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Switzerland qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on November 16th, 2005.

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Switzerland in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Switzerland's 8th appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Switzerland's Best World Cup Performance

Quarter-finals (Italy 1934, France 1938 and Switzerland 1954).

Switzerland World Cup Preparations

Switzerland, co-hosts with Austria for Euro 2008, celebrated something of a World Cup coup at home.

Brazil (Weggis), Germany (Geneva), Holland (Lausanne), Poland (Bad Ragaz), Ukraine (Abtwil), Iran (Spiez) and Tunisia (Chaumont) all set up training pre-World Cup camps in Switzerland.

Italy, Spain, Croatia and Côte d'Ivoire will also be flying in for friendly matches, while the Swiss players will be doing their own pre-World Cup Finals training in Freienbach, SZ (from 23rd May to 7th June).

Switzerland Team Hotel

Kurhotel Fürstenhof in Bad Bertrich - Switzerland Team Hotel for the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Kurhotel Fürstenhof:
Kurfürstenstraße 36, Bad Bertrich.
The Häcker family's hotel lies in a nice part of the Mossel region, just 30km from Hahn Airport. The decision for Switzerland to stay here was probably helped by the Mayor of Bad Bertrich, Günter Eichberg; who as a former President of Schalke 04 personally knew Swiss trainer, Köbi Kuhn.

Switzerland will train at the newly built Ußbachtal-Stadion.

Bad Bertrich:
Bad Bertrich has been graced through the ages by a wealth of patrons, supporters and sponsors such as the prince of the spa regions, Clemens Wenzeslaus of Trier, whose splendid, princely palace and picturesque spa gardens dating from the 18th century still today make up the heart of the health resort.

Switzerland Friendly Matches

Beat Scotland (3:1), Wednesday 1st March. (Glasgow)
Tranquillo Barnetta (21), Daniel Gygax (41) and Ricardo Cabanas (69).

Drew with Côte d'Ivoire (1:1), Saturday 27th May. (Basle)
Tranquillo Barnetta (32).

Drew with Italy (1:1), Wednesday 31st May. (Geneva)
Daniel Gygax (32).

Beat China (4:1), Saturday 3rd June. (Hardturm, Zurich)
Alex Frei (40 and 49pen), Marco Streller (47 and 73).

Switzerland in the 2006 World Cup

Schweizerischer Fussball-Verband
Group G

France vs Switzerland in Stuttgart:
It might have been another hot day in Stuttgart but we've seen it all before with these two teams; another tight match ending in a draw.

Togo vs Switzerland in Dortmund:
Switzerland left it late to get the second goal, against Togo, but as long as they don't lose to South Korea, it's enough to get them into the Second Round.

Switzerland vs South Korea in Hannover:
Switzerland coasted past South Korea to finish top of the group.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Switzerland vs Ukraine in Köln:
A hopeless presentation of World Cup football with no ambition to win, from either side. No quality, no flair, no imagination; Switzerland just too neutral. About as exciting as watching milk turn to cheese.

Switzerland World Cup Squad 2006

Switzerland Football Kit


1 Pascal Zuberbuehler (FC Basle)
12 Diego Benaglio (CD Nacional, Portugal)
21 Fabio Coltorti (Grasshoppers Zurich)


2 Johan Djourou (Arsenal, England)
3 Ludovic Magnin (VfB Stuttgart, Germany)
4 Philippe Senderos (Arsenal, England)
13 Stephane Grichting (Auxerre, France)
17 Christoph Spycher (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany)
19 Valon Behrami (Lazio, Italy)
20 Patrick Müller (Olympique Lyon, France)
23 Philipp Degen (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)


5 Xavier Margairaz (FC Zurich)
6 Johann Vogel (AC Milan, Italy)
7 Ricardo Cabanas (Cologne, Germany)
8 Raphael Wicky (Hamburg SV, Germany)
10 Daniel Gygax (Lille, France)
14 David Degen (FC Basle)
15 Blerim Dzemaili (FC Zurich)
16 Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
22 Hakan Yakin (Young Boys)


9 Alex Frei (Rennes, France)
11 Marco Streller (FC Köln, Germany)
18 Mauro Lustrinelli (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

Köbi Kuhn.

Players to watch:
9 Alex Frei (Rennes, France)
18 Mauro Lustrinelli (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic)

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