Granit Xhaka

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Granit Xhaka (born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and captains the Switzerland national team.

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Granit Xhaka
Xhaka playing for Arsenal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Granit Xhaka
Date of birth (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 31)
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 34
Youth career
2000–2002 Concordia Basel
2002–2010 FC Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 FC Basel 42 (1)
2012–2016 Borussia Mönchengladbach 108 (6)
2016–2023 Arsenal 225 (17)
2023– Bayer Leverkusen 14 (0)
International career
2011– Switzerland 121 (14)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing Flag_of_Switzerland_%28Pantone%29.svg  Switzerland
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Winner2009U-17 Team
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:41, 10 December 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:09, 21 November 2023 (UTC)

Xhaka began his career at hometown club FC Basel, winning the Swiss Super League in each of his first two seasons. He then moved to Bundesliga team Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012, developing a reputation as a technically gifted player and natural leader alongside criticism for his temperament. He was made captain of Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2015, leading the team to UEFA Champions League qualification for a second successive season. He signed for Premier League club Arsenal in 2016 for a fee in the region of £30 million. He later became captain of the club, but was stripped of the captaincy less than six weeks later due to an incident after being substituted. In 2023, he signed for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen after seven years at Arsenal.

Xhaka was part of the Swiss team that won the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He made his senior debut in 2011 is currently the nation's record appearance holder, with over 110 caps. He represented Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup in 2014, 2018 and 2022 and the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and 2020.

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