Klodian Duro

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Klodian Duro
Personal information
Full name Klodian Duro
Date of birth (1977-12-21) 21 December 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FK Kukësi (manager)
Youth career
1994–1996 KF Elbasani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 KF Elbasani 44 (7)
1998–1999 KF Tirana 27 (1)
1999 KF 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 KF Tirana 84 (25)
2008–2009 AC Omonia 26 (6)
2009–2010 Apollon Limassol 24 (0)
2010–2011 LASK Linz 18 (3)
2011–2013 KF Tirana 34 (4)
Total 380 (61)
National team
1997–1999 Albania U21 12 (1)
2001–2011 Albania 78 (6)
Teams managed
2015–2016 FK 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 who is the current manager of Albanian Superliga club FK Kukësi.[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 FK Kukësi on 24 November 2015, and he won the Albanian Cup in his first season in charge, after defeating KF Laçi on penalties on 22 May 2016.

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 17 May 2008, Duro signed a two-year contract with Cypriot outfit AC Omonia Nicosia, a deal which should keep the Albanian international in Cyprus until 2010.[needs update] Duro made his debut with the club on 17 July 2008 at home in the UEFA Cup against the Macedonian club FK Milano Kumanovo, a team with many players of Albanian descent. The game finished 2–0 to AC Omonia and Duro impressed the fans and the coach with his display that kept him on the field the entire 90 minutes of the game. In the next round of the UEFA Cup, AC Omonia travelled to Greece to play AEK Athens. Duro was on the field for more than 75 minutes in a game that produced a shock[citation needed] as AC Omonia beat the Greek club at their own ground by one goal. The return leg proved to be one of Duro's best ever displays in his entire career as AC Omonia took on AEK Athens at a sold-out Neo GSP Stadium. His team needed at least a draw to go through to the main competition. Duro opened the scoring with his first goal for his new club in the 11th minute, but in the 16th minute, Ismael Blanco scored the equalizer. Duro managed to score again in the 70th minute after much pressure and good play from Duro and his team. Although the game ended 2–2, AC Omonia were through to the next stage. The next round proved to be difficult as Omonia were drawn against Manchester City and their newly found billions. With stars such as Robinho and , Man City were the clear favorites going into the two legs.[citation needed] In first leg, Duro put his side in front after 49 minutes of play. Vincent Kompany conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Duro stepped up to smash a shot past Joe Hart and into the top corner of the net. That was his third goal in two games for the club in the UEFA Cup. Then the Brazilian Jô scored two goals to win the game for Man City. However, Duro still managed to impress further[citation needed], as he sent a shot crashing against Hart's crossbar from more than 40 yards out.

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 Marcelo Troisi who was sacked by the club directors due to lack of results.[6][7] During his presentation, Duro said that the main goal of Kukësi is to qualify in European competitions for the next season.[8]

In his first match in charge, Kukësi fall at Zeqir Ymeri Stadium to Partizani Tirana by losing 0–1.[9][10] Duro won his match as a coach four days later, however, leading Kukësi into a 1–0 away win against Flamurtari Vlorë.[11] 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[12][13]
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 KF Elbasani Albanian Superliga 13 0 13 0
1997–98 31 7 31 7
1998–99 KF Tirana 27 1 27 1
1999–00 KF Elbasani 11 0 11 0
Vllaznia Shkodër 11 2 11 2
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 KF 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 KF 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 KF Tirana Albanian Superliga 17 1 7 1 24 2
2012–13 14 3 2 0 1 0 17 3
Total Albania 254 49 19 12 8 0 112 37
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 140 42 40 16 13 1 193 59

National team statistics[edit]

[14]

Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 1 0
2002 8 1
2003 11 0
2004 7 0
2005 6 0
2006 3 0
2007 11 1
2008 7 1
2009 8 0
2010 9 1
2011 6 0
Total 77 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.[15]

# 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 10 September 2008 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Malta 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 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 51.72 [16]
Total 29 15 8 6 51.72

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tirana
Vllaznia Shkodër
Apollon Limassol

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klodian Duro" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Klodian Duro interview". sursadestiri.net. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "KLODIAN DURO". TFF. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Duro-Tirana, "telenovela" përfundon me firmë" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Klodian Duro firmos me Tiranen" (in Albanian). Futbolli Shqiptar. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kukësi shkarkon Troisin, Lika dhe Duro në stol". Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 24 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Klodian Duro, trajner i ri i Kukësit". Klan Kosova (in Albanian). 24 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Duro shpalos objektivin primar: Të arrijmë Europën". Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 25 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Partizani fiton në Kukës, debuton me humbje Klodian Duro". TV Klan (in Albanian). 28 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Duro: Nuk pata fat, jam i kënaqur nga skuadra". Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 28 November 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Duro: Reaguam mirë, jam i lumtur". Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 2 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Albania - K. Duro - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Football : Klodian Duro". Football Database. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Klodian Duro". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Klodian Duro - national football team player". EU-football.info. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Albania - KS Kukësi - Results and fixtures - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 

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