Monday, 30 June 2014

Albania could be playing on the World Cup with this selection

Albanian players playing in World Cup 2014 Brazil.

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

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991 Gjilan, Kosov) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga as well as the Swiss national team. Since his breakthrough into Basel's first team, Shaqiri has drawn widespread praise for his speed, both on and off the ball.
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

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

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 Dzemaili

Blerim Džemaili (AlbanianBlerim 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
Valon Behrami (born 19 April 1985) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Napoli. Previous clubs include                      Stabio, ChiassoLuganoGenoaVeronaLazioWest 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.
Valon Behrami was born to Albanian parents in Titova Mitrovica, Kosovo. 



  • Admir Mehmedi,  Swicerland

Admir Mehmedi

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

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 HersfeldGermany, 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

Kone Panagiotis
Panagiotis Giorgios Kone (GreekΠαναγιώτης 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 TiranaAlbania 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

Sotiris Ninis
Sotiris Ninis (GreekΣωτήρης Νίνης) born 3 April 1990 is an Albanian born Greek footballer currently playing for Parma. His FIFA profile claims he "possesses a dizzying range of skills to go with sublime vision, an electrifying change of pace and fearsome long-range shooting skills".

Ninis was born in Himarasouthern Albania.








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