Switzerland is all set to fire their skills on the Russian grounds in the Group E. This time the hopes are on because Switzerland has the best of their own. This team has got a key player like Xherdan Shaqiri as their midfielder which led them to qualify for the World Cup. They will get the first taste of World cup 2018 on 17 June against Brazil at Rostov-On-Don.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Swiss stars have helped their team ten times to appear in the World Cup Finals and managed to enter the quarterfinal three times in 1934, 1938, and 1954. Apart from that the great moment of Switzerland from the vault comes from 2010 where they stunned Spain 1-0 who were, later on, became the world champion that year.
Goalkeepers: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Gregor Kobel (Hoffenheim), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (FC Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna), Silvan Widmer (Udinese)
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht), Remo Freuler (Atlanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)
Manager: Vladimir Petković
Vladimir Petkovic is currently assigned to manage the team Switzerland for this world cup. He was a midfielder and played for FK Sarajevo, Rudar Prijedor, Koper, Chur 97, Sion, Martigny-sports, Bellinzona, Locarno, Buochs, and he started his career as a manager with Bellinzona and continued with Malcantone Agno, Lugano, Young Boys, Samsunspor, Sion, Lazio, Switzerland.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Defenders: R.Rodriguez, M.Akanji, F.Schar, S.Lichtsteiner
Center Back: D. Zakaria, V.Behrami
Midfielders: S.Zuber, B.Demailli, X.Shaqiri
KEY PLAYER: Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri assisted five goals which helped the team to qualify for the World Cup. He is an attacking midfielder who can change the equation in his favour.
Interestingly, Switzerland became the first team to be so unlucky in the world cup to exit without surrendering a goal in 2006, it is also the team which was the only one to lose a match in the penalty shootout by 3-0 to Ukraine, which is recorded in the history as a match where a team didn’t even score.
Group E- TV SCHEDULE
Sunday, 17 June
Costa Rica vs Serbia (Group E) – Samara – 5.30 pm
Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don – 11.30 pm
Friday, 22 June
Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg – 5.30 pm
Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad – 11.30 pm
Wednesday, 27 June
Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak) – 11.30 pm
Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod – 11.30 pm
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: