Frédéric Veseli

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Frédéric Veseli
Personal information
Full name Frédéric Veseli
Date of birth (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Renens, Switzerland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 20
Youth career
2003–2005 Renens
2005–2008 Lausanne-Sport
2008–2010 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Manchester City 0 (0)
2012–2013 Manchester United 0 (0)
2013– Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2014 Bury (loan) 18 (0)
National team
2007 Switzerland U15 4 (0)
2007–2008 Switzerland U16 8 (0)
2008–2009 Switzerland U17 16 (0)
2009–2010 Switzerland U18 12 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 9 (0)
2011–2012 Switzerland U20 7 (1)
2012 Switzerland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:38, 13 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:15, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Frédéric Veseli (born 20 November 1992) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a defender for English club Ipswich Town.

Club career[edit]

Veseli started his football career with Renens. In 2005, he joined Lausanne-Sport, where he remained until 2008, when he moved to Manchester City's Elite Development Squad. He would spend the next four seasons playing primarily for the reserve team. During the 2010–11 season he did make the bench once for the first-team in a third round League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on September 22, 2010.[1] Prior to the 2011–12 Premier League season, Veseli featured prominently at the 2011 World Football Challenge but did not make any first-team appearance that year.

On 31 January 2012, the last day of the 2012 winter transfer window, Veseli moved across the city to Manchester United on a free transfer.[2] Manchester United released Veseli at the end of his contract on 1 July 2013.

Less than three weeks later, Veseli was signed by Ipswich Town on a two-year deal.[3] On 6 August 2013, Veseli made his professional debut in a Football League Cup match against Stevenage.[4]

On 31 December 2013, it was announced that Veseli had signed a one month loan deal for struggling League Two side, Bury.[5] His loan spell was later extended by a further month before finally being extended to the full 93-day period. He started 18 League games for the club and was influential in their rise from 20th in the table and fighting relegation up to 11th, when he left, after new manager David Flitcroft decided to include Veseli in a back three alongside Pablo Mills and Jimmy McNulty.

International career[edit]

In May 2009, Veseli reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which was held in Germany. In October 2009, he competed in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in Nigeria, playing in six matches and eventually winning the competition as captain.[6]

Although he has Swiss citizenship, Veseli has declared to the media that he would welcome a call-up from Albania, given his Albanian ethnicity.[7]


  1. ^ "Baggies pile pressure on Mancini". ESPN. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Tuck, James (31 January 2012). "Reds swoop for Veseli". Manchester United. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ipswich Town sign ex-Manchester United defender Frederic Veseli". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stevenage v Ipswich". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bury sign Burke and Veseli as Brian Jensen extends contract". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Switzerland - Nigeria". FIFA. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Veseli: I gatshëm të luaj për Shqipërinë (in English: Veseli: Ready to play for Albania". Albeu. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 

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