Astrit Ajdarević

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Astrit Ajdarević
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Ajdarević playing for IFK Norrköping in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Astrit Ajdarević
Date of birth (1990-04-17) 17 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Standard Liège
Youth career
1996–2000 Rinia IF
2001–2005 Falkenbergs FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Falkenbergs FF 5 (0)
2007–2009 Liverpool 0 (0)
2009 Leicester City (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2010 Leicester City 0 (0)
2010 Hereford United (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Örebro SK 13 (5)
2011–2012 IFK Norrköping 40 (6)
2012– Standard Liège 24 (3)
2014 Charlton Athletic (loan) 23 (2)
National team
2005–2007 Sweden U17 20 (7)
2008–2010 Sweden U19 18 (2)
2011–2012 Sweden U21 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:58 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:21, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Astrit Ajdarević (born 17 April 1990) is a Swedish professional footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for Standard Liège.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pristina, Kosovo to Kosova-Albanian parents, he moved with his family to Sweden in 1992.[1] His father Agim was a member of FK Spartak Subotica in the Yugoslav First League in the 1980s and 1990s, and moved to Sweden in 1992; he later signed with Falkenbergs FF.[2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ajdarević began his career in 1996 in his adopted nation of Sweden. He first played for Rinia IF, and later signed with Falkenbergs FF, where he played between Winter 2006/2007.[1]

Liverpool[edit]

On 5 December 2006 Ajdarević completed a second trial at Liverpool and transferred soon afterwards to the club, having impressed the club's coaching staff. He made his Liverpool youth team debut in the FA Youth Cup victory against Reading in January 2007.[3]

He joined Leicester City on trial in January 2009 and signed for the Foxes on the loan signing deadline for football league clubs on 26 March 2009 until the end of that season, when the Midlands-based club had the option to sign him permanently.[4] He made his debut as a second half substitute replacing Max Gradel after 70 minutes of Leicester's 2–2 draw with Carlisle United at the Walkers Stadium.[5]

Leicester City[edit]

On 30 June 2009 Ajdarević joined Leicester permanently having been released by Liverpool, signing a one-year deal.[6]

On 25 March 2010, Ajdarević joined Hereford United on loan until the end of the season, linking up with Leicester team-mate Craig King.[7]

On 17 May 2010 Ajdarević was released by Leicester along with Stephen Clemence, Levi Porter, Robbie Burns, Carl Pentney, Billy Kee and Alex Cisak.[8]

Örebro SK[edit]

Ajdarević returned to Sweden in June 2010 and trained with Örebro SK[9] before being offered a contract with them in early July.[10] He scored for them on his debut on 18 July in a 3–3 draw against IF Elfsborg,[11] and followed this up by scoring twice in the next match, a 3–0 win, again against IF Elsborg.[12] Three months later on 25 October 2010, Ajdarević scored his fourth goal in a 1-1 draw against Brommapojkarna, and in his next game on his last appearance on 1 January 2011, Ajdarević scored in a 2-1 win over Göteborg.

IFK Norrköping[edit]

Ajdarević used a contractual clause that allowed him to find another club after the 2010 season had ended[citation needed]. Even though Örebro SK tried to sign him on a new deal, IFK Norrköping managed to sign a long-term deal with the midfielder.[13] Previously, Ajdarević had also been linked with a move to Italian side Cesena.[14][15] Like at Örebro SK, Ajdarević established himself in the first team and had a successful season at Norrköping. On 3 April 2011, Ajdarević made his debut in a 2-0 win over GAIS; he then scored his first goal, two months later, in a 2-2 draw against BK Häcken. Later in the season, he scored three more goals against Kalmar FF, Trelleborgs FF and Halmstads BK. The next season, Ajdarević continued to be in the first team, having played in central midfield and in the last two games, he scored two goals against AIK and Åtvidabergs.

Standard Liège[edit]

Ajdarević signed a 4-year-contract with Standard Liège in June 2012.[16] Under new manager Ron Jans, Ajdarević soon became a regular in the first team. On the opening game of the season, Ajdarević made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Yoni Buyens, in a 1-0 loss against Zulte Waregem. Soon after on 19 August 2012, Ajdarević scored his first goal in a 6-2 win over Charleroi. In the round of 32 of Belgian Cup, Ajdarević scored and set up a goal for Jelle Van Damme, who scored an winning goal, as Liège beat KV Kortrijk 3-2.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Ajdarević signed a six-month loan deal with Charlton Athletic on 3 January 2014.[17] He made his first-team debut as a 77th minute substitute in a 1-0 Championship away defeat to Middlesbrough and made his first start in the 1-0 fourth round, FA Cup away win against Huddersfield Town. He scored his first and second goals in the month of April with one against Yeovil in a 3-2 win at home and the other in the last minute of a 2-1 defeat to Barnsley, also at home.

International career[edit]

Ajdarević debuted for the Sweden U21 team in a friendly against Serbia on 6 June 2011.

Honours[edit]

Liverpool
Leicester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b „Offside“ – Article from the sverige football magazine Offside over Ajdarevic by footballinfinland.wordpress.com (retrieved on 14. April 2009)
  2. ^ Historien om Astrit Ajdarevic
  3. ^ Trainingsgast aus Liverpool
  4. ^ "Leicester land Liverpool youngster". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 March 2009. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Leicester 2–2 Carlisle". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "City Make It Six". www.lcfc.co.uk (Leicester City F.C.). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Astrit Ajdarevic joins Hereford United from Leicester". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "City release 7". www.lcfc.co.uk. Leicester City F.C. 17 May 2010. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Före Detta Liverpoolspelare Tränare Met ÖSK". oskfotboll.se (in Swedish) (Örebro SK). 14 June 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Astrit Ajdarevic är Klar För ÖSK". oskfotboll.se (in Swedish) (Örebro SK). 4 July 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "IF Elfsborg 3–3 ÖSK". oskfotboll.se (in Swedish) (Örebro SK). 18 July 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "IF ÖSK 3–0 IF Elfsborg". oskfotboll.se (in Swedish) (Örebro SK). 26 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Astrit Ajdarevic ready for IFK" [Astrit Ajdarevic klar för IFK] (in Swedish). Folkbladet. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cesena eyeing Ajdarevic". Sky Sports. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Official: Astrit Ajdarevic ready for Standard Liege" [Officiellt: Astrit Ajdarevic klar för Standard Liege] (in Swedish). Fotboll transfer.com. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Astrit Ajdarevic completely ready for Standard Liege" [Astrit Ajdarevic helt klar för Standard Liege] (in Swedish). Expressen. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Charlton sign Ajdarević on loan". Charlton Athletic FC. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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