Before the game Albania-Italy, there was a farewell to the football played by the historic Albanian captain of the last ten years, Lorik Cana.
Nicknamed The Warrior for his combative skills and the determination he put into games. No one more than he has represented the spirit of our people and love for their country.
In football terms, Lorik Cana is the brother of all Albanians, it is their flag that on countless occasions has made them feel proud. It is considered as a legend.
He is the Albanian player with the largest number (93) of matches played against the national team of the eagle country.
A native of Kosovo, he fled his homeland because of war and Serbian repression.
Lorik Cana: The captain par excellence
We want to remember him through his response in an interview published on Albania News to the question "What does the two-headed eagle symbolize for Lorik Cana?”
The two-headed eagle symbolizes my roots, my family, my blood. Without them my life, my career as a footballer would not have the same meaning.
There are some things in life that make you feel happy and satisfied. There is family and what you can do for the family, and then religion, whatever it may be.
We Albanians are exemplary for religion. The two-headed eagle symbolizes all the Albanians, and for me it is a duty to preserve the heritage that our ancestors left us.
We are very few on earth, we have been repressed and we continue to be. I always say where I come from and I want to promote Albania wherever I go.Lorik Cana
Lorik Cana career
At the age of 16, he was invited to audition with Arsenal but failed to attend due to visa bureaucratic problems.
He landed in the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy, where he remained for three years. The young Albanian midfielder managed to make his first team debut in the 2003 and from that moment on became one of his strengths.
During the season 2003-2004 played 32 matches scoring a goal, winning the French Cup with the Parisian lineup and almost winning the championship. In the following year he also debuted in the Champions League, but the team will then finish the championship in ninth place. Concludes his experience at Paris SG with 81 overall appearances and 2 goals scored.
At the start of the 2005-2006 season, after some misunderstandings with the new Paris SG coach, the Frenchman Laurent Fournier, he decided to change team and landed at Olympique Marseille in the summer transfer market session for 4 million.
He immediately became the owner in the Biancazzurri line-up and the first goal signed with the Marseille shirt marked him right to his former team, Paris SG, giving victory to his team coached by Jean Fernandez at the time.
He also became team captain after the sale of Senegalese Habib Beye to Newcastle during the summer of 2007. Leave Olympique Marseille after collecting 175 appearances and 8 goals.
The 24 July of the 2009 moves to England, for 5,8 million euros, signing a four-year contract with Sunderland, with the manager of the British Steve Bruce who immediately appoints him captain of the red and white team. In England he collects 35 appearances, of which 31 in the Premier League, 2 in the FA Cup and 2 in the League Cup.
In the 2010-2011 season the Albanian midfielder arrives at the multi-titled Turkish team of Galatasaray, which buys him outright for 4,5 million euros from Sunderland.
In Turkey he has a total of 31 appearances during his year, including 24 in the league, where he also scores a goal, 4 appearances in the Turkish Cup and other 3 appearances in the Europa League. Even during this experience he wears the captain's armband.
The 3 July 2011 passes to the Italian company of Lazio as part of the exchange with the Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera plus a balance in favor of the Roman club close to the 3 million euros.
The 10 December 2011, at the Stadio Via del Mare in Lecce, marks its first goal in the Biancoceleste jersey, on an assist from Miroslav Klose, in the victory for 3-2 of the Roman formation.
In the external match with Atalanta, at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, he signed his second goal with the Eagles jersey, with a shot from outside the area under the goal crossing that confirms the final 2-0. The 26 May 2013, playing as a starter, wins the Italian Cup by beating Roma for the 1-0 in the final.
The 7 December 2014, on the occasion of the external challenge won for 1-2 against Parma, reaches 100 share presence with the shirt of the Capitoline society. The 20 May 2015 loses the Italian Cup final where Lazio is overwhelmed by Juventus for 2-1.
The 8 August 2015, although not taking the field, lost the Italian Supercup 2015, for 2-0, against the Italian Champions of Juventus.
The 31 August 2015, after having terminated the contract that bound him to Lazio, signed a two-year contract with the French club of Nantes, returning to France after 6 years since last season with Olympique Marseille. The debut comes the following September 13 at the home game lost, for 0 at 2, against Rennes.
The 25 August 2016, after only one season, disengaged from the French company, terminating the contract that tied him to the club.
Despite having the opportunity to play with the Swiss or French national team, being in possession of both passports, he decides to take the field for the Albanian national team, also considering the Kosovan origins. He made his debut with the Albanian jersey at 19 years, the 11 June 2003 against Switzerland in Lancy, valid match for the qualifications at the European Championships in Athens 2004, taking over in the second half, game then ended with the defeat of Albania for 3-2.
Marks his first goal in the National team in the 8 June 2005 game against Denmark, the game then ended 3-1 in favor of the Danes.
After the farewell of Altin Lala to the Albanian national team in the 2011, Lorik becomes its captain.
The 11 October 2015, together with its National team, wins the first historic qualification for a European Championship. It is convened for the 2016 European Championships in France.
After competing in the European 2016 with Albania he decided to leave the Albanian national team.
Thanks for everything captain ... forever!
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