Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Swiss footballer of Albanian descent who plays as a second striker or centre forward for VfL Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga and the Switzerland national team.
Mehmedi with the Bayer Leverkusen in 2015
|Full name||Admir Mehmedi|
|Date of birth||16 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Gostivar, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Second Striker / Centre Forward|
|2013–2014||→ SC Freiburg (loan)||32||(12)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2018
Mehmedi was born in Gostivar, SFR Yugoslavia. He is of Albanian heritage. At the age of two, 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.
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 currently has a son.
Mehmedi began his senior career with FC Zürich at the age of seventeen. 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.
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 from the bench. Seeking more playing time and to be included again in the Switzerland national team, Mehmedi moved to Bundesliga team SC Freiburg.
On the 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.
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.
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.
- As of 10 March 2018
|Zürich||2008–09||Swiss Super League||11||2||2||0||2[a]||0||15||2|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2011–12||Ukrainian Premier League||9||1||0||0||—||9||1|
- All appearances in UEFA Cup
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Four appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
- Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Seven appearances and five goals in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of 8 September 2018
- As of match played 8 September 2018. Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mehmedi goal.
|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||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||8 September 2018||Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland||59||Iceland||6–0||6–0||2018–19 UEFA Nations League A|
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Mehmedi, Admir" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Francesc Aguilar (29 June 2014). "Albania podría estar jugando el Mundial con una gran selección" [Albania could be playing the World Cup with a great selection] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Sky Sports Euro Scout – Admir Mehmedi". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
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- "Liverpool to rival Sunderland for young Zurich striker Mehmedi in January". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Mehmedi joins Freiburg on loan". Bundesliga. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Transfer news: Freiburg make Admir Mehmedi's loan move from Dynamo Kiev permanent". Sky Sports. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Bayer 04 verpflichtet Schweizer Admir Mehmedi". Bayer Leverkusen. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- "Wölfe schnappen sich Mehmedi". Sport1. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
- "Admir Mehmedi: 'A step in the right direction'". Sports Mole. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Andy Hunter (15 June 2014). "Switzerland sink Ecuador in nick of time as Haris Seferovic secures justice". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- Foulerton, Jim (15 June 2016). "Mehmedi strike earns Swiss valuable point". uefa.com. Paris: Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Switzerland savour 'fantastic' Mehmedi goal". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Switzerland - A. Mehmedi - Profile with news, career statistics". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- "Admir Mehmedi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
- Admir Mehmedi at Soccerway