Mirel Josa

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Mirel Josa
Personal information
Full name Mirel Josa
Date of birth (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 Tirana 100 (22)
1990–1991 Nea Kavala 20 (1)
1991–1992 Aris 17 (1)
1996–1997 ILTEX Lykoi ? (?)
National team
1984–1992 Albania 27 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Tirana
2006 Tirana
2007–2008 Vllaznia Shkodër
2008–2009 Elbasani
2009–2010 Teuta Durrës
2010–2011 Shkumbini Peqin
2011–2012 Vllaznia Shkodër
2012–2016 Skënderbeu Korçë
2016– Tirana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mirel Josa (born 1 June 1963[1]) is an Albanian football coach and former player, who currently works as head coach of KF Tirana. As a player, he played in the Greek Alpha Ethniki for Nea Kavala and Aris,[2] as well as making 27 international appearances for the Albania national football team between 1984 and 1992.[3]

Club career[edit]

Josa started his club career with his boyhood club Tirana where he would play for ten years. He will be long remembered by the fans for his last-minute goal against the Romanian side Dinamo București in the 1986–87 edition of European Cup Winners' Cup, which brought his team in the best 16 of the competition, where they got eliminated by Malmö.[4]

Later, Josa left the country for the first time and moved aboard, signing with the Greek Nea Kavala. There, he played only in the 1991–92 season, recording 20 appearances and one goal, leaving the team at the end of the team. For the next season, Josa remained in Greece where he signed a one-year contract with Aris. He played only one season with the club, just like he did with Nea Kavala. He ended his playing career with ILTEX Lykoi after the end of 1996–96 season.

International career[edit]

In his youth years Josa distinguished himself both as a defensive and attacking midfielder. During the 1982 UEFA European Under-18 Championship, played in Finland, Josa managed to score a goal against Netherlands, in a 1–3 loss, which disqualified Netherlands, where Marco van Basten was present.[4]

During the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship his goal made Albania draw against West Germany in Trier, and was a determining factor in qualifying Albania in the quarter-finals of the championship, eliminating West Germany, Turkey, and Austria.[4] After that game Josa was awarded the Master of Sports title.[5]

In the national team during the qualifiers of Mexico 1986 campaign he scored the first goal in the winning game of Albania against Belgium.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

Vllaznia Shkodër[edit]

On 26 October 2010, Josa become the new coach of Vllaznia Shkodër,[6] replacing the Montenegrin coach Mojas Radonjic who was sacked following a run of negative results.[7] He returned for the first time in the club since 2008.[8] He was presented to the media in the very same day.[6]

Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

On 4 August 2012, Josa was unveiled as the new coach of Skënderbeu Korçë ahead of 2012–13 season.[9]

On 18 May 2016, after winning the club's six consecutive league title and his fourth personal, Josa become the most successful coach in the history of Albanian football.[10]


Josa was appointed the new coach of Tirana on 2 November 2016 only a day following the sacking of Ilir Daja.[11] It was his second return to Tirana, the first since 2006.[11] During the presentation, club president Refik Halili stated that he sacrificed Daja for the returning of Josa.[11]

Persona life[edit]

Josa is the son-in-law of Shyqyri Rreli, former Albania coach.





Skënderbeu Korçë


  1. ^ a b Mirel Josa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 May 2005). "Foreign Players in Greece since 1959/60". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Hoxha, Florent & Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Albania - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Cikli Dossier/ Mirel Josa, "makthi i të huajve"" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Panorama Sport (2 December 2013). "Ndeshjet e pashlyeshme që çuan te "Drama e Trier-it"…". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Mirel Josa trajneri i ri i Vllaznisë" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Vllaznia/ Iken Radonjiç Josa pret zyrtarizmin" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mirel Josa rivesh tutat e Vllaznisë" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Skënderbeu / Firmos Pejiç, zyrtarizohet Mirel Josa" (in Albanian). Arkiva Lajmeve. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Skënderbeu/ Trajneri më i titulluar, Mirel Josa bën historinë" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c Erald Kodheli (2 November 2016). "Prezantohet Josa: Tirana një përgjegjësi" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 

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