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Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri 2014.JPG
Shaqiri with Switzerland in 2014.
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 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Inter Milan
Number 91
Youth career
1999–2001 SV Augst
2001–2009 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 FC Basel 92 (18)
2012–2015 Bayern Munich 52 (11)
2015– Inter Milan 15 (1)
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 46 (17)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2015

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 FC 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, 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] acquiring Swiss citizenship through naturalisation.

Club career[edit]

FC Basel[edit]

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

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

In December 2011 Shaqiri provided two assists in a match against Manchester United, 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, consisting of the League title,[13] and the Swiss Cup.[14]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 9 February 2012 Basel announced that Shaqiri had accepted a transfer to German club Bayern Munich of the 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 club which lasts until 30 June 2016, and which pays him 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 the German club SpVgg Unterhaching, which Bayern won 1–0 thanks to a goal by teammate David Alaba. His first league appearance for the club came on 20 August in a DFB-Pokal match against SSV Jahn Regensburg, when Shaqiri came on as a half-time substitute. He scored Bayern's second goal as well as providing assists for Mario Mandžukić and Claudio Pizarro, with Bayern winning 4–0.[17] He helped Bayern secure the top spot in their Champions League group by scoring a goal and providing assists in Bayern's 4–1 defeat of BATE Borisov on 5 December, winning the Man of the Match award and avenging their defeat in Minsk.[18]

Shaqiri did not score his first Bundesliga goal until the final league match of 2012, rescuing a point for them in a 1–1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach, leaving Bayern in first place at the winter break.[19][20] On 16 April 2013, Shaqiri also scored in the DFB-Pokal semi-final against VfL Wolfsburg with a long-range shot. Although he didn't play in the final, Shaqiri won the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League title with Bayern, as well as the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal title, making him one of the Bayern Munich players to have won the first treble in club history.

Inter Milan[edit]

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

Shaqiri scored his first Serie A goal on 15 February 2015 in a 4–1 away win against Atalanta.[26] Four days later he registered his first European tournament goal for Inter, scoring the opener in a 3–3 UEFA Europa League draw with Celtic in Glasgow.[27]

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 Turkish under-21 side in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier. He scored his first goal for them on 11 June 2011 in the 2011 Under-21 Championship opening game against the Danish under-21 team.

Shaqiri was promoted to the Swiss senior team in 2010, 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. Shaqiri scored his first goal for them on 7 September 2010, a long range left-footed shot, in a 1–3 loss against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier. He netted a hat-trick in another Euro 2012 qualifier on 6 September 2011, as Switzerland came from behind to beat Bulgaria 3–1.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30] 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,[31] where they lost to Argentina.

Personal life[edit]

Shaqiri is a Muslim[32][33] who celebrates Christmas[34] and can be seen praying during games.[35]

Outside football[edit]

Shaqiri was chosen to be on the cover of FIFA 15 in Switzerland next to Lionel Messi.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 May 2015[37][38][39]
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
Total 92 18 11 1 27 4 130 23
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
Total 52 11 9 4 15 2 5 0 81 17
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Other Total
Inter Milan Serie A 2014–15 15 1 2 1 3[a] 1 20 3
Total 15 1 2 1 3 1 20 3
Career totals 158 30 22 6 46 7 5 0 229 43
  1. ^ a b 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[40][41]

Switzerland senior team
Year Apps Goals
2010 9 1
2011 8 3
2012 7 3
2013 6 1
2014 12 7
2015 4 2
Total 46 17

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel[42]
Bayern Munich[42]

Individual awards[edit]

  • Swiss Golden Player Award "SFAP Golden Player": 2012[44]
  • Swiss Golden Player Award "Best Young Player": 2012[45]

References[edit]

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