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Switzerland 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Switzerland 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    The 2014 FIFA World Cup is drawing close and the preliminary squads are quickly being assembled, with the lists shortly to be whittled down to the chosen 23 players for each nation.

    Our latest roundup of each nation sees us take in the Switzerland national side, who have qualified for their 10th World Cup finals after topping their UEFA zone qualifying group. The Swiss side, led by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, did not lose a single fixture during qualifying.

    In the 2014 finals in Brazil they have been paired with Ecuador, France and Honduras in Group E.

    Here is the 23-man squad selected by Hitzfeld.

    The seven reserves named are Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Timm Klose (VfL Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmar (Udinese), Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen), Fabian Frei (FC Basel), Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) and Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Diego Benaglio

    Date of Birth: September 8, 1983

    Birthplace: Zurich

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 55

    Club: Wolfsburg

     

    Name: Yann Sommer

    Date of Birth: December 17, 1988

    Birthplace: Morges

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 5

    Club: FC Basel, transfer agreed to Borussia Moenchengladbach for July 2014

     

    Name: Roman Buerki

    Date of Birth: November 14, 1990

    Birthplace: Munslingen

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 0

    Club: Grasshopper Club Zurich

Defenders

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    Name: Johan Djourou

    Date of Birth: January 18, 1987

    Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 43

    Club: Hamburger SV

     

    Name: Michael Lang

    Date of Birth: February 8, 1991

    Birthplace: St. Gallen

    Position: Right-back

    Caps: 5

    Club: Grasshopper Club Zurich

     

    Name: Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Date of Birth: January 16, 1984

    Birthplace: Adlingenswil

    Position: Right-back

    Caps: 61

    Club: Juventus

     

    Name: Ricardo Rodriguez

    Date of Birth: August 25, 1992

    Birthplace: Zurich

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 19

    Club: Wolfsburg

     

    Name: Fabian Schar

    Date of Birth: December 20, 1991

    Birthplace: Wil

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 5

    Club: FC Basel

     

    Name: Philippe Senderos

    Date of Birth: February 14, 1985

    Birthplace: Geneva

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 52

    Club: Valencia

     

    Name: Steve von Bergen

    Date of Birth: June 10, 1983

    Birthplace: Neuchatel

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 40

    Club: BSC Young Boys

     

    Name: Reto Ziegler

    Date of Birth: January 16, 1986

    Birthplace: Geneva

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 34

    Club: Sassuolo, on loan from Juventus

Midfielders

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    Name: Tranquillo Barnetta

    Date of Birth: May 22, 1985

    Birthplace: St. Gallen

    Position: Winger

    Caps: 73

    Club: Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from Schalke 04

     

    Name: Valon Behrami

    Date of Birth: April 19, 1985

    Birthplace: Mitrovice, Kosovo

    Position: Central midfield

    Caps: 46

    Club: Napoli

     

    Name: Blerim Dzemaili

    Date of Birth: April 12, 1986

    Birthplace: Tetovo, Macedonia

    Position: Central midfield

    Caps: 32

    Club: Napoli

     

    Name: Gelson Fernandes

    Date of Birth: September 2, 1986

    Birthplace: Praia, Cape Verde

    Position: Central midfield

    Caps: 46

    Club: SC Freiburg

     

    Name: Gokhan Inler

    Date of Birth: June 27, 1984

    Birthplace: Olten

    Position: Central midfield

    Caps: 71

    Club: Napoli

     

    Name: Xherdan Shaqiri

    Date of Birth: October 10, 1991

    Birthplace: Gjilan, Kosovo

    Position: Winger

    Caps: 31

    Club: Bayern Munich

     

    Name: Valentin Stocker

    Date of Birth: April 12, 1989

    Birthplace: Kriens

    Position: Wide forward

    Caps: 22

    Club: FC Basel

     

    Name: Granit Xhaka

    Date of Birth: September 27, 1992

    Birthplace: Basel

    Position: Central midfield

    Caps: 24

    Club: Borussia Moenchengladbach

Forwards

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    Name: Josip Drmic

    Date of Birth: August 8, 1992

    Birthplace: Freienbach

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 5

    Club: FC Nurnberg

     

    Name: Mario Gavranovic

    Date of Birth: November 24, 1989

    Birthplace: Lugano

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 10

    Club: FC Zurich

     

    Name: Admir Mehmedi

    Date of Birth: March 16, 1991

    Birthplace: Gostivar, Macedonia

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 19

    Club: SC Freiburg, on loan from Dynamo Kyiv

     

    Name: Haris Seferovic

    Date of Birth: February 22, 1992

    Birthplace: Sursee

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 9

    Club: Real Sociedad

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