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Alexander Frei is the undisputed Swiss leader, both on and off the field, and the Basel striker, who finished the qualifiers with five goals and is also Switzerland's all-time record goal-scorer, was coach Hitzfeld's natural choice to become named the national team captain. Frei's goal total was matched by that of Blaise N'Kufo, who was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, first called up by the Swiss in 2000, and who has combined with Frei to provide quite the productive attack duo.
At the top, Ottmar Hitzfeld is one of Europe's most highly regarded and most successful senior coaches, and is one of only two coaches to have led two different clubs to UEFA Champions League glory while with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. He became Switzerland head coach in July of 2008 and, after a shaky break-in in period, led his team to a direct qualifying berth for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The former German-amateur international, who played in the 1972 Olympic Games, is no stranger to Switzerland after stints with Basel (1971-75), Lugano (1978-80), and Lucerne (1980-83) during his playing days.
If you wish to see the Swiss perform on the soccer world's biggest stage, the first step is to order 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets. Then you can make your plans to be in South Africa this summer as Switzerland strives to match, or even improve, the finishes of prior Schweizer Nati squads.
|Jun 17 Sun 9:00 PM||World Cup - Match 9: Brazil vs. Switzerland||Rostov Arena
|Jun 22 Fri 8:00 PM||World Cup - Match 26: Serbia vs. Switzerland||Kaliningrad Stadium
|Jun 27 Wed 9:00 PM||World Cup - Match 42: Switzerland vs. Costa Rica||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhegorod
With Switzerland set to make their ninth appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals this summer in South Africa, Swiss team head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and his men plan to be there in much more than just a supporting role. Formerly the head at both Borussia Dortmund (1991-97) and Bayern Munich (1998-2004, 2007-08), the current Schweizer Nati boss took the national helm after Switzerland's disappointing performance at UEFA EURO 2008, and has now led them to their second consecutive FIFA World Cup finals. Switzerland made it to the Round of 16 at the 2006 Cup in Germany, before being unluckily eliminated on penalty kicks by the Ukraine.
Switzerland is made up of a healthy mix of youth and experience, combining talented younger players such as striker Eren Derdiyok, mid-fielder Tranquillo Barnetta, and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, with seasoned veterans such as forwards Alexander Frei and Blaise N'Kufo. The current squad hopes to at least to repeat the achievements of their predecessors who made their way into the top eight in 1934 (finished 7th), 1938 (finished 7th), and 1954 (finished 8th).
Hitzfeld's Schweizer Nati team had a distinctly disappointing start on their road to the 2010 finals; after conceding to a scoreless draw on the road to Israel in the final minute, a disastrous 2-1 defeat in Zurich at the hands of Luxembourg, the little fish in the Swiss' pond, brought much shame and embarrassment upon the squad.
However, the surprising defeat seemed to ultimately wake-up the Swiss, with the club reeling off five victories – against Latvia (2-1), Greece (2-1 and 2-0) and Moldova (2-0 and 2-0). Switzerland only gave up points again in a 2-2 draw to the Latvians on the road, but a comfortable 3-0 revenge win in Luxembourg and a scoreless draw with Israel in front of a delirious Basel crowd clinched the top spot in European Group 2 and a guaranteed the Schweizer Nati a spot in South Africa.