newly promoted Liga II side Alro Slatina. At first it was believed to be an unsuccessful trial as he did not impress in a friendly.[3] However, on 15 July 2011 he signed a contract at the club and joined his cousin and former team mate Elis in Romania.[4]

Return to Laçi[edit]

On 8 August 2012, Bakaj signed a one-year deal with Laçi.[5] He made his return debut with the club on 24 September 2012 during the league match away against Skënderbeu Korçë, where Bakaj conceled three times for a 3–0 defeat.[6]

On 4 May 2014, Bakaj scored his first career goal during the 6–0 thrashing of Kastrioti Krujë, valid for the 22nd week of 2013–14 season, scoring from the penalty kick.[7][8] He left the team after the end of the season by terminating his contract by mutual consensus.[9]

Tirana[edit]

On 25 July 2014, Bakaj signed a two-year contract with Tirana, taking the vacant number 31 for the 2014–15 season.[10] He made his league debut with the club on 30 November 2014 against his former side Laçi, keeping his first clean-sheet of the season in a goalless draw at home.[11]

During the 2014–15 season, he served mostly as a back-up for first goalkeeper Stivi Frashëri, but he took his place in early March 2015 after the match against Partizani Tirana, were Frashëri made a mistake that was decisive for the faith of the match.[12] Bakaj ended the season with 16 appearances in all competitions, including 9 in league, with Tirana who finished it in the fourth place and was eliminated in semi-finals of 2014–15 Albanian Cup against Laçi with the 1–0 aggregate.

He left the club on 7 August 2015 after being told that he was not in the plans of the technical staff,[13] but, five days later, however, a call from the club's president Refik Halili made him to change his mind and return in training.[14]

International career[edit]

Bakaj has been a former youth international player of Albania, player three and two matches respectively with U17 and U19 side.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 August 2015[16][17]
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Laçi 2008–09 15 0 1 0 16 0
2009–10 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Besa Kavajë 2009–10 3 0 3 0
2010–11 15 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Total 18 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 20 0
Dinamo Tirana 2010–11 2 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Besa Kavajë 2011–12 19 0 4 0 23 0
Total 19 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Laçi 2012–13 16 0 9 0 25 0
2013–14 22 1 5 0 2 0 1 0 30 1
Total 38 1 14 0 2 0 1 0 55 1
Tirana 2014–15 9 0 7 0 16 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 9 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Career total 101 1 28 0 3 0 2 0 134 1
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Including other competitions, such as Albanian Supercup

Honours[edit]

Besa Kavajë[17]
Laçi[17]
Tirana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malo e Bakaj ikin nga Laçi" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Edvan Bakaj kalon te Besa" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bakaj nu rămâne la Alro" (in Romanian). Pro Sport. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  4. ^ Constantin Neacsu (15 July 2011). "Bakaj si-a trimis varul la Slatina" (in Romanian). Cancan. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Edvan Bakaj firmos për Laçin" (in Albanian). Info.al. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Llazi Saro (25 September 2012). "Skënderbeu s’e lëshon kreun, thyen Laçin. Josa: Duhet të përmirësohemi" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Laçi, “tenis” për Europën me Kastriotin. Nica: Do t’ia dalim edhe ndaj Skënderbeut" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Laçi vs. Kastrioti Krujë 6 – 0". Soccerway. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Portieri Edvan Bakaj largohet nga Laçi" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Portieri Bakaj" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Superliga Shqiptare/ Tirana ndal hapin, barazon me Laçin, Partizani merr kreun ndaj Teutës" (in Albanian). Standard.al. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "E ulin në stol, Stivi Frashëri shpërthen në “Facebook”: Te Tirana më shajnë nga nëna!" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Tirana, largohet edhe Edvan Bakaj" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bakaj bën prapaktheu, qëndron te Tirana" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Edvan Bakaj – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Football : Edvan Bakaj". Football Database. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Albania - E. Bakaj - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 

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