The last step was mandatory. The last step is like a game of the national team against the first division club Höngg in Zurich from the district, which is about as big and as many inhabitants as the whole of Gibraltar. With a 6:1 on Monday evening at number 196 in the world, the Swiss comply with the formality and secure as group winners, the participation in the European Championships next summer. (read here all in the game)
According to the formality of the celebrations were matter-of-factly. This has nothing to do with the framework that is very provincial – for Switzerland, not so provincial, that makes the embarrassment to the showers after the Match dear in the Hotel instead of in the stadium. Rather, it has to do with this qualification since the 2. December, the day of the group draw, could not be expected. But I had to.
There were times, there were with the skills of the national teams right celebration associated hours. In 1993, in the hard tower: The beautiful old stadium, and there are no longer cooked to the secured participation for the world Cup in the USA. Or 2003, in the St.-Jakob-Park: Coach, Köbi Kuhn, was carried by his players on the shoulders about the place, because a day before his 60th birthday. Birthday for the European Championships in Portugal had qualified. 31'000 in the stands chanted his name, at least it sounded to so many.
no other Team is as constant as the Switzerland
Now everything is gone since quite some time for the Routine. The Swiss are to become successful, while a excretion of large feelings to trigger. Next year you will be participating for the eighth Time since 2004 in a tournament, only once you have missed at this time, at the EM 2012. This is a performance that many other Nations do not have: Even in Belgium, the current world No. 1, has been missing four times, or Austria, one of our favorite neighbors, the same six times.
But with this team, the question is connected: it Is made for these particular feelings? You have the players for it? Especially: she Has the right Trainer?
Petkovic may not be on the training ground is strong, he is it.
Vladimir Petkovic means this Trainer. Even Valon Behrami praised him for his work on the court, which should, therefore, something hot, because Behrami has declared in the summer of last year because of Petkovic's immediate resignation from the national team. The results are so far below the 56-Year-old, he led Switzerland to the last two tournaments in the quarter-finals. This was enough in the preliminary round, a victory in the European championship in 2016 against Albania and two years later at the world Cup against Serbia. There were, however, victories for which it is not needed Petkovic as a Motivator, the Motivation of the many Balkan-born players in the team alone from the name of the opponent.
Petkovic may not be on the training ground is strong, he is it. And that is his Problem, because he forgets that a national coach is more than just a Coach, he is also a mediator between the team and the Public. In struben times, before the last of EM and after the last world Cup, he tried to like to paint the picture of the Commonality, such as team and media were sitting in the same boat. He brought to his understanding of the role of the media. To stay in the picture: The journalists were allowed to a maximum of rowing, while the players decide to go on the sun deck well.
A sensitive vulnerability
There is a Problem these days that players will be foreclosed. That Petkovic wants. Pierluigi Tami as the new Director of the national teams after his first four months in office has not identified this as a building site, a revolutionary insight that is.
communication is still a sensitive weak spot around the team. The Association is not better, only because Peter Gilliéron, President, and Alex Miescher is no longer Secretary-General. Dominique Blanc and Robert are Wider than their successors are at best managers. And Petkovic is no different than it was in the summer of 2018, as he revealed during and after the world Cup from Russia in the outside representation rough weaknesses. At the time, he was in heated days, difficult to maintain, even by the then President Gilliéron, one of its most fiery advocates.
the Association Wants to make with him over the coming summer and beyond? There are doubts as to whether you should go with Petkovic in a seventh year.
this autumn, Petkovic has contributed a lot to the trials and tribulations around the Absence of Xherdan Shaqiri. If he is willing to change his appearance, the Suspicious in his way of Thinking and to open to the outside, will be for a question: Want to make the Association with him over the coming summer and beyond? To the competent authority and there is doubt as to whether you should go with Petkovic in a seventh year.
It may also be that the Coach wants to make more. Then he but of his own accord a Job, in which he has furnished comfortably. 1 Million Swiss francs per year, he has guaranteed by the Association, and 500'000 Swiss francs, he did not reach now receives as a bonus for the next EM – 500'000 Swiss francs for eight games in a group, it is almost a work of art would have been a piece of at least the second place. The well is 120'000 Swiss francs from the Association of the sponsor, Credit Suisse are a Boon.
pure football, the way to the next finals despite the favourable draw, was bumpy – at least at a distance equal to a sovereign, as Granit Xhaka says that in those days. The Light-weight and light footed, has often been lacking. Twice a good first hour against Denmark and the combative attitude, and the home win against Ireland will not be sufficient to change that impression a bit.
The squad is not so wide as Petkovic says. The quality suffers in the long term against serious Teams, if the half of the tribe is injured. The 6:0 against Iceland and the 5:2 against Belgium in the Nations Cup are already a year old. A 6:1 in Gibraltar no grade knife.
From the quarter-final of a tournament, the Swiss dream, and you've been doing for a long time. You believe that you have the quality for it. The self-confidence they bring. The next step, you need to but also. Without him, they will find it difficult to acquire permanently the deep Affection of the Public.
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Created: 18.11.2019, 23:23 PM