Gashi with Vålerenga in 2006
|Date of birth||20 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Gjakova, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ardian Gashi (born 20 June 1981) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Odd. Gashi has previously played for Molde, Vålerenga, Brann and Fredrikstad in the Norwegian Premier League, and Helsingborg in Allsvenskan.
Gashi is from Kosovo, but his family moved to Norway when he was eight years old. He became a Norwegian citizen, and has played for the Norwegian national team until 2014, when he started to play for Kosovo.
Gashi was born in Gjakova, SFR Yugoslavia but Gashi's family, who is of Albanian ethnicity, moved from Kosovo to Norway as refugees when he was eight years old. Gashi's family moved to Kyrksæterøra in Norway and he started to play football at the local club KIL/Hemne before he moved transferred to Molde in 1998. After a spell at Ørn Horten he went to Oslo to play for Vålerenga on loan in 2003, and later permanently.
In the 2005 season Gashi missed a number of games in August, due to having to serve a prison sentence for breaking the speed limits while driving. He was sentenced to 18 days in prison, but was released after 14, for good behavior, and thus managed to play in Vålerenga's 1–0 loss. He was later to play in the penalty shootout loss against Club Brugge in the last round of UEFA Champions League qualification.
On 30 August 2006, Gashi signed for Brann in a transfer worth about NOK 7.000.000. His stay in Bergen was of the short kind; On 25 July 2007 he signed with Fredrikstad FK. It was announced in December 2009 that he would join Swedish club Helsingborgs IF for the 2010 season.
Gashi played 18 matches for the Norwegian under-21 team between 2002 and 2003, scoring two goals. He was later capped seven times for the senior team between 2004 and 2005, his last cap was the 2006 World Cup qualifying match against Belarus on 12 October 2005. In October 2012, Gashi was again called up for the national team squad, following Håvard Nordtveit's suspension ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Cyprus Gashi started the match on the bench, but came on as a substitute for Magnus Wolff Eikrem after 89 minutes.
Even though Gashi has been capped for Norway, he has stated several times that his biggest dream is to represent Kosovo as a footballer. He has also stated that, although he is ethnically Albanian, he would like to score against Albania in the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2014, if he will be selected for the upcoming 2013 matches and won't follow the example of Granit Xhaka, another ethnic Albanian, playing for Switzerland, who graced Albania in their match against the Swiss.
Ahead of the friendly match against South Africa in January 2013, Gashi persuaded Egil "Drillo" Olsen to play with him as the holding midfielder, and Drillo praised Gashi's performance after the match.
- As of 5 August 2014
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