Riza Durmisi

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Riza Durmisi
Personal information
Full name Riza Durmisi
Date of birth (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Ishøj, Denmark
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 14
Youth career
2000–2013 Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Brøndby 93 (7)
2016–2018 Real Betis 51 (3)
2018– Lazio 10 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Denmark U16 7 (0)
2009–2011 Denmark U17 27 (1)
2011–2013 Denmark U19 15 (0)
2013–2015 Denmark U21 9 (1)
2015– Denmark 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:36, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01 September 2017

Riza Durmisi (Albanian: Riza Durmishi; born 8 January 1994) is a Danish professional footballer, of Albanian origin, who plays as a left-back for Italian club Lazio. He has represented Denmark at several youth levels and made his debut for the senior national team in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Durmisi was born as a second generation immigrant in Ishøj, part of the Copenhagen suburbs.[1][2] Durmisi is of Albanian heritage from Tetovo.[3]

Club career[edit]

Brøndby[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Durmisi made his Brøndby debut in a 1–1 home draw against Esbjerg fB on 26 August 2012. He made four total substitute appearances during the season.[4]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 24 June 2013, Durmisi signed a three-year contract tying him to the club until summer 2016.[5] Durmisi was promoted to the first team and issued shirt number 17.[6] He became a frequent starter, first as a left winger and later as a left wing-back.[7] On 10 November, he scored his first goal from his position as left wing-back in the 3–0 home victory against AGF.[8] He attracted the attention from foreign scouts, including French Ligue 1 club Toulouse and Turkish giants Fenerbahçe,[9] after scoring 3 goals in 33 matches that season.[10]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 31 July 2014, Durmisi made his UEFA Europa League debut, starting in the 3–0 away defeat against Belgian side Club Brugge.[11]

Durmisi revealed during the 2014–15 Christmas break that he was approached by the Football Federation of Macedonia to represent Macedonia internationally, due to his Macedonian roots. However, he said at the same time that representing Denmark was his first priority, should its then-head coach, Morten Olsen, offer him a call-up. In response, Olsen said Durmisi should focus on proving his worth on the pitch rather than in the press, yet nonetheless acknowledged Durmisi was being considered for a call-up.[12][13] During the winter break in January, Durmisi revealed his ambition was to move to either the Dutch Eredivisie or the German Bundesliga.[14]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 2 October 2015, after months of negotiations and after replacing his agent Sedat Duraki, Durmisi signed a contract extension which tied him to the club until the summer 2018. The contract reportedly included a €2 million buyout clause, and was finalized by Durmisi's new agent, Nikalo Jurić.[15] At the end of 2015, Durmisi rewarded for his impressive performance and a great year by winning the 2015 Brøndby IF Player of the Year award ahead of such players as Daniel Agger and Thomas Kahlenberg.[16] By the end of March, Durmisi revealed he was receiving significant attention from clubs all across Europe, also stating his expectation that the 2015–16 would be his last for Brøndby. He also added his overall objective is to eventually play for Real Madrid.[17]

Real Betis[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 28 May 2016, Durmisi signed a five-year contract with La Liga club Real Betis after weeks of media rumours. Betis activated Durmisi's €2 million buyout clause with Brøndby, then replaced it with a €20 million buyout clause on a contract tying Durmisi to Betis until summer 2021.[18] He made his debut for the club on 20 August, starting in a 2–6 away loss against Barcelona.[19]

2017–18 season[edit]

On the 30 April 2018, he scored a goal for Betis as they secured Europa League qualification for the 2018-19 season following a 2-1 La Liga win over Malaga.[20]

Lazio[edit]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 22 June 2018, Durmisi signed a five-year contract with Lazio.[21]

International career[edit]

On 8 June 2015, Durmisi made his senior international debut for Denmark in a 2–1 home friendly win against Montenegro at the Viborg Stadion, as a 72nd-minute substitute for Simon Poulsen.[22] Durmisi played the final seven matches in Morten Olsen's lengthy tenure as national team head coach.

In the Euro qualifiers game against Albania in 2015, Durmisi revealed that he would have liked to have played for Albania, being of Albanian heritage from Tetovo. He revealed that he never got a call up from FSHF and that even the Football Federation of Macedonia had sent him an invitation, in which he refused.[23]

On 1 March 2016, after Åge Hareide replaced Olsen, Hareide called-up Durmisi for his first two matches in charge, against Iceland and Scotland on 24 and 29 March respectively. He started and played the full 90 minutes in both matches as a left wing-back in Hareide's 3–5–2 formation.

In May 2018 he was named in Denmark’s preliminary 35-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[24] However, he did not make the final 23.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 June 2019[26][4]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brøndby 2012–13 Danish Superliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
2013–14 32 3 1 0 33 3
2014–15 28 3 0 0 2 0 30 3
2015–16 29 1 4 0 7 0 40 1
Total 93 7 5 0 9 0 0 0 105 7
Betis 2016–17 La Liga 27 1 0 0 27 1
2017–18 24 2 0 0 24 2
Total 51 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 3
Lazio 2018–19 Serie A 10 0 2 0 7 0 19 0
Career total 151 10 7 0 16 0 0 0 174 10

Honours[edit]

Lazio
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Riza Durmisi om opvæksten i Ishøj: "Alle, der vokser op herude, har prøvet at stjæle en cykel og køre ulovligt på knallert, og det har jeg også"".
  3. ^ "Shqiptari Riza Durmishi thirret nga Danimarka për të luftuar me shqiptarët". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  4. ^ a b "Riza Durmisi Player Profil" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Brøndby IF sign with Riza Durmisi" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  6. ^ "New jersey numbers" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Durmisi: Getting better for each match" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Durmisi: Thrilled about my first goal" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Brøndby Starlet flattered by foreign interest, but..." (in Danish). www.bt.dk. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Brøndby Starlet on French short list" (in Danish). www.eb.dk. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Starting line-up against Club Brugge" (in Danish). www.brondby.com. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Durmisi: Want a call up" (in Danish). www.bold.dk. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Olsen: Durmisi, let your feet do the talking" (in Danish). www.bold.dk. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Riza Durmisi dreams big about the Bundesliga" (in Danish). www.tv3sport.dk. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Brøndby og Riza Durmisi enige om ny kontrakt". 2 October 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Riza Durmisi er kåret til årets Brøndby-spiller". 5 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Eftertragtet Riza Durmisi: Jeg skifter til Real Madrid en dag". 31 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Official: Riza Durmisi sold to Real Betis" (in Danish). www.tv3sport.dk. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Los juegos de Messi y Suárez" [The games of Messi and Suárez] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  20. ^ https://www.marca.com/en/football/spanish-football/2018/04/30/5ae783dc46163f17368b464f.html
  21. ^ https://www.football-italia.net/123371/official-lazio-sign-durmisi
  22. ^ Olsen, Allan (8 June 2015). "Pierre-Emile er vores panzerwagen!" [Pierre-Emile is our tank!]. Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Riza Durmishi: Unë e doja Shqipërinë, por FSHF s'më kontaktoi asnjëherë" [Riza Durmisi: I love Albania, but the FSHF never contacted me]. Sot news (in Albanian). 8 September 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  24. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  25. ^ https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/confirmed-denmark-cut-ex-arsenal-star-fifa-world-cup-squad
  26. ^ "R. Durmisi". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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