Jürgen Gjasula

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Jürgen Gjasula
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Gjasula with Litex Lovech in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Jürgen Fatmir Gjasula
Date of birth (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Greuther Fürth
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2004 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 1. FC Kaiserslautern 7 (0)
2005–2008 FC St Gallen 88 (7)
2008–2009 FC Basel 19 (1)
2009–2011 FSV Frankfurt 60 (9)
2011–2013 MSV Duisburg 38 (3)
2013–2014 Litex Lovech 30 (9)
2014–2015 VfR Aalen 26 (6)
2015– Greuther Fürth 32 (5)
National team
2013– Albania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:26, 18 December 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Jürgen Fatmir Gjasula (born 5 December 1985 in Tirana, Albania) is an Albanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greuther Fürth and the Albania national football team.[1] He also holds German citizenship.

Football career[edit]

Freiburg[edit]

Although he was born in Albania, Gjasula started his career in the town where he grew up at SC Freiburg in Germany in 2002. At the age of 17 he was put into the first team but didn't make any appearances.

Kaiserslautern[edit]

He signed for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 2004 and made it a total of seven appearances in one season.

St Gallen[edit]

In 2005, he was loaned in club FC St. Gallen on Swiss Super League. At first season with St Gallen, he became a box-to-box goalscoring threat and typical number 10 so he signed a contract in 2006.

Basel[edit]

He signed for Swiss Champions FC Basel as free agent on 2 June 2008. He scored his first goal for FC Basel on 10 July 2008 in a 6–1 win over Legia Warsaw in the Uhren Cup and made his competitive Basel debut on 18 July 2008, in a 2–1 win over BSC Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf. He played his first European game in a Basel shirt on 30 July 2008 in a 1–1 Champions League Qualifying match draw against IFK Göteborg at Ullevi. On 18 June 2009, he was released by Basel after newly appointed manager Thorsten Fink decided not to offer him a new contract[2]

FSV Frankfurt[edit]

He signed on 31 August 2009 for FSV Frankfurt where he made it a total of 60 appearances and scored nine goals in two seasons with club.

Duisburg[edit]

In July 2011, he signed for MSV Duisburg.

Litex Lovech[edit]

On 5 July 2013, Gjasula signed with Bulgarian club Litex Lovech, rejoining his compatriot and fellow Albanian international player Armando Vajushi. He quickly established himself as a crucial player in the squad, providing several goals for the surprisingly magnificent start of the club.

Gjasula scored the 3rd goal from the penalty spot in the 2–4 away victory on 20 October 2013 against a hard opponent such as Ludogorets Razgrad.[3] A week later, on 27 October, Gjasula scored the second goal in the 90th minute of the 0–2 victory over Neftochimic Burgas.[4]

Litex finished first stage of the 2013–14 season as runners-up, where they had last match of 9 March 2014 against winners of the league Ludogorets Razgrad and they were only 1 point difference and match between them finished as a 0–0 draw.[5] For the regular season Gjasula made 26 appearances including 3 in the Bulgarian Cup, 11 goals were 9 scored in the league, positioning in 8th place on League's rank of Top scorers and 2 goals scored in Bulgarian Cup, also 8 assists positioning in 4th place on League's rank of Top assists.

Gjasula finished the 2013–2014 season scoring in total 11 goals (including 2 in the Bulgarian Cup) in 35 appearances and Litex ranked 3rd in the league table, gaining entry to play in the UEFA Europa League for the next season.[6]

With coming of the new coach Miodrag Ješić, Gjasula wasn't anymore in the club planes[clarification needed] as they announced that will not renewing him the 1-year contract that he had.[7] On 4 June 2014, Turkish side Bursaspor announced that they were looking for an Offensive midfielder and the 28-year-old Gjasula is an option.[8]

VfR Aalen[edit]

On 10 September 2014 he signed with Bundesliga 2 side VfR Aalen a contract until June 2015.[9]

Greuther Fürth[edit]

On 7 June 2015 it was announced, that Gjasula had signed a contract with Greuther Fürth.[10]

International career[edit]

Gjasula decided to play for Albania national football team in May 2013.[11] He received an Albanian passport on 24 May 2013 among other compatriots, Amir Abrashi, Vullnet Basha, Azdren Llullaku and Ilir Berisha and so he was able to play on international games.[12] He received his first call-up by coach Gianni De Biasi for 2 matches against Norway on 22 March 2013, valid for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification and the friendly against Lithuania on 26 March 2013.[13] He made it first debut on 14 August in a friendly-match against Armenia by coming as a substitute in place of Odise Roshi in the 56th minute.

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Klaus (born 14 December 1989) plays as a Defender for Stuttgarter Kickers in the 3. Liga.[14]

Honours[edit]

Basel

References[edit]

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