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Manuel Akanji

Manuel Akanji
Personal information
Full name Manuel Akanji
Date of birth (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995
Place of birth Wiesendangen, Switzerland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Basel
Number 16
Youth career
2004-2007 FC Wiesendangen
2007-2014 FC Winterthur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Winterthur 34 (1)
2015– Basel 1 (0)
National team
2014 Switzerland U-20 2 (0)
2015– Switzerland U-21 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2015

Manuel Akanji (born 19 July 1995 in Wiesendangen) is a Swiss footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for FC Basel in the Swiss Super League.

Club career

Akanji started his youth football with the local club in Wiesendangen. In May 2007 Akanji changed clubs and is a youth exponent form FC Winterthur. During his early years he played for their U-18 team and later with their second team. In the 2014–15 Challenge League he was in Winterthur's starting eleven, having played two games for them during the previous season.

On 15 April 2015 it was announced that Akanji would transfer to Basel for the 2015–16 Super League season.[1] He made his Swiss Super League debut on 26 September 2015 being substituted in against FC Lugano.

International career

Akanji made two appearances for the Switzerland U-20 national team. His debut was on 7 September 2014 in the 0–0 draw against the German U-20 national team. Since 2015 he is member of the Switzerland U-21 team and made his debut for them on 26 March in the 0–3 defeat by the Italien U-21 team.

References

  1. ^ Ein neuer Verteidiger für den FCB: Manuel Akanji kommt vom FC Winterthur TagesWoche dated 15. April 2015
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