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Switzerland team guide

BBC Sport's Euro 2008 guide to Switzerland.


Fixtures (Group A):

Switzerland

v Czech Republic - 7 June, 1700 BST, Basle
Czech Republic team guide

v Turkey - 11 June, 1945 BST, Basle
Turkey team guide

v Portugal - 15 June, 1945 BST, Basle
Portugal team guide


How did they get there: Joint hosts with Austria.

Jakob Kuhn

Manager: Jakob 'Kobi' Kuhn. Stepped up from Under-21 coach in 2001 and led Switzerland to Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, reaching the latter stages in Germany. Kuhn will quit after the tournament but says he wants to win Euro 2008 on home soil first.

Captain: Alexander Frei is Switzerland's leader but his tournament lasted only 46 minutes when he went off with a knee injury that will keep him out for six weeks.

606: DEBATE

Euro highlights: Not many. Qualified at the ninth attempt in 1996 and held hosts England to a 1-1 draw before losing to the Netherlands and Scotland. Only other time they qualified was four years ago, when they also picked up one point from three games. So still searching for a first finals win.

Euro legend: Maybe legend is a touch strong, but aged 18, Johan Vonlanthen became the second youngest player to play in a European Championship when he came off the bench against England four years ago and then scored against France in the next game to break Wayne Rooney's record as the youngest ever scorer at a finals.

Alexander Frei

Star man: Frei was their standout and Kuhn was desperately hoping he could put the injury problems that have plagued him for the past year behind him. Switzerland's record scorer will be a big miss, with the experienced Hakan Yakin likely to step into his place.

Strengths: Slim pickings this one, unfortunately. As hosts they will have the whole country behind them, but this will also increase the pressure on an already fragile team. They need Frei and influential defender Patrick Muller like never before.

Weaknesses: Where to begin? The defence-minded Swiss are always short of goals and this looks unlikely to change, even with a fully-fit Frei and 19-year-old prospect Eren Derdiyok. They may struggle to keep them out too, with Muller named in the squad despite missing the whole of 2007/08 with injury, and Arsenal's Philippe Senderos suffering an alarming dip of form last season.

World ranking: 44th.

Our verdict: No real chance of getting to the quarter-finals. Switzerland have had a torrid time of it in recent months and Portugal and Czech Republic will both prove far too strong for the co-hosts.




see also
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