Freddie Veseli

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Freddie Veseli
Personal information
Full name Frédéric Veseli
Date of birth (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Renens, Switzerland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 21
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)
2013–2015 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2014 Bury (loan) 18 (0)
2014 Port Vale (loan) 15 (0)
2015– Port Vale 10 (1)
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 00:00, 4 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Frédéric "Freddie" Veseli (born 20 November 1992) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a defender for League One side Port Vale.

Born in Renens, he began his youth career with local club FC Renens before joining Lausanne-Sport in 2005. In 2008, he was signed by English club Manchester City, before joining Manchester United in January 2012. Having failed to break into the first team, he was released in July 2013 and joined Ipswich Town, who allowed him to go on loan to Bury in the second half of the 2013–14 season. He was loaned out to Port Vale for the first half of the 2014–15 season, before joining permanently in January 2015.

He represented Switzerland at every level of youth football, and captained the Switzerland under-17s to victory in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Veseli started his football career with Renens. In 2005, he joined Lausanne-Sport, where he remained until 2008, when he moved to England to join Manchester City's Elite Development Squad. He would spend the next four seasons playing primarily for the reserve team. During the 2010–11 season, manager Roberto Mancini named Veseli on the bench for the first team in a Third Round League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 22 September.[1] Prior to the 2011–12 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 Alex Ferguson's Manchester United on a free transfer.[2][3] He stated his reason for making the switch was that he felt he had a better chance of first team football at United.[4] However he never featured for the "Red Devils", and Manchester United released Veseli at the end of his contract in July 2013.[5]

Ipswich Town[edit]

In July 2013, Veseli was signed by Mick McCarthy's Championship club Ipswich Town on a two-year deal.[6] On 6 August, Veseli made his professional debut in a 2–0 League Cup defeat by Stevenage at Broadhall Way.[7]

On 31 December 2013, Veseli had signed a one-month loan deal for struggling League Two side Bury.[8] His loan spell at Gigg Lane 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. In his 18 appearances the "Shakers" kept ten clean sheets.[9]

Port Vale[edit]

In July 2014, Veseli signed on loan for League One side Port Vale for the first half of the 2014–15 season, with manager Micky Adams intending him to provide first team competition for right-back Adam Yates.[10][9] He missed two weeks after breaking his ribs in September.[11] He returned to the starting eleven at centre-half on 15 November, helping the "Valiants" to a 1–0 win over Rochdale at Vale Park.[12] He was picked out as the star player in the following week's 1–0 defeat to Milton Keynes Dons.[13] He joined Port Vale on a permanent basis on 7 January 2015, after being released by Ipswich.[14] On 21 February, he scored his first goal in professional football with a speculative effort from 30-yards in a 3–0 home win over Doncaster Rovers.[15] The goal helped him to be named in the Football League team of the week.[16]

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 with a 1–0 victory over the hosts at the Abuja Stadium.[17]

Although he has Swiss citizenship, Veseli has declared to the media that he would welcome a call-up from Albania, given his Albanian ethnicity.[18]

Style of play[edit]

Speaking in July 2014, Port Vale manager Micky Adams stated that Veseli was "quick, he can handle the ball and he's got decent pedigree".[19]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[20] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010–11[21] Manchester City Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[22] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[22] Manchester United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[23] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[24] Ipswich Town Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14[24] Bury (loan) League Two 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2014–15[25] Ipswich Town Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[25] Port Vale League One 25 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
Total 25 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
Career total 43 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 45 1

Honours[edit]

with Switzerland U17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baggies pile pressure on Mancini". ESPN. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Tuck, James (31 January 2012). "Reds swoop for Veseli". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Man Utd sign Manchester City defender Frederic Veseli". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "City have the wrong priorities! New United defender Veseli hits out after crossing divide". Daily Mail. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ McKeegan, Alice (7 June 2013). "Veseli heads list of released United players". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ipswich Town sign ex-Manchester United defender Frederic Veseli". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stevenage v Ipswich". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bury sign Burke and Veseli as Brian Jensen extends contract". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 December 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "It's good up north duck, says new boy Frederic Veseli". The Sentinel. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich defender Frederic Veseli signs on loan". BBC Sport. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Freddie Veseli and Achille Campion injury latest". The Sentinel. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Baggaley, Mike (15 November 2014). "Rob Page hails Chris Robertson and Freddie Veseli". The Sentinel. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Baggaley, Mike (23 November 2014). "Why this defender was Mike Baggaley's star man against MK Dons". The Sentinel. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Smith, Pete (7 January 2015). "Freddie Veseli signing confirmed". The Sentinel. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Port Vale 3- 0 Doncaster Rovers". BBC Sport. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Baggaley, Mike (24 February 2015). "Freddie Veseli's stunner wins him spot in Football League team of week - video". The Sentinel. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Switzerland - Nigeria". FIFA. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Veseli: I gatshëm të luaj për Shqipërinë (in English: Veseli: Ready to play for Albania)". Albeu. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Introducing Frederic Veseli - Port Vale sign former Manchester United and Manchester City starlet". The Sentinel. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  21. ^ "Games played by Frédéric Veseli in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Frédéric Veseli in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Frédéric Veseli in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Frédéric Veseli in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Frédéric Veseli in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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