Team profile: Switzerland

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

    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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