Igli Tare

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Igli Tare
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Personal information
Full name Igli Tare
Date of birth (1973-07-25) 25 July 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Vlorë, Albania
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1982–1993 Partizani Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Partizani Tirana 14 (2)
1994–1995 VfR Mannheim 23 (5)
1995–1996 SV Südwest Ludwigshafen 21 (5)
1996–1997 Karlsruher SC II 23 (4)
1996–1997 Karlsruher SC 8 (0)
1997–1999 Fortuna Düsseldorf 63 (24)
1999–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 26 (4)
2001–2003 Brescia 75 (15)
2003–2006 Bologna 55 (11)
2006–2008 Lazio 54 (3)
Total 372 (74)
National team
1989 Albania U18 2 (0)
1990 Albania U21 2 (0)
1997–2007 Albania 68 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Igli Tare (Albanian pronunciation: [ˈiɡli 'taɾɛ]; born 25 July 1973) is an Albanian retired footballer who played as a striker. He is currently the sporting director at Serie A club Lazio.[1]

Tare joined Partizani Tirana as a 9 year old in 1982, and would later go on to make his debut as a 15 year old in 1988 before leaving Albania in 1992 to emigrate to Germany. He played in the lower leagues of Germany for Südwest Ludwigshafen and VfR Mannheim before joining Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC in 1996, initially playing for their reserve side before making his Bundesliga debut in 1996. He then joined Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2. Bundesliga, where he scored 24 league goals in 63 games in 2 seasons before returning to the Bundesliga with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1999, where he netted 4 league goals in 26 appearances in one year and a half at the club.

After falling out of favour at 1. FC Kaiserslautern he joined Serie A side Brescia in January 2001, where he helped the side finish in a respectable 8th place. He remained at Brescia for a further 2 seasons, and he scored a total of 15 league goals in 75 games before joining fellow Serie A side Bologna in 2003. He spent 2 years at the club and scored 11 league goals in 55 games, before joining Lazio in a surprise move in 2005 following Brescia's relegation to Serie B. He was primarily used as a backup player at Lazio and he only scored 4 goals in 54 league games before retiring from being a professional footballer at the age of 34 in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Igli Tare studied at the Qemal Stafa High School, in Tirana, Albania.[2]

Club career[edit]

Tare began his professional career in 1996 with Karlsruhe in Germany where he remained until 1997 before moving to Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2. Bundesliga.

In 1999, Tare moved to Kaiserslautern, where he played for a season before being signed by veteran Italian manager Carlo Mazzone. For five seasons, Tare played with Mazzone's Brescia, where he was able to play alongside Roberto Baggio, before again transferring, this time to Bologna where he was reunited with Mazzone once again.

At Bologna, Tare was popular amongst the fans and scored an important goal in the relegation play-off against fierce rivals Parma, however Tare's goal was not enough and they lost the return leg at home, being relegated to Serie B.

Following Bologna's relegation, Tare was loaned out to capital club Lazio scoring just three goals in his first season. Following this loan period, Tare joined the club on a permanent basis.

Tare was not a regular starter under Delio Rossi, but was able to play and score vital goals when others were out with injuries. In late 2007 away to Palermo, Tare scored off a Lorenzo De Silvestri cross, ending a scoring drought which stretched back for almost two years. He backed this goal up with another vital goal in the Coppa Italia against Napoli, which proved to be the winner.

International career[edit]

Tare was capped 68 times by the Albania national football team and scored 10 goals.[3] As one of the most experienced members of the side, Tare was long time captain of the national team.

Tare's most impressive performance for his national side came during his nation's match against Russia in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifiers, when he helped Albania to a 3–1 victory, scoring his team's third goal.

In 2007, Tare's international career was effectively ended, after being dropped by manager Otto Barić.

Post-playing career[edit]

Tare's Lazio contract expired at the end of the 2007–08 season. He then accepted a non-playing role at Lazio, becoming the club's team manager.[4] On April 2009 he completed a course in order to obtain abilitation as sporting director, which is his current role at Lazio.

Personal life[edit]

Igli Tare is a well known Albanian nationalist. He was a supporter of the Albanian cause and the Kosovo Liberation Army during the Kosovo war. He helped the Albanian refugees who had been expelled during the Kosovo war with money and accommodation in Albania.

In the 2005–06 Serie A season in the game Inter against Lazio, there was a word fight between Igli Tare and Sinisa Mihajlovic. In the half-time break, Tare slaps Mihajlovic with two fists. Tare said Mihajlovic provoked him the entire First Half and then he had responded accordingly. Igli Tare later told the Albanian media that he did not regret anything.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club statistics[5][6][7][8]
Club Season League Cup Europe[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani Tirana 1993–94 Albanian Superliga 14 2 14 2
VfR Mannheim 1994–95 2. Bundesliga 23 5 23 5
SV Südwest Ludwigshafen 1995–96 Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz/Saar 21 5 21 5
Karlsruher SC II 1996–97 Regionalliga Süd 23 4 23 4
Karlsruher SC 1996–97 Bundesliga 8 0 4 0 12 0
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1997–98 2. Bundesliga 34 13 34 13
1998–99 29 11 3 3 32 14
Total 63 24 3 3 66 27
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1999–2000 Bundesliga 22 4 1 0 2 0 25 4
2000–01 4 0 3 1 2 1 9 2
Total 26 4 4 1 4 1 34 6
Brescia 2000–01 Serie A 17 4 17 4
2001–02 25 5 5 1 30 6
2002–03 33 6 1 0 34 6
Total 75 15 6 1 81 16
Bologna 2003–04 Serie A 29 6 3 1 32 7
2004–05 26 5 2 0 2[b] 1 30 6
Total 55 11 5 1 2 1 62 13
Lazio 2005–06 Serie A 22 3 4 0 2 0 28 3
2006–07 14 0 3 0 17 0
2007–08 18 1 6 1 1 0 25 2
Total 54 3 13 1 3 0 70 4
Career total 372 74 35 7 7 1 2 1 416 83
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ All appearances in the 2004–05 Serie A Relegation

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Albania 1997 6 2
1998 8 0
1999 8 2
2000 5 0
2001 6 1
2002 5 2
2003 10 2
2004 7 0
2005 7 0
2006 5 0
2007 1 0
Total 68 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staff" (in Italian). SS Lazio. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Q. Stafa High School website. "Historiku". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Albania - Record International Players". Rsssf. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Tare dietro la scrivania" (in Italian). Sportal.it. 13 July 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Igli Tare Player Profile - ESPN FC". ESPN FC. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Albania - I. Tare - Profile with news career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Player Profile: Igli Tare". FootyMania.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Igli Tare". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 

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