kids encyclopedia robot

Admir Mehmedi facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Admir Mehmedi
Admir-Mehmedi-2015-08.jpg
Mehmedi with Bayer Leverkusen in 2015
Personal information
Full name Admir Mehmedi
Date of birth 16 March 1991 (1991-03-16) (age 30)
Place of birth Gostivar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m
Playing position Second striker / Centre forward
Club information
Current club VfL Wolfsburg
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2000 Bellinzona
2000–2006 Winterthur
2006–2008 Zürich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Zürich 84 (19)
2012–2014 Dynamo Kyiv 25 (1)
2013–2014 SC Freiburg (loan) 32 (12)
2014–2015 SC Freiburg 27 (4)
2015–2018 Bayer Leverkusen 62 (7)
2018– VfL Wolfsburg 70 (9)
National team
2006 Switzerland U16 3 (3)
2007–2008 Switzerland U17 16 (5)
2008–2010 Switzerland U19 26 (11)
2010 Switzerland U20 2 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U21 9 (6)
2011–2021 Switzerland 76 (10)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 4 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:33, 25 April 2021 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a second striker or centre forward for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.

Early life

Mehmedi was born in Gostivar, Macedonia. He is of Albanian heritage. At the age of 2, his family emigrated to Switzerland and he soon joined local side Bellinzona, before signing for FC Winterthur, from where Zürich scouted him. In 2006, he moved to Zürich. Mehmedi came through the youth system after being spotted as a youngster and joined the senior team in 2008.

Club career

Zürich

Mehmedi began his senior career with FC Zürich at the age of 17. Within two years he was included in the first-team squad and by 2010 he was a first-team regular. He made his senior side debut on 20 July 2008 and scored two goals in eleven appearances, in addition to winning the Swiss Super League in his debut season with the club.

Being a first team regular in 2010, Mehmedi established himself as a physical striker, excellent in the box as well as having a good turn of pace, he was also technically great. During his time with Zürich, Mehmedi scored nineteen goals and provided nine assists.

In the January transfer window in 2012, Mehmedi moved to Dynamo Kyiv.

Dynamo Kyiv

On 13 January 2012, Mehmedi signed for the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv from FC Zürich on a five-year deal. During his season and a half with Kyiv, he mainly played coming off the bench. Seeking more playing time and to be included again in the Switzerland national team, Mehmedi moved to Bundesliga team SC Freiburg.

Freiburg

On 11 July 2013, Mehmedi moved to SC Freiburg initially to join on loan, although his contract also stipulates that Freiburg have an option to make the move permanent. Freiburg's acting sporting director Klemens Hartenbach stated that he was delighted the transfer went through. Hartenbach stated "He's a very versatile attacking player who understands the game and has already proven he can play at the highest level". On 26 May 2014, Freiburg decided to buy Mehmedi for a reported €6 million after having a good season, scoring 12 goals in 32 games during his loan spell with the Bundesliga side.

Bayer Leverkusen

On 11 June 2015, Mehmedi joined Bayer Leverkusen after Freiburg was relegated from the Bundesliga.

VfL Wolfsburg

On 31 January 2018, Mehmedi joined VfL Wolfsburg on a 4-year-deal for €8 million.

International career

Admir Mehmedi Switzerland
Mehmedi playing for Switzerland in 2012

Under-21

Mehmedi was a crucial member of the Swiss U-21 side in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Mehmedi received the silver boot with three goals in the tournament and was selected in the UEFA Euro U-21 2011 Team of the Tournament. Along with Xherdan Shaqiri, Mehmedi was being tipped as the future of Swiss football.

Senior

Mehmedi was part of the Swiss team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Mehmedi made his debut for the Swiss national team against England, in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match, coming on as a substitute. Mehmedi scored his first goal for Switzerland in his side's 5–3 win over Germany. The Swiss national side had not beaten the Germans since 1956.

On 15 June 2014, he replaced Valentin Stocker at half time in Switzerland's opening 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Ecuador. Two minutes later, he headed in Ricardo Rodríguez's corner to equalise as Switzerland eventually won 2–1.

Two years to the day after he scored in the 2014 World Cup against Ecuador, Mehmedi scored Switzerland's equaliser in their 1–1 group-stage draw against Romania in UEFA Euro 2016.

Following his participation in Switzerland's UEFA Euro 2020 campaign, in which they reached the quarter-finals for the first time, Mehmedi officially announced his retirement from the national side on 16 July 2021.

Personal life

In 2016, Mehmedi visited Padalište, where he witnessed a family of six living in poverty. He gifted a house to the poor family in Macedonia, the country of his birth, stating: "You know, building a house is not cheap, but I appreciate what I have, and I want others to feel fine as well."

Mehmedi is married and has a son.

Career statistics

Club

Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zürich 2008–09 Swiss Super League 11 2 2 0 2 0 15 2
2009–10 22 3 2 3 2 0 26 6
2010–11 33 10 4 3 37 13
2011–12 18 4 3 1 10 3 31 8
Total 84 19 11 7 14 3 109 29
Dynamo Kyiv 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League 9 1 0 0 9 1
2012–13 16 0 1 0 5 0 22 0
Total 25 1 1 0 5 0 31 1
SC Freiburg 2013–14 Bundesliga 32 12 3 0 5 1 40 13
2014–15 28 4 4 3 32 7
Total 60 16 7 3 5 1 72 20
Bayer Leverkusen 2015–16 Bundesliga 28 2 2 0 11 5 41 7
2016–17 22 3 2 0 6 1 30 4
2017–18 12 2 3 0 15 3
Total 62 7 7 0 17 6 86 13
VfL Wolfsburg 2017–18 Bundesliga 5 1 1 0 6 1
2018–19 26 6 2 1 28 7
2019–20 21 2 0 0 5 1 26 3
2020–21 18 0 1 0 3 2 22 2
Total 70 9 4 1 8 3 82 13
Career total 301 52 30 16 45 12 380 76

International

Source:

National team Year Apps Goals
Switzerland
2011 7 0
2012 6 1
2013 5 0
2014 12 1
2015 8 1
2016 12 4
2017 8 0
2018 2 1
2019 5 1
2020 5 1
2021 6 0
Total 76 10
Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mehmedi goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 May 2012 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland 9  Germany 5–3 5–3 Friendly
2 15 June 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil 22  Ecuador 1–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
3 9 October 2015 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland 35  San Marino 3–0 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
4 3 June 2016 Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano, Switzerland 42  Moldova 2–1 2–1 Friendly
5 15 June 2016 Parc des Princes, Paris, France 44  Romania 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016
6 6 September 2016 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland 47  Portugal 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 10 October 2016 Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 49  Andorra 2–0 2–1
8 8 September 2018 Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland 59  Iceland 6–0 6–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A
9 8 September 2019 Stade Tourbillon, Sion, Switzerland 63  Gibraltar 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
10 11 November 2020 Den Dreef, Leuven, Belgium 69  Belgium 1–0 1–2 Friendly

Honours

Switzerland U21

kids search engine
Admir Mehmedi Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.