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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Switzerland Men's National Soccer Team News


September 5, 2015 - Josip Drmic scores winner over Slovenia
"Switzerland 3-2 Slovenia. Switzerland turned defeat into victory in the closing minutes in Basel, substitute Josip Drmic putting the finishing touch to a remarkable success which strengthened his side's hold on second place in UEFA EURO 2016 Group E.... Amazingly, there was more drama to come. With Slovenia off balance in the dying seconds, Fabian Schär tried his luck, his low shot fended away by a defender but only as far as Drmic, who finished from close range." - UEFA

June 14, 2015 - Josip Drmic & Xherdan Shaqiri score in win over Lithuania
"Switzerland moved up to second in Group E as they claimed a 2-1 comeback victory over Lithuania at Zalgiris Stadium. Fedor Cernych handed the home team a shock lead against the run of play midway through the second half, but Josip Drmic scored an equaliser five minutes later before Xherdan Shaqiri fired home a late winner to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches." - Guardian

June 10, 2015 - Blerim Dzemaili scores brace in 3-0 win over Liechtenstein
"Switzerland made it six games without defeat after easing past Liechtenstein in Thun, thanks to impressive performances from Blerim Dzemaili and Xherdan Shaqiri. The world No 11 ranked side dominated proceedings throughout but scored just once in the first half, as the Shaqiri played in Dzemaili to fire home after 27 minutes....  It took a moment of magic from Shaqiri to light up the Stockhorn Arena, as he cut in from the left and fired a 30-yard effort straight into the top corner - giving the goalkeeper no chance.  The Inter Milan star continued to cause Liechtenstein problems and forced Cengiz Bicer into a smart save. Dzemaili, however, was not one to be bettered as he arrowed in a stunning free-kick to score his second of the game." - Daily Mail

March 31, 2015 - Valentin Stocker scores equalizer in draw with USA
"Jozy Altidore was ejected in the 68th minute for a foul and mouthing off at the referee, and the United States gave up another late goal in a 1-1 tie against Switzerland on Tuesday night. Brek Shea scored in the 45th minute, the first free-kick goal for the Americans since Altidore in August 2013. The game turned when Altidore fouled Francois Moubandje from behind, then said something to Italian referee Luca Banti and was shown a red card. Switzerland tied it in the 80th following a short corner kick. Granit Xhaka crossed into the penalty area, and defenders Timmy Chandler and Alfredo Morales both tried to head the ball away. It  bounced off them and to the turf, and substitute Valentin Stocker scored from 2 yards against goalkeeper William Yarbrough, who came in at the start of the second half for his national team debut." - Yahoo

March 27, 2015 - Schär, Xhaka & Seferovic score in 3-0 win over Estonia
"Switzerland defeated Estonia to register their third successive Group E triumph and remain on course for UEFA EURO 2016.... A quickly taken corner sent over by Xherdan Shaqiri found the head of Fabian Schär, who glanced the ball into the far corner to open the scoring just 17 minutes in. Granit Xhaka then drilled in a second from outside the box ten minutes later, and Shaqiri almost added a third inside half-an-hour, robbing the Estonia defence only to bend his shot wide of the far post.... Seferovic did find the net shortly afterwards, but the offside flag cut short the celebrations, which were dampened still further by the injury-enforced exit of Stephan Lichtsteiner." - UEFA

November 15, 2014 - Xherdan Shaqiri scores brace in win over Lithuania
"Four second-half goals saw Switzerland beat Lithuania 4-0 to record their second successive victory in Euro 2016 qualifying. An own goal got the hosts going in Basel before Fabian Schar and an Xherdan Shaqiri double eventually made it a comfortable evening for Vladimir Petkovic's side. It was the visitors to who dominated possession and had the clearest chances of a dull first half. Deividas Matulevicius broke into the box only to fire a powerful left-footed shot wide on four minutes, and they came closer still when Tadas Kijanskas rose highest in the box and headed narrowly over." - Sports Mole

October 14, 2014 - Haris Seferovic scores brace in win over San Marino
"Haris Seferovic belatedly got Switzerland's European Championship qualifying campaign up and running as he paved the way for a comfortable 4-0 win in San Marino.... The Eintracht Frankfurt striker pounced to open the scoring in the 10th minute when he headed home a cross from Pajtim Kasami. After Kasami hit the bar in search of a second for Switzerland, Seferovic converted in the 24th minute by firing past home keeper Aldo Simoncini. Six minutes later Blerim Dzemaili headed home from a corner to put the Swiss three up and only some fine saves from Simoncini, who denied Seferovic a hat-trick, kept the scoreline down at half-time.
The visitors continued to dominate after the break but more heroics from Simoncini frustrated Switzerland's hopes of raising their feelgood factor with a glut of goals. Simoncini saved from Kasami and Silvan Widmer before he was finally beaten by Xerdan Shaqiri in the 79th minute." - Sky Sports

October 3, 2014 - roster updates
"Switzerland called up defender Francois Moubandje and forward Michael Frey for the first time Friday for 2016 European Championship qualifying matches against Slovenia and San Marino. Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic also recalled winger Tranquillo Barnetta after a 2-0 home loss against England in the Group E opener. Petkovic left out defender Loris Benito, midfielder Fabian Frei and winger Valentin Stocker from his previous 23-player squad.... Moubandje and Frey both left Switzerland in the past year to play in the French league, for Toulouse and Lille, respectively. Moubandje opted to represent the Swiss but he was also eligible to play for Cameroon." - Idaho Statesman
ead more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/03/3407979/switzerland-calls-up-moubandje.html?#storylink=cpy

June 25, 2014 - Xherdan Shaqiri scores hat-trick in win over Honduras
"Xherdan Shaqiri scored all three goals Wednesday to put Switzerland into the second round of the World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Honduras. The Swiss will next face Lionel Messi and Argentina on Tuesday in Sao Paulo. Shaqiri scored his first goal in the sixth minute, dribbling into a crowd of defenders and curling a shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar. In the 31st, he collected a pass from Josip Drmic after a defensive error and easily beat Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares. Shaqiri completed his hat trick in the 71st. Drmic did well to beat Honduras defender Victor Bernardez on the left and pass to a charging Shaqiri, who one-timed his shot past a diving Valladares." - Pasadena Star News

June 21, 2014 - injured Steve von Bergen will miss remainder of World Cup
"Steve von Bergen will miss the rest of the World Cup after fracturing his left eye socket in their 5-2 defeat to France, the Swiss FA confirmed Saturday. The 31-year-old centre-back was accidentally kicked in the head by France striker Olivier Giroud after only seven minutes of their Group E clash in Salvador on Friday and had to be helped off with a deep cut over his left eye....Von Bergen is a loss for the Swiss whose final group game is against pointless Honduras next Wednesday in Manaus although even defeat could see them progress if the French inflict a heavy defeat on the Ecuadoreans." - Yahoo

June 15, 2014 - Haris Seferovic last second goal gives Swiss a 2-1 win over Ecuador
"What. A. Finish. No more than 18 seconds after Valon Behrami produced a brilliant tackle to prevent Michael Arroyo from scoring a last gasp winner for Ecuador, Haris Seferovic was slotting home a winner for Switzerland with virtually the last kick of the game.... Enner Valencia, who was inexplicably left unmarked, planted a firm header past Diego Benaglio from Walter Ayovi's brilliant free-kick to put Ecuador ahead and score in his fifth consecutive international match.... two minutes after the break, Switzerland were rewarded for their dogged response as they pulled themselves level. Admir Mehmedi, on at half-time in place of the ineffective Valentin Stocker, was the hero as he headed home Rodriguez's corner in a goal not too dissimilar to Ecuador's opener." - Daily Mail

June 3, 2014 - Shaqiri & Lichtsteiner score in win over Peru
"Star forward Xherdan Shaqiri scored a rare right-footed goal to help Switzerland beat Peru 2-0 in its final World Cup warm-up match. The Bayern Munich winger struck in the 84th minute, finishing smartly after taking a long through pass in his stride. Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner headed the opening goal in the 78th from left-back Ricardo Rodriguez's cross." - Journal Times

May 30, 2014 - Josip Drmic scores in win over Jamaica
"Josip Drmic's emergence as Switzerland's best source of World Cup goals continued Friday, striking late in a 1-0 warmup win over Jamaica. The Bayer Leverkusen forward's assured finish with the outside of his right foot in the 84th minute marked his third goal in two international friendlies this year. Drmic, a halftime substitute, earlier shot over a gaping goal from three meters (yards). He also forced Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake into a diving save from a rising shot." - Prince George Citizen

May 19, 2014 - World Cup Roster Named
Goalkeepers:
  • Diego Benaglio, Wolfsburg
  • Roman Buerki, Grasshoppers
  • Yann Sommer, Basel
Defenders:
  • Johan Djourou, Hamburg
  • Michael Lang, Grasshoppers
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner, Juventus
  • Ricardo Rodriguez, Wolfsburg
  • Fabian Schaer, Basel
  • Philippe Senderos, Valencia
  • Steve von Bergen, Young Boys
  • Reto Ziegler, Sassuolo
Midfielders:
  • Tranquillo Barnetta, Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Valon Behrami, Napoli
  • Blerim Dzemaili, Napoli
  • Gelson Fernandes, Freiburg
  • Gokhan Inler, Napoli
  • Xherdan Shaqiri, Bayern Munich
  • Valentin Stocker, Basel
Forwards:
  • Josip Drmic, Nurnberg
  • Mario Gavranovic, Zurich
  • Admir Mehmedi, Freiburg
  • Haris Seferovic, Real Sociedad
  • Granit Xhaka, Borussia Moenchengladbach

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