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Full name  Blerim Dzemaili
1995–1996  Oerlikon Zurich
Weight  73 kg
Number  31
Height  1.79 m

Playing position  midfielder
Role  footballer
Name  Blerim Dzemaili
Salary  2.4 million EUR (2015)
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Parents  Shemije Dzemaili, Fekredin Dzemaili
Current teams  Genoa C.F.C. (#31 / Midfielder), Switzerland national football team (Midfielder)
Similar People  Goran Pandev, Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami, Johan Djourou, Walter Mazzarri

Date of birth   (1986-04-12) 12 April 1986 (age 35)


Place of birth  Tetovo, SFR Yugoslavia

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Blerim Džemaili (Albanian: Blerim Xhemaili [blɛˈɾim dʒɛˈmaili]; born 12 April 1986) is a naturalized Swiss professional footballer of Albanian descent who plays for Bologna as a midfielder.


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He made his debut for the Switzerland national team in March 2006 and was selected for their squads at the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and 2014.

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Childhood and early career

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Blerim was born to Fekredin and Shemije Džemaili, an Albanian family from Bogovinje, in Macedonia. At age four, he and his family migrated to Zürich, Switzerland. At age nine, he joined youth club Oerlikon Zürich for one year before moving to FC Unterstrass. At the age of 14, Blerim moved to third league team YF Juventus as a youth player before moving to FC Zürich in 2001. While with Zürich, Džemaili rose through the ranks and made the senior team at age 17.


Džemaili started his senior career with Zürich. In his first season, he made 30 appearances for the club, scoring twice and creating three assists. Džemaili played either as a central or defensive midfielder. In the 2004–05 season, he helped the club win the Swiss Cup. Džemaili imposed a strong influence on the field as he possessed accurate passing capabilities as well as a fast and aggressive approach to the game. This led Džemaili to taking the role of captain during the 2005–06. Džemaili was 19 when he was chosen captain and is one of the youngest captains in Swiss football history. Džemaili led his team to glory as Zürich won the Swiss Super League in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.

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After winning the Swiss Cup and league, Džemaili moved to English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.

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Džemaili signed a preliminary contract agreement with Bolton on 9 February 2007, meaning that he would sign for the Premier League outfit once his contract ran out in the summer of 2007.

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Former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was quoted as saying, "Blerim is a fantastic player, who has played for the best team in Switzerland for the past three years. For someone so young, he has a wealth of experience. At the age of 20, he is the skipper of FC Zürich and is expected to become a regular international for Switzerland in the years ahead. He has hardly missed a game for FC Zurich since he started playing for them at the age of 17. I am excited by the prospect of working with Blerim next season." Džemaili, however, sustained a rupturing cruciate knee ligaments and was out for six months. He made his debut as a substitute in the club's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United in what proved to be his only showing of the 2007–08 campaign. He later insisted that he would not change anything about his time at Bolton following his season-long loan move to Torino.


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Džemaili joined Torino on a season-long loan deal, with an option to purchase outright, on 1 September 2008, making his debut with Torino on 24 September 2008, and became a staple fixture in their side for the season. In April 2009, Torino signed him outright from Bolton for €2 million. Torino announced that deal after their relegation to Serie B. After having played just once for Torino at Coppa Italia,

Džemaili completed a loan move to Parma on 31 August 2009, with an option to sign the 50% registration rights of the player at the end of season. In exchange, Daniele Vantaggiato moved to Turin on loan. first and second halves of Džemaili's registration rights were then bought by Parma in the summers of 2010 and 2011 for a total fee of €7 million.


On 25 June 2011, Džemaili was signed by Napoli for €9 million with Fabiano Santacroce (loan) and Manuele Blasi (free) going the other way to Parma. Džemaili has been a consistent performer so far for Napoli. Džemaili has been well received by the fans as he has scored twice and assisted once in eleven appearances in the Serie A. His first was a right-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a corner in a match against Lecce and his second was struck late to earn an equaliser as Napoli earned a point at Novara. Džemaili has also appeared six times in the UEFA Champions League group stages and helped Napoli into the final 16. At the end of his first season with Napoli, Dzemaili has made 28 appearances in the Serie A, scoring three times and providing four assists. On 25 March 2012, he scored a notable long distance goal against Catania.

Džemaili had appeared regularly for the side in the Coppa Italia, and played the entire match in the final in which they defeated Juventus 2–0.

On 30 March 2013, he scored a hat-trick described by as "spectacular", in a 5–3 win away at Torino. He netted the second goal in a 2–0 win against Genoa just a week later, making it four goals in two games. He also scored Napoli's third goal in a 3–0 win against Pescara on 27 April.

Džemaili was an unused substitute as Napoli won the 2014 Coppa Italia Final 3–1 against Fiorentina.


On 1 September 2014, Džemaili signed a three-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig team Galatasaray for €2.35 million transfer fee. He signed a three-year contract, worth €2.4 million, €2.1 million and €2.1 million respectively.

Genoa (loan)

On 30 August 2015, Džemaili moved back to Serie A club Genoa. Galatasaray also bore €1.3 million of Džemaili's €2.1 million wage. On 27 September, Džemaili scored his first goal for the club with a direct free kick that took a deflection off of Giacomo Bonaventura, the lone goal in a 1-0 win over A.C. Milan. On 18 October 2015, Blerim Džemaili received his first red card for the club, after getting two yellows (47' and 55') in a 3-2 win over Chievo.

2016–17 season

Džemaili returned to Galatasaray on 1 July 2016. He played once for the club against Manchester United F.C. in the pre-season friendlies.


On 17 August 2016 Džemaili returned to Italy again for Bologna, who paid Galatasaray a €1.3 million transfer fee.

Montreal Impact

It was announced on 9 December 2016 by Montreal Impact president and Bologna chairman Joey Saputo that Džemaili will be joining the MLS team as a new Designated Player in July 2017.

International career

Džemaili made his debut for the Switzerland national football team in a friendly match against Scotland on 1 March 2006.

He was a member of the Swiss squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup without making an appearance.

On 6 September 2013, Džemaili scored his first international goal from a penalty kick in a 4–4 home draw in a World Cup qualifier against Iceland.

On 2 June 2014, Džemaili was named in Switzerland's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. In the team's second match, Džemaili came on at half time for Valon Behrami and on the 81st minute, Dzemaili fired a long range low free-kick which went through the three-man wall and beat French captain Hugo Lloris. He scored the first direct free kick of the tournament in a 5–2 loss to France. Džemaili scored his third international goal against San Marino on 10 October 2014 in Euro 2016 qualifying, heading in Ricardo Rodriguez's corner to give the Swiss a 3-0 lead in an eventual 4-0 victory.

Džemaili scored twice for Switzerland on 10 June 2015, the second of which came from a direct free kick in a 3–0 friendly victory over Liechtenstein at Stockhorn Arena in Thun.

Džemaili was part of the squad in UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Style of play

In his time in Serie A, Džemaili differed from most other midfielders in his more box-to-box role in the attacking midfield. He is good at timing his runs and getting into the box unmarked. Otherwise, Dzemaili has a decent shot and great passing range, usually completing around 90% of passes per game.


As of 20 May 2015.

International goals

As of match played 3 June 2016. Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Džemaili goal.


FC Zürich
  • Swiss Super League: 2005-06, 2006-07
  • Swiss Cup: 2004-05
  • Napoli
  • Coppa Italia: 2011–12, 2013–14
  • Galatasaray
  • Süper Lig : 2014–15
  • Turkish Cup : 2014–15
  • References

    Blerim Džemaili Wikipedia