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Blerim Dzemaili

Blerim Džemaili (, ) (born 12 April 1986) is a Switzerland football midfielder (football) of Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia origin who plays for S.S.C. Napoli.

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Blerim Dzemaili biography

Blerim Džemaili (, ) (born 12 April 1986) is a Switzerland football midfielder (football) of Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia origin who plays for S.S.C. Napoli.

Club career

Childhood and early career

Blerim was born to Fekredin and Shemije Xhemaili. Džemaili's family originate from Bogovinje and are of Albanian people heritage. At the age of 4, Blerim and Blerim Dzemaili family migrated to Zürich, Switzerland. This led Džemaili to taking the role of captain in the 2005–06. Džemaili was 19 when Blerim Dzemaili was chosen captain and is one of the youngest captains in Swiss football history. Džemaili led Blerim Dzemaili team to glory as FC Zürich won the Swiss Super League in the 2005–06 and 2006–2007 seasons.

After winning the Swiss cup and league, Džemaili moved to the FA Premier League side Bolton Wanderers F.C..


Džemaili signed a preliminary contract agreement with Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 9 February 2007, meaning that Blerim Dzemaili would sign for the FA Premier League outfit once Blerim Dzemaili contract ran out in the summer of 2007.

Former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was quoted as saying: "Džemaili is a fantastic player, who has played for the best team in Switzerland for the past three years. For someone so young, Blerim Dzemaili has a wealth of experience. At the tender age of 20, Blerim Dzemaili is the skipper of FC Zurich and is expected to become a regular international for Switzerland national football team in the years ahead. Blerim Dzemaili has hardly missed a game for FC Zurich since Blerim Dzemaili started playing for them at the age of 17. I am excited by the prospect of working with Blerim next season".

However things did not go as planned for the pair; Džemaili sustained a rupturing cruciate knee ligaments and was out for six months. Džemaili made Blerim Dzemaili debut as a substitute in the club's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United F.C. in what proved to be Blerim Dzemaili only showing of the 2007-08 campaign. Džemaili insists Blerim Dzemaili would not change anything about Blerim Dzemaili time at Bolton following Blerim Dzemaili season-long loan move to Torino F.C..

Torino / Parma

Džemaili joined Torino F.C. on a season-long loan deal, on 1 September 2008, making Blerim Dzemaili debut with Torino on 24 September 2008, and became a staple fixture in their side for the season. Despite their Torino F.C. season 2008–09, Torino confirmed they had signed Blerim Dzemaili on a permanent basis after they agreed an undisclosed fee with Bolton.

After having played just once for Torino at Coppa Italia 2009–10, Džemaili completed a loan move to Parma F.C. on 31 August 2009. In exchange, Daniele Vantaggiato moved to Turin. Blerim Dzemaili first and second halves were then bought by Parma in the summers of 2010 and 2011 for a total fee of €7 million.


On 25 June 2011 Blerim Dzemaili was signed by S.S.C. Napoli for €9 million Blerim Dzemaili first was a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a corner in a match against Lecce and Blerim Dzemaili second was struck late to earn an equaliser as Napoli earned a point at Novara. Džemaili has also appeared four times in the UEFA Champions League group stages and helped Napoli into the final 16.

International career

Blerim Dzemaili is a member of the Switzerland national football team, and was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life

Blerim Džemaili speaks Albanian language, English language, Swiss German and Italian language.


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