Football, family and fate: the shaping of Granit Xhaka

The year was 1993. Across Britain, radio stations juggled the eclectic sounds of Meat Loaf, Haddaway, Pet Shop Boys, and UB40, cult comedy Groundhog Day arrived in cinemas, Irvine Welsh’s breakthrough novel Trainspotting flew from the bookshelves,, and in the north of Switzerland, in the thriving metropolitan city of Basel, a nine-month-old future football star…

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Silence in the house of Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld was a genius. A managerial legend and incalculably respected coach, his legacy cannot be overlooked when considering the greatest managers of all time. Football managers have always taken on the persona of superior beings. The all-seeing eye over the various nuances that comprises a football team and the purveyor of revolutionary tactics, it takes a…

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