Tag: Switzerland

Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic

A lot of bluster, and not much of an end result. This is the only conclusion that one can rationally draw from Switzerland’s performance this afternoon, both in the opening ceremony and in the match itself. For their opponents the Czechs, this afternoon’s match must feel like something half-way between a job well done and a smash and grab raid. First up, though, the opening ceremony. This consisted of about sixty-four or so people holding plastic cubes, which changed colour according to which colour was facing upwards. To say that it didn’t work would be something of an understatement. The group of people seemed unable to stay in formation, meaning that, rather looking like that famous British Airways advert from the 1980s (as I expect the intention was), it looked like a giant game of Scrabble that had gone angrily awry. Into this mix, people on those springy stilts that you occasionally see people wearing at the circus. One of them was pretending to be a skier. Four of them were holding up a cow and moving it’s legs. You know the sort of thing. Once the nonsense was over and done with and the actual match started, it was Switzerland that looked the more impressive of the two teams. The Czechs looked strangely doughy, although they were certainly more incisive than the Swiss, who looked impressive until they...

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Euro 2008 – Group A

It’s that time again. The closing date for the squad lists to be submitted to UEFA for Euro 2008 is the 28th of May, but we already know enough about who will be there and who won’t to be able to start having a look at the groups for the finals of this year’s European Championships. This year’s finals haven’t been without controversy already, with numerous complaints about the seeding of the competition. The four seeds are Switzerland, Austria, Greece and the Netherlands, with Switzerland and Austria being seeded as the hosts, Greece earning their place as the holders and the Netherlands, on the basis of UEFA’s hilariously complicated co-efficient system that calculated the average number of points obtained in qualifying and in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. This idiosyncratic way of doing things has, of course, thrown up a “Group Of Death” (Group C, which features the Netherlands, Italy and France), but has also done a couple of the other “bigger” nations a favour. Anyway, first up, here’s a look at Group A. Switzerland – What Are Expectations Like? Well, not as low as they are for their co-hosts, Austria. Switzerland have had a reasonably favourable draw and have got half a chance of getting through the group stages, though there won’t be too many people staring in disbelief if they do get through. Their key match...

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England vs Switzerland

Well, Heidi hi everyone! If you think that’s a bad opening, well, things are going to get much worse for all of you before they get any better. I’ve spent much of the afternoon mentally composing tabloid headlines for tomorrow’s papers. On the positive side, there’s “Swiss Rolled” and “Berne Baby Berne”, whilst on the negative side, I managed “Gouda God” (Gouda’s a Swiss cheese, isn’t it?), “Cuckoo Crocks” and “Joe Cole Whipped By Young Boys”. Anyway, it’s Fabio Cappello’s first match in charge of England tonight, and he’s ringing the changes already. The England team lines up as follows: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, A.Cole, Bentley, Jenas, Gerrard, Barry, J.Cole, Rooney. Gerrard is the captain, Jenas starts on the Voodoo Left-hand Side and David Bentley, apparently, is the new David Beckham. The Swiss line up as follows: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Eggiman, Spycher, Inler, Gelson, Barnetta, Yakin, Gygax, Nkufo. I have to say, before I depart briefly, that I have been nothing but impressed by Cappello so far. There are plenty of things within the England set up that he can do nothing whatsoever about – the poor training that young players receive, the lack of investment that big clubs put into youth development and so on, but his attitude over the last couple of days – banning the majority of the circus that follows the team about, impressing upon...

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High On A Hill Was A Lonely Goatherd

Whilst the rest of Europe is busily going about the business of tying to qualify for next year’s European Championship finals, the two host nations are making their preparations for the finals next summer. Whilst Switzerland appear to be making decent progress, though, Austria are struggling to find any sort of rhythm and are in danger of becoming that rarest of creatures – a host nation that fails to pick up a single point in the tournament that they are hosting. None of this would be a massive cause for concern, were it not for the fact that both of the hosts have already been named as seeds in the draw for the finals (along with the holders, Greece), which is to be held in Lucerne on the 2nd of December. The fourth seeded place goes to the qualifiers with the best record, which is likely to be Germany. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Germans will be pretty pleased with this, but it has brought about the wrath of German general manager Oliver Bierhoff, who has described the seeding as a “planning error”. Being seeded for the tournament is, in all honesty, not quite the plum draw that one might expect, and this is largely because of who the hosts and holders are. Switzerland, Greece and Austria being seeded means that the likes of France,...

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Christ.

Switzerland 0-0 Ukraine I’m really struggling to come up with the words to describe this shambles. I’ll try again in the...

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