Although Lazio finished tenth, they ended the season on a high by winning the Coppa Italia, and thus earning a place in the UEFA Europa League the next season. It is understood the Football Association of Serbia was on Sunday planning to argue that the salute was in some way connected to the concept of Greater Albania, an expansion of Albania’s borders that would involve the annexation of parts of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and even Greece. The 34-year-old could face a two match ban alongside his teammates after they formed an Eagle with their hands - the symbol of the Albanian flag.  An attacking right-back or wing-back, he was known for his energetic runs down the right wing, as well as his stamina and athleticism, which earned him the nicknames "Forrest Gump" and "The Swiss Express"..  Telegraph Audio Football Club podcast: Are Manchester City champions elect? He played every match at the tournament and eventually replaced Degen as first choice right back. With the score at 1–1, the match was decided by penalties, and Lichtsteiner took first and scored but the Swiss lost as Granit Xhaka missed. Both Shaqiri and Xhaka have Albanian or Kosovan roots and consequently have a difficult relationship with Serbia who do not accept Kosovo as a nation.  As a result, he finished the season as Juventus's top assist-maker in the league, alongside Paul Pogba, with eight. It had already launched action against Serbia’s manager, Mladen Krstajic, for inflammatory comments about the referee, as well as their fans for “crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages”. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. In 2015, he was named Swiss Footballer of the Year. A former youth international, Lichtsteiner played in the 1999 U16 and the 2004 U21 European Championships. Telegraph Audio Football Club podcast: Do Arsenal actually need to sign a defender? Serbia doesn’t recognize that independence.  He made his Arsenal debut on 12 August, coming on as a substitute in the 35th minute for the injured Ainsley Maitland-Niles in an eventual 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City. , On 6 June 2015, Lichtsteiner started for Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final as the team were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion; he was involved in Álvaro Morata's temporary equalising goal. , Lichtsteiner acquired the nickname "Forrest Gump" from Lazio-supporting Radio Sei commentator Guido de Angelis after making a run down his flank to score in the 4–2 derby victory over crosstown rivals A.S. There was also big provocation ahead of the game from them [Serbia], so I think it's normal.". Euro 2016: Shaqiri, Lichtsteiner on Albania 06/10/2016 ... New Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says he is more proud to wear the team shirt than the armband at Euro 2016. He retained his starting place under new manager Ottmar Hitzfeld and played every minute in 8 of the 10 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Meanwhile Fifa, opened proceedings against two German officials for screaming abuse at the Sweden bench during their country’s dramatic win on Saturday. , Lichtsteiner made his first team debut with Grasshopper Zürich during the 2001–02 season in the former Nationalliga A (now the Swiss Super League) but only made one league appearance. Lichtsteiner repeated his opening matchday feat the following season by converting his left-sided counterpart Kwadwo Asamoah's pass in the 2–0 win. The 34-year-old could face a two match ban alongside his teammates after they formed an Eagle with their hands - the symbol of the Albanian flag. Rama wrote on his Facebook page that the bank account was a gesture of “thanks and gratitude to the two sportsmen” who brought joy to millions of Albanians. Ethnic rivalries remain in the Western Balkans, once considered a “powder keg,” though the last bloodshed ended 19 years ago after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike campaign against Serbia to stop a bloody crackdown against ethnic Albanians. Albania's post-World War II communist regime abolished the monarchy in 1946. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Both Xhaka and Shaqiri come from ethnic Albanian families with roots in Kosovo, now an independent country after a breakaway from Serbia that has still not been recognised by the Belgrade government. I would also argue that this should not be a provocation to the Serbs, because they use the same symbol – a double-headed eagle – if you look at their flag. In relation to the same match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the President of the Serbian FA Slavisa Kokeza as well as the national coach Mladen Krstajic for statements made in the aftermath of the said match. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Both Xhaka and Shaqiri come from ethnic Albanian families with roots in Kosovo, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The following season, he began to establish himself as a first team regular and helped the club to the league title. And the new Arsenal ace is likely to join Xhaka and Shaqiri on the sidelines for two matches after being pictured with the same celebration. He added: “Just like you in the UK. Fifa announced it had opened disciplinary proceedings against Xhaka and Shaqiri’s team-mate after it emerged he had also performed the goal celebration in solidarity with the pair during Friday night’s World Cup grudge match with Serbia. In less than a day it had collected more than $19,000 of the $25,000 goal. Switzerland held off Albania to record a 1-0 victory. Why not? “The eagle sign — like a high-five or a thumbs-up — is one of celebration among albanians, a.k.a. for their 'Albanian Eagle' goal celebrations against Serbia. They have a daughter and a son. All rights reserved. Roma. He said: ""We had a lot of pressure, it was not an easy game for us. Stephan Lichtsteiner on Xhaka’s and Shaqiri’s celebration : “It was good, why not? Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Xherdan Shaqiri scored a dramatic late winner and did the Albanian Eagle celebration afterwards, Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka also performed the Eagle after his wonderstrike equalised for the Swiss, All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup.  In the April Derby della Capitale against cross-city rivals Roma, he scored his first goal to put Lazio 3–1 up in a heated derby encounter, which ended in a 4–2 win to Lazio, and resulted in numerous bookings. Stephan Lichtsteiner (German pronunciation: [lɪçtʃtaɪnər]; born 16 January 1984) is a Swiss former professional footballer. , A dynamic, hard-working, consistent, and versatile defender, Lichtsteiner was capable of playing anywhere along the right flank, and had been deployed as an attacking full-back or wing-back in a four-man back-line, or also as winger in a 3–5–2 formation. He marked his debut on 11 September 2011 against Parma by scoring the first goal in the 4–1 home victory, the first league goal to be scored in Juventus' new stadium. 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Lichtsteiner's volley levels things up for Juventus | 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Highlights, Swiss former Juventus defender Lichtsteiner retires at 36, Switzerland and former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has retired from soccer after being denied the chance to end his career at the European Championship, FIFA fines 3 Swiss players for goal celebration gestures. Secretary general Jovan Surbatovic has raised his grievances to the world governing body over falling foul of regulations against 'provoking the general public' based on "the case of the boots, a question of several controversial flags and the celebration of both goals for Switzerland", according to the Guardian. The royal family returned to Albania in 2002, leading a quiet life though never relinquishing the claim to the throne. Switzerland leave former captain Inler off Euro 2016 squad. He played 257 total games for the Turin side over seven years and won 14 trophies, including the Serie A title in each of his seasons with the team.  Lichtsteiner himself was also booked for a heated confrontation with Roma defender Christian Panucci, after the Italian had fouled him. SWITZERLAND captain Stephan Lichtsteiner is the latest player to be charged by Fifa. "It was good. , On 7 March 2018, Lichtsteiner made his 250th appearance for Juventus in a 2–1 win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, in the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, coming off the bench in the second half to help create Gonzalo Higuaín's goal. Switzerland ended the tournament with two losses and a win. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. I spoke to the father of one of our players who is Albanian, and he told me about this history. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Stephan Lichtsteiner (født 16. januar 1984 i Adligenswil) er en schweizisk fodboldspiller, der spiller som højre back hos den Engelske klub Arsenal FC, som han har spillet for siden 2018. The war between them was so difficult. SWITZERLAND captain Stephan Lichtsteiner is the latest player to be charged by Fifa. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. , Lichtsteiner is married to Manuela Markworth, an economist and fitness instructor.  He was fined 5,000 Swiss francs after the 2–1 group win over Serbia for his part in the controversial goal celebrations of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka. 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