Izair Emini

Izair Emini (Izo) (Macedonian Cyrillic: Изаир Емини; born 4 October 1985) is an ethnic Albanian football player from the Republic of Macedonia who plays for FC Drita in the Kosovo as a striker.[1]

Izair Emini
Personal information
Full name Izair Emini
Date of birth (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Tetovo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker , Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2006 Renova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Shkendija 79 (26)
2013–2015 Renova 82 (40)
2016–2017 Kukësi 51 (18)
2017–2019 Shkendija 52 (19)
2019– Drita 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2019

Club career


During the 2014–15 season, Emini was the top goalscorer with 20 goals, with Renova who qualified in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.[2]


Emini joined Albanian Superliga side Kukësi on 7 January 2016 on a free transfer, signing an initial 6-month contract with the option of a further two years.[3][4] During the presentation, he was handed the squad number 8.[3]

2015–16 season

He made his debut for the team on 23 January in the first leg of 2015–16 Albanian Cup's quarter-final against Teuta Durrës, where he played full-90 minutes in a 1–0 away lose.[5] Eight days later, in his league debut, Emini scored twice, including a 22nd minute free kick goal in an eventual 3–0 home win versus Bylis Ballsh, becoming quickly a fan favourite.[6] On 13 February, Emini was on the scoresheet again as he scored during the 2–2 home draw against the Europe rivals of Teuta Durrës, taking his tally up to 3 goals in 3 matches.[7]

In March, Emini enjoyed a prolific form, scoring the winners against both Laçi and Tërbuni Pukë, being vital in the club's race for European competitions.[8][9] On 18 May, in the final day of the league, Emini he scored both goals, both long-range strikes, in the 2–1 home win against Tirana to secure his side a spot in the UEFA Europa League for the next season.[10]

Four days later, in the 2016 Albanian Cup Final against Laçi, Emini started and played 120 minutes in the 1–1 draw; the match went to penalty shootouts where Emini successfully converted his penalty shootout attempt to help the team win 5–3 for the first trophy in the club's history.[11] Emini ended his first season with Kukësi by scoring 11 goals, including 10 in league, in 23 appearances, including 18 in league, as Kukësi finished the season in third position.

2016–17 season

Emini started the new season by playing in the two-legged match against Rudar valid for the first qualifying round of Europa League, as Kukësi progressed to the next round with the aggregate 2–1.[12] In the next round, the team faced Austria Wien.[13] In the first leg, with Kukësi down 1–0, Emini missed a clear opportunity with an empty goal in the last minute, leaving the score unchanged.[14] In the returning leg, Emini did not prevent the 4–1 defeat at Elbasan Arena as Kukësi was knocked out of the Europa League with the aggregate 5–1.[15]

Emini begun the domestic season on 24 August by playing in the 2016 Albanian Supercup against Skënderbeu Korçë, scoring the second Kukësi goal in an eventual 3–1 win at the Selman Stërmasi Stadium, aiding the club to win its first ever Albanian Supercup trophy.[16] On 24 September, during the goalless draw at Laçi, Emini suffered a leg injury that kept him sidelined for a month.[17] He returned in training in last days of October,[18] and played his first match against Dinamo Tirana for the Albanian Cup's first round, contributing with a goal in a 2–0 success.[19] Three days later, Emini scored the winner against Luftëtari Gjirokastër in the last match of the first phrase of the league helping Kukësi to remain the only team without a loss.[20]

Career statistics

As of 1 November 2016[21][22][23]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Shkëndija 2010–11 Macedonian First League 28112811
2011–12 234102[lower-alpha 1]0264
2012–13 145202[lower-alpha 2]0185
Total 652030407220
Renova 2012–13 Macedonian First League 145145
2013–14 229229
2014–15 3120423522
2015–16 1462[lower-alpha 2]1197
Total 814042218743
Kukësi 2015–16 Albanian Superliga 1810512311
2016–17 52114[lower-alpha 2]01[lower-alpha 3]1114
Total 23126240113315
Career total 169721341011119378
  1. All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  2. All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearance in Albanian Supercup



FK Shkëndija[21]
FK Kukësi[21]


  • Macedonian First League top goalscorer (1): 2014–15[24]


  1. "Izair Emini moves to Kukësi". Macedonian Football. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. "Summary - First League - FYR Macedonia - Results, fixtures, tables and news". Soccerway. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. "Kukësi zyrtarizon dy sulmues" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. "Emini te Kukësi" (in Albanian). Borozani.com. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. Ergis Tafalla (23 January 2016). "Teuta mposht Kukësin me 10 futbollistë" (in Albanian). Telesport.al. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. Sotir Kora (31 January 2016). "Kukësi e nis me fitore, 3-0 me Bylis" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  7. Rinald Bregasi (13 January 2016). "Barazim 2-2 në "Zeqir Ymeri" mes Kukësit dhe Teutës" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  8. "Kukësi vs. Laçi 1 – 0". Soccerway. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  9. "Kukësi vs. Tërbuni Pukë 1 – 0". Soccerway. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. Sotir Kora (18 May 2016). "Kukësi fitore me Tiranën për Europa League" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. Andi Deçka (22 May 2016). "Kukesi fiton Kupën e Shqipërisë" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  12. "Kukësi kalon në fazën tjetër të Europa League, fiton 0-1 ndaj Rudar" (in Albanian). Top Channel. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  13. "Liga e Europës/ Kukësi mposht Rudarin, ja me kë luan turin tjetër" (in Albanian). Panorama.com.al. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  14. "Kukësi mposhtet nga Austria e Vjenës, humb rastin e pafalshëm në minutën e fundit" (in Albanian). Sot.com.al. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  15. "Kukësi eleminohet nga Europa League, mposhtet 1-4 nga Austria e Vienës" (in Albanian). intv.al. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  16. Rinald Bregasi (24 August 2016). "Kukësi fiton Superkupën e Shqipërisë" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  17. "Përfundon pa gola, Laçi dhe Kukësi në krizë rezultatesh" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  18. "Rikthehet Emini, Pero Pejiç del "jashtë loje" (in Albanian). Newsport.al. 25 October 2016. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  19. "Dinamo Tirana vs. Kukësi". Soccerway. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  20. Olsi Karagjozi (30 October 2016). "Kukësi pothuajse perfekt, asnjë humbje në xhiron e parë" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  21. "FYR Macedonia - I. Emini - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  22. "Football : Izair Emini". Football Database. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  23. "Profile of Izair Emini". Scoresway. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  24. "Izair Emini: best overall player for 14/15 season". Macedonian Football. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016.