Shani Tarashaj

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Shani Tarashaj
Personal information
Full name Shani Tarashaj
Date of birth (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Hausen am Albis, Switzerland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Grasshoppers
(on loan from Everton)
Number 21
Youth career
2008–2014 Grasshoppers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Grasshoppers 37 (9)
2016– Everton 0 (0)
2016Grasshoppers (loan) 15 (3)
2016–2017Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 15 (1)
2018–Grasshoppers (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Switzerland U17 10 (6)
2012 Switzerland U18 3 (3)
2013–2014 Switzerland U19 7 (7)
2014–2016 Switzerland U21 8 (5)
2016– Switzerland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:19, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:34, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Shani Tarashaj (born 7 February 1995) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a forward for Grasshoppers on loan from Everton.[1] He was a member of the Swiss squad at UEFA Euro 2016.

Background[edit]

Tarashaj's Albanian family emigrated from Prizren, Kosovo, in the early 1990s, escaping the Yugoslav wars.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Tarashaj was born in Hausen am Albis, Switzerland. He grew up in youth teams of Grasshopper Club Zürich.[2] Tarashaj made his Swiss Super League debut on 2 August 2014, coming on as a substitute for Alexander Merkel in a 0–0 draw against FC Sion.[3] Tarashaj started 2015–16 by scoring 5 goals in his first 4 games, including two braces against FC Zurich and FC Lugano. His contract with Grasshopper was renewed, extended to 2019.

On 7 January 2016, Tarashaj joined English club Everton on four-and-a-half year deal. He was loaned back to Grasshopper, until the end of the season so that he could complete his national service.[4] He was loaned to German club Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2016–17 season.[5]

On 19 July 2018, Tarashaj returned to Grasshopper on a season-long loan deal with an option to make the deal permanent.[6]

International career[edit]

Tarashaj played for Switzerland's age-group teams, starting in 2011. Though he was sought by Albania, for whom he was also eligible to play,[7] he made his debut for the senior Swiss team on 25 March 2016.[8] He was selected for the Switzerland squad in UEFA Euro 2016,[9] but only made a single appearance, coming on as a late substitute against Romania.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 May 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grasshopper Club Zürich 2014–15[10] Swiss Super League 19 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 24 2
2015–16[11] 18 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 8
Grasshopper Club Zürich (loan) 2015–16[11] Swiss Super League 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 52 12 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 58 13
Everton 2016–17[12] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 52 12 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 58 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Switzerland – S. Tarashaj – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  2. ^ "Als kleiner Bub verehrte GCs Shani Tarashaj Ronaldo". 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Grasshoppers vs. FC Sion – 2 August 2014 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ "Everton sign Swiss midfielder Tarashaj". BBC Sport. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Tarashaj loaned to Frankfurt". Everton F.C. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ "GC VERPFLICHTET TARASHAJ" (in German). Grasshopper Club Zürich. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "De Biasi: Manaj, Tarashaj dhe Kamberi, e ardhmja e Shqipërisë – Telegrafi". 7 August 2015. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "International debut shows Everton stole a march on rivals for Shani Tarashaj". Liverpool Echo. 31 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Liste des joueurs UEFA EURO 2016 FRANCE" (PDF). football.ch. Swiss Football Association. 30 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Games played by Shani Tarashaj in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Games played by Shani Tarashaj in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Games played by Shani Tarashaj in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.