Ottmar Hitzfeld
10th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 8
Best result: 1/4

Group E

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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka fired by his father’s struggle for freedom

The Guardian

Swiss midfielder’s combative reputation has overshadowed his passing qualities which will be on display in the FA Cup final against Chelsea at WembleyGranit Xhaka’s father, Ragip, heard the knock at his front door. The year was 1986, the setting Kosovo – then an autonomous province in Yugoslavia – and he was about to live an ordeal most people could barely comprehend.When Xhaka Sr opened up, he came face to face with police officers. They arrested him and he was taken to jail, where he would spend the next three and a half years. He shared a cell with four other men and he would be let out once each day – for 10 minutes. Related: It was Arsenal’s day in 2002 – but it has mostly been Chelsea’s ever since | Amy Lawrence Continue reading...