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Introducing Xherdan Shaqiri

Shades of former greats Lizarazu and Müller

Xherdan Shaqiri has already strutted his stuff at the Allianz Arena, wowing the crowd with mazy dribbling, precise crosses and pinpoint shots when Basel visited Munich in the Champions League back in December 2010. Shaqiri was just as good in the two previous duels between the FCBs in September and January of the same year - so good, in fact, that he is joining Bayern next summer.

“It's a dream come true for me," commented the Kosovo-born Switzerland international, who arrived in the region of Basel with his parents as a small child. “Moving to Bayern is unbelievable. Even the club doctor’s practice in Munich was unbelievable. I'm really looking forward to Munich," he continued. The man who already possesses two Swiss championship medals is now keen to win “even more trophies. More than anything else, I can win the Champions League with Bayern, and that's always been my dream."

Bayern beat off United and Co

Germany was his preferred destination, the player said. “In my opinion, the Bundesliga is currently the best league along with England, and ahead of Spain and Italy." The Swiss International of the Year 2011 rates as one of the most talented young players in European football. He has been linked with a string of major clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Zenit St Petersburg and Istanbul giants Galatasaray.

Physically, Shaqiri is muscular, stocky and power-packed, standing the same height as Bixente Lizarazu (1.69 m / 5 ft 6 ½ in), weighing 72 kg / 159 pounds, and boasting the thighs of a Gerd Müller. He was a key performer for Basel in their stunning 2-1 victory over United last December, laying on both his side's goals with crosses. In last autumn's Champions League group stage, he was the second most fouled player (21 times), behind only Franck Ribéry.