Euro 2008 team guide: Switzerland

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31st, May 2008

This is how the Swiss roll (lame pun alert)…
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SWITZERLAND (Group A)
Group-mates Czech Rep. (7 June, Basel), Turkey (11 June, Basel), Portugal (15 June, Basel)
Three most valuable players 1) Alexander Frei Recently became his country’s leading all-time scorer. The Swiss rely massively on his goals, but he rarely lets them down. Frei seems to have been around forever, but is still just 28. If the Swiss are to escape their group, they will need him to deliver. 2) Tranquillo Barnetta Switzerland’s most important midfielder is currently struggling to recover from an ankle injury, but he should be fit to play against the Czechs in the tournament’s opening match. His presence is crucial 3) Valon Behrami The Lazio winger, a reported transfer target for Spurs, is in good form and scored against Slovakia in a recent friendly. He can be a devastating force on the wing, but he is injury prone.
Hard fact Switzerland has not been at war since 1815. Neutral is as neutral does.


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