Kosovo debuting in IBWM 100 list


Kosovo vs Haiti, March 2014. Photo by Agron Berisha, FFK.

Every year, late December the football blog “In Bed With Maradona” picks 100 young top talents which they follow throughout the following year and later grade them on their performance. Big names like Xherdan Shaqiri for example, representing Switzerland made it to the list and also Albania’s Elseid Hysaj. However for the class of 2017 we have for the first time ever a Kosovo representative. Which player is it?

Arber Zeneli. 

The Swedish born striker grew big while playing for the Swedish team IF Elfsborg. During the season of 2015 he scored 10 goals, the most amount of goals than any other Albanian in that league. On top of that he represented Sweden’s U21 team and also was able to collect a U21 Euro gold medal that summer. 2016 he moved to Dutch team Heerenveen where he plays even to this day. Earlier this fall he announced that he had decided to represent newly acknowledged nation Kosovo. And now the 21-year-old made it to the IBWM 100 list.

This means all eyes on Kosovo. 

Furthermore Valon Berisha is worth mentioning as well. He represents Kosovo too and made the list for 2012, 2013 and 2014 class but bear in mind that he represented Norway back then.

Other players that have made the list before:

2016: Donis Avdijaj (Germany), Elseid Hysaj (Albania) & Shani Tarashaj (Switzerland)

2015: Ergys Kace (Albania)

2014: Adnan Januzaj (Belgium) & Valon Berisha (Norway)

2013: Valon Berisha (Norway) & Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

2012: Granit Xhaka (Switerland), Pajtim Kasami (Switzerland), Valon Berisha (Norway) & Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

2011: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

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