“My dad was a proud Kosovarian and he thought they had a right to exist. He was standing up for their rights and they were basic democratic rights. It was not only him. There were other people arrested, including his uncle, who had been jailed a number of years earlier. He got 15 years. It was strictly political. My dad was asking: ‘Why aren’t we democrats here? We deserve to be democrats. We deserve to be heard.’”
– Granit Xhaka is one of four Swiss internationals of Albanian heritage. His family hail from Kosovo, whose independence is not recognised by Serbia. The "double-headed eagle" celebration - a double-headed eagle graces Albania's national flag - ensured that nobody could overlook the game's complex political dimension.
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