Xhaka chooses Kosovo as his holiday destination after the World Cup

By: Valon Xoxa    July 4, 2014

Kosovo-born Granit Xhaka is the 21 year old that got everyone talking throughout the Swiss games at the World Cup in Brazil. His volley against France told of his dedication and love for the game; while the Swiss lost against France, Xhaka proved that that things were not over yet.

Xhaka is known for being the Swiss/Albanian version of Cristiano Ronaldo. He has publicly supported Kosovo’s campaign to be allowed to play internationally and was awarded the Honorary Ambassador Medal by president Atifete Jahjaga on February 17th 2014.

Xhaka has played alongside four other players with Albanian origin Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Xhemaili (Napoli), and Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg).  The success of the Swiss team at this world cup with the five ethnic Albanian players (originating from Kosovo and Macedonia) made this event even more exciting for all Albanians.


Xhaka’s younger brother Taulant Xhaka has commited himself to play for Albania witih seven other Kosovars, since Kosovo is not accepted by FIFA yet.

BBC has consired Granit Xhaka as a player to watch:

Xhaka’s volley against France:

Xhaka chooses Kosovo as his holiday destination:

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of Kosovodiaspora.org. 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 KosovoDiaspora.org. 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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