Isnik Alimi


Isnik Alimi (Macedonian: Исник Алими; born 2 February 1994) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Croatian club HNK Šibenik, on loan from Atalanta.

Isnik Alimi
Personal information
Full name Isnik Alimi[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Delogoždi, Struga, Macedonia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Šibenik
(on loan from Atalanta)
Number 15
Youth career
2001–2010 Vlaznimi
2010–2011 Ohrid
2012–2013 Novigrad
2013–2014 Chievo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Ohrid 14 (2)
2012 Novigrad 4 (2)
2014–2015 Chievo 0 (0)
2014–2015Lumezzane (loan) 27 (2)
2015– Atalanta 0 (0)
2015–2016Maceratese (loan) 13 (0)
2016–2017Forlì (loan) 29 (0)
2017–2018Vicenza (loan) 32 (1)
2018–2019Rimini (loan) 33 (1)
2019–2020Imolese (loan) 23 (0)
2020–Šibenik (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Macedonia U19 4 (1)
2014–2016 Albania U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 May 2016

Club career


Early career - FK Ohrid

Born in Delogoždi (Albanian: Dollogozhda) a village based in Struga Municipality, Alimi started his youth career at age of 7 with Macedonian side FK Vlaznimi Struga.[2] In 2010, he moved at FK Ohrid and in 2011 he was promoted to the first team. On 30 July 2011 Alimi made it his debut with the first team coming as a substitute in place of Aleksandar Dalčeski in second-half's start of the match finished in a 2–0 away loss against FK Renova for the Macedonian First League championship.[3]

Chievo

In 2013, he moved abroad for the first time joining Serie A side Chievo. He stood for a year season with Primavera team.

With Primvaera team he won Italian Superleague, he score a goal against Juventus in the first game, also mark the goal against Fiorentina in the semifinals, he helped lead his team to winning the championship because Isnik Alimi was the team captain and key player. He had 21 matches and 10 goals with Primavera team.

Loan to Lumezzane

On 6 August 2014 the Lega Pro Prima Divisione side A.C. Lumezzane, announced to have signed Alimi from Chievo on loan mode.[4]

He made it his first professional debut on 31 August 2014, playing as a starter in the opening match of the Lega Pro against Pordenone, finished in the clean 2–0 victory.[5]

He finished his first half of the season with Lumezzane with 12 Appearances, 8 as a starter and 4 coming on as a substitute.

Alimi scored his first goal for Lumezzane in the opening match of the year 2015 against Novara valid for the 19th game week, played on 6 January and finished in the away 1–3 victory, in where Alimi scored the second goal for 0–2 result in the 45th minute in the end of first half.[6]

Alimi concluded the 2014–15 season mading in total 27 appearances, from where 21 in the starting line up, scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists.

Atalanta

After 1-year loaned to Lumezzane, Alimi got returned to Chievo, but on 26 June 2015 he signed with the fellow Serie A team Atalanta B.C. a 4-years contract.[7]

Loan to Maceratese

In the closing day of the 2015 Summer Transfers Window Alimi got loaned out to the Lega Pro just promoted side S.S. Maceratese 1922.[8]

Loan to Vicenza

In the 2017 Summer Transfers Window, Alimi was loaned out for the third time to Lega Pro at Vicenza.[9]

Loan to Imolese

On 9 August 2019, he joined Serie C club Imolese on a season-long loan.[10]

Loan to Šibenik

On 18 September 2020, Alimi joined Croatian First Football League club HNK Šibenik on a season-long loan.[11]

International career


Macedonia under-19

Albania

Having played for Macedonia U19, Alimi was called up highery from Macedonia national under-21 football team for the friendly match against Israel on 13 August 2014, but he refused the invitation as he wanted to play for Albania instead at international level due to his ethnicity.[12][13] On 24 September 2014 proceedings were begun to give him the Albanian passport to be eligible to play for Albania at an international level.[14] He received his first call up for Albania by Skënder Gega, the Albania national under-21 football team coach for the Friendly match against Romania U21 on 8 October 2014.[15]

He made his debut for Albania U21 in the Friendly match against Romania U21 on 8 October 2014 by playing as a starter in a 3–1 loss, where he started his team's first attempt to the goal of in the 11th minute by running from the midfield and shooting as soon as he got close to the 16-meters area, a shot which was put by the Romania U21s' goalkeeper in the corner kick.[16]

Alimi was called up for the first time to participate in a competitive match, the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification opening match against Liechtenstein U21 on 28 March 2015,[17] however, Alimi failed to play in this match as he was ineligible due to the absence of respective documents.

Career statistics


Club

As of 19 November 2017 [18]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe[lower-alpha 1] Other[lower-alpha 2] Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Ohrid2011–12Macedonian First League 143143
Lumezzane2014–15Lega Pro 2622110293
Maceratese2015–16Lega Pro 130130
Forlì2016–17Lega Pro 29021311
Vicenza2017–18Serie C 14130171
Career total 96651311048
  1. Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. Including other competitions, such as 2014–15 Lega Pro Play-out and 2016–17 Lega Pro Play-out

References


  1. Dekret për dhënie të shtetësisë shqiptare nr. 9122 President.al
  2. Talent Futbolli: Isnik Alimi një futbollist që premton Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine Dollogozhda.eu
  3. Renova vs. Ohrid - 30 July 2011 Soccerway
  4. UFFICIALE: Lumezzane, arriva Alimi dal Chievo Verona TUTTO MERCATO WEB: calciomercato 24H
  5. Lumezzane vs. Pordenone - 31 August 2014 Soccerway
  6. Novara vs. Lumezzane - 6 January 2015 Soccerway
  7. Futbollisti i Shpresave Isnik Alimi firmos te Atalanta minuta90.com
  8. Ultimo giorno di mercato, le operazioni dell'Atalanta Archived 2015-09-04 at the Wayback Machine Atalanta.it
  9. "ISNIK ALIMI E LUCA MILESI IN BIANCOROSSO" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 22 July 2017. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  10. "UFFICIALE: ALIMI IN PRESTITO DALL'ATALANTA" (Press release) (in Italian). Imolese. 9 August 2019.
  11. "ISNIK ALIMI NOVI JE IGRAČ HNK ŠIBENIK!" (in Croatian). HNK Šibenik. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  12. U21: Alimi switches for Albania, Angelov summoned Macedonian Football | Macedonian Football .com - Makedonski Fudbal .com - Macedonian Football (soccer) website
  13. Talenti i Kievos kërkon Shqipërinë, por FSHF-ja hesht Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Panorama Sport
  14. Isnik Alimi përforcimi më i ri i Kombëtares U-21 Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Shqiperia.ch
  15. U-21 ben gati miqesoren kunder Rumanise Archived 2017-08-07 at the Wayback Machine FSHF.org
  16. Shpresat munden në Rumani, dështon “armata” e Gegës Panorama Sport "Gjithsesi, janë tanët që rrezikojnë të parët me anë të Isnik Alimit. Është minuta e 11-të dhe sulmuesi strugan gjen një hapësirë në gjysmëfushën e vendësve dhe lëshohet drejt portës, duke gjuajtur në hyrje të saj. Por portieri i Rumanisë, Kojokaru, arrin që të grushtojë në goditje këndi..."
  17. Shpresat nisin kualifikimet kundër Lihtenshtajnit Archived 2016-04-17 at the Wayback Machine aSport.al
  18. Isnik Alimi at Soccerway