Julian Brahja

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Julian Brahja
Personal information
Full name Julian Brahja
Date of birth (1980-12-06) 6 December 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Laç, Albania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Bylis Ballsh
Number 4
Youth career
1995–1998 Laçi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Laçi 10 (0)
2000–2002 Besëlidhja Lezhë 44 (0)
2002–2003 Elbasani 26 (2)
2003–2004 Teuta Durrës 22 (1)
2004–2005 Laçi 44 (0)
2005–2006 Elbasani 35 (3)
2006–2007 Teuta Durrës 2 (0)
2007–2008 Kastrioti Krujë 27 (0)
2008–2009 Dinamo Tirana 21 (0)
2009–2010 Laçi 30 (5)
2010–2012 Flamurtari Vlorë 42 (1)
2012–2015 Kukësi 54 (2)
2015 Teuta Durrës 15 (0)
2015–2016 Tërbuni Pukë 8 (0)
2016– Bylis Ballsh 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 March 2016.

Julian Brahja (born 6 December 1980 in Laç) is an Albanian football player who currently plays as a defender for KF Bylis Ballsh in the Albanian Superliga. He started his career with his hometown club Laçi as a teenager at the age of 14, where he would turn professional in 1998. He has played for 9 clubs in Albania during his professional career since 1998.[1]

Club career[edit]

Dinamo Tirana[edit]

On 18 June 2008, Brahja signed a one-year deal with the second-most successful team of Albania, Dinamo Tirana, for an undisclosed fee, becoming the club's third summer signing.[2] He was called up for the team's European campaign in 2008–09 UEFA Champions League.[2] On 15 July, in first leg of first qualifying round against Bosnian side Modriča, Brahja was an unused substitute in an eventual 0–2 home defeat.[3] Eight days later, in the returning leg at Bilino Polje Stadium, Brahja was again in the bench for the entire match with Dinamo who was defeated 2–1 in the last minutes.[4]

On 24 August 2008, Brahja made his league debut in team's opening match of 2008–09 Albanian Superliga season against Teuta Durrës, playing full-90 minutes in a goalless draw at Selman Stërmasi Stadium.[5] Throughout the 2008–09 season, Brahja was an important instrument for Zlatko Dalić and then Shkëlqim Muça side, playing 21 out of 33 matches in an eventual third-place finish.[6] Following the end of the 2008–09 season, Brahja terminated his contract with the club.

Return to Laçi[edit]

Following his departure from Dinamo Tirana, Brahja returned to his boyhood club Laçi for the 2009–10 season.[7] He made his first appearance of the season on 23 August 2009 in the team's opening league match of season away against Skënderbeu Korçë, playing full-90 minutes in a 4–3 dramatic defeat.[8] Later, on 19 September, Brahja scored his first career brace and also the first goals of the season during the 3–2 home win against Apolonia Fier, helping Laçi to get its first win of the season.[9] Brahja was again in the scoresheet on 19 December when he netted the winner of the match against Kastrioti Krujë, giving Laçi three important points.[10]

Brahja established in the starting lineup, playing 30 league match thoughtout the season, all of them as a starter, and scored a high-career 5 goals. Laçi concluded the season in the 4th position, qualifying thus in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round for the first time in its history.[11] Brahja remained at the club for their European campaign where Laçi was seeded to play with Belorusian side Dnepr Mogilev. In the first leg at Niko Dovana Stadium on 1 July 2010, Brahja was the captain of the team and played full-90 minutes in an eventual 1–1 draw.[12] In the returning leg one week later at Spartak Stadion, Brahja was again the captain but was sent off with two yellow cards in the 72nd minute as Laçi were thrashed 7–1 by Dneper, who progressed to the next round with the aggregate 8–2.[13] Following the end of European campaign, Brahja announced his departure from the club.

Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

On 14 July 2010, Brahja joined Flamurtari Vlorë on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal.[14] He made his league debut on 25 September 2010 against Teuta Durrës in the match valid for the 5th week of 2010–11 Albanian Superliga, where he played full-90 minutes in an eventual 2–1 away lose.[15] He would play further 26 league matches until the end of the season in an eventual second-place finish.

In his second season, Brahja was not used regularly by then coach Shkëlqim Muça, playing 15 out of 26. He scored his first goal with the club on 8 April 2012 during the 2–0 defeat of Bylis Ballsh at Flamurtari Stadium.[16] Brahja was also important in the team's run in Albanian Cup, playing 11 matches in an eventual semi-final exit.

Teuta Durrës[edit]

On 5 January 2015, Teuta Durrës president Edmond Hasanbelliu confirmed that Brahja had signed with the club until the end of 2014–15 season.[17] He made his competitive debut with the club on 24 January in a 2–1 away defeat to Flamurtari Vlorë, a match that was dubbed as manipulating from AFA.[18][19] Two days later, the Prosecution of Vlora began investigations for this match.[20] He was ever-presented during the second part of the season, playing every single minute in their bid to escape relegation. On 17 May, in the penultimate league match against Apolonia Fier, their closest survival rivals, Brahja played a vital role in the team's 1–0 home win, securing thus mathematically staying for the next season.[21][22] Following the end of the season, Brahja left the team.

Tërbuni Pukë[edit]

In July 2015, Brahja joined newly promoted side Tërbuni Pukë in their first ever Albanian Superliga season, signing a contract until the end of the season.[23] During his presentation, he was given the vacant number 5. On 23 August, Brahja was a starter in club's first ever Albanian Superliga match against Tirana, where he played full-90 minutes in an eventual 1–2 home loss.[24] On 4 October, during the embarrassing 7–0 loss to Flamurtari Vlorë, Brahja suffered an injury that kept him off the pitch for more than a month.[25] On 6 December, Brahja returned to play in first match after more than two months exactly against Flamurtari Vlorë, playing full-90 minutes in a 1–0 home triumph, helping the club to gain a win after three consecutive defeats.[26] During the first part of the season, Brahja appeared in only nine matches, including eight in league, failing to make an impact and cement his place at the starting line up, and eventually left the team in January 2016.

Bylis Ballsh[edit]

On 7 January 2016, Brahja signed a contract until the end of the season with Albanian Superliga strugglers Bylis Ballsh in their bid to escape relegation.[27] He was assigned number 4, and made his debut on 31 January in a 3–0 away loss to Kukësi.[28] A week later, Brahja scored his first Bylis Ballsh goal, netting the third goal during the 4–0 home win versus the survival rivals of Tërbuni Pukë.[29]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Laçi
Elbasani

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soccerway profile
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  4. ^ "Modriča 2 – 1 Dinamo Tirana". UEFA.com. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Laçi vs. Kastrioti 1 – 0". Socceray. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
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  13. ^ "Dneper 7–1 Laçi". UEFA.com. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Brahja do formacionin" (in Albanian). Sportal.al. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Tërbuni mposhti Flamurtarin me golin e Enco Malindit" (in Albanian). Lapsi.al. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
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  28. ^ Sotir Kora (31 January 2016). "Kukësi e nis me fitore, 3-0 me Bylis" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "VIDEO/ Bylis shpartallon Tërbunin, 'poker' i ballshiotëve" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Albania - J. Brahja - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

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