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This drawing is in every way unpleasant

Vladimir Petkovic looks relaxed, as he draws the initial balance. The group was difficult, but interesting, he says. And: Each team will have the opportunity to get ahead.

Italy has requested the national coach for Switzerland at the upcoming European Championships as an opponent. Italy, he gets thanks to Ruud Gullit, he moves to Switzerland as the first team out of pot 2. Later, the Turkey comes in the group A. And, at the latest, since it is clear that the task will not be difficult and interesting, but also uncomfortable.

group A is called: The Switzerland swings for their games in the group of 13., 17. and 21. June between Baku and Rome, air line 3100 km away from each other. Baku is a special place in its history: Here, you are disgraced in 1996 to the debut of Rolf Fringer as a Coach and lost in the world Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan 0:1.

The Swiss national team with coach Rolf Fringer (left) in front of the departure in 1996 to the game in Baku. (Image: Fabrice Coffrini/Keystone)

Switzerland now has the most demanding itinerary of all the 24 participants. This is not a comparison to what is, for example, Denmark. The Danes, runners-up behind Switzerland in the qualification, can be three times to play in Copenhagen; that's a luxury you enjoy as one of the twelve hosts of this tournament.

That Petkovic believe in come on, is obvious. Otherwise it would be a bad Coach. At first glance, the Los for Switzerland is more challenging than 2016, the European Championships in France (Albania, Romania, France), and certainly as demanding as in the summer of last year at the world Championships in Russia (Brazil, Serbia, Costa Rica). Twice led their way in the eighth-final and ended there also. And now? One-eighth's final is already a success and anything else as a matter of course.

Against Italy have been the big moments rarely

The opponents have it. Since Italy, the group of head and for Petkovic, the "clear favorite is once upon a time" in the first place. Italy is also traditionally an enemy, against whom the Swiss have been so overwhelmed often. Your balance sheet is clearly negative. Big games such as in may 1993, get them very rarely, at the time, they won against the Azzurri in Berne 1:0 and qualified also thanks to this victory, for the first time after 28 years for a world Cup. In Rom play, is not an advantage and, above all, no pleasure, the Olympic stadium, with its path is anything other than atmospheric.

Then the Turkey: are associated With the Switzerland special emotions. Because this 16 is even. November 2005, in Istanbul, this second game in the Barrage for the world Cup, as the mood of cooked high, perhaps more than ever in a game by a Swiss selection. The reception at the airport, the whistles during the national anthem in the stadium, the chase scenes after the final whistle – it was all full of hate; the Swiss had, after all, the satisfaction of qualifying in spite of a 2:4 defeat for Germany.

The rain of Basel and the revenge of the Turks

Well two and a half years later, the two clashed again, this time on home soil in Switzerland in the summer of 2008. In Basel, it poured down with rain, and in the 93. Minute Arda Turan shot of the Turks, the 2:1-victory and sealed the From the Swiss after just two Games.

Today, the Turks have a young but talented team, a team, also, the appearance for Petkovic "with a lot of character and passion". In the past qualifications, they provoked in the Games against Albania and France, with the military greeting, it was had sent her an act of solidarity for the soldiers of their homeland, the President Erdogan in the war against the Kurds. The Uefa is investigating her case, the threat of sanctions.

survey

Switzerland Survive the group stage at the European championship in 2020?

Yes, the Switzerland will prevail in spite of unpleasant opponents.
no, Italy, Turkey and Wales are too strong.
Maybe. Switzerland loses against Turkey will come next.

Yes, the Switzerland will prevail in spite of unpleasant opponents.

32.9%

no, Italy, Turkey and Wales are too strong.

33.5%

Maybe. Switzerland loses against Turkey will come next.

33.5%

656 votes

Yes, the Switzerland will prevail in spite of unpleasant opponents.

32.9%

no, Italy, Turkey and Wales are too strong.

33.5%

Maybe. Switzerland loses against Turkey will come next.

33.5%

656 votes


Finally, Wales. On the coat of arms of the red dragon fear seems leave an impressive feeling instantly, on the Bank of the largest footballer the Welsh history, Ryan Giggs sits, and on the court's Gareth Bale is currently the exception players. The Welshman landed their Coup in France, as they had, of which the Swiss been dreaming of for years: they stormed into the semi-final.

this Time you are the opponent, the Swiss to kick off on 13. June in Baku do not have to defeat to get to the same side. A victory would be the perfect base. He would be some help to work as one of the four best third in the eighth-finals.

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Created: 01.12.2019, 11:49 PM

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