Switzerland Live Online At Euro 2008
Many of us probably know Switzerland better as a scenic place for a vacation. And come this summer, this beautiful Central European country will co-host Euro 2008 with neighbour Austria. As hosts, the Swiss automatically qualified for Euro 2008, and will make their third appearance at the Championships this June. The Swiss football team, although by no means an international powerhouse, has its progress keenly followed by many citizens. All eyes will be on Kobi Kuhn and his lads as they aim to make this tournament a success for their country. Live Sport Network with years of expertise in the field of helping people watching live football from the comfort of their computers, offers you the opportunity to follow the fortunes of the Swiss football team at Euro 2008 at an unbelievable price of £9.99. Subscribing to this package also allows you free access to matches from major football leagues across the world, for one year.
Switzerland are placed in Group A, along with the Czech Republic, Portugal and Turkey. All of Switzerland's games will be played at St. Jakob-Park, the home of domestic giants FC Basel. Timings given in the brackets are in Central European Summer Time ( UTC + 2)
7 June- Switzerland vs Czech Republic ( 18.00). This is the tournament opener.
11 June- Switzerland vs Turkey ( 20.45)
15 June- Switzerland vs Portugal ( 20.45)
Past European performances
Switzerland made their first appearance at the European Football Championship in 1996. They qualified as Group 3 winners, pipping Turkey and Sweden to the top spot. Placed in a tough group with hosts England, Netherlands and Scotland, the Swiss started off well, drawing 1-1 with England. They prevented Holland from scoring for two thirds of the game, before succumbing to pressure and letting in two goals. They lost 0-1 to Scotland, and finished at the bottom of their group.
They narrowly missed out on qualifying for Euro 2000, despite having the same number of points as Denmark. However the Danes had taken four points from their two games against the Swiss, and went through.
In Euro 2004 qualifying, the Swiss topped a toughly contested group that also consisted of Russia and the Republic of Ireland. In the main competition, they were grouped with England, France and Croatia. A goalless draw against Croatia was followed by a 0-3 loss to England, leaving the Swiss with a massive job to do against defending champions France. They lost 1-3, but not before Johan Vonlanthen wrote himself into the history books as the youngest ever scorer in the history of the European Championship. That record broke a previous one made by England's Wayne Rooney in their 3-0 win over the Swiss.
If a team does not concede a goal in a World Cup, how would you rate its performance? Good? That is precisely what Switzerland did in the 2006 World Cup. The Swiss drew with France and beat Togo and South Korea by identical two goal margins to top Group G. Their second round game against Ukraine did not produce a goal after 120 minutes, and both the teams had to go through the tension of a penalty shootout to decide the winner. Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas all missed their spotkicks as Ukraine sent the Swiss out of the tournament.
Kobi Kuhn will be hoping for the same kind of defensive performance from the Swiss at Euro 2008. There are some fairly good defenders in the Swiss team- Arsenal's Phillipe Senderos, Lazio's Valon Behrami and Stuttgart's Ludovic Magnin. But Kuhn has major injury worries- veteran centreback Patrick Muller and Osasuna midfielder Xavier Margairaz are sure to miss the tournament. Johan Djourou and Philipp Degen have struggled with injuries this season,and a big question mark lies over their fitness and ability to compete at this level even if they recover fully. Johann Vogel will not figure at this year's Championship, having being dropped by Kuhn in March 2007. The reason the manager cited was a lack of unity in the Swiss team. The captain's armband has since then passed on to Alexander Frei, and the Dortmund forward will shoulder much of Switzerland's scoring burden in the tournament. Gelson Fernandes and Tranquillo Barnetta are important people in midfield. Diego Benaglio is almost certain to be Switzerland's man under the sticks.
The opening game vs the Czechs will be important, for it will greatly improve the morale of the Swiss if they win or draw. The game against Turkey won't be easy, for Fatih Terim's team will want revenge after Switzerland beat them in the playoffs for the 2006 World Cup.
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