Switzerland

GREEKS IMPRESS

The Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos was one of the best players on the pitch after he helped his national team to get a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the latest round of international fixtures.

The 24-year-old defender produced a stunning performance to keep out several attacks from the Swiss. After the match, the Greece manager pointed out to the qualities like tight marking, fierce tackling, and great positional sense that were evident throughout the match. These helped Greece get a draw against Switzerland.

GERMANS COULD WIN

The former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that he believes that either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund could win the Champions League title this season.

After being in charge of Bayern Munich for many seasons over the years, Hitzfeld is currently managing the Switzerland national team. He has predicted a bright future for the German clubs, who are far more secure in the eyes of the UEFA fair play regulations. Bayern Munich are looking to win the fifth Champions League title, while Dortmund will be seeking the second victory.

GERMANS WILL WIN

The Switzerland national team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that he is of the opinion that a German club will be able to achieve glory in the Champions League this season. It has been a barren run for German clubs in the Champions League, as none have been able to match or even replicate the win achieved by Bayern Munich back in 2001.

Only Bayern Munich themselves have come extremely close to winning the trophy once again, but they have failed at the final hurdle in two out of the last three seasons. Yet, Hitzfeld believes that German club still remain extremely strong and will be tough to beat.

HITZFELD BACKS BAYERN

The former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that the German team will be able to dominate against the French champions Lille when the two come up against each other in the Champions League. The Switzerland national team manager Ottmar Hitzfeld had a successful spell with the German club on many occasions.

He has seen the team lift the European cups and domestic titles with great success in recent seasons. He has said that they will once again be able to produce a magnificent performance against the French champions Lille. He has said that the shock loss at the hands of BATE is nothing more than an unusual occurrence.

RAKITIC CHOOSES CROATIA

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has had that he faced the most difficult decision of his life when he chose Croatia as his national team over Switzerland.

Rakitic has revealed that he took a long time to make the decision. The midfielder recently completed his switch to Sevilla from German club Schalke, citing the fact that Schalke no longr compete for the league as the main reason - the latest Bundesliga betting doesn't suggest they wll improve this season.

The Sevilla midfielder was born and brought up in Switzerland, but decided to play for Croatia on account of his parents nationality. Even though he does not regret the decision, he has said that it was the toughest he has taken in his life.

SWISS FOOTBALL RAISES ITS GAME

Swiss football has a glorious chance to become one of the top leagues in Europe after newcomers to the Champions League FC Basel managed to edge out German giants Bayern Munich in the latest Champions League encounter between both teams.

Bayern Munich were drawn against FC Basel in the last 16 of the Champions League. It was a tie Bayern Munich were expected to sail through, but it has proven not to be the case after FC Basel have started the German club by beating them 1-0 in the first leg.

Bayern Munich have been disastrous away from home and FC Basel took total advantage of it by securing a lead going into the second leg.

SHAQUIRI OFF TO BAYERN

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Swiss player Xherdan Shaqiri. He has been linked with German giants Bayern Munich for quite some time now.

Finally, the German club have announced that they have signed the player on a four-year deal in the final few hours of the January transfer window. FC Basel 1893 will now sell the player when the transfer window reopens in the summer. Until then, he will be spending time with his current club FC Basel 1893. This is one of the major moves for a Swiss player in recent times.

FIFA HAPPY WITH 36 POINT BAN

FIFA have drawn a line under the Sion / UEFA / Europe League controversy, and are allowing Switzerland to continue to compete in international competition.

There had been speculation that FIFA would ban the Swiss FA from the World Cup and European Championships because they had failed to deal with the on-going controversy at Sion, one of the top clubs in the Swiss League, but this has now been resolved.

Sion managed to finish in third last season, and would be on course for another good finish this year were it not for the massive 36 point penalty placed on them by the Swiss FA, which leaves them way off the pace at the bottom of the league, with games running out.

SWISS WARNED BY FIFA

The Swiss football Association has already been warned about the severe consequences they could face from FIFA after failing to recognise and penalise FC Sion, who fielded ineligible players in many matches this season.

As a result, the Swiss football Association has moved in to hand a 36-point penalty. The Swiss football Association took the decision to penalise the club for every ineligible player used in the league and European matches this season. This decision comes in the wake of the warning from FIFA that Swiss football could totally eliminated from the world football calendar should they not punish the club.

PUMA SEAL SWISS DEAL

The Swiss Football Association has announced that it has extended its current deal with sportswear giant Puma. The long-term contract extension sits well with the Football Association and its plans to make the Swiss game even more attractive. The Sportlifestyle brand will also be the main technical partner for the SFV.

Puma will also be the licensed partner for their various associations up until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Brazil, and also the 2016 European championships. Ahead of the announcement, Puma also launched their latest kit for the Swiss national team.

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