|Capital:||€ 10 million|
|Country of origin:||Yugoslavia|
|Source of wealth:||Soccer player|
Valon Behrami (born April 19, 1985, Titova Mitrovica, SAK Kosovo, SR Serbia, SFRY) – Swiss footballer of Kosovan origin, midfielder. He played in the Swiss national team.
Behrami was born the son of Kosovar-Albanian parents in Mitrovica, Kosovo, as part of the SR Serbia in the SFR Yugoslavia. When he was five years old, his parents both lost their jobs; his mother Halime as secretary and his father Ragip as manager of a plastics company. As a result, Behrami moved with his parents and older sister Valentina to Stabio, a village in Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland. Behrami’s mother described him as energetic: “As a child, running was Valon’s favorite activity – he never got tired. Even now, he can barely sit still for a second. He always needs a ball at his feet. ”
In July 2018, it became known that Behrami married his girlfriend, Swiss ski racer Lara Gut, after they were together for just a few months.
His first team was the Swiss association Stabio. After several years in Switzerland, he was signed in 2003 by the Italian clubs Genoa and Udinese. A year later, Genoa acquired the remaining rights to the player from Udinese and leased them to Verona. After a good season in Verona, it was sold to Lazio in the summer of 2005. There were many rumors about Behrami’s future in January, but club president Claudio Lotito announced that he would sell the player for only EUR 12 million, but Behrami never left Lazio and continued to play the role of one of the club’s key players.
On July 23, 2008, Valon signed a five-year contract with the English club West Ham United. On January 26, 2011, the player signed a contract with the Italian club Fiorentina.
He started playing for the Swiss national team when he was young and joined the main team in 2005. At the 2006 World Cup, he missed two games in the group stage due to a groin injury. In the third match, Behrami only came into play in 88 minutes. In the round of 16 he also did not participate and his team lost to the Ukrainians.
After an impressive season with Verona, Lazio signed him on July 25, 2005 as the first co-owner for 2.7 million euros. Lazio immediately bought it in January 2006 for the same price.
On July 23, 2008, West Ham United signed Behrami from Lazio, with the player signing a five-year contract for a £ 5 million fee. Behrami made his West Ham debut in a 2-1 home win against Wigan Athletic on August 16, 2008. His versatility would make him an important part of West Ham’s midfield after starting the season for captain Lucas Neill on the right. He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1-0 away win against Sunderland on November 23, 2008. During his home win against Manchester City on March 1, 2009, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. Oxygen had to be administered on the field during a six-minute break. His knee and ankle twisted sharply as his studs got caught in the lawn, leading to an early end to his 2008/09 season.
Behrami made his comeback as a replacement on September 12, 2009 against Wigan Athletic. As of November, his return was interrupted by an injury for another month. He scored his first and only goal of the 2009/10 season starting with a 3-0 home win against relegation rivals Hull City on February 20, 2010.
Behrami was also considered for the Swiss national team among the U18, U19 and senior national teams. It also participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In the De Suisse lineup, Behrami scored an important goal against Turkey in the first leg of the play-off qualification for the 2006 World Cup. During the 2006 World Cup, he suffered a groin injury that brought him to the sidelines for the first two group games. In the third game against South Korea, he was replaced late in the 88th minute. He has not played in the last round of 16.
Behrami was in the starting XI of Switzerland for all three games during the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship and played a total of 272 minutes. On June 21, during the 2010 World Cup, Behrami was knocked out after a foul on Chilean player Arturo Vidal in Group H’s second game against Chile and was the first Swiss to be knocked out in a World Cup match .
He was accepted into the Swiss national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In their opening game on June 17, a 1-1 draw against Brazil, his performance was described as excellent, with his constant coverage of Brazilian Neymar being noted positively. He was the first Swiss to appear in four successive World Cup events.