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Berat Djimsiti
Djimsiti with Atalanta in 2016
Personal information
Full name Berat Ridvan Djimsiti
Date of birth (1993-02-19) 19 February 1993 (age 31)
Place of birth Zürich, Switzerland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 19
Youth career
0000–2007 FC Zürich-Affoltern
2007–2012 FC Zürich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 FC Zürich II 46 (6)
2011–2016 FC Zürich 110 (5)
2016– Atalanta 186 (4)
2016–2017Avellino (loan) 35 (0)
2017–2018Benevento (loan) 30 (0)
International career
2011 Switzerland U18 3 (0)
2011–2012 Switzerland U19 9 (0)
2013–2014 Switzerland U21 5 (0)
2015– Albania 58 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 03:26, 3 June 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:00, 7 June 2024 (UTC)

Berat Ridvan Djimsiti (Albanian: Gjimshiti; born 19 February 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club Atalanta. Born in Switzerland, he plays for the Albania national team, which he captains.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Djimsiti was born in Zürich, Switzerland into an ethnic Albanian family, from the village of Veliki Trnovac, Bujanovac in Serbia. He started his youth career at FC Zürich-Affoltern where he stayed until 2007, when he moved to FC Zürich academies at the age of 14.[2]

Zürich[edit]

Djimsiti was called up to the first-team for the first time in the 2011–12 Swiss Super League season, being benched in the 2–1 victory against Young Boys on 19 April 2011.[3] He was also part of the squad in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League play-off round match against Bayern Munich on 17 August 2011.[4] He made his professional debut on 3 March 2012 against Sion, coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute and replacing Heinz Barmettler in a 0–1 loss.[5] He scored his first goal for Zürich on 20 May 2012 against Grasshopper, where he played as a starter and scored in the 75th minute to give his team a 0–1 away victory.[6] Those were his only matches for the entire season.

Djimsiti became a regular starter in the 2012–13 season.[7]

Atalanta[edit]

On 18 January 2016, Djimsiti signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Serie A side Atalanta, taking the number 55 for the second part of 2015–16 season.[8][9] He debuted on 3 May 2016 against Napoli in a 2–1 loss.[10]

Loan to Avellino[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Djimsiti was loaned out to Serie B side Avellino to gain more playing time.[11][12]

Loan to Benevento[edit]

On 8 July 2017, Djimsiti moved on loan to new promoted Serie A side Benevento until the end of the season,[13] with buying option.[14]

Return to Atalanta[edit]

Djimsiti returned to Atalanta ahead of 2018–19 season,[15] playing his first match on 20 August in the 4–0 win against Frosinone.[16] He scored his first goal for Atalanta later on 11 November, heading home his side's third goal in a 4–1 home win over Inter Milan, which ended the visitors' six-match winning streak.[17] Since returning from his two loan spells, Djimsiti has established himself as a starting defender under Gian Piero Gasperini.

On 17 February 2022, Djimsiti scored a brace in the first leg of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off against Olympiacos, which Atalanta won 2–1.[18]

International career[edit]

Switzerland youth level national teams[edit]

Djimsiti became a youth national player of Switzerland as he was called up for the first time at Switzerland national under-18 football team making his debut on 5 April 2011 in a friendly match and then played in other 2 matches.

Djimsiti was then called up from the Switzerland national under-19 football team for the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification and made his debut against Montenegro U19 on 5 June 2011, playing the full 90- minutes match in a 2–2 win.[19] Djimsiti also participated in the next tournament for U-19, the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship playing in all 6 matches.

Following his good performances at U-19 side, he became part of the Switzerland national under-21 football team. He participated in two consecutive UEFA European Under-21 Championship, in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship where he was called up in 4 occasions, remaining in all as an unused substitute and the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship playing in 2 out 6 matches.[20]

Albania[edit]

In September 2014, Swiss media reported Djimsiti would soon receive a call-up from Albania.[21] The news was confirmed by Djimsiti himself, who explained that he had been contacted by the Albanian coach, Gianni De Biasi.[22] In September 2014 he refused also Kosovo, letting them know that he intended to play for Albania.[23] On 20 September 2014, procedures to give him the Albanian citizenship were started.[24] He received the Albanian citizenship on 15 July 2015 by the president of Albania, Bujar Nishani, along with two other Albanian footballers, the twin brothers part of the fellow Swiss club Basel, Albian Ajeti and Adonis Ajeti.[25] In July 2015 Djimsiti confirmed definitively that he had decided to play for Albania.[26][27] On 27 August 2015 Djimsiti among two other Albanian descents players which switched from Swiss youth international footballers to Albanian international footballers, Arlind Ajeti and Naser Aliji, received the go ahead from FIFA which allowed them to play for Albania also in the competitive matches such as the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[28]

Debut and UEFA Euro 2016 campaign[edit]

Since he became eligible to represent Albania in international competitive level, Djimsiti received his first call-up at Albania by coach Gianni De Biasi for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Denmark and Portugal on 4 and 7 September 2015 respectively.[29] He made it his first international debut with Albania on 4 September 2015 against Denmark playing as a right back due to the absence of the injured Elseid Hysaj and completed the full 90 minutes helping Albania take one point with a goalless draw.[30] He was called up for the next UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group I matches against Serbia and Armenia on 8 and 11 October 2015 respectively.[31] He played as a centre back among Captain Lorik Cana in both matches and on 11 October against Armenia he scored his first goal in the 23rd minute following a cross from Ledian Memushaj by a free kick from the left side.[32]

On 21 May 2016, Djimsiti was named in Albania's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[33] but was left out of final 23-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad on 31 May.[34]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

He was returned to Albania national team by same coach Gianni De Biasi receiving a call up for the friendly match against Morocco on 31 August 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification opening match against Macedonia on 5 September 2016.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2012, Djimsiti has been in a relationship with Montenegrin model Alisa Menković.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 June 2024[20][37][38]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Zürich U21 2009–10 Swiss Promotion League 3 0 3 0
2010–11 27 5 27 5
2011–12 16 1 16 1
Total 46 6 46 6
FC Zürich 2010–11 Swiss Super League 1 0 1 0
2011–12 2 1 0 0 2 1
2012–13 34 0 5 0 39 0
2013–14 26 1 3 0 2[b] 0 31 1
2014–15 33 2 3 0 7[b] 1 43 3
2015–16 15 1 3 0 2[b] 0 20 1
Total 111 5 14 0 11 1 136 6
Atalanta 2015–16 Serie A 3 0 3 0
2018–19 24 1 4 0 1[b] 0 29 1
2019–20 34 2 1 0 6[c] 0 41 2
2020–21 33 0 5 1 8[c] 0 46 1
2021–22 31 1 1 0 9[d] 2 40 3
2022–23 24 0 2 0 26 0
2023–24 37 0 5 0 12[b] 1 54 1
Total 186 4 18 1 35 3 239 8
Avellino (loan) 2016–17 Serie B 35 0 0 0 35 0
Benevento (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 30 0 0 0 30 0
Career total 407 14 32 1 47 4 0 0 486 19
  1. ^ Includes Swiss Cup and Coppa Italia
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 7 June 2024[37][39]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Albania 2015 6 1
2016 6 0
2017 2 0
2018 7 0
2019 8 0
2020 6 0
2021 9 0
2022 4 0
2023 7 0
2024 3 0
Total 58 1
As of match played 11 October 2015[39]
Scores and results list Albania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Djimsiti goal.
List of international goals scored by Berat Djimsiti
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2015 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia 4  Armenia 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

FC Zürich

Atalanta

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Portrait Archived 14 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine at FC Zürich website
  3. ^ Zürich vs. Young Boys - 19 April 2011 - Soccerway
  4. ^ Bayern München vs. Zürich - 17 August 2011 - Soccerway
  5. ^ Zürich vs. Sion - 3 March 2012 - Soccerway
  6. ^ Grasshopper vs. Zürich - 20 May 2012 - Soccerway
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  9. ^ "Zyrtare, Berat Gjimshiti nënshkruan me Atalantën" (in Albanian). Football Italia. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Berat Xhimshiti debuton ne Seria A" [Berat Djimsiti debuts in Serie A] (in Albanian). AlbaniaSoccer. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  11. ^ Alfred Lleshi (31 August 2016). "Djimsiti huazohet tek Avellino, ja dy skuadrat që refuzoi" [Djimsiti on loan at Avellino, here are the two teams he rejected] (in Albanian). Telesport.al. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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  13. ^ "Zyrtare/ Gjimshiti transferohet te Benevento" (in Albanian). Sport Ekspres. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
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  22. ^ De Biazi fton Berat Xhimshitin në Kombëtare. Panorama Sport.
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  25. ^ Shtohet "familja" kuqezi. Archived 17 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Sportal.al.
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  38. ^ Berat DjimsitiUEFA competition record (archive)
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  41. ^ "2023/24 UEFA Europa League Team of the Season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2024. Retrieved 24 May 2024.

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