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Rudi Vata
Albanian association football player

Rudi Vata

Rudi Vata
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Quick Facts

Intro Albanian association football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player Sports official Sports agent
From Albania
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 February 1969, Shkodër, Albania
Age 53 years
Star sign Aquarius
Stats
Height: 183 cm
Sports Teams
KS Dinamo Tirana
Le Mans U.C. 72
Yokohama FC
FC Energie Cottbus
St. Johnstone F.C.
Apollon Limassol FC
Celtic F.C.
Tours FC.
KF Tirana
Rot Weiss Ahlen
KS Vllaznia Shkodër
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Rudi Vata (born 13 February 1969) is an Albanian former footballer who played as a defender, and had also a short stint as a manager of Albanian team KF Vllaznia Shkodër.

Club career

Early life

Vata was born in the northern city of Shkodër and joined local side Vllaznia Shkodër at a young age, making his first team debut in 1988. Whilst travelling with the Albania national football team in France he sought political asylum in 1991.

Vata's career in Western football began in France in 1991, when the KS Dinamo Tirana player claimed political asylum following an international match. He played for Le Mans and Tours, before playing for Celtic between January 1993 and 1995–96. He became the first Albanian to win an honour in a major European country when he won the 1995 Scottish FA Cup with Celtic.

Vata went on to play for Apollon Limassol (1996–1998), Energie Cottbus (1998–2001), Rot-Weiß Ahlen (January–June 2002) and SK Tirana (2002–2003). This was followed by a spell in Japan, after which he signed for St Johnstone in 2004. He retired from football in 2005 after a brief stint with KF Partizani Tirana.

Since retiring from the professional game, Vata has become a sports agent, specialising in Eastern European football, and facilitating the transfer of players such as Garry O'Connor and Aiden McGeady.

International career

He made his debut for Albania in a May 1990 European Championship qualification match away against Iceland and earned a total of 59 caps, scoring 5 goals. His final international was a September 2001 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Finland.

Personal life

Vata is married to Anne Frances from Wishaw, Lanarkshire in Scotland, whom he met during his time playing at Celtic. They have two sons together, Ruan and Rocco, both of whom were born in Scotland. They live in Hamilton, Scotland. In November 2019, his son Rocco was set to make his Republic of Ireland U-15 debut against Poland.

Career statistics

Club

Source:
Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Albania League
1988/89 Vllaznia Shkodër Superliga
1989/90
1990/91 Dinamo Tirana Superliga 6 0
France League
1991/92 Le Mans Division 2
1991/92 Tours Division 2
Albania League
1992/93 Dinamo Tirana Superliga
Scotland League
1992/93 Celtic Premier Division 22 2
1993/94 10 1
1994/95 7 1
1995/96 6 0
Cyprus League
1996/97 Apollon Limassol First Division 25 4
1997/98 24 5
Germany League
1998/99 Energie Cottbus 2. Bundesliga 25 0
1999/00 25 1
2000/01 Bundesliga 30 1
2001/02 1 0
2001/02 LR Ahlen 2. Bundesliga 8 0
Albania League
2002/03 Tirana Superliga 13 4
Japan League
2003 Yokohama FC J2 League 24 3
Scotland League
2003/04 St Johnstone First Division 15 0
Country Albania 19 4
France
Scotland 60 4
Cyprus 49 9
Germany 89 2
Japan 24 3
Total 241 22

International

Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 1 0
1991 1 0
1992 5 0
1993 6 0
1994 3 0
1995 5 1
1996 4 0
1997 7 1
1998 8 0
1999 8 1
2000 7 2
2001 4 0
Total 59 5

Honours

Dinamo Tirana

  • Albanian Superliga: 1990

Celtic

  • Scottish Cup: 1994–95

Partizani Tirana

  • Albanian Superliga: 2003
  • Albanian Supercup: 2002

Albania

  • Malta International Tournament: 2000
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 05 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/scotland/article5989535.ece
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/the-albanian-who-came-in-from-the-cold-688923.html
http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Rudi+Vata
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/6075056.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/8724659.stm
http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/alba-recintlp.html
https://eu-football.info/_player.php?id=21990
https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/celtic/in-full/interview-rudi-vata-on-his-journey-from-albania-to-celtic-1-4797058
https://www.national-football-teams.com/player/507.html
http://www.rsssf.com/players/alba-champ-teams.html
http://www.rsssf.com/tablesa/albasupcuphist.html#02
http://www.rsssf.com/tablesr/rothmans00.html
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-record/20191122/283798560596919
http://www.sporting-heroes.net/football-heroes/displayhero_club.asp?HeroID=7801
https://data.j-league.or.jp/SFIX04/?player_id=7256
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