What a day it was for Switzerland’s #23 Xherdan Shaqiri. The former Basel star managed to keep alive the chances of his national team in the round of 16 match against Poland by scoring one of the best goals we have ever seen in the history of the Euros. Not only was his bicycle kick decisive to bring the match to extra time, it gave Switzerland an emotional pulse to push further in the last 30 minutes of the game as the stunner was a late strike (88’). Unfortunately for him, the multi-ethnical and lingual nation of Switzerland was not able to go through to the quarter finals after losing at penalties versus the force guided by Robert Lewandowski. Nevertheless, the ex-player of Bayern Munich and Inter-Milan proved himself once again as one of the top class players of his national team. His quickness and agility with the ball give him a cutting edge advantage against the opponent’s defense and allow him to drive in pin-pointed crosses and dangerous shots. Throughout the 4 caps in this Euros Xherdan scored a wonder goal that will be remembered in the history books of this tournament and provided a vital assist in the opening game against Albania to Fabian Schär to score the decisive goal of that match. In the game against Poland he drove both full-backs in total chaos with his continuous unpredictable dribbles. He successfully completed 3 dribbles, provided Derdiyok with two key passes that were unfortunately not converted by the Kasimpasa striker and ultimately deserved to win the man of the match award. All in all, it was a starring performance by one of the most vital players in the Swiss national team that did not culminate with the deserved victory he hoped for.
Profile: Xherdan Shaqiri (approx. 15€ Mio. - Source: TM.de)
Comparison: Nani, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Robbie Brady
Strength: Taking set-pieces, Holding on to the ball, Passing, Crossing, Dribbling, Key passes, Through balls
Weakness: Defensive contribution