Sebino Plaku

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Sebino Plaku
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Personal information
Full name Sebino Plaku
Date of birth (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Tirana, Albania
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Korabi Peshkopi
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2003 Partizani Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Partizani Tirana 10 (0)
2003–2004 Besëlidhja Lezhë 10 (2)
2004–2005 Laçi 5 (0)
2005–2007 Apolonia Fier 50 (21)
2007–2009 Dinamo Tirana 44 (27)
2008 HamKam (loan) 2 (0)
2009–2010 Tirana 30 (7)
2011 Flamurtari Vlorë 16 (7)
2011–2012 Kastrioti Krujë 12 (3)
2012–2013 Skënderbeu Korçë 37 (13)
2013–2015 Śląsk Wrocław 29 (1)
2015 Partizani Tirana 8 (1)
2016– Skënderbeu Korçë 7 (2)
2016 Korabi Peshkopi (loan) 16 (4)
National team
2001–2002 Albania U17 3 (0)
2003–2004 Albania U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2017.

Sebino Plaku (born 20 May 1985 in Tirana) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Albanian club Skënderbeu Korçë.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Plaku joined the Partizani Tirana academy as a teenager and was eventually promoted to the first team ahead of the 2003–04 season, where he made six Albanian Superliga appearances in the first half of the season. He scored his first senior goal on 11 October in an Albanian Cup game against Fushë Mbreti that finished 6–0 to Partizani. He scored another goal in the next round of the Albanian Cup in a 6–1 win over Kastrioti Krujë. In January 2004, Plaku was loaned out to Besëlidhja Lezhë in the Albanian First Division for the remainder of the season in order to gain more first team experience, where he scored twice in the First Division as he helped Besëlidhja Lezhë to a comfortable mid table finish. He returned to Partizani Tirana at the end of the season but did not manage to break through into the first team, making only four appearances in the first half of the 2004–05 season before joining Superliga strugglers Laçi in January, where he also struggled, and was eventually relegated after finishing in last place.

Apolonia Fier[edit]

He left Laçi following their relegation from the Albanian Superliga and joined Apolonia Fier in the Albanian First Division ahead of the 2005–06 season, where he scored 9 league goals to help his side finish second and achieve promotion to the Superliga. He also scored twice in the second round of the Albanian Cup against Telepena, taking his goal tally for the season to 11.[2] He scored a penalty on the opening day of his return to the Superliga against his former club Partizani, but his side lost the game 3–2. He scored 15 league goals in 26 games, making him the third top goalscorer in the Superliga behind Vioresin Sinani and Daniel Xhafaj, but could not help his side avoid finishing in last place as he experienced relegation for the second time in his career.[3]

Dinamo Tirana[edit]

Plaku left Apolonia Fier at the end of the 2006–07 season and joined Dinamo Tirana, where he won the Albanian Supercup in his opening game for the club, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Artion Poçi in the 2–0 win over Vllaznia Shkodër. In the league he found immediate success in front of goal, scoring a penalty once again in the opening game of the season against a former club of his, this time being Besëlidhja Lezhë. He scored once again two rounds later in a 4–0 win over Kastrioti Krujë as well as scoring the winner the following week against Teuta Durrës. On the final day of the first half of the season, he struck once again in a 7–0 thrashing of Skënderbeu Korçë, scoring twice in the opening 7 minutes in a game where his prolific strike partner Pero Pejić grabbed four goals.

Following a prolific first half to the 2007–08 season with Dinamo Tirana, where he scored 9 league goals in 16 games, he moved to Norwegian side Ham-Kam for an undisclosed fee in January 2008.

Tirana[edit]

In January 2010, during the winter transfer window, Plaku completed a move to Tirana for 30,000, taking the vacant number 9 for the second part of 2009–10 season.[4] He made his competitive debut on 25 January coincidentally against his former employers Dinamo Tirana, playing for 76 minute as 8-man Tirana suffered a 1–2 defeat at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[5]

Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

He was released by the Flamurtari chairman Shpëtim Gjika on 19 July 2011, along with three other main players, Daniel Xhafaj, Bledar Devolli and Julian Ahmataj.[6]

Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

On 7 January 2012, Plaku was signed by fellow Albanian Superliga side Skënderbeu Korçë for a fee of 10,000.[7] He made his competitive debut against Flamurtari Vlorë on 31 January where Plaku scored the last goal of the match in the 82nd minute to help the team to win the match 4–1.[8] On 7 March 2012, Plaku scored his second goal for the team in a 1–1 draw away against Vllaznia Shkodër.[9] Three days later, in a match against Shkumbini Peqin, Plaku scored his first twice to give the team a 4–2 win away.[10]

He was one of the most important players in the team's progress in the Albanian Cup where he scored again in a match against Kastrioti Krujë on 4 April 2012.[11] His next goal for Skënderbeu came on 25 April during the 2–1 home win against Vllaznia Shkodër.[12] Only four days later, he received his first red card with Skënderbeu's colours in a goalless draw against Bylis Ballsh.[13]

For the 2012–13 season, he scored his first European goal in a 1–0 win against Debreceni in the first leg of Champions League second qualifying round on 17 July 2012.[14] Plaku also played in the returning leg with Skënderbeu who lost the match 3–0.

Śląsk Wrocław[edit]

On 30 June 2013, Plaku was transferred in Poland where he signed with Ekstraklasa side Śląsk Wrocław. He made his debut for Śląsk Wrocław against Rudar, contributing with a goal in a 4–0 home win.[15]

Partzani Tirana[edit]

He agreed personal terms with Partizani Tirana president Gaz Demi on 8 June 2015 and signed a one-year contract with the club, with the option of a further one–year renewal.[16] He made his second debut with Partizani against Norwegian side Strømsgodset in the first qualifying round of the Europa League on 2 July 2015, in a game which ended in a 3–1 loss for his side.[17] He scored his first two goals of the season in the Albanian Cup against Korabi Peshkopi in a 5–0 win,[18] and just a few days later on 19 September he scored his first league of the season against Kukësi.[19]

A month later he scored another brace in the Albanian Cup, this time against Lushnja,[20] but he struggled to cement his place in the first team and he did not score again in the first half of the season. With the arrival of new coach Andrea Agostinelli, Plaku was deemed surplus to requirements as the club had Xhevahir Sukaj, Stevan Račić and Astrit Fazliu as forward options, and on 2 January 2016 it was announced that his contact was terminated through mutual consent.[21] He left the club after a disappointing spell, where he was largely out of favour and managed to find the net just once in 8 league games, despite scoring four goals in two Albanian Cup games, all of which, however, came against lower league opposition.

Return to Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

Plaku became a free agent in January 2016 and attracted both domestic and international interest for his services, but on 15 January he rejoined his previous club Skënderbeu Korçë and flew out to Marbella, Spain to link up with the rest of the squad on their winter training camp.[22][23]

Loan at Korabi Peshkopi[edit]

On 31 August 2016, on the deadline day, Plaku was sent on loan at newly promoted side Korabi Peshkopi on a long-season deal.[24] He made his competitive debut seven days later by playing in the second half of the goalless draw against Laçi in the first week of the 2016–17 season.[25] On 17 September, during the league match against Luftëtari Gjirokastër, Plaku missed a penalty kick, wasting the opportunity to score Korabi's first ever goal in Albanian Superliga, as hosts won 1–0 at Elbasan Arena.[26][27] However, he accomplished the feat in the matchday 5 against Teuta Durrës, scoring inside 30 seconds after dribbling Shpëtim Moçka to lead the club to its first ever win in Albanian top flight.[28] On 16 October, Plaku had another unlucky match as he hit the crossbar twice in an eventual 2–0 away defeat to Kukësi.[29] In the matchday 15, Plaku scored against Tirana, rescuing his side a point.[30] On 22 December, in the final match of 2016, Plaku scored the lone goal as Korabi defeated Flamurtari Vlorë at home to end the year with a consolation win.[31] The team finished the first part of the season in the last position with 11 points from 18 games, far from the club's initial goals, which led Plaku to terminate its cooperation with club.[32] In total, Plaku scored four goals in 16 league appearances for the team.

Return from loan[edit]

On 5 January 2017, Ilir Daja, who was appointed the new coach of Skënderbeu Korçë two days before, ordered the return of Plaku in the team, increasing the rivalry in attack.[33]

International career[edit]

Plaku has been a former Albania youth international player, representing under-17 and under-19 side. He made his official debut with under-17 squad on 24 September 2001 during the 5–2 away lose to Croatia.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 January 2017[1][35][36]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani Tirana 2003–04 Albanian Superliga 10 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 0 0 10 0
Besëlidhja Lezhë 2003–04 Albanian First Division 10 2 0 0 10 2
Total 10 2 0 0 10 2
Partizani Tirana 2004–05 Albanian Superliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0
Laçi 2004–05 Albanian Superliga 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 5 0
Apolonia Fier 2005–06 Albanian First Division 28 6 0 0 28 6
2005–06 Albanian Superliga 22 15 0 0 22 15
Total 51 21 0 0 51 21
Dinamo Tirana 2007–08 Albanian Superliga 16 8 0 0 16 8
2008–09 29 18 5 2 0 0 1[a] 0 35 20
2009–10 16 2 3 2 2[b] 0 21 4
Total 61 28 8 4 2 0 1 0 72 32
Tirana 2009–10 Albanian Superliga 15 4 2 1 17 5
2010–10 15 3 0 0 4[b] 0 19 3
Total 30 7 2 1 4 0 36 8
Flamurtari Vlorë 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 16 7 0 0 16 7
Total 16 7 0 0 16 7
Kastrioti Krujë 2011–12 Albanian Superliga 12 3 1 0 13 3
Total 12 3 1 0 13 3
Skënderbeu Korçë 2011–12 Albanian Superliga 12 3 7 3 19 6
2012–13 25 10 7 6 2[c] 1 1[a] 1 35 18
Total 37 13 14 9 2 1 1 1 54 24
Śląsk Wrocław 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 26 1 2 0 6[b] 2 34 3
2014–15 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 29 1 2 0 6 2 37 3
Partizani Tirana 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 8 1 2 4 2[b] 0 12 5
Total 8 1 2 4 2 0 12 5
Skënderbeu Korçë 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 7 2 3 1 10 3
2016–17 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 7 2 3 1 1 0 11 3
Korabi Peshkopi 2016–17 Albanian Superliga 16 4 0 0 16 4
Total 16 4 0 0 16 4
Career total 296 89 32 19 16 3 3 1 347 112
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in Albanian Supercup
  2. ^ a b c d All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Partizani Tirana[1]
Tirana[1]
Skënderbeu Korçë[1]

References[edit]

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