In the Switzerland Euro 2016 preview, we look at the team’s schedule and roster, as well as predicting how far they’ll advance in the tournament, and which players to watch out for.
Switzerland Euro 2016 preview
Manager: Vladimir Petkovic
Captain: Stephan Lichtsteiner
Switzerland Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Saturday, June 11
Wednesday, June 15
Sunday, June 19
Switzerland Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers : Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach).
Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg SV), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (FC Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Hoffenheim), Steve Von Bergen (Young Boys)
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Dzemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz 05), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys)
Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Kasimpasa), Breel Embolo (FC Basel), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers)
Switzerland Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Switzerland were viewed by many as one of the possible dark horses for the 2014 World Cup and they impressed in bursts in Brazil before being eliminated by finalists Argentina in extra-time in the last 16. Two years on and Petkovic, taking over from the veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld at a major tournament, had a more experienced crop to choose from.
Much of the qualifying phase was a transitional process for this group. With Hitzfeld gone, new methods and personnel were tried. Going forward they weren’t able to put patterns together and it wasn’t until their third match against minnows San Marino they actually found the back of the net.
From there they kicked on and a lot of concerns that lingered over this group of players at the beginning of qualifying have gone. Petkovic has got his feet under the desk, impinged his way of playing and suddenly the Swiss look like a team capable of doing some damage this summer.
Yann Sommer is one of the most exciting goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, while full-backs Lichtsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez are arguably the standout pairing in the tournament. Arsenal-bound Granit Xhaka offers a dynamic box-to-box presence in central midfield, while Xherdan Shaqiri adds stardust to their attacking play.