Amir Abrashi

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Amir Abrashi
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Personal information
Full name Amir Abrashi
Date of birth (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Bischofszell, Switzerland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Grasshopper
Number 8
Youth career
2002-2003 FC Bischofszell
2003-2005 FC Weinfelden-Bürglen
2005 FC Bischofszell
2005–2008 Winterthur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Winterthur 55 (4)
2008–2009 Winterthur II 3 (1)
2010–2011 Grasshopper (on loan) 27 (1)
2011- Grasshopper 73 (3)
National team
2007-2008 Switzerland U17 2 (0)
2008-2009 Switzerland U19 20 (2)
2010-2012 Switzerland U21 18 (0)
2012 Switzerland Olympic [1][2][3] 4 (0)
2013- Albania 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Amir Abrashi (born 27 March 1990 in Bischofszell, Switzerland) is an Albanian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Grasshopper Club Zürich in the Swiss Super League and the Albanian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Abrashi was born in Bischofszell, Switzerland to Albanian parents who had emigrated from Kosovo before Amir was born and he grew up in the Canton of Thurgau region. He began his career at the age of 12 with his hometown club FC Bischofszell. A year later in 2003 he moved to FC Weinfelden-Bürglen, where he spent 2 years before returning to his hometown club FC Bischofszell. However, just a month after his return he moved to Winterthur along with his family, where he joined local side FC Winterthur, the club where he would remain for the remainder of his youth career.

Winterthur[edit]

Following impressive performances with the youth teams he was first called up to the reserve side towards the end of the 2006-07 season, making his debut on 16 May 2007 in a goalless draw against GC Biaschesi, coming on in the 81st minute for Micha Iseli. 10 days later he was in the starting formation for the 3-2 away win against FC Chur 97. The following season he started in the youth team, but was promoted permanently a few months into the season and on 11 November 2007 he came on as a late substitute in a 4-3 loss against FC St. Gallen II. The following game he started in midfield against FC Herisau in a game which ended in a 4-1 win, and where Abrashi scored his first competitive goal in the 90th minute of the game. He became a regular in the squad's starting line up for the second half of the season, even scoring again against FC Baden. His performances in the reserve side caught the attention of the first team coach Mathias Walther, who included the 18 year old in his squad for the Challenge League class against FC La Chaux-de-Fonds on 27 April 2008. He came on as a 67th minute substitute for fellow Ethnic Albanian Sehar Fejzulahi in the 1-0 away loss. He made 2 more appearances off the bench for the senior side against FC Lugano and SR Delémont respectively.

Grasshopper[edit]

In July 2010, he was loaned for a year to Grasshopper Club Zürich. After loan contract ended in 2011, he bought from Grasshopper for a fee of 600.000 €. He plays together with other Albanian compatriots into origin from Kosovo, Shkëlzen Gashi, Shani Tarashaj and Mërgim Brahimi.

International career[edit]

Switzerland's youth national teams[edit]

Albania national football team[edit]

He told the Swiss media that he had decided to play for Albania and not for Switzerland. He played in his first match for Albania against Armenia in a friendly. The friendly ended as a 2–0 victory for Albania.

Honours[edit]

Grasshopper[edit]

Swiss Cup: 2012-13

References[edit]

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