Albanians abroad

With memories of the golden years (80's) of the albanian football still fresh on her mind, Albania is now attempting to recreate its strong football legacy. As young players start making their names abroad, the future is looking bright for Albanian football!

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Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:27 pm

Princ wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:14 pm If it is a retirement league, explain why American, Canadian, and Mexican NT are full of MLS players.

Countries like these are levels above Albania..
Because of close proximity obviously and MLS clubs pay well too.

Their best players/talents still go to Europe. That's their dream. Unfortunately not all of them can cope in Europe. Just look at Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan(Considered the best American player ever btw), etc.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:53 pm

Nobody is saying that MLS is better than a top 4 league, but it is still very respectable.

North Americans play a fast paced game, and put value in physical preparation.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:14 pm

Princ wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:53 pm Nobody is saying that MLS is better than a top 4 league, but it is still very respectable.

North Americans play a fast paced game, and put value in physical preparation.
That's just a myth. It's not more fast paced or more physical than let's say Switzerland, Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium, etc.

MLS teams have a lot of older players and walking/light jogging is very common.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:18 pm

Dallku wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:14 pm
Princ wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 8:53 pm Nobody is saying that MLS is better than a top 4 league, but it is still very respectable.

North Americans play a fast paced game, and put value in physical preparation.
That's just a myth. It's not more fast paced or more physical than let's say Switzerland, Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium, etc.

MLS teams have a lot of older players and walking/light jogging is very common.
I have impression MLS is perfect league for Vedat Muriqi. I agree it's not fast pace league but still very physical.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:39 pm

Dallku wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:14 pm MLS teams have a lot of older players and walking/light jogging is very common.
Average age of formation in MLS is younger than Turkish league.

https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/super-l ... on_id=2021

https://www.transfermarkt.us/major-leag ... ewerb/MLS1

USA, Canada, Mexico NT are full of MLS players and all play a fast paced game.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:42 pm

Princ wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:39 pm
Dallku wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:14 pm MLS teams have a lot of older players and walking/light jogging is very common.
Average age of formation in MLS is younger than Turkish league.

https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/super-l ... on_id=2021

https://www.transfermarkt.us/major-leag ... ewerb/MLS1
Younger = more physical ?

Turkish league also ranked 20th in Europe...
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:43 pm

CanaYouDoIt wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:42 pm Younger = more physical ?

Turkish league also ranked 20th in Europe...
Austrian League ranked top 10 and Jack the Ripper scored 19 goals there.

Let’s see how many he scores in MLS..
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:47 pm

Princ wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:43 pm
CanaYouDoIt wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:42 pm Younger = more physical ?

Turkish league also ranked 20th in Europe...
Austrian League ranked top 10 and Jack the Ripper scored 19 goals there.

Let’s see how many he scores in MLS..
Bradley Wright-Phillips who was a league 1 player in England went on to be one of the top scorers in MLS history. If Vrioni doesn't hit 20 a year at this age then he is a bum.

For reference the current top gs for this season came from Russia where he scored at about the same rate as Bekim Balaj
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:52 pm

Best comparison is Fountas, a Greek who came from the Austrian league where he had scored 37 in 70 and currently has 11 in 14 MLS games
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:55 pm

Even Vrioni who has barely played had a wide open tap-in in his home debut but missed. The defenses are pretty shitty.

I still think MLS is stronger overall than Austrian league (except Salzburg which is way better than any MLS team)
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