Group                                                   : E with France, Ecuador and Honduras Switzerland

Current Fifa Ranking                : 8th with 1113 points

World Cup Appearances         : 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006 and 2010

Best Achievement                      : Quarter Finals in 1934, 1938 and 1954

Head Coach                                     : Ottmar Hitzfeld

Captain                                              : Gokhan Inler

Being the benefactors of FIFA’s controversial new seeding system does bring in an air of suspicion amongst pundits, yet that should not take away anything from the Swiss’ inspiring unbeaten qualification campaign. Their seeding during the month of October was there for a reason, as they were an extremely tough side to beat. With a two time Champions League winning manager in Ottmar Hitzfeld, this squad may turn out to be a surprise package this coming summer.

When taking their emphatic qualification route into account, the Rossocrociati have been pitted in the group which they could aim for topping, should their best players stay fit. In France, they have opposition which is highly unpredictable, either ruthless or clumsily dull. Hitzfeld would do well to analyse the weaknesses amongst the Ecuadorians and Hondurans in order to hope in toppling France to first place, helping to potentially avoid the big dogs of the tournament.

Wolfsburg’s Diego Benaglio, the squad’s number one who’s been capped fifty four times will hope that the defence, consisting of Juventus wide man Lichsteiner, Hamburg’s Johan Djourou and Fulham’s Senderos will help keep threats at bay. Rare gems are found in the midfield where Napoli trio Behrami, Dzemaili and team captain Inler roam. In attack we have Real Sociedad’s Seferoic as the main threat, highlighting their lack of firepower options.

Hitzfeld has already announced that he will be retiring from the sport after the World Cup, meaning that he will want to end his glittering career with a bang. This tough side to beat which includes rare gems may progress past the group stages, yet further advancement will rely heavily upon player form and opposition.

Latest Betting Odds on Switzerland

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15th June – Switzerland – Ecuador  – 17:00                    2.25                           3.25                  3.20
20th June – Switzerland – France – 20:00                     3.85                           3.25                  2.01
25th June – Honduras – Switzerland – 21:00               6.25                           3.85                  1.55