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

Vedat Muriqi
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 Forward
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 0 (0)
National team
2013 Kosovo U21 1 (1)
2013–2014 Albania U21 4 (1)
2016– Kosovo 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2019

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Early lifeEdit

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

Club careerEdit

Teuta DurrësEdit

On 14 January 2013, after impressing in a friendly match, Muriqi was given a one-and-a-half 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 KavajëEdit

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 46th minute and netting a last-minute equalizes to rescue his side a 2–2 draw.[4]

GiresunsporEdit

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.

GençlerbirliğiEdit

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 RizesporEdit

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]

FenerbahçeEdit

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]

International careerEdit

AlbaniaEdit

Under-21Edit

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.[citation needed]

KosovoEdit

Under-21Edit

In June 2013. Muriqi was named as part of the Kosovo U21 squad for 2013 Valais Youth Cup.[12] 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.

SeniorEdit

On 30 August 2016, Muriqi received a call-up from Kosovo for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Finland.[13] 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.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 4 June 2019[14]
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
Career total 184 55 26 9 210 64

InternationalEdit

[15]

National team Year Apps Goals
Kosovo
2016 2 0
2017 5 1
2018 9 3
2019 2 0
Total 18 4

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Kosovo's goal tally first.[16]
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 November 2019 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria   Bulgaria 2–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Vedat Muriqi Fenerbahçemizde" [Vedat Muriqi in Fenerbahçe] (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe S.K. 8 July 2019.
  12. ^ "U21 e Kosovës, në Zvicër për sensacion" [Kosovo's U21, in Switzerland for sensation]. albinfo.ch (in Albanian). 11 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Bunjaki publikoi listën e lojtarëve për ndeshjen me Finlandën" (in Albanian). Football Federation of Kosovo. 30 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Vedat Muriqi". Soccerway.
  15. ^ "Toulouse FC offers 10 million euros for Vedat Muriqi". Oculus News.
  16. ^ "Muriqi, Vedat". National Football Teams.

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