Rudi Vata

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Rudi Vata
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-02-13) 13 February 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Shkodër, Albania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1980-1988 KS Vllaznia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988-1990 KS Vllaznia 40 (5)
1990-1991 KS Dinamo 20 (2)
1991-1992 Le Mans 18 (0)
1992-1993 KS Dinamo 22 (3)
1993-1996 Celtic 45 (4)
1996-1998 Apollon Limassol 50 (9)
1998-2001 Energie Cottbus 81 (2)
2001-2002 Rot-Weiß Ahlen 10 (0)
2002-2003 SK Tirana 30 (2)
2003 Yokohama FC 24 (3)
2003-2004 St. Johnstone F.C. 15 (0)
2004-2005 KF Partizani 20 (1)
National team
1990-2001 Albania 59 (5)
Teams managed
2011-2012 KS Vllaznia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rudi Vata (born 13 February 1969 in Shkodër) is a former Albanian footballer who played as a defender. He is the manager of Albanian team KS Vllaznia Shkoder.

Vata's career in Western football began in France in 1991, when the KS Dinamo Tirana player claimed political asylum following an international match.[1][2] He played for Le Mans Union Club 72 and Tours FC, before playing for Celtic between January 1993 and 1995-96. He became the first Albanian to win an honour in a major European country when he won the 1995 Scottish FA Cup with Celtic.

Vata went on to play for Apollon Limassol (1996–1998), Energie Cottbus (1998–2001), Rot-Weiß Ahlen (January–June 2002) and SK Tirana (2002–2003). This was followed by a spell in Japan, from where he signed for St. Johnstone F.C. in 2004. He retired from football in 2005 after a brief stint with KF Partizani Tirana.[3] He was capped 58 times and scored 5 goals for the Albanian national team.

Since retiring from the professional game, Vata has become a sports agent, specialising in Eastern European football, and facilitating the transfer of players such as Garry O'Connor and Aiden McGeady.[4]

Early life[edit]

Vata was born in the northern city of Shkodër and joined local side Vllaznia Shkodër at a young age, making his first team debut in 1988. Whilst travelling with the Albania U-21 team in France he sought political asylum in 1991.[5]

Club career statistics[edit]

[6]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Albania League
1988/89 Vllaznia Shkodër Superliga
1989/90
1990/91 Dinamo Tirana Superliga 6 0
France League
1991/92 Le Mans Division 2
1991/92 Tours Division 2
Albania League
1992/93 Dinamo Tirana Superliga
Scotland League
1992/93 Celtic Premier Division 22 2
1993/94 10 1
1994/95 7 1
1995/96 6 0
Cyprus League
1996/97 Apollon Limassol First Division 25 4
1997/98 24 5
Germany League
1998/99 Energie Cottbus 2. Bundesliga 25 0
1999/00 25 1
2000/01 Bundesliga 30 1
2001/02 1 0
2001/02 LR Ahlen 2. Bundesliga 8 0
Albania League
2002/03 Tirana Superliga 13 4
Japan League
2003 Yokohama J. League 2 24 3
Scotland League
2003/04 St. Johnstone First Division 15 0
Country Albania 19 4
France
Scotland 60 4
Cyprus 49 9
Germany 89 2
Japan 24 3
Total 241 22

National team statistics[edit]

Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 1 0
1991 1 0
1992 5 0
1993 6 0
1994 3 0
1995 5 1
1996 4 0
1997 7 1
1998 8 0
1999 8 1
2000 7 2
2001 4 0
Total 59 5

Personal life[edit]

Vata is married to Anne Frances from Wishaw, Lanarkshire in Scotland, whom he met during his time playing at Celtic. They have two sons together, both of whom were born in Scotland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon, Phil (25 March 2001). "The Albanian who came in from the cold". The Independent. 
  2. ^ TheCelticWiki profile
  3. ^ Littbarski turns interest to Hibs
  4. ^ BBC Sport - Celtic's Aiden McGeady likely to snup Spartak - Vata
  5. ^ Phil Gordan (2009-03-28). "Earrings and beards welcome as Rudi Vata helps Stark’s boys". Times Online. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  6. ^ Rudi Vata at National-Football-Teams.com

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