Seeded Switzerland odds to win Group E offers appeal after impressive qualification run

Switzerland were seeded for the World Cup draw to the amusement of some, however they will be out to prove they are among the best eight nations in the world! Its 3/1 that they can win their group.

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld
World Cup best:
Quarter-Finals (1934, 1938, 1952)
How they qualified:
Winner European Group E

Switzerland topped the easiest of European Qualification groups in routine fashion, beating surprise package Iceland to top spot.

They eventually finished clear at the top by seven clear points, however draws with the likes of Norway, Iceland and Cyprus is far from what’s required.

Star player: Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich)

At club level Xherdan Shaqiri has the unenviable task of dislodging Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery from the side.

For Switzerland though the young winger is one of the first name on Hitzfeld’s team sheet and his pace and skill will be key to breaching Honduras down and on the counter attack versus France.

One to watch: Josip Drmic (Bayer Leverkusen)

Josip Drmic scored 17 goals for Nurnberg this season, in a disappointing season for the side and they were relegated to the second tier.

His form was a rare bright note and his goals have earned him a move to Bayer Leverkusen, who wanted to get a deal done before the tournament!


Ricardo Rodriguez has proven himself to be as good in the opponents half as his own and his Wolfsburg team-mate Diego Benaglio is one of the best keepers in Europe.

Youthful exuberance is with them and the majority of the under 21 squad that impressed at the 2011 that lost to Spain in the European Championship final.


Seven clean sheets in qualifying suggests they are good defensively, however the likes of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery will fancy their chances against Johan Djourou.

Their best central midfielders do the job better defensively than offensively, and they struggled to break sides down at the previous tournament.

How far can they go?

Topping the group is imperative with Argentina the likely side to face in the next round should a side in Group E finish second.

Switzerland have a decent record against France and beat them to top spot in their 2006 World Cup group.

Hitzfeld has a good young squad and if they perform to their capability then they can at least reach the knock out rounds.


Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio, Roman Burki, Yann Sommer

Defenders: Johan Djourou, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schär, Philippe Senderos, Steve von Bergen, Reto Ziegler

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Valentin Stocker, Granit Xhaka

Forwards: Mario Gavranovic, Josip Drmic, Haris Seferovic, Admir Mehmedi

Group E



Sunday 15th June: Switzerland vs. Ecuador 17:00
Friday 20th June: Switzerland vs. France 20:00
Wednesday 25th June: Honduras vs. Switzerland 21:00

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