Xherdan Shaqiri

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Xherdan Shaqiri
ShaqiriBay.jpg
Shaqiri playing for Bayern Munich in 2012
Personal information
Full nameXherdan Shaqiri[1]
Date of birth(1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birthGnjilane, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number11
Youth career
1999–2001SV Augst
2001–2007FC Basel
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–2009FC Basel U2119(8)
2009–2012FC Basel92(18)
2012–Bayern Munich49(10)
National team
2007–2008Switzerland U1710(0)
2008–2009Switzerland U185(0)
2009Switzerland U195(3)
2009–2011Switzerland U217(1)
2010–Switzerland40(13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:03, 18 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014
 
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Xherdan Shaqiri
ShaqiriBay.jpg
Shaqiri playing for Bayern Munich in 2012
Personal information
Full nameXherdan Shaqiri[1]
Date of birth(1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birthGnjilane, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[2]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number11
Youth career
1999–2001SV Augst
2001–2007FC Basel
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–2009FC Basel U2119(8)
2009–2012FC Basel92(18)
2012–Bayern Munich49(10)
National team
2007–2008Switzerland U1710(0)
2008–2009Switzerland U185(0)
2009Switzerland U195(3)
2009–2011Switzerland U217(1)
2010–Switzerland40(13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:03, 18 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for 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]

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 Gnjilane, Yugoslavia to Albanian Kosovar parents.[6][4] 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]

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.

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23] 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,[24] where they lost to Argentina.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first[25]
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.7 September 2010St. Jakob Park, Basel England1–21–3UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2.6 September 2011St. Jakob Park, Basel Bulgaria1–13–1UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3.2–1
4.3–1
5.29 February 2012Stade de Suisse, Berne Argentina1–11–3Friendly
6.11 September 2012Swissporarena, Lucerne Albania1–02–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.14 November 2012Stade Olympique, Sousse Tunisia2–12–1Friendly
8.11 October 2013Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana Albania1–02–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9.3 June 2014Swissporarena, Lucerne Peru2–02–0Friendly
10.26 June 2014Arena Amazonia, Manaus Honduras1–03–02014 FIFA World Cup
11.2–0
12.3–0
13.14 October 2014San Marino Stadium, Serravalle San Marino4–04–0UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 October 2014[26]
Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalOtherTotal
ClubLeagueSeasonAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SwitzerlandLeagueSwiss CupEuropeOtherTotal
FC BaselSuper League2009–1032451102477
2010–1129520112427
2011–123194060419
GermanyLeagueDFB-PokalEuropeOtherTotal
Bayern MunichBundesliga2012–13264537110398
2013–14176313030267
2014–156010101090
Career totalsSwitzerland921811127413023
Germany491094111507315
Career statistics141282053855020338

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Basel[27]
Bayern Munich[27]

Individual awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Shaqiri is a Muslim[33][34] who celebrates Christmas[35] and can be seen praying during games.[36]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Rico, Simon (22 December 2012). "Football : Xherdan Shaqiri, le meilleur ambassadeur suisse du Kosovo". Le Courrier des Balkans (in French). Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Joueur FM11 : Xherdan Shaqiri" (in French). 6 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dreijahres-Profivertrag für Xherdan Shaqiri" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "St. Gallen 2 – Basel 0". Fcb.ch. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Basel 4 – Xamax 1". Fcb.ch. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
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  17. ^ "SSV Jahn Regensburg 0 - 4 Bayern". ESPN. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  18. ^ James, Andy (5 December 2012). "Bayern power past BATE to finish top of Group F". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
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  24. ^ "Honduras 0-3 Switzerland World Cup 2014 MATCH REPORT: Xherdan Shaqiri scores a hat-trick to secure Swiss progress". Daily Mail. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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  33. ^ Uersfeld, Stephan (30 June 2014). "World Cup players to forego Ramadan". ESPN. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  34. ^ Hope, Craig (11 June 2014). "Muslim stars such as Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Karim Benzema could be affected with Ramadan set to begin during World Cup for first time since 1986". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Zauberzwerg Shaqiri: So feiert der Moslem Weihnachten". YouTube (in German). bolzurich. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
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