Xherdan Shaqiri Biography
Xherdan Shaqiri is a Swiss professional footballer born on 10th October 1991 in Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia. He plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Swiss national team as a winger. His nickname is ‘Magic dwarf’.
Xherdan Shaqiri Age
Shaqiri is 27 years old as of 2018. He was born on 10th October 1991 in Gjilan.
Xherdan Shaqiri Family
Xherdan Shaqiri’s parents are Isen Shaqiri, a retired Alpine farmer and Fatime Shaqiri, a retired cleaner. He has three siblings Erdin Shaqiri, Arianit Shaqiri and Medina Shaqiri. They migrated to Switzerland in 1992.
Xherdan Shaqiri Wife
Shaqiri was rumoured to be in a relationship with a model known as Youth. The rumours started after they were photographed by paparazzi flirting in a restaurant. He cleared the air and told the press that he was not in a relationship with Angelica. ‘Some friends of mine brought the lady to the restaurant. She’s not my wife. Thats all I can say for now’.
Xherdan Shaqiri Current Teams
- Switzerland national football team – #23 / Forward
- Liverpool F.C. – #23 / Forward
Xherdan Shaqiri Career
The Swiss international began his career playing for SV Augst’s and FC Basel’s youth teams. While in the club he competed in the Under-15 Nike Cup 2007 and was named the best player of the tournament.
Many clubs became interested in him and wanted to sign him but he decided to stay with Basel where he played for their reserve team from 2007 – 2009 in the Swiss 1. Liga.
On 2nd January 2009 he signed his first professional contract with Basel. He made his club debut on 12th July 2009 in Basel’s 2009–10 season opening match against FC St. Gallen at the AFG Arena. On 8th November 2009 he scored his first goal for Basel in a 4–1 win over Neuchâtel Xamax at home.
At the end of the 2009–10 season Xherdan Shaqiri won the national Double with Basel, and a year later won the League title again.
In December 2011, he provided two assists in a match against Manchester United, with Basel winning 2–1. 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, and the Swiss Cup.
Xherdan Shaqiri Bayern Munich
On 9th February 2012 Basel announced that Xherdan Shaqiri had accepted a transfer to German club Bayern Munich of the Bundesliga for the 2012–13 season. He signed a four year contract with Bayern, the transfer fee was reportedly €11.6 million and his salary per season was €2 million.
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He made his debut on 10th July 2012 in a 1–0 friendly win against Bavarian neighbours SpVgg Unterhaching. He made his first competitive appearance for the club in a DFB-Pokal match at SSV Jahn Regensburg, as a half-time substitute on 20th August 2012.
On 5th December 2012 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. He won the Man of the Match.
Xherdan scored his first Bundesliga goal in the final league match of the 2012 calendar year in a 1–1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach, leaving Bayern in first place at the winter break. 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.
Xherdan Shaqiri Inter Milan
On 9th January 2015 Xherdan Shaqiri signed a four and half year contract with Italian club Inter Milan for €15 million. He chose number 91 for his inter shirt, representing his birth year.
On 17th January 2015 he made his club debut playing in the last 16 minutes as a substitute for fellow new signing Lukas Podolski. On 22nd January 2016 he scored his first goal for the club when he made his Coppa Italia debut in a match against Sampdoria in the round of 16.
On 15th February 2015 he scored his first Serie A goal in a 4–1 away win against Atalanta. On 19th February Xherdan Shaqiri 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.
Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City
In July 2015, Stoke agreed on a £12 million fee to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, but the deal fell through when he did not agree to the move before a deadline imposed by the club. The deal was revived a month later, however, with Shaqiri agreeing to personal terms and undergoing medicals. Everton had also expressed interest in him but only wanted a loan deal, while Inter preferred a permanent move.
On 11th August he signed a five-year deal with Stroke City for a club- record fee of £12 million (€14.5 million). He made his debut on 22nd August in a 1–1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road, assisting Mame Biram Diouf’s headed goal with a free kick.
On 28th December Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first goal for Stoke, a first-half brace in a 4–3 win at Everton. On 2nd March 2016 he scored his second goal, his only other goal in 2015-16, a 20-yard strike against Newcastle United. In the 2015-16 season he played 32 times for Stoke the side finished in ninth position.
In the opening day of the 2016-17 season he scored a 20-yard free kick against Middlesbrough. He got a calf injury which ruled him out for the next six weeks. He returned to the side on 24th September 2016 against West Bromwich Albion where he provided the assist for Joe Allen in a 1–1 draw.
On 22nd October 2016 he scored two long range goals against Hull City, becoming the first Stoke player to score two goals from outside the box in a Premier League game. He scored another long range strike also against Hull on 15 April 2017 which was named as Stoke’s goal of the season. Shaqiri made 22 appearances in 2016–17, as Stoke finished in 13th position.
In the 2017-18 season he played 38 times top scoring with eight goals as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.
In March 2018 Xherdan Shaqiri made controversial comments during an interview for Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte in which he said there was a “lack of quality” in his Stoke teammates and that even the presence of Ronaldinho would not improve the team.
Xherdan Shaqiri International Career
On 11th November 2009 Xherdan Shaqiri made his debut for the Swiss under-21’s side in a 3–1 win against the Turkish under-21 side in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier. On 11th June 2011 he scored his first goal for them in the 2011 Under-21 Championship opening game against the Danish under-21 team.
In 2010 he was promoted to Swis senior team making his debut on 3rd March 2010 in a 1–3 friendly loss against Uruguay.
Xherdan Shaqiri was included in the 2010 World Cup squad and he scored his first goal for them on 7th 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.
In June 2014 Xherdan 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. 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, where they lost to Argentina.
Xherdan 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, and in the reverse fixture the following 14 June, he netted an 84th-minute winner in a 2–1 victory. 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.
Shaqiri Religion, Height, Weight
- Xherdan Shaqiri Religion: Muslim
- Xherdan Shaqiri Height: 1.69m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
- Xherdan Shaqiri Weight: 72kg (158lbs)
Xherdan Shaqiri Legs/ Xherdan Shaqiri Calves
Shaqiri has very muscular legs and he credits them for his session at the squat rack since he was eight years old. The calves give him extra bit of explosive power with his dribbling and shooting. “Of course I have really massive calves and sometimes I need more treatment, but they are normal like everybody else, just a little bigger. Sometimes maybe there’s more danger of injury because I have really massive muscles, but also for the power it helps a lot for me and I think you see that also on the pitch.”
Xherdan Shaqiri Facebook
You can find the footballer’s Facebook page @ XS1991