SoccerThe 50 Swiss abroad to follow this season
When the major European championships resume, Switzerland will still be well represented in the four corners of the continent. Overview.
In the south, we are never the type to anticipate the recovery. In the middle of summer, Spaniards and Italians like to preserve themselves at siesta time. We close the shutters, draw the curtains and let the time pass, until we put our noses outside again in the evening. For football, we will wait. Further north, it is the beautiful season. The one where it is still pleasant to go to the stadium, no matter the time of day. It’s the promise of a pleasant day, a weekend where we are ready to make our mood depend on the performance of a team. And then, in the worst case, the weather still invites us not to cloister ourselves.
From one country to another, the cultures vary, the issues differ. Even if time and the globalization of football tend to erase the differences. The World Cup in winter, from mid-November, does not help to promote them. This summer, there is only one week separating the start of the five biggest European football championships. This weekend, the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1 strike their respective three blows. And then, at the end of the following week, the Italian Serie A and the Spanish Liga will start in turn.
Thirty Swiss in the Big 5
Elsewhere, like in Switzerland, everything is a little less solemn. Often, the seasons have been launched for quite a while. Whatever, they are not the most followed. Because this year, as always, it is of course these five major championships that the eyes of the Swiss will be looking at. Not out of disinterest in their native football, but because we have to be honest: what is done elsewhere is done much better. And because these are the places that the kids back home dream of.
Well, this season, there will be around thirty of them (including the three exiled coaches: Favre in Nice, Seoane at Bayer Leverkusen and Fischer at Union Berlin) who can hope to tread the lawns of one of these championships. We must add about twenty to play in leagues that are a little less followed, but which remain of a serious level and a priori higher (or at least similar) to the Super League: in Belgium, Austria, Turkey or Scotland . Without forgetting our representatives across the Atlantic, Xherdan Shaqiri and the former Thounois Chris Kablan. These are already in full season, but their performances will continue to be monitored.
It’s a bit like the destiny of Swiss football: to live vicariously through its support through individual performances, in the hope of composing the best team in Switzerland possible when it comes together. And to tell the truth, three months before the World Cup, each case will be spied on. Whoever puts goals will be a more than serious candidate. The one who will be confined to the bench, on the other hand, will have to have enough good reasons for coach Murat Yakin to take him to Qatar.
Sow opens the dance
Moreover, certain elements have moved this summer. And none of them will be able to hide that a possible presence at the World Cup was not a key element in their choice. Among them, Kevin Mbabu left for Fulham to start. Same for Yvon Mvogo on the Lorient side. Breel Embolo has meanwhile joined Monaco with the ambition to play a key role there and to be able to be part of a positive dynamic, possibly with the Champions League at stake (it will be necessary to pass the 3rd preliminary round and the play-offs ).
For others, the first few weeks will serve as an indication. The transfer window ends on August 31 and it is very likely that some internationals will decide to change air if the situation at their current club is blocked. This list must therefore be considered for what it is: a provisional list. But at least valid for this first weekend of resumption of the European championships.
First players to follow? Djibril Sow, who faces Bayern with Frankfurt, Granit Xhaka who opens the Premier League during Crystal Palace-Arsenal and we will even keep an eye on the Lyon side, where Ajaccio is moving with possibly Kevin Spadanuda in his ranks.
The Swiss weekend program
8:30 p.m.: Eintracht Frankfurt (Sow) – Bayern Munich
9:00 p.m.: Crystal Palace – Arsenal (Xhaka)
9:00 p.m.: Olympique Lyonnais – Ajaccio (Spadanuda)
1:30 p.m .: Fulham (Mbabu) – Liverpool
3:30 p.m.: Union Berlin (Fischer) – Hertha Berlin
3:30 p.m.: Borussia Mönchengladbach (Elvedi, Sommer) – 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)
4:00 p.m.: Newcastle (Schär) – Nottingham Forest
4:00 p.m.: Genk (Toma) – Eupen
4:00 p.m.: Ross County v Celtic Glasgow (Ajeti, Siegrist)
4:00 p.m.: Ried – Sturm Graz (Wüthrich)
5:00 p.m.: Strasbourg – Monaco (Embolo)
6:15 p.m.: Charleroi (Knezevic) – Oostende
6:30 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund (Akanji, Fink, Kobel) – Bayer Leverkusen (Seoane)
7:30 p.m.: Hartberg – RB Salzburg (Köhn, Okafor, Okoh)
8:45 p.m .: Besiktas – Kayserispor (Gavranovic)
01:00: Charlotte–Chicago Fire (Shaqiri)
04:00: Real Salt Lake (Kablan) – Los Angeles FC
1:00 p.m.: Toulouse – Nice (Favre)
3:00 p.m.: Montpellier (Omlin) – Troyes
4:00 p.m.: La Gantoise – Westerlo (Seydoux)
5:00 p.m.: Altach – Austria Vienna (Tabakovic)
5:05 p.m .: 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)
9:00 p.m.: Antwerp (Frey) – Leuven
8:45 p.m.: Ankaragücü (Derdiyok) – Konyaspor
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