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Entonjo Elezaj
Albanian association football player

Entonjo Elezaj

Entonjo Elezaj
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Quick Facts

Intro Albanian association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Albania
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 14 July 1996, Turin, Province of Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Age 25 years
Star sign Cancer
Sports Teams
Sliema Wanderers F.C.
F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892
Albania national under-19 football team
Albania national under-19 football team
A.C. Perugia Calcio
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Entonjo Elezaj (born 14 July 1996) is an Italian-born Albanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Sliema Wanderers.

Club career

Early career

Elezaj was born in Turin, Italy to Albanian parents originally from Vlorë. He started his youth career at Torino F.C. academies and at age of 6 he was invited for a trial at Juventus F.C. Youth Sector in 2003 which he successfully passed and was transferred there. On 1 July 2013, he did well at Primavera team and was included in the Juventus 2013–14 UEFA Youth League squad in which he served as a second choice behind Emil Audero.

In January 2014, he was loaned out to S.S. Virtus Lanciano until the end of the 2014–15 season and played with Primavera side in total 11 matches.

Pro Vercelli

After return from loan, he was sold to F.C. Pro Vercelli for a fee of £375k. At Pro vercelli he became part of the first team, as he was trained with coach Cristiano Scazzola, but played as a first choice with primavera team in total 14 matches where he kept 3 clean-sheets. Elezaj participated with the first team in the 2015–16 Coppa Italia match against Alessandria on 9 August 2015, in which he was an unused substitute.

Loan to Sliema Wanderers

On 15 August 2015, Elezaj was loaned out to Maltese side Sliema Wanderers F.C. to gain more professional experience. He made it his debut on 21 August 2015, in the opening match against Tarxien Rainbows coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute in place of the midfielder Peter Xuereb after first choice goalkeeper Glenn Zammit was sent-off as he received a Red card. In the continuation, he had a poor playing space serving mostly as a second choice but also a third choice playing in just two occasions in October. Then in April would come his time as he played the full 90-minutes match against Pembroke Athleta on 2 April 2016, where he managed to keep the clean-sheet as his side won 2–0. During the month, he played in 5 out 6 matches, kept clean-sheets in 2 matches and helped his side to win all 5 matches in which he played, including also the 2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy - Quarter-final one against St. Andrews, where Sliema won 2–1 to qualify for the semi-finals. Into the semi-finals Sliema beat Birkirkara 1–0, where Elezaj played the full 90-minutes to help Sliema reach the grand final. In the final, Sliema played against Balzan, and Elezaj was in the starting line-up. Elezaj kept the clean-sheet for the full 120-minutes match, including extra-time, and then the match directed to Penalty shoot-out, in which Elezaj saved a penalty of opponent and his side won 5–4 to be declared the champions of the 2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy.

Elezaj concluded the 2015–16 season with 8 league appearances, only 1 as a substitute and 3 domestic cup matches.

Perugia

On 30 July 2016 he signed with Serie B side A.C. Perugia Calcio a 2-years contract with renewing option.

Elezaj made his professional debut on 1 December 2016 in the 2015–16 Coppa Italia match against Genoa under coach Christian Bucchi. The regular 90-minutes finished in the 2–2 draw and advanced in the Extra time where Genoa won 4–3. Despite conceding 4 goals in total of 120 minutes Elezaj was rated highly with 7 after making several saves against the Argentinian duo Giovanni Simeone & Lucas Ocampos.

Catanzaro

He joined Serie C club Catanzaro on 18 August 2018.

International career

Albania U17

Elezaj was invited at the Albania national under-17 football team by coach Dzemal Mustedanagić to participate in the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round from 18–23 October 2012. He played every minute during this round's 3 matches ahead of Elhan Kastrati but Albania U17 got eliminated after losing both first games 1–0 to Italy U17 and Hungary U17 and despite beating hard Liechtenstein U17 6–0 in the closing match.

Albania U19

Elezaj advanced at the Albania national under-19 football team as he was called up by coach Foto Strakosha to participate in the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round from 12–17 November 2013. During the tournament he served as a second choice behind Thomas Strakosha for all matches.

He was re-invited to the Albania U19 by a new coach Altin Lala to participate in the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round. Under coach Altin Lala he played every minute of this round as Albania U19 was eliminated.

Albania U21

Elezaj debuted with Albania national under-21 football team on 6 May 2014 against Italy U21 playing the full 90-minutes match under coach Skënder Gega. He made several notable saves but conceded a penalty goal and the match ended as a 1–0 loss.

Personal life

His inspirations are famous fellow Goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon and Joe Hart where he had the chance to train with them, Buffon during the time that he was trained with the first team of Juventus and with Hart during the time he had a trial at English giants Manchester City.

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 January 2018
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pro Vercelli 2015–16 Serie B 0 0 0 0
Sliema Wanderers 2015–16 Maltese Premier League 8 0 3 0 11 0
Perugia 2016–17 Serie B 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2017–18 0 0 0 0
Total 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Racing Fondi 2017–18 Serie C 21 0 21 0
Career total 31 0 4 0 35 0

Honours

Club

Sliema Wanderers
  • Maltese FA Trophy: 2015–16
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 18 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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