Përparim Hetemaj

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Përparim Hetemaj
Personal information
Full name Përparim Hetemaj
Date of birth (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Srbica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 56
Youth career
1993–2004 HJK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 HJK 33 (1)
2006–2009 AEK Athens 25 (0)
2008 Apollon Kalamarias (loan) 10 (1)
2009–2010 Twente 0 (0)
2010–2011 Brescia 34 (2)
2011– Chievo 94 (0)
National team
Finland U-19 3 (2)
2005–2009 Finland U-21 15 (3)
2009– Finland 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2014

Përparim Hetemaj [a] (born 12 December 1986) is a Finnish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian Serie A club Chievo and the Finnish national team.

Club career[edit]

HJK Helsinki[edit]

He started his career with HJK Helsinki's reserve team Klubi-04, but soon made it to the first team making his Veikkausliiga debut in 2005. His impressive performances caught the eye of Greek club AEK Athens.

AEK Athens[edit]

He joined AEK Athens F.C. in the summer of 2006 for a fee of €450.000.[citation needed] He instantly became an important member of the team, having played seven league and one cup match even though only 19 years old. He also appeared in four UEFA Champions League matches. Hetemaj's season ended in an abrupt manner in February 2007, when he suffered a fractured leg after a violent tackle by Kevin Thomson during a friendly match between the Finnish and Scottish national teams.

On 29 January 2008, he was loaned to Apollon Kalamarias (the Greece league) until the end of the season to gain more playing experience after the injury that ended his season in 2007.

For the 2008–09 season Hetemaj had a successful season with AEK, making over 15 appearances for the first team.

FC Twente[edit]

On 31 August 2009, he signed with FC Twente of the Dutch Eredivisie as a part of another player transfer.

Brescia Calcio[edit]

On the first of February 2010, he was signed by the Italian side Brescia on free transfer. Hetemaj was rarely used as Brescia finished third and gained promotion to Serie A for the 2010–2011 season. He made his Serie A debut on 12 September 2010, playing the full minutes in a 3–2 home victory over Palermo. He scored his first Serie A goal on 22 September 2010 against AS Roma and became the first Finnish footballer to score in Serie A.[2]

A.C. Chievo Verona[edit]

On 30 June 2011, he was signed by the Italian Serie A side Chievo in co-ownership deal for 1.4 million euros.[3][4][5]

International career[edit]

Finland Under-21[edit]

Hetemaj made his debut for the Finland U-21 side in 2005 versus Estonia. Hetemaj, along with his younger brother Mehmet Hetemaj, was called up to represent Finland U-21 at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[6] and made a good appearance in the tournament, playing from start in every match.


Hetemaj made his senior debut for Finland as a substitute against Japan in February 2009. On 26 May 2012, he scored a last-minute goal against Turkey in a friendly match.


Hetemaj was born in Srbica, SAP Kosovo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. He is the elder brother of Mehmet Hetemaj and is of Albanian origin.



HJK Helsinki

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 2012 Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria  Turkey 2–3 2−3 Friendly
2. 15 August 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 3–2 3−3 Friendly
3. 14 November 2012 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0−2 0−3 Friendly
4. 31 May 2014 Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions, Ventspils, Russia  Estonia 1–0 2–0 2014 Baltic Cup


As of 16 November 2013[7]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 0 0
2011 8 0
2012 8 3
2013 7 0
Total 25 3


  1. ^ "AC ChievoVerona". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Suomalaisfutaajat ovat osuneet kaikissa Euroopan huippusarjoissa". Helsingin Sanomat. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  3. ^ http://www.calciomercato.it/news/123093/Mercato-Lazio-sfuma-Hetemaj-va-al-Chievo.html
  4. ^ Brescia Calcio Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  5. ^ AC ChievoVerona srl Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Finland squad". Uefa.com. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  7. ^ http://www.palloliitto.fi/maajoukkueet/miesten-maajoukkue/pelaajat/perparim-hetemaj
a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Përparim Hetemaj, Serbo-Croatian spelling: Perparim Hetemaj

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