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 30)
Place of birth Sukth, Durrës, Albania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left-back/centre-back
Club information
Current team
Boluspor
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2003 Dinamo Tirana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Dinamo Tirana 1 (0)
2003–2004 Erzeni Shijak (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2010 Besa Kavajë 92 (3)
2007–2009 Silkeborg (loan) 23 (0)
2009–2010 Shkumbini Peqin (loan) 16 (0)
2010–2016 Skënderbeu Korçë 150 (5)
2016– Boluspor 16 (0)
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 28 June 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2015

Renato Arapi (born 28 August 1986 in Sukth, Durrës) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Boluspor and Albania national team as a left and centre-back.

Club career[edit]

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.[3] The following season he played the first half of the season with Besa Kavajë before going on a trial with Danish side Silkeborg and eventually joining the club on loan in January 2008 after impressing the management.

Silkeborg[edit]

He joined newly relegated Danish 1st Division side Silkeborg as a 21-year-old on a one-year loan deal from Besa Kavajë in January 2008 after initially impressing the club on trial.[4][5][6] 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.[7]

Skënderbeu Korçë[edit]

On 12 June 2015, Arapi signed a new one-year extension to his contract, lengthening his Skënderbeu Korçë career to 6 seasons.[8]

On 14 June 2016, Arapi officially announced his departure from the club after six years via an open later to the fans.[9] He stated that the left the club for familial reasons.[10] He, along with Bledi Shkëmbi and Orges Shehi were the only players that won six consecutive league titles for the club.[9]

Partizani Tirana[edit]

On 17 June 2016, Arapi joined fellow Albanian Superliga side Partizani Tirana on free transfer, signing a one-year contract.[11] He was given the squad number 3, and made his competitive debut on 28 June in 2016–17 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round against Slovan Bratislava, which ended in a goalless draw.[12]

International career[edit]

Arapi was selected by Josip Kuže for a friendly against Argentina on 20 June 2011, receiving thus his first call-up to the senior side.[13] He made his debut in the game which ended in a 4–0 loss by entering as a 81th-minute substitute.[14][15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 August 2015[16][17]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Tirana 2002–03 Albanian Superliga 1 0  ?  ? 1 0
2003–04 0 0  ?  ? 0 0
2004–05 0 0  ?  ? 0 0
Total 1 0  ?  ? 1 0
Erzeni Shijak 2003–04 Albanian First Division 2 0  ?  ? 2 0
Total 2 0  ?  ? 2 0
Besa Kavajë 2005–06 Albanian Superliga 19 1  ?  ? 19 1
2006–07 27 1  ?  ? 27 1
2007–08 15 1  ?  ? 3[a] 0 1[b] 0 19 1
2009–10 31 0 6 1 37 1
Total 92 3 6 1 3 0 1 0 102 4
Silkeborg IF 2007–08 Danish 1st Division 10 0  ?  ? 10 0
2008–09 13 0  ?  ? 13 0
Total 23 0  ?  ? 23 0
Shkumbini Peqin 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 16 0  ?  ? 16 0
Total 16 0  ?  ? 16 0
KF Skënderbeu Korçë 2010–11 Albanian Superliga 15 0 2 0 17 0
2011–12 23 0 10 0 2[c] 0 1[b] 0 36 0
2012–13 15 1 3 1 2[c] 0 1[b] 0 21 2
2013–14 30 3 7 0 5[c] 0 1[b] 0 42 3
2014–15 33 0 3 0 2[c] 0 1[b] 0 39 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 116 4 25 1 13 0 4 0 158 5
Career total 250 7 31 2 16 0 5 0 302 9
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearance in Albanian Supercup
  3. ^ a b c d All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of 15 June 2016[18][19]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
Total 4 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Besa Kavajë[16]
Silkeborg[16]
Skënderbeu Korçë[16]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teuta 2-0 Dinamo" (in Albanian). FSHF.org. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Albania 2005-06". RSSF.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Besa fiton kupën e Shqiperisë" (in Albanian). Albania Soccer. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "De nye i Silkeborg imponerer" (in Swedish). Tips Bladet. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Silkeborg henter albaner" (in Swedish). Bold. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Albaner på kontrakt i Silkeborg" (in Swedish). Ekstrabladet.dk. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Albania 2009-10". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Renato Arapi, edhe një vit i Skënderbeut" (in Albanian). Telesport.al. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Sotir Kora (14 June 2016). "Zyrtare, Arapi largohet nga Skënderbeu" (in Albanian). Super Sport Albania. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Arapi largohet nga Skënderbeu" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Arapi zyrtarisht i Partizanit" (in Albanian). Minuta90.al. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Europa League, Partizani barazon me Slovan Bratislavën" (in Albanian). Gazeta Shqip. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Roger Gonzalez (19 June 2011). "Argentina vs Albania Preview". Goal.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "l'Argentina travolge l'Albania in un'amichevole di preparazione" (in Italian). Sport Live. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Draugiškose rungtynėse Argentina sutriuškino Albaniją" (in Lithuanian). Sportas Delfi. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Albania – R. Arapi – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Football : Renato Arapi". Football Database. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Football PLAYER: Renato Arapi". EU-Football.info. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Renato Arapi". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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