Qazim Laçi

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Qazim Laçi
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Peshkopi, Albania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
AC Ajaccio
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2016 Olympiacos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Olympiacos 0 (0)
2016APOEL (loan) 0 (0)
2017Levadiakos (loan) 10 (0)
2017–2018Ajaccio (loan) 22 (3)
2018– Ajaccio 1 (0)
National team
2012 Albania U17 1 (0)
2014 Albania U19 3 (0)
2015– Albania U21 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:24, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2017

Qazim Laçi (born 19 January 1996) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for French club Ajaccio and the Albania national under-21 football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Laçi was born in Peshkopi, Albania, but moved to Greece when he was young and among family were placed in Galatsi where he started his youth career with the most successful club in Greek football Olympiacos F.C..[1]

Laçi was part of the Olympiacos U-19 squad which participated in the new created championship 2013–14 UEFA Youth League, a European youth club football competition organised by UEFA, which was contested by the under-19 youth teams of the 32 clubs qualified for the group stage of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League. He played 5 matches in this competition including two as a starter and Olympiacos U-19 were eliminated in the group stage.[2]

In the following season 2014–15 UEFA Youth League he became a regular starter in the team where he played all matches as a starter and managed to score 4 goals. He scored in 3 consecutive group stage matches against Malmö (3–1) and two times in two matches against Juventus (1–1 & 3–0) and then another brace against Malmo in a 2–0 win. Olympiacos managed to qualify for the next round and played against Shakhtar Donetsk where they were eliminated after the Penalty shoot-out after regular time finished in a 1–1 draw, where Laçi himself scored the 4th penalty kick.[2]

Despite he was 19-years-old according to UEFA rules, a team could take a maximum of three players born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1996 and Laçi managed participate with Olympiacos U-19 in another season 2015–16 UEFA Youth League. In this competition he played 5 out 6 group stage matches and all in the starting line up substituting off in just one case. Olympiacos U-19 were equally good with Arsenal and Bayern Munich collecting each 10 points but Olympiacos were ranked last of them (3rd place) due to Head-to-head rules.[2]

Olympiacos[edit]

For the first time Laçi was included in the Olympiacos first team squad who participated in the 2014–15 Greek Cup semi-final game against Apollon Smyrni on 8 April 2015 by coach Vítor Pereira. He didn't managed to play in this match.[3] Also after 3 weeks Laçi was included in the team for the second-leg against Apollon Smyrni but once again he didn't managed to make his debut and Olympiacos got a 1–1 draw to qualify for the Final with aggregate 4–1.[4]

In the 2015–16 season Laçi took part with Olympiacos first team against Dinamo Zagreb on 20 October 2015, match valid for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage, where it was his first match to participate in a major competition such as the UEFA Champions League.[5]

He made his first professional debut on 3 February 2016 under coach Marco Silva in the 2015–16 Greek Cup 1/4 finals against Asteras Tripoli coming on as a substitute in the 90th minute in place of Andreas Bouchalakis.[1][6]

Loan to APOEL[edit]

On 16 June 2016, Laçi joined reigning Cypriot champions APOEL on a one-year loan deal from Olympiacos, having the chance to appear in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers with his new team.[7][8] On 4 January 2017, however, after failing to appear in any official games, APOEL announced that Laçi's loan was terminated, and the player would return to Olympiacos.[9]

Loan to Levadiakos[edit]

In January 2017 Laçi was loaned to Levadiakos F.C..[10] He made his debut a week later on 14 January 2017 against Veria F.C. playing in the last 15 minutes.[11]

Loan to Ajaccio[edit]

In July 2017 Laçi was tested and loaned to AC Ajaccio in the French Ligue 2 until the end of the 2017–18 season.[12][13] He scored his first goal on 18 August 2017 in his third match against Paris after coming on as a substitute in 66th minute for fellow goalscorer Johan Cavalli and managed to score after a counter-attack to sign the 2–0 victory for his side.[14]

International career[edit]

Albania U17[edit]

Laçi was called up for the first time in international level at Albania national under-17 football team by coach Džemal Mustedanagić to participate in the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round in October 2012. He made his debut against Hungary U17 on 20 October 2012 coming on as a substitute in the first half in place of Berat Beqiri.[15] For the other two group matches he was an unused substitute.[2]

Albania U19[edit]

He advanced higherly in international level as he was called up in the Albania U19 squad by coach Foto Strakosha for the friendly match against Italy U19 on 14 May 2014.[16]

Laçi was invited by new Albania U19s coach Altin Lala to participate in the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round for the matches against Denmark, Portugal and Wales, in the match-dates 12–17 November 2014.[17] Under the coach Altin Lala, he played every minute in the qualifying competition but Albania U19 lost all three group matches and were ranked in the 4th last place with total of goals collected 2–7, where all two goals were scored by Esad Morina of FC Schalke 04 youth.[2][18]

Albania U21[edit]

2017 Under-21 Euros qualification[edit]

Laçi continued higherly as he was called up also in the Albania national under-21 football team by coach Skënder Gega for the start of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification against Liechtenstein U21 on 28 March 2015. Anyway a few days later he declared that wasn't unable to participate in this match due to the injury.[19] However, in September he was called up by a new appointed coach at the Albania U21, Redi Jupi, for the next 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Israel & Portugal on 3 & 8 September 2015.[20] In both matches he managed to play for the full 90-minutes. Albania U21 managed to take a 1–1 equaliser against Israel with a Penalty kick won by Milot Rashica and scored by Endri Çekiçi.[21] He played another full 90-minutes match against Hungary U21 on 13 October 2015 to help his team to take a 2–2 draw.[22] Laçi was called up for the next consecutive matches against Portugal U21 & Liechtenstein U21 on 12 & 16 November 2015.[23] He played the full 90-minutes match against Portugal U21 where they were beaten 0–4. He scored his first goal for Albania U21 against Liechtenstein U21 on 16 November 2015 in the 83rd minute to sign the definitive result as a 2–0 victory.[24]

2019 Under-21 Euros qualification[edit]

Laçi was called up by coach Alban Bushi for the Friendly match against France U21 on 5 June 2017 and the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification opening match against Estonia U21 on 12 June 2017.[25] During the gathering for these matches Laçi among Leonardo Maloku & Emanuele Ndoj suffered injures and missed out both matches and coach Alban Bushi called up Agim Zeka and Regi Lushkja as a replacement.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 August 2018[27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olympiacos 2014–15 Superleague Greece 0 0 0 0
2015–16 1 0 0[b] 0 1 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
APOEL 2016–17 Cypriot First Division 0 0 0 0
Levadiakos 2016–17 Superleague Greece 10 0 1 0 11 0
Ajaccio 2017–18 (loan) Ligue 2 22 3 2 0 24 3
2018–19 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 23 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
Career total 33 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 37 3
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

International goals[edit]

As of 16 November 2015. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Latifi's goal.[27]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 November 2015 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania 5  Liechtenstein 2–0 2–0 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Olympiacos

APOEL

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Qazim Laçi, debuton tek Olympiacos" [Qazim Laçi, debuts at Olympiacos] (in Albanian). Alb-Sport.info. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Qazim Laçi matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Apollon Smirnis vs. Olympiakos Piraeus - 8 April 2015". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Olympiakos Piraeus vs. Apollon Smirnis - 29 April 2015". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Champions League 2016 - Dinamo Zagreb-Olympiacos". UEFA.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Asteras Tripolis vs. Olympiakos Piraeus - 3 February 2016". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Συμφωνία δανεισμού Qazim Laci" [Qazim Laci loan deal] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Δανεικός στον ΑΠΟΕΛ ο Λάτσι" [Laci on loan to APOEL] (in Greek). Olympiacos FC. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Τερματισμός δανεισμού Qazim Laci" [Qazim Laci loan termination] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Υπέγραψε και ο Qazim Laci". www.levadiakosfc.gr (in Greek). Levadiakos F.C. 8 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Firmosi një javë më parë, Qazim Laçi debuton me Levadhiakos Panorama Sport
  12. ^ Qazim Laci drejt huazimit, në provë te Ajaccio SuperSport
  13. ^ "Υπέγραψε στην Αζαξιό ο Λάτσι" (in Greek). www.sdna.gr. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Video / Tre ndeshje i mjaftojnë Qazim Laçit, vjen goli i parë në Francë Panorama Sport
  15. ^ Albania U17 vs. Hungary U17 - 20 October 2012 Soccerway
  16. ^ U-19: Shqipëria miqësore me Italinë aSport.al
  17. ^ Barazon Kombëtarja, Lala: Kualifikohemi në Europian Archived November 20, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Panorama Sport
  18. ^ Summary - UEFA U19 Championship - Europe - Results, fixtures, tables and news Soccerway
  19. ^ Shpresat nisin kualifikimet kundër Lihtenshtajnit Archived 2016-04-17 at the Wayback Machine. aSport.al
  20. ^ Grumbullohet kombetarja U-21 Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. FSHF.org
  21. ^ Under-21 2017 - Albania-Israel Commentary UEFA.com
  22. ^ Hungary U21 vs. Albania U21 - 13 October 2015 Soccerway
  23. ^ Eliminatoret, publikohet lista e U-21 FSHF.org
  24. ^ Albania U21 vs. Liechtenstein U21 - 16 November 2015 Soccerway
  25. ^ Alban Bushi shpall listën e U21 për Francën dhe Estoninë FSHF.org
  26. ^ Tronditet kombëtarja U-21, dëmtohen tre titullarë. Thirren me urgjencë Lushkja dhe Zeka Panorama Sport
  27. ^ a b Qazim Laçi at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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