Player Profile

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka

34 Midfielder

Nationality :Switzerland
Date Of Birth :September 27, 1992
Height :186cm
Weight :80kg

Granit Xhaka: A Brief Biography

A professional footballer from Switzerland named Granit Xhaka competes in the English Premier League. This article covers Granit Xhaka’s biography, as well as his age, height, wife, parents, kids, net worth, and everything else that fans could be interested in learning.

Birth Place, Family, Early Life

Professional Swiss footballer Granit Xhaka competes in the English Premier League. Basel, Switzerland—the birthplace of Granit Xhaka—is a Swiss city. He is currently 30 years old and was born on September 27, 1992.

In Basel, Granit Xhaka was born to a Swiss couple. Granit was born and nurtured by Elmaze and Ragip Xhaka, who are responsible for who he is now.

Trophies & Titles

Basel

  • Swiss Super League: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Swiss Cup: 2011–12

Arsenal

  • FA Cup: 2016–17, 2019–20
  • FA Community Shield: 2017, 2020

Switzerland U17

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: 2009

Individual

  • Swiss Footballer of the Year: 2017, 2022
  • Swiss Youth Footballer of the Year: 2012

Height of Granit Xhaka, Weight, and Body Stats

As an athlete, Granit Xhaka has kept a healthy physique. Regarding his physical characteristics, Granit stands 6 feet 1 inch tall (1.85 meters) and weighs about 82 kg (180 pounds). In addition, he has black hair and hazel eyes.

All-time Career of Granit Xhaka

FC Basel

Xhaka began playing football as a youngster for Concordia Basel before transferring to FC Basel in 2002. He participated in several Basel youth teams before joining the U-21 team in 2008. He participated in 37 games and 11 goals for the U-21 squad between 2008 and 2010. Thorsten Fink, a former Basel coach, once remarked that “Xherdan Shaqiri is the best talent in Switzerland…after Granit Xhaka.” He was referred to as the “young Schweinsteiger” by Ottmar Hitzfeld, the national football coach of Switzerland.

Xhaka has been a member of the Basel first team since the start of the 2010–11 campaign. He made his first team debut against Debrecen on the road in the Szusza Ferenc Stadium during the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. He added a second goal toward the end of the game for Basel’s 2-0 triumph. On May 15, 2011, he scored his first Super League goal in his team’s 5-1 victory over FC Thun at home. Xhaka won the Super League Championship title with Basel at the conclusion of the 2010–11 season, and with the team, he also won the Double, the League Championship title, and the Swiss Cup at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Basel announced on their website on May 18 that Xhaka had reached a contract agreement with Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach. Xhaka signed a five-year contract with the team following the conclusion of his medical examinations. Mönchengladbach withheld the transfer fee, which is thought to be in the neighborhood of €8.5 million.

On August 18, 2012, Xhaka made his professional debut against Alemannia Aachen in a DFB-Pokal first-round game. He made his debut in a European match three days later for Borussia in a 1-3 home loss to Dynamo Kyiv in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League qualifying round. He made his Bundesliga debut on August 25 in the team’s season-opening victory at home over 1899 Hoffenheim, 2-1. In a 3-2 loss at 1. FC Nürnberg, he scored his season’s opening and lone goal.

As Gladbach finished sixth in the 2014–15 Bundesliga, Xhaka started 29 times for the team and made five substitute appearances. Xhaka started all 34 of Borussia’s Bundesliga games in 2014–15 and was selected for the league’s team of the year. Borussia placed third overall to earn a spot in the UEFA Champions League for the 2015–16 season.

In a 4-2 victory over FC Augsburg on September 23, 2015, Xhaka, who captained Borussia, scored his first goal of the year by heading in Raffael’s free kick. The following game, a 3-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart, saw Xhaka once again serve as captain and score. He debuted for Borussia on September 30 in a 1-2 loss to Manchester City at home in the Champions League group stage. On December 20, in his 95th game, Xhaka was given his fifth yellow card for the team after striking an opponent in the opening period. He later offered to donate €20,000 to charity as an expression of regret.

Arsenal

For about £30-35 million, on May 25, 2016, Arsenal acquired Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach. After allegedly pulling out of the N’Golo Kanté transfer due to agent fees totaling more than £10 million, Arsenal signed Xhaka. In a 2-1 victory over the MLS All-Stars, Xhaka made his first appearance for Arsenal (as a halftime substitution).

Xhaka replaced midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the 65th minute of Arsenal’s opening Premier League match of the 2016–17 season, a 4–3 loss to Liverpool. He also received a yellow card in the process. On September 17, 2016, he scored his first goal for the team, a thunderous 25-yard blast in a 4-1 Premier League victory over Hull City. He would score from a distance once more four days later, this time from 30 yards in a 4-0 EFL Cup victory over Nottingham Forest. On October 15, 2016, Xhaka received his first red card for Arsenal and eighth overall since April 2014, during a 3-2 victory over Swansea City. When Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 at home on January 22, 2017, Xhaka was dismissed by referee Jon Moss for the second time this year. After scoring his first goal for the team in September, he would not score again in the Premier League until May. That goal came in a 2-0 victory over Manchester United, ending United’s streak of 25 straight victories.

Xhaka continued to play a role in Arsenal’s successful FA Cup run. In the Cup final, in which the Gunners defeated Chelsea 2-1, he started as a result. Xhaka also participated in the 2017 Community Shield, in which Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the final on penalties. Xhaka’s first goal of the 2017–18 campaign came in a 3–3 draw with Liverpool, turning a 2-1 deficit for Arsenal into a 2-2 score with a thunderous 25-yard strike.

On September 15, 2018, Xhaka scored the opening goal in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United, coming off a direct free kick. He scored once more from a free kick against Crystal Palace on October 28, 2018. On September 27, 2019, Unai Emery, the manager of Arsenal, announced that Granit Xhaka would take over as Laurent Koscielny’s replacement as captain of the Gunners.

After being taken off in the 61st minute of the match against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019, Xhaka came under fire. When his name was called to be replaced, some Arsenal supporters began to applaud, which is when the incident started. As he left the field, he was booed. In response, he made several sarcastic gestures and angrily yelled “fuck off” twice at the jeers. He took off his jersey as well before exiting the tunnel without turning. After the game, Xhaka’s actions drew harsh criticism, and manager Unai Emery labeled Xhaka’s behavior as “wrong”. Emery added that Xhaka ought to apologize. The club revealed on October 30, 2019, that Xhaka would receive counseling. Later, Xhaka provided an explanation for the incident in a tweet from Arsenal. A month and a week after being named captain, on November 5, 2019, Xhaka was relieved of his duties. After serving as vice-captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took over as captain.

Following this incident, Xhaka started to disappear from the starting lineup, and it was predicted that he would leave Arsenal during the upcoming January transfer window. But under the leadership of the new manager Mikel Arteta, Xhaka was reintroduced to the team as a key player, saw a sharp improvement in his form for the club, and gradually started to win over the fans with whom he had previously frequently clashed. The reason for this turnaround, according to Xhaka, is due to Arteta. “He [Arteta] turned me around and gave me a second chance and he showed me he trusted me, and I tried to give him everything back,” Xhaka said. Xhaka was chosen to start against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on August 1, 2020, and he went on to earn his second winners’ medal as Arsenal captured their 14th FA Cup.

Xhaka was a member of the starting lineup on August 28, 2020, when Arsenal defeated Liverpool 5-4 in a penalty shootout to win the 2020 FA Community Shield after the score was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes of play. Arsenal played Burnley in a Premier League match on December 13, 2020. After a confrontation with Dwight McNeil and a subsequent grab of Ashley Westwood by the neck, Xhaka was dismissed from the game in the 56th minute. Burnley eventually prevailed 1-0, thanks to a teammate’s own goal in the 73rd minute, which gave them the victory. In a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at home on December 26, 2020, he netted his first Premier League goal of the 2020–21 campaign from a free kick.

Xhaka was dismissed from an EFL Cup semifinal first-leg match against Liverpool on January 13, 2022. It was his fifth red card overall in his time at Arsenal. In the end, there were no goals scored. At the Emirates Stadium, Xhaka scored his first goal of the 2021–22 campaign with a long-range shot from 25 yards out, sealing a 3–1 victory over Manchester United. His incredible goal ultimately won the club’s annual Goal of the Season award.

With a third goal from close range against Leicester in a 4-2 victory in their opening home game of the season, Xhaka scored his first goal of the 2022–23 campaign.

International career

2008–2011: Youth levels and senior debut

Xhaka has competed for the Swiss U-17 youth team. In 2009, he took part in the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The World Cup was won by the Swiss team.

In the 3-2 victory over the Austrian national under-19 football team in Schwaz, Austria, on May 25, 2010, he made his debut for the Switzerland national under-19 football team as a substitute. On September 7, 2010, the U-19 team defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 thanks to his first goal for the team.

On September 3, 2010, Xhaka made his debut for the under-21 team, coming on as a substitute as the team defeated the Republic of Ireland 1-0 at the Cornaredo Stadium in Lugano. This contest served as the final match of Group 2’s qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Between June 11 and June 25, 2011, Xhaka participated in the final competition for the Swiss U-21 team, which was hosted by Denmark. Without giving up a goal, the Swiss team advanced to the final but fell to Spain 2-0.

2011–present: Tournaments and captaincy

Xhaka complained to the Albanian sports media that the FSHF was ignoring him while the Swiss Football Association was showing much more interest before making his international debut for Switzerland. At the time, Xhaka was still debating playing for his birth country or his adopted nation, Albania.

On June 4, 2011, in a 2-2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification draw with England at Wembley Stadium, Xhaka made his international debut for Switzerland. He made his debut for his country on November 15, 2011, in his sixth match, in a 1-0 victory over Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel.

Xhaka was also considered by Switzerland to play in the 2012 Olympic Football competition, but he chose to train with his new club instead. He took part in each of Switzerland’s ten games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, and he scored both goals against Slovenia in a 2-0 victory. Xhaka was included in the Switzerland 2014 World Cup roster by head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on June 2, 2014. Xhaka scored in the team’s second game, a 5-2 defeat to France.

Xhaka was chosen for the Euro 2016 tournament, where Switzerland’s campaign got underway in Lens against Albania. Taulant was playing against his brother Xhaka, whose team won 1-0. He received the “Man of the Match” award. At the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, where Switzerland’s tournament came to an end in a round-of-16 loss to Poland after a 1-1 draw, Xhaka was the only player to not score in the ensuing penalty shootout by missing wide.

There were rumors that Xhaka might switch his allegiance and play for Kosovo during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Kosovo had been accepted as a full member of FIFA and was now eligible to play in competitive matches for the first time. In contrast, Xhaka wrote in an open letter that his participation in Euro 2016 had prevented him from switching sides and that this had bound him to Switzerland.

Xhaka was selected for the 23-person Swiss team under manager Vladimir Petkovi for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He scored a long-range goal on June 22 to tie the score as the Swiss overcame a deficit to defeat Serbia 2-1 in their second game. He and fellow scorer Xherdan Shaqiri, who is also of Kosovan ancestry, made an eagle gesture resembling the double-headed eagle on the flag of Albania to celebrate their goals. Each player received a 10,000 Swiss franc fine from FIFA “for unsporting conduct contrary to the principles of fair play.”

In the absence of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Vladimir Petkovi named Granit Xhaka as the team’s interim captain. Former Swiss international Stéphane Henchoz criticized this decision, saying that Xhaka could not properly represent Switzerland because of his Albanian ancestry, and recommended that Lichtsteiner, Yann Sommer, or Fabian Schär take the reins. In an effort to persuade Xherdan Shaqiri to join the national team once more, Xhaka offered him captaincy in September 2019.

Xhaka was chosen for the Switzerland team that would compete in Euro 2020 in June 2021. Xhaka was chosen for the 26-man Switzerland team in November 2022 in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

What Position Does Granit Xhaka Play?

Granit Xhaka plays in the central midfield position. Being very adaptable, he can play from box to box or remain in the middle and make the passes.

Granit Xhaka: Players Stats 2023

Premier League Stats for Granit Xhaka

GeneralTotalPer 90 MinutesPercentile
Matches Played35N/A
 
96
Minutes286682 min’ per appearance
 
94
Annual Salary€5,964,062N/A
 
94
Matches Started34N/A
 
97
Matches Subbed In1N/A 
Matches Subbed Out1N/A 

Goals and xG (Expected Goals)

Goals, xG, ShotsTotalPer 90 MinutesPercentile
Goals Scored50.16
 
74
Goal Involvement120.38
 
84
Goals at Home40.26
 
82
Goals at Away10.06
 
60
Expected Goals (xG)3.910.12
 
70
Non-Penalty xG (npxG)3.910.12
 
72
Penalties Scored0  
Hat-tricks0  
3 or More Goals0  
2 or More Goals0  
Minutes Per Goal573 min’ / goal 

Shots Taken

Shots DataTotalPer 90 MinutesPercentile
Shots Taken230.72
 
54
Shots On Target
12/ 23
0.38
 
61
Shots Off Target
11/ 23
0.35
 
45
Hit The Woodwork1 times0.03
 
70
Shot Conversion Rate21.74% 
 
86
Shot Accuracy52.17% 
 
77
Shots Per Goal Scored4.60 

Assists, Passing, & Chance Creation Stats

Assists & PassingTotalPer 90 MinutesPercentile
Assists70.22
 
92
Expected Assists (xA)8.710.27
 
93
Passes151147.45
 
75
Successful Passes
1309/ 1511
41.11
 
80
Pass Completion Rate86.63% 
 
89
Key Passes471.48
 
84
Crosses391.22
 
56
Successful Crosses
5/ 39
0.16
 
48
Cross Completion Rate12.82% 
 
35
Minutes Per Assist409 min’ / assist 

How much does Granit Xhaka Earn? Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Granit Xhaka is $20 million.

Transfer Value and Records

  • Current market value: €28.00m
  • Highest market value: €50.00m

Relationship Status of Granit Xhaka

Leonita Lekaj and Granit Xhaka were wed in 2017. In 2015, the pair connected through common friends, and their relationship gradually turned into love. After dating for two years, they made the decision to get married.

Children

Leonita Lekaj and Granit Xhaka are blessed with two children and happy marriage. Their first child, Ayana Xhaka, was born on October 7, 2019.

After welcoming Ayana for two years, they eventually welcomed Laney Xhaka.