Tag: Switzerland

The 200% World Cup: Switzerland vs Ecuador Live

Switzerland are one of the returning teams who also played in the 1950 finals. In fact, this will be their ninth World Cup appearance, and their third in succession. Outstanding during qualification, finishing their group undefeated, the Swiss are more than capable of hitting the ground running. They are currently ranked eighth in the FIFA rankings and many expect them to progress from this groups stage. In the build up to this tournament they grabbed victories against Peru and Jamaica without conceding a goal. Their coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will be retiring after these finals but has had a pretty...

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The 200% World Cup: Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy, Parts 20 To 25

It’s time for the final instalment of Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy this morning, and this finale features Spain, Switzerland, the United States of America and Uruguay, as well as a very peculiar concept called “no red cards.” The cards featured in this set are available to buy over the internet. If you’re a fan of stupidity and/or myopia, you can buy them by visiting here. Or, you can follow the artist on Twitter by clicking here. OR, you can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here....

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Match Of The Week: England 2-2 Switzerland

If we suspend reality and assume the opinion that England playing Switzerland at Wembley this afternoon, just a few days after arguably their heaviest ever defeat in Zurich, was not mere serendipity at play, then somebody at UEFA is either unusually prescient or is the owner of the world’s only fully functioning crystal ball, as well as being the holder of a very keen sense of humour. If the nonsense in Zurich this week had any upside at all for football in England this week, it was that the politicking took the spotlight away from the team itself, meaning that their preparations for this afternoon’s match were put firmly in the shade. The England players could have been forgiven for believing that the plethora of cup finals and play-off matches over the last few weeks were the signal to the end of the season, but it is this weekend’s round of European Championship qualifiers that are the real signal for the end of the club season. England, of course, haven’t improved since the World Cup finals. They shone, briefly, at the very end of the summer – including a solid win in Switzerland – but their performances against Montenegro, France and Ghana were, broadly speaking, turgid, and it feels as if this is the wrong match at the wrong time for the team. Wembley can be a claustrophobic place...

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Match Of The Midweek: Switzerland 1-3 England

Two games, six points and seven goals. On the pitch, at least, it is starting to feel worryingly as if this summer’s meltdown in South Africa never happened for England. Off it, meanwhile, it has been a busy week in very different ways for England’s players and their PR people, and the suspicion remains that the team are hanging on by their fingernails with their opening two results from the qualifying campaign for Euro 2012. The gutter press, who have long since decided that they will force Fabio Capello by hook or by crook, have been somewhat quiet on the matter this morning (though Capello, if he hasn’t thought to do this already, would be best advised to change the PIN on his mobile phone on a daily basis for the forseeable future), but there can be no question that this nonsense will start again if (or when) England drop points during this qualifying campaign. For how long, though, can Capello keep the wolves from the door? Perhaps it helps him that the extra-curricular activities of one or two of the players, most notably Wayne Rooney, have deflected the slavering hoards over the last few days. When the tabloid press broke their story over the weekend, at least part of Rooney’s recent shyness in front of goal started to make some sort of sense. We can only guess at...

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World Cup 2010: Switzerland 0-0 Honduras

The majority of eyes will be on the other match this evening between Spain and Chile, but this evening’s match between Switzerland and Honduras is, in its own way just as important. Chile and Switzerland could quite easily edge the pre-tournament favourites out before the knock-out stages of the competition even start, and no-one seems to care.┬áThere are swathes of empty seats at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontain this evening. The vuvuselas, are out in force. It seems as if, obviously if you think about it, they are easier to play in some sort of formation if there are fewer being blown at the same time. When there is a massive crowd, they merge together into one, long, monotonous drone. There are fewer here this evening, though, and a couple of minutes into the game there is a brief, “parp, parp, parp parp parrrrrp”. It almost sounds like a football chant, and it might even be intentional. This final group, by the way, is one of those in which there are as many permutations for who could qualify as there are combinations of results that could occur between the two teams. Switzerland need to play for the win, but a draw could be enough if Spain were to lose to Chile in the other match. Even Honduras, were they to suddenly transmogrify into a world beating team, could...

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