Shkelzen Gashi

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Shkelzen Gashi
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Shkëlzen Gashi (2016)
birthday July 15, 1988
place of birth Zurich, Switzerland
Size 182 cm
position midfield
Years station
1994-1999 FC Zurich
1999-2000 Grasshopper Club Zurich
2000-2006 FC Zurich
Years station Games (goals) 1
2005-2009 FC Zurich 1 0(0)
2008 →  FC Schaffhausen  (loan) 16 0(3)
2008-2009 →  AC Bellinzona  (loan) 30 0(3)
2010-2011 Neuchâtel Xamax 13 0(1)
2011 →  FC Aarau  (loan) 15 0(5)
2012 FC Aarau 28 (18)
2012-2014 Grasshopper Club Zurich 60 (24)
2014-2016 FC Basel 41 (25)
2016-2019 Colorado Rapids 68 (14)
2020– FC Aarau 2 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2008-2010 Switzerland U-21 10 0(5)
2013– Albania 16 0(1)
1 Only league games are given.
As of July 11, 2020

2 As of September 10, 2016

Shkelzen Gashi (born July 15, 1988 in Zurich ) is a Swiss - Albanian football player . The midfielder is currently under contract with the Swiss second division club FC Aarau .


Gashi, the son of Albanian immigrants, grew up in Zurich and played at FC Zurich as a junior . In 2006 he was transferred to the professional sector. After a short time in the first team, he was transferred back to the U-21 team.

In the 2007/08 season Gashi was first loaned to the Challenge League club FC Schaffhausen , for whom he scored three goals in 16 appearances, and later in the summer of 2008 to league rivals AC Bellinzona . This loan contract, which expired in June 2009, was extended until December 2009. After good performances in Bellinzona Gashi moved in January 2010 from the Ticino in the Romandie , where he from Neuchatel Xamax has been committed. At Xamax, he was unable to assert himself sustainably and was loaned to FC Aarau . In January 2012, Xamax had to file for bankruptcy, whereupon Gashi definitely joined FC Aarau and signed a one and a half year contract. There he made considerable progress under coach René Weiler and scored 18 goals in 28 games in 2012.

Breakthrough at Grasshopper and move to Basel

Because of these achievements, the Grasshopper Club Zurich became aware of Gashi and signed him after only one season in Aarau . His final breakthrough came at GC. He was a regular player and contributed to the 2013 Swiss Cup winners in Zurich . In the 2013/14 season GC was able to confirm its strong pre-season and became runner-up. Gashi was again one of the key players and became Swiss top scorer with his 19 goals .

In the summer of 2014, Gashi moved to league rivals FC Basel . The two clubs agreed not to disclose the transfer fee, but an amount of three million Swiss francs was rumored . On November 4th, he scored his first goal in this competition with FC Basel in his first Champions League game against Bulgarian champions Ludogorez Razgrad in Basel's St. Jakob-Park . He scored 3-0 (final score 4-0). The 2014/15 season was very successful for Gashi and FC Basel. The team finished the soccer championship 2014/15 for the 18th time as champions (for the 6th time in a row) with 12 points ahead of the 2nd placed BSC Young Boys and 25 points ahead of 3rd placed FC Zurich . Basel was repeatedly in the final of the Swiss Cup , which was lost to FC Sion 0: 3. In the 2014/15 Champions League season , Basel advanced to the round of 16. During the 2014/15 season, FC Basel played a total of 65 games (36 championship, 6 cups, 8 Champions League and 15 test games). Under coach Paulo Sousa , Gashi had a total of 48 appearances, including 31 in the Super League, 3 in the Cup, 5 in the Champions League and 9 in test matches. He scored 27 goals (22 championship, 3 cups, 1 Champions League and 1 in the test matches).

Change to the USA

On February 1, 2016, Shkelzen Gashi signed a four-year deal with the Colorado Rapids in Denver.

National team

Shkelzen Gashi played several times for the Swiss U-21 national team . Later, however, Gashi decided on his parents' homeland: Albania. He made his international debut for the Albanian national team in August 2013 when he came on for Edmond Kapllani in the 69th minute friendly against Armenia . He made his starting line-up debut in the World Cup qualifier against Switzerland on October 11, 2013.

In the UEFA EURO 2016 in France, he was in the Albanian contingent added. In the first game against Switzerland he was substituted on in the final phase when the score was 0: 1. It was his only use, after the three group games the team was eliminated.


Grasshopper Club Zurich

FC Basel

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. GC loses Gashi to FCB , in the Tages-Anzeiger on June 28, 2014.
  2. SFV: Swiss Cup - Würth Swiss Cup / Final - 07.06.2015 . SFV. 2015. Accessed June 7, 2015.
  3. For all results see here: en: 2014–15 FC Basel season .
  4. Josef Zindel: red blue: Yearbook 2015/2016 season . Ed .: FC Basel Marketing AG. 2015, ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4 .
  5. 4 years to Colorado: FCB-Gashi goes to America , in view of February 1, 2016.
  6. Colorado Rapids acquire attacker Shkëlzen Gashi as Designated Player