Renato Arapi

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Renato Arapi
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Personal information
Full name Renato Arapi
Date of birth (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Sukth, Durrës, Albania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Skënderbeu Korçë
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2003 Dinamo Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Dinamo Tirana 1 (0)
2003–2004 KF Erzeni (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2010 Besa Kavajë 92 (3)
2008–2009 Silkeborg IF (loan) 23 (0)
2010–2011 Shkumbini Peqin 16 (0)
2011– Skënderbeu Korçë 116 (4)
National team
2004–2005 Albania U18 13 (0)
2005–2006 Albania U19 11 (1)
2006–2008 Albania U21 19 (0)
2011– Albania 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Renato Arapi (born 28 August 1986 in Sukth, Durrës) is an Albanian professional footballer who currently plays for Skënderbeu Korçë in the Albanian Superliga.


Early career[edit]

Arapi first joined local club Teuta Durrës in 1993 as a young child, where he would remain for 9 years, playing for the different youth teams within the club before leaving in 2002 to join Dinamo Tirana. Following his move he was placed into the U19 side with Dinamo Tirana, where his impressive displays earned him a call up to the senior side towards the end of the 2002–03 season, where he made his professional debut against his first club Teuta Durrës on 3 May 2003 in a 2-0 loss for Arapi's side.[1] He was loaned out to Albanian First Division side Erzeni Shijak for the 2003–04 season, where he failed to break through into the first team and only made 2 appearances for the club during his loan spell before returning to Dinamo Tirana. In the summer transfer window in 2005 Arapi left Dinamo Tirana after failing to establish himself in the first team at the club, and he joined newly promoted Albanian Superliga side Besa Kavajë.

Besa Kavajë[edit]

Arapi joined Besa Kavajë and quickly established himself as a first team regular, playing in 19 league games and scoring one goal in his first season with the club, helping them to a respectable mid table 5th finish.[2] The following season Besa Kavajë continued their good performances in the league, finishing once again in mid table, 6th out of 12 teams. Arapi was also a key figure in the club's Albanian Cup campaign which saw him win his first major trophy after beating Teuta Durrës 3-2 in the final. The following season he played the first half of the season with Besa Kavajë before going on a trial with Danish side Silkeborg IF and eventually joining the club on loan in January 2008 after impressing the management.


He joined newly relegated Danish 1st Division side Silkeborg IF as a 21-year-old on a one-year loan deal from Besa Kavajë in January 2008 after initially impressing the club on trial. [3][4][5] He joined the club mid season and featured in 10 league games, helping his side to a 3rd-place finish at the end of the 2007–08 season, missing out on the second promotion place to SønderjyskE. The following season he struggled for playing time, and only featured in 13 league games, but his side had a successful season in which they finished as runners-up in the league and earned promotion to the Danish Superliga. His loan deal expired at the end of the 2008–09 season and Silkeborg did not take up the option to sign Arapi permanently, thus meaning that he returned to his parent club Besa Kavajë.

Return to Albania[edit]

After a spell away from Albanian football, Arapi returned to his homeland in the summer of 2009 and quickly became an important first team player once again at Besa Kavajë, who had one of their best seasons in their history, after they finished as runners-up in the Albanian Superliga and they won the Albanian Cup. Arapi played in 31 league games and was a key driving force in Besa Kavajë's cup success, and he scored in the cup final against Vllaznia Shkodër in the 85th minute to take it to extra time, which is when Besa won the cup 2-1 over 120 minutes.[6]


Besa Kavajë
Skënderbeu Korçë


  1. ^ Teuta 2-0 Dinamo
  2. ^ Albania 2005-06
  3. ^ De nye i Silkeborg imponerer
  4. ^ Silkeborg henter albaner
  5. ^ Albaner på kontrakt i Silkeborg
  6. ^ Albania 2009-10

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