SoccerThe 50 Swiss abroad will follow this season
Switzerland will also be well represented in all corners of the continent when the major European championships resume. Overview.
In the south, we’re never the type to anticipate recovery. In midsummer, Spaniards and Italians like to take it easy during siesta time. We close the shutters, draw the curtains and let the time pass before we put our noses outside again in the evening. When it comes to football, we’ll wait. Further north it is the beautiful season. The one in which it is still pleasant to go to the stadium at any time of the day. It’s the promise of an enjoyable day, a weekend where we’re willing to let our spirits depend on a team’s performance. And then, in the worst case, the weather invites us not to go to the monastery.
The cultures are different from country to country, the topics are different. Even if time and the globalization of football tend to blur the distinctions. The World Cup in winter, starting in mid-November, doesn’t exactly contribute to the promotion. This summer there is only a week between the start of the five largest European football championships. This weekend, the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 all hit their respective three-shots. And then, at the end of the following week, the Italian Serie A and the Spanish league start alternately.
Thirty Swiss in the Big 5
Elsewhere, like in Switzerland, everything is a little less solemn. The seasons have often started some time ago. Whatever, they’re not the most followed. Because this year, as always, it’s these five major championships that the eyes of the Swiss are focused on. Not out of disinterest in domestic football, but because we have to be honest: what is done elsewhere is done much better. And because these are the places the kids dream of at home.
Well, this season there will be around thirty of them (including the three coaches in exile: Favre at Nice, Seoane at Bayer Leverkusen and Fischer at Union Berlin) who can hope to step onto the turf of one of those championships. We must add about twenty to play in leagues that are a little less followed but that remain at a serious level and are a priori higher (or at least similar) to the Super League: in Belgium, Austria, Turkey or Scotland. Without forgetting our representatives from across the Atlantic, Xherdan Shaqiri and former Thounois Chris Kablan. These are already in full season but their performance will continue to be monitored.
It’s a bit like the destiny of Swiss football: to live vicariously on your support through individual performances in the hope of putting together the best possible team in Switzerland. And to tell the truth, three months before the World Cup, every case is spied on. Anyone who sets goals will be a more than serious candidate. On the other hand, whoever is banned on the bench must have enough good reasons for coach Murat Yakin to bring him to Qatar.
Sow opens the dance
Also, some elements have shifted this summer. And none of them will be able to deny that a possible presence at the World Cup was not a key element in their choice. Among them, Kevin Mbabu traveled to Fulham to start. The same goes for Yvon Mvogo on the Lorient side. Breel Embolo has meanwhile joined Monaco with ambitions to play a key role there and be a part of a positive dynamic, possibly when it comes to the Champions League (it will be necessary to pass the 3rd preliminary round and the play-offs ). ).
For others, the first few weeks serve as a guide. The transfer window ends on August 31 and it’s very likely that some internationals will opt for a change of scenery if the situation at their current club is deadlocked. This list must therefore be considered for what it is: a preliminary list. But at least valid for this first weekend of the resumption of the European Championships.
First players to follow? Djibril Sow, who meets Bayern with Frankfurt, Granit Xhaka, who opens the Premier League during Crystal Palace-Arsenal, and we’ll even keep an eye on the Lyon squad, where Ajaccio is making a move with possibly Kevin Spadanuda in his ranks.
The Swiss weekend program
8.30 p.m .: Eintracht Frankfurt (Sau) – FC Bayern Munich
21:00 Crystal Palace – Arsenal (Xhaka)
9:00pm: Olympique Lyon-Ajaccio (Spadanuda)
1.30pm Fulham (Mbabu) – Liverpool
3:30 p.m .: Union Berlin (Fischer) – Hertha Berlin
3.30 p.m .: Borussia Mönchengladbach (Elvedi, summer) – Hoffenheim
3:30 p.m .: Wolfsburg (Steffen) – Werder Bremen
3:30 p.m .: VfL Bochum – Mainz (Fernandes, Widmer)
3:30 p.m.: Augsburg (Vargas) – Freiburg (Burkart)
16:00 Newcastle (Schär) – Nottingham Forest
16:00 Genk (Toma) – Eupen
4pm: Ross County v Celtic Glasgow (Ajeti, Siegrist)
4 p.m.: Ried – Sturm Graz (Wüthrich)
5:00 p.m.: Strasbourg – Monaco (Embolo)
18:15 Charleroi (Knezevic) – Ostend
6:30 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund (Akanji, Fink, Kobel) – Bayer Leverkusen (Seoane)
7:30 p.m.: Hartberg – RB Salzburg (Köhn, Okafor, Okoh)
8.45pm: Besiktas-Kayserispor (Gavranovic)
01:00: Charlotte Chicago Fire (Shaqiri)
4:00 a.m. Real Salt Lake (Kablan) v Los Angeles FC
1:00 p.m.: Toulouse – Nice (Favre)
3:00 p.m.: Montpellier (Omlin) – Troyes
4:00pm: La Gantoise – Westerlo (Seydoux)
5:00 p.m.: Altach – Austria Vienna (Tabakovic)
17:05 Rennes – Lorient (Mvogo)
5:30 p.m.: Cologne – Schalke 04 (Brunner)
6.15 p.m .: Giresunspor – Adana Demirspor (Inler)
8:45 p.m.: Antalyaspor (Mehmedi) – Galatasaray (Seferovic)
21:00 Antwerp (Frey) – Leuven
8:45 p.m.: Ankaragücü (Derdiyok) – Konyaspor
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