Date of birth
(1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 19)
Place of birth
Vushtrri, Republic of Kosovo
Vitesse (#26 / Forward)
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Milot Rashica (born 28 June 1996) is a Kosovo Albanian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Dutch club Vitesse and the Kosovo national team.
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- Club career
- Albania youth team
Born in Vučitrn, Rashica made his senior debut with FC Vushtrria, aged only 16. In August 2013, after a trial period at K.A.A. Gent, he refused an offer from the club and made his senior debut with Kosova.
In September 2013, after suffering an injury, Rashica moved to Hannover for treatment and only returned to his parent club in the following year. In the 2014 summer he had trials at Hannover 96 and 1. FC Union Berlin, but nothing came of it.
On 10 September 2014 Rashica moved to Vitesse on a trial basis, appearing for the club's youth team. On 10 February 2015 he signed a three-year deal with the Arnhem side, being effective on 1 July, for a rumoured €300,000 fee.
Rashica made his professional debut on 30 July 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute for Uroš Đurđević in a 0–3 away loss against Southampton, for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round. He made his Eredivisie debut on 9 August, starting and assisting Denys Oliynyk in a 1–1 away draw against Willem II.
Rashica scored his first professional goal on 20 September 2015, netting the last in a 3–0 home win against De Graafschap. On 18 December he scored a brace in a 5–1 routing of FC Twente also at the GelreDome.
Albania youth team
Rashica was called up to Albania's under-17 team by coach Džemal Mustedanagić for the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round in October 2012, and made his debut for the side on the 18th, starting in a 0–1 loss against Italy. Five days later, he scored the fifth in a 6–0 routing of Liechtenstein; he appeared in three matches and scored once, as Albania was knocked out after finishing third in its group.
On 7 November 2014 Rashica was called up to the under-19s by coach Altin Lala ahead of 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round. He appeared against Denmark, Portugal and Wales, as Albania was again eliminated.
On 28 August 2015, Rashica was included in Redi Jupi's under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Israel and Portugal. He made his debut on 3 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against the former, and also suffering a penalty which was later converted by Endri Çekiçi.
Rashica made his debut for the full squad on 29 March 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute for Ledian Memushaj in a 2–0 friendly win against Luxembourg. He only appeared in one further match for the national setup, a 3–1 win against Qatar on 29 May.
On 15 August 2016, it was announced that Rashica had switched to the Kosovo national football team. He made his debut for Kosovo on 5 September, starting in a 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers draw against Finland at the Veritas Stadion in Turku.