Ilir Përnaska

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Ilir Përnaska
Personal information
Full name Ilir Jonuz Përnaska
Date of birth (1951-05-07) May 7, 1951 (age 68)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1981 Dinamo Tirana ? (136)
National team
1971–1981 Albania 15 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ilir Jonuz Përnaska (born 7 May 1951 in Tiranë) is a former Albanian footballer, who played as a striker for Dinamo Tirana between 1967 and 1981, as well as the Albania national team. He is one of Dinamo's most famous players who is known for being one of the most prolific goalscorers in Albanian history.

Career[edit]

Përnaska is a product of the famous Dinamo academy and in 1967 Skënder Jareci promoted him along with Faruk Sejdini to the Dinamo first team, where at the age of just 16 he was in the usual starting eleven. On his debut in 1967 in an away match against Traktori Lushnja, Përnaska helped his side to a 3-1 win with 2 goals at the age of 16 on his professional debut.[1]

He was part of the 'Golden Age' of Dinamo between 1971 and 1981, where under the guidance of Skënder Jareci the club dominated Albanian football winning 5 Albanian Superliga titles and 3 Albanian Cups. Përnaska formed a successful offensive partnership Vasillaq Zëri and Shyqyri Ballgjini which is considered to be the best offensive trio in Dinamo's history. He was crowned top scorer in the league for 6 consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1977, becoming the second most frequent winner of the Albanian Golden Boot, behind Partizani Tirana's Refik Resmja, although Përnaska is the player who has been top goalscorer more than any other player in history as Resmja was only joint top scorer in 1955 and 1959.

He retired from professional football in 1981 at the age of 30 after 14 years at Dinamo where he scored 136 goals and left his mark in the history of the club as well as Albanian football. Following his retirement he received a letter from Albania's Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha along with a pair of shorts, which the player himself found to be a humourus act on the state's behalf.[1]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.[2]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 1971 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Turkey 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying
2 14 November 1971 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Turkey 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying
3 3 November 1976 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Algeria 2–0 3–0 Friendly
4 3 November 1976 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Algeria 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5 19 October 1980 National Stadium Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–1 2–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Tirana
  • Albanian Superliga (5): 1972-73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1979–80
  • Albanian Cup (3): 1970-71, 1973–74, 1977–78
  • Spartakiada Kombëtare (3): 1959, 1969, 1974
  • Kupa e Ushtrisë Popullore (3): 1973, 1978
  • Kupa e 500 vjetorit të Skënderbeut (1): 1968
Individual
  • Albanian Golden Boot (6): 1971-72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
  • Mjeshtër Sporti
  • Mjeshtër i Merituar i Sportit
  • Mjeshtër i Madh
  • Order of Naim Frashëri (3)

Personal life[edit]

Përnaska was born in Tiranë, his father Jonuz Korça was from the southern city of Korçë and his mother from the Këllezi clan in Tiranë, the last name 'Përnaska' was given to him over time. He moved to Ascoli Piceno, Italy in 1992, where he resides with his wife and 2 daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Agron Kaja (2011-05-13). "Të bësh futboll është sakrificë, por talenti e kthen atë në "art"" (in Albanian). Gazeta Telegraf. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  2. ^ "Ilir Përnaska - national football team player". EU-Football.info. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.