Valdet Rama

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Valdet Rama
Rama, Valdet FCI 08-09 WP.JPG
Valdet Rama playing for Ingolstadt 04 in 2008
Personal information
Full name Valdet Skënder Rama
Date of birth (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Yanbian Funde
Number 28
Youth career
SSV Hagen
Hasper SV
0000–2004 SF Oestrich-Iserlohn
2004–2005 Rot-Weiss Essen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Wolfsburg II 58 (10)
2008–2009 Ingolstadt 04 32 (2)
2009–2011 Hannover 96 15 (0)
2009–2011 Hannover 96 II 16 (1)
2011–2013 Örebro 50 (10)
2013 Valladolid (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Valladolid 26 (1)
2014–2016 1860 Munich 42 (4)
2016–2017 Würzburger Kickers 28 (2)
2017– Yanbian Funde 7 (0)
National team
2013–2015 Albania 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:15, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2015

Valdet Skënder Rama (born 20 November 1987) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Yanbian Funde. He also holds German citizenship.

Early life[edit]

Rama is a Kosovo Albanian and fled to Germany at the age of nine years.[1] There he spent his youth in the Ruhr district and went through the ranks of three local clubs before joining former German champions Rot-Weiss Essen in 2004.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rama made his debut on the professional league level in the 2. Bundesliga for FC Ingolstadt 04 on 17 August 2008 when he started a game against Greuther Fürth. He scored a goal on his debut.

Hannover 96[edit]

After Ingolstadt was relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season, his contract became invalid and he was able to join a new club on a free transfer. On 26 May 2009, he announced his move to Bundesliga side Hannover 96 where he signed a three-year contract.[4]

Örebro[edit]

In February 2011, he signed for Swedish club Örebro SK.[5] He made a big impact in his first year with the club, scoring eight goals from his position as a winger. During the second season he often found himself benched and his manager criticized his lack of defensive work.[6] This caused his agent to lash out against the club, claiming that Rama was one of the best players in the league and that he had been humiliated by the managers comments. He also demanded that Örebro sell him during the summer.[7] Rama however ended up staying with the club until the end of the 2012 Allsvenskan season, where Örebro was relegated.

Valladolid[edit]

After the 2012 Allsvenskan season ended, on 31 January 2013 he were loaned at Real Valladolid until the end of the 2012–13 La Liga's season.[8] He made his debut on 9 March 2013, in a match against Málaga which finished 1-1 and he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute in place of Daniel Larsson.[9]

His first goal with Valladolid came on 20 January 2014 in a match against Athletic Bilbao, where he scored in the last 90th minute and the match finished in the loss 4-2.[10] With this goal, Rama became the first Albanian player ever to score in La Liga and in the entire Spanish football.[11]

Rama finished the 2013–14 La Liga season with 26 appearances and 1 goal scored. His last match in which he played was early on 27 March 2014 against Real Sociedad and only as substitute in the 61st minute.[12] Then he were called up only in 1 match on 3 May 2014 against Espanyol and did not play any minute.[13]

On 11 July 2014 Rama left Valladolid as he interrupted his contract with the club, where the contract was valid until 30 June 2015.[14]

1860 Munich[edit]

On 27 August 2014, Rama had started the medical tests with 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.[15] Two days later, the transfer was made official with Rama joining on a two-year contract.[16]

He made his competitive debut later on 14 September by starting in the week 5 match against St. Pauli which was won 1–2 away.[17] In the next match he provided an assist to rescue his side a point against Ingolstadt.[18] Rama's first score-sheet contributions came on 19 October where he scored his team's only goal in the 4–1 loss at Erzgebirge Aue.[19]

He was on the scoresheet also in the DFB-Pokal round 2 tie against Freiburg which gave his side the tempolary lead as the opponents bounced back to win 5–2, much to 1860 Munich elimination.[20] He finished his first season with Die Löwen by making 28 league appearances, scoring three times.

In the 2015–16 season, Rama declined, scoring only once in 16 league appearances. His season was also marred by injuries.[21] Following the end of the season, Rama's contract was not extended and left as a free agent.[22] He described his spell with the club as "difficult" due to injuries.[23]

Yanbian Funde[edit]

Rama transferred to Chinese Super League side Yanbian Funde on a two-year contract in July 2017.[24] He made his debut on August 13th in a 1-1 draw against Changchun Yatai

International career[edit]

As soon as Rama moved to Spain to play in La Liga he declared that he was eager to play for Albania and was contacted by the Albanian Football Association in order to plan a call-up for the next matches.[25] On 25 March 2013 he received the Albanian citizenship and became fully eligible to play for Albania.[26]

He made his international debut on 26 March 2013 in a friendly match against Lithuania finished in the victory 4–1, where Rama played as a starter and substituted off in the 64th minute with Armando Vajushi.[27] On 7 June 2013, he scored first goal against Norway finished in the 1–1 draw.[28] He finished first year (2013) with Albania making a total of 8 appearances, all as a starter, and substituted off 3 times. In those 8 appearances he also scored 3 goals.

In August 2016, Rama opted to play for newly recognized Kosovo national team.[29] However, in an interview in September 2017, Rama didn't exclude the opportunity to play for Albania once again.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 November 2017[31][32]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VfL Wolfsburg II 2005–06 Oberliga Nord 15 4 0 0 15 4
2006–07 15 6 0 0 15 6
2007–08 Regionalliga Nord 35 0 0 0 35 0
Total 65 10 0 0 65 10
Ingolstadt 04 2008–19 2. Bundesliga 32 2 0 0 32 2
Hannover 96 2009–10 Bundesliga 15 0 1 0 16 0
Hannover 96 II 2009–10 Regionalliga Nord 6 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 10 1 0 0 10 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
Örebro 2011 Allsvenskan 29 8 0 0 2[a] 0 31 8
2012 21 2 0 0 23 2
Total 50 10 0 0 2 0 52 10
Real Valladolid 2012–13 La Liga 5 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 26 1 0 0 26 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
1860 Munich 2014–15 2. Bundesliga 28 3 1 1 29 4
2015–16 16 1 0 0 16 1
Total 44 4 1 1 45 5
Würzburger Kickers 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 28 2 1 0 29 2
Yanbian Funde 2017 Chinese Super League 7 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 286 30 3 1 2 0 291 31
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2015[32][33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania 2013 8 3
2014 6 0
2015 1 0
Total 15 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2015. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rama goal.[32][33]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 June 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 2  Norway 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 14 August 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 3  Armenia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
3 10 September 2013 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 5  Iceland 1–0 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die neuen Gesichter des Sommers 2009: Valdet Rama (FC Ingolstadt) (55/93)" [The new faces of summer 2009: Valdet Rama (FC Ingolstadt) (55/93)] (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Valdet!" [Congratulations, Valdet!] (in German). Hannover 96. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rot-weisse Exporte" [Red-white exports] (in German). Rot-Weiss Essen. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Neuzugang Valdet Rama" [New signing Valdet Rama] (in German). Hannover 96. 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bundesliga-anfallare klar för Örebro" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kris efter djurgårdsförlust – då kängas stjärnan" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "ÖSK:s kris förvärras – Rama vill hoppa av" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Valdet Rama, trasferohet te Valadolid". Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rama debuton në barazimin e Valladolidit". aSport.al. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Athletic Club vs. Real Valladolid - 20 January 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Valdet Rama, gol si Mesi ndaj Bilbaos". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Real Sociedad vs. Real Valladolid - 27 March 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Real Valladolid vs. Espanyol - 3 May 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rama-Vajadolid, e prishin kontratën". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rama, një hap larg Mynih 1860 në Bundesligën 2" [Rama, a step away from 1860 Munich in 2. Bundesliga] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Alles klar mit Valdet Rama" [All clear with Valdet Rama] (in German). TSV 1860 München. 29 August 2014. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "St. Pauli vs. 1860 München 1 – 2". Soccerway. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "1860 München vs. Ingolstadt 1 – 1". Soccerway. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Erzgebirge Aue vs. 1860 München 4 –1". Soccerway. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Rama rikthehet tek goli (video)" [Rama returns to goal (video)] (in Albanian). aSport.al. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  21. ^ "Dëmtohet Valdet Rama" [Valdet Rama injures] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Valdet Rama largohet nga Mynih 1860" [Valdet Rama flees from 1860 Munich] (in Albanian). aSport.al. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  23. ^ "Valdet Rama i jep lamtumirën TSV 1860 München-it" [Valdet Rama bids farewell to TSV 1860 München-it] (in Albanian). aSport.al. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  24. ^ "延边与两进攻端新援签约 补强锋线展保级决心". Sina. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  25. ^ Sporti Shqiptar (5 February 2013). "Valdet Rama piketohet për Kombëtaren Shqiptare!". 
  26. ^ "Ekskluzive: Valdet Rama merr pasaportën shqiptare (Foto)" [Exclusive: Valdet Rama takes albanian passport] (in Albanian). aSport.al. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  27. ^ "Albania football team defeated Lithuania 4:1". EU-Football.info. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Albania vs. Norway - 7 June 2013". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "EDHE VALDET RAMA TE KOSOVA" [Even Valdet Rama to Kosovo] (in Albanian). RTK Live. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  30. ^ "Valdet Rama rrëfen Kinën: Komunikimi është shumë i vështirë, kombëtaren nuk e kam ndjekur" [Valdet Rama confess China: The communication very hard, I haven't follow the national team] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  31. ^ Valdet Rama at Soccerway
  32. ^ a b c "Rama, Valdet". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "Valdet Rama - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 

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