Erton Fejzullahu

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Erton Fejzullahu
Erton Fejzullahu.jpg
Fejzullahu playing for Djurgårdens IF in 2013
Personal information
Full name Erton Fejzullahu
Date of birth (1988-06-09) 9 June 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sarpsborg 08
Number 44
Youth career
2000–2005 Högadals IS
2005–2007 Copenhagen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Copenhagen 0 (0)
2007 Mjällby AIF (loan) 22 (5)
2008–2009 Mjällby AIF 37 (19)
2009–2012 NEC Nijmegen 29 (3)
2011 Randers FC (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2012 Mjällby AIF (loan) 21 (6)
2012–2014 Djurgårdens 53 (23)
2014 Beijing Guoan (loan) 14 (7)
2015 Beijing Guoan 17 (5)
2016–2017 Dalian Transcendence 7 (1)
2017– Sarpsborg 08 0 (0)
National team
2005 Sweden U17 2 (0)
2009–2010 Sweden U21 7 (7)
2013–2014 Sweden 5 (3)
2015 Kosovo 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2015

Erton Fejzullahu (born 9 April 1988) is an Kosovo Albanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08.

Personal life[edit]

Fejzullahu was born in Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia. He came to Sweden as a three year old and grew up in the town of Karlshamn.[1] He holds Kosovan,[a] Albanian and Swedish passports. He has represented the Sweden U21. The Football Association of Albania previously called-up the striker, but he rejected the offer stating his desire to represent Sweden.[2]

Career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Fejzullahu began his career with fifth tier team Högadals IS, before moving to Danish side FC Copenhagen in 2005.[3]

Mjällby AIF[edit]

On January 2007. Fejzullahu returned to Sweden to sign with Mjällby AIF, who played in the second tier Superettan at that time and therefore was the highest level club near his hometown.[4] There Fejzullahu adjusted to first team football and eventually had a big breakthrough in the 2009 Superettan, where he scored 13 goals in 14 games during the first half of the season and played a key role in eliminating two Allsvenskan teams in the Svenska Cupen.[5]

NEC Nijmegen[edit]

On 17 July 2009. Eredivisie club NEC Nijmegen signed Fejzullahu on a four-year contract.[6] He started out well and was a regular starter during his first year with the Dutch club. In his second year he found playing time harder to come by and was loaned out for a short period to Danish club Randers FC.[7] He then went on a second loan back home to Mjällby for the second half of the 2011 Allsvenskan season. At first he struggled while playing for his old club. Fejzullahu later stated that this was caused by bad form and him lacking both mentally and physically at the time.[8] He stayed with Mjällby for the first half of the following season too and there he finally started showing improved form, scoring six goals in 15 games. As the loan ended in the summer of 2012 Mjällby wanted to sign him permanently but could not afford it.[9]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Djurgårdens IF instead bought him from the Dutch club for a reported sum of ten million SEK.[10] On 31 July 2012. Fejzullahu signed a contract which makes him a Djurgårdens IF player until the summer of 2016.

Beijing Guoan[edit]

On 30 July 2014. Fejzullahu made his debut for Beijing Guoan, as a loan player with an remarkable performance of two goals and an assist and on 1 January 2015. Fejzullahu signed a contract with Beijing Guoan after the expiry of the contract as loan player from Djurgårdens IF.

Dalian Transcendence[edit]

On 25 January 2016. Fejzullahu moved to China League One side Dalian Transcendence.[11]

Sarpsborg 08[edit]

On 28 March 2017. Fejzullahu signed to Eliteserien side Sarpsborg 08 and he signed a contract to end of 2017 Eliteserien.[12][13]

International career[edit]

In December 2012. He was selected for the first time ever to join the Sweden, on a three-game tour in January 2013.[14] On 23 January 2013. Fejzullahu made his debut for the senior team and scoring the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw against North Korea in the King's Cup. After full-time was played, the standing was 1–1, and Sweden won on penalty-shootout. Through this victory Sweden also became unofficial world champions.

In December 2014. Fejzullahu expressed to the media that he expected to be part of the Albania, since he was an ethnic Albanian and Sweden had ignored him. He was in contact with the Albanian Football Association and was expected to be called up by Albania's coach, Gianni de Biasi.[15]

On March 2015. Fejzullahu accepted an invitation to join the Kosovo and he received a call-up for unofficial international test matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen[16] and seven months later. On 7 October 2015, he received a call-up for friendly match against Equatorial Guinea.[17]

International goals[edit]

Senior team

Scores and goals list Sweden's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 January 2013 700th Anniversary Stadium, Chiang Mai North Korea North Korea 1–1 1–1 2013 King's Cup
2. 17 January 2014 Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Moldova Moldova 1–1 2–1 Friendly
3. 2–1

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup Europe Total
2006–07 F.C. Copenhagen Danish Superliga 0 0 0 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2007 Mjällby AIF Superettan 22 5 0 0 22 5
2008 23 6 0 0 23 6
2009 14 13 3 3 17 16
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2009–10 NEC Eredivisie 29 3 4 1 33 4
Denmark League Danish Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Randers FC Danish Superliga 7 0 1 0 8 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen Europe Total
2011 Mjällby AIF Allsvenskan 6 0 0 0 6 0
2012 15 6 0 0 15 6
2012 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 13 7 1 2 14 9
2013 27 7 7 5 34 12
2014 13 9 2 1 15 10
China League FA Cup Asia Total
2014 Beijing Guoan Chinese Super League 14 7 1 1 15 8
2015 17 5 2 1 6 0 25 6
2016 Dalian Transcendence China League One 7 1 0 0 7 1
Total Netherlands 29 3 4 1 0 0 33 4
Sweden 133 53 13 11 0 0 146 64
Denmark 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
China 38 13 3 2 6 0 47 15
Career total 178 63 19 13 0 0 197 77

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ "Erton – Dif:s egen Zlatan" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Albanien ville ha Erton Fejzullahu" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 8 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fejzullahu klar för FCK". Sydöstran (in Swedish). 2005. 
  4. ^ "Ertons stora dag". Sydöstran (in Swedish). January 2007. 
  5. ^ "Fejzullahu till Djurgården" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Spits Erton Fejzullahu voor 4 jaar naar N.E.C." (in Dutch). NEC Nijmegen. 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mjällby jagar Erton Fejzullahu" (in Swedish). Expressen. 31 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Erton Fejzullahu ska sänka sitt favoritlag" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 1 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dödläge mellan NEC Nijmegen och Mjällby om Erton Fejzullahu". Fotbolltransfers.com (in Swedish). 18 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dif köper loss Erton för tio miljoner" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 31 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "大连超越官方宣布费祖拉乌加盟 签约三年穿10号". sports.sohu.com (in Chinese). 25 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Erton Fejzullahu er klar for Sarpsborg 08" (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg 08 FF. 28 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Svensk spissprofil klar for Sarpsborg 08" (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg 08 FF. 28 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Erton: "Riktiga landslaget är nästa mål"". FotbollDirekt (in Swedish). 6 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Fejzullahu i zhgënjyer, kërkon Shqipërinë" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 14 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "E jashtëzakonshme: Erton Fejzullahu lë Suedinë për Kosovën". RajoniPress.com (in Albanian). 15 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Kosova publikon listën e lojtarëve kundër Guinesë" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 7 October 2015. 

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