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.

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.

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.

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.

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