Apologies for another late player profile, but today features the career of Sunderland midfielder Lorik Cana.
Lorik Cana is a defensive midfielder currently playing his football at Premiership side, Sunderland.
The Albanian International had initially started his senior career at Paris Saint-Germain but was once on the shortlist at Arsenal having been offered a trial when he was a teenager.
Cana made 69 appearances for the French side before transferring to rivals, Marseille.
During his time, Cana kept his spot in the first 11 and was soon made captain of the club when former-captain Habib Beye had left the club.
Cana was captain of his previous club Marseille.
The 26 year old was soon snapped up for a £5 million fee by Sunderland manager Steve Bruce after beating off competition from the likes of Arsenal and several different Premiership sides.
The Albanian midfielder was soon handed the Captain’s armband at the Stadium of Light and has been seen as a strong leader throughout the 2009/2010 campaign.
He is often praised for his tenacious tackling and his no-nonsense style of play. His ability to lead the team helps justify Steve Bruce’s decision to give him the captain’s armband.
The 26 year old is currently captain of Sunderland.
As well as a successful career at club level, Cana has enjoyed a scintillating career with Albania. Cana was available to play for Switzerland, France and Albania, but chose the latter and has been involved with the International side since 2003.
The Sunderland midfielder made his debut aged 19 and since then has gone onto make 40 appearances for Albania, contributing one goal along the way.
His performances for both Albania and his three different clubs have helped him on his way to being named Albanian Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and most recently, 2009.
Cana has featured 40 times for Albania.
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