Arijan Ademi

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Arijan Ademi
Arijan Ademi - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013 (cropped2).jpg
Ademi playing for Croatia in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Šibenik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Šibenik 56 (2)
2010– Dinamo Zagreb 143 (10)
2012Lokomotiva (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2009 Croatia U18
2008–2010 Croatia U19 17 (5)
2011 Croatia U20 7 (3)
2010 Croatia U21 7 (3)
2013 Croatia 3 (0)
2014– Macedonia 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2018

Arijan Ademi (Macedonian: Аријан Адеми; born 29 May 1991) is an Croatian/Macedonian professional footballer who plays for GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Macedonian national team. Ademi started his professional career at Šibenik, debuting for the senior squad on 22 March 2008 aged just 16 years. On 16 June 2010 he was transferred to reigning Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

At international level, Ademi was capped 17 times for the under-19 team and scored two goals. He took part at the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship where he made four appearances for Croatian side which reached the semi-finals and scored a goal. He also made four appearances in the friendly matches for the under-18 team. Although appearing in three friendly matches for the Croatian senior national team, on 9 October 2014 he debuted for the Macedonia national team in an official match.

On 22 November 2015, Ademi received a four-year suspension for doping after it was announced that he had failed a post-match drugs test following Dinamo Zagreb's 2–1 Champions League home victory over Arsenal on 16 September. Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamić said the club would appeal.[1] The appeal was ultimately denied by UEFA.

Club career[edit]


Ademi began his career at Šibenik where he was promoted to the first team on 15 September 2007. He made his first senior appearance for the club on 22 March 2008 in a match against Dinamo Zagreb.[2] He featured as a 63rd-minute substitute for Gabriel in a match Šibenik lost 5–1.[citation needed] The following season Ademi made 28 appearance for the senior squad, 16 of which he started in the first eleven. The 2009–10 Prva HNL was the most successful for Ademi as he made 27 appearances in the first eleven and scored two goals.[citation needed] He scored his first league goal on 25 July 2009 in an away match against Croatia Sesvete which Šibenik won 2–1.[2] He was also the youngest player that captained any Prva HNL club that season.[3]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 16 June 2009 he was transferred to Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of €400,000.[4] He made his first appearance for his new club on 31 July 2010 in a league match against Rijeka in a match Dinamo Zagreb lost 2–1.[citation needed] He also made his debut in European competitions on 4 August in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round match against Sheriff Tiraspol which finished with a draw 1–1.[citation needed] Upon arrival of the coach Vahid Halilhodžić he established himself as a first team regular in the position of defensive midfielder, and appeared as a starter in their 2010–11 UEFA Europa League group matches, as Dinamo finished third with 7 points, behind Villarreal CF and PAOK. By the end of the season he has won his first trophies with Dinamo, Prva HNL and Croatian Cup.

After losing his first team spot, in the second part of the 2011–2012 season he was sent on loan to Lokomotiva Zagreb, where he made only appearances due to injury.

He came back from loan in the beginning of the 2012–2013 season, and was a part of the squad that qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League. In the CL group stage, Ademi made 5 appearances, as Dinamo finished bottom of their group with one point.


On 7 October 2015, Dinamo Zagreb announced that Ademi failed a doping test after their recent Champions League win over Arsenal in September.[5] UEFA subsequently suspended Ademi for a period of four years.[1] On 27 March 2017, the suspension was reduced by two years, making him eligible for selection from October 2017.[6]

International career[edit]

Ademi made his first international appearance for Croatia playing for the under-19 football team. His debut international cap came in a friendly match against Slovenia under-19 selection in Bistra, Croatia, on 12 August 2008. Croatia won the match 3–1 and Ademi played until 69th minute when he was substituted by Renato Kelić. He made another appearance the next day when two selections faced each other in Brežice. The match finished with another win by Croatian under-19 team and Ademi played full 90 minutes in that match. He scored his first international goal on 17 September in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina under-19 team in Županja. The match finished with a 2–2 draw.[7]

His first official match for under-19 team came on 5 October 2008 when the team faced Estonia in Tallinn in their 2009 UEFA under-19 football championship. Estonia won the match 4–1 with Ademi playing the full match for Croatian side. He made another appearance against Kazakhstan on 7 October 2008 in a match Croatia won 4–0.[7]

After that, Ademi was capped four times in friendly matches for the under-18 team between 10 March and 2 April 2009. He also scored a goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina under-18 team on 31 March in a home match Croatia won 3–0. Ademi returned to under-19 team on 15 September 2009 featuring in the friendly match against Slovenia. After that, he made four more official appearances for the under-19 team in their 2010 UEFA under-19 football championship qualifying campaign.[7]

On 22 January 2013 national team head coach Igor Štimac called up Ademi for a friendly match against South Korea in London on 6 February 2013.[8] Earlier, in February 2013, Ademi had complained to the Albanian media that Albania never extended him an invitation.[9]

After Ademi was not picked for the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad in Brazil by coach Niko Kovač, he decided to play for Macedonia.[10] On 9 October 2014 he made his official debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Luxembourg.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Macedonia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 2015 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina  Slovakia
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2. 9 October 2017 Stadion Mladost, Strumica  Liechtenstein
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Ademi is of Macedonian Albanian descent and is a cousin of the Macedonian professional football player Agim Ibraimi.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2019[13]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Šibenik Prva HNL 1 0 ? ? 1 0
2008–09 28 0 ? ? 28 0
2009–10 27 2 ? ? 27 2
2010–11 Dinamo Zagreb 21 0 7 0 8 0 36 0
2011–12 5 0 1 1 2 0 8 1
2011–12 Lokomotiva 3 0 3 0
2012–13 Dinamo Zagreb 24 3 2 0 8 0 34 3
2013–14 24 0 7 2 11 1 42 3
2014–15 26 3 4 0 11 1 41 4
2015–16 8 0 5 1 13 1
2017–18 22 2 3 1 25 3
2018–19 13 2 3 0 12 2 28 4
Career total 202 12 27 4 57 5 286 21




Dinamo Zagreb



  1. ^ a b "Dinamo Zagreb's Arijan Ademi banned for four years for drugs test". BBC Sport. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ademi "KOX" Arijan". Nogometni magazin. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Arijan Ademi – najmlađi kapetan Lige" (in Croatian). 31 July 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Ademi: Tetkove su mi slastice omogućile nogometnu karijeru". Večernji list (in Croatian). 29 May 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Dinamo Zagreb's Arijan Ademi fails drug test after win over Arsenal". BBC. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Arijan Ademi: Dinamo Zagreb midfielder's doping ban cut to two years". BBC Sport. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Statistics – Caps: Arijan Ademi". Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  8. ^ Štrbinić, Lovro (21 January 2013). "Štimac objavio popis za Južnu Koreju, braća Kovač preuzimaju mladu reprezentaciju" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  9. ^ Talenti/ Ademi: Shqipëria nuk u interesua për mua, zgjodha Kroacinë
  10. ^ "'Kovačev popis za Svjetsko prvenstvo nije utjecao na moju odluku'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  11. ^ "FYR Macedonia strike late to beat Luxembourg". UEFA. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  12. ^ Damjan Tratnik (25 July 2012). "Heerenveen ali Dinamo?" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Arijan Ademi". GNK Dinamo. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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