Valon Behrami Biography
Valon Behrami is a Swiss professional footballer born on 19th April 1985 in Titova Mitrovica, Yugoslavia. He plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Udinese.He is in the 23 man squad for the Switzerland national football team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Valon Behrami Age
- He was born on 19th April 1985 in Mitrovica, Kosovo (33 years as of 2018)
Valon Behrami Current Teams
- Switzerland national football team (#11 / Midfielder)
- Udinese Calcio (Midfielder)
Valon Behrami Networth
- He has an estimated net worth of $17 million
Valon Behrami Early Life
Valon Behrami was raised in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, in the late 1980s before the political and economic situation there hit crisis point. Kosovo was in rapid decline with tensions rising between Serbs and Albanians, creating a hostile atmosphere which preceded a particularly violent period.
Both his parents lost their job and in 1990 they moved to Canton Ticino in southern Switzerland before seeking asylum and obtaining a residence permit in 1998.
Valon Behrami Career
Valon Behrami began his career playing with Swiss club sides FC Stabio, FC Chiasso and FC Lugano. In the 2003-04 season, after a number of impressive appearances with Lugano, he was signed by Italian team Genoa. He played for them in the Series B championship.
In January 2004 he joined Udinese along with Rodrigue Boisfer in exchange for Mohammed Gargo and Vittorio Micolucci, in flopped transfer price in co-ownership deal to create “paper” profit.
In the 2004–05 season, Genoa bought out Udinese’ rights to the player and loaned him out to Verona, again in Serie B.
Valon Behrami Lazio
On 25th July 2005 he was signed by Lazio, after an impressive season with Verona, as first a co-ownership deal for €2.7 million. In January 2006 Lazio bought him outright for the same price.
Despite his clearance hitting Rodrigo Taddei’s head and ricocheting into Lazio’s goal to concede their first goal of the match, his 92nd minute winning goal etched Behrami’s name into Lazio’s history books as they won the Derby della Capitale on 19 March 2008 and virtually finished the Scudetto hopes for rivals Roma.
Valon Behrami West Ham United
On 23rd July 2008 he signed a five year contract with West Ham United for a fee of £5 million. On 16th August 2008 he made his debut for West Ham in the 2–1 home win over Wigan Athletic.
He began the season as a stand in for captain Lucas Neill at right back.On 23rd November 2008 he scored his first goal for West Ham in the 1–0 away win against Sunderland.
On 1st March 2009 durring the home win over Manchester City he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee that required oxygen to be administered on the field during a six-minute break in
play. His knee and ankle twisted badly when his studs caught in the turf resulting in a premature end to his 2008–09 season.
On 12th September 2009 he made his comeback as a substitute against Wigan Athletic. His return was interrupted again by an injury for a month from November.
On 20th February 2010 he scored his first and only goal of the 2009–10 league campaign with the opener in a 3–0 home win over relegation rivals Hull City.
Valon Behrami Florentina
On 26th January 2011 he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Florentina for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut with Florentina on 29 January 2011, in a Serie A fixture against his former team Lazio.
Valon Behrami Napoli
On 17th July 2012 together with his teammate Alessandro Gamberini were signed by Napoli for undisclosed fees.
Valon Behrami Hamburg
On 2nd August 2014 he signed a three year contract with an option for a fourth for €4.5 million. The subsequent bonuses could raise the fee to €6.5 million based on 20 appearances in his first season.
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Valon Behrami Watford
On 11th July 2015 Valon Behrami signed a three year contract with Watford.
Valon Behrami Udinese
On 16th August 2017 he signed a two-year deal with Italian club Udinese.
Valon Behrami International Career
Behrami has also been capped for the Swiss national team at the Under- 18, Under-19 and “A” levels; making it the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Behrami was in the starting eleven of Switzerland for all three matches during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship playing a total of 272 minutes.
On 21 June, in the 2010 World Cup, after appearing to elbow Chilean player Arturo Vidal, Behrami was sent off with a red card in the second Group H match against Chile and became the first Swiss player to be sent off in a World Cup match.
Valon Behrami Family
His parents are Ragip Behrami and Halime Behrami, they are both Albanian. His father Ragip was a manager of Plastics Company and his mother Halime was a secretary.They both lost their jobs in the 1980s due to poliical and economic instability that saw tension rise between Serbs and Albanians. They moved to live in Stabio, which is a village of Ticino, a canton that speak Italian in Switzerland. He has a sister known as Valentina Behrami.
Valon Behrami Wife
In July 2018 Valon married Lara Gut who is a Swiss World Cup alpine ski racer who competes in all disciplines and specializes in the speed events of downhill and super-G.
Valon Behrami and Elena Bonzani
Valon was previously married to Elena Bonzani for 12 years but they divorced in 2017. Valon took to twitter to put the rumors at rest and make it clear that they had divorced.
“I inform you that my relationship with Elena Bonzan ended after 12 years. Please and I hope that there will be no unpleasant speculation about our situation ”
Valon Behrami Children
Valon has two children with his ex wife, Elena Nonzani, Sofia Behrami (born in 2009) and Isabella only 1 and a half years (as of 2018)
Valon Behrami Tattoo
He has a tattoo on his his leg that gives huge insight into his troubled upbringing in war-torn Kosovo. The tattoo depicts him as a child with a football at his feet, surrounded by the distressing sights children may have seen back then.
On his right ankle is an illustration of gun cartridges strewn over the floor while further up the shin are what appear to be fighter aircraft flying across the skies.
He wrote on Twitter ‘All my life in a masterpiece by @Gianluca_Tattoo, thanks for everything.’
Valon Behrami Twitter
— Valon Behrami (@ValonBera) May 27, 2018