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 22)
Place of birth Gnjilane, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2001 SV Augst
2001–2007 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 FC Basel U21 19 (8)
2009–2012 FC Basel 92 (18)
2012– Bayern Munich 43 (10)
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 30 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:39, 5 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:08, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga as well as 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] Shaqiri is left-footed.

Early life[edit]

Shaqiri was born in Yugoslavia. His parents, who are Albanian, and their four children fled to Switzerland in 1992 during the beginning of the conflict in his homeland.[4]

Shaqiri has dual nationality: Swiss and Albanian.[5] He acquired the Swiss citizenship through naturalisation.

Club career[edit]

FC Basel[edit]

Shaqiri played for SV Augst's and FC Basel's youth team. 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.[6] The new contract was set to keep him at St. Jakob-Park until June 2014.[7]

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.[8] On 9 November, he scored his first goal for Basel in a 4–1 win over Neuchâtel Xamax at home.[9] 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.[10] At the end of the 2011–12 season, for the second time in his Basel stint, he won the Double, the League Championship title[11] and the Swiss Cup[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][18] 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.

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.[19]

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.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 April 2014[21]
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 2 47 7
2010–11 29 5 2 0 11 2 42 7
2011–12 31 9 4 0 6 0 41 9
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2012–13 26 4 5 3 7 1 1 0 39 8
2013–14 17 6 3 1 3 0 3 0 26 7
Career totals Switzerland 92 18 11 1 27 4 130 23
Germany 43 10 8 4 10 1 4 0 65 15
Career statistics 135 28 19 5 37 5 2 0 192 38

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Switzerland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 September 2010 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  England 1–2 1–3 Euro 2012 qualifier
2. 6 September 2011 St. Jakob-Park, Basel  Bulgaria 1–1 3–1 Euro 2012 qualifier
3. 2–1
4. 3–1
5. 29 February 2012 Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, Bern  Argentina 1–1 1–3 Friendly
6. 11 September 2012 Swissporarena, Lucerne  Albania 1–0 2–0 2014 World Cup qualifier
7. 14 November 2012 Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse  Tunisia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
8. 11 October 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 1–0 2–1 2014 World Cup qualifier

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel
Bayern Munich

Individual Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Squad – Player Details". Fcb.ch. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shaqiri reportedly close to Atlético". atleticofans.com. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Rico, Simon (22 December 2012). "Football : Xherdan Shaqiri, le meilleur ambassadeur suisse du Kosovo". Le Courrier des Balkans (in French). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joueur FM11 : Xherdan Shaqiri" (in French). 6 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dreijahres-Profivertrag für Xherdan Shaqiri" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shaqiri sign until 2014". Fcb.ch. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "St. Gallen 2 – Basel 0". Fcb.ch. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Basel 4 – Xamax 1". Fcb.ch. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Champions League – Stunned United crash out after defeat at Basel". Yahoo! Europe. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern" (in German). football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bayern snap up Shaqiri". ESPN. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bayern's capture of Shaqiri a coup". Sports Illustrated. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "SSV Jahn Regensburg 0 - 4 Bayern". ESPN. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  16. ^ James, Andy (5 December 2012). "Bayern power past BATE to finish top of Group F". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "SHAQIRI RESCUES POINT FOR BAYERN". DFB. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bayern Munich 1–1 Borussia Monchengladbach". ESPN. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Shaqiri treble keeps Swiss hopes alive". UEFA.com. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Olympics-Shaqiri, Xhaka excluded from Swiss soccer squad". reuters.com. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Shaqiri, Xherdan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Zwei weitere Nachwuchstitel für den FCB". FC Basel 1893. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "SFAP Golden Player 2012". goldenplayer.ch. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Best Young Player 2012". goldenplayer.ch. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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