Penpix of Switzerland’s squad for World Cup finals

Penpix of Switzerland’s squad for World Cup finals
(R to L) Goalkeepers Diego Benaglio, Yann Sommer and Roman Burki attend a training session of Switzerland's national soccer team in the central Swiss town of Weggis May 26, 2014. The swiss national soccer team will prepare for the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup in a training camp in Weggis from May 26 to June 1.

BERNE - Switzerland's squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:


Diego Benaglio (VfL Wolfsburg) Age 30; 56 caps. The regular goalkeeper since just before Euro 2008, Benaglio has spent most of his career in the Bundesliga, firstly at VfB Stuttgart and, since 2008, at VfL Wolfsburg where he has won one league title. In between, he spent three years in Portugal with Madeira-based Nacional. A safe pair of hands, excellent reflexes and commands his penalty despite being a quiet character off the field.

Yann Sommer (FC Basel) Age 25; 6 caps. Raised at FC Basel, he has not looked back since becoming their first-choice goalkeeper in 2011 and has won three successive league titles. He went through four games at the European under-21 championship in 2011 without conceding a goal before the Swiss were beaten 2-0 by Spain in the final. He will move to Borussia Moenchengladbach after the World Cup.

Roman Buerki (Grasshoppers) Age 23; Caps: 0. Uncapped goalkeeper who was called up after third choice Marco Woefli failed to recover from an Achilles tendon injury. Has been criticised for raising his feet dangerously high when jumping to collect crosses.


Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) Age 30; 62 caps. Nicknamed "Forrest Gump" thanks to his storming runs down the right flank, the feisty right-back completed an apprenticeship in banking when he was a young player at Grasshoppers Zurich. Has won successive Serie A titles with Juventus since his move to Turin in 2011. Plays on the flank of a five-man midfield for his club and at right back of a four-man defence for his country.

Michael Lang. (Grasshoppers) Age 23; 5 caps. Understudy to Lichtsteiner at right back, Lang has played for Switzerland at various youth levels. Raised at St Gallen before joining Grasshoppers in 2011.

Johan Djourou (SV Hamburg) Age 27; 44 caps.

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