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Stoke fans see similarities between Shaqiri and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

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Shaqiri scores two stunners for Stoke

Stoke City won their first Premier League away match of the season with a 2-0 win at Hull City. Xherdan Shaqiri was the star of the show with two fantastic strikes. His first goal arrived in the 26th minute. Shaqiri cut inside a defender and hit a powerful shot into the top right corner of the net with his left foot. Stoke's and Shaqiri's second goal came five minutes into the second half. This time it was a free-kick and he found the exact same spot he had found in the first half, smashing the ball into the top right corner. Hull City had no answer to Shaqiri's magic and Stoke finished the match comfortably. The Potters move up to 16th place and are now unbeaten in four matches. Hull are down in 18th place and have lost their last five Premier League matches.You don't stop those! Shaqiri puts the ball in the top corner!

He'll definitely score more this season.  Stoke manager, Mark Hughes.

What do we know about Xherdan Shaqiri?

Shaqiri won the Champions League with Bayern Munich.

Xherdan Shaqiri was born on 10 October 1991 in Gjilan, in the east of Kosovo. Shaqiri emigrated to Switzerland with his parents and three brothers and sisters when he was just a baby. Shaqiri grew up in the Swiss city of Basel, which is very close to the borders of France and Germany. He played for youth teams in the local area and signed his first professional contract with FC Basel in 2009. He played for the club for three years and won the league and cup double twice with the team. In 2012, Shaqiri made a big move. He moved to Germany to play for one of the giants of world football - Bayern Munich. He helped the club win the treble (German league, cup and Champions League) for the first time in the club's history and will always be part of one of Bayern Munich's best-ever squads. In 2015, he moved to Italy to play for Inter Milan, but the move wasn't a success. After six months and only 20 appearances he moved again. This time it was to the Premier League when Stoke City made Shaqiri their record signing.

I am like every player - I want to win trophies. I want to play in Europe with Stoke.  Xherdan Shaqiri.

Which other Premier League players have won the Champions League?

Shaqiri celebrating one of his goals against Hull.

Xherdan Shaqiri has a Champions League winner's medal from his time at Bayern Munich and it may surprise you that a few more Stoke players have Champions League winner's medals, too. Marc Muniesa, Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Affellay all won the Champions League when they were with Barcelona. There are plenty more Champions League winners in the Premier League and some of them may surprise you. Take a look at the list, did you know that these players had won the Champions League?

Player Current Club When and with who?
Darren Fletcher West Brom Manchester Utd 2007/08
Ryan Bertrand  Southampton Chelsea 2011/12
Victor Valdes Middlesbrough Barcelona 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11
Emre Can Liverpool Bayern Munich 2012/13
John O'Shea Sunderland Manchester Utd 2007/08

Which country to play for?

Brothers playing for different countries!

Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, which, was then part of Yugoslavia, while his family have Albanian roots, too. As was mentioned earlier, Shaqiri emigrated to Switzerland when he was a baby and ended up playing for the Swiss national team (he has 59 caps) but he could have played for a number of countries. Kosovo was given FIFA status this year and it might even be possible for Shaqiri to switch to the country of his birth even though he has already played for Switzerland. As more and more people move countries, people's allegiances become less and less clear. When Switzerland played Albania at Euro 2016, seven players in the Albanian squad were born in Switzerland and six players in the Swiss squad were eligible to play for Albania. The strangest thing of all, however, was the fact that Arsenal's Granit Xhaka was playing for Switzerland and his brother, Taulant Xhaka, was playing for Albania. Who do you think their parents were supporting?

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What do you think?

Xherdan Shaqiri scored two fantastic goals last weekend. Did you see them? Are they the best of the season so far?

Did you know that Shaqiri had won the Champions League? Were you surprised by any of the other players in our list?

Xherdan Shaqiri could have played for a number of different countries before he chose Switzerland. What do you think about this?

Were any players in your national team born in a different country? Do you think players should be able to change the country that they play for?

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Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/10/2016
UA
2623
points

I didn't know that Shaqiri had won the Champions League. I'm not surprised by any of the other players in the list.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/10/2016 20:22
Ukraine
Liverpool
2623

I didn't know that Shaqiri had won the Champions League. I'm not surprised by any of the other players in the list.

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ErikXhepa
15/11/2016
DZ
17
points

He had won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern Munich


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ErikXhepa
15/11/2016 17:18
Algeria
Manchester United
17

He had won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern Munich

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
27/10/2016
UA
2623
points

There was a Brazilian, Edmar, both a good footballer and a personality, who changed his citizenship after he had married a Ukranian girl. He was later sometimes called to the national team. I think players should be able to change the country that they play for because we all are supposed to live free.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
27/10/2016 20:30
Ukraine
Liverpool
2623

There was a Brazilian, Edmar, both a good footballer and a personality, who changed his citizenship after he had married a Ukranian girl. He was later sometimes called to the national team. I think players should be able to change the country that they play for because we all are supposed to live free.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/10/2016
ME
3424
points

I've seen the goals. It was brilliant. I knew he won the CL with Bayern but I have to admit I didn't know Ryan Bertrand made it with Chelsea.


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aragorn1986
28/10/2016 18:01
Montenegro
Arsenal
3424

I've seen the goals. It was brilliant. I knew he won the CL with Bayern but I have to admit I didn't know Ryan Bertrand made it with Chelsea.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/10/2016
ME
3424
points

Well, this is a topic for big discussion:-) Every player should have right to play for the country he was born in. But when sport federation decides to choose some player only for its own interest that's not fair. Some national teams don't even fully represent skills of their youth teams or the effort they make to create professional player. So, is it enough to give someone a citizenship or you need to work hard with a player? Also, it became popular to give players bonuses if they make success with national team. Shouldn't it be honour for everyone to represent its own country? I believe it should. National team should not be some random team, but the team with all the characteristics of that country and culture, a faithful representation of hard work with youth categories and generally speaking, talent of one nation for some sports..


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aragorn1986
28/10/2016 18:30
Montenegro
Arsenal
3424

Well, this is a topic for big discussion:-) Every player should have right to play for the country he was born in. But when sport federation decides to choose some player only for its own interest that's not fair. Some national teams don't even fully represent skills of their youth teams or the effort they make to create professional player. So, is it enough to give someone a citizenship or you need to work hard with a player? Also, it became popular to give players bonuses if they make success with national team. Shouldn't it be honour for everyone to represent its own country? I believe it should. National team should not be some random team, but the team with all the characteristics of that country and culture, a faithful representation of hard work with youth categories and generally speaking, talent of one nation for some sports..

Rich's picture
Rich
28/10/2016
ES
158
points

Hi Aragorn1986

You raise some very interesting points. It would be great to hear what other football fans think about what you have said.

Rich - The Prermier Skills English Team


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Rich
28/10/2016 21:59
Spain
Liverpool
158

Hi Aragorn1986

You raise some very interesting points. It would be great to hear what other football fans think about what you have said.

Rich - The Prermier Skills English Team

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
29/10/2016
ME
3424
points

Hi Rich! Interesting topic indeed. I'd like to hear what other fans think too.


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aragorn1986
29/10/2016 21:36
Montenegro
Arsenal
3424

Hi Rich! Interesting topic indeed. I'd like to hear what other fans think too.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/10/2016
GH
3657
points

I was not able to see the goals. I think it is one of the best goals of the season.


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kwesimanifest
28/10/2016 21:19
Ghana
Manchester United
3657

I was not able to see the goals. I think it is one of the best goals of the season.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/10/2016
GH
3657
points

I was surprised at the list of players who had won champions league


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/10/2016 10:32
Ghana
Manchester United
3657

I was surprised at the list of players who had won champions league

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/10/2016
GH
3657
points

It provides him the opportunity to make a choice between the countries available


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/10/2016 10:33
Ghana
Manchester United
3657

It provides him the opportunity to make a choice between the countries available

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/10/2016
GH
3657
points

Yes Kevin Prince Boateng even thou he isn't part of the squard now he was born in Germany ut played for ghana with his brother playing for the German team.
Tim Fosu Mensah can also play for Ghana, Holland and England s it stands now.
Yes players should be able to change the country they play for if their services aren't utilitied.


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kwesimanifest
29/10/2016 10:38
Ghana
Manchester United
3657

Yes Kevin Prince Boateng even thou he isn't part of the squard now he was born in Germany ut played for ghana with his brother playing for the German team.
Tim Fosu Mensah can also play for Ghana, Holland and England s it stands now.
Yes players should be able to change the country they play for if their services aren't utilitied.

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elghoul
30/10/2016
DZ
1345
points

All players listed are surprising for me. Perhaps they were not between the best of the Champions League winners.
Yes with the current rules he could have played for Kosovo or Albania either or another country of his choice.
Algerian national team have been built from a lot of French natives or Algerian migrants for years. They helped as national players making Algeria independent from year 1958 when Zitouni and his teammate joined the FLN organisation.


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elghoul
30/10/2016 14:23
Algeria
Arsenal
1345

All players listed are surprising for me. Perhaps they were not between the best of the Champions League winners.
Yes with the current rules he could have played for Kosovo or Albania either or another country of his choice.
Algerian national team have been built from a lot of French natives or Algerian migrants for years. They helped as national players making Algeria independent from year 1958 when Zitouni and his teammate joined the FLN organisation.

Emil
02/11/2016
RU
194
points

Correct me.
Unfortunately, i didnt see his goals but i definately will watch !

First time i saw him - it was time when he play in Munich. I saw him and remember him for a long time because he is an amazing player.

I think need to change someting in national team challenges. From year to year it is more and more boring.I dont watch this kind of matches a lot.


Emil
02/11/2016 06:25
Russia
Chelsea
194

Correct me.
Unfortunately, i didnt see his goals but i definately will watch !

First time i saw him - it was time when he play in Munich. I saw him and remember him for a long time because he is an amazing player.

I think need to change someting in national team challenges. From year to year it is more and more boring.I dont watch this kind of matches a lot.

Rich's picture
Rich
02/11/2016
ES
158
points

Hi Emil

I don't have any problems understanding your answers but I've made a couple of corrections below for you to think about.

Unfortunately, I didn't see his goals but I will definitely watch them (1)!

First time i saw him - it was time when he was playing (2) in Munich. I saw him and remember him for a long time because he is an amazing player.

I think need to change someting in national team challenges. From year to year it is more and more boring.I dont watch this these (3) kind of matches a lot.

  1. We usually put adverbs of certainty (definitely, probably) after the auxiliary verb (will) and before the main verb (watch). You also need an object pronoun (them) to say what you will watch (the goals).
  2. When we describe something that was happening when another thing happened we use the past continuous and the padst simple. We say: Shaquiri was playing for Munich when I saw him. So, we use the past continuous (to be + verb_ing).
  3. You need to use the plural of the pronoun (this) here because you are talking about matches.

Hope this helps and thanks for your comment.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


Rich's picture
Rich
02/11/2016 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
158

Hi Emil

I don't have any problems understanding your answers but I've made a couple of corrections below for you to think about.

Unfortunately, I didn't see his goals but I will definitely watch them (1)!

First time i saw him - it was time when he was playing (2) in Munich. I saw him and remember him for a long time because he is an amazing player.

I think need to change someting in national team challenges. From year to year it is more and more boring.I dont watch this these (3) kind of matches a lot.

  1. We usually put adverbs of certainty (definitely, probably) after the auxiliary verb (will) and before the main verb (watch). You also need an object pronoun (them) to say what you will watch (the goals).
  2. When we describe something that was happening when another thing happened we use the past continuous and the padst simple. We say: Shaquiri was playing for Munich when I saw him. So, we use the past continuous (to be + verb_ing).
  3. You need to use the plural of the pronoun (this) here because you are talking about matches.

Hope this helps and thanks for your comment.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

Arsenal Cris
06/11/2016
VN
372
points

Wow . It's very best for me.


Arsenal Cris
06/11/2016 08:37
Vietnam
Hull City AFC
372

Wow . It's very best for me.

assemjuve
28/01/2017
PS
3433
points

They are amazing and they are the best until now.


assemjuve
28/01/2017 11:13
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

They are amazing and they are the best until now.

assemjuve
28/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I know that he won the UCL with bayern Munich.the most player i am surprised with is oshea.


assemjuve
28/01/2017 11:37
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I know that he won the UCL with bayern Munich.the most player i am surprised with is oshea.

assemjuve
28/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think every one has to choose his original country.


assemjuve
28/01/2017 11:38
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think every one has to choose his original country.

assemjuve
28/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think it players should continue with the national team that they started with,it is not good change.


assemjuve
28/01/2017 11:40
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think it players should continue with the national team that they started with,it is not good change.

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