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Top 10 things you need to know about Granit Xhaka

Who is Granit Xhaka? Here are important things to know about the Arsenal midfielder

There have been a lot of buzz around the web about Granit Xhaka since he signed for Arsenal FC. A brief explanation and history of Granit Xhaka is presented to ease you a lot of search.

1) Who is Granit Xhaka?

Granit Xhaka was born in Basel, Switzerland on September 27, 1992. He is 23 years old.

2) How many Clubs has Granit Xhaka played for?

Granit has played for two clubs, Arsenal FC will be the third club he will play for as he was announced to have completed his medical with the Gunners on May 25, 2016.

The First Club is FC Basel in Switzerland: He spent about 10 years with his hometown club growing through the ranks of the club. He helped Basel lift the Swiss Super League title in 2010/11 before they won the domestic double the following season.

The Second Club is Borussia Monchengladbach: He joined the German club in 2012 and has captained the team in the last two seasons. He scored six goals, made three assists and created 78 chances in 108 appearances for the Bundesliga team.

3) Granit Xhaka's Hero

Granit revealed that he admired Zinedine Zidane. He told Arsenal.com that the World Cup winner's skill and professionalism was his driving motivation while he was growing up.

4) Other Sport apart from Football

Granit told Arsenal.com that he is a skilled ping pong Table Tennis player and used to practise with his brother when he was younger.

5) Country Appearance: Granit has made 41 appearances for his country - Switzerland. He made his debut against England as Switzerland drew 2-2 against the Three Lions at Wembley in 2011.

6) Team Honours (senior)

League Trophy: When playing for Basel, Granit Xhaka was among the team that won the Swiss Super League in 2010/11 and 2011/12

Cups: Granit was also among the Basel team that won the Swiss Cup in 2011–12 and the Uhrencup in 2011

 International Trohpies with Switzerland: He was among the team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 against Nigeria and also the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2011.

7) Individual Accolade

Granit Xhaka won the Suisse Youth Player of the Year in 2012

8) Family

Granit Xhaka is the junior brother to Taulant Xhaka who plays for Basel and Albania.

The brothers were born in Switzerland to Kosovo-Albanian parents - Ragip Xhaka and Elmaze Xhaka.

The brothers will face off against each other on Saturday, June 11 at the Euro 2016 championship with Granit playing for Switzerland while Taulant for Albania. He also has a sister, Agnesa Xhaka.

9) Granit Xhaka Nickname

Granit's nickname is 'Little Einstein'! He was given the nickname by Valon Behrami while on international duty with Switzerland because of his perceived passion for science.

Also, the Swiss national manager Ottmar Hitzfeld once dubbed him the "young Schweinsteiger".

10) What is the players' First Name

Xhaka is not the first name of Granit Xhaka? I probably got 90% of the Arsenal fans on this one because most people refer to the player as Xhaka - which is his family name.


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