Armando Dobra

Armando Dobra (born 14 April 2001) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for EFL League One club Ipswich Town. Born in England, he represents Albania’s youth teams internationally.

Armando Dobra
Personal information
Full name Armando Dobra[1]
Date of birth (2001-04-14) 14 April 2001 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Redbridge, England
Position(s) Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 36
Youth career
2017–2019 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Ipswich Town 20 (0)
National team
2019 Albania U19 7 (1)
2020– Albania U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:13, 9 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:13, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Ipswich Town

Dobra joined the Ipswich Town academy in 2017, progressing through the youth system at Portman Road. He signed his first professional contract on 27 February 2019, signing an 18-month deal with the option of a further years extension.[3] He scored on his first-team debut for the club in a 3–1 loss to Luton Town in an EFL Cup first round tie, on 13 August 2019.[4]

His second appearance with the Ipswich Town first-team saw him assist both goals in a 2–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur U21s in the EFL Trophy group stage on 3 September 2019.[5] The following month he appeared in another group stage match, coming on as a substitute to assist the final goal in a 4–0 win against Gillingham.[6] Dobra made his first league appearance for Ipswich on 20 October 2019, coming on from the bench in a 2–0 loss against Accrington Stanley.[7] On 6 May 2020, Ipswich took up the option to extend Dobra's contract by a further year, keeping him at the club until 2021.[8] He signed a new three-year contract with Ipswich on 20 May 2020, keeping him at the club until 2023 with the option of a further year extension.[9]

International career

Born in England, Dobra qualifies to play for Albania through his father.[10] He made his debut for the Albania U19 team in a friendly on 24 March 2019, featuring in a 1–1 draw with Macedonia U19 in Korça. He won his second cap in another friendly with Macedonia on 26 March 2019, coming on as a half-time substitute in a 2–1 defeat in Ohrid.[11]

In August 2019, Dobra was called up to the Albania U19s for two friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He featured in both friendly matches, with the first game ending in a 0–0 draw and the second result a 2–0 loss, winning his fourth and fifth caps respectively for the U19s.[12]

On 13 November 2019, Dobra scored his first international goal in a 5–1 loss against Greece U19s in the 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification stage.[13]

On 11 March 2020, Dobra received his first call up to the Albania U21 national team for a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Kosovo U21,[14] although the matches were postponed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. He was called up to the U21 side again in August 2020 for 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers in September 2020.[15] He made his debut for the Albania U21's on 4 September in a 5–1 win against Austria U21.[16]

Career statistics

As of match played 9 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Ipswich Town 2019–20[17] League One 3010113[lower-alpha 1]081
2020–21[18] League One 17000101[lower-alpha 1]1191
Career total 200102141272
  1. Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy


  1. "Notification of shirt numbers: Ipswich Town" (PDF). English Football League. p. 34. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. Armando Dobra at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. "Dobra Signs First Pro Deal". TWTD. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  4. "Luton Town 3–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. "Ipswich Town 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur U21s". 3 September 2019.
  6. "TOWN 4 GILLINGHAM 0". Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  7. "Accrington Stanley 2–0 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 20 October 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  8. "Jordan Loan Spell Over". Ipswich Town F.C. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  9. "New Deal for Dobra". Ipswich Town F.C. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  10. "The making of Armando Dobra: A young man with skill, drive, support and his feet firmly on the ground". East Anglian Daily Times. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  11. "Downes Wins Cap as England U20s Defeated". TWTD. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  12. "Georgiou, Dozzell and Dobra Win Caps". TWTD. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  13. "Greece U19 vs. Albania U19". Soccerway. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  14. "Dobra in Albania U21 Squad". Ipswich Town F.C. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  15. "Dobra in Albania U21 Squad". Ipswich Town F.C. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  16. "Duo Win U21s Caps". Ipswich Town F.C. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  17. "Games played by Armando Dobra in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  18. "Games played by Armando Dobra in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 October 2019.