Playing for San Jose Earthquakes
|Full name||Jahmir Hyka|
|Date of birth||8 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Tirana, Albania|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|San Jose Earthquakes|
|2007–2008||→ Tirana (loan)||32||(2)|
|2017–||San Jose Earthquakes||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016
An Dinamo Tirana product, Hyka started his professional career in Norway at Rosenborg which was unsuccessful, as he moved Greek giants Olympiacos, who sent him on loan at other capital club Tirana. Hyka's performances at Tirana earned him a move to Mainz 05 at 2. Bundesliga. In 2009, he also made his German top flight debut but eventually ended up in Greece with Panionios where he played in the first half of 2010–11. In January 2011, Hyka returned to Tirana and helped them to clinch the Albanian Cup. In the summer of 2011, Hyka left Albania again to join Luzern in Switzerland, where he would make more than 150 appearances before signing with San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.
Hyka represented Albania at youth levels, playing for the under-17, -19 and -21 levels. He made his senior debut in 2007 and one year later scored Albania's fastest goal in history. Since than, he has more than 40 caps to his name.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early career and Norway
Hyka joined local side Dinamo Tirana at the age of 12, where he played for the youth teams for four years, until he entered on the first team at 2004. He was being tracked by a number of European clubs despite never having made a competitive appearance for Dinamo Tirana before joining Norwegian side Rosenborg BK in 2005 on loan. At Rosenborg, Hyka did not manage to break through into the first team, failing to make a single league appearance, only featuring twice as an unused substitute in August and September 2006.
Greece and return to Albania
In 2007, Hyka left Dinamo Tirana to sign with Greek club Olympiacos for a fee of €600,000. At Olympiakos, he found opportunities in the first team limited and so he moved on loan to KF Tirana, the then champions of the 2006–07 Albanian Superliga in time for the 2007–08 season.
Back in Tirana, Hyka played 32 games, scoring two goals and his good form did not go unnoticed. Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb showed interest and Hyka was close to the move but eventually he signed a four-year deal with German side 1. FSV Mainz 05.
In 2010, after just 13 appearances with the German team, most of them as a substitute, Hyka was once again on the move, this time back to Greece, transferring to Greek team, Panionios, for a €120,000 fee.
Return to Tirana
After a difficult time in Greece, he returned to Albania, returning to former side Tirana where he had previously had a loan spell. The deal was completed on 29 January 2011, while Hyka was still in Greece. Tirana president Refik Halili had previously expressed his desire to sign the young national team winger at the unveiling of new signing Bekim Balaj.
Hyka made his return debut on 20 February 2011 in team's goalless draw against Shkumbini Peqin at home. One month later, in a match against the same opponent, he netted his first season goal via a free-kick from 25 metres, giving his team a minimal 1–0 win. Hyka continued with his solid appearances by scoring twice in Tirana's 4–0 defeat of Laçi in April. Only four days later, Hyka scored his fourth goal of the season in the 6–1 demolition of Elbasani at Selman Stërmasi Stadium. Tirana finished the season in the fifth position with 44 points, failing to secure a spot in European competitions, bringing the departure of Hyka.
In the summer of 2011, Hyka was transferred to FC Luzern, in the Swiss Super League. He scored his first goal with Luzern in a draw with BSC Young Boys after he came in as a substitute. Luzern fans have named him as "the Messi of Albania."
San Jose Earthquakes
On 7 February 2007. Hyka made his debut with the Albania in a friendly match against Macedonia. On 20 August 2008, he scored his first goal for Albania against Liechtenstein and his goal came in just 46 seconds after the game had begun, making the quickest goal to be scored by Albania in their history.
Style of play
A quick, short, energetic and agile player, Hyka is cappable playing either as left winger or attacking midfielder. Luzern fans have named him as "the Messi of Albania" due to his short stature, dribbling and speed. San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear praised Hyka's skills, saying: "He’s really smart on the ball and confident in tight places", adding "He has a good first touch."
Hyka has four siblings, two sisters and two brothers who live in his hometown of Tirane. He practices the faith of Islam, praying five times daily and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which he has done so since the age of 12. He attends Mosque when possible around his football schedule, and at his former club 1. FSV Mainz 05 he would attend with team mate Chadli Amri.
|1. FSV Mainz 05||2008–09||2. Bundesliga||5||0||2||0||—||—||7||0|
|Luzern||2011–12||Swiss Super League||30||5||4||2||—||—||34||7|
- As of match played 21 October 2014. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hyka goal.
|1||20 August 2008||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania||6||Liechtenstein||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||10 August 2011||Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania||23||Montenegro||2–2||3–2||Friendly|
- Jahmir Hyka | San Jose Earthquakes Retrieved 15 April 2017
- "Jahmir Hyka - national football team player". EU-Football.info. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
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- "Kategoria Superiore/ Tirana - Laci 4-0" [Albanian Superliga/ Tirana - Laci 4-0] (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
- "Tirana vs. Elbasani 6 – 1". Soccerway. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- "Hyka drejt Zvicrës, gati largimi nga Tirana" [Hyka towards, ready the departure from Tirana]. Facebook. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
- "Levizjet/ Hyka firmos me Lucernen ne Zvicer" [Transfers/ Hyka signs with Luzern in Switzerland] (in Albanian). Albaniasoccer. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
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- "Earthquakes Sign Albania National Team Midfielder Jahmir Hyka". San Jose Earthquakes. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- "Football MATCH: 07.02.2007 Albania v Macedonia". Eu-Football.info. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- "Basti i fituar i Jahmir Hykës" [Winning bet of Jahmir Hyka] (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- Robert Jonas (23 February 2017). "Hyka-ramba! Albanian midfielder Jahmir Hyka dazzles in San Jose Earthquakes debut". Center Line Soccer. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- Alfred Lleshi (1 September 2009). "Futboll dhe agjërim në muajin e shenjtë të Ramazanit" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 10 June 2011.[dead link]
- Klotilda Harka (24 February 2009). "Futbollisti Jahmir Hyka Falet 5 Here Ne Dite!" [Footballer Jahmir Hyka prays 5 times a day] (in Albanian). Alba VIP News. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- "Hyka në versionin tokësor" [Hyka in terrestrial version] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Jahmir Hyka at Soccerway
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- Jahmir Hyka at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Jahmir Hyka, lojtari i muajit në Zvicër" [Jahmir Hyka, player of the month in Switzerland] (in Albanian). Gazeta Dita. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
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