FC Barcelona’s Kosovo Boy

By: Valon Xoxa    November 5, 2014

The football giant FC Barcelona might have thousands of fans in Kosovo, but it also has a young Kosovar in its ranks, Labinot Kabashi. Even though he is only 14, Kabashi has already shown clear signs of outstanding talent. Born in Skenderaj,Kosovo, Labinot is the first Albanian ever to play for FC Barcelona.

Labinot’s family had been part of the great exodus of Albanians during the 1999 war in Kosovo. Once they settled in Catalunya, Labinot quickly started working on his dream of playing for a major league football team. In the 2010-11 season, Kabashi had joined the D Youngsters who were run by Alex Gomez and a season later, he played for the Jordi Font .

Despite playing in the B team, Labinot Kabashi was summoned to play with the A of Marcel Sans prestigious MIC Football 11, playing a crucial role in the semifinals with a goal against Manchester United . Labinot’s career has had a jump start with his score against Borusia Dortumnd at the Arona tournament.

Have a look at a video coverage of Labinot’s skills:

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of Kosovodiaspora.org. He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at KosovoDiaspora.org. With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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