Switzerland finished ahead of Italy to top their World Cup qualifying group, and recent Nations League wins over Spain and Portugal mean they go into the tournament full of confidence.

Murat Yakin. Appointed after Euro 2020, the former Switzerland defender beat Chelsea twice as Basel manager in 2013.


Granit Xhaka. The Arsenal midfielder goes into his fifth major tournament in the form of his life.


Manuel Akanji. The defender has surprised many with his superb performances since joining Manchester City.

Star player:

Breel Embolo. Eight goals for Monaco this season, the forward needs to lead the line well in Qatar.

One to watch:

They usually find a way to reach the knockout stage, losing only two of their last 12 World Cup group-stage matches.

Best thing about them:

 Goals don’t exactly flow - Embolo was top scorer in qualifying with three.

Worst thing about them: