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Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj
Januzaj with Belgium in 2014
Personal information
Full name Adnan Januzaj[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-05) 5 February 1995
Place of birth Brussels, Belgium
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
(on loan from Manchester United)
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2005 FC Brussels
2005–2011 Anderlecht
2011–2013 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Manchester United 46 (5)
2015– Borussia Dortmund (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2014– Belgium 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Adnan Januzaj (Albanian pronunciation: ; born 5 February 1995) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for German club Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Manchester United, and the Belgium national team. Born in Brussels, he began his career with Anderlecht before joining Manchester United in 2011 at the age of 16. Januzaj made his full international debut in 2014 and later that year played for Belgium at the World Cup.


  • Early life 1
  • Club career 2
    • Manchester United 2.1
      • 2013–14 season 2.1.1
      • 2014–15 2.1.2
      • Loan to Borussia Dortmund 2.1.3
  • International career 3
    • Belgium 3.1
  • Career statistics 4
    • Club 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • Honours 5
    • Club 5.1
    • Individual 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Januzaj was born in Brussels, Belgium, where his Kosovar-Albanian family had migrated in 1992 so his father, Abedin, could avoid being recruited by the Yugoslav People's Army.[3] Januzaj's father was the eldest of six children from Istok, Kosovo.[3] Januzaj's uncles, Januz and Shemsedin, were members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought for Kosovar independence during the Kosovo War. Januzaj's mother's family had been deported to Turkey by Yugoslav authorities under a plan to suppress Albanian nationalism.[3] Since Kosovo declared independence in 2008, Januzaj has regularly visited his extended family in Kosovo during the summer.[3]

Club career

Manchester United

Januzaj playing for Manchester United in 2013

Januzaj began his football career with FC Brussels but joined Anderlecht as a 10-year-old in 2005.[4] He left Anderlecht for Manchester United at the age of 16 in March 2011 after impressing in a skills session in Brussels.[5]

Towards the end of the 2012–13 season, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson promoted Januzaj to the first-team and he was registered with the number 44 jersey; he did not feature in the remainder of the season, but he was an unused substitute in the final game of the season away to West Bromwich Albion.[6] For his performances during the season, Januzaj won the 2013 Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year award.[7] He was included in the first-team squad for the 2013–14 pre-season tour of Asia and scored in the final game of the tour against Hong Kong side Kitchee. He also started in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial; United lost 3–1 to Sevilla, but Januzaj provided the assist for United's only goal.[8]

"It's a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United. Since arriving here, I have always felt like this was the right club for me. This season has been great for me – going on the pre-season tour, making my debut in the Community Shield win at Wembley and then breaking into the team at Sunderland – it's like a dream. I want to work hard now and establish myself as a Manchester United player."

– Januzaj on signing a new five-year contract with Manchester United in October 2013.[9]

2013–14 season

Januzaj made his competitive debut for Manchester United against Wigan Athletic on 11 August 2013 in the Community Shield, coming on for Robin van Persie with six minutes left to play.[10] He made his Premier League debut a month later, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Ashley Young in a 2–0 home win over Crystal Palace on 14 September.[11] On 5 October 2013, in what was his first start for the club, Januzaj scored twice as United came from behind to claim a 2–1 victory away to Sunderland.[12] In an effort to stave off interest from other clubs, who could have signed Januzaj for "minimal compensation" on the expiry of his existing contract in June 2014, Manchester United signed Januzaj to a new five-year contract on 19 October 2013.[13] On 3 December 2013, he was nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year; at the time of his nomination, he had played in ten games for Manchester United.[14]

Januzaj was left out of Manchester United's initial squad for the UEFA Champions League when it was registered in September 2013,[15] which came as a surprise to some members of the media after his impressive start to the season.[16] Manager David Moyes later explained this was a tactical decision to allow the club to register an additional player for the competition; as Januzaj had not been with the club long enough to be eligible for the 'List B' squad, which for 2013–14 included any player born after 1 January 1992 who had been eligible to play for the club for at least two years, he would have had to be registered as one of only 25 'List A' players, taking up a space that could have been used by another player.[16] By waiting until 7 October 2013 to register Januzaj, he became eligible as a List B player, but this meant that he could not be selected for the club's first two matches in the competition, at home to Bayer Leverkusen and away to Shakhtar Donetsk.[15] Despite being available from the third game of the tournament, at home to Real Sociedad, Januzaj was left out of both games against the Spanish club and the return match against Bayer Leverkusen. He made his Champions League debut at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on 10 December 2013.[17]

Towards the end of the first half of the 2013–14 season, Januzaj gathered somewhat of a reputation for diving, beginning with a yellow card for a "clear dive" on his full debut against Sunderland in October 2013.[18][19] He received another booking for simulation against West Ham United in December 2013, going to ground despite West Ham defender James Collins not offering a challenge.[18] His third yellow card – which made him the joint second-most-booked player in the Premier League since sanctions for diving were introduced in 2008 – came against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 2014 and was the most contentious of the three; although Januzaj went to ground "easily" under a challenge from Tottenham defender Danny Rose,[18] others are of the opinion that Rose "made no attempt to win the ball" and that Januzaj should not have been booked.[20] David Moyes has admitted speaking to Januzaj about simulation, but he has repeatedly requested that match officials protect the winger from overzealous tackling by opposition defenders.[21][22][23][24][25]


Januzaj during 2015–16 pre-season

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Januzaj was allocated the number 11 shirt, previously worn by the recently retired Ryan Giggs.[26] He made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in United's opening Premier League match; a 2–1 loss at home to Swansea City.[27] His first start of the season came in a 2–2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on 20 October 2014, in which he struggled against physical defenders Sébastien Pocognoli and Joleon Lescott.[28]

After not scoring in any competitions the previous season, and not making the bench for the first game of the new campaign, Januzaj scored his first goal for over a year on 14 August 2015, a close range 29th-minute strike which gave United victory at Aston Villa.[29]

Loan to Borussia Dortmund

On 31 August 2015, Januzaj was loaned to German club Borussia Dortmund on a season-long deal.[30]

International career

Januzaj was eligible to represent Belgium (through being born there and having a Belgian passport), Albania (through his ethnic Albanian heritage) and Turkey (through his mother's family's deportation to Turkey). He is also eligible to represent Kosovo in international football; although Kosovo does not have a FIFA-affiliated senior team, it does have a FIFA-sanctioned youth team that plays in non-FIFA and non-confederation tournaments and exhibition games against full FIFA members. In October 2013, England manager Roy Hodgson stated that The Football Association were monitoring the player with a view to calling him up after he had attained residency status in the United Kingdom.[31] However, despite widespread press coverage, Januzaj would not meet the requirements to play for England under the unique rules set out in the Home Nations agreement.[32] The Home Nations agreement requires that players engage in a minimum of five years of education before the age of 18 within the territory of the relevant association and do not offer national team eligibility through residency.[32][33]


In June 2013, the former coach of the Belgian Under-18 and Under-19 teams, Marc Van Geersom, declared that Januzaj had refused a call-up to the Belgian team a number of times, since he would prefer to play for Albania.[34][35]

On 7 October 2013, national team coach Marc Wilmots attempted to select Januzaj for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Croatia and Wales, but Januzaj refused the call-up, saying he still needs to make a choice. In response, Wilmots stated: "I wanted to send him a clear signal. Just as Zakaria Bakkali, Adnan is a very promising youngster and I would like to integrate him into the group. I do not want to force his hand. I respect his choice and consider discussing with Adnan and his family".[36] On 16 October, discussing rumours that suggested Januzaj would choose to represent Belgium if he is included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, Wilmots declared: "The boy was born in Belgium, should he say that he wants to play for Belgium – from there, there is no haggling. I'm not going to play that game. If you're at the top level in Manchester or elsewhere, show me your skills and if I need you I will call. I make no promises, to Januzaj or any person".[37] The following day, Januzaj's father told Kosovar TV station KTV that he did not like the Belgian federation's approach: "I am not blackmailing them as I'm not asking for any national team to get my son. It is them who want Adnan. [...] you have to be professional in this issue. Belgium should follow the rules as well. I run his career in sportive sense, and I have Belgium managers running the legal issues."[38]

On 23 April 2014, Wilmots announced that Januzaj had committed himself to the Belgian national team.[39] This message was confirmed the day itself by Januzaj's manager Dirk De Vriese.[40] On 13 May 2014, Januzaj was included in Belgium's preliminary 24-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[41] He played a first game with the national team two weeks later in a match against Luxembourg,[42] but he did not earn his first cap; the match was considered unofficial by FIFA on 4 June because Belgian coach Wilmots made 7 substitutions while only 6 are allowed in international friendlies.[43] His official debut came in the next warm-up game, a 1–0 win over Tunisia on 7 June, replacing Eden Hazard after 73 minutes.[44]

Career statistics


As of match played 4 October 2015.[45]
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2013–14 Premier League 27 4 1 0 4 0 2[1] 0 1[2] 0 35 4
2014–15 18 0 2 0 1 0 21 0
2015–16 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 1
Borussia Dortmund 2015–16 Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Career total 51 5 2 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 66 5
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield


As of match played 16 November 2014.[46]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Belgium 2014 5 0
Total 5 0



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External links

  • Adnan Januzaj career statistics at Soccerbase
  • Profile at
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