Olympiacos announced on its official website on Friday that Swiss international midfielder Pajtim Kasami has rejoined the club on a free transfer after his contract expired with Basel.
According to an official statement from Olympiacos, Kasami signed a short-term contract with the club for two years which will expire at the summer of 2024.
Making a name in England
The 30-year-old Kasami was born in Andelfingen on June 2, 1992. He is 1.88 meters tall, mainly plays a midfielder, but he can also be utilised as an attacking midfielder, right winger or center forward. Kasami was born into a family of North Macedonian, Albanian and Swiss descent. Kasami played for Winterthur, Grasshoppers, and Lazio’s youth academy during his childhood, and also played for Liverpool‘s youth academy on loan from 2008 to 2009, although there was no chance for him to show his talents in the first team, but his skills has been praised by the Reds Irish legend Steve Heighway.
At the end of December 2009, Kasami returned to Switzerland as a free agent to join the Swiss Challenge League (Second Division) club Bellinzona, and made his first-team debut in March the following year. In the summer of 2010, Kasami returned to Italy to join Palermo, earning the title of “New Javier Pastore” with his dazzling performances.
In the summer of 2011, Kasami moved to England to join Fulham. He was not used heavily in the early stages after joining and returned to Swiss Super League to join Luzern on loan. After returning to the team from loan, Kasami, who has gradually established himself as the main starter of the Cottagers’ first team, scored a wondergoal in a Premier League match against Crystal Palace during the 2013/14 season and became famous since then, and even being selected as one of the Premier League’s Best Wondergoal in the history of the competition in 2018.
First spell with the Legend
Kasami joined Olympiacos for €5million following Fulham‘s relegation in the aforementioned season. Returning to a familiar country, Kasami immediately helped the club win 2 Greek Super League titles and 1 Greek Cup championship. During the period, Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan and Roma were involved in the battle for Kasami’s signature, but he eventually chose to stay at Olympiacos.
However, Kasami’s ending at Olympiacos was an unhappy one. His reputation in football slipped as he and the club’s former Portuguese head coach Vitor Pereira were indicted on multiple occasions for maliciously provoking opposing fans after winning the Greek Cup. In view of the fact that Kasami could not be temporarily played due to the lawsuit, Olympiacos chose to loan Kasami back to the English football during the summer window of 2016, where he played for Nottingham Forest, who was still struggling in the EFL Championship back then. However, it may because of the ongoing lawsuits, Kasami, who has been restless and unable to concentrate, has not been able to regain his form to the one he had shown in Fulham.
Freed of controversy and reborn
After returning from loan, Kasami joined Sion on 2017 summer window deadline day. Although Kasami received a parole from his charges, and that he performed very well, however due to the financial problems of the club caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sion could only helplessly terminate the contract with Kasami in March 2020. After the termination of the contract, Kasami immediately joined Swiss Super League giants Basel as a free agent.
During his two seasons at Basel, Kasami played 79 times in all competitions for the club, scoring 19 goals and providing 9 assists.
Internationally, Kasami played 12 times for the Swiss senior national team between 2013 and 2016, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist, but after he was involved in the lawsuit of maliciously provoking fans, Kasami was no longer called up by the Rossocrociati.
Can’t stop buying
It is worth mentioning that Kasami is already the 25th new player signed by Olympiacos this season, and the Legend who shares the same owner with Nottingham Forest is frantically splashing money in the transfer market. Just when it will stop such crazy antics is a puzzling question which no one may be able to answer.
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