HITZFELD WISHES GOMEZ WAS SWISS

The Switzerland national team manager and the former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that the Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is one of the best in the world.

The 27-year-old striker suffered heart breaks with both the club and the national team last season. While Bayern Munich finishers were runners up in three major competitions, the national team Germany was also defeated in the semi-final stage of the Euro 2012. Germany was expected to win the tournament comfortably, but suffered an uncharacteristic defeat at the hands of Italy in the semifinals.

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RAKITIC CHOOSES CROATIA

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has had that he faced the most difficult decision of his life when he chose Croatia as his national team over Switzerland.

Rakitic has revealed that he took a long time to make the decision. The midfielder recently completed his switch to Sevilla from German club Schalke, citing the fact that Schalke no longr compete for the league as the main reason - the latest Bundesliga betting doesn't suggest they wll improve this season.

The Sevilla midfielder was born and brought up in Switzerland, but decided to play for Croatia on account of his parents nationality. Even though he does not regret the decision, he has said that it was the toughest he has taken in his life.

BASEL KEEP GOING

Despite having an unassailable 16 point lead at the top of the table, Swiss club FC Basel have said that they will not be celebrating the title until they are extremely sure that Luzern will not be able to win the title.

FC Luzern are currently engaged in a battle with the Swiss football Federation surrounding the Sion club.

It is a long-running saga that almost resulted in an international ban for the Swiss national football team. FC Basel had a 3-0 win over Sion during the weekend. This effectively sealed the title because only five matches remain in the season for the second placed a club Luzern, who currently trail FC Basel by 16 points.

SWISS FOOTBALL RAISES ITS GAME

Swiss football has a glorious chance to become one of the top leagues in Europe after newcomers to the Champions League FC Basel managed to edge out German giants Bayern Munich in the latest Champions League encounter between both teams.

Bayern Munich were drawn against FC Basel in the last 16 of the Champions League. It was a tie Bayern Munich were expected to sail through, but it has proven not to be the case after FC Basel have started the German club by beating them 1-0 in the first leg.

Bayern Munich have been disastrous away from home and FC Basel took total advantage of it by securing a lead going into the second leg.

SHAQUIRI OFF TO BAYERN

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Swiss player Xherdan Shaqiri. He has been linked with German giants Bayern Munich for quite some time now.

Finally, the German club have announced that they have signed the player on a four-year deal in the final few hours of the January transfer window. FC Basel 1893 will now sell the player when the transfer window reopens in the summer. Until then, he will be spending time with his current club FC Basel 1893. This is one of the major moves for a Swiss player in recent times.

FIFA HAPPY WITH 36 POINT BAN

FIFA have drawn a line under the Sion / UEFA / Europe League controversy, and are allowing Switzerland to continue to compete in international competition.

There had been speculation that FIFA would ban the Swiss FA from the World Cup and European Championships because they had failed to deal with the on-going controversy at Sion, one of the top clubs in the Swiss League, but this has now been resolved.

Sion managed to finish in third last season, and would be on course for another good finish this year were it not for the massive 36 point penalty placed on them by the Swiss FA, which leaves them way off the pace at the bottom of the league, with games running out.

SWISS WARNED BY FIFA

The Swiss football Association has already been warned about the severe consequences they could face from FIFA after failing to recognise and penalise FC Sion, who fielded ineligible players in many matches this season.

As a result, the Swiss football Association has moved in to hand a 36-point penalty. The Swiss football Association took the decision to penalise the club for every ineligible player used in the league and European matches this season. This decision comes in the wake of the warning from FIFA that Swiss football could totally eliminated from the world football calendar should they not punish the club.

PUMA SEAL SWISS DEAL

The Swiss Football Association has announced that it has extended its current deal with sportswear giant Puma. The long-term contract extension sits well with the Football Association and its plans to make the Swiss game even more attractive. The Sportlifestyle brand will also be the main technical partner for the SFV.

Puma will also be the licensed partner for their various associations up until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Brazil, and also the 2016 European championships. Ahead of the announcement, Puma also launched their latest kit for the Swiss national team.

SWISS READY FOR NETHERLANDS

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld insists that Switzerland are ready for the challenge of the Netherlands, and that even without a number of key players the Swiss can more than match their neighbours.

SWISS DEPART DENMARK

The Switzerland U21 can leave with their heads held high after an impressive showing in the European championships. Ander Herrera put the Spanish side in the lead in the 41st minute in the match.

Didac Vila placed a cross onto the head of a charging Herrara who slipped between the two Swiss centre backs at the near post and pushed the ball past Swiss keeper Yann Sommer.

In the second half, the young Spaniards took near total control of the match, playing tic-tac-toe with the ball, rarely allowing the Swiss to mount a
counterattack.

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