Egzon Kryeziu

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Egzon Kryeziu
birthday April 25, 2000
place of birth KranjSlovenia
size 180 cm
position midfield player
Years station
NK Triglav Kranj
Years station Games (goals) 1
2017-2020 NK Triglav Kranj 65 (5)
2020– Lechia Gdańsk 0 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2015-2016 Slovenia U-16 7 (0)
2016-2017 Slovenia U17 12 (0)
2017-2018 Slovenia U18 5 (0)
2018– Slovenia U-19 7 (0)
2019– Slovenia U-21 5 (0)
1 Only league games are given.
As of April 26, 2020

2 As of April 26, 2020

Egzon Kryeziu (born April 25, 2000 in Kranj ) is a Slovenian football player of Kosovar Albanian descent on the position of midfielder . The multiple Slovenian junior national player has been under contract with Lechia Gdańsk since February 2020, playing in the highest Polish football league .

Club career

Start of career and promotion to the highest league

Egzon Kryeziu was born on April 25, 2000 and played for NK Triglav Kranj from the fourth largest Slovenian city of Kranj as a child . There he went through all junior league classes and was a regular player in the club's U-15 team in the 2013/14 season with 24 league games and four goals. He was also in the following season 2014/15, when he made 22 league appearances and eight goals and was also used in five championship games in the 1st Slovenska Kadetska Liga , the Slovenian U-17 league. In this league he was promoted to a regular in 2015/16 and has already played 28 championship games, in which he scored twice. At the age of 16, Kryeziu not only made the leap into the club's U-19 team, but also in the men's team, which at the time was in the Slovenian second division .

While he made his U-19 debut in the first round match of the 1st Slovenska Mladinska League of the 2016/17 season in a 1: 2 home defeat against his age colleagues of NK Maribor , he was 3-0 ten days before his 17th birthday - Home success over city rivals NK Zarica Kranj for the first time in a men's championship game on the bench. He made his competitive debut then two laps later with a 3: 3 draw against NK Drava Ptuj , the successor organization of the 2011 resolved club of the same name when he coached Siniša Brkić used from the start and in 54 minutes by Urban Janjic was replaced . In the 26th round he completed championship games for three teams of his club; so he was used in the 1st SKL , the 1st SML and the Druga Slovenska Nogometna League. The use in the 1st SKL was his only one this season. In the final standings, he ranked first with the men of NK Triglav Kranj with a seven point lead and thus managed direct promotion to the Slovenska Nogometna League , in which the club was last represented in 2013/14 . For the U-19 team, he was in 24 league games and came on two hits.

Regular first division appearances from 2017/18

In the 2017/18 season , the young midfielder played alternately for the U-19 and men's teams. In the first half of the season still part of the junior squad, he was regularly used in the professional squad by coach Siniša Brkić from the spring. So it brought Kryeziu to 19 appearances and five goals in the 1st SML , as well as twelve for him personally goalless championship games in the Slovenian first class. There was also an appearance in the Mladinski Cup , the Slovenian U-19 youth cup, and appearances in the relegation play-offs against NK Drava Ptuj, the runner-up in the Druga Slovenska Nogometna Liga 2017/18 . The NK Triglav Kranj, who had to relegation due to the penultimate place in the Slovenska Nogometna League, was able to assert himself there with a total score of 6: 3 against the competitor from the second division. As of the 2018/19 season, Kryeziu was a regular player for the pros, just like at the end of the previous season. Over the entire season, the 18- and 19-year-olds made 31 appearances and scored three goals. He scored his first goal in the country's top football league on August 18, 2018 in a 3-1 away win over NK Celje , when he scored his team's 3-0 lead in the 69th minute. In the final ranking of the 1st SNL he and his team took eighth place in the table and thus managed to stay in the league. He also played in the Slovenian Football Cup 2018/19 , in which Triglav Kranj was eliminated in the round of 16 against NK Olimpija Ljubljana . In the U-19 team of the club, the midfielder made two league appearances and as many hits in 2018/19.

From regular player in Slovenia to reservist in Poland

In the following season 2019/20 Kryeziu remained a regular for Triglav Kranj and played in all 20 league games until the winter break, with a record of two goals and one assist. On February 12, 2020, the Slovenian first division team announced the departure of the 19-year-old midfield player; Kryeziu moved to the Ekstraklasa , the highest Polish football league, to Lechia Gdańsk , where he had signed a two-year contract. The contract includes the option of an extension for a further two years. Subsequently, the 1.80 m right foot was not used for the club from Gdansk until the game was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland a month later .

National team career

Kryeziu gained his first experience in a junior national team of the Slovenian Football Association in 2015, when he made his debut on November 3rd in a 4-2 win for the Slovenian U-16s against their colleagues from Croatia . After another game against the Croatians two days later, it took until the beginning of April 2016 before the midfielder came to another U-16 international match. In May and June 2016, he then made his last appearances for the Slovenian U-16 team, for which he played a total of seven international matches and remained goalless.

Less than two months later, he made his debut in a friendly against Ireland for Slovenia's U-17s . After three more friendly international matches in August and September 2016 against Ireland and Macedonia , he took part with the Slovenes in the group stage of the first round of qualifying for the 2017 U-17 European Championship in October . The Slovenian U-17 national coach Agron Šalja used him in all three group matches; Slovenia then made it into the elite round of European Championship qualification as second in Group 5 . After two development games against his Greek colleagues at the beginning of February 2017, he was again a regular under Šalja when Slovenia was about to qualify for the final European Championship via the elite round. In Group 7, which is dominated by England , two draws against Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Czech Republic , as well as a 4-0 defeat against England were not enough to qualify for the final round in Croatia in May 2017 .

After these were also his last international matches in the U-17 squad, Kryeziu made his debut in the Slovenian U-18 national team in a 1-1 draw in a friendly against the Czech Republic on June 7, 2017 . After another international match with the 2000 class in August 2017, it took the midfielder over seven months before he was able to record his next U-18 international match. Two more international matches against his colleagues from Slovakia followed in April 2018, before Kryeziu celebrated his 18th birthday and was no longer eligible to play for this national team.

Instead, he made his first appearance in the Slovenian U-19 team on September 4, 2018 , when he played in the 3-3 draw against France and was replaced by Rok Maher in the 52nd minute . After appearances in two friendly matches against his senior colleagues from Turkey at the end of January 2019 and just as many games against Serbia at the end of February 2019, he played the elite round of qualifying for the U-19 European Championship 2019 with the Slovenes in the following March and was against in the two group matches Spain and the Netherlands deployed. However, as third place in Group 4, the Slovenes did not make it to the finals in Armenia in July .

On June 10, 2019, Kryeziu made his debut in a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Georgia in the U-21 national team of his home country , when he was sent onto the field for the second half by coach Primož Gliha . Between September and November 2019, he was then used in four more friendly international matches for the Slovenian U-21 national team.



His two brothers Drilon (* 1999) and Altin (* 2002) are also soccer players and also played in the youth team and in the professional team of NK Triglav Kranj. Furthermore, his two brothers are Slovenian junior national players. The youngest of the three brothers made the leap to Italy in the summer of 2019 , where he has since been active in the SPAL Ferrara youth team and in the 2019/20 season was the first to sit unused on the bench in a league game of the Serie A professionals.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Triglav je še enega prodal na Poljsko (Slovenian), accessed on April 26, 2020
  2. Slovenija - Hrvaška (4: 2) (Slovenian), accessed December 5, 2018
  3. Slovenija - Republika Irska (0: 0) retrieved (Slovenian), on December 5, 2018
  4. Češka - Slovenija (1: 1) (Slovenian), accessed on December 5, 2018
  5. Slovenija - Francija (3: 3) (Slovenian), accessed December 5, 2018
  6. Drilon Kryeziu on the official website of the Slovenian PrvaLiga (Slovenian), accessed on December 5, 2018
  7. Altin Kryeziu on the official website of the Slovenian PrvaLiga (Slovenian), accessed on December 5, 2018
  8. Drilon Kryeziu on the official website of the Slovenian Football Association (Slovenian), accessed on December 5, 2018
  9. Altin Kryeziu on the official website of the Slovenian Football Association (Slovenian), accessed on December 5, 2018