President Awards Title 'Grand Master' to Former Prominent Footballers
Albanian Daily News
Published July 26, 2019
President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta awarded this Friday title 'Grand Master' to Former prominent Albanian footballers, Shyqyri and Haxhi Ballgjini.
During a solemn ceremony held at "Aleksander Moisiu" Cultural Palace in the City of Durres, President of the Republic honored the aforementioned former footballers with the high title under the motivation: "For their precious contributions and achievements in the national and international arena, showing high values of model sportsmen and transforming into examples of inspiration for younger generations".
Meanwhile, President of Albania thanked Ballgjinis' parents for giving two distinguished players to Durres and Albania, at the same time acknowledged that Shyqyri Ballgjini is one of the main personalities of an extraordinary, unattainable "Dinamo" of those years.
Furthermore, Head of State did not forget to mention the Albania-Romania match, ending with the result 7-1, when Albania's 'Shpresa' became Balkan's Champion for the first time.
In addition, President of the Republic underlined that both Ballgjini brothers are models, also as citizens, in addition to the extraordinary model they have shown in the green field, rare values in the spirit of the teams, to respect for the public, who also inspire immensely young generations today, pointing out that despite the difficult conditions, they have every opportunity to realize their dreams with passion, professionalism and dedication.
In conclusion, President Meta thanked Ballgjini brothers for their contribution to Albanian football and said that Ballgjini brothers are pride not only for Durres, but for all Albania, a model for the city, country and for Albanian society, that we need such inspirational models.
"The first thanks to the parents of the Ballgjinis, because they gave two distinguished Ballgjinis for Durres and Albania. Shyqyri Ballgjini is one of the main personalities of an extraordinary, unattainable "Dinamo" of those years, of the attack that our team has rarely had and will be rare for our National Tean to have in the future, of that spectacular attack, as Ballgjini-Pernaska and the deceased Vasillaq Zeri were. All sports fans remember the match when they played both, Albania-Romania 7-1, when Albania's 'Shpresa' became Balkan's Champions for the first time. And even more so when from those 'Shpresa' for the first time, we had an extraordinary National Team, which would excel in the following years. Both Ballgjini brothers are models, also as citizens, in addition to the extraordinary model they have shown in the green field, rare values in the spirit of the teams, to respect for the public. They also inspire immensely young generations today, pointing out that despite the difficult conditions, they have every opportunity to realize their dreams with passion, professionalism and dedication. I thank Haxhi and Shyqyri Ballgjini for everything they gave our national football first and foremost, the biggest teams of Albania, but also 'Lokomotiva' or 'Teuta' today and the city of Durres. Ballgjini brothers are pride not only for Durres, but for all Albania, a model for the city, country and for Albanian society. We need such inspirational models", stated President of the Republic.








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