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Xherdan Shaqiri
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Shaqiri with Switzerland in 2015
Personal information
Full name Xherdan Shaqiri[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 22
Youth career
1999–2001 SV Augst
2001–2009 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 FC Basel II 19 (8)
2009–2012 FC Basel 92 (18)
2012–2015 Bayern Munich 52 (11)
2015 Inter Milan 15 (1)
2015– Stoke City 27 (3)
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 57 (18)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:39, 7 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:41, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Stoke City, and the Switzerland national team. FIFA's official website describes him as "unpredictable on the ball, adept with both feet, clinical in front of goal and possessing excellent vision."[3] He is nicknamed "the Alpine Messi"[3] and "the magic dwarf".[4]

He began his career at FC Basel, winning honours including three Swiss Super League titles, before moving to Bayern Munich, where he gained eight domestic and international honours despite playing less frequently. In January 2015, he moved to Inter Milan for a fee of €15 million, and seven months later to Stoke City for a club record £12 million.

A full international since 2010, Shaqiri has earned over 50 caps for Switzerland. He represented the nation at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.[5]

Early life[edit]

Shaqiri was born in Gjilan to Kosovar Albanian parents.[3][6] He emigrated to Switzerland in 1992 with his parents and three siblings.[7] He has multiple nationalities: Swiss, Kosovo, and Albanian, having acquired Swiss citizenship through naturalisation. Shaqiri is also eligible for a Serbian passport, as the country did not recognize the independence of Kosovo.[8]

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 would last until 30 June 2016, and which paid 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 1–0 friendly win against Bavarian neighbours SpVgg Unterhaching. His first competitive appearance for the club came on 20 August in a DFB-Pokal match at SSV Jahn Regensburg, 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 a 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 the 2012 calendar year, 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 did not 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 for €15 million,[21] signing a four-and-a-half-year contract,[22] though English club Stoke City had previously declared an interest in signing him.[23] With his previous number of 23 being taken by Andrea Ranocchia, Shaqiri chose the number 91 for his Inter shirt, representing his birth year.[24] He was an unused substitute in Inter's 3–1 victory over Genoa at San Siro.[25] He made his debut for Inter on 17 January, playing in the last 16 minutes as a substitute for fellow new signing Lukas Podolski.[26] 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 quarter-finals.[27]

Shaqiri scored his first Serie A goal on 15 February 2015 in a 4–1 away win against Atalanta.[28] Four days later, he registered his first European tournament goal for Inter, scoring the opener from a Zdravko Kuzmanović assist in a 3–3 UEFA Europa League draw away to Celtic.[29]

Stoke City[edit]

That is the best goal I have seen this season. He knew exactly what he was doing, it is absolutely sublime.

Garth Crooks, pundit on the BBC's Final Score, describing Shaqiri's second goal for Stoke against Everton on 28 December 2015.[30]

In July 2015, Stoke agreed a £12 million fee to sign Shaqiri, but the deal fell through when he did not agree to the move before a deadline imposed by the club.[31] The deal was revived a month later, however, with Shaqiri agreeing to personal terms and undergoing medicals.[32] Everton had also expressed interest in him but only wanted a loan deal, while Inter preferred a permanent move.[32] On 11 August, Shaqiri completed his move to Stoke for a club-record fee of £12 million (€14.5 million),[21] on a five-year deal.[33][34]

He made his debut eleven days later in a 1–1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road, assisting Mame Biram Diouf's headed goal with a free kick.[35] On 28 December, Shaqiri recorded his first goals for Stoke, a first-half brace in a 4–3 win at Everton. The second of these two goals was a half-volley over Tim Howard, from Bojan's pass.[30] His only other goal in 2015–16 was a 20-yard strike against Newcastle United on 2 March 2016.[36] In total Shaqiri played 32 times for Stoke in 2015–16 as the side finished in ninth position.[37]

International career[edit]

Shaqiri in action for Switzerland in a November 2015 friendly against neighbours Austria, guarding the ball from the challenge of Julian Baumgartlinger

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.[38]

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.[39]

On 11 September 2012, Shaqiri did not sing the Swiss national anthem in a World Cup qualifier against his ancestral Albania in Lucerne, and did not celebrate when he scored the opening goal of a 2–0 win. He wore boots with the flags of Kosovo, Albania and Switzerland for the match.[40]

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.[41] 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,[42] where they lost to Argentina.

Shaqiri scored three times in the Swiss team's successful qualification campaign for UEFA Euro 2016, with all of his strikes coming against Lithuania. He recorded a brace on 15 November 2014 in a 4–0 win over them in St. Gallen,[43] and in the reverse fixture the following 14 June, he netted an 84th-minute winner in a 2–1 victory.[44] In the final tournament in France, he started all four of Switzerland's matches as they reached the last 16, equalising with a bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area as they drew 1–1 with Poland in Saint-Étienne; he scored again in the penalty shootout but the Poles won nonetheless. When asked whether his bicycle kick was the best goal of his career, Shaqiri told a reporter "You don't know me very well, obviously. I always score nice goals!"[45]

Personal life[edit]

Shaqiri is a Muslim[46][47] who celebrates Christmas[48] and can be seen praying during games.[49]

Shaqiri was chosen to be on the cover of FIFA 15 in Switzerland next to Lionel Messi.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2016[51][52][53]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Basel II 2007–08[54] Swiss 1. Liga 2 0 2 0
2008–09[54] Swiss 1. Liga 17 8 17 8
Total 19 8 19 8
FC Basel 2009–10[54] Swiss Super League 32 4 5 1 10[a] 2 47 7
2010–11[54] Swiss Super League 29 5 2 0 11[b] 2 42 7
2011–12[55] Swiss Super League 31 9 4 0 6[c] 0 41 9
Total 92 18 11 1 27 4 130 23
Bayern Munich 2012–13[56] Bundesliga 26 4 5 3 7[c] 1 1[d] 0 39 8
2013–14[57] Bundesliga 17 6 3 1 4[e] 0 3[f] 0 27 7
2014–15[58] Bundesliga 9 1 1 0 4[c] 1 1[d] 0 15 2
Total 52 11 9 4 15 2 5 0 81 17
Inter Milan 2014–15[58] Serie A 15 1 2 1 3[a] 1 20 3
Total 15 1 2 1 3 1 20 3
Stoke City 2015–16[37] Premier League 27 3 1 0 4 0 32 3
Total 27 3 1 0 4 0 32 3
Career totals 204 41 23 6 4 0 45 7 5 0 281 54
  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 match played 25 June 2016[59][54]
National team Year Apps Goals
Switzerland
2010 9 1
2011 8 3
2012 7 3
2013 6 1
2014 12 7
2015 9 2
2016 6 1
Total 57 18

International goals[edit]

Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Shaqiri goal.[59]

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 7 September 2010 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland 7  England 1–2 1–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [60]
2 6 September 2011 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland 13  Bulgaria 1–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [61]
3 2–1
4 3–1
5 29 February 2012 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland 18  Argentina 1–1 1–3 Friendly [62]
6 11 September 2012 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland 21  Albania 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [63]
7 14 November 2012 Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia 24  Tunisia 2–1 2–1 Friendly [64]
8 11 October 2013 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania 30  Albania 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [65]
9 3 June 2014 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland 33  Peru 2–0 2–0 Friendly [66]
10 25 June 2014 Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil 36  Honduras 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup [67]
11 2–0
12 3–0
13 14 October 2014 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino 40  San Marino 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [68]
14 15 November 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland 41  Lithuania 3–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [69]
15 4–0
16 10 June 2015 Stockhorn Arena, Thun, Switzerland 45  Liechtenstein 2–0 3–0 Friendly [70]
17 14 June 2015 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania 46  Lithuania 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [71]
18 25 June 2016 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France 57  Poland 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 [72]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel[73]
Bayern Munich[73]

Individual awards[edit]

  • Swiss Golden Player Award "SFAP Golden Player": 2012[74]
  • Swiss Golden Player Award "Best Young Player": 2012[75]

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