Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Gjilan, Kosovo, on 10 October 1991 and moved to Switzerland with his family as a baby. He signed his first professional contract at Basel aged 17.
Shaqiri, whose nicknames include Kraftwürfel (The Powercube), Zauberzwerg (The Magic Dwarf) and Shaq-Attack, first represented Switzerland at U-21 level in November 2009, making his senior debut in March 2010.
The explosively powerful winger has provided many moments of magic in his career so far. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, he fired the Swiss into the Round of 16 almost singlehandedly, by scoring a hat-trick against Honduras in the final group match. He also netted a fantastic overhead goal against Poland in the last 16 of UEFA EURO 2016 – just one of many feats that have earned the lively, agile and fast-dribbling Shaqiri a place in the hearts of Switzerland’s football fans and made him one of the first names on national coach Vladimir Petkovic’s team sheets.