Gerhard Progni

Gerhard Nik Progni (born 6 November 1986) is an Albanian professional footballer plays as a midfielder for SC Gjilani.[1]

Gerhard Progni
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Personal information
Full name Gerhard Nik Progni
Date of birth (1986-11-06) 6 November 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Bajram Curri, Albania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gjilani
Youth career
2000–2005 Partizani Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Partizani Tirana 40 (2)
2008–2009 Besa Kavajë 44 (5)
2009–2010 Dinamo Tirana 6 (0)
2010–2012 Flamurtari Vlorë 69 (14)
2012–2014 Kukësi 54 (10)
2014–2016 Skënderbeu Korçë 64 (10)
2016–2017 Zira 14 (2)
2017 Teuta Durrës 15 (2)
2017–2018 Partizani Tirana 34 (8)
2018–2019 Teuta Durrës 30 (7)
2019– Gjilani 16 (8)
National team
2005–2006 Albania U19 3 (0)
2007–2008 Albania U21 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

A product of FK Partizani Tirana, Progni has played for several clubs in Albania, including Skënderbeu, whom he won one Albanian Superliga title.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Progni began his career with Partizani as a child, where he played for the club's youth teams. During the 2004–05 season with Partizani's U-19 side, he won the national championship and caught the attention of the senior team, who invited him to train with them towards the end of the season. He was promoted from the U-19 side at the end of that season, and was loaned out to Albanian First Division side Kastrioti for the 2005–06 season in order to gain first team experience. During his year on loan, he became an integral part of the first team squad, and with his good performances and 3 league goals he even helped the club achieve promotion to the Albanian Superliga after a third-place finish.[2]

FK Partizani TiranaEdit

Following the successful loan period at Kastrioti, Progni returned to his parent club Partizani and signed a three-year contract with the club. During the 2006-07 campaign, he became an important first team player, making 29 league appearances and scoring 2 goals, helping his side finish 4th in the league as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Albanian Cup, where they narrowly lost to beaten finalists Teuta on away goals.[3][4] The following season, he played for Partizani until January, making 11 league appearances, before leaving the club for Besa Kavajë.

KF Besa KavajëEdit

Porgni signed for Besa in January 2008, and immediately became an important member of the first team, making 16 league appearances and scoring 1 goal, helping the club finish third in the league (behind his previous team Partizani).[5] He also scored a goal in the Albanian Cup with Besa, where the club reached the quarter-finals.[6]

The following season Porgni remained in Kavajë, and made his European debut in the Intertoto Cup against Cypriot club Ethnikos Achna, where he was in the starting lineup for both legs, helping Besa to a 1–1 aggregate win on an away goal. In the next round his side faced Swiss outfit Grasshopper Club Zürich, who beat Besa 5–1 on aggregate, with Progni playing the full 90 minutes in both games. Domestically, Besa did not have a successful season, finishing 7th in the league, just 2 places above the relegation play-off spots. Progni did however have a successful individual season, scoring 4 league goals in 28 games, and scoring 3 goals in 6 cup games.

Dinamo TiranaEdit

Progni left Besa Kavajë at the end of the 2008–09 season and joined Dinamo Tirana in the summer transfer window. At Dinamo he had a difficult time attempting to break into the first team, as the squad had an array of talent in the midfield positions, including Emiljano Vila and Elis Bakaj, meaning Progni's chances were limited. He left the club in January and made just 5 league appearances during his short time at Dinamo, all of which were substitute appearances. His only goal for the club came in the Albanian Cup against Adriatiku.[7]

Flamurtari FCEdit

After a less than fruitful short spell with Dinamo Tirana, Progni joined Flamurtari FC in January 2010 and immediately became an integral player, starting 16 league games in the second half of the season. In 2011, Progni rcontinued as a starter, scoring 6 goals in 30 league games, helping Flamurtari achieve a 2nd place finish in the Albanian Superliga.[8] At the end of the 2011 season, he went on trial with Romanian Liga I champions FC Oțelul Galați, accompanied by fellow Albanian and former ASC Oțelul Galați player, Arben Kokalari.[9][10] His trial at the club was not successful, so he remained at Flamurtari for the following 2011–12 campaign. He featured in both Europa League games against Baumit Jablonec in the second qualifying round, which ended in a 7–1 aggregate loss for Flamurtari.[11] In the league campaign, Progni played in 28 league games and scored 8 goals, helping Flamurtari finish 4th in the Albanian Superliga. In the cup, Progni featured in 12 games and scored 1 goal as Flamurtari reached the semi-finals, losing out to eventual winners Tirana.

FK KukësiEdit

Progni signed for newly promoted side FK Kukësi in the summer of 2012, who under the guidance of the club president Safet Gjici had an ambitious project to be one of the best clubs in the country.[12][13]

In October 2013, the club captain Rrahman Hallaçi gave up his duties, making Progni the club's captain for the remainder of the season.[14]

KF Skënderbeu KorceEdit

On 10 June 2014, reigning Albanian champions for the past four seasons KF Skënderbeu Korce announced the signing of Progni from FK Kukësi on a one-year contract. He was considered to be the replacement of Gjergji Muzaka, who had left the club in favour of a return to one of Progni's former sides, Flamurtari.[15][16]

On 5 August 2015, in the returning match of the Third qualifying round of 2015–16 UEFA Champions League against Milsami Orhei, Progni scored the second goal of the match in the 55th minute to help the team to win the match at Elbasan Arena 2–0 and to qualify in Play-off round with the aggregate 4–0.[17]

Zira FKEdit

On 23 June 2016, Progni moved abroad for the first time by signing a two-year contract with Zira FK of Azerbaijan Premier League.[18] Six months later, Progni left Zira by mutual consent on 9 January 2017.[19]

KF Teuta DurrësEdit

On 23 January 2017, Progni returned to Albanian Superliga by signing a six-month contract with Teuta, taking the squad number 77.[20] In an interview two days later, he said he returned to Albania to stay closer to his family.[21] He made his debut on 29 January against Tirana at home, contributing in a 1–0 win in the team's first competitive match of 2017.[22]

During the second part of 2016–17 season, Progni contributed with 15 league matches, scoring 2 times, including the winner against Vllaznia in the penultimate matchday which assured Teuta another season in the top flight.[23] He also played 4 matches and scored once in team's unsuccessful run in the Albanian Cup, which ended at the hands of Skënderbeu.[24] Following the end of the season, Progni's contract expired and he became a free agent.

Return to PartizaniEdit

On 14 June 2017, Progni completed a transfer to Partizani, returning to his first club after nine years.[25] He was presented the same day where he penned a two-year contract with an option of a further one and was allocated squad number 77, the same he held during his last season with Teuta.[26]

Progni started the domestic season on 10 September by playing full-90 minutes in the opening championship match versus Laçi, ended in a 0–2 loss.[27] Progni was given a new role under Italian manager Mark Iuliano, playing as a right-back in the 4–3–3 lineup.[28] Progni's first score-sheet contributions came later on 20 November by netting the second of the 2–1 win at Kukësi.[29]

In January 2018, Progni switched his kit number from 77 to his preferred 7, last worn by the departed Realdo Fili.[30] He wore the number 7 for the first time on 31 January, in the cup match against former club Flamurtari.[30] Progni finished the 2017–18 season as Partizani's top scorer with 9 goals, including 8 in league, his highest tally since the 2011–12 season.

In July 2018, he played in both matches of 2018–19 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round against NK Maribor, unable to avoid the elimination.[31][32] Progni left the club in a surprise move on 30 August, after having collected 43 matches and scoring 9 goals in all competitions.[33] Partizani Tirana terminated the player's contract by mutual consent due to being more focused on youngster players, while Progni's place in the starting lineup was not secure after collecting only 86 minutes in the first two league matches.[34] Manager Skënder Gega, speaking on Progni's departure, stated that the player was in his plans, but he [Progni] left with the aim of a new challenge.[35]

Return to TeutaEdit

On 31 August 2018, Progni was presented as Teuta s' newest player, signing a contract until the end of the season and taking squad number 11.[36]

SC GjilaniEdit

On 26 July 2019, Progni joined SC Gjilani.[37]

International careerEdit

Progni has presented Albania at youth level, making 3 appearances for under-19 side and 10 for under-21.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 2 September 2018[1]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani 2003–04 Albanian Superliga ? ? ? ? ? ?
2004–05 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2006–07 29 2 ? ? 29 2
2007–08 11 0 ? ? 11 0
Total 40 2 ? ? 40 2
Besa 2007–08 Albanian Superliga 16 1 ? ? 16 1
2008–09 28 4 6 3 4[a] 0 38 7
Total 44 5 6 3 4 0 64 8
Dinamo Tirana 2009–10 Albanian Superliga 6 0 3 1 9 1
Flamurtari 2009–10 Albanian Superliga 14 0 0 0 14 0
2010–11 30 6 2 0 32 6
2011–12 25 8 12 1 2[b] 0 39 9
2012–13 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 69 14 14 1 3 0 86 15
Kukësi 2012–13 Albanian Superliga 25 6 9 2 34 8
2013–14 29 4 9 2 8[b] 1 46 7
Total 54 10 18 4 8 1 80 15
Skënderbeu 2014–15 Albanian Superliga 31 5 5 2 2[c] 0 1[d] 0 39 7
2015–16 33 5 8 2 11[e] 1 1[d] 0 53 8
Total 64 10 13 4 13 1 2 0 92 15
Zira 2016–17 Azerbaijan Premier League 14 2 3 0 17 2
Teuta 2016–17 Albanian Superliga 15 2 4 1 19 3
Partizani 2017–18 Albanian Superliga 32 8 5 1 2[b] 0 39 9
2018–19 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 4 0
Total 34 8 5 1 4 0 43 9
Teuta 2018–19 Albanian Superliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 341 53 66 14 32 2 2 0 441 69
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in Albanian Supercup
  5. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, five in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

Skënderbeu Korçë[1]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Albanian First Division 2006-06". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Albanian Superliga 2006-07". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Albanian Cup 2006-07". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Albanian Superliga 2007-08". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Albanian Cup 2007-08". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Dinamo 2-0 Adriatiku". Football Database. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Albanian Superliga 2010-11". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Progni, in teste" (in Romanian). Oțelul Galați. 22 June 2011. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Otelul testeaza un jucator Albanez" (in Romanian). Zaire.com. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Jablonec vs. Flamurtari Vlorë". Soccerway. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Gerhard Progni zyrtarizohet si lojtar i Kukësit" [Gerhard Progni officialized as the new player of Kukësi] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Progni firmos: Me Kukësin do lë gjurmë" [Progni sign: I'm gonna leave traces with Kukësi] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  14. ^ Jonuz Hallaçi (23 October 2013). "Hallaçi dorëzon shiritin, Gerhard Progni kapiteni i ri" [Hallaçi hand over captaincy, Progni the new captain] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Po dje është zyrtarizuar edhe largimi i kroatit Pero Pejiç". Gazeta e Sportit. 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 13 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Firmosin Bakaj dhe Progni, rinovon edhe mesfushori Sabien Lilaj për Skënderbeun" [Bakaj and Progni signs, also midfielder Sabien Lilaj renew for Skënderbeu] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Skënderbeu historik, rekord në Europë, likuidojnë Milsamin dhe shkojnë në "play-off" (Video)" [Skënderbeu historical, record in Europe, liquidates Milsami and goes to "play-off" (Video)] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  18. ^ ""Zire" signed a contract with Gerhard Progni". fczire.az. Zira FK. 23 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Zirə Gerhard Proqni ilə yollarını ayırdı". fczire.az (in Azerbaijani). Zira FK. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
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  21. ^ "Progni zbulon pse braktisi Azerbajxhanin për Teutën" [Progni unveils why he left Azerbaijan for Teuta] (in Albanian). Sportal.al. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  22. ^ Rinald Bregasi (28 January 2017). "Tirana e përgjumur, e mposht Teuta 1-0" [Tirana sleepy, beaten by Teuta 1-0] (in Albanian). SuperSport Albania. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  23. ^ Olsi Karagjozi (20 May 2017). "Teuta "zhyt" Vllaznine, në Durrës vendos Progni" [Teuta “plunge” Vllaznia, Progni decides in Durrës] (in Albanian). SuperSport Albania. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Kupa, Tirana-Skënderbeu në finale" [The cup, Tirana-Skënderbeu in the final] (in Albanian). Gazeta Shqip. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  25. ^ "ZYRTARE: GERHARD PROGNI RIKTHEHET NE FAMILJEN E KUQE" [OFFICIAL: GERHARD PROGNI RETURNS TO THE RED FAMILY] (in Albanian). Partizani.al. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Zyrtare/ Progni është i Partizanit" [Official/ Progni is Partizani's] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Iuliano debuton me humbje, Laçi mund Partizanin me 10 vetë" [Iuliano debutes with a loss, Laçi defeats Partizani with 10 man] (in Albanian). Tirana Observer. 10 September 2017. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Bardhi "djeg" Sukajn, Progni si mbrojtës" [Bardhi “buries” Sukaj, Progni as defender] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Partizani kthehet tek fitorja, mposht Kukësin. "Paqe" mes Laçit dhe Luftëtarit" [Partizani returns to victory, defeats Kukësi. “Peace” between Laçi and Luftëtari] (in Albanian). Ora News. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  30. ^ a b "Buzëqesh Progni, klubi i plotëson dëshirën që kishte prej kohësh" [Porgni smiles, the club grant his long-time wish] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  31. ^ "Partizani 0-1 Maribor". UEFA.com. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  32. ^ "Maribor 2-0 Partizani". UEFA.com. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  33. ^ "Progni largohet nga Partizani, qëndron në Superiore" [Progni flees from Partizani, stays in Albanian Superliga] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  34. ^ Drilon Xhepollari (31 August 2018). "Zbulohen prapaskenat, ja pse Progni u largua nga Partizani" [The background is unveiled, here's why Progni left Partizani] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  35. ^ "Gega: Prognin e kishim në plane, ja pse nuk kanë ardhur ato lojtarë që doja" [Gega: We had Progni in our plans, where's why the players i wanted didn't come] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  36. ^ "Prezantohet Gerhard Progni, mund të luajë sërish ndaj Kamzës" [Gerhard Progni presented, he can play again versus Kamza] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  37. ^ Zyrtare: Gjilani firmos me Prognin, ballkani.info, 26 July 2019

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