Përparim Hetemaj

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Përparim Hetemaj
Perparim Hetemaj 2015.jpg
Hetemaj in 2015
Personal information
Full name Përparim Hetemaj
Date of birth (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Skenderaj, Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chievo
Number 56
Youth career
1993–2003 HJK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 HJK 33 (1)
2004 Klubi-04 (loan) 21 (6)
2006–2009 AEK Athens 25 (0)
2008 Apollon Kalamarias (loan) 10 (1)
2009–2010 Twente 0 (0)
2010–2011 Brescia 34 (2)
2011– Chievo 170 (1)
National team
2004–2005 Finland U-19 4 (2)
2005–2009 Finland U-21 16 (3)
2009– Finland 44 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 August 2016

Përparim Hetemaj[a] (born 12 December 1986) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Chievo and the Finnish national team.[2] Born in Kosovo, Hetemaj arrived in Finland when he was 6 years old and played for HJK Helsinki's youth teams; signing a professional contract in 2004 at age 17. He joined Greek side AEK Athens in 2006, and moved to Twente in 2009. Subsequently, in 2010, he was signed by Brescia and was transferred to Chievo in 2011.

Hetemaj made his international debut for Finland in February 2009, at the age of 22.

Early and personal life[edit]

Of Albanian ethnicity, Hetemaj was born in Srbica, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo), and moved to Finland in 1992. His family first arrived at Oulu but they moved to Helsinki due to his father, Miftar, having asthma. He has a younger brother, the footballer Mehmet, and two sisters, Fatlume and Fatbardhe.[3] In 2004, he acquired Finnish citizenship.[4]

Club career[edit]

HJK Helsinki[edit]

He started his career at the youth academy of HJK Helsinki,[3] and in 2004 played for its second team, Klubi-04, in 26 Ykkönen—the second division of Finnish football—matches, in which he scored six goals.[5] He played 26 matches and scored a goal in the 2005–06 season of Veikkausliiga—the premier division of Finnish football.[5] After playing seven matches for HJK during the 2006–07,[5] he was sold to AEK Athens for a fee of €450.000.[3]

AEK Athens[edit]

He made his AEK Athens debut on 26 September 2006 in a 1–1 draw against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League.[6][7] After seven matches,[5] Hetemaj's 2006–07 season ended on 8 February 2007, when he suffered a fractured leg after a tackle by Kevin Thomson during a friendly match between the Finnish and Scottish national teams.[8]

He was again on playing condition in October 2007,[9] but he did not played for AEK and in January 2008 he was loaned to Apollon Kalamarias until the end of the season to gain more playing experience.[10] He scored his first goal in the Superleague Greece on 23 February 2008 against Asteras Tripoli.[11] He played a total of eight matches for Asteras Tripoli in the 2007–08, and for the following season Hetemaj played nine league matches with AEK.[5] Unsatisfied, Hetemaj asks to be transferred,[12]

Twente[edit]

On 31 August 2009, he signed for Dutch club FC Twente as part of an exchange deal for Youssouf Hersi.[13] Hetemaj started the season 2009-10 in the reserve team but was unable to break through to the first team that won the Eredivisie.[14]

Brescia[edit]

Even before having played a match for Twente,[5] On 1 February 2010, Hetemaj was signed by Italian club Brescia on a free transfer.[15] Hetemaj only played four matches in 2009–10 Serie B;[5] Brescia was promoted to Serie A and he signed a three-year contract.[16] He made his Serie A debut on 12 September 2010, playing the full minutes in a 3–2 home victory over Palermo.[17] He scored his first Serie A goal on 22 September 2010 against Roma, becoming the first Finnish footballer to score in Serie A[18] and arousing Roma's interest on him.[4] Hetemaj went on to score again in a 3–1 victory against Bologna.[19]

Chievo[edit]

On 30 June 2011, he was signed Serie A side Chievo in a co-ownership deal[20] for €1.4 million.[21] He made his debut for Chievo on 11 September 2011 against Novara, when he provided an assist to Cyril Théréau score the second goal of Chievo in the drawn.[22] At the end of the season and after 32 league matches, Chievo bought Hetemaj's full rights on 18 June 2012[23] for an additional €800,000.[24] In the 2012–13 season and the 2013–2014, Hetemaj played 30 and 32 league matches respectively and did not score in any competition.[5] Hetemaj marked his 100th appearance for Chievo on 22 August 2014 in a 1–0 defeat against Pescara in the Coppa Italia.[25][26] After four years at Chievo and 130 Serie A matches,[27] he scored his first goal for the club on 12 September 2015 in a 1–1 draw against Juventus.[28]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He was first drafted to play for Finland's U-19 team on 7 September 2004 for a match against Sweden in Vihti. He made four appearances in the U-19 team and scored two goals.[29] Hetemaj made his debut for the U-21 side on 13 April 2005 against Estonia.[30] Hetemaj, along with his brother Mehmet, was called up to represent Finland U-21 at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and he played in all the three matches which Finland played.[31][32][33]

Senior[edit]

Hetemaj made his senior debut for Finland as an 84th-minute substitute against Japan on 4 February 2009 in a 5–1 loss.[34] He gained his first UEFA European Championship qualification game on 3 June 2011 when Mixu Paatelainen chose him to the starting line up against San Marino.[35] On 26 May 2012, he scored his first national goal—a last-minute goal—against Turkey in a friendly match, which assured a 3−2 victory for Finland.[36]

Hetemaj was part of Finland squad in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. Thus, despite he would had a chance to switch to represent Kosovo, his Finland cap in the qualification effectively locked him to represent Finland only.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 February 2017[5][37]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup Europe[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Klubi-04 2004 Ykkönen 21 6 21 6
Total 21 6 21 6
Helsinki 2005 Veikkausliiga 26 1 26 1
2006 7 0 7 0
Total 33 1 33 1
AEK Athens 2006–07 Superleague Greece 7 0 4 0 11 0
Total 7 0 4 0 11 0
Apollon Kalamarias 2007–08 Superleague Greece 8 1 8 1
Total 8 1 8 1
AEK Athens 2008–09 Superleague Greece 9 0 1 0 10 0
Total 9 0 1 0 10 0
Twente 2009–10 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0
Brescia 2009–10 Serie B 4 0 4 0
2010–11 Serie A 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 34 2 1 0 35 2
Chievo 2011–12 Serie A 32 0 3 0 35 0
2012–13 30 0 30 0
2013–14 32 0 2 0 34 0
2014–15 32 0 1 0 33 0
2015–16 28 1 1 0 29 1
2016–17 16 0 1 0 17 0
Total 170 1 8 0 178 1
Career total 282 11 9 0 5 0 296 11
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup.

International[edit]

International appearances[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 6 October 2016[38][29]

National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2009 2 0
2010 0 0
2011 8 0
2012 8 3
2013 7 0
2014 9 1
2015 5 0
2016 5 0
Total 44 4

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, Latvia  Estonia 1–0 2–0 2014 Baltic Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

HJK Helsinki

Country[edit]

Finland national football team

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Perparim Hetemaj" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
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  38. ^ Përparim Hetemaj at National-Football-Teams.com
a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Përparim Hetemaj, Serbo-Croatian spelling: Perparim Hetemaj

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