Shpëtim Moçka

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Shpëtim Moçka
Shpëtim Moçka - Albania U-21 (1).jpg
Personal information
Full name Shpëtim Moçka
Date of birth (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Vlorë, Albania
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Flamurtari Vlorë
Number 1
Youth career
2000–2007 Flamurtari Vlorë
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Flamurtari Vlorë 106 (1)
2011–2012 Apolonia Fier 9 (0)
2012–2013 Kastrioti Krujë 19 (1)
2013–2014 Flamurtari Vlorë 24 (0)
2014–2015 Mamurrasi 3 (0)
2015 Laçi 3 (0)
2015–2018 Teuta Durrës 70 (1)
2018 Tirana 0 (0)
2019 Bylis Ballsh 0 (0)
2019– Flamurtari Vlorë 3 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Albania U21 7 (0)
2009 Albania U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2019

Shpëtim Moçka (born 20 October 1989) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Albanian club Flamurtari Vlorë.[1]

Club career[edit]

Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

Moçka was promoted to the Flamurtari first team from the U-19s by Eqerem Memushi before the start of the 2007–08 season at the age of just 17 following the departures of Estref Billa and Erjon Dine.

His first league game in a red and black shirt came in round 5 of the Albanian Superliga against Dinamo Tirana on 28 September 2007. Moçka played well to keep a clean sheet against prolific strikers such as Sebino Plaku and Pero Pejic which helped his team win the game away from home 1–0 against a strong Dinamo side.[2][3] During his first 3 games the young goalkeeper managed 3 clean sheets against Dinamo Tirana, Partizani Tirana and Shkumbini Peqin

Apolonia Fier[edit]

After falling out of favour with the coach Shkëlqim Muça, Moçka was loaned out to fellow Albanian Superliga side Apolonia Fier for the remainder of the 2011–12 season on 27 February 2012.[4]

Kastrioti Krujë[edit]

Following his loan return to Flamurtari Vlorë from Apolonia Fier, on 25 July 2012 he signed for Kastrioti Krujë. He became the club's first choice goalkeeper for the 2012–13 campaign ahead of Alfred Osmani, and he made 19 league appearances, as well as scoring a goal from the penalty spot in a 4–1 win over his previous club Apolonia.[5] He also made 4 Albanian Cup appearances to help his side reach the quarter finals.

Return at Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

Moçka returned to his first club Flamurtari Vlorë ahead of the 2013–14 season and following the departure of Enea Koliqi to Iraklis Thessaloniki he became the club's first choice goalkeeper ahead of Klodian Xhelilaj. He played in 24 league games in a season where the club struggled in the Albanian Superliga and only managed to finish 7th in the league. He also made 5 cup appearances in a successful cup winning campaign, but he was overlooked for the final against Kukësi as the manager Ernest Gjoka decided to choose Klodian Xhelilaj instead.[6]

Teuta Durrës[edit]

In August 2015, Moçka signed for one season with Teuta Durrës for an undisclosed fee,[7] and was given number 12 for the 2015–16 season.[8] He started his Teuta career initially as a backup for veteran and captain Bledjan Rizvani, and made his debut on 26 September by replacing an injured Rizvani in the 33rd minute against Tirana as the match was lost 2–0 at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[9] Following that, he went on to play as starter for the remaining of the season, making 30 appearances in league, keeping 15 clean sheets as Teuta finished 4th to clinch a place at 2016–17 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.[10]

Moçka played as starter in both matches as Teuta was crashed 0–6 on aggregate by Kairat.[11][12] He retained his spot in the first part of 2016–17 season, notably keeping 7 clean sheets. In the second part of the season, with the arrival of Elhan Kastrati, Moçka spent his time between the goal and bench, and finished the season with 26 appearances, including 23 in league, as Teuta narrowly retained their top flight spot for only one point.[13]

Moçka extended his contract with the club for another year in the summer of 2017.[14] He lost his place in the lineup to Kastrati in the first part of the season, being the starting keeper only in cup matches and making only three league appearances.[15] Later on 4 March 2018, during the league encounter versus Partizani Tirana, Moçka scored a 95th-minute equaliser with a header to equal the score 1–1.[16] It was his third career goal, and was "the most special" according to him.[17]

Moçka left Teuta in July 2018, concluding his spell by playing 85 matches in all competitions.[18]

Tirana[edit]

On 14 August 2018, Tirana completed the transfer of Moçka on a one-year contract as a free agent.[19] His spell with the capital side was disappointing, as he was seen as the third choice in the eyes of coach Zé Maria and later Ardian Mema, playing only in both legs of Albanian Cup first round tie against Iliria. He left the club during the winter transfer window in January 2019.[20]

Bylis Ballsh[edit]

On 29 January 2019, Moçka was presented as the new player of Bylis Ballsh, returning in Albanian First Division after five years.[21] He signed a contract until the end of the season with an option to extend it for another year.[22]

Second return at Flamurtari Vlorë[edit]

In August 2019, Moçka accepted an offer from his boyhood club Flamurtari, returning in Vlorë for the first time in five years.[23] He was given squad number 1 and captain's armband for the 2019–20 season.[24] He commenced the season on 24 August by playing in the 1–0 away loss to Skënderbeu Korçë in matchday 1 of Albanian Superliga.[25]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Moçka in action against Austria on 9 September 2009.

Moçka was regularly called to the Albania under-21 team by then coach Artan Bushati for the qualifying phrase of 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship where Albania was placed in the Group 10.[26] He established himself as the starting goalkeeper by playing six out of eight matches throughout the campaign. He made his competitive debut on 28 March 2009 in the 0–1 home defeat to Scotland, as Albania started the qualifiers with a loss.[27] Moçka kept his first clean sheet with the under-21 side on 5 September 2009 in the matchday 3 against Azerbaijan, helping the team to win 1–0 for the first three points of the Group 10.[28]

Following the 3–1 away defeat to Austria in the matchday 4,[29] Moçka was benched in favour of Ibrahim Bejte for the clash against Belarus, which finished in a 4–2 away defeat.[30] He returned to the goal for the next match against Austria on 13 November, where he helped the team to grab a point after a 2–2 draw at Qemal Stafa Stadium.[31] He was dropped again in the bench for the penultimate match against Belarus, which ended in a 2–1 home defeat,[32] but returned in Albania's 2–1 defeat to Azerbaijan in the last qualifying match.[33] Albania finished the Group 10 in the penultimate spot with four points.[34]

Senior[edit]

On 17 February 2010, Moçka played his first match with senior side, an unofficial friendly against Kosovo, where entered as a substitute for Ilion Lika in an eventually 2–3 win.[35][36] Two years later, he was called up again by the new coach Gianni De Biasi for the friendlies against Qatar and Iran,[37] but he remained on the bench for both matches, won by Albania.[38][39]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 September 2019[40][41][42]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamurtari Vlorë 2007–08 Albanian Superliga 21 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09 28 0 4 0 32 0
2009–10 26 0 0 0 2[a] 0 1[b] 0 29 0
2010–11 21 1 0 0 21 1
2011–12 8 0 2 0 4[a] 0 14 0
Total 104 1 6 0 6 0 1 0 117 1
Apolonia Fier 2011–12 Albanian Superliga 9 0 0 0 1[c] 0 10 0
Kastrioti Krujë 2012–13 Albanian Superliga 19 1 4 0 23 1
Flamurtari Vlorë 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 24 0 5 0 29 0
Adriatiku Mamurrasi 2014–15 Albanian First Division 3 0 1 0 4 0
Laçi 2014–15 Albanian Superliga 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Teuta Durrës 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 30 0 4 0 34 0
2016–17 23 0 3 0 2[a] 0 28 0
2017–18 17 1 6 0 23 1
Total 70 1 13 0 2 0 85 1
Tirana 2018–19 Albanian Superliga 0 0 2 0 2 0
Bylis Ballsh 2018–19 Albanian First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flamurtari Vlorë 2019–20 Albanian Superliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 235 2 33 0 8 0 2 0 278 3
  1. ^ a b c All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in Albanian Supercup
  3. ^ Appearance in Albanian Superliga relegation play-off

Honours[edit]

Flamurtari Vlorë[40]
Laçi[40]

References[edit]

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