Albanian Lazio goalkeeper makes it to Serie A team of the week

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 29, 2016 08:02

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  • Although being the second choice as a goalkeeper, he has proved almost unbeaten in penalty kicks, saving four out of seven since he joined Lazio and has been nicknamed “the hypnotist.”

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By Ervin Lisaku

BerishaTIRANA, Jan. 28 - Albanian international Etrit Berisha has been voted the best goalkeeper of the week and included in the Top 11 of Italy's Serie A team of the week formation after he helped Lazio secure a 4-1 victory against ChievoVerona by saving a penalty kick.

The 26-year Kosovo-born Albanian international was decisive in Lazio's success after saving a penalty kick that would narrow his team advantage when Lazio was leading 3-1.

In a poll held this week on the Italian championship's official Facebook page, the Serie A Tim, fans voted him as the best goalkeeper of the 21st week in the top Italian league.

Berisha, who is Lazio's reserve goalkeeper, was in the starting lineup on Sunday's fixture against direct rivals ChievoVerona, keeping alive Lazio's hopes for qualification in European competitions. Lazio currently rank 9th with 31 points, four points behind their archrivals, fifth-placed Roma.

Etrit Berisha joined Lazio in 2013 after playing for three years with Sweden's Kalmar where he grew up as professional goalkeeper. Although being the second choice as a goalkeeper, he has proved almost unbeaten in penalty kicks, saving four out of seven since he joined Lazio and has been nicknamed “the hypnotist.”

Berisha, who received his first international call up by Albania's coach Gianni De Biasi, also had a key contribution in Albania's historic qualification for Euro 2016 in France in a tough qualifying group stage which also featured Portugal, Denmark and Serbia.

Etrit Berisha is the only Albanian player with Lazio this season after the departure of Albanian captain Lorik Cana to France's Nantes and goalkeeper Thomas  Strakosha’s transfer on loan to newly promoted Italian Serie B side Salernitana.

Lazio's sporting director Igli Tare is a former Albanian international striker who also played for the Italian club in 2006-2008.

Elseid Hysaj has been the Albanian international with the best performance this season. The 21-year-old-defender has been a regular starter for Napoli which lead Italy’s Serie A.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 29, 2016 08:02