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Altin Rraklli (born 17 July 1970) is an Albanian retired footballer who played as a forward and currently works as a coach.

Altin Rraklli
Personal information
Full name Altin Rraklli
Date of birth (1970-07-17) 17 July 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Kavajë, Albania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1987–1990 Besa Kavajë
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Besa Kavajë 68 (43)
1992–1996 SC Freiburg 86 (22)
1996–1997 Hertha BSC 28 (5)
1997–2002 SpVgg Unterhaching 147 (29)
2002–2003 Diyarbakırspor 12 (2)
2003–2004 Jahn Regensburg 21 (2)
2004–2005 Tirana 35 (19)
2005–2006 Besa Kavajë 14 (4)
2009 SpVgg Bayern Hof 2 (0)
Total 413 (126)
National team
1992–2005 Albania 63 (11)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Tirana AS
2011–2016 Albania (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Most of his professional career was spent in Germany, where he played for five clubs in both major levels of football, mainly Freiburg and Unterhaching for a total of 282 games.[1] He was the first ever player from the nation to compete in the Bundesliga.[2]

Contents

Club careerEdit

Born in Kavajë, Rraklli began his career with Besa Kavajë, moving to the professionals three years later. In 1992 he signed a two-year contract worth 15,000 Deutsche Mark with Germany's SC Freiburg,[3] being instrumental in the Black Forest club's first ever top flight promotion by scoring 16 second division goals (squad best, tenth in the league, as Freiburg scored 102); in the next three Bundesliga seasons, he would only manage to be relatively used.

In the following eight years, Rraklli continued to work in Germany, mainly in the second level: Hertha BSC, SpVgg Unterhachingachieving another promotion and living his best professional years – and SSV Jahn Regensburg, also having one-season spells in Turkey and his homeland and retiring professionally in 2006 with German top flight totals of 111 matches and 16 goals.

Rraklli returned in Albania in the summer of 2004, joining Tirana. He scored 19 league goals in his first season back in Albania, more than any other Tirana player, helping the team to win the championship.[4] One of the highlights of the season was a hat-trick he scored against Teuta Durrës on 6 May 2005.[4] On 21 August 2005, he played in the 2005 Albanian Supercup against Teuta Durrës which ended in a 5–4 penalty shootout win; Rraklli scored his team's last attempt.[5]

Rraklli retired for good in 2009 at 39 years of age, after a brief spell with German amateurs SpVgg Bayern Hof.

International careerEdit

Rraklli has been a member of Albania national team from 1992 to 2005, amassing 63 appearances and scoring 11 goals.[6][7][8] His debut was a memorable one, as he scored the only goal of a friendly match against Greece on 29 January 1992,[9] to give Albania only their second ever win versus Ethniki.[10] Shortly after, Rraklli was a member of the squad in the qualifying campaign of 1994 FIFA World Cup, making his competitive debut, in his second ever appearance, in a 2–0 defeat to Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 26 May.[11] He went on to play six matches in the remaining part of the qualifiers, scoring only once, a late consolation goal in the home loss to Northern Ireland, which was his first competitive goal as well.[12] It was a campaign to forget for Albania as they finished Group 3 in the last position, collecting only four points in 12 matches.[13]

Rraklli partnered Sokol Kushta in the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign, where Albania was placed in Group 7.[14] He missed only one game, the opening against Wales in September 1994,[15] but played the remaining nine, wearing the number 10 shirt, and scored two times. Rraklli is especially remembered among Albanian fans for his stupendous goal against Germany,[16] a right-footed volley from the a tight angle that went in the left triangle of Andreas Köpke's goal. Even tho Albania lost the match 2–1 at Fritz-Walter-Stadion,[17] the goal received notoriety in both Albania and Germany.[18] It was yet another poor campaign by Albania, who achieved the last place jointly with Wales, who had better goal difference.[14]

At 32 years old, Rraklli was snubbed by newly appointed manager Giuseppe Dossena for the opening UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches against Switzerland and Russia in October 2002. He, however, returned in March 2003 after being called up by team manager Hans-Peter Briegel, making his first qualifying appearance against Russia at Loro Boriçi Stadium, netting the opener inside 20 minutes in a subsequent 3–1 win;[19] he become only the second ever Albania player to reach double-figures with the national team, the first being Sokol Kushta, who achieved the feat in 1995.[20] It was also the official debut of manager Hans-Peter Briegel.[19] At the time he also become all-time top goalscorer of Albania, with 10 goals.[21]

Rraklli's final appearance took part on 30 March 2005 coincidentally against Greece, valid for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. Unlike his debut, Rraklli didn't score, and entered as a second-half substitute, unable to prevent the 2–0 away loss.[22] It was his 63rd appearance, which at that time placed him in second in the all-time appearance maker list, only behind goalkeeper Foto Strakosha (73).[23] He played only two matches during the qualifying stage, both of them as substitute, as Albania concluded Group 2 in fifth position with 13 points, leaving behind Georgia and Kazakhstan.[24]

Managerial careerEdit

Rraklli started working as a manager immediately after retiring, creating Tirana AS and going on to win the inaugural Albanian women's championship.[25] In 2011, he was appointed at the helm of the women's national team since 2011.[26]

In April 2016, Rraklli left his position due to family reasons.[27] In December 2015, Rraklli was at the center of a controversy, as several players refused call-ups due to sexual harassment by the coach.[28][29] The local media also released several messages of Rraklli asking for sexual favours to several girls in reward of being part of the team.[30] Some of the players were Ambra Gjegji, Luçie Gjini, Esmeralda Frangaj and Megi Doçi, who were not allowed to go to the national team by their family after the scandal become public.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

In November 2016, Rraklli was accused in match fixing in Austria.[31] He was sentenced to ten months in prison, a sentence currently suspended.[32]

In July 2017, the Prosecution of Tirana requested 7 years imprisonment for Rraklli after being accused for fraud.[33] Rraklli was accused of fraud for €150,000 towards an Albanian citizen, whose name is unknown, but it was alleged that it was his relative.[33] The sentence was reduced to five years by the court, and later to three years and four months, due to Rraklli asking for shortened trial. Later, his sentence was converted into two years of test service.[32]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Source:[34][35][36]

Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Besa Kavajë 1990–91 Albanian Superliga 38 27 0 0 38 27
1991–92 30 16 0 0 30 16
Total 68 48 0 0 68 48
SC Freiburg 1992–93 2. Bundesliga 37 16 1 1 38 17
1993–94 Bundesliga 21 6 3 2 24 8
1994–95 17 0 1 0 18 0
1995–96 11 0 2 0 2[a] 0 15 0
Total 86 22 7 3 2 0 95 25
Hertha BSC 1995–96 2. Bundesliga 14 3 0 0 14 3
1996–97 14 2 1 0 15 2
Total 28 5 1 0 29 5
SpVgg Unterhaching 1997–98 2. Bundesliga 27 9 0 0 27 9
1998–99 33 9 2 1 35 10
1999–2000 Bundesliga 32 6 1 0 33 6
2000–01 30 4 2 1 32 5
2001–02 2. Bundesliga 25 1 2 0 27 1
Total 147 29 7 2 154 31
Diyarbakırspor 2002–03 Süper Lig 12 2 0 0 12 2
Jahn Regensburg 2003–04 2. Bundesliga 21 2 2 2 23 4
Tirana 2004–05 Albanian Superliga 29 19 9 4 0 0 38 23
2005–06 6 0 4 1 4[b] 1 1[c] 0 15 2
Total 35 19 13 5 4 1 1 0 53 25
Besa Kavajë 2005–06 Albanian Superliga 14 4 0 0 14 4
SpVgg Bayern Hof 2009–10 Bayernliga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 408 126 30 12 6 1 1 0 445 139
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Albanian Supercup

InternationalEdit

Source:[6][7]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania 1992 5 1
1993 3 1
1994 4 2
1995 6 1
1996 4 0
1997 4 0
1998 8 2
1999 6 1
2000 3 0
2001 4 1
2002 4 0
2003 8 1
2004 3 1
2005 1 0
Total 63 11

International goalsEdit

Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rraklli goal.[6][7]

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 January 1992 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 1   Greece 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 17 February 1993 6   Northern Ireland 1–2 1–2 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 14 May 1994 Gradski stadion, Tetovo, Macedonia 9   Macedonia 1–3 1–5 Friendly
4 18 December 1994 Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany 12   Germany 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
5 6 September 1995 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 16   Bulgaria 1–1 1–1
6 21 January 1998 Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Antalya, Turkey
27
  Turkey
1–0
4–1
Friendly
7
2–0
8 9 October 1999 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 40   Georgia 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
9 28 March 2001 45   England 1–2 1–3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 29 March 2003 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania 52   Russia 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
11 18 August 2004 Tsirio Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus 61   Cyprus 1–2 1–2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ ""Ambasadori" Altin Rraklli: Më shumë mirënjohje në Gjermani, se në Shqipëri!" [“The Ambassador” Altin Rraklli: More gratitude in Germany than in Albania] (in Albanian). Alsat-m.tv. 17 February 1991. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
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  31. ^ "Altin Rraklli: Ju rrëfej të vërtetën e gjyqit dhe dënimit tim në Austri" [Altin Rraklli: I confess you the truth of the court and my sentence in Austria] (in Albanian). Panorama Sport. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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