Amir Rrahmani

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Amir Rrahmani
Personal information
Full name Amir Kadri Rrahmani
Date of birth (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Pristina, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 13
Youth career
2010–2011 Drenica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Drenica 40 (1)
2013–2015 Partizani Tirana 66 (3)
2015–2016 Split 41 (1)
2016– Dinamo Zagreb 6 (1)
2016–2017 Lokomotiva (loan) 31 (1)
National team
2013–2016 Albania U21 8 (0)
2014–2016 Albania 2 (1)
2014– Kosovo 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2017

Amir Kadri Rrahmani (born 24 February 1994) is a Kosovo Albanian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb and the Kosovo national team.

Rrahmani was born in Pristina from Kosovo Albanian parents who were originally from Skënderaj., he came up through the ranks at Drenica where he made his first team debut in 2011, and after impressing in the Superleague of Kosovo he moved to Albanian Superliga side Partizani Tirana. During his time at Partizani Tirana he became captain of the Albania U21 side and in 2014 he also made his senior international debut. After 66 games and 3 goals in all competitions for Partizani Tirana, Rrahmani transferred to RNK Split in Croatia.

Club career[edit]

Drenica[edit]

Rrahmani began his football career with the youth team of Drenica, where he was promoted to the senior team during the 2011–12 campaign where he immediately began to impress despite being only 17 years old. He went on trial with Albanian Superliga side Kastrioti Krujë in the summer of 2012, where he impressed the coaching staff at Kastrioti Krujë but a deal to sign the player could not be agreed after negotiations stalled over a compensation package which was reported to be in the region of €3,000.[1][2][3] He returned to KF Drenica where he became an important first team player as he helped his side finish just above the relegation playoff zone in the Superleague of Kosovo. His contract expired at the end of the 2012–13 season and he was allowed to leave Drenica on a free transfer.

Partizani Tirana[edit]

Rrahmani was subject to interest by a host of Albanian Superliga sides, with the reigning champions Skënderbeu Korçë formally offering the 19-year-old a contract to join the club, but he would ultimately decide to join Partizani Tirana instead.[4] He made his debut for his new club on 21 September 2013 in an away game against Besa Kavajë, where he came on as a substitute after half time in the 1–0 win for his side.[5][6]

At the end of 2014–15 season, Rrahmani was named "Talent of the Year" by association "Sporti na bashkon".[7]

Split[edit]

On 5 June 2015, Rrahmani finished his career at Partizani Tirana and moved to Croatian side RNK Split, where he joined the fellow Albanian player Sokol Cikalleshi.[8] He made his competitive debut for the club on 13 July in the opening league match of 2015–16 season against Lokomotiva, where he played full-90 minutes in a 2–1 home win.[9] Following that, Rrahmani become a regular starter in Zoran Vulić and later Goran Sablić lineup, establish himself in the center of defence.

On 30 October, Rrahmani made a solid performance against the league leaders Dinamo Zagreb for a 1–0 home win,[10] which lead him to be named in the Team of the Week.[11] On 22 November, following his good display in the 1–1 away draw against Istra 1961,[12] Rrahmani was named again in the Team of the Week.[13]

Rrahmani commenced 2016 by playing full-90 minutes in the team's first league match of 2016, a 1–1 away draw against Inter Zaprešić,[14] which was followed by another full-90 minutes against Zagreb, which lead him to be named again in the Team of the Week.[15] On 2 March 2016, Rrrahmani netted his first goal for the club during the 1–2 home defeat to Rijeka.[16] This lead him to another Team of the Week selection.[17] He continued with his solid appearances which led to his value up to €1 Million.[18] He was named again in the Team of the Week for the 8th time following a goalless draw against Osijek on 8 April.[19][20]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

Loan at Lokomativa[edit]

International career[edit]

Being of Albanian descent from Kosovo, on 4 June 2013 Rrahmani received the Albanian citizenship among Albania senior side Agon Mehmeti and fellow Albania U21 players Haxhi Neziraj, Valentin Gjokaj & Herolind Shala.[21]

Albania U21[edit]

Principally Rrahmani was called up by Skënder Gega for a friendly match of the Albania U21 side against Macedonia in February 2013.[22] He came as a later upcoming in the Albania U21's last 4 matches for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in last 4 months of the tournament, exactly from August to November 2013.[23]

Albania[edit]

Following his good performances at both Partizani Tirana and the Albania under-21 side, Rrahmani was called up by the Albania senior side coach Gianni De Biasi for the friendly match on 8 June 2014 against San Marino. He made it his debut against San Marino by coming on as a substitute in place of the fellow 20-year-old defender Elseid Hysaj in the 82nd minute of the match, which finished in the 0–3 away victory.[24][25] On 13 November 2015, he scored against Kosovo, a team which he previously played for.[26][27]

Kosovo[edit]

On 19 May 2014, Rrahmani received a call-up from Kosovo for the friendly matches against Turkey and Senegal.[28] On 25 May 2014, he made his debut with Kosovo in match against Senegal after being named in the starting line-up.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 August 2016[29][30]
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani Tirana 2013–14 Albanian Superliga 25 0 3 0 28 0
2014–15 34 3 4 0 38 3
Total 59 3 7 0 66 3
RNK Split 2015–16 Prva HNL 34 1 34 1
2016–17 6 0 6 0
Total 40 1 40 1
Dinamo Zagreb 2016–17 Prva HNL 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0
Career total 99 4 7 0 106 4
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Including other competitions, such as Albanian Supercup

Dinamo Zagreb Purchased the player after a successful year with Split

International[edit]

As of 13 November 2017[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania
2014 1 0
2015 1 1
2016 0 0
Total 2 1
Kosovo
2014 1 0
2016 3 0
2017 7 2
Total 11 2

International goals for Albania[edit]

Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.[31]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 13 November 2015 Pristina City Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo 2  Kosovo 2–2 2–2 Friendly [27]

International goals for Kosovo[edit]

Scores and results list Kosovo's goal tally first.[31]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 11 June 2017 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania 6  Turkey 1–1 1–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [32]
2 13 November 2017 Olympic Stadium Adem Jashari, Mitrovica, Kosovo 11  Latvia 1–1 4–3 Friendly [33]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kastrioti paguan dëmshpërblim për Rrahmanin" (in Albanian). KOHA.net. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kastrioti i Krujës merr Amir Rrahmanin" (in Albanian). aSport.al. 23 January 2013. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Armand Halili (19 June 2013). "Reagon Partizani: Rrahmani i yni, presim të firmosim" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Besa Kavajë vs. Partizani Tirana 0 – 1". Soccerway. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Zyrtare, Amir Rrahmani largohet nga Partizani, i bashkohet Cikalleshit te RNK Spliti" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Split vs. Lokomotiva Zagreb 2 – 1". Soccerway. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Split vs. Dinamo Zagreb 1 – 0". Soccerway. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Istra 1961 vs. Split 1 – 1". Soccerway. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Olsi Karagjozi (26 November 2015). "Rrahmani dhe Grezda në formacionin e javës në Kroaci" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Inter Zaprešić vs. Split 1 – 1". Soccerway. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
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  16. ^ "Rrahmani dhe Balaj shënojnë në derbin shqiptar (Video)" (in Albanian). Telegrafi.com. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Osijek vs. Split 0 – 0". Soccerway. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  21. ^ Ekskluzive: Agon Mehmeti dhe 4 lojtarë të shpresave marrin shtetësi shqiptare aSport.al
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  23. ^ Amir RrahmaniUEFA competition record
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  25. ^ "Eksperiment i Shqipërisë, "shfryn" 3-0 ndaj San Marinos" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Zbulohet lista e Kosovës të ftuar për miqësoret e majit ndaj Turqisë dhe Senegalit". Zeri (in Albanian). 19 May 2014. 
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  33. ^ "Kosovo (4–3) Latvia". eu-football.info. 13 November 2017. 
  34. ^ "Çmimi, Morina "Talenti i Vitit" në Superiore" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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