Fanol Përdedaj

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Fanol Përdedaj
Fanol Perdedaj - Hertha BSC Berlin (1).jpg
Përdedaj with Hertha in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Fanol Përdedaj
Date of birth (1991-07-16) 16 July 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Gjakova, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
0000 1. FC Wilmersdorf
2002–2009 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Hertha BSC II 51 (3)
2009–2013 Hertha BSC 24 (0)
2012–2013 Lyngby BK (loan) 22 (0)
2014–2015 FC Energie Cottbus 48 (0)
2015–2016 FSV Frankfurt 30 (3)
2016–2017 1860 Munich 14 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Germany U19 5 (0)
2010–2014 Germany U21 1 (0)
2014– Kosovo 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 April 2017

Fanol Përdedaj (born 16 July 1991) is a Kosovan Albanian footballer who last played for 1860 Munich. He was raised in Germany, and represented their youth football teams, before switching to play for Kosovo.



Përdedaj began his career for TSV Lichtenberg, and later he came to 1. FC Wilmersdorf. In July 2002, he transferred to the junior section of Hertha BSC.


In the 2009–10 pre-season, he was called to the professional squad by his coach Lucien Favre. However, he was only used for the second team in the Regionalliga Nord and he was on the bench repeatedly for the first team.

Due to the injuries of Fabian Lustenberger and Dárdai, Perdedaj debuted for the first team on 14 August 2010 in the first round match of DFB-Pokal against SC Pfullendorf, where they won 2–0.[1]

Six days later, Përdedaj played for the first time in a match of the 2. Bundesliga where they won against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 3–2. Over the course of that season, Perdedaj went on to make 15 more appearances in the 2. Bundesliga.

In November 2010, he renewed his contract with Hertha BSC until 2015. On 4 March 2012, Përdedaj made his Bundesliga debut. In an interview following this match, Hertha-coach Otto Rehhagel nicknamed him "Paradise", partly due to his performance in the match, partly due to the fact that Rehhagel could not pronounce "Përdedaj" correctly.[2] Perdedaj went on to play in seven of Hertha's ten remaining games that season.

The following season, he left Hertha on the last day of the summer transfer window, and signed a loan deal with Lyngby Boldklub.[3] In his first six months in Denmark, Përdedaj struggled to establish himself as a starter for Lyngnby, starting eight of nineteen matches before the winter break, and coming on as substitute in another four. He briefly returned to Berlin in January to participate in the Hertha BSC training camp to stay fit over the break, which is much longer in Denmark than in Germany.[4]

He signed a contract with FC Energie Cottbus on 17 January 2014 for a year and a half.[5]

National team[edit]


Having received German citizenship on 21 September 2009,[6] Përdedaj has represented Germany at various youth levels. He was first nominated for the German U19 team by Horst Hrubesch where he debuted on 18 November 2009 in a match against Scotland and he featured repeatedly in qualifying for the 2010 U19-European Championship, but missed the finals due to injury.

He made his debut for the U-21 team on 11 October 2010 in a match against the Ukraine, coming on as a substitute for Christoph Moritz.


On 2 March 2014, Përdedaj was invited by Albert Bunjaki to play for the Kosovo national football team in its first international game recognised by FIFA: a friendly match against Haiti.[7] Përdedaj accepted, and on 5 March 2014, made his debut for the Kosovo national team.


  1. ^ Einsiedler, Martin (14 August 2010). "Herthas erste Pflicht ist erfüllt" (in German). Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Otto, pass auf!" [Otto, watch out!] (in German). DFL. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Perdedaj nach Dänemark" [Perdedaj to Denmark] (in German). DFL. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Perdedaj für Vorbereitung zurück in Berlin" [Perdedaj back in Berlin for training camp] (in German). DFL. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "FC Energie - Fanol Perdedaj und Ahmed Madouni verpflichtet" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fanol Perdedaj gets German Pass" (in German). Hertha BSC. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ja lista prej 22 emrave për miqësoren Kosova - Haiti" (in Albanian). KosovaOnline. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

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