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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HITZFIELD CRITICISES MOURINHO

Switzerland's coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that Jose Mourinho is not fit for the Real Madrid role. Switzerland's coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, has lashed out at Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho insisting that the ‘special one’ is an arrogant character and does not fit in Madrid’s coaching role. He called him a ‘boor’ and accused him of using negative tactics in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

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HITZFELD TO STAY ON

Ottmar Hitzfeld will be continuing as the Switzerland national football team coach till 2014 after signing a new contract. Hitzfeld, one of Germany's most successful club coaches with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, took the Swiss national side to the World Cup finals in South Africa last year after taking up the job in July 2008.

The 62 year-old's contract was due to expire in mid-2012, but he will now stay on for the 2014 World Cup if Switzerland qualify.

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GRASSHOPPER OUT OF FOOTBALL CAPITAL

Switzerland’s Grasshopper-Club could be wound down after a falling-out from the city authorities.

Hoppers were founded on September 1, 1886, and have been Swiss champions 27 times and cup-winners on 18 occasions. Now they are considering a provisional move to ground-share at Aarau.

Club president Urs Linsi said: “Better for the club to live in Aarau than die in Zurich. We have no alternative but to move out.”

YAKIN SHINES IN SWISS LEAGUE

Switzerland international Hakan Yakin was one of the very few players who have shined in the Swiss league so far. Disaster was just about averted in the spring as, under Rolf Fringer, they battled their way into a relegation/promotion play-off, beating FC Lugano 5-1 over two legs to cling onto their top-flight place. That summer, the 1988/89 Swiss champions pulled off a major coup in persuading playmaker Hakan Yakin to move to central Switzerland and since then, the only way has been up.

BERNER TO EXIT LEICESTER

Reluctant Bruno Berner says that he is expecting to exit Leicester City soon. The Switzerland international, 33, has lost his place to on-loan Manchester City full-back Greg Cunningham.

Berner told BBC Radio Leicester: "I am still desperate to play. It looks like in January I am looking for a move.

"I am ambitious and too proud to sit on the bench, sit on a contract, take the money and be happy. I cannot do that."

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SWITZERLAND TO INSPECT VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS

Switzerland are set to inspect various football organisations like FIFA, UEFA console and so on. The country has decided to hold an investigation amid recent bribery scandals, the Swiss Federal Council said adding that it is looking for the eradication of corruption and bribery on all levels.

After the inspection, the country's Federal Sports Service will prepare a report revealing the measures the sports organizations are taking to prevent and remove possible violations.

FREI RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Switzerland star Alexander Frei has retired from international football with immediate effect. The Basel striker stated that Switzerland's Euro 2012 qualifier away against England on June 4, 2011 will be his last match for the Schweizer Nati.

"I considered many positive wishes, requests and tips from everyone who encouraged me to continue with the national team," the 31-year-old forward was quoted as saying by reporters.

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SWISS OCCUPY 21ST PLACE

Switzerland have slipped four places in the latest FIFA rankings. The ranking is led by the same world and European champions Spain. The Iberians are in Holland and Germany. A big leap forward made Montenegro.

The Swiss opponent on 8 October in the European Championship qualifiers improved from rank 73 to the 40th Place. The other group opponents England, Bulgaria and Wales are ranked at positions 6, 54 and 84.

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