Before starting the article I would like to make an introduction. For legal reasons it is known that the Federated Shqiptare and Futbollit revoked the title from the company of Skënderbeu Korçë , achieved in the 2015-16 season, but the values of sportsmanship and statistics must not deprive the players and then coach of the Korçë team, Mirel Josa, of primacy.
We talked about the first foreign player in the Albanian soccer championship previous article , instead today we will briefly discuss a rather interesting topic that has been treated by enthusiasts and experts. Not the arid listing of all players from other countries in Albania, but of those who, bearing the national title, have brought prestige not only to the society that has them registered, but also to Albania itself.
The foreign national champions of Albanian football
The 68 national foreign champions of Albanian football come from three continents: Africa, South America and Europe, representing 19 countries (Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Yugoslavia [pre 2003], Kosova, Macedonia, Mali, Nigeria, the Netherlands [Netherlands], Paraguay, Senegal, Serbia [post 2006], Slovenia, Ukraine and Hungary).
The first foreign champions were the four Hungarians of the SK Tirana 1999-2000: Zoltán Kenesei, Mátyás Lázar, Péter Sütöri and László Wukovics. The most recent are from the Kukësi 2016-17: Jean Agostinho da Silva "Carioca", Felipe Moreira Santos, Elton Pereira Gomes "Calé" and Lucas Rangel Nunes Gonçalves (Brazil); Besar Musolli (Kosova); Matija Dvorneković and Pero Pejić (Croatia); Izair Emini and Nijaz Lena (Macedonia).
Among those who have put themselves in the greatest highlights are three Africans, three Europeans and one South American.
We remember the five championships of the Croatian Marko Radaš in the Skënderbeu (from the 2011-12 to the 2015-16). Then following the chronological order they follow with four: the Nigerian Abraham Alechenwu, each year a championship with a different company: Elbasani 2005-06, KF Tirana 2006-07, Dinamo 2007-08 and KF Tirana 2008-09; Croatian Pero Pejić (Dinamo 2007-08, Skënderbeu 2012-13 and 2013-4, Kukësi 2016-17) - also top scorer 2013-14 (20 networks), 2014-15 (31 r.) and 2016-17 (28 r .) - the Nigerian Nurudeen Adegbola Orelesi (Skënderbeu from the 2011-12 to the 2013-14 and the 2015-16); the Malian Bakary Nimaga (Skënderbeu from the 2012-13 to the 2015-16) and the Brazilian Ademir Ribeiro Souza (Skënderbeu 2012-13 to the 2015-16); with three the Serbian Ivan Gvozdenović with the Skënderbeu from the 2011-12 to the 2013-14; etc.
It is good to honor these protagonists of Albanian football today who have entered into its history.
The first foreign player in the Albanian league
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