Vasil Shkurti

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Vasil Shkurti
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Shkurti with the Albania under-21s in 2014
Personal information
Full name Vassilis Skourtis-Shkurtaj
Date of birth (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Chania, Greece
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Luftëtari
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2006 Chania
2006–2009 Ajax
2009–2010 Olympiacos
2010 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Panionios 3 (0)
2011 Thrasyvoulos (loan) 7 (0)
2011 Platanias 0 (0)
2012 Vilaverdense 14 (3)
2012–2013 Tondela 13 (2)
2013–2014 Roda 8 (1)
2014 Niki Volos 10 (4)
2015 Asteras Tripoli 9 (1)
2016 Skoda Xanthi 12 (0)
2016–2017 Aris Limassol 19 (4)
2017– Luftëtari 7 (4)
National team
2010–2011 Albania U19 2 (1)
2011–2014 Albania U21 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 April 2018

Vasil Shkurti (born Vassilis Skourtis-Shkurtaj on 27 February 1992) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Luftëtari Gjirokastër.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Chania, Greece, Shkurti played youth football for four clubs, including Jong Ajax, Olympiakos F.C. and S.S. Lazio. He arrived at the latter in January 2010 as compatriot Igli Tare acted as the team's director of football.[1]

In the 2010–11 season, Shkurti made his senior debuts, representing Panionios F.C. in his country of adoption but also being loaned by the Superleague side to Thrasyvoulos F.C. in January 2011. Roughly one year later, he moved to Portugal with lowly Vilaverdense FC, and the following campaign he signed with C.D. Tondela in that nation's Segunda Liga, led by former S.L. Benfica and Portugal great Vítor Paneira.[2]

Shkurti did not settle with any team in the following years, representing in quick succession Roda JC Kerkrade (Dutch Eredivisie), Niki Volos FC, Asteras Tripoli F.C. and Skoda Xanthi FC (all in the Greek top division) and Aris Limassol FC from the Cypriot First Division.

Luftëtari[edit]

On 8 September 2017, Shkurti joined Albanian Superliga side Luftëtari Gjirokastër on a one-year contract.[3] As the transfer was done after the deadline, he remained ineligible to play for the club until the next transfer window.[4] He made his competitive debut on 31 January 2018 in a 0–3 away loss against KF Laçi for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Albanian Cup, and first appeared in the league four days later in the goalless draw to KF Lushnja.

Shkurti scored his first goals on 10 February 2018, in the 3–2 win at KF Teuta Durrës.[5] On 1 March, he netted the lone goal at Flamurtari Vlorë to help the team climb to sixth place,[6] also giving them the first win at Vlorë in 40 years.[7]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2018[8][9]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Panionios 2010–11 Superleague Greece 3 0 0 0 3 0
Thrasyvoulos 2010–11 Football League 7 0 0 0 7 0
Platanias 2011–12 Football League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vilaverdense 2011–12 Portuguese Third Division 14 3 0 0 14 3
Tondela 2012–13 Segunda Liga 9 2 4 0 13 2
Roda 2013–14 Eredivisie 8 1 1 0 9 1
Niki Volos 2014–15 Superleague Greece 10 4 1 0 11 4
Asteras Tripoli 2014–15 Superleague Greece 4 0 0 0 4 0
2015–16 Superleague Greece 5 1 2 2 2 0 9 3
Xanthi 2015–16 Superleague Greece 12 0 0 0 12 0
Aris Limassol 2016–17 Cypriot First Division 15 4 1 0 16 4
Luftëtari 2017–18 Albanian Superliga 6 4 1 0 7 4
Career total 91 19 10 2 2 0 105 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primavera, l'attaccante albanese Vassilis Skourtis in prova alla Lazio" [Primavera, Albanian forward Vassilis Skourtis on trial at Lazio] (in Italian). La Lazio Siamo Noi. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Vasilis convocado para a seleção albanesa sub-21" [Vasilis called to the Albania under-21 national team]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 August 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Zyrtare/ Luftëtari prezanton Vasil Shkurtajn, skuadra qipriote hezitoi ta linte të lirë" [Official / Luftëtari present Vasil Shkurti, Cypriot side hesitated to let him go for free]. Panorama Sport (in Albanian). 8 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shkurtaj: Pritja gjashtëmujore, rraskapitëse" [Shkurtaj: The six-month waiting, exhausting] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Erjon Halili (10 February 2018). "Sukaj "zgjon" Vllazninë, Kamza "pushton" Kukësin, Laçi i merr pikë Partizanit" [Sukaj “awakens” Vllaznia, Kamza “invade” Kukësi, Laçi take a point from Partizani] (in Albanian). Super Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "VIDEO/ 40 vite pa fituar, Luftëtari thyen tersin e fushës së Flamurtarit. Vlonjati Shkurtaj nderon gjirokastritët" [VIDEO/ 40 years without winning, Luftëtari break jinx at Flamurtari's field. Shkurtaj honours Gjirokastra] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Statistikat/ Fusha e Flamurtarit makth, Luftëtari ka 40 vite pa fituar në Vlorë" [Statistics/ Flamurtari's field a nightmare, Luftëtari have not won in Vlorë in 40 years] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "V. Shkurtaj". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Vasil Shkurtaj". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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