Erjon Bogdani

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Erjon Bogdani
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-04-14) 14 April 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Albania U19 (manager)
Youth career
1987–1994 Partizani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Partizani 62 (21)
1997–1998 Gençlerbirliği 11 (1)
1998–2000 NK Zagreb 25 (8)
2000–2004 Reggina 67 (11)
2003–2004 Salernitana (loan) 38 (8)
2004–2005 Verona 38 (17)
2005–2007 Siena 49 (13)
2007–2010 Chievo 61 (8)
2007–2008 Livorno (loan) 17 (2)
2010–2012 Cesena 49 (8)
2012–2013 Siena 29 (6)
Total 466 (103)
National team
1996–1998 Albania U-21 7 (1)
1996–2013 Albania 74 (18)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Albania (Assistant)
2016– Albania U19
* 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[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.

Partizani Tirana[edit]

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.

This attracted the attention of several foreign clubs, but Bogdani decided to move to Turkey with Gençlerbirliği in the Süper Lig where he played for the second half of the 1997–98 season.

NK Zagreb[edit]

Bogdani later moved to Zagreb with Josip Kuže's help[2] and played there for 1. HNL club NK Zagreb scoring 15 goals in 26 matches.[3] 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.

Reggina[edit]

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.

Hellas Verona[edit]

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.

Siena[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] On 28 January 2006 Bogdani scored a hat trick of 3 goals against Palermo where the match finished in the 1–3 away victory.[6] 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.[7] He played until the end of the 2006–07 season's first-half, where he made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Chievo Verona[edit]

On 11 January 2007 struggling A.C. ChievoVerona signed 29-year-old Albanian international striker Bogdani from Serie A rivals AC Siena for an undisclosed fee.[8]

With Chievo, he made his debut on 14 January 2007 against Catania playing as a starter.[9] He scored twice on 24 February 2007 against Torino, in the match finished in the 3–0 victory.[10] He estabilished 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[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12] Bogdani scored two goals during the second-half season, first against Juventus on 27 January 2008 in a 1–3 loss[13] and against Reggina on 19 March 2008 in the match finished in the 1–1 draw.[14] 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.[15]

Almost similar was also the next 2009–10 season. He participated in 32 matches playing 12 as a starter and 9 as a substitue where he scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist. On 20 September 2009 against Genoa Bogdani played as a starter and created a immediately 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.[16] Due to a dispute with coach Domenico Di Carlo he wasn't even included in the 4 penultimate matches of the season.

Cesena[edit]

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.

Siena[edit]

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.[17]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

It was not until Bogdani had made his senior international debut that 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 qualifier against Portugal U-21 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.[18] In total he made 7 official appearances for the U-21 national team.[19]

Senior[edit]

Bogdani is the all-time top goalscorer in the history of Albania with 18 goals in 74 matches. He has been part of the team for 13 years.

He received his first senior international call up from Neptun Bajko in 1996 for a friendly in Zenica against Bosnia & Herzegovina. He made his international debut at the age of 19 years and 10 days old on 24 April 1996 in a goalless draw, coming on as an 86th-minute substitute for Ardian Behari who was also making his debut.[20] He scored the first goal three years later in his third match on 10 February 1999 against fyrom in a clear 2–0 victory.[21]

On 6 September 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.[22]

For the 2014 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 first team. Young players 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 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 on the substitutes bench. With the scores at 1–1 Bogdani came on in the 72nd minute to replace Emiljano Vila and join the two forwards upfront. Edgar Çani also came off the bench to put 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.[23][24]

Managerial career[edit]

Albania national team[edit]

Principally Bogdani started working as youth talents Scouter at Albania national football team, where he was named on 12 August 2014 by FSHF.[25]

On 29 August 2015 He was named as the Albania national team assistant manager by the national head coach Gianni De Biasi for replacing the departured Altin Lala.[26]

Albania under-19[edit]

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.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29][30][31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 May 2013 [32][33][34][19]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani Tirana 1993–94 Albanian Superliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
1994–95 13 2 0 0 13 2
1995–96 20 2 0 0 2[a] 0 22 2
1996–97 14 4 1 0 15 4
1997–98 15 13 0 0 15 13
Total 69 32 1 0 2 0 72 21
Gençlerbirliği 1998–99 Süper Lig 11 1 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 11 1
Dinamo Zagreb 1998–99 Prva HNL 14 6 0 0 0 0 14 6
1999–00 12 2 2 3 0 0 14 5
Total 26 8 2 3 0 0 28 11
Reggina 1999–00 Serie A 10 2 0 0 31 1
2000–01 19 1 2 0 21 1
2001–02 Serie B 31 7 1 0 32 7
2002–03 Serie A 11 1 5 0 16 1
Total 71 11 8 0 79 11
Salernitana 2003–04 Serie B 38 8 0 0 38 8
Total 38 8 0 0 38 8
Hellas Verona 2003–04 Serie B 38 17 1 0 39 17
Total 38 17 1 0 39 17
Siena 2005–06 Serie A 34 11 0 0 34 11
2006–07 15 2 2 2 17 4
Total 49 13 2 2 51 15
Chievo Verona 2006–07 Serie A 19 5 1 0 20 5
2007–08 Serie B 1 0 1 0
Total 19 5 2 0 21 5
Livorno 2007–08 Serie B 28 2 28 2
Total 28 2 28 2
Chievo Verona 2008–09 Serie A 21 1 1 0 22 1
2009–10 21 2 2 1 23 3
Total 42 3 3 1 45 4
Cesena 2010–11 Serie A 35 8 0 0 35 8
2011–12 14 0 3 2 17 2
Total 49 8 3 2 52 10
Siena 2011–12 Serie A 11 4 2 0 13 4
2012–13 18 2 2 0 20 2
Total 29 6 4 0 33 6
Career total 469 103 26 8 2 0 497 111
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Cup

International[edit]

As of 23 March 2013 [34]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 0
1997 0 0
1998 1 0
1999 7 1
2000 3 2
2001 3 0
2002 2 0
2003 1 0
2004 0 0
2005 9 4
2006 6 0
2007 10 1
2008 4 1
2009 5 3
2010 6 0
2011 8 3
2012 5 2
2013 3 1
Total 74 18

International goals[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2013. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bogdani goal.[35]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 February 1999 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 3  Macedonia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 15 November 2000 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 12  Malta
2–0
3–0
Friendly
3
3–0
4 8 June 2005 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 23  Denmark 1–3 1–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 3 September 2005 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 25  Kazakhstan 2–1 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 November 2000 Meteor Stadium, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine 26  Ukraine
1–1
2–2
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
7
2–1
8 17 November 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 42  Belarus 1–1 2–4 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
9 10 September 2008 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 45  Malta 1–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 6 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 49  Portugal 1–1 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 12 August 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 50  Cyprus 3–1 6–1 Friendly
12 6 June 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 51  Denmark 1–1 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 10 August 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 62  Montenegro 1–0 3–2 Friendly
14 2 September 2011 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 63  France 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
15 6 September 2011 Stade Josy Barthel, Route d'Arlon, Luxembourg 64  Luxembourg 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
16 22 May 2012 Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain 67  Qatar 2–0 2–1 Friendly
17 6 September 2012 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 69  Cyprus 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 6 February 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 72  Georgia 1–0 1–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizani Tirana
Reggina

Individual[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Receta” e Bogdanit: Ja si mund ta mundim Danimarkën Panorama Sport
  2. ^ Halilaj, Jetmir. "Një vit pa futboll - Rrëfimi unik i Bogdanit". Panorama-Sport.com (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) [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Siena vs. Cagliari - 28 August 2005 - Soccerway
  5. ^ Ascoli Picchio vs. Siena - 21 September 2005 - Soccerway
  6. ^ Palermo vs. Siena - 28 January 2006 - Soccerway
  7. ^ Chievo vs. Siena - 10 September 2006 - Soccerway
  8. ^ Chievo snap up Siena's Bogdani UEFA.com
  9. ^ Chievo vs. Catania - 14 January 2007 Soccerway
  10. ^ Chievo vs. Torino - 24 February 2007 Soccerway
  11. ^ ERJON BOGDANI GIOCATORE DEL LIVORNO Turismo in Albania
  12. ^ Livorno vs. Palermo - 2 September 2007 Soccerway
  13. ^ Livorno vs. Juventus - 27 January 2008 Soccerway
  14. ^ Livorno vs. Reggina - 19 March 2008 Soccerway
  15. ^ Lazio vs. Chievo - 15 March 2009 Soccerway
  16. ^ Chievo vs. Genoa - 20 September 2009 Soccerway
  17. ^ "Serie A – Inter sell Motta to PSG as window closes". Eurosport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Albania U-21 2–4 Portugal U-21
  19. ^ a b Erjon BogdaniUEFA competition record
  20. ^ Bosnia & Herzegovina 0–0 Albania
  21. ^ Albania football team defeated Macedonia 2:0, 10 February 1999 EU-football.info
  22. ^ "Luxembourg beat Albania for first win". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  23. ^ Albania leave it late against Cyprus
  24. ^ WCQ Group E round-up
  25. ^ FSHF emëron Bogdanin gjurmues të lojtarëve për ekipet Kombëtare aSport.al
  26. ^ De Biazi shton edhe Memushajn, Bogdani ndihmës i tij TeleSport
  27. ^ Prezantohen trajnerët e ekipeve kombëtare U-21 dhe U-19 FSHF.org
  28. ^ U-19 fiton turneun "Roma Caput Mundi" FSHF.org
  29. ^ Erjon Bogdani e fillon me fitore karrierën si trajner te U-19 Panorama Sport
  30. ^ Kombetarja U-19 fiton perballe Anglise 2-0 FSHF.org
  31. ^ U-19 fiton me penallti ndaj Italise, neser luhet finallja perballe Rumanise FSHF.org
  32. ^ Erjon Bogdani at Soccerway
  33. ^ "Football : Erjon Bogdani". Football Database. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  34. ^ a b "Bogdani, Erjon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  35. ^ "Erjon Bogdani- national football team player". EU-Football.info. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 

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