Erdal Rakip

Erdal Rakip (born 13 February 1996) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Malmö FF as a midfielder.

Erdal Rakip
Rakip playing for Malmö FF in 2016
Personal information
Full name Erdal Rakip[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF
Number 19
Youth career
2001–2013 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Malmö FF 90 (11)
2018–2019 Benfica 0 (0)
2018Crystal Palace (loan) 0 (0)
2019– Malmö FF 14 (0)
National team
2011–2013 Sweden U17 15 (1)
2013–2015 Sweden U19 14 (2)
2015–2018 Sweden U21 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Club career

Rakip made his Allsvenskan debut for Malmö FF in an away fixture against IF Brommapojkarna at Grimsta IP on 1 June 2013.[3] On 17 June 2013, Rakip signed a two and a half year youth contract with Malmö FF until the end of the 2015 season.[4] On 15 July 2014 Rakip signed a first team contract with Malmö FF for three and a half additional years at the club.[5] The 2014 season saw more playing time for Rakip as he made 15 appearances for the club. He also participated in play during the group stage of the 2014–15 and 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.

After his contract with Malmö expired at the end of the 2017 Swedish season, Rakip signed for Portuguese champions Benfica. Before playing any games for them, he was loaned out for the rest of the 2017–18 season to English club Crystal Palace.[6] On 11 February 2019, without having played any match for Benfica, Malmö FF announced Rakip's return to the Swedish club,[7] reportedly for a €500,000 transfer fee, with Benfica being entitled to fifty per cent of a future transfer.[8]

International career

Rakip entered his first international tournament at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates where Sweden won a bronze medal, he scored his first international goal against Honduras in the quarter final.[9] Rakip played six out of seven matches for Sweden during the tournament and scored one goal, he missed the first group stage match against Iraq due to a previous suspension.[10]

Rakip holds dual citizenship of Sweden and Macedonia, and is of Turkish and Albanian descent.[11][12]

Career statistics

As of 11 November 2019[13]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Malmö FF 2013Allsvenskan 10101030
2014 1503040220
2015 20120100321
2016 27260332
2017 2781120309
Total 901113117012012
Benfica 2017–18 Primeira Liga 00000000
Crystal Palace (loan) 2017–18 Premier League 000000
Malmö FF 2019 Allsvenskan 1403023193
Career total 1041116119313915


Malmö FF

Sweden U17


  1. "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. "Erdal Rakip" (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. "Matchinformation: IF Brommapojkarna - Malmö FF". (in Northern Sami). The Swedish Football Association. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. "Malmö FF skriver kontrakt med ung talang". (in Northern Sami). Malmö FF. 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  5. "Erdal Rakip får A-lagskontrakt". (in Northern Sami). Malmö FF. 15 July 2014. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  6. "Crystal Palace complete Erdal Rakip loan signing and close in on Jaroslaw Jach transfer". Evening Standard. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  7. "Välkommen tillbaka till Malmö FF, Erdal Rakip!" [Welcome back to Malmö FF, Erdal Rakip!]. Malmö FF (in Northern Sami). 11 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. Krithinas, Sérgio (30 January 2019). "Rakip rende 500 mil euros ao Benfica" [Rakip earns Benfica 500 thousand euros]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  9. "FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 MatchCast". FIFA. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  10. "Statistics". Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  11. "Erdal Who? 6 Things You Need to Know About Crystal Palace's New Swedish Signing". 25 January 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  12. "Erdal Rakip Loan Deal Confirmed". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. "Erdal Rakip". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
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