Blerim Xhemajli (Dzemaili) picks Tetova as his post-World Cup vacation place

By: Valon Xoxa    July 6, 2014

After his successful debut at the Brazil World Cup, Blerim Xhemajli (Dzemaili), an ethnic Albanian, decided to come back to his birthplace, Tetova, Macedonia. Xhemajli and his fellow Swiss players are still considered heroes from the crowds in Switzerland, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. His last minute attempt to bring back Switzerland into the game against Argentina caught everyone in awe, however, luck was not on his side and the Argentinians went through.

Blerim Xhemajli took the time to answer a couple of questions for “Lajm” magazine based in Skopje, Macedonia. He shared some thoughts on World Cup predictions and his affection for the Swiss supporters.

Blerim Xhemalji spoke of being extremely grateful to his fans and the Swiss national team supporters. He does, however, regret not scoring in the last minutes against Argentina and claims that it was pure luck that his leg hit the ball accidentally the second time around. His initial predictions and best bets were on Belgium as the World Cup winner. Taking into consideration that Xhemajli and his team took on Argentina until the last minute, his observation says it all: “We played against them, and honestly, they do not seem to be of a world champion material.

Xhemajli scored one of the two Swiss goals in their 2:5 loss against France in the group stage. Xhemajli played alongside four other Swiss players of Albanian origin including Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami (all born in Kosovo) and Admir Mehmedi (bron in Macedonia).

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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