– The League of Nations, this competition that Switzerland does not neglect
The national team met this Thursday in Bad Ragaz (SG). Four matches are scheduled before the holidays.
For respite, we will have to wait. The life of a Swiss international offers many privileges, but not so much that of resting and breathing after a busy season. It’s a small transhumance that awaits the national team for the next seventeen days. Gathered in Bad Ragaz (SG) since this Thursday, she will leave for Prague on Tuesday, before joining Lisbon and settling on the shores of Lake Geneva for the two matches she has to play in Geneva against Spain and Portugal.
The selection of Murat Yakin therefore has a program in front of it which runs until June 12. With four matches in the middle of all that (in the Czech Republic on the 2nd, in Portugal on the 5th, before the two games of La Praille on the 9th and 12th). It is, in short, a schedule that is quite similar to those of summer international competitions. In summary: with four meetings in ten days, Murat Yakin will see his management put to the test.
And a good taste of what the World Cup next fall has in store for him. The players will not be made available to it until November 14, only ten days before Switzerland’s entry into the running against Cameroon (the ASF hopes to be able to plan a friendly match in this interval, already in Qatar or in neighboring countries).
“A year ago, we were also in Bad Ragaz to prepare for the Euro, points out Pierluigi Tami, director of national teams. This is for the League of Nations. And the only difference is that we don’t have a real preparation in front of us. But we have four matches. In a big tournament, that would mean going all the way to the round of 16. Especially since we are going to face three very strong teams in the European panorama. These are good tests.” In other words, there is no reason to neglect this competition, which has nothing friendly about it, if only at the level of the issues linked to it.
“The first objective is to keep us in Ligue A, so we must finish in the top three”
Pierluigi Tami, National Teams Director
“The League of Nations has a sporting and economic importance for us, adds Tami. Sporty, because we are in League A and we face big teams. It is certainly a preparation base for the World Cup, but we also have objectives directly related to the League of Nations. The first being to keep us in Ligue A, therefore finishing in the top three of the group.
And at the economic level? “The income they generate is significant: it is linked to the opponents. They are therefore more important in League A than in League B or C. UEFA bonuses are also higher. And then, in terms of sponsorship, merchandising, it also gives the opportunity to play in full stadiums. This should indeed be the case for the two meetings scheduled in Geneva: all available tickets have already left for Portugal, and there are still a handful for Spain.
Holidays for later
Nevertheless, with these four matches in ten days, after a big season, Murat Yakin will have the task of managing his workforce as well as possible. He has only retained 26 players (including four goalkeepers), where he could perhaps have aimed a little wider. “We discussed this a lot, and it is clear that the season has been busy for several players, agreed Yakin when announcing his selection on Tuesday. We have therefore expanded the picket list, with the possibility of bringing in one or two players in the second part of the internship, from the U21s. Also a sign that the rotation that the coach will practice should not be the widest. And that he approaches these meetings with real ambition.
It is therefore up to the players to make this last little effort. With the exception of Xherdan Shaqiri (he plays Sunday with Chicago) and Mario Gavranovic (in the Turkish Cup final), they all arrived on Thursday. “It’s obvious that after a big season, some players might like to go on vacation, admits Pierluigi Tami. Because they have to bear a physical and mental load.” To take the pill, the ASF has invited families to come and spend the coming weekend in Bad Ragaz. A final boost?
Valentin Schnorhk has been a sports journalist since 2021, after having worked for the Keystone-ATS agency. He particularly follows football and is very interested in the analysis of the game.More informations@schn_val
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