Switzerland Coach Delighted with Qualification to World Cup

Switzerland national team coach Vladimir Petkovic has confirmed that he is extremely delighted that his team has been able to seal qualification to the World Cup 2018 after managing a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on aggregate. After having done well so far in the qualification campaign, Switzerland suffered a hiccup with a 2-0 loss against Portugal. This group match defeat meant that the national team had to settle for a second place of the table and had to go through a qualification in order to reach the World Cup 2018.

This is because of the two teams finishing the same number of points in the table. Over the course of the qualification campaign, Portugal had also done extremely well and picked up 27 points. However, the extra goal difference for Fernando Santos’ team was responsible for the victory. Switzerland had a lot of worry as they went into the play-off match against Northern Ireland, who are one of the stronger teams in the knockout stages of the competition. After a 1-0 win in the first leg, Switzerland were able to get a goalless draw in the return leg at home. Ultimately, the penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez in the first leg proved to be the decisive goal in the game. As a result, Switzerland will be making their way to Russia 2018 in order to play at the World Cup.

Thierry Henry disappointed by Granit Xhaka

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Thierry Henry has slammed Granit Xhaka for failing to react quicker prior to Wayne Rooney's opening goal last weekend. The Switzerland international was fouled by Idrissa Gueye just outside the box, and he was busy protesting on the ground when Rooney capitalised to score the first goal of the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Henry insisted that Xhaka should be aware of what is around him as a player of Wayne Rooney's caliber cannot be given much space in and around the box, he said: "You have to be aware of what’s happening Xhaka, yeah maybe it might be a foul. The danger is Wayne Rooney. When Xhaka loses the ball he needs to go now, but it’s too late. If you let Wayne Rooney take the ball, one touch, two touch, look up then you go one nil down."

Xherdan Shaqiri provides advice to ex-club Basel ahead of Manchester United game

Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has provided valuable advice to his former club Basel ahead of their Champions League outing at Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Swiss international played the full 90 minutes of the Potters' 2-2 draw against Manchester United last weekend.

In an interview covered by Blick, Shaqiri admitted that Basel face a tough task on their hands at Old Trafford, where United are mostly dominant with their football. He added that the Swiss champions must focus beyond the defensive aspects if they are to take a positive result away from the Mancunian giants.

Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal are still in the Premier League title race

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka believes his side are still in the title race after going on a seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

The Swiss international has been ever-present in the club's Premier League campaign, and recent results for the Gunners have propelled them to fifth in the standings.

Following the Gunners' Premier League triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion, Xhaka was happy with how things progress over the month, he said: "We are into our stride, and we have the top of the table back in our sights. I am happy with things. I am a regular for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and I want to progress still further. Getting straight back into the Champions League next season will be very important for us."

Granit Xhaka admits he can't go out in London after Liverpool humiliation

Granit Xhaka may have been voted as Switzerland's Player of the Year but he admits that he cannot go out in London in a flamboyant mood following Arsenal's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

Xhaka was handed the accolade at a Swiss Football Association ceremony on Monday night, less than 24 hours after he was criticised for his listless display at Anfield.

Speaking about the award, he said: "I am very proud [of the award]. I had to work hard for it, but I would have never achieved it without the lads and the [national team] staff. I am still young, I am still fresh and I want more. I want to work even harder than before and then we'll see what the future holds in store for me."

Former Arsenal defender linked with England return

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly planning to boost their promotion hopes ahead of next season with a move for former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou.

The Switzerland international is a free agent following his release from German club Hamburg, and it is claimed that he is in constant contact with the Championship club, although manager Carlos Carvalhal has remained coy on the speculation.

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Switzerland Jump to Fifth in the FIFA Rankings

Vladimir Petkovic has claimed that he is extremely happy with the rise in Switzerland’s rankings on the international stage.

After his appointment, Switzerland have been steadily climbing up the FIFA rankings and they are now placed fifth in the world. It is the highest ever ranking achieved by Switzerland, and most of the credit has been going to the manager.


Switzerland's European neighbours are already starting to back themselves for the World Cup next year. With the Swiss still a long way from qualifying, both France and Poland have claimed their in with a shout.

Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry believes that the French national team will be ready for the next world cup in Russia. He said that this is a strong squad and that they just need time to play together.

Eldin Jakupovic on cusp of Leicester City move

Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is on the verge of sealing a move to Leicester City after he was allowed to travel to Hong Kong to complete the necessary formalities.

The one-time Switzerland international featured in 22 games for the Tigers last season, but he was unable to prevent their drop to the Championship after they finished 18th in the league standings.

The 32-year-old is expected to undergo a series of medical tests in the Far East before officially becoming a Foxes player later this month. Leicester are due to take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League Asia Trophy in midweek, but it is highly unlikely that he will take part in the pre-season friendly.


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