With Switzerland scoring victory against Serbia, ethnic Albanians of Kosovo's southern town of Gjilan rose on wheels carrying Swiss and Albanian national Flags to celebrate the success of their compatriot Xherdan Shaqiri late Friday, Dec 2, 2022. Shaqiri is a Kosovar born in Zhegra, southern Kosovo. (VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)
Switzerland is the only European side - along with France - to reach the knockout stages of all the last five major international tournaments.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia eight years (in 2008) following a NATO Bombing campaign (in 1999), which aimed at halting the ethnic cleansing campaign of ethnic Albanians by the Milosevic regime. Serbian armed forces of Yugoslavia had systematically targeted ethnic Albanians following the arrival of Milosevic on top of Yugoslavia in 1989. Serbia is responsible for the death of nearly 250,000 people across the Balkans within one decade.