|Full name||Albian Afrim Ajeti|
|Date of birth||26 February 1997|
|Place of birth||Basel, Switzerland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|West Ham United|
|2016||FC Augsburg II||6||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ St. Gallen (loan)||29||(10)|
|2019–||West Ham United||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:23, 19 July 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:57, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
Albian Afrim Ajeti (born 26 February 1997) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays for West Ham United as a striker. His elder brother Arlind Ajeti and his twin brother Adonis are also footballers.
The Ajeti twins started their youth football with Basel in 2005, at the same time as their elder brother moved to the club from Concordia. In the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons Albian Ajeti played in Basel's U-16 and with the team he twice became Swiss Champion at this level. During the 2012–13 season he also played in their U-18 team. On 30 April 2013 the twin brothers both signed their first professional contracts with the club, thus also becoming part of their first team. During the 2013–14 season he was called into their U-21 team.
Albian Ajeti played a number of test games before the 2013–14 FC Basel season and scored the winning goal in the 3–2 win against RB Leipzig on 26 June 2013 during the clubs trainings camp in Walchensee. He spent most of the season playing with the FCB U-21 team in the 1. Liga Promotion, the third tier of the Swiss Football League, but was often called to the first team, taking a place on their substitute bench.
Ajeti made his professional debut, coming in as a substitute, on 13 March 2014 in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 home tie in St. Jakob-Park. The match against Red Bull Salzburg ended in a goalless draw. At 6 April 2014, he made his league debut against FC Thun in a goalless draw in St. Jakob-Park. At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season he won the 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. During the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel reached the group stage and finished the group in third position. Thus they qualified for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.
For Ajeti and for Basel the season 2014–15 was a very successful one. The championship was won for the sixth time in a row that season and in the 2014–15 Swiss Cup they reached the final. But for the third season in a row, they finished as runners-up, losing 0–3 to FC Sion in the final. Basel entered the Champions League in the group stage and reached the knockout phase as on 9 December 2014 they managed a 1–1 draw at Anfield against Liverpool. But then Basel then lost to Porto in the Round of 16. Basel played a total of 65 matches (36 Swiss League fixtures, 6 Swiss Cup, 8 Champions League and 15 test matches). Under trainer Paulo Sousa Ajeti totaled 16 appearances, 4 in the League, 2 in the Cup, as well 10 in test games. He scored 3 goals in these matches, all being in the test matches. he also played for their U-21 team.
Ajeti signed a four and a half year contract with FC Augsburg on 8 January 2016. Ajeti made a solitary Bundesliga appearance for Augsburg, coming on as a 54th minute substitute in a 2–2 draw against Darmstadt on 12 March 2016.
Return to Basel
On 2 October 2017, Basel announced that Ajeti had signed a five-year contract. On 14 October 2017, Ajeti scored on his debut for Basel in a 4–0 away win against Lugano. In Basel's last five games of their 2017–18 season, Ajeti scored seven goals, taking his total for the 2017–18 Swiss Super League season to 17, becoming the top scorer, with 14 goals scored for Basel. In the following season, Ajeti again scored 14 league goals for the club. On 19 July 2019, in Ajeti's last Swiss Super League appearance for Basel, he scored the opening goal and assisted twice more in a 4–1 away win against Sion.
West Ham United
Ajeti made diverse appearances for the Switzerland U-15 and U-16 national teams. He played his debut for their U-17 team being substituted in during the 3–0 win against the Faroe Islands U-17 on 10 October 2012. He scored his first goal for the team just two days later during the 5–1 victory against Cyprus U-17. Altogether he played 17 games for the U-17 scoring a total of 7 goals.
Ajeti played his debut for the Swiss U-18 team on 4 September 2014 as the Swiss won 1–0 in the away game against the Swedish U-18 team in Gävle. It was Ajeti who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. He played his debut for the U-20 national team on 31 March 2015 as the Swiss were defeated 1–0 by the Italian U-20 team.
Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ajeti goal.
|1||8 September 2018||Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland||1||Iceland||5–0||6–0||2018–19 UEFA Nations League A|||
- Swiss Super League: 2014–15
- Swiss Cup: 2018–19; runner-up 2014–15
- U16 Swiss Champion: 2011–12, 2012–13
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