2014 World Cup team guide: Switzerland

Basel star Valentin Stocker is a midfield dynamo.

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Group E fixtures:

Switzerland v Ecuador
June 15 Brasilia, 1700

Switzerland v France
June 20 Salvador, 2000

Honduras v Switzerland
June 25 Manaus, 2100

FIFA World Ranking: 8

Head coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld

How they qualified: A relatively easy group for Switzerland was not as straightforward as they'd have liked. Qualified in the penultimate match after a few nervy draws along the way, including a 4-4 draw with Iceland despite leading 4-1.

World Cup pedigree: Have punched above their weight. Appeared in nine World Cup finals and have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions (1934, 1938, 1954).

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