Football is the most popular game in Switzerland. People their do follow this game with a lot of passion. The Swiss Football Association was formed in 1895 and was a founder member of the sports international governing body FIFA in 1904. Zurich and Nyon the cities of Switzerland are home to FIFA and European governing body UEFA. However with the passion and love for this sport Swiss have been mediocre in this tournament with the best result till date was to reach the quarter-finals in 1954 where the country had hosted the tournament at that moment. Except that they had also reached quarter-finals two times in 1934 as well as in 1938.In the recent context, Switzerland with the domestic league flourishing and having many promising young talents they are having more ambition to prove something in the coming year FIFA world cup tournament. In the latest tournament of world cup held in Brazil 2014, Switzerland drew in the same group with France, Ecuador and Honduras where Switzerland lost against France 2-5 as final scoreline and won against both Honduras and Ecuador to qualify for the round of 16 having 6 points on the table next to group leader France. After that, in the round of 16, they drew with the Finalist Argentina and loss 0-1 to get knocked out of the tournament.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World Cup; Russia qualifies for being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 5 countries were divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two groups contain only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
During the termination of World Cup qualifier Europe Switzerland finished second on the table behind Portugal and Switzerland managed to qualify for FIFA World Cup through Playoffs.
The final draw of FIFA World Cup 2018 has placed Switzerland in Group E where Switzerland has to play against Brazil, Costa Rica, and Serbia and qualify for the knockout stage into the round of sixteen’s.
The Fixtures for Switzerland in Group Stage are:
Players to watch:
Ricardo Rodriguez Granit Xhaka Xherdan Shaqiri
Coach: Vladimir petkovic
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