Gilman Lika

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Gilman Lika
Gilman Lika.jpg
Gilman Lika (#7) with Tirana
Personal information
Full name Gilman Lika
Date of birth (1987-01-13) 13 January 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Shkodër, Albania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tirana
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2004 Vllaznia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Vllaznia 79 (6)
2008–2009 Hacettepe 24 (2)
2009–2010 Boluspor 28 (3)
2010–2011 Diyarbakırspor 4 (0)
2011–2013 Tirana 61 (14)
2013–2014 Al-Faisaly 12 (3)
2014–2015 Flamurtari 29 (2)
2015 Vllaznia 17 (3)
2015– Tirana 49 (2)
National team
2004–2005 Albania U19 3 (1)
2005–2008 Albania U21 9 (1)
2008– Albania 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2015

Gilman Lika (born 31 January 1987 in Shkodër) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays for Albanian club Tirana and the Albania national team.

Having started his career with Vllaznia Shkodër in 2004, he moved to Turkey in 2008 where he played for Hacettepe, Boluspor and Diyarbakırspor before returning to Albania to play for KF Tirana. He then had a brief stint in Saudi Arabia with Al-Faisaly before returning to Albania once again to play for Flamurtari Vlorë and now Vllaznia Shkodër.

A full international for Albania since 2008, Lika has earned over 15 caps for his country. He has also represented U-19 and U-21 side.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lika started his playing career with Vllaznia Shkodër. After years working up the ranks at the club, Lika finally made his breakthrough during the 2005–06 season at the age of just 18. He made his debut in the Albanian Superliga against Lushnja on 18 September 2005 in a 1–3 win; he came on as a substitute on the 89th minute. During that season Lika managed to play 28 games. His first goal came against Dinamo Tirana on 29 April 2006. Lika came on as a substitute in the 46th minute and his goal came in the 86th minute. During his years at Vllaznia Shkodër, Lika produced many great performances and in total he played 77 games and scored 14 goals in the Albanian Superliga.

Turkey[edit]

Along with fellow Vllaznia Shkodër players Admir Teli and Xhevahir Sukaj, he moved to the Turkish side Hacettepe Spor Kulübü on 4 August 2008. After joining the club Lika managed to make it into the starting lineup. During his time at Hacettepe, Lika played 24 matches and has scored two goals, being one of the valuable players of the team, which finished the 2008–09 season in the last position.[1]

After leaving Hacettepe Spor Kulübü, Lika signed with fellow Turkish side Boluspor in August 2009. He scored two goals in his debut match against Mersin İdmanyurdu on 23 August, helping the team to win match 2–1.[2] This was followed by another goal in the 2–1 away defeat to Çaykur Rizespor, which made him tempolary the TFF First League top goalscorer.[3]

After a year at Boluspor, Lika was transferred to Diyarbakırspor.[4]

Tirana[edit]

He returned to Albania following a two and a half year absence in January 2011, signing a two-year contract with Tirana.[5] His Tirana debut came on 31 January 2011 against Dinamo Tirana in the Tirana derby, where Lika helped his side to a 2–1 win.[6]

On 7 November 2012, in the returning leg of 2012–13 Albanian Cup's second round against Kukësi, Lika produced a Man of the Match performance by provining two assists and scoring a goal in an eventual 3–2 home win, which was not enough as Tirana was eliminated with the aggregate 6–3, losing the first leg 4–0.[7] However, after the match it was reported that Lika suffered a ankle injury in his left leg.[7]

On 7 April 2013, Lika scored an amazing free kick against Skënderbeu Korçë, which proved to be the winner as Tirana won the match 1–0 at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[8]

Vllaznia Shkodër[edit]

On 23 January 2015 he agreed terms with his first club Vllaznia Shkodër to compete a return to his hometown club following a six-year absence, signing a six-month contract.[9] He made his debut one week later, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 upset against Teuta Durrës at Niko Dovana Stadium.[10] On 8 February, Lika played for the first time in Loro Boriçi Stadium as an Vllaznia player after six years absence, starting again and playing 90 minutes in another defeat, this time against his former employer Tirana.[11] Lika scored his first goal for Vllaznia after his return, and also his first goal of 2014–15 season, in a 2–0 home win over Apolonia Fier.[12]

During February he made his Albanian Cup debut as well, playing 90 minutes in a two-legged match against FK Kukësi, who advanced to the next round with the aggregate 2–0.[13] On 18 April, during the league match against his former team Flamurtari Vlorë, Lika scored a free-kick in the 59th minute to help the team to leave the stadium with one point.[14] He scored his third goal of the season again by free-kick, this time in a 1–1 draw against Elbasani at the neutral ground Gjorgji Kyçyku Stadium.[15]

Vllaznia ended the season in the seventh place with 35 points, running out of objectives.[16] In individual aspect, Lika ended the second part of the season with Vllaznia by playing 19 matches in all competitions, including 17 in Albanian Superliga, and scored two goals. His good performances attracted the attention of capital clubs, Tirana and Partizani.[17] Lika left the club on 1 July after his contract expired, being a free agent.[18][19] During an interview, Lika said that he left Vllaznia because of "difficult situation of the club", adding that "every player in his place would do the same thing".[20]

Return to Tirana[edit]

On 6 July 2015, Lika returned to Tirana after three seasons abstence, signing a one-year contract.[21][22] Before the transfer, the media's started to speculating that Lika will not move to Tirana if the capital club will not pay more than half of the 30,000 € debt that the club had not paid during the last time that Lika was part of Tirana.[23] During his presentation in Thursday, Lika said that "Tirana is his second home after Shkodra", by adding that "with this return, he felt like he's returning home".[24][25]

International career[edit]

Lika had played for Albania under-21 since making his debut on 11 October 2005 in a match against Turkey. The match ended in a draw and although Lika started on his debut, he was subbed off in the 55th minute. He has nine appearances for under-21 side since from 2005 to 2008. Lika has also played for Albania U-19, although he only played 4 games during 23 October 2005 and 27 October 2005.

Lika made his senior international debut in a friendly against Azerbaijan on 19 November 2008 following a call up by Arie Haan. He was a 73rd-minute substitute for Klodian Duro in the 1-1 draw.[26] His first competitive cap came just a few months later against Malta where he started the game on the left of the five man midfield and helped his side to a goal less draw.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 November 2016[28][29][30][31]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vllaznia Shkodër 2004–05 Albanian Superliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06 28 1 0 0 28 1
2006–07 32 2 0 0 32 2
2007–08 39 3 1 1 30 4
2008–09 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 1[b] 0 30 4
Total 102 6 1 1 3 0 1 0 107 7
Hacettepe 2008–09 Süper Lig 24 2 1 0 25 2
Total 24 2 1 0 25 2
Boluspor 2009–10 TFF First League 28 3 1 0 29 3
Total 28 3 1 0 29 3
Diyarbakırspor 2010–11 TFF First League 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0
Tirana 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 13 1 4 0 17 1
2011–12 22 4 0 0 2[a] 1 1[b] 0 25 5
2012–13 26 9 3 2 4[a] 0 1[b] 0 34 11
Total 61 14 7 2 6 0 2 0 107 7
Skënderbeu Korçë 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 2[c] 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 2 0
Al-Faisaly 2013–14 Saudi Professional League 12 1 1 0 13 1
Total 12 1 1 0 13 1
Flamurtari Vlorë 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 16 2 5 0 21 2
2014–15 13 0 0 0 4[a] 1 1[b] 0 18 1
Total 29 2 5 0 4 1 1 0 39 3
Vllaznia Shkodër 2014–15 Albanian Superliga 17 3 2 0 19 3
Total 17 3 2 0 19 3
Tirana 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 33 2 5 1 38 3
2016–17 1 0 2 1 3 1
Total 34 2 7 2 41 4
Career total 318 36 25 4 15 2 4 0 262 42
  1. ^ a b c d All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Albanian Supercup
  3. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of 21 October 2014[32]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 7 0
2010 5 0
2011 4 0
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Vllaznia Shkodër
Tirana
Flamurtari Vlorë

Individual[edit]

Albanian Superliga Player of the Month: September 2011[33]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "Gilman Lika largohet përfundimisht nga Vllaznia" (in Albanian). Star Plus. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Largohet edhe Gilman Lika" (in Albanian). TV-Channel. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
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  23. ^ "Tirana duhet të paguajë 1.5 mln euro, nga Seferi te Pigoni…" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "MUKA PREZANTON DUSHKUN DHE LIKEN" (in Albanian). KF Tirana Facebook. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
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  27. ^ "Malta 0-0 Albania". Football Database. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
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