Ajeti playing for the Switzerland under-21 team
|Date of birth||25 September 1993|
|Place of birth||Basel, Switzerland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Arlind Ajeti (born 25 September 1993) is an Swiss-Albanian footballer who plays as a defender for Swiss club Basel and the Albania national team. He has both nationalities. He is the older brother of twins, Albian who also plays for Basel's first team, and Adonis playing for the FC Basel youth team.
Ajeti started his youth football with FC Concordia Basel, but came through the ranks at FC Basel, playing in the U-16, U-18 and U-21 teams.
He signed his first professional contract, valid over two and a half years, on 2 January 2011 and was called into the first team squad ahead of the 2011–12 FC Basel season, after becoming one of the best defenders in the reserve squad. Because Ajeti is born in 1993 he was eligible to play for the newly formed Basel Under-19 team in the 2011–12 NextGen series. He played his first game the teams first game against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on 17 August 2011.
Ajeti made his first team league debut as a substitute on 28 August 2011 in the 2:1 home win against FC Thun. At the end of the 2011–12 season he won the Double, the League Championship title and the Swiss Cup with Basel. He only played once in the league and had just two Swiss Cup appearances with the first team squad, but played regularly with the U-21 team.
At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Ajeti won the Championship title for the second time and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel. In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced to the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but were knocked out being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.
During the beginning of the season 2013–14 on 5 October 2013 Ajeti scored his first League goal in the 2–1 away win against Lausanne-Sport. At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Ajeti won his third league championship with Basel. They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. In the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel in the group stage finished the group in third position to qualify for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.
Swiss youth internationals
Ajeti made his debut for the Switzerland U-17 team in the game against Sweden on 4 March 2010. He made his debut for the Switzerland U-18 team on 15 September 2010 in the 2–2 draw with the Belgium U-18. During the qualifications to the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Ajeti played his first game for the Switzerland U-19 as substitute in the game Group 2 game against England on 2 June 2011.
On 6 February 2013 Ajeti made his debut for the Swiss U-21 team in the El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain. He played the entire game, but it ended in a 0–1 defeat against the Slovakian U-21 team. He played his final game for the Swiss youth teams on 24 September 2014. This was in the 0–2 defeat against the Ukraine U-21 team during the qualification matches to the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
After the abandoned match between Serbia and Albania on 14 October 2014, many Albanian descent football players started to express their desire to play for Albania. Ajeti was one of them as he declared that he will play for the senior team of Albania.
|Season||Club||League country||League||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2010–11||Basel U-21||1. Liga Promotion||23||1||0||0||-||-||23||1|
|2011–12||Basel||Swiss Super League||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|2012–13||Basel U-21||1. Liga Promotion||12||0||0||0||-||-||12||0|
|Basel||Swiss Super League||4||0||1||0||1||0||6||0|
|2013–14||Basel U-21||1. Liga Promotion||11||2||0||0||-||-||11||2|
|Basel||Swiss Super League||20||1||4||0||12||0||36||1|
|Total Basel U-21||46||3||0||0||0||0||46||3|
|Albania national team|
- Swiss Super League: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Swiss Cup: 2011–12; Runner-up: 2012–13, 2013–14
- Uhren Cup: 2013
- U18 Swiss Champion: 2009–10
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- Sfida me Serbinë, nxit lojtarët shqiptarë, Ajeti: Dua të luaj për Shqipërinë | GAZETA DITA
- Arlind Ajeti profile at Soccerway
- Arlind Ajeti National Football Teams
- Arlind Ajeti - national football team player EU-football.info
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- Profile at FC Basel (German)
- Profile at Swiss Football League Website (German)
- Arlind Ajeti profile at Soccerway
- U21 U20 U19 U18 U17 profiles at Swiss FA