Biography

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri is a Swiss footballer currently at Stoke City. Find out more about Xherdan in our in-depth biography

Swiss footballer Xherdan Shaqiri Photo: Xherdan Shaqiri / Instagram

Xherdan Shaqiri is a Swiss footballer who is currently at Championship club Stoke City.

The playmaker started his professional career at Swiss club Basel in 2007 before he broke into the first team in 2009.

Bayern Munich signed Shaqiri from Basel but the attacking midfielder struggled to hold down a starting spot at the Allianz Arena.

Xherdan moved to Inter Milan in January 2015 but lasted little over six months before Shaqiri move to the Premier League.

Stoke signed Shaqiri in a £12m deal from the Serie A giants and 15 goals in 85 Premier League games for the Potters.

Shaqiri has netted 20 goals in 69 games for the Switzerland national team and the playmaker has featured at two World Cup and Euro 2016.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 10 May 1991
Age: 26 years old
Place of birth: Gjilan, Switzerland
Nationality: Swiss
Height: 169cm / 5ft 7ins
Weight: 72kg / 159 lbs
Wages: £100,000 a week
Transfer value: £12 million
Shirt number: 22

Twitter: officialal20
Instagram: shaqirixherdan
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Basel

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Xherdan started his career at Basel despite interest from a number of top European clubs.

Shaqiri signed a professional contract with the Swiss club in 2009 to secure his future at the Swiss club until 2014.

The playmaker made his debut as a substitute against FC St Gallen at the AFG Arena in July 2009.

He scored his first two league goals for Basel in the space of eight days with strikes against Zurich and Lucerne to finish the campaign with two goals in 24 games in all competitions

Shaqiri was part of the Basel team that won the league and cup double.

He established himself as a first-team regular in 2010-11 campaign with five goals in 28 games in the Swiss top flight. Basel won the title again.

Xherdan netted his first Champions League goal in a 3-2 loss to AS Roma in the group stage in November 2010.

Shaqiri produced a man of the match performance in a 2-1 win against Manchester United in the Champions League group stage.

His final season at Basel resulted in nine goals in 31 games in the Swiss league to win a third successive title as well as the Swiss Cup.

Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich agreed to a £10m deal to sign Shaqiri from Basel in February 2012.

However, Xherdan didn’t move to the Bundesliga giants until the end of the 2011-12 season.

He scored on his Bayern debut with a goal and an assist from the bench in Bayern’s 4-0 win over SSV Jahn Regensburg in the German Cup match.

His first Bundesliga appearance came as a substitute in a 6-1 victory over Stuttgart in September 2012.

The attacking midfielder’s second goal came in a 4-1 win against BATE Borisov in the Champions League group stage. He won man of the match in Minsk.

He had to wait until Bayern’s penultimate Bundesliga game of the 2012-13 season to get on the score sheet. He ended his Bundesliga goal drought with a goal against

Shaqiri scored 4-3 win over Augsburg on 11 May.

The playmaker scored eight times and made 12 assists in 44 games in all competitions after his first season at Bayern.

He won the German Cup and the Champions League title.

Shaqiri made 10 starts and seven assists in the Bundesliga in the 2013-14 campaign to struggle to hold down a regular starting spot.

He netted seven times in the season but struggled to hold down a regular spot.

Inter Milan

Shaqiri quit Bayern for Inter Milan in an £13m deal in the 2015 January transfer window after he made nine appearances in the first half of the season.

He signed a four-year contract with the San Siro outfit before he made his debut in a goalless draw with Empoli.

He netted his first goal in a 4-3 win against Serie A giants Atalanta before the attacker netted in a 3-3 draw with Scottish Premier League side Celtic in the Europa League.

Shaqiri ended his short stint at Inter with two goals and two assists in 18 outings.

Stoke City

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Shaqiri moved to Stoke City in a £12m deal from Inter Milan in July 2015.

He penned a five-year deal with the Premier League club.

The Swiss star made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City and created Stoke’s winner.

Xherdan didn’t score his first goals in the English top flight until 28 December 2015 when he scored twice in a 4-3 win against Everton.

He netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United to finish his first Premier League campaign with three goals and six assists in 36 top-flight games.

Shaqiri scored a 20-yard free kick against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2016–17 season.

Xherdan netted twice in a 2-0 win against Hull City in October before his fourth and final goal of the campaign came a in a 3-1 home victory over the Tigers.

The playmaker produced career best figures in 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

Shaqiri scored eight times and made seven assists in 36 games in the English top flight title.

His goals came against Newcastle, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Bournemouth and Brighton.

He was unable to fire Stoke to safety and the Potters were relegated to the Championship.

Liverpool FC transfer speculation

Shaqiri was heavily tipped to leave Stoke following their demotion to the second tier of English football.

Champions League runners up Liverpool FC were linked with a move to sign the Swiss star from Stoke.

International career

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Shaqiri made his first appearance for the Switzerland’s under-21’s 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 made his debut in a 3-1 loss to Uruguay in a friendly in March 2010.

Xherdan was included in Switzerland’s World Cup for South Africa a few months later.

His fist goal came in a 3-1 loss to England in their Euro 2012 qualifier.

Shaqiri scored his first hat-trick for Switzerland in a 3-1 win over Bulgaria.

Xherdan won two man of the match performances in victories over Ecuador and Uruguay in the group stage. However, their tournament came to an end following a loss to Argentina.

He started all four of their games at the European championship before Shaqiri scored an overhead kick to equalise in a 1-1 draw with Poland in Euro 2016 round of 16.

Shaqiri was also part of the Switzerland team at Euro 2016.

Personal life

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Shaqiri is a practicing Muslim.

Interesting facts about Xherdan Shaqiri

• While Shaqiri is a Swiss international, he was actually born in the city of Gjilan, known for having recorded the lowest temperature in the country of Kosovo at −32.5 °C!

• Following Switzerland’s first game at Euro 2016, Shaqiri declared he would switch allegiance to Kosovo if their manager would make him captain, in reaction to Swiss manager Vladimir Petković’s decision to omit him from that position.

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