Switzerland secure World Cup 2014 qualification

Lars Baron

Switzerland's 2-1 win in Albania this evening has guaranteed their place at Brazil 2014.

Switzerland have qualified for the World Cup after cruising through Group E. It's worth noting that Ottmar Hitzfeld's side were drawn in just about the easiest group possible -- with the scrap for second between Norway, Albania, Iceland and Slovenia indicative of its quality (or lack thereof) -- though they made no mistakes and have comfortably booked their place in Brazil.

They've now qualified for every major international tournament since the 2002 World Cup, though have only ever made it past the group stages on one occasion. Having seen some bright young talents like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Haris Seferović emerge since, they have the potential to be the joker in the pack next summer. Their defence is too weak for them to be serious challengers to the best teams, though no one should be complacent against the Swiss.

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