Xherdan Shaqiri is the archetypal midfield playmaker who has become synonymous with modern football over the past decade. Small, fast, technically gifted, and versatile, Xherdan is literally unstoppable when he’s in the mood. He currently plays for the English Premier League club Liverpool FC.
As a kind of child protege, Shaqiri occasionally showed flashes of his brilliance in the German Moloch Bayern Munich when he was a young player. So far, however, he hasn’t been able to become a world champion, but time is still on his side, and as he is coached by Jurgen Klopp – a man with wonderful management skills – it is only a matter of time before Shaqiri realizes his undoubted potential.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s Biography
Born in Gjilan, SFR Yugoslavia on October 10, 1991, Shaqiri is the son of Kosovar Albanian parents, Isen and Fatima. His family had to emigrate to Switzerland in 1992 with his three siblings Erdin, Medina, and Arianit. Shaqiri, who is a Muslim, started playing youth football when he joined SV Augst. Afterward, he joined the youth team of FC Basel. He attracted the attention of major European teams after being named the best player in the U-15 Nike Cup in 2007. However, he decided to stay with the Swiss club and continue his development. Between 2007 and 2009 he played for the Basel reserve squad for three years.
Xherdan Shaqiri signed a professional contract with the club in early January 2009. He made his debut against FC St. Gallen on July 12, 2009. His very first goal for Basel was a 4-1 victory over Neuchatel Xamax in November of the same year. At the end of this season, he managed to win the league and cup doubles in Switzerland and kept the title the following season. He began to attract attention again when he delivered 2 assists in a Champions League match against Manchester United in December 2011. In his last season in Basel, the team completed another home doubles.
Xherdan Shaqiri joined the biggest team in Germany – Bayern Munich in 2012. The deal was worth 11.6 million euros and he signed a contract that would earn him 2 million euros each season. Shaqiri celebrated his Bavarian debut with a convincing 4-0 victory in the DFB Cup against SSV Jahn Regensburg. He scored once and delivered two assists. He repeated the same feat in the Champions League against BATE Borisov.
He was rarely used for the first team at Bayern, as his chances became smaller with every season. In his first season, he played 26 missions with 4 goals, in the next season 17 missions with 6 goals, and in his last season 9 missions and a single goal. He was part of the Bayern team that won a triple for the first time in their history.
In the winter window of 2015, he moved to Inter Milan for 15 million euros, where he made his debut on January 17, 2015. Shaqiri scored Inter Milan’s first goal against Sampdoria in a Coppa Italia game. He only spent one season with Inter Milan, scoring three goals in 20 appearances. He then joined the English team Stoke City, who were interested in his services before joining San Siro.
The deal that brought Shaqiri to Britannia Stadium was worth £12 million, a record cost for a player. He signed on the dotted lines to become a Stoke City player on August 11, 2015. On his debut, he provided an assist in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City. When Shaqiri scored his first goal for Stoke, it was a double in a 4-3 win over Everton on December 28, 2015.
By the end of his first season with Stoke, Shaqiri had completed 32 appearances and scored 3 goals. He scored on the opening day of the next season but was suspended for the next month and a half. In his second season, he played 22 games and scored four goals. In his last season with the Potters, Shaqiri played in 38 events and scored eight goals. Stoke City was relegated to the English second division after a bad season.
Shaqiri was transferred to Liverpool in July 2018 after his 13.5 million release clause was activated. He scored an impressive bicycle kick in the 4-1 friendly against Manchester United. With 74 international matches, he is a full-fledged international player. He has also scored 21 goals for his national team.
With the allure and glamour that comes with playing football at the top, people are always curious about the love life of a footballer. But in the case of Xherdan Shaqiri, there has never been a concrete account of a wife or a romantic relationship with a woman. He has kept this information strictly to himself.
If you have ever seen Shaqiri in action, his robust physique is a striking feature. His playing is more focused on his speed and technical skills than on an imposing physique. He stands at a height of 5 feet 6 ½ inches and weighs 158 pounds.