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Switzerland – World Cup preview

Switzerland have been quietly building a very strong side during recent years. This is their fourth straight qualification to a World Cup. And although the team qualified at the expense of Northern Ireland via a controversial penalty, expectations are for the Swiss to match their recent tournament performances and advance from their group.

A good deal of the Swiss’ players represent top sides in Serie A and Bundesliga. Their European experience should provide the necessary experience for Switzerland to perform well in this summer’s tournament.

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– Star players: Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Stephan Lichtsteiner

– FootballCoin stars:

Xherdan Shaqiri 9,720.88 seasonal points (Pro), 4,019.60 points (Easy)

Stephan Lichtsteiner 4,847.76  seasonal points (Pro), 1,740.00 points (Easy)

– Coach: Vladimir Petkovic

– Group: E

– Group fixtures:

Sun June 17: Brazil – Switzerland, Rostov-on-Don, 7pm

Fri June 22: Serbia – Switzerland, Kaliningrad, 7pm

Wed June 27: Switzerland – Costa Rica, Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm

– Prediction:

Switzerland are one of the fastest growing national teams in recent years in terms of sheer quality. However, the Swiss have been dealt a tough group that will see them struggle to qualify from their group.

Should they qualify, the Swiss are almost guaranteed to meet Germany in the first knockout round. Certainly a tough opposition will pull up a fight, but they’re certainly not favorites to move further.

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– Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)

– World Cup history: 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018

 

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