Mehmedi playing for Switzerland in 2012
|Full name||Admir Mehmedi|
|Date of birth||16 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Gostivar, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||SC Freiburg|
|2013–||→ SC Freiburg (loan)||24||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Admir Mehmedi was born in Gostivar, Macedonia. He is of Albanian heritage. At the age of two, his family emigrated from Macedonia to Switzerland and he soon joined local side Bellinzona, before signing for FC Winterthur, from where Zürich scouted him. In 2006 he moved to Zürich. Mehmedi came through the youth system after being spotted as a youngster and joined the senior team in 2008.
Mehmedi began his senior career with FC Zürich at the age of seventeen. Within two years he was included in the first-team squad and by 2010 he was a first-team regular. He made his senior side debut on On the 20 July 2008 and scored two goals in eleven appearances, in addition to winning the Swiss Super League in his debuting season with the club.
Being a first team regular in 2010, Mehmedi established himself as a physical striker. Excellent in the box as well as having a good turn of pace, he was also technically great. During his time with Zürich, Mehmedi scored nineteen goals and provided nine assists.
On January 13, 2012, Admir Mehmedi joined Dynamo Kyiv from FC Zürich on a five-year deal. During his season and a half with Kyiv, Mehmedi mainly played coming off from the bench. Seeking more playing time and to be included again in the Switzerland national team, Mehmedi moved to Bundesliga team SC Freiburg
On the 11 July 2013, Mehmedi moved to SC Freiburg initially to join on loan, although his contract also stipulates that Freiburg have an option to make the move permanent. Freiburg's acting sporting director Klemens Hartenbach stated that he was delighted the transfer went through. Hartenbach stated "He's a very versatile attacking player who understands the game and has already proven he can play at the highest level".
Mehmedi was a crucial member of the Swiss U-21 side in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Mehmedi received the silver boot with three goals in the tournament and was selected in the UEFA Euro U-21 2011 Team of the Tournament. Along with Xherdan Shaqiri, Mehmedi was being tipped as the future of Swiss football.
Mehmedi made his debut for the Swiss national team against England, in a Euro 2012 qualifying game, coming on as a substitute. Mehmedi scored his first goal for Switzerland in his side's 5–3 win over Germany. The Swiss national side had not beaten the Germans since 1956.
- Scores and results table. Switzerland's goal tally first:
|1.||26 May 2012||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Germany||5–3||5–3||Friendly|
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