SWITZER­LAND (18)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

SWITZER­LAND, who have been solid but un­spec­tac­u­lar at re­cent tour­na­ments, could be a more se­ri­ous threat un­der vet­eran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. The 60-year-old Ger­man, one of the most suc­cess­ful coaches in club his­tory, is a canny op­er­a­tor who knows foot­ball in­side out and is a proven win­ner.

The Swiss ex­ited Euro 2008 at the group stage – two years af­ter reach­ing the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup without con­ced­ing a goal. Their exit in Ger­many was sealed in a penalty shootout against Ukraine af­ter a goal­less 120 min­utes when – in a World Cup nov­elty – they also failed to score in a 3-0 penalty loss. They will hope for bet­ter luck in 2010.

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