Migen Memelli

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Migen Memelli
Personal information
Full name Migen Memelli
Date of birth (1980-04-25) 25 April 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Lushnjë, Albania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
KF Tirana B (manager)
Youth career
1998–2000 Skënderbeu Korçë
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Skënderbeu Korçë 26 (9)
2001–2003 Teuta Durrës 40 (13)
2003–2004 KF Elbasani 46 (12)
2004 KF Laçi 29 (4)
2005 KF Elbasani 17 (6)
2005 Skënderbeu Korçë 12 (8)
2006 Brann 19 (1)
2007–2009 GAIS 17 (0)
2008–2009 KF Tirana (loan) 29 (22)
2009 KF Tirana 9 (1)
2010 Flamurtari Vlorë 15 (14)
2010–2011 Al-Faisaly 23 (14)
2011–2012 Al Taawon 20 (4)
2012–2013 Flamurtari Vlorë 22 (19)
2013 Al-Faisaly 13 (1)
2014 Partizani Tirana 11 (6)
2014 KF Laçi 11 (1)
2015 Kastrioti Krujë 4 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Albania U21 4 (1)
2009 Albania 1 (0)
Teams managed
2016– KF Tirana B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Migen Memelli (born 25 April 1980 in Lushnjë) is a professional Albanian footballer who plays a striker. He is known for his goalscoring ability, and has twice been the top goalscorer in the Albanian Superliga.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Memelli began his professional career with Skënderbeu Korçë in 1999 as a 19-year-old, where he scored 12 goals in 26 league games but could not help his side further as they finished bottom of the table and were subsequently relegated from the Albanian Superliga. He also scored 3 times in the Albanian Cup which took his tally to 15 goals for the season in all competitions.[2] He left the club following their relegation and joined Superliga side Teuta Durrës in the summer transfer window of 2001, and he scored 4 times in 19 games in his first season to help his side finish in a respectable 4th place in the league. He also scored another 4 goals in the Albanian Cup as Teuta Durrës reached the semi-finals.[3] The following season he scored 8 goals in 21 league games as Teuta Durrës finished 4th once again. He also scored 3 goals in the Albanian Cup as his side reached the final, which they eventually lost 1–0 to Dinamo Tirana, as he came on as a 63rd minute for Gentian Begeja in the final.[4]

He moved to KF Elbasani in 2003 and immediately became a first team player, netting 12 league goals in 29 games as KF Elbasani finished one place above the relegation zone. In the Albanian Cup he scored a first half hattrick against KS Devolli, and added another goal against Albpetrol Patos as he reached the quarter finals, and ended the season with 16 goals in all competitions. He joined newly promoted side KF Laçi in 2004 but did not have a fruitful experience, only featuring in 4 league games and scoring just once before returning to KF Elbasani in January 2005. He helped the club finish runners-up in the league with his 4 goals in 17 games, as well as scoring another goal in the Albanian Cup quarter finals as his side were knocked out by Teuta Durrës,[5] taking his goal tally for season to 6 goals in all competitions for both clubs, the lowest of his career at the time.[6] He rejoined Skënderbeu Korçë ahead of the 2005–06 campaign, and he scored on his second debut with the club in the first week of the Albanian Superliga in a 1–1 draw with Teuta Durrës. He scored 8 goals in 12 games in the first half of the season which attracted the interest of several foreign clubs, which included Norwegian side Brann who offered the player a trial in January 2006.

Brann[edit]

His agent Knut Høibraatens arranged the trial with Brann, which was eventually resulted in a permanent move in March 2006 following a transfer fee of 600,000 kr.[7]

GAIS[edit]

Memelli's first season with GAIS got off to a very good start as he scored 4 goals in 4 pre-season games. In the Allsvenskan he wasn't so lucky as he did not score any goals but he still played 16 games, and proved that he had other skills too. Another pre-season and 2 goals in 2 games, this might be his year. But the 2008 edition of Allsvenskan he was sidelined due to injury.

KF Tirana[edit]

Memelli was loaned out to the most successful team in Albanian, KF Tirana before the start of the Albanian Superliga 2008-09. Prior to his loan move back to Albania, Memelli was listed with 140 matches and 45 goals in the Albanian Superliga with Skënderbeu Korçë, Teuta Durrës, KS Elbasani and KF Laci from 2000 to 2006. He played a total of 28 games in the Albanian Superliga throughout the 2008-2009 campaign and managed to score an impressive 22 goals in the process, this meant that he beat Sebino Plaku to the Golden Boot and helped win a call up for Albania.

Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

On 27 January 2010 Memelli signs for Flamurtari Vlorë in the Albanian Superliga until the end of the season 2009–10.

Saudi Arabia[edit]

After a very impressive second half of the 2009–10 season with Flamurtari, where he scored 14 goals in just 15 games, almost averaging a goal a game, there was huge interest in the player from both Albania and abroad. However, he opted to join former Dinamo Tirana coach Zlatko Dalić in Saudi Arabia and signed for Al-Faisaly Harmah on 17 June 2010. He signed a 1-year contract worth over $320,000. This deal included bonuses for every win and for every goal whilst at the club, and also a luxury apartment in the city of Harmah as well as a brand new car. The Arabian club had been tracking the player and had seen many DVDs of the player, along with the fact that he was the top scorer in Albania in the 2008-2009 season it convinced the owners of the club to offer Memelli such a huge offer.[8]

Partizani Tirana[edit]

On 20 January 2014, having been a free agent since leaving Al-Faisaly, Memelli returned to Albania once again by signing a six-month contract with Partizani Tirana with a wage of 3.5 million lek, taking the number 9 for the second part of 2013–14.[9][10] The player was also a target of the other capital club, KF Tirana, who wanted to bring back the striker after five years.[11] Memelli was very ambitious during his presentation, saying that he has signed with Partizani to win the league.[12]

In his debut on 15 February he scored twice inside of the first 12 minutes (including a goal in the first minute) of the match to lead his team into a 2–0 victory against KF Lushnja at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[13] One month later, Memelli scored his third goal with Partizani by covered a penalty kick in the fifth minute of the 2–0 home win against Bylis Ballsh.[14] In April, he scored the winners against Besa Kavaje and FK Kukësi (with a free kick) respectively on 5 and 20 April, and also a goal during the 3–1 win against Teuta Durres, bringing his tally up to six goals in 9 matches.

KF Laçi[edit]

On 24 August 2014, Memelli, aged 34, signed a one-year contract with Albanian Superliga side KF Laçi, his sixth Albanian club, returning in Laç after ten years.[15] He did not participate in the team's opening match of 2014–15 season against Partizani Tirana, but returned in the team for the next match against the champions of Skënderbeu Korçë, playing the last 19 minutes of the 0–2 away lose.[16]

Memelli played for the first time as a starter in his only second appearance during the goalless home draw against FK Kukësi on 10 September.[17] He scored his first goal of the season against Teuta Durres on 23 November, scoring a header in the 23th minute after a cross from Taulant Sefgjinaj in an eventual 3–0 home win.[18] However, his second spell with Laçi was short-lived, as he managed to play only in 11 matches, which six of them as a starter, scoring once in the process. He left the club in the first days of the new year 2015.[19]

Coach Career[edit]

On 28 January 2015, Memelli left the fotboll and quit his contrakt with FC Laci to dedicate his career to soccer coach job and nou he is part of Uefa A licens and loock forwart to finnish his licens of Uefa Pro Coach.

International career[edit]

Following a very impressive return to Albania. Memelli also received a call-up to the Albania by the coach at the time, Arie Haan. On 1 April 2009. He made his debut for the Albania in a FIFA World Cup qualification match against Denmark. Memelli came on for Besart Berisha in the 85th minute of the game.[20] His debut was not one to celebrate as Albania lost the match 3–0 and by doing so further reducing their chances of qualification and the manager that called him up then stood down from his role as the coach of Albania.[21][22]

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

KF Tirana

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albanian Golden Boot winners". Albania Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Albanian Cup 2000–01
  3. ^ Albanian Cup 2001–02
  4. ^ Albanian Cup 2002–03
  5. ^ Albanian Cup 2004–05
  6. ^ Albanian Superliga 2004–05
  7. ^ "Hevder norsk agent ville svindle Brann i millionsalg". Aften Posten. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Migen Memelli firmos me Al Faysaly" (in Albanian). Albania-Sport. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Migen Memelli firmos për Partizanin, 6 muaj bëhet “dem i kuq”. Antanasijeviç nis provën". Panorama Sport. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Partizani godet në merkato, firmos Migen Memelli". Ora News.TV. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tirana-Partizani, derbi nën “rrogoz” për Migen Memellin". Panorama Sport. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Migen Memelli: "Te Partizani, për të fituar titullin kampion"". Telegraf.al. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Partizani kalon lehtësisht Lushnjën". Sport Ekspres. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Partizani Tirana vs. Bylis Ballsh". Soccerway. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Migen Memelli firmos me Laçin". Shqiptarja.com. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Saro, Llazi (31 August 2014). "Skënderbeu, fitore mes vuajtjesh ndaj Laçit. Mirel Josa: Duhej të shënonim më shpejt". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Laçi vs. Kukësi". Soccerway. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Prenga, Vladimir (24 November 2014). "Laçi shkatërron Teutën, Lika drejt shkarkimit". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Migen Memelli largohet nga Laçi". Panorama Sport. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Denmark vs. Albania". Soccerway. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Haan quits as Albania boss". FIFA. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Haan and Albania go separate ways". Uefa.com. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 

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