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Naim Kryeziu
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Date of birth January 1, 1918 (1918-01-01) (age 92)
Place of birth Đakovica, Kingdom of Serbia
Playing position Right wing
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933-1939 KF Tirana ?(?)
1939-1947 AS Roma 122(27)
1947-1952 AC Napoli 168(39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Naim Kryeziu (born January 1, 1918 in Gjakovë) is a Albanian former football player famous in Italy in 1940s and 1950s.

A quick right wing able to run a time of 11 seconds in the 100 m,[1] he left to join his brother in Tirana, and making his footballing debut in the domestic top flight at the age of 15, and entering the national team only one year later.[2] Following the 1939 Italian invasion of Albania, he was noted by an Italian sports professor who suggested him to AS Roma. As he was considered an Italian following the annexion of Albania, he was allowed to enroll the Rome ISEF (Italian sports university) and contemporarily play for AS Roma, where he won an Italian title in 1941-42.[2] He played for the giallorossi until 1948, when he joined A.C. Napoli; he finally retired in 1953.

He later started an unimpressive coaching career, serving also as AS Roma head coach for a short time during the 1964-65 season as a replacement for Juan Carlos Lorenzo. He then became a scout for AS Roma, for which he discovered a young Giuseppe Giannini when played in loca club Frattocchie Marino.[2]

Today Krieziu lives in Rome and, at 92-years-old, is one of the few players still alive of the first AS Roma scudetto.

References

  1. ^ "Naim Krieziu" (in Italian). ASR Talenti. http://www.asrtalenti.altervista.org/index.php?a=krieziu.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
  2. ^ a b c "Intervista a Naim Krieziu" (in Italian). AS Roma Ultras. 2001-02-11. http://www.asromaultras.it/kriezu.html. Retrieved 2007-10-01.  
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