Arlind Ajeti

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Arlind Ajeti
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Ajeti playing for Switzerland U21 in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Arlind Afrim Ajeti
Date of birth (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 93
Youth career
2002–2004 Concordia Basel
2004–2010 Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Basel U-21 67 (4)
2011–2015 Basel 27 (1)
2015–2016 Frosinone 23 (1)
2016– Torino 6 (1)
National team
2010 Switzerland U17 7 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U18 5 (0)
2011–2012 Switzerland U19 11 (1)
2012 Switzerland U20 2 (1)
2013–2014 Switzerland U21 12 (1)
2014– Albania 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, 6 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Arlind Afrim Ajeti (born 25 September 1993) is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Torino the Albania national team. He holds dual Albanian and Swiss nationality.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ajeti began to play youth football with FC Concordia Basel, but in 2004 he became a player of Basel.[1] He represented the under-16, under-18 and under-21 teams.

Basel[edit]

He signed his first professional contract, valid over two and a half years, on 2 January 2011, and was called up to the first team ahead of the 2011–12 season,[2] He was eligible to play for the newly formed Basel under-19 team in the 2011–12 NextGen series, playing the team's first game against Tottenham Hotspur on 17 August 2011.[3]

He made his league debut as a substitute on 28 August 2011, in the 2–1 home win against FC Thun.[4] At the end of the 2011–12 season he won the Double, the League Championship title[5] and the Swiss Cup[6] with Basel. He only played once in the league and had just two Swiss Cup appearances with the first team squad, but played regularly with the U21 team.

At the end of the 2012–13 Swiss Super League season Ajeti won the Championship title[7] for the second time and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[8] In the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced to the semi-finals, there being matched against the reigning UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea, but were knocked out being beaten 2–5 on aggregate.[9]

During the beginning of the season 2013–14 on 5 October 2013 Ajeti scored his first league goal in the 2–1 away win against Lausanne-Sport.[10] At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season Ajeti won his third league championship with Basel.[11] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time. In the 2013–14 Champions League season Basel in the group stage finished the group in third position to qualify for Europa League knockout phase and here they advanced as far as the quarter-finals.

The season 2014–15 was a very successful one for Basel. The championship was won for the sixth time in a row[12] 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.[13] 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). However under trainer Paulo Sousa the season 2014–15 was not a successful one for Ajeti. He totaled solely 17 appearances for the team, just 3 in the League, 2 in the Cup and only 1 in the Champions League, however 11 appearances in test games.[14]

Ajeti became one of the three Albania international footballers who participated in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in history, along with his Basel teammates Shkëlzen Gashi and Taulant Xhaka.[15]

Frosinone[edit]

On 24 November 2015, after six months as a free agent after the ending of his contract at Basel, Ajeti signed a contract until the end of the season with the newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone.[16][17] He was given the vacant number 93, a number which he choose due to his year of birth.[18] He was presented to the media two days later, where he said that playing in Serie A was a "dream come true", and thanked the club for giving him this opportunity.[18]

He was called up for his first game on 6 December 2015, a 0–2 loss at the Stadio Matusa against Chievo Verona, as an unused substitute. He finally made his debut against Sassulo FC on January 6 when he was involved in an own goal but he scored too in that match.[19]

Torino[edit]

On 7 July 2016, Torino completed the signing of Ajeti on a free transfer.[20][21] He penned a three-year contract, with the option to extend for a further two years.[22] His salary is reported to be €500,000 per season.[22]

International career[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Ajeti made his debut for the Switzerland U17 team in the game against Sweden on 4 March 2010. He made his debut for the Switzerland U-18 team on 15 September 2010 in the 2–2 draw with the Belgium U18. During the qualifications to the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship Ajeti played his first game for the Switzerland U19 as substitute in the game Group 2 game against England on 2 June 2011.

On 6 February 2013 Ajeti made his debut for the Swiss U21 team in the El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain. He played the entire game, but it ended in a 0–1 defeat against the Slovakian U21 team. He played his final game for the Swiss youth teams on 24 September 2014. This was in the 0–2 defeat against the Ukraine U21 team during the qualification matches to the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Albania[edit]

After the abandoned match between Serbia and Albania on 14 October 2014, many footballers of Albanian descent started to express their desire to play for Albania. Ajeti was one of them as he declared that he will play for the senior team of Albania.[23]

He made his first debut for Albania on 14 November 2014 in the "Group I" friendly Match against the Euro 2016 hosts, France,[24] coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute in place of Amir Abrashi. On 5 March 2015 Ajeti received the Albanian citizenship among fellow defender of Basel Naser Aliji[25] to be eligible to play for Albania national team in official qualifiers matches even.[26]

Euro 2016[edit]

On 21 May 2016, Ajeti was named in Albania's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[27] and in Albania's final 23-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad on 31 May where he was given the shirt number 18.[28]

On 28 May, he scored his first international goal during the Euro 2016 warm-up match against Qatar, which ended in a 3–1 win.[29]

Ajeti was an unused substitute in Albania's first ever UEFA Euro match against Switzerland which ended in a 1–0 defeat.[30] In the second match against the host country France, due to the dismissal of Lorik Cana, Ajeti started and put on a strong performance but was forced to be replaced in the 85th minute due to an injury; his ouster weakened the team who conceded two late goals.[31] In the third and final match against Romania on 19 June, Ajeti produced a Man of the Match performance by helping the team to keep a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory to provide last 16 hope.[32] Albania finished the group in the third position with three points and with a goal difference –2, and was ranked last in the third-placed teams, which eventually eliminated them.[33]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Ajeti was unable to join the Albania national team in their 3 first 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches in September and October 2016 due to an injury. He was gathered for the 4th game against Israel on 12 November 2016 but unable to recover in time to play in this match.[34] He was called up for the first time after the full recovery for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Italy on 24 March and the Friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 28 March 2017.[35]

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of twins, Albian who plays for FC Augsburg and Adonis playing for Wil.[1] In June 2015 he married Pranvera Krasniqi.[36] Despite having born and grown up in Switzerland, all "Ajeti brothers" have knowledge of the Albanian language, and mostly communicated in Albanian language in their private life.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19:50, 8 February 2017 (UTC) [38][39][40]
Club Season League country League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Basel B 2010–11 1. Liga Promotion 23 1 23 1
2011–12 18 1 18 1
2012–13 23 2 23 2
2014–15 3 0 3 0
Total 67 4 67 4
Basel 2011–12 Swiss Super League 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 4 0 3 0 1[a] 0 8 0
2013–14 19 1 4 0 12[b] 0 35 1
2014–15 3 0 2 0 1[c] 0 6 0
Total 27 1 11 0 14 0 53 1
Frosinone 2015–16 Serie A 16 1 16 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
Torino 2016–17 Serie A 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 1 0 2 0
Career total 111 6 12 0 14 0 137 6
  1. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Eight appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of 28 March 2017 [39][41]
Albania national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 2 0
2015 5 0
2016 5 1
2017 2 0
Total 14 1

International goals[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2016. Albania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ajeti goal.[42]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 29 May 2016 Stadion Hartberg, Hartberg, Austria 9  Qatar 1–1 3–1 Friendly [43]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel[38]
Torino

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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