10 Quarter Final (1934, 1938, 1954)
Vladimir Petkovic Xherdan Shaqiri
The Swiss are not renowned for free-flowing, easy-on-the-eye football but in Stoke star Shaqiri they do possess a player of great unpredictability. There are not many who can keep the dynamic winger (below) quiet on his day. However, as relegated Stoke know, the ex-Bayern Munich and Inter Milan ace can be inconsistent. Group
After losing away to Portugal in their final qualifier and missing out on top spot to Cristiano Ronaldo and Co on goal difference, the Swiss showed real steel to beat Northern Ireland in the play-offs – albeit with the aid of a dodgy penalty. Brazil are first up for them in St Petersburg, meaning Switzerland’s aim is to be in the hunt still for the last 16 come their last Group E clash – against Costa Rica.