Endrit Vrapi

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Endri Vrapi
Personal information
Full name Endri Vrapi
Date of birth (1981-03-23) 23 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Tiranë, Albania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vllaznia Shkodër
Number TBA
Youth career
Shkëndija Tiranë
1998–2002 Partizani Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Partizani Tirana 0 (0)
2003–2005 Lushnja 76 (4)
2005–2006 Elbasani 34 (2)
2006–2007 Teuta Durrës 29 (2)
2007–2008 Tirana 27 (0)
2008–2009 Elbasani 31 (2)
2009 Dinamo Tirana 0 (0)
2009–2010 Besa Kavajë 28 (0)
2010–2013 Skënderbeu Korçë 68 (0)
2013–2014 Tirana 23 (1)
2014–2016 Partizani Tirana 32 (0)
2016– Vllaznia Shkodër 0 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Albania U18 3 (0)
2008–2011 Albania 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 July 2015

Endri Vrapi (born 23 May 1982 in Tiranë) is an Albanian football player who last played for Albanian Superliga side Vllaznia Shkodër as a defender.

Career[edit]

Vrapi began his career while still a teenager, playing for Partizani Tirana. Regarded as one of the best young Albanian talents at the time, he was also captain of the Albania national under-19 football team. He worked his way up through the ranks at Partizani Tirana and joined the first team during the 2001–02 season, though he did not feature in any league game that season. This prompted Vrapi to sign with Lushnja, a weaker team in the Albanian Superliga, to gain some experience.

At Lushnja he quickly established himself in the first team. He played seventy-six games and scored four goals for the club between 2002 and 2005. His impressive displays prompted one of the best teams in the country, Elbasani, to sign the left back in 2005. His most successful season came at Elbasani during his first spell there in the 2005–06 season. He played thirty-four games and scored two goals that season and was one reason Elbasani won the Albanian championship. After his triumph with Elbasani, in 2006 Vrapi moved to Teuta Durrës, where he almost repeated his success with Elbasani, when Teuta Durrës finished second behind KF Tirana in the Albanian Superliga. During the 2006–07 season he played twenty-nine games and scored two goals. After spending only one season in Durres, Vrapi changed teams again, moving back to KF Tirana. This turned out to be a mistake. KF Tirana struggled all season, finishing a disappointing sixth place in the Albanian Superliga, the team's lowest league position in years. During that poor season Vrapi played twenty-seven games without scoring a goal. The Albanian international defender decided to go back and play where he had spent the best years of his career, Elbasani. He was greeted by his former team with open arms as they had paid a fee believed to be in the region of $140,000 for re-signing the left back.

Dinamo[edit]

On 30 June 2009, Vrapi moved to Dinamo Tirana for the club's European campaign. On 2 July 2009, in first match of first qualifying round of Europa League against Finnish team Lahti, Vrapi played as a starter for 90 minutes with Dinamo who suffered a 4–1 defeat Lahden Stadion, being close to elimination.[1] In the return match, Vrapi played 78 minutes, helping the club to win the match 2–0, but this victory was not enough, with Dinamo being eliminated with the aggregate 4–3.[2]

Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

On 30 June 2010, Vrapi was transferred to Skënderbeu Korçë, and was given the number 4 shirt for the 2010–11 season.[3] He made his debut in team's opening match of 2010–11 season against his former team Besa Kavajë, but the match was suspended after 88th minute at 0–1 due to riots on the terraces. Skënderbeu was awarded by the FSHF 0–2.[4] One week later, Vrapi played for the first time in Skënderbeu Stadium in a 2–0 defeat of Teuta Durrës.[5]

Return to Tirana[edit]

On 29 August 2013, Vrapi made his return to Tirana after three seasons at Skënderbeu Korçë by signing a one-year contract, and was given the number 44 shirt for the 2013–14 season.[6] He debuted in the team's opening match of the 2013–14 season against KF Laçi, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a goalless home draw.[7] Vrapi, however, was one of the best players on the field.[8]

In December of that year, Vrapi played in a two-legged match against KF Lushnja, valid for the second round of Albanian Cup, playing all 90 minutes in both matches, unable to avoid elimination of Tirana.[9][10] In the first part of the season, Tirana experienced its worst period of all time, closing it with three wins in sixteen matches. Vrapi appeared in eleven of these matches in center of defence. Also during this period, Tirana changed three coaches, starting with Nevil Dede, then Alpin Gallo, and later Gugash Magani.[11][12] Until December, Tirana was placed in the last position with only 10 points in 13 matches, 7 points less than the eighth-place Flamurtari. However, with Magani in charge, Tirana changed completely the face by winning three of four matches of February, including the derby against Partizani Tirana thanks to the winner of Gilberto.[13] Vrapi played as a starter in all four matches.

On 26 April 2014, Vrapi scored his first and only goal of the season in a 2–1 win over Vllaznia Shkodër, they survival rivals.[14] He scored that goal in the 19th minute after a free-kick. Tirana mathematically assured survival on 3 May 2014 in the penultimate week of the league after a 2–2 away draw against Flamurtari, in a match where Vrapi played 90 minutes.[15][16] He ended his second season with Tirana by playing 26 matches, 23 of them in league and 3 in cup, and scoring once. After he failed to find a way with the club for the renewal of the contract, he left the club in mid-August.[17]

Partizani Tirana[edit]

Vrapi rejoined Partizani Tirana on 1 September 2014 on a free transfer, where he signed a one-year deal, with the option of a further one-year extension. He was officially presented as a Partizani Tirana player the same day he signed, and was given the number 44 shirt for the 2014–15 season.[18] He debuted with Partizani on 10 September in a match against Skënderbeu Korçë, where he played full 90 minutes in a 1–0 success.[19] During the first part of the season, Vrapi, Rrahmani, Fejzullahu and Cululi helped Hoxha to go 1,084 minutes without conceding a goal in Albanian Superliga to break the 30-year-old record set by the goalkeeper of KS Labinoti Elbasan (modern day called KF Elbasani), Bujar Gogunja, who kept intact net goal for 1037 minutes.[20] He ended the season with 26 appearances, all in the league with Partizani who finished in 3rd position, returning in European competitions after seven years.[21][22] During the season, Vrapi played mainly as left back, but in several times he played also as a central defender.

In team's first match of 2015–16 season against Norwegian side Strømsgodset, valid for the first qualifying round of Europa League, Vrapi started and played full 90 minutes in a 1–3 defeat of Partizani at Marienlyst Stadion.[23] In the returning match at Qemal Stafa Stadium, Vrapi played again full-90 minutes, with Partizani who lose the match 1–0 in the very last minute.[24]

On 13 January 2016, Partizani confirmed via their Facebook page that they have terminated the contract with Vrapi by mutual consensus.[25]

Vllaznia Shkodër[edit]

Three days after terminated his contract with Partizani, Vrapi agreed terms with Vllaznia Shkodër to join the Albanian Superliga strugglers until the end of the season.[26]

International career[edit]

Vrapi has been an Albanian international for four years, collecting 10 appearances.[27] He debuted with Albania on 1 March 2006, playing the last 11 minutes of the 2–1 home defeat against Lithuania.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Clubs[edit]

As of 17 January 2016[29][30][31][32]
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizani Tirana 2002–03 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lushnja 2002–03 29 0 0 0 29 0
2003–04 16 0 0 0 16 0
2004–05 31 4 0 0 31 4
Total 76 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 76 4
Elbasani 2005–06 34 2 0 0 1 0 35 2
2006–07 2 0 2 0
Teuta Durrës 2006–07 29 2 0 0 29 2
2007–08 2 0 2 0
Total 29 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 2
Tirana 2007–08 27 0 0 0 27 0
Elbasani 2008–09 31 2 0 0 31 2
Total 65 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 68 4
Dinamo Tirana 2009–10 2 0 2 0
Besa Kavajë 2009–10 28 0 0 0 2 0 30 0
Skënderbeu Korçë 2010–11 29 0 2 0 31 0
2011–12 18 0 9 0 2 0 1 0 30 0
2012–13 21 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
2013–14 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 68 0 16 0 3 0 3 0 90 0
Tirana 2013–14 23 1 3 0 26 1
Total 50 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 53 1
Partizani Tirana 2014–15 26 0 0 0 26 0
2015–16 6 0 2 0 2 0 10 0
Total 32 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 36 0
Vllaznia Shkodër 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 350 11 21 0 14 0 3 0 388 11
  1. ^ Including continental competitions, such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Including other competitions, such as Albanian Supercup

International[edit]

As of 21 October 2014[33]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 2 0
2007 0 0
2008 3 0
2009 2 0
2010 2 0
2011 1 0
Total 11 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Elbasani
Besa
Skënderbeu

Individual[edit]

  • Albania Superliga Footballer of the Year (1): 2005–06

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lahti vs. Dinamo Tirana - 2 July 2009 - Soccerway 11 July 2015
  2. ^ KS Dinamo Tirana 2 – 0 FC Lahti UEFA, 12 June 2015
  3. ^ Leonard Trebicka (3 July 2010). "Vrapi: Në Korçë, për të fituar titullin kampion" (in Albanian). Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 10 July 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Besa Kavajë vs. Skënderbeu Korçë - 23 August 2010 - Soccerway 11 July 2015
  5. ^ Skënderbeu Korçë vs. Teuta Durrës - 29 August 2010 - Soccerway 11 July 2015
  6. ^ Merko, Adela (1 September 2013). "Firmosin Vrapi e Vashaku, vijnë edhe dy nigerianë. Dede dhe Tirana gjejnë qetësinë". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Tirana vs. Laçi - 1 September 2013 - Socceray
  8. ^ Adela Merko (2 September 2013). "Barazim ndaj Laçit, Tirana s'bind në start. Dede ka rezerva: Prisja më shumë nga ekipi" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kupa e Shqipërisë / Tirana dhe Partizani jashtë". Sport Ekspres. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tirana dështon dhe në kupë, eliminohet nga Lushnja. Magani: Zhgënjyem, faji është i imi". Panorama Sport. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Magani zyrtarizohet në drejtimin e stolit bardheblu: Mbijetojmë, s'i trembem fundit". grid.al. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tirana fiton derbin, mjafton Gilberto". Sport Ekspres. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  14. ^ ""Not" mbijetese, Tirana zhyt Vllazninë". Panorama Sport. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Kora, Sotir (4 May 2014). "Tirona siguron mbijetesën". Super Sport. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Sika, Ermal (4 May 2014). "Barazim në Vlorë, mbijeton Tirana. Magani: Tani që ia dolëm, jam i gatshëm që të rinovoj". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nuk gjeti akordin, Endri Vrapi largohet nga Tirana". Panorama Sport. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Ilir Cara (3 September 2014). "Partizani merr edhe Vrapin, Duro …"shkarkon" Nexhipin" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Partizani i falet penalltisë së Vilës në fund, merr edhe fitoren e parë në kampionat" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Hoxha thyen rekordin: Ia dedikoj gruas dhe djalit, emocion i papërshkrueshëm" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Të kuqtë, pas 7 vitesh në Europë!" (in Albanian). Sport.al. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Partizani në Europë pas 7 vitesh" (in Albanian). Gazeta Dita. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Europa League: Partizani mposhtet në Norvegji" (in Albanian). Telegrafi.com. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Partizani nuk ia del, mundet sërish nga Stromsgodset dhe eleminohet" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "ZYRTARE: Klubi njofton se Endri Vrapi nuk është më pjesë e skuadrës së Partizanit në pjesën e mbetur të Kampionatit" (in Albanian). FK Partizani Albania. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  26. ^ Admir Uruçi (16 January 2016). "Vllaznia e bën "sefte", firmos Endri Vrapi" (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "Football PLAYER: Endrit Vrapi". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Football MATCH: 01.03.2006 Albania v Lithuania". EU-Football.info. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Albania - E. Vrapi - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Football : Endrit Vrapi". Football DataBase. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Endrit Vrapi Football Statistics". WhoScored.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Profile of Endrit Vrapi at Scoresway.com". Scoresway.com. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  33. ^ Endrit Vrapi at National-Football-Teams.com

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