Klodian Duro

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Klodian Duro
Personal information
Full name Klodian Duro
Date of birth (1977-12-21) 21 December 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1994–1996 Elbasani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Elbasani 44 (7)
1998–1999 Tirana 27 (1)
1999 Elbasani 11 (0)
2000–2001 Vllaznia Shkodër 44 (8)
2002 Samsunspor 9 (0)
2002–2003 Malatyaspor 18 (3)
2003 Partizani Tirana 11 (3)
2004 Çaykur Rizespor 11 (1)
2004–2005 Arminia Bielefeld 19 (0)
2005–2008 Tirana 84 (25)
2008–2009 Omonia 26 (6)
2009–2010 Apollon Limassol 24 (0)
2010–2011 LASK Linz 18 (2)
2011–2013 Tirana 30 (4)
Total 376 (60)
National team
1997–1999 Albania U21 12 (1)
2001–2011 Albania 100 (6)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Kukësi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Klodian Duro (Albanian pronunciation: [Klɔ'dian 'Duɾɔ]; born 21 December 1977) is an Albanian professional football coach and former player.[1]

He was a versatile midfielder who usually played in an attacking role. His brother Albert Duro was also a footballer.[2]

Duro played as an attacking midfielder for 11 different clubs in 5 countries during a career spanning 17 years, where he won 4 Albanian Superliga titles, 3 Albanian Cups, 3 Albanian Supercups and a Cypriot Cup. He made his senior international debut in 2001, and he earned 78 caps and scored 6 goals before retiring from international football in 2011.

He became the manager of Kukësi on 24 November 2015, and he won the Albanian Cup in his first season in charge.

Club career[edit]

Duro started his professional career in 1996 playing for KF Elbasani. He played in Albania for KF Elbasani, KF Tirana, KS Vllaznia, KF Partizani Tirana, in Turkey with Samsunspor, Galatasaray, Malatyaspor and Çaykur Rizespor,[3] and in German Bundesliga with Arminia Bielefeld. In the 2007–08 season, he scored 15 league goals for KF Tirana, making him the joint third top goalscorer. In June 2008, Duro transferred in Cyprus to AC Omonia Nicosia. In next season 2009–10 he played for Apollon Limassol in Cyprus and won the Cyprus Cup. After two years playing in Cyprus, Duro transferred in August 2010 to Austria. He signed a one-year contract with the Austrian Bundesliga club, LASK Linz. Duro returned to Albania in September 2011 to his former side KF Tirana for his third stint at the club. He signed a two-year contract on a free transfer with the club after agreeing terms with the club directors.[4][5]

AC Omonia Nicosia[edit]

On 19 May 2008, Duro completed a transfer to Cypriot outfit Omonia Nicosia, penning a two-year contract until June 2010.[6] Then he was included in Nedim Tutić's team for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds.[7] Duro made his competitive debut in the first leg of the first qualifying round versus Milano Kumanovo as the team won 2–0.[8] He also appeared in the returning leg as Omonia won again to qualify to the next round 4–1 on aggregate.[9]

Duro's first score-sheet contributions came later on 28 August in the second leg of second qualifying round against AEK Athens, netting a brace at Neo GSP Stadium, including one from 25 yards to rescue his team a 2–2,[10] which was enough to pass to the next round as Omonia had won the first leg 1–0.[11]

Duro continued to impress even further as he was on the score-sheet again on 18 September, where he netted the opener via a free kick against Premier League side Manchester City. The Citizens however, bounced back and won 2–1.[12] Duro's side lost the second leg with the same result which sent them crashing out of the competition.[13]

Apollon Limassol[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Duro signed a two-year contract with Apollon Limassol. He made an impressive start with the new team and had the hearts of many fans of Apollon for him. For Apollon it was the most important transfer during that season.

KF Tirana[edit]

Duro returned to Albania in September 2011 with his former side KF Tirana for his third stint at the club. He signed a two-year contract on a free transfer with the club after agreeing terms with the club directors.[4][5]

International career[edit]

Duro had 78 appearances for the Albanian National Team and scored six goals. He scored the first goal with Albanian National Team against Russia on 16 October 2002 in a 1–4 loss of Albania in Russia. On 4 September 2004, European Champion Greece lost 2–1 to Albania at Tirana. Albanian midfielder Klodian Duro was quoted as saying, "Let the world know we're the best here," and after the match fans paraded around with banners that read "This is not Portugal," a reference to the Greeks' stunning win in Euro 2004. Against Bulgaria he scored the goal of a 1–1 draw in 2007. Duro scored against Malta twice in a 3–0 Albania win of a 2007 friendly match and in a 3–0 World Cup 2010 qualifications. He scored against Cyprus in a 6–1 win of Albania in August 2009. Duro also scored against Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in a 1–1 draw in October 2010. Duro is considered to be one of the best players in the story of Albanian football and he is also one of the players with most appearances with the Albanian National Team.

Managerial career[edit]

On 24 November 2015, Duro was appointment the new coach of Albanian Superliga side FK Kukësi, replacing Marcello Troisi who was sacked by the club directors due to lack of results.[14][15] During his presentation, Duro said that the main goal of Kukësi is to qualify in European competitions for the next season.[16]

In his first match in charge, Kukësi fall at Zeqir Ymeri Stadium to Partizani Tirana by losing 0–1.[17][18] Duro won his match as a coach four days later, however, leading Kukësi into a 1–0 away win against Flamurtari Vlorë.[19] He won the Albanian Cup in his first season in charge, after defeating KF Laçi on penalties on 22 May 2016 .

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 December 2015[20][21][22]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Albania League Albanian Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Elbasani Albanian Superliga 13 0 13 0
1997–98 31 7 31 7
1998–99 Tirana 27 1 27 1
1999–2000 Elbasani 11 0 11 0
Vllaznia Shkodër 9 1 9 1
2000–01 24 5 1 2 2 0 27 7
2001–02 11 2 4 2 15 4
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2001–02 Samsunspor Süper Lig 9 0 9 0
2002–03 Malatyaspor 18 3 2 0 20 3
Albania League Albanian Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Partizani Tirana Albanian Superliga 11 3 11 3
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası Europe Total
2003–04 Çaykur Rizespor Süper Lig 11 1 1 2 12 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2004–05 Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga 19 0 2 0 21 0
Albania League Albanian Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Tirana Albanian Superliga 29 4 2 2 31 6
2006–07 27 6 3 3 30 9
2007–08 28 15 4 4 2 1 34 20
Cyprus League Cypriot Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Omonia Süper Lig 26 6 5 3 31 9
2009–10 AEL Limassol 24 0 0 0 24 0
Austria League ÖFB-Cup Europe Total
2010–11 LASK Linz Austrian Bundesliga 18 2 2 3 20 5
Albania League Albanian Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Tirana Albanian Superliga 17 1 7 1 24 2
2012–13 13 3 2 0 1 0 16 3
Total Albania 251 48 19 12 9 2 279 62
Turkey 38 4 3 2 41 6
Germany 19 0 2 0 21 0
Cyprus 50 6 0 0 5 3 55 9
Austria 18 2 2 3 20 5
Career total 376 60 26 17 14 5 416 82

National team[edit]

As of 7 October 2011 [22]
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania
2001 1 0
2002 8 1
2003 11 0
2004 7 0
2005 6 0
2006 3 0
2007 11 2
2008 7 1
2009 8 1
2010 9 1
2011 6 0
Total 77 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.[23]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2002 Central Stadium, Volgograd, Russia  Russia 1–1 1–4 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2 22 August 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Malta 3–0 3–0 Friendly match
3 17 October 2007 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Bulgaria 1–0[24] 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4 10 September 2008 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Malta 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 12 August 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Cyprus 4–1[25] 6–1 Friendly match
6 7 October 2010 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Managerial[edit]

As of 01 June 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
FK Kukësi 24 November 2015 Present 29 15 8 6 051.72 [26]
Total 29 15 8 6 051.72

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tirana[22]
Vllaznia Shkodër[22]
Apollon Limassol[22]

References[edit]

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