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Ottmar Hitzfeld as well as being the coach of Switzerland, the German manager also has experience being in charge of high profile clubs such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The 65 years old tactician has suggested Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich on not to leave the club despite not being a consistent starter for the German club which has already been crowned as the champions of the Bundesliga.

"I am always a fan of players staying firm to ongoing deals and bite through tough times. Xherdan Shaqiri is playing for the best club in the world and has the quality to be a first-team regular. The only thing he needs is to be patient." Hitzfeld told reporters during a press conference.

BAYERN READY TO WIN

Bayern Munich prepared to take on Arsenal in the last 16 stage of the Champions league just as they did in en route to the cup win last season.

The bad news for Arsenal comes in the form of Bayern Munich's manager Guardiola, who has transformed the club since taking over in the summer. He has made an already strong Bayern Munich team into one of the feared opposition in the world. The first leg will take place at the Emirates, while it will be followed by the match at the Allianz arena a few weeks later.

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TIMINGS NOT GREAT

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has expressed his displeasure at the timing and location of the World Cup matches for his team. Switzerland have qualified for the World Cup 2014 and they have been grouped along with France, Ecuador, and Honduras.

On paper, this looks like a group that Switzerland can realistically hope to qualify from since they have one of the experienced managers in the world. Hitzfeld has a lot of experience in the game after having been the manager of top clubs like Bayern Munich.

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SWITEZRLAND LOSE TO KOREA

The nation that managed to conclude the group stages of 2014 World Cup without suffering from a single loss as they defeated Iceland, Slovenia, Norway, Albania and Cyprus picking up at least 1 point in each of those matches was Switzerland.

Looking to be like this year’s ‘dark horses’ and underdogs the Swiss have made an impressive statement so far. Managing to step it into the pot where some of the highest ranked nations are currently allocated, expectations are slowly building up for Switzerland.

They did suffer however from a huge blow when losing 2-1 against South Korea in a friendly match on November 15th.

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SWITZERLAND vs NORWAY

Switzerland and Norway take on each other in what promises to be a crunch match in the World Cup qualifying. Both teams are separated only by three points in group E, with Norway having the opportunity to overtake their opponents with victory.

Switzerland, though, will be hoping to use the home advantage to at least get a draw from the match, which would be a great result for the team given that it would almost ensure them qualification. There are only a few matches left in the World Cup qualifying campaign for both teams.

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Betting on the Bundesliga

The Bundesliga is the leading German football league and it is generally considered to be the third most important league in Europe. It consists of by 18 teams and it maintains a promotion and relegation system with Second Bundesliga. The league trophy is the DFL-Supercup and all teams compete for the DFB-Pokal.

For many years the most successful team has been FC Bayern Munich, though other prominent champion teams have included Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart, Mönchengladbach, Borussia, Borussia Dortmund, and Werder Bremen. The current champions are FC Bayern Munich, though the champions in the previous two seasons were Borussia Dortmund.

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MEHMEDI MAKES MOVE

Swiss International Admir Mehmedi has made the move from Dynamo Kiev to Bundesliga side Freiburg on a season long loan deal. The Bundesliga club have the option of converting the loan deal into a permanent one should he impress during his time in German football.

The 22-year-old has been one of the promising young players to come from Switzerland in recent years. He started his career with Swiss club FC Zürich back in 2008. He came through the ranks at the club and stayed there for two years before moving to Dynamo Kiev in 2012.

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HITZFELD TOUTS BAYERN

Former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, who is currently in charge of the Switzerland national team, has said that his former club will win the Champions League final at Wembley this season. Bayern have made it into the third Champions League final in four seasons, but they are yet to win a major European trophy since 2001. They are also the last German team to have won a European trophy.

They will be facing archrivals Borussia Dortmund in the final of the competition after managing to overcome Barcelona. Dortmund, meanwhile, managed to overcome the stiff opposition from Real Madrid to reach their first Champions League final after a long time.

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HITZFELD HITS OUT

Former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that winger Arjen Robben should leave the German club Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Due to the emergence of Thomas Müller, Robben has been unable to get regular first-team football at Bayern Munich this season. He has been one of the best performers for the club over the last three years since arriving at £ 24 million deal from Real Madrid. At 28 years of age, Robben has said that he is not happy with life on the bench. Hitzfeld has said that he does not think that the Dutch winger's situation will not improve next season.

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GREEKS IMPRESS

The Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos was one of the best players on the pitch after he helped his national team to get a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the latest round of international fixtures.

The 24-year-old defender produced a stunning performance to keep out several attacks from the Swiss. After the match, the Greece manager pointed out to the qualities like tight marking, fierce tackling, and great positional sense that were evident throughout the match. These helped Greece get a draw against Switzerland.

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