Switzerland

Switzerland best performance contniues under New Coach

Switzerland continued their impressive form under new manager Vladimir Petkovic after managing the second consecutive victory in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Switzerland had started the campaign with defeats against England in Slovenia. However, they appear to have recovered from these setbacks after managing to consecutive 4-0 wins over San Marino and Lithuania. Both these teams are considered as minnows and Switzerland were the overwhelming favourites to get three points. Many even expected the Swiss to score more than five past Lithuania. Midfielder Gelson Fernandes says that they were not able to score more since the opposition were extremely good and compact.

Slovenia “spirit” Edges Off Switzerland

Slovenia secured a great win against Switzerland and according to midfielder Kevin Kampl, it’s their great fighting spirit which played the best influence in snatching the victory from the Swiss grasp.

However, the Slovenia national football team coach has pointed to “high-level” goalkeeping prowess as a much bigger influence in Slovenia’s recent win, in comparison to Kampl’s fighting spirit.

Kampl was naturally delighted to secure the win against the Swiss team.

COURTOIS ROLLS ON

Thibaut Courtois, that’s the name of a 22 years old goalkeeper who is making headlines all over the world with consistent performances in every single match he performs and is already being hailed to be as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world despite being so young. It takes a truly special player to push Petr Cech out of the starting lineup and into the sidelines of Chelsea but Courtois has somehow managed to do it.

Ever since Cech signed with Chelsea back in 2004, he established himself as the undisputed goalkeeper of Stamford Bridge but his time is reaching its inevitable end with Courtois being the man to begin and follow the path that Cech left off.

Hitzfield Happy With Preparation Made

Switzerland national team boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has stated that he is happy with preparation made by the Swiss national team players for the World Cup 2014. Switzerland will be taking part in the World Cup 2014 after a stunning qualification campaign. However, this tournament will also see the end of Hitzfeld as manager after he has announced that he will be retiring from football. After having played a key role in the development of Switzerland as an important team, Hitzfeld will be looking to go out on a high.

Hitzfield Retires After World Cup

The World Cup 2014 will be the curtain call for Swiss national team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will be stepping down from his post. He has already announced that this will be his last job as a manager. Hitzfeld has been one of most respected coaches in the last 45 years of his managerial reign. He has led big clubs like Bayern Munich to incredible success over the years. The German has lifted several league titles apart from two Champions League titles in his stellar career. He could have won three Champions League titles had it not been for the extraordinary defeat suffered at the hands of Manchester United in 1999.

START MY PLAYERS

Ottmar Hitzfeld as well as being the coach of Switzerland, the German manager also has experience being in charge of high profile clubs such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The 65 years old tactician has suggested Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich on not to leave the club despite not being a consistent starter for the German club which has already been crowned as the champions of the Bundesliga.

"I am always a fan of players staying firm to ongoing deals and bite through tough times. Xherdan Shaqiri is playing for the best club in the world and has the quality to be a first-team regular. The only thing he needs is to be patient." Hitzfeld told reporters during a press conference.

TIMINGS NOT GREAT

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has expressed his displeasure at the timing and location of the World Cup matches for his team. Switzerland have qualified for the World Cup 2014 and they have been grouped along with France, Ecuador, and Honduras.

On paper, this looks like a group that Switzerland can realistically hope to qualify from since they have one of the experienced managers in the world. Hitzfeld has a lot of experience in the game after having been the manager of top clubs like Bayern Munich.

SWITEZRLAND LOSE TO KOREA

The nation that managed to conclude the group stages of 2014 World Cup without suffering from a single loss as they defeated Iceland, Slovenia, Norway, Albania and Cyprus picking up at least 1 point in each of those matches was Switzerland.

Looking to be like this year’s ‘dark horses’ and underdogs the Swiss have made an impressive statement so far. Managing to step it into the pot where some of the highest ranked nations are currently allocated, expectations are slowly building up for Switzerland.

They did suffer however from a huge blow when losing 2-1 against South Korea in a friendly match on November 15th.

SWITZERLAND vs NORWAY

Switzerland and Norway take on each other in what promises to be a crunch match in the World Cup qualifying. Both teams are separated only by three points in group E, with Norway having the opportunity to overtake their opponents with victory.

Switzerland, though, will be hoping to use the home advantage to at least get a draw from the match, which would be a great result for the team given that it would almost ensure them qualification. There are only a few matches left in the World Cup qualifying campaign for both teams.

MEHMEDI MAKES MOVE

Swiss International Admir Mehmedi has made the move from Dynamo Kiev to Bundesliga side Freiburg on a season long loan deal. The Bundesliga club have the option of converting the loan deal into a permanent one should he impress during his time in German football.

The 22-year-old has been one of the promising young players to come from Switzerland in recent years. He started his career with Swiss club FC Zürich back in 2008. He came through the ranks at the club and stayed there for two years before moving to Dynamo Kiev in 2012.

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