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Arsenal's Granit Xhaka defended after red card for Switzerland vs. Portgual

Switzerland got goals from Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi to beat a Portugal side without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Watch the recap of the match between Switzerland vs Poland, Wales vs Ireland and Croatia vs Portugal on 25th of June.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes discuss what Granit Xhaka's role with Arsenal will be moving forward.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has backed Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal midfielder was sent off in their 2-0 win against European champions Portugal on Tuesday night.

Xhaka, 23, was dismissed in the third minute of added time after picking up his second booking in the World Cup qualifier.

He will now sit out Switzerland's next match in Hungary on Oct. 7, but could return for the match at Andorra three days later.

Speaking to reporters following the match, Petkovic said: "Those were two half-yellow...

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Kosovo players remain in limbo after FIFA delay allegiance decision

The region of Kosovo in southeastern Europe welcomed a new ruling by football's world governing body FIFA to allow International Friendlies.

The international future of nine players remains in the balance after FIFA delayed a decision on their eligibility to play for Kosovo.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and were officially recognised as a member of FIFA in May, with a number of players since seeking to switch allegiance to feature for the new national team.

The country's first competitive game is coming up on Monday against Finland in a World Cup qualifier, but world football's ruling body have yet to authorise the...

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Arsenal's Granit Xhaka to be offered switch from Switzerland to Kosovo

The region of Kosovo in southeastern Europe welcomed a new ruling by football's world governing body FIFA to allow International Friendlies.

Granit Xhaka is expected to be offered the chance to represent Kosovo when the national team's squad is announced later this week.

Kosovo was formally recognised as a country by FIFA just four months ago and is preparing for a first ever full international against Finland on Monday, Sep. 5.

And Arsenal midfielder Xhaka is one of a number of players now eligible to represent the 211th FIFA nation.

Granit Xhaka will have a choice to make over his international future.

"Kosovo has called up publicly and privately every Kosovan player who currently plays for any other...

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Barcelona sign Swiss prospect Jeremy Guillemenot in youth deal

Barcelona and the Swiss club Servette have reached a year-long deal that sends Swiss youth prospect Jeremy Guillemenot to the Blaugrana club as part of a new youth football cooperation.

The Swiss forward will join Barcelona's under-19 team after he completes training with Barca B, the club said in a statement.

"The agreement is a demonstration of the good level of understanding between the two European clubs," the statement said.

The 18-year-old played in the UEFA European under-17 Championship...