Switzerland welcomes 4 goalkeepers to Qatar due to injury doubts

Switzerland International (AP)

Switzerland has decided to take four goalkeepers to the World Cup Qatar He accepted doubts due to injuries to creator Jan Sommer and substitute Jonas Umlin.

Coach Murat Yakin has added Salzburg goalkeeper Philip Kohn as one of two newcomers to the 26-man squad.

FIFA has allowed three more players to be added to its regular roster of 23 due to the disruptions in football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sommer, who played 76 games for Switzerland, injured his ankle while playing for the Swiss national team Borussia Monchengladbach. He said he should be able to save for his debut on November 24 against Cameroon in Group G. The Swiss will also face Brazil and Serbia.

If Sommer is left out, the alternative will be Gregor Kopel, who performed in the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, successfully saving a penalty in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who transferred to the Chicago Fire in the MLS in the middle of the year, was called up at the age of 31. He will enter the World Cup for the fourth time, equaling the record of his former teammate, Valon Bahrami.

Granite Shaka He will be the captain in the World Cup finals for the third time, with a total of 106 appearances for the national team, twice less than Shaqiri.

Another rookie is Fabian Rieder, a 20-year-old midfielder who plays for the Young Boys in the Swiss league.

Switzerland has been eliminated in the last 16 of two World Cups, despite having crossed that barrier at last year’s European Championship. World champion Switzerland defeated France on penalties after a 3-3 draw. They lost to Spain on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

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In the last World Cup in Russia 2018, Switzerland also faced Brazil and Serbia. They drew 1-1 with Brazil and beat Serbia 2-1.

The Swiss federation reported that the team will travel to Qatar on Monday, and two days later it will head to Abu Dhabi for a final friendly match against Ghana, a potential opponent in the round of 16.



Goalkeepers: Gregor Kopel (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Kohn (Salzburg), Jonas Umlin (Montpellier), Jan Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Eray Kommert (Valencia), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Edmilson Fernandez (Mainz), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Scheer (Newcastle), Sylvain Widmer (Mainz).

Midfielders: Michel Eibecher (Bologna), Christian Wassnacht (Young Boys), Fabian Frei (Basel), Remo Froeller (Nottingham Forest), Ardon Jashari (Lucerne), Fabian Rieder (Young Boys), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Djibril Sue. (Eintracht Frankfurt), Renato Stephen (Lugano), Granit Zhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Chelsea)

Forwards: Brielle Embolo (Monaco), Noah Okafor (Salzburg), Haris Seferovic (Benfica on loan to Galatasaray), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg).

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