European Championship Team Profile: Switzerland

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Switzerland will be making their first appearance at the European Championships since 2008 and one can be sure that Schweizer Pati will be intent on making an impact in the competition.

Following the departure of Ottmar Hitzfeld, Vladimir Petković has done very well after taking over the reins and under the tutelage of the Croat-Bosnian, Switzerland managed to qualify out of a difficult group without too much drama.

Now it will be interesting to see if the Swiss are able to replicate their qualification performances at France as well.

Switzerland have never made it past the group stages of the European Championships and doing so this time around will not be easy as well, with France, Romania and Albania as their opponents in the first hurdle.

Petković’s men open of their campaign with clashes against Albania and Romania and one would suspect that the results of the two matches will either make or break their hopes of qualifying into the next round of the competition.

In terms of playing style, Switzerland transition between a 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, and they possess some quality players in their ranks such as Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodríguez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka among others.

Switzerland managed 24 goals during their qualification campaign and they certainly possess firepower in attack. However, their defence is a bit suspect and in order to stand a chance of qualifying, Petković will probably need to tighten the screws at the back.

Best European Championship Finish

Group Stage: 2008 (11th)

Fixtures

11 June 2016 Albania vs Switzerland Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens

15 June 2016 Romania vs Switzerland, Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

19 June 2016 Switzerland vs France Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Key Players: Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodríguez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Eren Derdiyok

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