Admir Mehmedi

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Admir Mehmedi
Admir Mehmedi Switzerland.jpg
Mehmedi playing for Switzerland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Admir Mehmedi
Date of birth (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Gostivar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club SC Freiburg
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2000 AC Bellinzona
2000–2006 FC Winterthur
2006–2008 FC Zürich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 FC Zürich 84 (19)
2012– Dynamo Kyiv 25 (1)
2013– SC Freiburg (loan) 24 (7)
National team
2011– Switzerland U21 9 (6)
2011– Switzerland 18 (1)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Switzerland international footballer[1] who plays as a striker for SC Freiburg on loan from Dynamo Kyiv.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Club career[edit]

Zürich[edit]

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.[2] During his time with Zürich, Mehmedi scored nineteen goals and provided nine assists.

In the January transfer window in 2012, Mehmedi received transfer offers from Sunderland A.F.C.,[3] Liverpool FC[3] and 1. FC Nürnberg.[3] However, Mehmedi moved to Dynamo Kyiv.

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

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

Freiburg[edit]

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.[4] 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".[4]

International career[edit]

Under-21[edit]

Mehmedi was a crucial member of the Swiss U-21 side in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[2] 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.[2]

Senior team[edit]

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.[5]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Switzerland's goal tally first:
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 2012 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Germany 5–3 5–3 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mehmedi, Admir" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sky Sports Euro Scout – Admir Mehmedi". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Liverpool to rival Sunderland for young Zurich striker Mehmedi in January". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Mehmedi joins Freiburg on loan". Bundesliga. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Admir Mehmedi: 'A step in the right direction'". Sports Mole. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Profile at FC Zurich Stats
  • [1] at Bundesliga Official Site