Ermir Lenjani

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Ermir Lenjani
Stade rennais vs USM Alger, July 16th 2016 - Ermir Lenjani 1.jpg
Lenjani playing with Rennes
Personal information
Full name Ermir Limon Lenjani
Date of birth (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Karaçevë, Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sion
Number 33
Youth career
2005–2009 Winterthur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Winterthur U21 43 (10)
2009–2013 Winterthur 96 (17)
2010–2011 Grasshopper (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Grasshopper U21 (loan) 5 (2)
2013–2015 St. Gallen 48 (2)
2015–2017 Rennes 6 (0)
2015–2017 Rennes B 5 (0)
2015–2016 Nantes (loan) 20 (1)
2015–2016 Nantes B (loan) 1 (0)
2017– Sion 6 (0)
National team
2013– Albania 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2017

Ermir Limon Lenjani (born 5 August 1989) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Swiss club Sion and the Albanian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Karaçevë, Kamenicë, Gjilan,[1] modern day Kosovo, Lenjani moved to Switzerland as a child where he joined the FC Winterthur academy as a teenager. He broke through into the first team during the 2009–10 season second-half.[2]

Winterthur[edit]

On 8 March 2009 Lenjani debuted with Winterthur in the 2008–09 Swiss Challenge League match against Thun and scored the first and last goals in the 50th and 87th minutes, to give his team a 2–4 away victory.[3] Two months after he played his next match on 16 May 2009 against Locarno and scored against a goal in the 34th minute to equal the result 1–1, where then successed by a hat-trick of three goals from the Croatian midfielder Tomo Barlecaj and made a 1–4 away victory which came from behind.[4] He played in another 10 matches until the end and finished the season from second-half with total of 12 appearances and 3 goals. The next season, he played the entire season, making a total of 29 appearances in which he scored 6 goals.

Loan to Grasshopper[edit]

Lenjani was loaned out to Grasshopper Zürich for the first half of the 2010-11 season in order to gain experience. He made it his debut with Grasshopper on 17 July 2010 in the opening match of the 2010–11 Swiss Super League against Neuchâtel Xamax where he came in as a substitute in the 74th minute in place of Steven Lang and the match finished in the 1–1 draw.[5] Lenjani scored 2 goals in a 0–12 destruction over Gumefens/Sorens valid for the 2010–11 Swiss Cup.[6] He played 6 league matches in total for Grasshopper.

Return to Winterthur[edit]

He returned to FC Winterthur for the second-half remaining season and established himself as a first team player. He made it 14 league appearances where scored 4 goals. In the 2011–12 Swiss Challenge League he played 25 matches and scored 2 goals. He started another league campaign, the 2012–13 Swiss Challenge League. He played 16 matches and scored 2 goals in the first half of the season.

St. Gallen[edit]

Ermir Lenjani lining up with St. Gallen

He joined Swiss Super League side FC St. Gallen in January 2013. Lenjani gave two assist to give the victory 2–1 St. Gallen against Luzern on 3 August 2014 in a match which came from behind of the 0–1 result in the first half, thanks to Lenjani's assists in the 78th minute for the goal scored by Marco Mathys and for another goal scored by Džengis Čavušević in the 90+3rd minute.[7]

Rennes[edit]

While during the winter transfers window German and Italian media talked about agreement reaching with Stuttgart or Verona, but on 5 January 2015, Lenjani signed with the French team of Rennes, after he passed successfully the medical examination.[8][9] He was presented to the media two days later, where he was assigned squad number 19.[10]

He made his debut with the club on 13 January 2015 by playing as a starter in the quarter-final of the Coupe de la Ligue against Bastia, in where Lenjani left the team with 9 players on the pitch as he received a red card in the 76th minute.[11][12] Lenjani made it his first league debut on 7 February 2015 by coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute for Pedro Henrique in a 1–1 draw against Olympique de Marseille.[13]

Loan to Nantes[edit]

Lenjani playing with Nantes

On 17 August 2015 Lenjani moved on loan with the purchase right to fellow French team FC Nantes until the end of the 2015–16 season.[14] He made a dream debut with the club in second week of 2015–16 Ligue 1, scoring the only goal of the match against Stade de Reims in the 76th minute after receiving a pass from Johan Audel.[15]

Sion[edit]

On 26 July 2017 Lenjani returned to Switzerland signing for Swiss Super League team FC Sion rejoining his previous assistant coach at Albania Paolo Tramezzani and he handed the 33 shirt number.[16]

International career[edit]

Lenjani first announced his desire to represent Albania internationally in January 2013, when he began the procedure to gain Albanian citizenship through his Albanian ethnicity. He was called up by Gianni De Biasi for a friendly against Armenia in August 2013 but did not feature in the game.[17][18] Lenjani received his Albanian citizenship on 8 October 2013 among Faton Ademi to be eligible to play for Albania even in the competitive matches.[19][20]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Lenjani was first named by manager Gianni De Biasi in the Albania squad to face Switzerland and Cyprus for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[21] In both occasions he was on bench but didn't managed to play any minute as he remained as an unused substitute.[22][23]

He made his debut for Albania on 15 November 2013 in a friendly match, the first one after the end of the qualification campaign against Belarus playing the full 90 minutes match, which finished in a 0–0 draw.[24][25] He received another call up for the next friendly match on 5 March 2014 against Malta.[26]

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers[edit]

Lenjani playing with national team during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Armenia, where he was one of the main protagonists.

Lenjani received a call-up for the match against Portugal on 7 September 2014, valid for the start of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers.[27] He played as a starter against Portugal in a crucial 0–1 away victory with the goal scored by Bekim Balaj in the 52nd minute with a cross from Odise Roshi.[28] On 11 October 2014 in the 2nd Group I match against Denmark, Lenjani managed to score his first international goal in the 38th minute of the match, which ended as a 1–1 draw.[29]

In the next qualifying match three days later away against Serbia, Lenjani played as a started until 42nd minute where the match was postponed due to Serbian fans launching flares onto the pitch.[30] He along with other Albanian players where attacked by Serbian hooligans who came onto the pitch with chairs and other objects. Initially, UEFA awarded Serbia with a 3–0 win, but were deducted three points, leading both Serbia and Albania appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[31] who on 10 July 2015, awarded Albania with a 3–0 victory and Serbia were still deducted three points.[32]

In the 4th Group I's match against Armenia on 29 March 2015, Lenjani started from the bench because of small physique problems, but anyway the coach Gianni De Biasi chose him among Shkëlzen Gashi to come in to play and by risking not a few but due to an emergency because the result was in disfavor of Albania 0–1 after an accidentally Own goal by the Albania's defender Mërgim Mavraj in the 4th minute.[33][34] In the 70th minute the Armenian defender Hovhannes Hambardzumyan did a bad tackle to Lenjani and the referee David Fernández Borbalán gave him the second yellow card to leave Armenia with 10 men for the rest of the match. This favorised too much Albania and 7 minutes later they managed to score with the same Mërgim Mavraj, which previously scored own goal and at this time scored a header after a cross from Taulant Xhaka. Then would come the 81st minute when Lenjani took a pass from the left and crossed into the area where there finds the fellow substitute Shkëlzen Gashi which managed to score with a header to overturn the score 2–1 and the match ended in the victory.[35]

Euro 2016[edit]

On 21 May 2016, Lenjani was named in Albania's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[36] and in Albania's final 23-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad on 31 May.[37]

On 28 May, he scored his first third international goal during the Euro 2016 warm-up match against Qatar, which ended in a 3–1 win.[38]

Lenjani played all Group A matches as a starter where he completed 2 full 90-minutes matches against Switzerland which they lost 1–0 in the opening match and hosts of France against which they lost 2–0 and was substituted off in the 77th minute for Odise Roshi against Romania where Albania beat them 1–0 in the closing match with a goal by Armando Sadiku.[39] Albania finished the group in the third position with three points and with a goal difference –2, and was ranked last in the third-placed teams, which eventually eliminated them.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 September 2017 [41][42][43][44][45]
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Winterthur U21 2006–07 1. Liga Promotion 4 0 4 0
2007–08 20 6 20 6
2008–09 17 4 17 4
2009–10 1 0 1 0
2011–12 1 0 1 0
Total 43 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 43 10
Winterthur 2008–09 Swiss Challenge League 12 3 0 0 12 3
2009–10 29 6 3 1 32 7
Grasshopper 2010–11 Swiss Challenge League 6 0 1 2 7 2
Total 6 0 1 2 7 2
Grasshopper U21 2010–11 1. Liga Promotion 5 2 5 2
Total 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Winterthur 2010–11 Swiss Challenge League 14 4 0 0 14 4
2011–12 25 2 5 0 30 2
2012–13 16 2 2 0 18 2
Winterthur Total 96 17 10 1 106 18
St. Gallen 2012–13 Swiss Super League 7 0 0 0 7 0
2013–14 29 2 4 2 8 0 41 4
2014–15 12 0 2 0 14 0
Total 48 2 6 2 8 0 62 4
Rennes 2014–15 Ligue 1 3 0 2 0 5 0
2015–16 1 0 1 0
2016–17 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 6 0 3 0 9 0
Rennes B 2014–15 Championnat de France Amateur 2 3 0 3 0
2016–17 Championnat de France Amateur 2 0 2 0
Total 5 0 5 0
Nantes 2015–16 Ligue 1 20 1 3 0 23 1
Total 20 1 3 0 23 1
Nantes B 2015–16 Championnat de France Amateur 1 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Sion 2017–18 Swiss Super League 6 0 2 1 8 1
Total 6 0 2 1 8 1
Career total 236 32 26 5 8 0 0 0 269 38
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Including other competitions, such as Swiss Super Cup

International[edit]

As of 4 June 2017 [41][46]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 7 1
2015 7 0
2016 9 2
2017 1 0
Total 25 3

International goals[edit]

As of 29 May 2016. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lenjani's goal.[46]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2014 Elbasan Arena, Elbasani, Albania 5  Denmark 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification[47]
2 26 March 2016 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 16  Austria 1–2 1–2 Friendly[48]
3 29 May 2016 Stadion Hartberg, Hartberg, Austria 17  Qatar 2–1 3–1 Friendly[49]

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