Valdet Rama playing for Ingolstadt 04 in 2008
|Full name||Valdet Skënder Rama|
|Date of birth||20 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009–2011||Hannover 96 II||16||(1)|
|2013||→ Valladolid (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:54, 31 January 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 German 2. Bundesliga club Würzburger Kickers and the Albania national football team. He also holds German citizenship.
Rama is a Kosovo Albanian and fled to Germany at the age of nine years. 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.
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.
In February 2011, he signed for Swedish club Örebro SK. 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. 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. Rama however ended up staying with the club until the end of the 2012 Allsvenskan season, where Örebro was relegated.
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. 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.
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. With this goal, Rama became the first Albanian player ever to score in La Liga and in the entire Spanish football.
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. Then he were called up only in 1 match on 3 May 2014 against Espanyol and did not play any minute.
On 11 July 2014 Rama left Valladolid as he interrupted his contract with the club, where the contract was valid until 30 June 2015.
On 27 August 2014 media reported that Rama is close to Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich and also has started medical tests at club. After a failed start into the 2014–15 season, on 29 August 2014 1860 Munich signed Rama for two years until 2016, reinforcing the club on this occasion, as the Munich's manager Gerhard Poschner described him as "fast and good at dribbling".
He made it his first debut on 14 September 2014 playing as a starter in the 5th game week against St. Pauli finished in the away 1–2 victory where he made in total 77 minutes after which he was substituted by Marin Tomasov. In his second match in a row on 20 September 2014 against Ingolstadt, Rama played as a starter and gave the assist for the equalising goal scored by Rubin Okotie in the 20th minute as the match finished in the 1–1 draw. He scored his first goal for the team on 19 October 2014 in the 51st minute in a 4-1 away loss against Erzgebirge Aue. On 29 October 2014 he scored the second goal for his team against Freiburg for 2014–15 DFB-Pokal - Round 2 but however his goal, although gave 1860 Munich the lead, was not enough in the end, while Freiburg turned everything and won 2–5, going into the next round. On 22 November 2014 Rama scored the 4th goal in the away victory 1–4 against Union Berlin also assisted the 2nd and 3rd goal both scored by Rubin Okotie in the 39th and the 46th minutes of the game. On 8 May 2015 Rama scored a goal to give his team the away 0–1 victory against FSV Frankfurt beating his fellow Albania national team players Odise Roshi and Edmond Kapllani.
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. On 25 March 2013 he received the Albanian citizenship and became fully eligible to play for Albania.
He made it his first 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. On 7 June 2013 he scored first goal against Norway finished in the 1–1 draw. 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.
|2005-06||VfL Wolfsburg II||Oberliga Nord||15||4||-||-||-||-||15||4|
|2008–09||Ingolstadt 04||2. Bundesliga||32||2||-||-||-||-||32||2|
|2009–10||Hannover 96 II||Regionalliga Nord||6||0||-||-||-||-||6||0|
|2012–13||Real Valladolid||La Liga||5||0||-||-||-||-||5||0|
|2014–15||1860 Munich||2. Bundesliga||28||3||1||1||-||-||29||4|
|2016–17||Würzburger Kickers||2. Bundesliga||12||1||1||0||-||-||13||1|
1 Caps and goals made on the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase.
- As of 13 June 2015
|Albania national team |
- Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first.
|1.||7 June 2013||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania||Norway||1–0||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||14 August 2013||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania||Armenia||1–0||2–0||Friendly Match|
|3.||10 September 2013||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík||Iceland||1–0||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- "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.
- "Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Valdet!" [Congratulations, Valdet!] (in German). Hannover 96. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- "Rot-weisse Exporte" [Red-white exports] (in German). Rot-Weiss Essen. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- "Neuzugang Valdet Rama" [New signing Valdet Rama] (in German). Hannover 96. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- "Bundesliga-anfallare klar för Örebro" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Kris efter djurgårdsförlust – då kängas stjärnan" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "ÖSK:s kris förvärras – Rama vill hoppa av" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Valdet Rama, trasferohet te Valadolid". Sporti Shqiptar. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Rama debuton në barazimin e Valladolidit". aSport.al. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Athletic Club vs. Real Valladolid - 20 January 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Valdet Rama, gol si Mesi ndaj Bilbaos". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Real Sociedad vs. Real Valladolid - 27 March 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Real Valladolid vs. Espanyol - 3 May 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Rama-Vajadolid, e prishin kontratën". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Rama, një hap larg Mynih 1860 në Bundesligën 2". Panorama Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Alles klar mit Valdet Rama" [All clear with Valdet Rama] (in German). TSV 1860 München. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "St. Pauli vs. 1860 München - 14 September 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "1860 München vs. Ingolstadt - 20 September 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Erzgebirge Aue vs. 1860 München - 19 October 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Rama rikthehet tek goli (video) aSport.al
- "Union Berlin vs. 1860 München - 22 November 2014". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Rama mund Roshin dhe Kapllanin Panorama Sport
- Valdet Rama, Balıkesirspor yolunda‚ trtspor.com, 27 June 2016
- Sporti Shqiptar (5 February 2013). "Valdet Rama piketohet për Kombëtaren Shqiptare!".
- Ekskluzive: Valdet Rama merr pasaportën shqiptare (Foto) aSport.al
- "Albania football team defeated Lithuania 4:1, 26 March 2013". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- "Albania vs. Norway - 7 June 2013". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. "Valdet Rama". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
- Valdet Rama at Soccerway
- Valdet Rama - national football team player EU-Football.info