|Date of birth||14 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Tirana, Albania|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Albania U19 (manager)|
|2003–2004||→ Salernitana (loan)||38||(8)|
|2007–2008||→ Livorno (loan)||17||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Erjon Bogdani (born 14 April 1977) is an Albanian retired footballer and current manager of Albania national under-19 football team. In his playing career he played as a striker for Partizani Tirana in Albania, Gençlerbirliği in Turkey, NK Zagreb in Croatia and in Italy for Reggina, Salernitana, Verona, Siena, Chievo, Livorno, Cesena. In the international level he represented as well the Albania national football team and is current All-time top-scorer with 18 goals in 74 matches. He has been part of the team for 13 years, making his debut in 1996, and scoring the first goal three years later. In 2011, after his goal during the 2–1 away loss against Luxembourg, Bogdani broke the record of Alban Bushi to become the all-time top goalscorer of Albania. He is nicknamed "Bogu".
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 2.1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 2.2 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
- 2.3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 2.4 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
- 2.5 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 2.6 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
- 2.7 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 2.8 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
- 2.9 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 3 Managerial career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Bogdani was discovered by local side Partizani Tirana at the age of just 10 in a school team competition held in Tirana, where he scored 11 goals in just four games. The young Bogdani then joined Partizani Tirana's academy, where he played through the different age groups and eventually signing his first professional contract with the club in 1994.
Bogdani made his professional debut with Partizani Tirana in the Albanian Superliga in the 1993–94 season, where he played 7 games in the second half of the season. The following season, he scored his first goal in a campaign which saw him play 13 games and score 2 goals. The 1997–98 campaign would prove to be his most successful in Albanian football as he scored 13 goals in just 15 games before the winter break.
Bogdani later moved to Zagreb with Josip Kuže's help and played there for 1. HNL club NK Zagreb scoring 15 goals in 26 matches. In his first season 1998–99 with NK Zagreb he played only 14 games scoring 9 goals. In season 1999–2000 he scored 6 goals in 12 games.
With the first half of Croatian First League season over, Bogdani was transferred to Italy at the winter break.
In January 2000, Bogdani joined Reggina and made his Serie A debut on 6 February against Bologna. In Reggio Calabria, except for the 2001–02 season in the Serie B, he played 37 Serie A games, and scored 4 goals. In 2003–04 season, he was loaned at Salernitana in the Serie B.
In 2004–05 season, Bogdani was signed by Verona and was the team top-scorer of Verona in the Serie B with 17 goals, 3 goals behind top-scorer Gionatha Spinesi, 2 goals behind Diego Milito of Genoa and Francesco Tavano. The 2004–05 season was his personal best, he has never scored more goals in one season, than in the 2004–05 season.
In summer 2005, Bogdani made his return to Italy's top-flight, but now for A.C. Siena. He made it his debut on 28 August 2005 against Cagliari playing a full 90-minutes match, which finished in the 2–1 victory. Bogdani scored his first goal on 21 September 2005 against Ascoli, in a match finished in the 1–1 draw where his goal was the first of the match, scored in the 45th minute. On 28 January 2006 Bogdani scored a hat trick of 3 goals against Palermo where the match finished in the 1–3 away victory. In the 2005–06 season he registered in total 34 league appearances where he scored in total 11 goals.
He started another season with Siena as he played in the first match against Chievo on 10 September 2006, where the match finished in the victory 1–2. He played until the end of the 2006–07 season's first-half, where he made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals.
With Chievo, he made his debut on 14 January 2007 against Catania playing as a starter. He scored twice on 24 February 2007 against Torino, in the match finished in the 3–0 victory. He established himself as a starter under coach Luigi Delneri playing in the starting line up in 16 out 19 matches scoring in total 5 goals but unable to avoid relegation to Serie B.
Loan to Livorno
Bogdani remained in Serie A as he was loaned out to Livorno at the start of the 2007–08 Serie A season to replace the "Goal machine" Cristiano Lucarelli. He made his debut with Livorno on 2 September 2007 against Palermo in a match finished in the 2–4 loss, where he came in as a substitute in the 36th minute in place of Francesco Tavano. Bogdani scored two goals during the second-half season, first against Juventus on 27 January 2008 in a 1–3 loss and against Reggina on 19 March 2008 in the match finished in the 1–1 draw. At the end of the season Livorno relegated to Serie B as they were ranked in the last place of the table. Bogdani registered 28 appearances and only two goals for the entire season.
He returned to Chievo for the 2008–09 season. He had a bad season where he wasn't even included in 9 matches and played 12 matches as a starter and 9 as a substitute. He scored only 1 goal for the entire season against Lazio on 15 March 2009 in a match finished in the 0–3 victory, where Bogdani came in as a substitute following an injury of Stephen Makinwa in the 20th minute and scored the opening goal in the 27th minute.
Almost similar was also the next 2009–10 season. He participated in 32 matches playing 12 as a starter and 9 as a substitute where he scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist. On 20 September 2009 against Genoa Bogdani played as a starter and created an immediate impact in the first minutes winning a penalty in the 4th minute converted in goal by Michele Marcolini and scoring a goal himself 2 minutes later. Chievo won by 3–1. Due to a dispute with coach Domenico Di Carlo he wasn't even included in the 4 penultimate matches of the season.
In the 2010–11 season, Bogdani joined A.C. Cesena and made his debut on 28 August 2010 against A.S. Roma in a 0–0 draw. He scored his first goal for Cesena against Milan, he also assisted the second goal made by Giaccherini in a 2–0 win. Bogdani was voted as the Man of the match against A.C. Milan and U.S. Lecce and has been selected in the Serie A, Team of the week . Bogdani scored eight goals for A.C. Cesena in 49 appearances. He scored his first goal of 2011 on 19 January a game played in Milano against Internazionale but still lost 3–2. He scored the equalizer in a 1–1 match between Lecce in the 90+2' on 30 January.
Bogdani re-signed for AC Siena on the final day of the winter transfer window, on a two-year contract. He made his debut with the Tuscans 22 February 2012, in the home defeat against Liverpool (0–1 for the Etna). Scored his first goal in the league 26 February 2012 in the win against Palermo (4–1). Is repeated in the next two weeks against Cagliari and Cesena, his former team. Concluded the season with 11 appearances and 4 goals.
The following season begins from the first minute in Siena-Vicenza (4–2), valid for the third round of the Italian Cup, going out to 33 'of recovery instead of Paolucci. He made his debut in the league on 26 August against Torino (0–0). Scored his first goal of the season on 31 Oct in Cagliari Siena (4–2). Bogdani scored second goal against Sampdoria on 20 January 2013.
Bogdani is currently Albania's all-time top goalscorer with 18 goals in 74 appearances. He has been part of the team for 13 years. He also holds the unique records for the most goals scored in the FIFA World Cup qualification with 8 in overall, for the most goals scored by an Albanian international as a substitute (4) and the oldest national team goalscorer at age of 35 years 10 month, 23 days. He received his first senior international call up in 1996 by coach Neptun Bajko for a friendly match in Zenica against Bosnia & Herzegovina on 24 April 1996 in the Bosnia & Herzegovina debut as a new national team. He made his international debut against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the age of 19 years and 10 days old on in a goalless draw, coming on as an 86th-minute substitute for Ardian Behari also fellow debutant. Then he became part of the Albania U-21 team, where he scored on his official debut in a 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification against Portugal U21 on 9 October 1996. Following his goal however, he was sent off after receiving the first red card of his career just 4 minutes after scoring his first international goal and Albania went on to lose the game 4–2. Overall he made 7 official appearances for the U-21 national team.
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
He was called up for the first competitive match for Albania against Northern Ireland on 14 December 1996 valid for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification. He was an unused substitute for the entire match.
He played his second game two years later in a friendly match against Cyprus on 19 August 1998 where he was put in play by coach Astrit Hafizi as a 72nd minute substitute for fellow national striker Igli Tare.
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
On 15 November 2000 Bogdani played as a 55th minute substitute replacing Alban Bushi in a friendly match against Malta and managed to score twice in the 70th & 90th minutes as the match finished in the 3–0 win for Albania.
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
Bogdani scored the only goal for Albania on 8 June 2005 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Denmark finished in the 3–1 loss. He scored also in the next match on 3 September 2005 against Kazakhstan. His goal came in the 56th minute, just 2 minutes after the opening goal scored by fellow striker Florian Myrtaj and Albania took a 2–1 home win. He scored again for the third consecutive qualifiers match and this time a brace against Ukraine on 8 October 2005 to give Albania an away 2–2 draw. Interestingly, Bogdani scored in the 75th minute for the 1–1 equalizer and in the 83rd minute to give Albania temporary advantage, which was broken by Ukraine 3 minutes later.
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Bogdani scored his only goal of the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying on 17 November 2007 in the penultimate game against Belarus in 2–4 loss, where Bogdani scored in the 43rd minute for the 1–1 equalizer.
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
In the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification Bogdani was the most used striker under coach Arie Haan which used to play mostly with a solo striker. Overall Bogdani played 7 matches as a starter and scored 3 goals. In the opening match against Sweden on 6 September 2008, Bogdani was an unused substitute as coach Arie Haan preferred Hamdi Salihi as a starter and Besart Berisha as a second-half substitute. But then 4 days later Bogdani won the starting place as a solo striker and opened the score in the 45+1' minute in Albania's way 3–0 victory over Malta. On 6 June 2009 Bogdani scored for the 1–1 equalizer against Portugal after a cross in area by Ervin Skela in the 29th minute, but Portugal scored in stoppage time to take the 1–2 victory. On 9 September 2009 Bogdani netted a goal against Denmark for the 1–1 equalizer in the 51st minute after a pass in area by Hamdi Salihi and his goal gave Albania 1 point.
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, new coach Gianni De Biasi had introduced young forwards into the senior national team to create more competition for places in the team. Young forwards such as Edgar Çani, Armando Sadiku and Bekim Balaj provided competition for the established and mature internationals which were Bogdani and Hamdi Salihi. In the opening group game of the qualifiers, Albania took on Cyprus at the Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana, and with De Biasi opting to start with Sadiku and Salihi upfront, Bogdani started the game from the bench. With the scores at 1–1 Bogdani came on in the 72nd minute to replace Emiljano Vila and join the two forwards upfront among Edgar Çani which also came off the bench and he puted Albania ahead in the 84th minute. Bodgani then fired a 30-yard strike into the net in the 87th minute to secure a 3–1 win, a goal which many considered to be the best international goal of his career.
Albania national team
Following naming of Paolo Tramezzani fellow assistant manager of De Biasi at Albania national team as a National teams director, on 9 December 2016 Bogdani was named as the Albania national under-19 football team manager.
In February 2017 he had his first gathering with Albania U19 where he participated in the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament developed from 27 February–3 March 2017. He won its first ever tournament which he participated, beating Romania U19 2–0 in the Final. Prior the Final he did won the opening match against Malta U19 2–1, winning then by 2–0 against England national under-19 team of high-schools and beating Italy national under-19 team of Diletanti 4–2 by Penalty shoot-out. During this tournament, did caught attention a young talent Sadik Cela of PAOK under-20 who scored 3 goals.
|Partizani Tirana||1993–94||Albanian Superliga||7||0||0||0||0||0||31||1|
|Dinamo Zagreb||1998–99||Prva HNL||14||6||0||0||0||0||14||6|
|Hellas Verona||2003–04||Serie B||38||17||1||0||—||39||17|
|Chievo Verona||2006–07||Serie A||19||5||1||0||—||20||5|
|Chievo Verona||2008–09||Serie A||21||1||1||0||—||22||1|
- All appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
- As of 23 March 2013 
|Albania national team|
- As of 6 February 2013. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bogdani goal.
- Partizani Tirana
- Serie A Man of the Match with Cesena (6)
- Serie A Team of the Week with Cesena (4): 2010
- Albanian Footballer of the Year (1): 2005
- Albanian Fan's Footballer of the Year (3): 2002, 2005, 2007
- “Receta” e Bogdanit: Ja si mund ta mundim Danimarkën Panorama Sport
- Halilaj, Jetmir. "Një vit pa futboll - Rrëfimi unik i Bogdanit". Panorama Sport (in Albanian).
Josip Kuzhe. Ishte një trajner i zoti, por edhe që më kishte ndihmuar shumë. Më ndihmoi të shkoja nga Gençlebirligi te Dinamo e Zagrebit, madje pagoi edhe lekë nga xhepi që unë të shkoja atje. “Ik, se aty ke të ardhme të sigurt”, më tha dhe pati të drejtë. (Jospi Kuze was a great coach,he also helped me a lot moving from Gençlebirligi to Dinamo Zagreb,he even pay for me to realize my transfer)
- Pochini, Danilo. "Bologna And QPR After Bogdani". Goal.com.
The 31-year-old has been playing in Serie A since 1999, when he left Dinamo Zagreb for Reggina.
- Siena vs. Cagliari - 28 August 2005 Soccerway
- Ascoli Picchio vs. Siena - 21 September 2005 Soccerway
- Palermo vs. Siena - 28 January 2006 Soccerway
- Chievo vs. Siena - 10 September 2006 Soccerway
- Chievo snap up Siena's Bogdani UEFA.com
- Chievo vs. Catania - 14 January 2007 Soccerway
- Chievo vs. Torino - 24 February 2007 Soccerway
- ERJON BOGDANI GIOCATORE DEL LIVORNO Turismo in Albania
- Livorno vs. Palermo - 2 September 2007 Soccerway
- Livorno vs. Juventus - 27 January 2008 Soccerway
- Livorno vs. Reggina - 19 March 2008 Soccerway
- Lazio vs. Chievo - 15 March 2009 Soccerway
- Chievo vs. Genoa - 20 September 2009 Soccerway
- "Serie A – Inter sell Motta to PSG as window closes". Eurosport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Bogu i jep lamtumirën futbollit Zathur.net
- Bosnia & Herzegovina 0–0 Albania Footballdatabase.eu
- Albania v Portugal, 09 October 1996 11v11
- Erjon Bogdani – UEFA competition record
- Northern Ireland vs. Albania - 14 December 1996 Soccerway
- Cyprus football team defeated Albania 3:2, 19 August 1998 EU-football.info
- Georgia vs. Albania - 5 September 1998 Soccerway
- Albania football team defeated Macedonia 2:0, 10 February 1999 EU-football.info
- Albania football team defeated Malta 3:0, 15 November 2000 EU-football.info
- Denmark football team defeated Albania 3:1, 8 June 2005 EU-football.info
- Albania football team defeated Kazakhstan 2:1, 3 September 2005 EU-football.info
- Ukraine and Albania national football teams played to a 2:2 draw, 8 October 2005 EU-football.info
- Albania football team lost to Belarus 2:4, 17 November 2007 EU-football.info
- Erjon Bogdani matches Soccerway
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™: Albania-Sweden - Report FIFA.com
- Albania vs. Malta - 10 September 2008 Soccerway
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™: Albania-Portugal - Report FIFA.com
- Albania vs. Denmark - 9 September 2009 Soccerway
- Albania football team defeated Cyprus 6:1, 12 August 2009 EU-football.info
- "Luxembourg beat Albania for first win". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- Albania leave it late against Cyprus UEFA.com
- WCQ Group E round-up | Football News Sky Sports
- Albania football team defeated Lithuania 4:1, 26 March 2013 EU-Football.info
- FSHF emëron Bogdanin gjurmues të lojtarëve për ekipet Kombëtare aSport.al
- De Biazi shton edhe Memushajn, Bogdani ndihmës i tij TeleSport
- Prezantohen trajnerët e ekipeve kombëtare U-21 dhe U-19 FSHF.org
- U-19 fiton turneun "Roma Caput Mundi" FSHF.org
- Erjon Bogdani e fillon me fitore karrierën si trajner te U-19 Panorama Sport
- Kombetarja U-19 fiton perballe Anglise 2-0 FSHF.org
- U-19 fiton me penallti ndaj Italise, neser luhet finallja perballe Rumanise FSHF.org
- Erjon Bogdani at Soccerway
- "Football : Erjon Bogdani". Football Database. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Bogdani, Erjon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Erjon Bogdani- national football team player". EU-Football.info. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.