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).
Main man: Gokhan Inler. Played in every minute of the qualifying campaign – the combative central midfielder, who plays his club football for Napoli, is the heartbeat of this Swiss side.
One to watch: Granit Xhaka. Once dubbed the 'young Schweinsteiger' by Hitzfeld, the 21-year-old midfielder is rumoured to have attracted tempting offers from Serie A and the Premier League.
What are their chances? Better than most. They probably won't win the World Cup but a quarter-final spot is not beyond a young, talented and hungry Swiss outfit – and in Hitzfeld they're led by a first-class manager.