Valon Berisha

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Valon Berisha
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Berisha with Red Bull Salzburg in 2012
Personal information
Full name Valon Berisha
Date of birth 7 February 1993 (1993-02-07) (age 24)
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Red Bull Salzburg
Number 14
Youth career
1998–2009 Egersund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Egersund 31 (11)
2009–2012 Viking 56 (4)
2012– Red Bull Salzburg 48 (9)
National team
2010 Norway U17 8 (0)
2011 Norway U19 8 (0)
2011– Norway U21 13 (2)
2012– Norway 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 December 2013

Valon Berisha (born 7 February 1993) is a Norwegian football player. He plays as a midfielder for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Berisha was born in Stockholm. His family is of Albanian origin. They moved from Kosovo to Sweden before he was born. His younger brother Veton also plays professional football for Viking Stavanger in Norway. He started football at the local club Egersunds IK. On 20 June 2008, when he was 15 years old, he played his first senior match for EIK against Staal Jørpeland IL in the Norwegian Third Division. His good performance attracted the interest of Viking Stavanger, a top club of Norway. He signed with them in March 2009. In July 2012 Berisha went on to Red Bull Salzburg together with his fellow Norwegian Håvard Nielsen. Unlike Nielsen he was soon part of the starting team of Salzburg.

International career[change | change source]

Valon Berisha was part of every youth national team in Norway. For the Under-17, U-19 and U-21 teams he played 29 games and scored 3 goals. With the U-21 he played in the European Under-21 Championship 2013 in Israel and reached the semifinal. His first match in the senior team was on January 15, 2011. It was a friendly match against Denmark League XI (unofficial national football team run by the Danish Football Association).

On Valon Berisha[change | change source]

  • "....even when [Berisha] was six- or seven-years old, the people here at the club knew that there was something special about him ... He is the most exciting football player I've ever seen. He has technique, speed and strength and has fantastic drive with the ball." (Johne Mathisen, manager of Egersund IK)[2]

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