20 Facts About Shkelzen Gashi


Shkelzen Taib Gashi was born on 15 July 1988 and is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and forward for Swiss club Aarau and the Albania national team.

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Shkelzen Gashi made 16 league appearances until the end of the season, scoring three times in the process.

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Shkelzen Gashi finished his first season with Granata having made 24 appearances in all competitions, including 17 in league and 5 in UEFA Cup, scoring three goals in the process.

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In January 2010, Shkelzen Gashi joined fellow Swiss Super League side Neuchatel Xamax, signing a two-year contract.

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Shkelzen Gashi opened the score in the 4th minute and then between 13 minutes starting from the 41st minute he scored 3 other goals.

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In December 2014, Shkelzen Gashi was voted as the best player of the year in the Swiss Super League.

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In February 2015, Shkelzen Gashi was proclaimed as the "Best Player of the Year 2014" in the Swiss Award, which was held by the Swiss Football Association at their gala for the past year.

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Shkelzen Gashi became 1 of the 3 Albania international footballers which participated in a knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in history, among his teammates at Basel Taulant Xhaka and Arlind Ajeti.

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Shkelzen Gashi finished his first season at Basel by making 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring 25 goals in the process.

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On 1 February 2016 Shkelzen Gashi signed with Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids as a Designated Player.

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Shkelzen Gashi experienced what was considered a good first season with the Rapids, scoring 10 league goals as he led the team to a 2nd place finish in the Western Conference, and a long playoff run.

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Shkelzen Gashi scored the first and last goals in the 29th and 56th minutes.

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On 2 January 2020, Shkelzen Gashi joined Swiss Challenge League side Aarau, on a three-year contract.

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Shkelzen Gashi was part and capped for the Switzerland U-17, U-19 and U-21 teams in competitive youth UEFA European Championships respective age categories.

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In 2013 Shkelzen Gashi declared that he will represent Albania in the international level.

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On 18 August 2013 Shkelzen Gashi received Albanian citizenship and to be able to play for Albania in international level he had to receive the go ahead from FIFA since he had previously played for Swiss national youth teams.

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Shkelzen Gashi was called up and played a full 90-minutes in a friendly match against Belarus on 15 November 2013, finished in the goalless draw.

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Shkelzen Gashi contributed in the last match of the qualifiers against Armenia, where in the first goal he pushed the ball into the net.

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On 21 May 2016, Shkelzen Gashi was named in Albania's preliminary 27-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, and in Albania's final 23-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad on 31 May.

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Shkelzen Gashi played as a 62nd-minute substitute for Armando Sadiku against Switzerland and he had a 1-on-1 challenge versus keeper but his shot was stopped.

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