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  • It's a battle of Kosovars as Albania takes on Switzerland ByAssociated Press Published: 17:12 EST, 9 June 2016 | Updated: 17:12 EST, 9 June 2016 e-mail LENS, France (AP) — Brothers Taulant and Granit Xhaka will play FIFA Coins their first games in the European Championship on Saturday — on opposite sides of the field.Taulant will represent Albania, which is making its first-ever appearance in a major football tournament, while his younger brother Granit will represent Switzerland.It's the first time in European Championship history that two brothers will face each other.

    In the World Cup, it's happened before, most recently in 2014 when Kevin-Prince Boateng represented Ghana against his brother Jerome, who played for Germany.There are other links besides the two Xhaka brothers in Saturday's match in the northern town of Lens. Both squads have players who were eligible to represent either country, following the migration of Albanian families with roots in Kosovo to Switzerland since the 1980s.

    In Albania's 23-man squad, a total of 11 have origins in Kosovo, while Switzerland has four. But of those 11 playing now in the Albanian jersey, six were born in Switzerland.The Xhaka brothers were born in Basel.

    Switzerland, to a Kosovar-Albanian family. They both played for Cheap FUT Coins Swiss national youth teams before Taulant decided to represent Albania at senior level.Granit opted to stay and his stock has risen. He was recently signed by Arsenal after captaining German side Borussia Monchengladbach to fourth place in the Bundesliga this season."(We) both did not want to be at the same group," Granit said in a recent television interview.