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Shefki Kuqi
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Personal information
Date of birth 10 November 1976 (1976-11-10) (age 33)
Place of birth Vučitrn, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 42
Youth career
Trepça
MiKi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 MP 50 (10)
1997–1999 HJK 66 (18)
2000 FC Jokerit 33 (19)
2001–2002 Stockport County 35 (11)
2002–2003 Sheffield Wednesday 64 (19)
2003 Ipswich Town (loan) 11 (4)
2003–2005 Ipswich Town 68 (26)
2005–2006 Blackburn Rovers 34 (7)
2006–2009 Crystal Palace 78 (17)
2007–2008 Fulham (loan) 10 (0)
2008 Ipswich Town (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 TuS Koblenz 17 (7)
2010– Swansea City 7 (3)
National team
1999– Finland 60 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:22, 09 February 2010 (GMT).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:46, 10 September 2009 (GMT)

Shefki Kuqi[a] (pronounced [ˈʃɛfki ˈkuci] born 10 November 1976 in Vučitrn, Yugoslavia) is a Finnish footballer of Kosovar Albanian origin, who plays for Welsh club Swansea City in the English Football League Championship.

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Football career

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Kosovo

Kuqi was born in Vushtrri, but he started his youth career at Trepça, he played several games for the youth team, but he and his family moved later to Finland as Kosovar albanians immigrants.

Finland

Kuqi started his playing career with Mikkelin Kissat shortly after immigrating to Finland. He later played for Mikkelin Palloilijat, HJK and FC Jokerit in Finland's Veikkausliiga. Kuqi was the league top scorer in the 2000 season.

Stockport County

Kuqi joined Stockport County in January 2001. Regarded by many as the saviour of County's 2000–01 season as he impressed with his speed and strength, he went on to score six goals in eighteen games to help County retain their division one status. Shefki is still the club's second most internationally capped player.

Sheffield Wednesday

He then had a spell at Sheffield Wednesday where he scored 19 times between January 2002 and September 2003, unfortunately with Wednesday being relegated to Division Two (or League One as it is now known) during his time at Hillsborough. Many Wednesday fans were bemused though at then manager Chris Turner's decision to let Kuqi leave for Ipswich for free. Whilst in Sheffield, Shefki also scored a goal against Sheffield United in The Steel City Derby. He scored the second goal in the 81st minute at Hillsborough to ensure a win after Lloyd Owusu had opened the scoring with his very first touch of the ball on his debut.

Ipswich and Blackburn

Kuqi joined Ipswich Town in September 2003. His 20 goals in the Championship for Ipswich in the 2004–05 season earned him a move to the Premier League with Blackburn. Kuqi scored seven Premier League goals for Blackburn in the 2005–06 season.

Crystal Palace

He joined Crystal Palace for a reported £2.5 million transfer fee at the end of the August transfer window in 2006.

Kuqi did not have a prolific first season at Selhurst Park, scoring only seven goals in 38 games, and at the end of August 2007, he signed for Fulham on a four-month loan deal, where he made ten league appearances, scoring no goals.

Kuqi was placed on the transfer list and fined two weeks wages by Neil Warnock after signalling an offensive gesture to Palace fans when they cheered as he was substituted following a particularly poor performance in the 2–0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 23 February 2008. [1] Other reasons behind him being transfer listed were due to his weight gain and lack of fitness.

In March 2008 Kuqi returned to Ipswich on loan until the end of the season. He began the 2008–09 campaign with his first team prospects seemingly irretrievable but Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock named (and used) him as a substitute for the away draw at Ipswich Town and home victory over Charlton in September and on 4 October he scored the second goal of Palace's 2–0 victory at Nottingham Forest. Kuqi's return to the first team completed a remarkable sequence of events, and he ended his season as the top scorer of his team. Kuqi was offered a new contract on 27 January 2009 which he rejected.

Koblenz

After Kuqi's contract ran out at Crystal Palace on 1 July 2009, he signed a two years deal with TuS Koblenz[2]

Swansea City

Kuqi signed for Swansea City on a free transfer from TuS Koblenz on 25 January 2010.[3] He scored his first goal for Swansea in a 1-0 win at former club Crystal Palace on 9 February 2010.[4]

Style of play

Position

Kuqi is a striker and is known more for his goal scoring threat, determination and physical presence. He can most definitely play as a lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation.

Celebrations

Kuqi has received some media attention – especially from Match of the Day – for his spectacular, and unusual, diving goal celebration known as a Swan Dive. Kuqi jumps forward with both arms out, in what could be described as an attempt to glide like a bird, before crashing to the ground; the movement bears some resemblance to a bellyflop and has been referred to as a "Flying Finn". Although it looks like a celebration which may cause injury, Kuqi has said it does not hurt him.

Club career statistics

(correct as of 21 December 2009)
Club Season League Cup[5] Europe Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
MP 1995 24 3 ? 0 0 ? - - - - - - 24 3 ?
MP 1996 26 7 ? 0 0 ? - - - - - - 26 7 ?
Total 1995–96 50 10 ? 0 0 0 - - - - - - 50 10 ?
HJK 1997 25 6 ? - - - - - - - - - 25 6 ?
HJK 1998 22 1 ? - - - - - - - - - 22 1 ?
HJK 1999 25 11 ? - - - - - - - - - 25 11 ?
Total 1996–99 72 18 ? - - - - - - - - - 72 18 ?
FC Jokerit 2000 33 19 ? - - - - - - - - - 33 19 ?
Total 2000 33 19 ? - - - - - - - - - 33 19 ?
Stockport 2000–01 17 6 ? 1 0 ? - - - - - - 18 6 ?
Stockport 2001–02 18 5 0 2 1 0 - - - - - - 20 6 0
Total 2000–2002 35 11 0 3 1 0 - - - - - - 38 12 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2001–02 17 6 0 - - - - - - - - - 17 6 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2002–03 40 8 0 3 0 0 - - - - - - 43 8 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2003–04 7 5 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 8 5 0
Total 2001–2004 64 19 0 4 0 0 - - - - - - 67 19 0
Ipswich 2003–04 38 11 4 1 1 0 - - - - - - 39 12 4
Ipswich 2004–05 43 19 5 3 0 0 - - - 2 1 0 48 20 5
Total 2003–2005 81 30 9 4 1 0 - - - 2 1 0 87 32 9
Blackburn 2005–06 33 7 4 8 1 3 - - - - - - 41 8 7
Blackburn 2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 1 0 0
Total 2006–2007 34 7 4 8 1 3 - - - - - - 42 8 7
Crystal Palace 2006–07 35 7 5 2 1 0 - - - - - - 37 8 5
Crystal Palace 2007–08 8 0 0 1 0 0 - - - 0 0 0 9 0 0
Crystal Palace 2008–09 35 10 1 2 0 1 - - - 0 0 0 37 10 2
Total 2006–present 78 17 6 5 1 1 - - - 0 0 0 83 18 7
Fulham (loan) 2007–08 10 0 1 0 0 0 - - - - - - 10 0 1
Ipswich (loan) 2007–08 4 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 4 0 0
TuS Koblenz 2009–10 17 7 1 3 2 1 - - - - - - 20 9 2
Swansea 2009–10 6 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 6 2 0
Career totals 484 140 21 27 6 5 - - - 2 1 0 512 147 26

Honours

International career

Kuqi made his debut for the Finnish national team on 18 August 1999 against Belgium. He is a regular member of the Finland squad.

Personal

He is the older brother of Njazi Kuqi and Daut Kuqi.

Notes

a.   ^ The Serbo-Croat spelling of the name is Šefki Kući.

References

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