CHELSEA’S ARMANDO BROJA GETS TWO GOALS AND TWO ASSISTS FOR ALBANIA

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Armando Broja, born 10 September 2001, in Slough, England is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Southampton, on loan from Chelsea, and the Albania national team.

Before joining Chelsea’s academy he played for Tottenham Hotspur and Burnham Juniors. 

He made his professional debut in a 4-0 home win against Everton after coming on as a subtitute for Olivier Giroud, on 8th March 2020.

Armando Broja is the man of the moment! Southampton, Chelsea and Albania fans have found their favourite man upfront. He’s been that good that he featured in Uefa’s Team of the Week for Round 6, alongside Haaland, and Depay. Chelsea youngster managed to score two and assist two in Albania’s epic wins against Hungary and San Marino.

World Cup Qualifiers - Round 6 - Team of the week

 

Broja only came on in the 78th minute and scored a sensational solo winner in the 87th to break the deadlock in Albania’s match against Hungary. This was also his first goal for Albania, which boosted his country to qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals. This victory helped Albania climb over Poland and Hungary to gain the second position in the group. 

The wonderkid was involved in three goals in the big win of Albania against San Marino.

He scored in the 61st minute and assisted in two occasions for Laci and Uzuni, respective in minutes 58 and 80. Broja only came on at the beginning of the second half, and manager Eduardo Reja was looking for more pace and strength against an opponent parking the bus at the back. He could have easily scored more when on another occasion he hit the post. 

The 20 years old striker used the last two matches in his favour, to convince the experienced manager Reja about his abilities and skills. Reja has previously been sceptical about Broja and even said publicly that while Broja is a great talent, he needs more time to grow and integrate into the first team. Rumour has it, the majority of the fans want to see their super-sub start from the first minute.

GOAL of Armando Broja against San Marino

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First Assist of Armando Broja against San Marino

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Second Assist of Armando Broja against San Marino

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When asked why he joined Albania over England

“It is a big decision, of course, when you choose your country to play for,” Broja told Goal. “I went for it because I have got Albanian blood in me, I am Albanian, my parents are Albanian so it was an easy decision.

“I thought I would love to make the people there proud and make my parents proud. I wanted to lift Albania up as a country to get us to the World Cup or Euros. That’s the biggest thing for them.

“If we got to the World Cup, it would be crazy and we would make history. We have never got there before so it would be something crazy as a country, you know.

“My parents are Albanian, I am Albanian and I have a lot of family in Albania. I visited there every year so it is really a big part of my life.”

Since he joined Albania

Broja has been capped at youth national teams of Albania, respectively U-19s and U21s, where he has scored eight goals in eight matches. Those goals helped him to gain confidence and eventually become Chelsea’s No.1 academy striker. During the 2020-2021 season, Broja was on loan at Vitesse, scoring eleven and assisting three in thirty games. His goals helped his team reach European cups and missed out on winning the KNVB Cup final against Ajax. He did assist in the final lost 2-1 against the team from Amsterdam.

During the season 2020-2021, he has been loaned to Southampton and already scored two goals for the team. Southampton is recognised for developing young talents like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Ox Chamberlain – so we can only hope that Broja follows their path in his loan with the Saints.

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