Pal Mirashi

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Pal Mirashi
Personal information
Full name Pal Mirashi
Date of birth (1925-12-13)13 December 1925
Place of birth Shkodër, Albania
Date of death 13 October 2001(2001-10-13) (aged 75)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1951 Vllaznia Shkodër
1951–1954 Dinamo Tirana
National team
1946–1950 Albania 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pal Mirashi (born 13 December 1925 in Shkodër, died 13 October 2001) is a former Albanian football striker. He is known for being part of the 1946 Albania vs Yugoslavia football match, which was Albania's first official match. He earned 8 caps with the national team, scoring 4 goals.[1]

Biography[edit]

Mirashi was born in Shkodër on 13 December 1925 into a poor family, where many of his siblings died as infants. His father's name was Mirash Mirashi and his mother's was Mrikë Mirashi, and besides Pal they 3 other boys, Ndue, Zef and Gjon, who would go on to become soldiers. His father Mirash was born and raised in the Dukagjin highlands but moved to the centre of Shkodër in 1920, where he worked as a handyman, and who is described as having been a simple, loving and generous man by his grandson Alsid Mirashi. Pal's oldest brother Ndue went to middle school in the southern city of Vlorë where he excelled in both football and basketball, but with the Italian invasion of Albania in 1939 he found his sporting opportunities limited due to his anti-fascist ideas. Once he returned to Shkodër he resumed playing football, as a centre back for Vllaznia Shkodër. He was an activist of the Balli Kombëtar (National Front) movement in the city and was executed by the Communist regime in 1945 for his involvement with the National Front. Prior to his execution alongside his friend Cef Meta, he showed courage by physically engaging in a fight with the guards who would very soon execute him.

As a 9 year old child Pal along with his neighbourhood friends would watch football games being played inside the city of Shkodër as they had a desire to one day play themselves. He began playing football while still in primary school and along with his high school friends as a 15-year-old he created a team called Dodona. With Dodana he played against other local sides as well as the occupying Italian troops.

In December 1940 the Fascist Youth Federation organised a youth football competition in Shkodër, where the teams mainly consisted of high school and workers clubs. In the final Marashi was a member of the workers selection which lost 3-1 to the high school selection.

Towards the end of the Albanian Civil 1943–1944 Marashi was enlisted in the 6th brigade of the 6th division of the National Liberation Army (UNÇ), where he would travel through the Balkans fighting with the UNÇ alongside the Communists. Despite being at war and travelling, Marashi still managed to play football wherever he went, playing in friendly games for Albanian-speaking teams in cities such as Ohrid, Strugë, Prishtinë and Ferizaj. With Ferizaj he played in a notable friendly game against the Yugoslav soldiers of the 44th division, which ended 2-2, with Marashi scoring both goals for the Albanians.[2]

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