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The Swiss squad remained unbeaten in the qualifying matches but had to settle for a second position in the Group. Though considerably young, the team gave a tough competition to France, which is the strongest team in the Group.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 15:06 IST

 FIFA world ranking   35
 Coach Jakob 'Kobi' Kuhn
 Group G France, Switzerland, Korea Republic, Togo
 Previous appearances 7 times

After 1994, the Swiss squad has not made it to the World cup finals and that too was after a long hiatus post their 1966 appearance. But, a new and ambitious team prepares to show a good performance in Germany this year.

Switzerland remained unbeaten in the qualifying matches but had to settle for a second position, after managing to slide Israel one place lower. They were saved of a play-off against Turkey, going through by the virtue of the way-goal rule.

They also showed a challenge to France, a strong team in the group. This gives a message that though considerably a younger squad, Switzerland is ready to give tough competition to the rest of the teams.


Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio, Pascal Zuberbhler, Fabio Coltorti

Defenders: Valon Behrami, Philipp Degen, Johan Djourou, Stiphane Grichting, Ludovic Magnin, Patrick Miller, Philippe Senderos, Christop Spycher

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta, Ricardo Cabanas, David Degen, Blerim Dzemaili, Daniel Gygax, Xavier Margairaz, Johann Vogel, Raphakl Wicky

Forwards: Alexander Frei, Mauro Lustrinelli, Marco Streller, Johan Vonlanthen.