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Isli Hidi (born 15 October 1980) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper, most recently for Bylis in the Albanian Superliga and the Albanian national team. Hidi has won 11 official titles, being one of Albanian footballers with most honours in history.
|Date of birth||15 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Tirana, Albania|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2001–2002||→ Bylis (loan)||24||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2020|
He started off his career at his hometown club, Tirana in 1998. After very few appearances, he was loaned out to Bylis. After making a huge impact, he returned to Tirana to compete for the number 1 shirt. He signed for the Ukrainian club Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih in August 2007. In 2008, Hidi moved to Alki Larnaca for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. Hidi rejoined Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih on a three-year contract for around one million dollars per season on 3 March 2009.
In July 2018, Hidi joined Teuta on a one-year contract, returning in Albanian Superliga after eight years. In November, he was named league's player of the month after some strong performances. He concluded the 2018–19 season by making 33 league appearance, missing only one match, the one against Tirana in April 2019.
In August 2019, Hidi completed a transfer to Bylis, returning in Ballsh for the first time since 2002 when he was on loan. He took squad number 1 for the 2019–20 season. Hidi made his debut on 24 August in the 1–0 away defeat to his former side Teuta. On 1 September, in his third appearance of the season, Hidi scored his first career goal, a penalty in the 3–0 win at Skënderbeu, guiding the team to their first seasonal win. On 15 September, in the first match following the international break, Hidi scored another penalty, this time at home against Kukësi, aiding Byis to achieve a 2–1 comeback win which lifted them in 4th place in championship. His first goal in Albanian Cup came on 12 February 2020 in the second leg of competition's second round against Laçi, helping Bylis advance to quarter-finals 4–3 on aggregate.
Hidi received his first senior international call-up in May 2005 for the friendly match versus Poland by German coach Hans-Peter Briegel who was impressed by Hidi's performances in the Albanian Superliga with his club at the time Tirana. He earned his first cap in that match, but things could not have started any worse for him as Poland scored in under 2 minutes with Maciej Żurawski. Hidi's second appearance for Albania came later that year, on 17 August against Azerbaijan at Qemal Stafa Stadium; he started again and conceded another early goal, but this time the team bounced back and won 2–1 in front of around 7,300 Albanian fans.
|Bylis (loan)||2001–02||Albanian Superliga||24||0||0||0||—||—||24||0|
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||2007–08||Vyshcha Liha||18||0||0||0||—||—||18||0|
|Alki Larnaca||2008–09||Cypriot First Division||12||0||0||0||—||—||12||0|
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||2008–09||Ukrainian Premier League||12||0||0||0||0||0||—||12||0|
|Dinamo Tirana||2010–11||Albanian Superliga||8||0||2||0||2[a]||0||1[b]||0||13||0|
|Olympiakos Nicosia||2010–11||Cypriot First Division||7||0||0||0||—||—||7||0|
|AEL Limassol||2011–12||Cypriot First Division||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
|Apollon Limassol||2013–14||Cypriot First Division||0||0||0||0||2[d]||0||—||2||0|
|Olympiakos Nicosia||2016–17||Cypriot Second Division||25||0||0||0||—||—||25||0|
|2017–18||Cypriot First Division||30||0||1||0||—||—||31||0|
- Albanian Superliga: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07
- Albanian Cup: 1998–99, 2000–01, 2005–06
- AEL Limassol
- Apollon Limassol
- Isli Hidi at Soccerway
- "Isli Hidi si vera, titullar në Qipro dhe pret edhe penallti" [Isli Hidi like wine, starter in Cyprus and even saves a penalty] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
- "Levizjet/ Isli Hidi firmos me Dinamon" [Transfers/ Isli Hidi signs with Dinamo] (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Hidi nënshkruan me Olympiakosin" [Hidi signs with Olympiakos]. Express (in Albanian). Arkiva Shqiptare e Lajmeve. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "ZYRTARE/ Ish-portieri i Kombëtares firmos për Teutën" [OFFICIAL/ Ex-national team goalkeeper signs for Teuta] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Teuta e pandalshme, vlerësim individual për "gardianin" Hidi" [Teuta unstoppable, an individual award for the "guardian" Hidi] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "Teuta Durrës vs. Tirana 1 – 3". Soccerway. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "Zyrtare/ Bylis entuziasmon tifozët, rikthen Isli Hidin" [Official/ Bylis delights the fans, brings back Isli Hidi] (in Albanian). Ora News. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "VIDEO/ Teuta e nis me fitore, kapiteni Arapi i jep 3 pikët përballë Bylisit" [Video/ Teuta starts with a win, captain Arapi gives them the 3 points versus Bylis] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "VIDEO/ Bylisi shkërmoq Skënderbeun në Korçë, shënon edhe portieri Hidi" [Video/ Bylis destroys Skënderbeu in Korçë, even goalkeeper Hidi scores] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "VIDEO/ Bylisi spektakolar, përmbys Kukësin në shtëpi dhe i shkakton humbjen e parë" [Video/ Bylis spectacular, overturn Kukësi at home and causes them their first loss] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 15 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
- "VIDEO/ "Fenomeni" Isli Hidi shënon edhe në Kupë, pastaj portieri grindet me Xhixhën" [Video/ The "Phenomenon" Hidi scores even in cup, than starts a brawl with Xhixha] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
- "Poland vs. Albania 1 – 0". Soccerway. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Football MATCH: 17.08.2005 Albania v Azerbaijan". Eu-football.info. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- ""Qiprioti" Isli Hidi: Diell, futboll dhe… pasaportë" ["Cypriot" Isli Hidi: Sun, football and… passport] (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Isli Hidi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Football : Isli Hidi". Football Database. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
- "Isli Hidi - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
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