Player of the Day: Lorik Cana


Albanian midfielder under spotlight.

Albanian international Lorik Cana played for Sunderland during the 2009-10 season as the Black Cats recorded a 13th place finish and maintained the top-flight status for a third consecutive season.

He began his career at Paris Saint Germain where he progressed through the youth ranks to make 75 appearances in three-year stay in the French capital.

Guy Lacombe took the reins at PSG in 2005 and Cana found first-team opportunities limited thus prompting him to join Marseille.

Cana spent four years with Marseille, making 147 appearances and scoring nine goals before joining Sunderland ahead of the 2009-10 season.

The Albanian was a regular on Wearside in his sole campaign, starring in home wins against Arsenal and Liverpool as Steve Bruce’s side lost only three home games all season.

Cana left Sunderland for Galatasaray at the end of the season and made 31 appearances for the Turkish giants in his sole season with the club before joining Serie A side Lazio.

Now in his second season with Lazio, Cana has played 52 games, scoring twice as Lazio qualified for the Europa League for the second consecutive campaign.

Cana has been capped 67 times by Albania, making him the joint-eighth most capped player in the country’s history.