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11 Things You Need To Know About Switzerland's World Cup Team

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4. Their best performances were in 1934, 1938, and 1954, when they reached the quarterfinals.

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Here they are playing against Italy in 1954.

7. But things have changed and Switzerland is one of the most promising teams heading to Brazil.

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They led an impressive qualifying campaign before the World Cup and won all 10 games. They were part of a weak group, but still.

9. Ottmar Hitzfeld, their coach, is a veteran with an impressive career.

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He accumulated 18 major titles in his career, mostly during his tenures with Borussia Dortmund, Grasshopper Club Zürich, and Bayern Munich. He is planning to retire after the World Cup so he'll want this one to count.

10. They got a lucky draft for the World Cup and will be part of the rather weak Group E, along with France, Ecuador, and Honduras.

Their first game is on Sunday. They'll play against Ecuador.

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