Gianni de Biasi, the Albanian coach, despairs whenever he sees a round of the World Cup 2014 and follows the evolution of players who could play for the 'land of eagles', by birth or have family origins.
- Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland
FIFA's official website describes Shaqiri as "unpredictable on the ball, adept with both feet, clinical in front of goal and [possessing] excellent vision". He is nicknamed "the Alpine Messi" and "the magic dwarf".
- Adnan Januzaj, Belgium
Adnan Januzaj (Albanian pronunciation: [adˈnan januˈzaj]; born 5 February 1995) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Manchester United.
Januzaj is eligible to represent Belgium through birth and passport, Albania through his ethnic Albanian heritage.
- Granit Xhaka, Switzerland
Granit Xhaka (Albanian pronunciation: [ɡɾaˈnit ˈdʒaka]; born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer of Albanian descent who plays as a midfielder for German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. A full international for Switzerland since 2011, he has gained over 25 caps and was included in their squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Blerin Dzemaili, Switzerland
Blerim Džemaili (Albanian: Blerim Xhemaili) (born 12 April 1986) is a Swiss football midfielder who plays for Serie A club Napoli.
He made his debut for the Swiss national team in March 2006 and was selected for their squads at the World Cup in 2006 and 2014.
Blerim was born to Fekredin and Shemije Xhemaili, an Albanian family from Bogovinje, Macedonia. At the age of 4, Blerim and his family migrated to Zürich, Switzerland.
- Valon Behrami, Swicerland
Valon Behrami (born 19 April 1985) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Napoli. Previous clubs include Stabio, Chiasso, Lugano, Genoa, Verona, Lazio, West Ham United and Fiorentina.
Behrami has been capped at international level by the Switzerland national team, playing at two World Cups and Euro 2008 since his debut in 2005.
- Admir Mehmedi, Swicerland
Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Switzerland international footballer who plays as a striker for SC Freiburg of the Bundesliga.
Admir Mehmedi was born in Gostivar.
At the age of two, his family emigrated from Gostivar to Switzerland and he soon joined local side Bellinzona, before signing for FC Winterthur, from where Zürich scouted him.
- Shkodran Mustafi, Germany
Shkodran Mustafi (born 17 April 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for Italian club Sampdoria and the Germany national football team.
Mustafi was born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, to an Albanian family, originally from Gostivar. He started his career in the youth system of 1. FV Bebra and after of SV Rotenburg. Between 2006 and 2009 Mustafi played for Hamburger SV before joining Everton.
- Kone Panagiotis, Greece
Panagiotis Giorgios Kone (Greek: Παναγιώτης Γεώργιος Κονέ, born 26 July 1987) is an Albanian born Greek footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bologna in Serie A
Kone was born in Tirana, Albania to a Albanian father and Greek mother (see list of Albanians). His family moved to Athens, Greece. Kone started at the Olympiacos youth academy as a young teenager but moved to France just before his 17th birthday when Lens showed interest in him.
- Sotiris Ninis, Greece
Ninis was born in Himara, southern Albania.
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