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.

SHAQUIRI HAPPY AT BAYERN

The Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has said that he is extremely happy that the Bayern Munich fans have been enjoying his style of play over the last few weeks. The club recently signed the Switzerland international and the 20-year-old has already been a huge hit with the fans.

The home crowd have certainly warmed up to the player in recent weeks. Even though there have been suggestions that the Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes will be looking to employ him in various roles due to his versatility, Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that he is set to play for the German club as a midfielder.

HITZFELD WISHES GOMEZ WAS SWISS

The Switzerland national team manager and the former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that the Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is one of the best in the world.

The 27-year-old striker suffered heart breaks with both the club and the national team last season. While Bayern Munich finishers were runners up in three major competitions, the national team Germany was also defeated in the semi-final stage of the Euro 2012. Germany was expected to win the tournament comfortably, but suffered an uncharacteristic defeat at the hands of Italy in the semifinals.

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.

BASEL KEEP GOING

Despite having an unassailable 16 point lead at the top of the table, Swiss club FC Basel have said that they will not be celebrating the title until they are extremely sure that Luzern will not be able to win the title.

FC Luzern are currently engaged in a battle with the Swiss football Federation surrounding the Sion club.

It is a long-running saga that almost resulted in an international ban for the Swiss national football team. FC Basel had a 3-0 win over Sion during the weekend. This effectively sealed the title because only five matches remain in the season for the second placed a club Luzern, who currently trail FC Basel by 16 points.

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.

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