Mario Morina

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Mario Morina
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Personal information
Full name Mario Morina
Date of birth (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Kamza
Number TBA
Youth career
2008–2010 Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Tirana 63 (13)
2013–2014 Skënderbeu 13 (2)
2014–2015 Tirana 40 (10)
2015–2016 Flamurtari 8 (1)
2016 Kukësi 7 (0)
2016– Kamza 23 (10)
National team
2011–2015 Albania U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 February 2016

Mario Morina (born 16 October 1992 in Tiranë) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays for Albanian club Kamza in Albanian First Division as a forward.[1]

Club career[edit]

Tirana[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

Morina made his début for KF Tirana on 3 November 2010 in an Albanian Cup fixture at home against Skrapari. Morina was included in the starting line up, with fellow youngsters Blerti Hajdari and Enco Malindi. Morina played a role in his side's 4–0 win, including an assist for Hajdari, striking the post and winning a penalty which would be converted by Hajdari. Tirana coach Nevil Dede praised the player after the game has ended and stated that the youngster was in his plans for the near future.[2][3]

He would only have to wait until 20 November for his first league game, in a home game against Elbasani. Morina took the place of striker Sebino Plaku in the 71st minute when the score was 2–1 in favour of Tirana. In the 93rd minute of the game he marked his league début with a goal.[4][5]

2011–12 season[edit]

During 2011–12 season, despite the fact that he had rivalry in attack with Herby Fortunat and Mirel Çota, Morina was able to appear in 22 league matches, scoring four times, including the winners against KF Laçi and Flamurtari Vlorë respectively on 17 December 2011 and 18 March 2012.[6][7] He was an unused substitute in team's victory in 2011 Albanian Supercup against Skënderbeu Korçë, in a match delayed and disrupted by crowd trouble.[8][9] Morina was also an important instrument in 2011–12 Albanian Cup, playing 12 matches and scoring twice against KF Laçi and Kamza in Group 1 of quarter-finals, with Tirana who went to win the title for the second consecutive season, beating once again Skënderbeu in the final thanks to the winner of Bekim Balaj.[10]

2012–13 season[edit]

Morina started his third season with The White and Blues by winning 2012 Albanian Supercup on 19 August against Skënderbeu Korçë.[11] He scored his first goals of the season on 2 September in a 3–0 home win against Shkumbini Peqin.[12][13] Twenty four days later, in Tirana Derby I against cross-town rivals Partizani Tirana in the returning leg of the first round in Albanian Cup, Morina scored the first goal of the match after eight minutes to lead the team to a 2–1 win, securing the qualification to the next round.

Return to Tirana[edit]

He returned to his boyhood club Tirana in January 2014 with the club struggling in a relegation battle. With the help of Morina and his 5 league goals the club managed to escape relegation, marking a successful end of season for the club and player, which saw him voted as the talent of the year for 2014.[14]

On 13 July 2014, Morina signed a contract extension with Tirana, which will keep him in the capital until 2015.[15]

Kukësi[edit]

On 27 January 2016, following his departure from Flamurtari Vlorë, Morina joined fellow Albanian Superliga side Kukësi on a free transfer, signing a contract until the end of the season.[16] There, he found his former Tirana teammate Klodian Duro as the team's coach, who strongly required his acquisition.[16] He made his league debut with the club four days later, appearing as a late substitute for fellow debutant Izair Emini in team's 3–0 home victory over Bylis Ballsh.[17]

Kamza[edit]

After being a free agent for almost two months, Morina joined Albanian First Division side Kamza by signing a one-year contract on 19 August 2016.[18]

International career[edit]

For the qualifiers of 2015 UEFA Euro U-21, Albania was seeded in Group 4. On 14 August 2013, Morina made his Albania U21 debut in a 0–1 home defeat to Austria, appearing a second-half substitute.[19] A month later, he would play another match as a substitute in a 4–0 defeat against th reigning champions of Spain.[20] On 5 March 2014, in the last qualifying match against Austria at UPC-Arena, Morina started and played full-90 minutes, helping his side to win the match 3–1 and to end the qualifying campaign with style.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 September 2016[1][22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tirana 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 17 3 3 0 20 3
2011–12 22 4 12 2 0 0 34 6
2012–13 24 6 4 2 3[a] 0 0 0 31 8
Total 63 13 19 4 3 0 1 0 86 17
Skënderbeu Korçë 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 13 2 3 2 3[b] 0 1[c] 0 20 4
Total 13 2 3 2 3 0 1 0 20 4
Tirana 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 14 5 14 5
2014–15 26 3 3 1 29 4
Total 40 8 3 1 43 9
Laçi 2014–15 Albanian Superliga 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0
Flamurtari Vlorë 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 8 1 2 1 10 2
Total 8 1 2 1 10 2
Kukësi 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 7 0 2 0 9 0
Total 7 0 2 0 9 0
Kamza 2015–16 Albanian First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 131 24 30 8 7 0 1 0 169 32
  1. ^ a b All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Albanian Supercup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tirana[1]
Skënderbeu Korçë[1]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Albania – M. Morina – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mario Morina, talenti bardheblu i Kupes" (in Albanian). Futbolli Shqiptar. 4 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Më së fundi një produkt... bardheblu" (in Albanian). Sport Ekpres. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Erion Saliu (21 November 2011). "Pejiç i rikthen buzëqeshjen Tiranës, Dede lançon të rinjtë" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 27 November 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Oltian Ruçi (21 November 2011). "KF Tirana 3–1 KF Elbasani". Football Database. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tirana 1–0 Laçi". Soccerway. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Flamurtari Vlorë 0–1 Tirana". Soccerway. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Skënderbeu 0–1 KF Tirana". SoccerWay. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Oltian Ruçi (18 August 2011). "KF Tirana 0–0 Skënderbeu". Football Database. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tirana fiton Kupën e Shqipërisë, mund Skënderbeun pas 120 min" (in Albanian). Shqiptarja.com. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tirana fiton Superkupën e Shqipërisë" (in Albanian). ABC News. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Altin Manallari (2 September 2012). "Bardhebutë mundin 3–0 Shkumbinin, gjirokastritët shkatërrojnë 4–1 Teutën" (in Albanian). Gazeta Shqip. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tirana vs Shkumbini Peqin 3 – 0". Soccerway. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Çmimi, Morina "Talenti i Vitit" në Superiore" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Morina rinovon me bardheblutë" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Alfred Lleshi (27 January 2016). "Merr fund “telenovela”, Mario Morina firmos për Kukësin" (in Albanian). Telesport.al. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "VIDEO/ Spektakël në Kukës, Emini dhe Dvornekoviç fundosin Bylisin" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Kamza nuk ndalet, firmos edhe me Mario Morinën" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "Austria begin Group 4 with a win in Albania". UEFA.com. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Slick Spain leave Albania standing". UEFA.com. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Albania sign off with stylish win in Austria". UEFA.com. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Football : Mario Morina". Football Database. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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