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June 27, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/27/2010

In the stands in Durban, you could feel the excitement of Swiss supporters. You could feel it even before the goal went in and we were leading Spain. People believed that this would be a breakout tournament for the Swiss. When fulltime sounded, we all believed it. We had beaten maybe the best team in the world. Keep that moment locked away tight in your minds, because there has been precious little to cheer about since.

June 21, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/21/2010

The Swiss spent an hour on 10 men, but still, firm defending nearly let them hold out against a strong attacking Chile side. Only nearly though, as Chile won 1-0 with a 75th minute goal from Mark Gonzalez.

There were, of course, some arguments about Behrami's sending off. It was a silly thing to do, throwing those elbows all over, but a very very harsh red.

June 8, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/08/2010

You just can't help but feel bad for Marco Streller. For the third time in his otherwise fabulous national team career, he will miss a major tournament with injury. Ottmar Hitzfeld will be hoping his front line can deal without him and has shown faith in Albert Bunjaku to fill the void, selecting him ahead of promising youngster Nassim Ben Khalifa. Time will tell whether this more conservative move will serve us. For myself, I think a young and unpredictable element might be just what we need in a very tough group, but we'll just have to see.

Here's the squad:

May 25, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 05/25/2010

Arsenal centre-back Philippe Senderos has been included in Ottmar Hitzfeld's 23-man World Cup squad despite an indifferent season at club level.

The 25-year-old has played only a handful of games over the past two terms while out on loan at AC Milan and Everton, but remains in favour with Hitzfeld.

There is no place, however, for fellow Gunners defender Johan Djourou, who returned to action last weekend after being sidelined for more than eight months with a knee injury.

May 21, 2010
Posted by Dom Raynor on 05/21/2010

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