Vedat Muriqi

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Vedat Muriqi
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Personal information
Full name Vedat Muriqi
Date of birth (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Prizren, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
Number 94
Youth career
2005–2010 Liria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Liria 10 (3)
2013–2014 Teuta Durrës 18 (1)
2014Besa Kavajë (loan) 13 (3)
2014–2016 Giresunspor 57 (21)
2016–2018 Gençlerbirliği 46 (5)
2018–2019 Çaykur Rizespor 50 (25)
2019– Fenerbahçe 19 (12)
National team
2013 Kosovo U21 1 (1)
2013–2014 Albania U21 4 (1)
2016– Kosovo 23 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2019

Vedat Muriqi (born 24 April 1994) is a Kosovo-Albanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Fenerbahçe and the Kosovo national team.

Early life[edit]

Muriqi was born in Prizren, FR Yugoslavia (now Kosovo). He holds Kosovan, Albanian and Turkish passports.[1]

Club career[edit]

Teuta Durrës[edit]

On 14 January 2013, after impressing in a friendly match, Muriqi was given a one-and-a-half year contract by Albanian Superliga side Teuta Durrës which he agreed.[2] On 23 February, he made his competitive debut later by entering in the second half of the 1–1 draw at Tirana in the round 16 of Albanian Superliga.[3]

Loan at Besa Kavajë[edit]

On 4 January 2014, Muriqi was loaned for five months to Albanian Superliga side Besa Kavajë. He played his first match for the new club on 1 February in the championship match versus Laçi, entering in the 46th minute and netting a last-minute equaliser to rescue his side a 2–2 draw.[4]

Giresunspor[edit]

On 18 August 2014, Muriqi signed to TFF First League side Giresunspor.[5] On 14 September 2014, he made his debut in a 0–1 home defeat against Adana Demirspor after coming on as a substitute at 78th minute in place of David Solomon Abwo.

Gençlerbirliği[edit]

On 31 May 2016, Muriqi signed to Süper Lig side Gençlerbirliği.[6] On 21 August 2016, he made his debut in a 2–0 home win against Gaziantepspor after coming on as a substitute at 64th minute in place of Cosmin Matei.

Çaykur Rizespor[edit]

On 11 January 2018, Muriqi signed to TFF First League side Çaykur Rizespor.[7][8] On 21 January 2018, he made his debut in a match against Manisaspor after being named in the starting line-up and scoring two goals during a 0–3 away win.[9]

Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 7 July 2019, Muriqi completed a transfer to Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe by signing for the next four seasons.[10] One day later, the club confirmed that Muriqi had joined on a permanent transfer.[11][12]

International career[edit]

Albania[edit]

Under-21[edit]

On 15 October 2013, Muriqi made his debut with Albania U21 in a 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 after coming on as a substitute at 46th minute in place of Herolind Shala.[13]

Kosovo[edit]

Under-21[edit]

In June 2013, Muriqi was named as part of the Kosovo U21 squad for 2013 Valais Youth Cup.[14] On 12 June 2013, he made his debut with Kosovo U21 in a match against Ghana U20 after being named in the starting line-up and scored the draw goal in the 41st minute.

Senior[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Muriqi received a call-up from Kosovo for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Finland.[15] On 11 June 2017, he made his debut with Kosovo in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Ukraine after being named in the starting line-up.

Style of play and reception[edit]

Former Turkish international and World Cup semi-finalist Rüştü Reçber identified Muriqi as an ideal centre forward, praising his speed in confined spaces in field, aerial dominance, and his team play capabilities, in 2019.[16]

Former Turkish international and World Cup semi-finalist Hakan Ünsal underlined his strength, ball containing and shooting abilities, in 2019.[16] Okan Buruk, former Turkish international, World Cup semi-finalist and former Çaykur Rizespor manager who coached Muriqi stated that Muriqi dramatically improved during his latter season at club, due to his extra trainings, describing him reliable and labelling him best forward in Turkey in that period.[17]

Former Turkish international and pundit Rıdvan Dilmen praised Muriqi, stating: "There are some forwards. They might be short and quick. Some are powerful. Some are tall, like Peter Crouch, who can get the ball on ground. Muriqi possesses all [of these]. If he could play alongside Alex, he could score 25 goals [in a season]", on 21 September 2019.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 December 2019[19]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Teuta Durrës 2012–13 Albanian Superliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
2013–14 12 1 3 2 15 3
Total 18 1 3 2 21 3
Besa Kavajë (loan) 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 13 3 0 0 13 3
Total 13 3 0 0 13 3
Giresunspor 2014–15 TFF First League 24 4 8 2 32 6
2015–16 33 17 4 0 37 17
Total 57 21 12 2 69 23
Gençlerbirliği 2016–17 Süper Lig 33 3 7 3 40 6
2017–18 13 2 2 2 15 4
Total 46 5 9 5 55 10
Çaykur Rizespor 2017–18 TFF First League 16 8 0 0 16 8
2018–19 Süper Lig 34 17 2 0 36 17
Total 50 25 2 0 52 25
Fenerbahçe 2019–20 Süper Lig 21 12 1 1 17 11
Total 21 12 1 1 17 11
Career total 200 65 27 10 227 75

International[edit]

National team[20] Year Apps Goals
Kosovo
2016 2 0
2017 5 1
2018 9 3
2019 7 4
Total 23 8

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Kosovo's goal tally first.[21]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 November 2017 Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari, Mitrovica, Kosovo  Latvia 2–2 4–3 Friendly
2. 27 March 2018 Stade Municipal Jean Rolland, Franconville, France  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0
3. 11 October 2018 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo  Malta 2–1 3–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D
4. 17 November 2018 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta 1–0 5–0
5. 10 June 2019 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
6. 7 September 2019 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo  Czech Republic 1–1 2–1
7. 10 September 2019 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England  England 3–5 3–5
8. 14 October 2019 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo  Montenegro 2–0 2–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vedat Muriqi artık Türk vatandaşı" (in Turkish). NTV Spor. 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Muriqi premton: Do ju bind të gjithëve te Teuta" [Muriqi promis: I'll convince everyone at Teuta] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Tirana e Dedes e nis me "X" kundër Teutës. Bardheblutë zbresin të pestët në renditje…" [Dede's Tirana start with “X” versus Teuta. White&blues down to fifth place in ranking…] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Besa Kavajë vs. Laçi 2 – 2". Soccerway. 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Giresunspor, Vedat Muriqi ile anlaştı" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Vedat Muriqi resmen Gençlerbirliği'nde". GOAL (in Turkish). 31 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Vedat Muriç Çaykur Rizespor'da" (in Turkish). Çaykur Rizespor. 11 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Vedat Muriqi Çaykur Rizespor'da" (in Turkish). Milliyet. 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Debutim ëndrrash për Muriqin, shënon dy gola të bukur për katër minuta te Rizespori (Video)" (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Vedat Muriqi Türkiye'nin En Büyük Ailesine Katıldı" [Vedat Muriqi joins with Turkey's largest family] (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe S.K. 7 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Welcome Vedat Muriqi".
  12. ^ "Vedat Muriqi'in bonservis bedeli belli oldu" (in Turkish). 8 July 2019. Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Under-21 2015 - History - Albania-Bosnia and Herzegovina". Uefa.com. 15 October 2013.
  14. ^ "U21 e Kosovës, në Zvicër për sensacion" [Kosovo's U21, in Switzerland for sensation]. albinfo.ch (in Albanian). 11 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Bunjaki publikoi listën e lojtarëve për ndeshjen me Finlandën" (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 30 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Vedat Muriqi için ne dediler?" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 8 July 2019. Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  17. ^ ""Vedat Muric, Türkiye'deki en iyi forvet oyuncusuydu"" (in Turkish). NTV Spor. 22 July 2019. Archived from the original on 22 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Son dakika: Rıdvan Dilmen'den Vedat Muriç'e büyük övgü" (in Turkish). Fanatik. 21 September 2019. Archived from the original on 29 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Vedat Muriqi". Soccerway.
  20. ^ "Toulouse FC offers 10 million euros for Vedat Muriqi". Oculus News.
  21. ^ "Muriqi, Vedat". National Football Teams.

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