Altin Rraklli

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Altin Rraklli
Personal information
Full name Altin Rraklli
Date of birth (1970-07-17) 17 July 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Kavajë, Albania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1987–1990 Besa Kavajë
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Besa Kavajë 68 (43)
1992–1996 SC Freiburg 86 (22)
1996–1997 Hertha BSC 28 (5)
1997–2002 SpVgg Unterhaching 147 (29)
2002–2003 Diyarbakirspor 12 (2)
2003–2004 Jahn Regensburg 21 (2)
2004–2005 KF Tirana 35 (19)
2005–2006 Besa Kavajë 14 (4)
2009 Bayern Hof 2 (0)
Total 413 (126)
National team
1992–2005 Albania 63 (11)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Tirana AS
2011–2016 Albania (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Altin Rraklli (born 17 July 1970) is an Albanian retired footballer who played as a forward, and a current coach.

Most of his professional career was spent in Germany, where he played for five clubs in both major levels of football, mainly Freiburg and Unterhaching for a total of 282 games.[1] He was the first ever player from the nation to compete in the Bundesliga.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Kavajë, Rraklli began his career with Besa Kavajë, moving to the professionals three years later. In 1992, he signed with Germany's SC Freiburg, being instrumental in the Black Forest club's first ever top flight promotion by scoring 16 second division goals (squad best, tenth in the league, as Freiburg scored 102); in the next three Bundesliga seasons, he would only manage to be relatively used.

In the following eight years, Rraklli continued to work in Germany, mainly in the second level: Hertha BSC, SpVgg Unterhachingachieving another promotion and living his best professional years – and SSV Jahn Regensburg, also having one-season spells in Turkey and his homeland and retiring professionally in 2006 with German top flight totals of 111 matches and 16 goals. He also represented the Albanian national team 63 times, scoring 11 goals, which made him the second-highest goalscorer in the country's history.[2][3]

Rraklli retired for good in 2009 at 39 years of age, after a brief spell with German amateurs SpVgg Bayern Hof.

Coaching career[edit]

Rraklli started working as a manager immediately after retiring, creating Tirana AS and going on to win the inaugural Albanian women's championship.[4] In 2011, he was appointed at the helm of the women's national team since 2011.[5]

In April 2016, Rraklli left his position due to family reasons.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (16 July 2015). "Altin Rraklli – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (6 April 2011). "Altin Rraklli – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Hoxha, Florent; Mamrud, Roberto (29 February 2012). "Goalscoring for Albania National Team". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Der Trainer ist ein saucooler Typ" [The coach is a cool guy] (in German). Spox. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rraklli: Every game is an experience". FIFA.com. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "EKSKLUZIVE/ Rraklli largohet nga stoli i Kombëtares së femrave, ja kush e zëvendëson" [EXCLUSIVE/ Rraklli leaves women's national team, who replaces him] (in Albanian). Panorama. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 

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