Switzerland World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

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Switzerland finished ahead of Italy to top their World Cup qualifying group, and recent Nations League victories over Spain and Portugal mean they go into the tournament full of confidence.

Unbeaten in the group stage in 2018, when they also drew with Brazil and Serbia, but have lost in the round of 16 in three of the last four World Cups.

Here is everything you need to know about Switzerland…

Coach: Murat Yakin. Named after Euro 2020, the former Switzerland defender beat Chelsea twice as Basel manager in 2013.

Captain: Xhaka Granite. The Arsenal midfielder faces his fifth major tournament in the form of his life.

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Star player: Manuel Akanji. The defender has surprised many with excellent performances from him since he joined Manchester City.

One to watch: Breel Embolo. Eight goals for Monaco this season, the striker needs to lead the line well in Qatar.

World Ranking: fifteen

Odds: 90/1

The best of them: They usually find a way to reach the knockout stage, losing just two of their last 12 World Cup group stage matches.

The worst of them: The goals don’t exactly flow: Embolo was the top scorer in the standings with three.

Their perspectives in three words: Deciding match of Serbia.

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Calendar (all times GMT)

  • November 24 vs Cameroon (10:00 am)
  • November 28 vs. Brazil (4:00 p.m.)
  • December 2 vs Serbia (7:00 p.m.)

full squad

Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel, Yann Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Philipp Kohn

Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Silvan Widmer, Ricardo Rodríguez, Edimilson Fernandes

Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Xherdan Shaqiri, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Noah Okafor, Fabian Rieder, Ardon Jashari

Forward: Breel Embolo, Rubén Vargas, Djibril Sow, Haris Seferovic, Christian Fassnacht .

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