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Switzerland return to the World Cup after a 12 year absence with a real confidence about them.  France were unable to defeat the Swiss in qualifying and they are starting to see members of their 2002 European Under 17 Championship winning squad starting to make their mark at the
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2006 14:19 GMT
Switzerland return to the World Cup after a 12 year absence with a real confidence about them.  France were unable to defeat the Swiss in qualifying and they are starting to see members of their 2002 European Under 17 Championship winning squad starting to make their mark at the senior level.

FIFA Ranking: 35

Coach: Koebi Kuhn

Key players: Alexander Frei, Philippe Senderos, Johann Vogel

World Cup record: Eighth appearance

Best finish: Quarterfinals (1934. 1938, 1954)

Last appearance: Second round 1994

Qualifying route: Beat Turkey in European playoff

Key question: A team that relies on team spirit. Is that enough?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Pascal Zuberbuhler 1
Diego Benaglio 12
Fabio Coltorti 21
Defenders
Johan Djourou 2
Ludovic Magnin 3
Philippe Senderos 4
Stephane Grichting 13
Christoph Spycher 17
Valon Behrami 19
Patrick Mueller 20
Philipp Degen 23
Midfielders
Xavier Margairaz 5
Johann Vogel 6
Ricardo Cabanas 7
Raphael Wicky 8
Daniel Gygax 10
David Degen 14
Forwards
Alexander Frei 9
Marco Streller 11
Blerim Dzemaili 15
Tranquillo Barnetta 16
Mauro Lustrinelli 18
Johan Vonlanthen 22

Group matches:

v France, 16:00 GMT, Tuesday 13th June - Stuttgart

v Togo, 13:00 GMT, Monday 19th June - Dortmund

v South Korea, 19:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June - Hanover

Source:
Aljazeera
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