|Full name||Erjon Bogdani|
|Date of birth||14 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Tirana, Albania|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Salernitana (loan)||38||(8)|
|2007–2008||→ Livorno (loan)||17||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Erjon Bogdani (born 14 April 1977 in Tirana) is an Albanian former football who 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 and Cesena as well as the Albania national team.
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 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 returned to Italy's top-flight, but now for A.C. Siena. He played for the club for a season and a half, before joining Chievo in January 2007. In Chievo, he made his club debut on 14 January 2007 against Catania. He scored 5 goals in 19 games, but failed to avoid relegation. He was loaned out to Livorno at the start of the 2007–08 Serie A season but since then has not had a season to remember after suffering relegation to Seria B with Livorno. In the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons he has been part of Chievo where he scored 11 goals in 58 games before moving to Cesena.
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 in 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 in 20 January 2013.
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, Albania went on to lose the game 4–2. In total he made 7 official appearances for the U-21 national team, scoring one goal and losing all 7 games that he featured in.
- Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.
|U-21 international goals|
|1.||9 October 1996||Selman Stermasi Stadium, Tirana, Albania||Portugal||2–3||2–4||1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification|
Albania senior team
Bogdani 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 goalless draw, coming on as an 86th minute substitute for fellow debute Ardian Behari.
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.
|1||10 February 1999||Tirana||Macedonia||2–0||2–0 (Win)||Friendly|
|2||15 November 2000||Tirana||Malta||2–0||3–0 (Win)||Friendly|
|4||8 June 2005||Copenhagen||Denmark||1–3||1–3 (Loss)||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||3 September 2005||Tirana||Kazakhstan||2–1||2–1 (Win)||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||8 October 2005||Dnipropetrovsk||Ukraine||1–1||2–2 (Draw)||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||17 November 2007||Tirana||Belarus||1–1||2–4 (Loss)||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|9||10 September 2008||Tirana||Malta||1–0||3–0 (Win)||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||6 June 2009||Tirana||Portugal||1–1||1–2 (Loss)||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||12 August 2009||Tirana||Cyprus||13||6–1 (Win)||Friendly|
|12||9 September 2009||Tirana||Denmark||1–1||1–1 (Draw)||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||10 August 2011||Tirana||Montenegro||1–0||3–2 (Win)||Friendly|
|14||2 September 2011||Tirana||France||1–2||1–2 (Loss)||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|15||6 September 2011||Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–1||1–2 (Loss)||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|16||22 May 2012||Madrid||Qatar||2–0||2–1 (Win)||Friendly|
|17||6 September 2012||Tirana||Cyprus||3–1||3–1 (Win)||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18||6 February 2013||Tirana||Georgia||1–0||1–2 (Loss)||Friendly|
|Albania national team|
Honours and awards
- Albanian Cup (1): 1996–97
- Serie A Promotion (1): 2001–02
- 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