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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Shaqiri to Move to Bayern Munich in the Summer of 2012

FC Basel has just released an official statement confirming the rumors that Swiss wonder-kid Xherdan Shaqiri will be leaving his youth club and moving to the Bundesliga in the summer of 2012, featuring for Bayern Munich on a four year contract. Neither club has chosen to disclose the sum of money that will break Shaqiri of the remainder of his contract at Basel, but rumors have ranged from 14 to 15 million francs. Xherdan's current market value sits at 11 million pounds (12.5 million euros).

Despite his modest height of 5'7", Shaqiri boasts a host of skills, speed physical strength and a lethal left foot . He is notorious for terrorizing outside defenders in the Axpo Super League and was a thorn in the side of Champions League opponents in group play, including world class defenders such as Patrice Evra of Manchester United. Nicknamed "Shaq Attack" and "The Magical Dwarf" by Swiss and FC Basel fans, Shaqiri is definitely a future star and has won over football fans with his exciting style of play. He was named to Ottmar Hitzfeld's World Cup Squad but had a relatively quiet start to his National Team career until he scored fantastic left-footed pile driver past Joe Hart in Switzerland's 3-1 loss in EURO 2012 qualification match against England. His professional career at Basel has been quite successful. Xherdan currently holds two Axpo Super League winners medals, a Swiss Cup winners medal and Basel are sitting comfortably at the top of the Swiss table. Shaqiri was also a key contributor to Basel's successful UEFA Champions League group campaign, assisting both of the goals that gave Basel a 2-1 win over Manchester United at home on the last day of group play, seeing the Swiss side go through over United and knocking the English giants out of the competition for the first time since 2002.
Basel will face off against Xherdan's future club on the 22nd of February at St. Jakob-Park in the UEFA Champions League.
See FC Basel's Official statement (In German) here
And's take on it here
Swiss tabloid gives a recap of Shaqiri's career as well as a statement from Munich coach (In German)
Xherdan was also featured in the Talent Scout column earlier this season

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