Pajtim Kasami

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Pajtim Kasami
Pajtim Kasami.jpg
Kasami in 2010
Personal information
Full name Pajtim Kasami[1]
Date of birth (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Andelfingen, Switzerland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2006 Winterthur
2006–2009 Grasshopper
2008–2009 Liverpool (loan)
2009–2010 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Bellinzona 10 (2)
2010–2011 Palermo 14 (0)
2011–2014 Fulham 38 (3)
2012–2013 Luzern (loan) 16 (1)
2014– Olympiacos 24 (4)
National team
2007-2008 Switzerland U17 9 (3)
2007-2009 Switzerland U18 3 (2)
2010–2014 Switzerland U21 31 (6)
2012 Switzerland U23 4 (0)
2013– Switzerland 6 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:14, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Pajtim Kasami (born 2 June 1992) is a Swiss footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Superleague Greece club Olympiacos and the Switzerland national team.

Early career[edit]

Born in Zürich, Switzerland[3][4] to an ethnic Albanian family from Struga,[5][6] Kasami started his career in 2003 with Swiss club Winterthur before he joined Grasshoppers in Zürich in 2006. In the same year, he also briefly played for Liverpool.[7] On 2 February 2009, at age 16, he moved to Lazio in the Italian Serie A. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Kasami was reported absent without leave and was due to play for the reserves that season.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Bellinzona[edit]

In December 2009, Kasami returned to Switzerland to play for Bellinzona, signing a contract until 2011.[9] He made his professional debut in March after his free transfer was cleared by Swiss Football Association.[10] Lazio terminated his contract after Kasami failed to appear on several training sessions in the youth teams or first team, and it was due to his indiscipline that Lazio did not want to sell buy his rights from Grasshopper.[11]

Palermo[edit]

On 7 June 2010 Palermo announced they had signed the midfielder in a 5-year contract from Bellinzona.[12] Despite his young age, he was immediately included in the first team and made his debut with a rosanero jersey as a second-half substitute in the first leg of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League play-off against Maribor. He then made his Serie A debut later on 30 August, playing the entire home league game against Cagliari, which ended in a 0–0 draw. He concluded the season with 24 appearances: 14 in the league, 8 in Europa League and 2 in Coppa Italia.[13]

Fulham[edit]

On 25 July 2011 Kasami signed for Fulham on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £ 5million.[14] Pajtim Kasami made his début for Fulham as a late substitute in the 0–0 draw in their Europa League clash with RNK Split. He was later in the starting line-up versus Dnipro on 18 August 2011, playing for 88 minutes and was greatly involved in the set up of all the 3 goals.[15] Kasami made his Premier League début on 21 August 2011 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium. Fulham lost the match 2–0.[16]

Kasami almost joined Pescara on loan on 1 January 2013, but the move could not be finalised in time due to a bad internet connection.[17] Kasami joined Luzern on loan until the end of the 2012–2013 season on 15 February 2013.[18] He made his debut in the 4–0 away defeat to St. Gallen on 24 February 2013. He scored his first goal for Luzern in the 4–3 away victory over Servette FC in the final game of the 2012–13 season on 1 June 2013. Following his loan spell with Luzern came to an end, Manager Martin Jol revealed Kasami took a fifty per cent cut of his wage to stay at the club.[19] He scored Fulham's first goal of the 2013–14 Premier League season in a 0–1 away victory against Sunderland. Kasami then scored his second goal of the season against Crystal Palace on 21 October; a dipping volley from the edge of the area, in a match that eventually ended a 4-1 away win to Fulham.[20][21] This goal was nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, the only one nominated from the Premier League.[22] A third was added with a deflected free kick in a 2-1 win at Norwich on 26 December 2013.[23]

Olympiacos[edit]

It was announced on 9 July 2014 that Kasami had signed for Olympiacos for a fee of €5 million.[24] On 23 August 2014 he netted his first goal in his official debut as a player of Olympiacos in a 3-1 home win against Niki Volou.[25] He scored again on 30 August 2014 against Panetolikos in a 1-1 away draw.[26] On 22 October 2014, Olympiakos pulled off one of the surprises of the Champions League night when they beat Juventus 1-0 in Piraeus with a first-half goal from Pajtim Kasami.[27] Kasami’s goal came in the 36th minute after constant pressure from the home team which saw them deservedly record their second victory in the group. “I feel great for the win and we worked hard for the three points. This gives us confidence for the remaining matches in the group,” Kasami said.[28] On 22 February 2015, Kasami experienced one of the most traumatic shocks in his life after the derby against Panathinaikos. "It was a traumatic experience, I hope it doesn't happen to anybody else", the 22-year-old Swiss said. "I couldn't sleep for days. They had told me that that these things happen in a derby, but they forget that I am just 22. Fortunately I had the support of my family and my agent. Mino Raiola came to Athens to help me recover."[29] [30] On 11 March 2015, Olympiakos's Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira and Kasami were fined for their behavior after the team's Greek Cup quarter-final 1-0 win over AEK. The disciplinary committee of the Greek soccer federation fined Pereira 9,000 euros and Kasami was ordered to pay 7,000 euros for making gestures to the crowd which incited trouble.[31]

After a successful 2014–15, which ended with double conquest, several reports in Italy are keep insisting that Kasami is likely to move to a Serie A club and it is believed that Fiorentina or Inter are the most favourable destination.[32] [33]

International career[edit]

Kasami was part of the Swiss under-17 team that won the 2009 World Cup. Whilst at Bellinzona, he earned a call-up to the Switzerland U21 team along with team-mates Alessandro Ciarrocchi and Frank Feltscher, making his debut against Georgia U21 on 30 May 2010.[34][35] Kasami was selected to represent Switzerland in the men's football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the Swiss under-23 team. He played over 90 minutes in all three games in the tournament, but the team were knocked out, finishing in fourth position of their Group. He made his debut for the Swiss senior team in a 1–0 win against Slovenia on 15 October 2013 and scored his first goal on 15 November 2013 in a friendly 1–2 defeat against South Korea.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2015[36][37]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bellinzona 2009–10 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Total 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Palermo 2010–11 14 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 20 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 20 0
Fulham 2011–12 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0 18 0
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14 29 3 2 0 4 0 0 0 35 3
Total 38 3 3 0 4 0 8 0 0 0 53 3
Luzern 2012–13 16 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 22 1
Total 16 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 22 1
Olympiacos 2014–15 24 4 4 0 8 1 0 0 36 5
Total 24 4 4 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 36 5
Career Total 102 10 7 0 4 0 28 1 0 0 141 11

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Pajtim Kasami | Fulham Football Club
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  8. ^ "Ex-Liverpool youngster Kasami AWOL from Lazio". tribalfootball. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  9. ^ "Pajtim Kasami è granata !" (in Italian). AC Bellinzona. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  10. ^ "Weltmeister Pajtim Kasami wechselt zur AC Bellinzona". Sport SF (in German). 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bellinzona, ag. Kasami "Contratto con la Lazio rescisso correttamente"". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 30 December 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
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  14. ^ "Pajtim Kasami Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Kasami's Luzern Loan". Fulham FC. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Fulham's man of moment Kasami took wage cut to play for Cottagers, says boss Jol". London: Daily Mail. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Crystal Palace 1 Fulham 4: Kasami and Sidwell bag a stunner apiece in rout". Daily Mail (London). 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Crystal Palace 1 – 4 Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Pajtim Kasami". FIFA. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  23. ^ Davis, Derek (26 December 2013). "Norwich City 1 Fulham 2: match report". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
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  26. ^ "Panaitolikos - Olympiacos 1-1". Olympiacos.org. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Olympiakos shock Juventus with Pajtim Kasami’s winner". www.theguardian.com. 22 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Champions League: Olympiakos’ midfielder Kasami stun Juventus in 1-0 win". www.themalaymailonline.com. 22 October 2014. 
  29. ^ ""A traumatic experience"". sdna.gr. 25 March 2015. 
  30. ^ "Κασάμι: "Κανένας να μην το ζήσει"" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. 25 March 2015. 
  31. ^ "Olympiakos's Pereira, Kasami fined for stormy Greek Cup tie". www.ekathimerini.com. 11 March 2015. 
  32. ^ "Fiorentina set to table Kasami offer". sdna.gr. 26 May 2015. 
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  37. ^ "P. KASAMI". Soccerway. 

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