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Now that the European Championships have ended. It is time to look at the Swiss route to Brazil in 2014 and the opponents they have to get past. The first opponent to evaluate is Albania.
Albania
(The rankings are as of July 22, 2012)
FIFA ranking World/UEFA: 75/35
Elo ranking World/UEFA: 92/38
Last 5 matches: 2 Wins 1 Draw 2 Losses
Wins: Versus Qatar 2-1 & Versus Iran 1-0
Draw: 0-0 at Macedonia
Losses: 1-0 at home to Azerbaijan & 2-1 at Georgia
Home Stadium: Qemal Stafa (Capacity: 19,700), Tirana
It has been announced that for the 100th Anniversary of …

Recent Borussia Mochengladbach signee Granit Xhaka has been removed from the Swiss Olympic team at the request of his new team. While it’s unfortunate that the Swiss won’t have him to be at full strength, its nice to see that the Foals want him to be fully prepared for the upcoming Bundesliga season. Considering that Marco Reus, who recently moved to German champions Borussia Dortmund, this appears that they are considering using Xhaka as more than just a reserve.
Last year for Swiss Champions FC Basel, the 19 year old midfielder …

And within one week. The Super Axpo League table looks completely different. One day Sion looks like it could challenge Basel for the league title, the next they’re looking like prime targets for the drop. Xamax is also heading through troubled waters, with the possibility of their club license being revoked after having 8 points deducted (so far). With these situations it now appears that both the Zurich clubs are safe, and could even press on for European positions. But good news is that FC Basel is to the final …

Switzerland World Cup 2010 Review
Switzerland went into the World Cup finals in South Africa with fairly low expectations and qualification out of a tricky group was the reasonable target set.
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believed his side were capable of realising their aim, but the German tactician was well aware of his Swiss team’s capabilities and limitations.
The preparations for the tournament were anything but ideal, with key injury setbacks costing the squad of experienced duo, Christian Spycher and Marco Streller. The build-up friendlies preceding the finals created more questions than answers, as the …

Switzerland 0-0 Honduras
Attendance – 28, 042
Switzerland exited the tournament very quietly as they failed to get past a plucky Honduras side in what was a drab, bore draw. Both sides failed to qualify from the group as a result of the goalless match, which never really sprung into life.
As Spain took care of their business by beating the Chileans, the Swiss needed a 2-goal winning margin over Honduras to leap ahead of Chile into 2nd place, but truth be told, they rarely looked like scoring once. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side will …

Venue – Mangaung/Bloemfontein
Date – Friday June 25th
Kick-Off – 19:30
Switzerland head into their final group match with Honduras on Friday night with realistic hopes of qualification for the knock-out stages. As is often the case at this stage of the World Cup, there are many permutations, as the order of Group H is resolved.
Chile and Spain face-off in the days other Group H encounter, with the outcome of great importance to Hitzfeld’s men.
Chile top the group with 6 points, with Spain and the Swiss behind with 3 each. In order for …

Chile 1-0 Switzerland
Gonzalez 75’
Attendance – 34,872
 
 A dejected Benaglio covers his face after conceding
Switzerland’s defence was finally breached as Mark Gonzalez nodded in a deserved winner for Chile. The Swiss had defended stoutly with only 10 men since Valon Behrami had seen red for an apparent elbow in the 31st minute, but couldn’t quite escape with a clean sheet.
South African born Gonzalez rose to head home an Esteban Paredes cross as the Chilean substitutes combined well to finally break the deadlock. In holding the Chileans past the 67 minute mark, Switzerland …

This game was always going to be crucial in determining who would qualify from Group H, but after Switzerland’s shock win over Spain last week, it has taken on even more importance. The winner of this game will have one foot in the last 16 and could go on to top the group and avoid a potential knockout showdown with Brazil.
Chile played well against Honduras but failed to give their goal difference the boost the performance merited. Switzerland play the Central American minnows in their final game and will expect …

Venue – Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
Date – Monday June 21st
Kick-Off – 15:00
                                                                                                                                                                        
 
Switzerland will play their second group H game against the highly-rated Chile, who excelled in a dominant 1-0 defeat of Honduras in their opening game. After the remarkable victory against Spain, Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side lye in a good position to qualify for the knock-out phase, but must not get carried away. This contest always appeared to be vital in the eventual make-up of the group and that fact hasn’t changed. A win for either side on Monday afternoon will place them in …

Spain 0 – 1 Switzerland
                    Fernandes 52’ 
Attendance – 62, 453

      Stephane Grichting celebrates at the final whistle
The tournament saw its first major shock as a resilient Switzerland secured a remarkable victory over World Cup favourites Spain. In a match almost completely dominated by Spain, the defining moment came on 52 minutes as a combination of errors led to Gelson Fernandes scrambling home the winner. Spain threatened to light up the tournament at times, but a mixture of wasteful finishing and stubborn defending held them back. This was the first time Switzerland had …