Xherdan Shaqiri

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Xherdan Shaqiri
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Shaqiri playing for Bayern Munich in 2012
Personal information
Full name Xherdan Shaqiri[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Inter Milan
Number 91
Youth career
1999–2001 SV Augst
2001–2007 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 FC Basel 92 (18)
2012–2015 Bayern Munich 52 (11)
2015– Inter Milan 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Switzerland U17 10 (0)
2008–2009 Switzerland U18 5 (0)
2009 Switzerland U19 5 (3)
2009–2011 Switzerland U21 7 (1)
2010– Switzerland 42 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2014

Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Inter Milan, and the Swiss national team. Since his breakthrough into Basel's first team, Shaqiri has drawn widespread praise for his speed, both on and off the ball.[3]

FIFA's official website describes Shaqiri as "unpredictable on the ball, adept with both feet, clinical in front of goal and [possessing] excellent vision".[4] He is nicknamed "the Alpine Messi"[4] and "the magic dwarf".[5]

Early life[edit]

Shaqiri was born in Gjilan, Yugoslavia to Albanian Kosovar parents.[4][6] He emigrated to Switzerland in 1992 with his parents and three siblings.[7] He has dual nationality: Swiss and Albanian.[8] He acquired Swiss citizenship through naturalisation.

Club career[edit]

FC Basel[edit]

Shaqiri played for SV Augst's and FC Basel's youth teams. While on Basel's youth team, he played in the Under-15 Nike Cup 2007 and was named the best player of the tournament, and, despite having several other clubs attempting to sign him, he decided to stay with Basel. He then played for their reserve team from 2007 to 2009 in the Swiss 1. Liga and just two years later, Shaqiri signed his first professional contract with Basel on 2 January 2009.[9] The new contract was set to keep him at St. Jakob-Park until June 2014.

Shaqiri made his Basel debut as a substitute on 12 July 2009 in Basel's 2009–10 season opening game against FC St. Gallen at the AFG Arena.[10] On 9 November, he scored his first goal for Basel in a 4–1 win over Neuchâtel Xamax at home.[11] At the end of the 2009–10 season, Shaqiri won the national Double with Basel and a year later won the League Championship title again.

On 7 December 2011, Shaqiri provided two assists in the match against Manchester United. The match ended in an upset with Basel winning 2–1.[12] At the end of the 2011–12 season, for the second time in his Basel stint, he won the Double, the League Championship title[13] and the Swiss Cup[14] with Basel.

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 9 February 2012, Basel announced that Shaqiri had accepted a transfer to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga for the 2012–13 season.[15] The transfer fee was a reported €11.6 million, with Shaqiri signing a four-year contract with the German giants until 30 June 2016, making around €2 million per season.[16]

Shaqiri playing against CSKA Moscow in October 2014

On 10 July 2012, Shaqiri made his debut in a friendly match against German side SpVgg Unterhaching which Bayern won 1–0 by a goal of teammate David Alaba. His first official appearance for the club came on 20 August in a DFB-Pokal match against SSV Jahn Regensburg; Shaqiri came on as a half-time substitute and scored Bayern's second goal as well as providing assists for Mario Mandžukić and Claudio Pizarro as Bayern won 4–0.[17] He helped Bayern secure top spot in their Champions League group by winning the Man of the Match award in Bayern's 4–1 defeat of BATE Borisov on 5 December; Shaqiri scored a goal and provided an assist for the hosts, avenging their matchday two loss in Minsk.[18] He did not score his first Bundesliga goal until the final league match of 2012, rescuing a 1–1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach, leaving Bayern in first at the winter break.[19][20] In April, Shaqiri also scored in the DFB-Pokal semi-final against VfL Wolfsburg with a long-range effort. Although he didn't play in the final, Shaqiri won the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League title with Bayern in late May, as well as the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal title making him one of the Bayern Munich players to have won the treble.

Inter Milan[edit]

On 9 January 2015, Shaqiri transferred to Inter Milan, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract.[21] English club Stoke City had previously declared interest in signing him.[22] Two days later, Shaqiri was an unused substitute in Inter's 3–1 victory over Genoa at San Siro.[23] His made his debut for Inter on 17 January, playing the last 16 minutes of the goalless draw away to Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani, replacing fellow new signing Lukas Podolski.[24] Shaqiri made his first start and his Coppa Italia debut in a match against Sampdoria in the Round of 16 on 22 January, scoring the first goal of the match, helping the team to a 2–0 win to progress into the last 16.[25]

International career[edit]

Shaqiri playing for Switzerland in 2012

Shaqiri made his debut for the Switzerland under-21 side on 11 November 2009 in a 3–1 win against the Turkey under-21s in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier. He scored his first goal on 11 June 2011 in the 2011 Under-21 Championship opening game against the Denmark under-21 side.

In 2010, Shaqiri was promoted to the senior team, making his debut on 3 March 2010 in a 1–3 friendly loss against Uruguay. He was included in the 2010 World Cup squad, after receiving a surprise call-up from manager Ottmar Hitzfeld. On 7 September 2010, Shaqiri scored his first goal, a long range left footed shot, in a 1–3 loss against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier. In another Euro 2012 qualifier, on 6 September 2011, he netted a hat-trick, as Switzerland came from behind to defeat Bulgaria by a score of 3–1.[26]

Switzerland also tried to select him to participate in the 2012 Olympic Football tournament, but he opted to stay at his new club for pre-season training.[27]

In June 2014, Shaqiri was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the team's opening match, Shaqiri was named man of the match by FIFA as the Nati defeated Ecuador.[28] He earned the same title a mere ten days later in the Swiss team's third and final Group match, scoring a hat-trick against Honduras to ensure Switzerland a spot in the Round of 16,[29] where they lost to Argentina.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's tally first[30]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2010 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  England 1–2 1–3 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
2 6 September 2011 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Bulgaria 1–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
3 2–1
4 3–1
5 29 February 2012 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland  Argentina 1–1 1–3 Friendly
6 11 September 2012 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland  Albania 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7 14 November 2012 Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia  Tunisia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
8 11 October 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9 3 June 2014 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland  Peru 2–0 2–0 Friendly
10 25 June 2014 Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil  Honduras 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
11 2–0
12 3–0
13 14 October 2014 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification
14 25 June 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Lithuania 3–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification
15 4–0

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 January 2015[31]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Swiss Cup Europe Other Total
FC Basel Super League 2009–10 32 4 5 1 10[a] 2 47 7
2010–11 29 5 2 0 11[b] 2 42 7
2011–12 31 9 4 0 6[c] 0 41 9
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2012–13 26 4 5 3 7[c] 1 1[d] 0 39 8
2013–14 17 6 3 1 4[e] 0 3[f] 0 26 7
2014–15 9 1 1 0 4[c] 1 1[d] 0 15 2
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Other Total
Internazionale Serie A 2014–15 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
Career totals Switzerland 92 18 11 1 27 4 130 23
Germany 52 11 9 4 15 2 5 0 81 17
Italy 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
Career statistics 145 29 21 6 42 6 5 0 213 41
  1. ^ All appearances in Europa League
  2. ^ ten appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League . one appearance in Europa League
  3. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b One appearance in DFL-Supercup
  5. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearances in 2013 UEFA Super Cup
  6. ^ One appearance in 2013 DFL-Supercup,Two appearances in 2013 FIFA Club World Cup

International[edit]

As of 18 November 2014 [32][33]

Switzerland national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 9 1
2011 8 3
2012 7 3
2013 6 1
2014 12 7
Total 42 15

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel[34]
Bayern Munich[34]

Individual awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Shaqiri is a Muslim[40][41] who celebrates Christmas[42] and can be seen praying during games.[43]

References[edit]

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