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.