Born in Albania, but Italian by adoption. Erjon Bogdani was the typical “provincial” center forward, able to make squares dream with their networks Reggio Calabria, Salerno, Verona, Siena, Livorno and Cesena, all teams that the Albanian have to thank for the goals that have often brought salvation as a dowry. But some of his anecdotes also concern the big, since its history is intertwined with current protagonists of Milan, Inter and Juventus, namely Stefano Pioli, Antonio Conte and Cristiano Ronaldo.BEST SCORER WITH ALBANIA, FROM REFUGEE TO MARRIAGE – Best scorer ever of the Albanian national team, with 18 goals, was born in Tirana in 1977 but he moved to Italy at a very young age, arrived together with some compatriots as a refugee. In Beautiful country also finds love, given that he marries Rossella Ariodante, a Salerno lawyer, and its wedding witness, as well as a friend and former teammate, is Leandro Rinaudo.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TIRANA AND FRIENDSHIP WITH PIRLO, PIOLI … – Football debuts first in Turkey, then in Croatia and finally in Reggio Calabria, where he reaches the age of 23. Physical and strong first toe, often followed by girls for good looks, is relative of the founder of the University of Tirana and of the showgirl Eva Murati: skilled in aerial play and on the banks, he immediately became an idol in Reggina, after a goal in the derby against Cosenza and an unexpected salvation, in Salerno, to the point of earning the call of Verona. In Reggio he met Andrea Pirlo and Robero Baronio, in Verona he made his debut with Stefano Pioli on the bench, with whom he still has relations.
IBRA AND RONALDO KO, THE CALLS FROM CONTE FOR GIACCHERINI – Also Siena and Cesena are fundamental stages of his career. With the Romagna he beats the Milan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, just arrived in the Rossoneri, marking the 2-0 goal: the Devil then he will graduate champion of Italy. It also becomes “sponsor” of his partner Emanuele Giaccherini, with the then coach of Italy Antonio Conte who often telephones him to find out the conditions. IS faces Cristiano Ronaldo with the national team shirt, as well as Deputy of De Biasi: the victory in Lisbon was fundamental for Albania’s qualification for Euro 2016. THE DEGREE, KUMBULLA AND THE ALBANIAN PRIDE – Graduated in Economics and Commerce, after withdrawal joins the staff of the Albanian national team as an observer and as assistant to Gianni De Biasi, before being appointed coach of the Under 19 selection, in which launched the Romanist Marash Kumbulla. Always very proud to represent his country, as declared after the historic qualification for the European Championship: “It is a moment of revenge for a people who have suffered so much for years. We have always been considered the bottom of the continent. Identified as immigrants, not to mention criminals. Now we are all looking up, even in football. We are happy to have given this joy to our country “.
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