Switzerland & World Cup
Switzerland exited this year’s World Cup in the last-16.
After a good run to get out of a group with Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica, the Swiss were beaten 1-0 by Sweden.
The Swiss weren’t great in their Sweden exit. And that lead to criticism back home about the national team.
Alex Miescher & dual nationalities
Following the Swiss World Cup exit, the Swiss FA’s Secretary General, Alex Miescher, has caused a domestic storm.
Miescher questioned whether the Swiss national team should have players with dual nationalities.
Of course this is a highly charged political issue touching on immigration and the Swiss social fabric.
Miescher said “do we want dual nationalities?” when discussing the Swiss performance after Russia.
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka lets rips
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has stepped up to challenge Miescher’s comments.
The Gunners star is of course one of the players in the Swiss team will dual nationality.
In an interview with Keystone-SDA, the Arsenal star says that Miescher’s statements have “disappointed future and current dual citizens like me.”
Xhaka gave a fuller response as well.
The (Miescher) interview quickly made the rounds among the national team. Even during the World Cup and after my double-headed eagle (celebration), Alex came up to us and assured him that he would do anything to protect us – and then three days after we left, such statements came from him.
I hear from his comments that he does not trust dual citizens to represent Switzerland. This directly affects me and a few others with two nationalities.
It sounds to me as I and my colleagues in Swiss team would not go to the limit. Shortly after we have suffered a bitter defeat in Russia, you just do not do that.
We are all Swiss and do everything for the Swiss Nati – each of us – because we all know and are grateful for what Switzerland has done for us and our families.
My family roots are in Kosovo – as they are for Breel Embolo in Cameroon, Manuel Akanji in Nigeria and Ricardo Rodriguez in Chile and Spain.
The Swiss national team… today there are 50 to 60 percent double citizens or second generation players. Even our manager (Vladimir Petkovic) is dual citizen who gives blood and sweat to the national team.
With these unnecessary comments Alex Miescher has caused a lot of frowns, and also much disappointed.
I think Alex certainly has questionable, Stone Age opinions which target Swiss dual citizens.