Fatos Bećiraj

Fatos Bećiraj

Bećiraj with Dynamo Moscow in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988
Place of birth Peć, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Moscow
Number 21
Youth career
2005–2007 Shqiponja
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Besa
2008–2010 Budućnost Podgorica 81 (39)
2010–2014 Dinamo Zagreb 90 (30)
2014 Changchun Yatai 28 (7)
2015 Dinamo Minsk 23 (9)
2016– Dynamo Moscow 30 (6)
National team
2009–2010 Montenegro U21 5 (0)
2009– Montenegro 44 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Fatos Bećiraj (Albanian: Fatos Besim Beqiraj; born 5 May 1988) is an Montenegrin footballer who plays for Dynamo Moscow and the Montenegro national team.

Club career

Budućnost Podgorica

He began his career in Peja with the local club KF Shqiponja at 17 years of age before joining their city rivals KF Besa in July 2007. After spending the first half of the 2007–08 season with Besa his good performances in the Kosovar Superliga attracted attention from several clubs in the region, and in January 2008 he moved to the Montenegrin side FK Budućnost Podgorica.

He immediately established himself as a first team regular at Budućnost, scoring 9 goals in 15 appearances in the second half of the 2007–08 season,[1] helping the club win the Montenegrin championship title and finish runners-up in the 2007–08 Montenegrin Cup. In the following two seasons Bećiraj scored 28 league goals in 62 matches for the club,[1] becoming league top scorer in the 2008–09 season with 18 goals scored.

Dinamo Zagreb

It was announced on 30 August 2010 that Beqiraj signed for Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb.[2] Beqiraj played very well in his debut season with Dinamo and became regularly called up to the Montenegro national team. He played in 22 league matches and scored 8 goals, most notably a beautiful goal against NK Rijeka and a fine header against Hajduk Split.

Beqiraj struggled to find his goalscoring form at the beginning of the 2011–12 season, finally scoring after eight matches without a goal, netting the fifth goal in a 5–0 win against NK Karlovac. He then scored the last goal in a 4–1 win against Malmö FF in the Champions League Play-off. Beqiraj then continued his goalscoring form in domestic competition, scoring against NK Varaždin, NK Istra, NK Zadar, NK Šibenik and RNK Split.

On 22 November 2011, Bećiraj scored Dinamo's first goal in the 2011-12 Champions League, netting a header in Dinamo's 6-2 away loss to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.[3]

Bećiraj was the first choice striker throughout the 2011-12 season and became top scorer of the Prva HNL with 15 goals in 28 appearances, becoming the first foreign player to accomplish that feat.

Changchun Yatai

In February 2014, Bećiraj transferred to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.[4]

Dinamo Minsk

In January 2015, Bećiraj transferred to Belarusian Premier League side Dinamo Minsk.

On 6 August 2015, Bećiraj scored a 118th-minute winner in a 1–1 extra-time (2–1 aggregate) win over Swiss side Zürich in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round.[5]

Dynamo Moscow

On 18 February 2016, he signed a 3.5-year contract with the Russian side FC Dynamo Moscow.[6] He scored his first goal for Dynamo Moscow on 19 March 2016, giving his club a 1-0 win over FC Ufa.[7]

International career

Bećiraj was first called up for the Montenegro U21 by coach Dušan Vlaisavljević in 2009, winning his first cap in a 2011 European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan U21 on 7 June 2009.[8] He went on to earn five caps for the U21 team before receiving his first call-up for the senior team in March 2009, for a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Italy.[9] He had his international debut in the match, coming on as a substitute for Radomir Đalović in the 70th minute.[10] He scored his first goal for Montenegro on 17 November 2010 in a friendly match against Azerbaijan.[11]

Bećiraj said in an interview that should the Kosovo national football team be allowed to play international events, he would consider leaving the Montenegro team to play for Kosovo.[12]

International goals

As of match played 11 October 2016. Montenegro score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bećiraj goal.[13]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2010Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro10 Azerbaijan2–02–0Friendly
2 11 September 2012Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino18 San Marino6–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 3–0
4 5 September 2015Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro33 Liechtenstein1–02–0UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
5 9 October 201535 Austria2–12–3
6 8 October 201642 Kazakhstan4–05–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 11 October 2016Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark43 Denmark1–01–0

Career statistics


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As of 2 October 2016[1][14]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Budućnost Podgorica 2007–08 159159
2008–09 3218223420
2009–10 3010203210
2010–11 424284
Total 8139848943
Dinamo Zagreb 2010–11 22866603414
2011–12 2815511224518
2012–13 27411102387
2013–14 1333242207
Total 9030151032613746
Changchun Yatai 2014 287287
Dinamo Minsk 2015 239761244219
Dynamo Moscow 2015–16 12210172
2016–17 13320153
Total 25530285
Career total 2479025165214324120


As of 11 October 2016[1]
National TeamYearAppsGoals


Budućnost Podgorica
Dinamo Zagreb


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  2. "Modre redove pojačao i Bećiraj!" (in Croatian). NK Dinamo Zagreb. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  3. http://www.vecernji.hr/sport/nogomet/beqiraj-tomecak-zabili-realu-dinamo-ublazio-poraz-madridu-clanak-34908
  4. 亚泰已敲定签约贝奇拉耶 黑山国脚将成进攻核心 at sports.sohu.com 2014-03-01 Retrieved 2014-03-02
  5. "Match Report". UEFA. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. Бечирай и Хольмен - в «Динамо» (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 18 February 2016.
  7. "Ufa-Dynamo game report" (in Russian). Russian Football Premier League. 19 March 2016.
  8. "About Fatos Bećiraj" (in Montenegrin). Football Association of Montenegro. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  9. "Filipović pozvao Bašu i Bećiraja" (in Montenegrin). Football Association of Montenegro. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  10. "Montenegro – Italy Match Report". FIFA. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  11. "Pobjeda za kraj uspješne godine" (in Serbian). fscg.co.me. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  12. Pandovski, Fatjon (11 January 2010). "Fatos Beqiraj : Benfika do te realizonte endrren time" (in Albanian). Albaniasoccer. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  13. "Fatos Bećiraj". European Football. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  14. "Fatos Bećiraj". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
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