the likely list of Switzerland
After completing its fine run to the quarter-finals at the last Euro, can Switzerland surprise again at the 2022 World Cup? To answer this question, get to know the possible list for Qatar that will be revealed by coach Murat Yakin on November 9th.
Switzerland’s program in Qatar: Group G – Cameroon (November 24), Brazil (November 28), Serbia (December 2).
Switzerland is trembling for its goalkeepers
In goal, everything seems clear with Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) as the undisputed starter and Jonas Omlin (Montpellier) as back-up. Problem: the two goalkeepers are just injured and start a race against time to get back in time. In this context, the local newspaper wonders if Yakin will not call 4 guards to secure his back. In addition, Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), who went to number three, Yvon Mvogo, author of a solid debut in Lorient and present in the last two lists, can take the opportunity to get out of the game.
A defense without surprises?
In central defence, the doublet Manuel Akanji (Manchester City)-Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach) will start with Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) as a substitute. Behind them, at least one place remained. Eray Cömert (Valencia) advanced as favorite to regain it ahead of Leonidas Stergiou (Saint-Gall), who was called in as reinforcement in September. Becir Omeragic (FC Zurich), he is not famous anymore. With the versatility of defensive midfielder Fabian Frei (Basel), who is capable of playing in central defense, Yakin will not necessarily call more than 4 players on the axis.
In the right lane, Silvan Widmer (Mainz) is the undisputed starter and Kevin Mbabu (Fulham) is his undisputed understudy despite a troubled playing time at the club. On the left, the hierarchy is also fairly clear with Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino) holding the position and Jordan Lotomba (Nice), although right-handed by training, at number two. But Aiglon is currently injured and Ulisses Garcia (Young Boys Berne) is ready just in case.
An enhanced environment
In the central axis, Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest) and Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) will form a double pivot where Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt) is expected to start higher. Despite his limited playing time at Chelsea, Denis Zakaria should join them, but as a substitute. Ditto for the versatile Fabian Frei (Basel) and Michel Aebischer (Bologna), who have called regularly in recent months. It remains to be seen whether Ardon Jashari (FC Lucerne), who celebrated his first cap in September, can hope to find a place.
Embolo, Shaqiri and Okafor as attacking leaders
Up front, Breel Embolo, author of a good start in Monaco, enjoys the status of number one. Despite his struggles at the club, Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray) should join him as a replacement since Mario Gavranovic recently retired from international football at the age of 32. Behind them, more obscure: Cedric Itten (Young Boys) above all, even Zeki Amdouni (Basel) has chances, but they can also pay for the versatility of Noah Okafor (Salzburg), who starts as a winger but can also play on the axis.
With Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Okafor should definitely start as the starting winger. Ruben Vargas (Augsburg) will also have his say, while it will also be difficult to do without the versatile Renato Steffen (Lugano), important because he can play a notch below. Behind them, the last place can be played between the framework Steven Zuber (AEK Athens), very prominent in the Euro but unsuccessful at the club and recently injured, and the young Dan Ndoye (Basel), who passed by Nice and celebrated his first cape in September.
Switzerland’s possible roster for the 2022 World Cup
Guardians (4): Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Lorient)
Defenders (8): Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Fabian Schär (Newcastle United), Eray Cömert (Valencia), Silvan Widmer (Mainz), Kevin Mbabu (Fulham), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Jordan Lotomba (Nice)
Midfielders (6): Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt), Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Fabian Frei (Basel), Denis Zakaria (Chelsea)
Forward (8): Breel Embolo (Monaco), Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray), Cedric Itten (Young Boys), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Noah Okafor (Salzburg), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Steven Zuber (AEK Athens)