Major national British Newspapers wrote about £5 million Sunderland footballer, Lorik Cana, who is of Albanian descent.

Lorik Cana who was born in Prishtina in Kosovo spoke about his experiences.

“My father [Agim Cana, also a footballer], took us out of Kosovo to Switzerland, where he went to finish his career. The war was just starting. I was seven. I left with my sister and my parents. The worst thing was that for eight years there was no possibility of going back. When you are political refugees you cannot move. I stayed in Switzerland without the possibility to see the rest of my family and friends.” (timesonline.co.uk)

“When you are political refugees you cannot move. You cannot leave Switzerland or the country where you are. That is the most difficult thing. That is the worst thing. I stayed in Switzerland eight or nine years without the possibility to see the rest of my family and friends. Every six months I had to have my visa renewed.” (telegraph.co.uk)

“I always want to give back to my family, my people, my country. That’s the most important thing for me. That’s my aim, my target, my goal. I always want to be on top as a man and a footballer because it’s important to give a good image of my country. Albania doesn’t have many famous people so it is important that when you can, you must try and give a good image to other people.” (dailymail.co.uk)

“For me it is a duty to play for Albania. It’s important to give a good image of Albania. We have many famous names but, at the moment, no one knows who they are. Most people, for example, don’t know Mother Teresa was an Albanian.” (guardian.co.uk)

Sources:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/sep/19/lorik-cana-sunderland-interview-kosovo
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/sunderland/article6839949.ece
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/sunderland/6206968/Former-refugee-Lorik-Cana-resolves-to-make-up-for-lost-time-at-Sunderland.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1214492/Alas-poor-Lorik–Cana-gone-Kosovo-refugee-Sunderland-hero.html