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June 4, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Switzerland (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Switzerland, with 4 other player-options listed).

Filed under: Switzerland — admin @ 3:18 pm




Switzerland national team. UEFA (Europe). Nicknames: in the French: La Nati (the National); in the German: Schweitzer Nati (Swiss National); in the Italian: Rossocrociati (the Red Cross). Home jersey: bright red with white trim.
-Switzerland is in Group E (with Ecuador, France, and Honduras), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group E‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Switzerland’s 10th qualification out of 19 tries (1930: did not enter).
Switzerland has qualified for the World Cup in: 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish: 2010, Group Stage (1-1-1). Highest WC finish: 1934, 1938, 1954, Quarterfinals.

Population of Switzerland: 8.0 million {2012 estimate}. Capital and largest city: Zurich, metro area pop. 1.8 million {2011 est.}.

-Switzerland coach, Ottmar Hitzfield. Ottmar Hitzfield.
-Switzerland squad captain, Napoli MF Gokhan Inler. Gökhan İnler.

[Note: all players in chart below are part of the final 2014 WC roster, 'Switzerland national football team/Current squad' (en.wikipedia.org).]
Below: Theoretical Best XI for Switzerland (with 4 other player-options further below) -
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Photo and Image credits above -
Switzerland 2014 home jersey, photo from worldsoccershop.com.
Switzerland map, by NordNordWest at ‘File:Switzerland location map.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Switzerland on globe, map by TUBS at ‘File:Switzerland on the globe (Europe centered).svg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).
Coach,
Ottmar Hitzfield, photo unattributed at goal.com.
Goalkeeper,
Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg) , photo unattributed at weltfussball.de/news.
Defenders,
Stephan Lichtsteiner RB/RM (Juventus), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
Johan Djourou CB (Hamburger), photo by Bongarts/Getty Images via dailymail.co.uk/sport/football.
Philippe Senderos CB (Valencia), photo by AFP/Getty Images via uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news.
Ricardo Rodríguez LB/LM (Wolfsburg), photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images via gettyimages.in.
Midfielders,
Xherdan Shaqiri AMF/RW/LW (Bayern Munich), photo by John Berry/Getty Images via gettyimages.com.
Valon Behrami CM/DM/RM (Napoli), photo unattributed at tuttomercatoweb.com.
Gökhan İnler CM/DM (Napoli), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Valentin Stocker LW/LM/AMF (Basel), photo unattributed at football365.com
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Forwards,
Haris Seferović FW (Real Sociedad), photo by George Herringshaw at sporting-heroes.net.
Admir Mehmedi FW/LW (Dynamo Kyiv/Freiburg), photo unattributed at rga-online.de.
Other player-options,
Josip Drmić FW/W (Nürnberg), photo by Franconia at ‘File:Josip Drmic FCN 2013.jpg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).
Granit Xhaka CM/DM/AM (Borussia Mönchengladbach), photo by Getty Images via sportsmole.co.uk.
Tranquillo Barnetta LW/AM/RW (Eintracht Frankfurt), photo by bundesliga.com/en/liga/news.
Reto Ziegler LB/LM (Juventus/Sassuolo), photo by Getty Images via gettyimages.com/editorial/reto-ziegler-pictures.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Switzerland national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.

January 17, 2008

Swiss Super League Attendance Map, 2006-’07 season.

Filed under: Attendance Maps & Charts,Switzerland — admin @ 7:19 pm

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In Switzerland, attendance is up, for the 2007-’08 season.  Last season (which this map depicts), the Swiss Super League averaged 9,763 per game.  This season, the average, after half the season, is 11,063.  Back-to-back champions FC Zurich boast the highest percentage increase, with a 34% rise in gate figures (from 10,871 to 14,594).

The Swiss Super League has 10 teams in it.  [The clubs in the league, this season, happen to be numbers 1 through 10, on this attendance map.]   The last place finisher each season is relegated to the second level, which is called the Challenge League.  The ninth-place finisher in the Super League must play a playoff, with the second-place finisher in the Challenge League.

At the present time, FC Basel have a 6-point lead in the Super League, over FC Zurich, and BSC Young Boys.  FC Aarau are in 4th, and newly promoted FC Xamax are 5th.  FC Sankt Gallen are in danger of being relegated.  They are in last, four points below the safety zone.  Sankt Gallen is a rather large club to be playing in the second tier, so it should be interesting to see how the table ends up.  **{See the Swiss Super League Table, here.}

Currently leading the Challenge League is the southern Swiss club AC Bellinzona.  As you might surmise from their name, the club is in the Italian section of this multi-lingual nation.   Italian clubs like to loan out players to this club, particularly AS Roma.   **{Click here, for the Swiss Challenge League Table.} 

Bellinzona only lead the league by 2 points, though.   FC Wil,  FC Wohlen,  FC Winterthur, and the Liechtenstein-based FC Vaduz are all in touching distance.  As my cut-off point for this map was 1,000 avg. gate, 3 of these 5 clubs didn’t make the map… FC Wohlen (989 avg. gate) are due east of Aarau.   FC Wil (975 avg. gate) are just west of Sankt Gallen.    FC Vaduz (904 avg.gate) are southeast of Sankt Gallen.  {Click here to see where Liechtenstein is.}    {Here is Wikipedia’s entry on FC Vaduz.}

Switzerland is joint-hosting, with Austria, Euro 2008.   (The actual name of the competition, which no one uses, is the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship).   Basel,  Bern,  Zurich, and Geneva will be the Swiss host cities.   **{Click here for UEFA’s website, on Euro 2008.  And/Or click here, for Wikipedia’s entry on Euro 2008 (there’s a good map, here)}. 

{Swiss Super League website {translated}: (axposuperleague[dot]ch).}

This map was made in connection with The Home of Football/ Fussball-blog von Frau B. website (http://fraub.ch).    {For the text-only, translated version, click here.}

My Swiss attendance map was first posted on http://fussballblog.espace.ch   {Click here, for a translated version of the site.}

And a huge Thanks to Herr C. …Grasshopper-supporter,  and West Bromwich Albion fan,  for the opportunity to be in Swiss cyberspace.

January 16, 2008

Swiss Football Clubs.

Filed under: Switzerland — admin @ 6:49 pm

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I will post my Attendance Map of Switzerland tommorrow.  Here is a brief look at the Swiss Super League.

In Switzerland,  FC Zurich has edged out FC Basel for the Title, on the last day of the season, for two years running.   This despite the fact that Basel has the largest budget (around 19 million Euro).  In the 2005-’06 season, it ended in a very dramatic way.  The excerpt below is from Wikipedia .

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FC Basel is Switzerland’s biggest club.  Last season, their average gate was 20,144.   **{Click here to see their 39,00-seat state-of-the-art stadium,  St. Jakob-Park).  BSC Young Boys, from the capital, Bern, had the second highest average, at 15,517.  FC Sion drew the third best, averaging 12,304.  Sion are the only decent-sized football club in the more mountainous southern half of the country.

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Champions FC Zurich had the fourth highest average attendance, at 10,871.  The club they share a stadium with, Grasshopper Club Zurich, averaged 6,920 last season (7th highest).  Grasshoppers Club are probably named in honor of the manner in which players celebrated goals, early on in the club’s history (ie, lots of jumping).  Grasshoppers have the most Swiss championships, with 26.   [Servette FC Geneve, a second-division club, have the second most Swiss Titles, with 17.  Three clubs are tied for the third most Titles:  FC Zurich, FC Basel, and BSC Young Boys, all with 11.]  

Fifth and sixth highest average gates last season were to be found at the eastern Swiss club FC Sankt Gallen, and centrally located FC Luzern, both in the 7,800 to 6,900 range. 

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The other Swiss club that deserves mention is FC Thun.  They drew 5,159 per game last season, but a decade ago, this club from just south of Bern was playing to crowds of around 100.  In 2004-’05, in their third season in the top flight, Thun finished as runners up.   This allowed them to enter the 2nd round Champions League qualifiers.  There, they stunned Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv.  Then they beat Swedish champions Malmo FF, which gave them entry into the Champions League.  They became only the third Swiss team ever to qualify for Europe’s most prestigious competition.   [The other two Swiss clubs that made it to the Champions League were Grasshoppers Club Zurich, in 1996; and FC Basel, in 2002.]

See this article about FC Thun’s shock qualification for the Champions League, in 2005, from the UEFA website.}

The Swiss Super league is a compact, 10-team league.  I think the Swiss are wise to have the league this small.  When the bottom  few clubs in a country’s top league can’t draw more than 4 or 5,000, it becomes something of a farce to have more than a dozen teams in the league.  The Netherlands and it’s 18-team Eredivisie;  and Ukraine, and it’s 16-team Premier League, come to mind.

Switzerland is ranked # 17 in Europe for UEFA competitions.  Currently, 4 Swiss clubs gain entry each season into UEFA competitions.  Only the first place finisher is eligible now for Champions League Qualifiers;  2nd and 3rd place gain entry into the UEFA Cup Qualifiers;  the Swiss Cup winner, or the 4th place finisher, also gains entry into the UEFA Cup Qualifiers.

FC Basel, and FC Zurich are both still in the 2007-’08 UEFA Cup competition, which has reached the knockout round.  FC Basel will play Sporting Lisbon;  and FC Zurich will play Hamburg.  {See the complete set of matchups, here.}

{More information on the 2007-’09 Swiss Super League, from the BetInf. website, here.} 

Thanks to Colours Of Football website for the kits (www.colours-of-football.com).   Thanks to (http://www.stades.ch) for Swiss stadium photos;  also (marazzi[dot]biz).

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