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Ardian Kozniku

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Full nameArdijan Kozniku
Date of birth27 October 1967(age 49)
Place of birthĐakovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11.6 in)
Playing positionForward

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Ardian Kozniku (Serbo-Croat: Ardijan Kozniku) (born 27 October 1967 in Đakovica, Autonomous Province of Kosovo, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a former Croatian footballer who played as a striker. He was born in Kosovo and is of Albanian descent.

He started his career at KF Vllaznimi from Đakovica and was later picked up by KF Prishtina. He later moved to Croatian side Hajduk Split in 1990 and played there until 1994. He then went on to play for French clubs AS Cannes, Le Havre AC and SC Bastia, as well as Cypriot side APOEL, before making his comeback to Croatia in the summer of 1998, signing with Dinamo Zagreb. After two seasons and a half with Dinamo Zagreb, he made a move to Austrian side FC Kärnten in the winter break of the 2000-2001 season and left the club after only six months for Croatian side NK Hrvatski dragovoljac, where he finished his career in 2002.

With Hajduk Split, he was the top goalscorer of the opening season of the Croatian First League in 1992, scoring 12 goals. He scored a total of 45 goals in the league.

He was an occasional member of the Croatian national team in the 1990s, winning 7 international caps and scoring 2 goals. He made his international debut in a friendly match against Slovakia in April 1994 and also made three appearances in Croatia's qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 1996, scoring one goal. He was a member of Croatia's bronze medal-winning squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but was left an unused substitute in all of the team's seven matches at the tournament. His last match for Croatia was a friendly against Australia in early June 1998, during the team's preparations for the upcoming World Cup, where he also netted one goal in his team's 7-0 victory.

From 2007 to 2010 he has served as the president of the Croatian Diving Federation.

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