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Switzerland and Czech Republic in figures

All you need to know ahead of the opening game.

Switzerland and Czech Republic in figures
Switzerland and Czech Republic in figures ©Getty Images


UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying statistics

Latest information
• A crowd of 5,000 turned out on Tuesday to watch Switzerland train.

• Alexander Frei overtook Kubilay Türkyilmaz as Switzerland's record goalscorer with two goals against Liechtenstein on 30 May to take his tally to 35 goals, one more than Türkyilmaz. The BV Borussia Dortmund had been stuck one behind Türkyilmaz for over 13 months, when he struck from the penalty spot versus Colombia.

Injury news
• Patrick Müller played two friendlies in the run-up to the finals, though he is yet to recover full fitness after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in December. He has not played for club side Olympique Lyonnais since the opening day of the Ligue 1 season on 5 August.

• Tranquillo Barnetta returned to team training on Wednesday after a fortnight out with a left ankle problem.

• Steve von Bergen (broken hand), Fabio Coltorti (post-viral fatigue) and Blaise Nkufo (torn thigh muscle) were all ruled out before the finals.

Friendly results
30.05.2008 Switzerland 3–0 Liechtenstein (Frei 2, Vonlanthen)
24.05.2008 Switzerland 2–0 Slovakia (Behrami, Frei)
26.03.2008 Switzerland 0–4 Germany
06.02.2008 England 2–1 Switzerland (Derdiyok)
20.11.2007 Switzerland 0–1 Nigeria
17.10.2007 Switzerland 0-1 USA
13.10.2007 Switzerland 3–1 Austria (Streller 2, Yakin)
11.09.2007 Switzerland 3–4 Japan (Magnin, Nkufo, Djourou)
07.09.2007 Switzerland 2–1 Chile (Barnetta, Streller)
22.08.2007 Switzerland 2–1 Netherlands (Barnetta 2)
02.06.2007 Switzerland 1–1 Argentina (Streller)
25.03.2007 Columbia 3–1 Switzerland (Frei)
22.03.2007 Jamaica 0–2 Switzerland (Streller, Inler)
07.02.2007 Germany 3–1 Switzerland (Streller)
15.11.2006 Switzerland 1–2 Brazil (Maicon og)
11.10.2006 Austria 2–1 Switzerland (Streller)
06.09.2006 Switzerland 2–0 Costa Rica (Streller, Frei)
02.09.2006 Switzerland 1–0 Venezuela (Frei)
16.08.2006 Liechtenstein 0–3 Switzerland (Frei 2, Margairaz)

• Jakob Kuhn insisted he remains 100 per cent committed to his UEFA EURO 2008™ duties despite his wife being hospitalised on 2 June. Her condition is described as "under control".

Domestic information
• Benjamin Huggel, Eren Derdiyok and Marco Streller were all members of the FC Basel 1893 side that won the Swiss Super League.

• That meant BSC Young Boys had to settle for second yet Hakan Yakin earned some consolation as he finished as the Super League's top scorer, scoring 24 goals in 32 league appearances.

• Müller played just one game – the opening match of the season against AJ Auxerre – as Olympique Lyonnais won the double in France. He played 90 minutes of the domestic Super Cup victory against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

• Frei spent much of BV Borussia Dortmund's 2007/08 campaign on the sidelines, but returned to score six goals in eight appearances to stave off the threat of relegation. He could even have ended up with a winners' medal but Dortmund were edged out by FC Bayern München in the German Cup final, 2-1 after extra time.

• Neuchâtel Xamax FC finished eighth in Switzerland with Pascal Zuberbühler set to leave as a free agent this summer.


UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying statistics 
• Two Czech Republic players appeared in all 12 matches in qualifying Group D: Jaroslav Plašil and David Rozehnal. Neither played all 1,080 minutes.

• Two of the final 23-man squad did not feature in qualifying: Václav Svěrkoš and Rudolf Skácel.

• Jan Koller struck six goals in qualifying, with David Healy of Northern Ireland finishing as the top scorer on 13 goals.

• Koller provided four assists with Slovakia's Ján Kozák leading the way in that regard with seven.

• The Czech Republic striker also committed 36 fouls in qualifying, more than any other player.

• Koller was caught offside 19 times with Healy the most penalised player in that respect having been flagged on 27 occasions.

• The Czech Republic managed 27 qualifying goals at an average of 2.25 goals per game. Germany finished as the highest scorers with 35 goals.

• Karel Brückner's side conceded only five times, the best defensive record in qualifying along with France and the Netherlands.

• The Czechs had 85 shots wide in qualifying, fewer only than Portugal (112 shots) and Germany (89).

• Of the 16 sides who will be at UEFA EURO 2008™ the Czech Republic committed the most fouls in qualifying having been penalised on 187 occasions. Scotland led the way overall having conceded 203 fouls.

• The Czechs nevertheless collected only 14 yellow cards, more only than Croatia (seven) and France (eight).

Latest information
• With Tomáš Rosický ruled out through a hamstring injury, Tomáš Ujfaluši was handed the captain's armband for the finals.

Injury news
• Daniel Pudil was ruled out of the finals when he broke his hand as he celebrated SK Slavia Praha's league triumph. Skácel was drafted into replace him.

Friendly results
30.05.2008 Czech Republic 3-1 Scotland (Sionko 2, Kadlec)
27.05.2008 Czech Republic 2-0 Lithuania (Koller 2)
26.03.2008 Denmark 1-1 Czech Republic (Koller)
06.02.2008 Czech Republic 0-2 Poland

• Marek Jankulovski was named the Czech Republic's 2007 Footballer of the Year on 28 May, becoming the first defender to collect the award since Ján Kocián in 1990. Brückner was honoured as the Czech Republic's best coach for the seventh time in eight seasons and Martin Fenin was chosen as Young Player of the Year.

• Karel Poborský's famous lob against Portugal at EURO '96™ has been voted the best individual goal in the latest Carlsberg Goal of the Day poll on euro2008.com.

Domestic information
• Tomáš Sivok and Michal Kadlec both won the Czech Cup with AC Sparta Praha, Kadlec scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out that followed a goalless draw against FC Slovan Liberec in the final.

• Sivok had been at Sparta on loan from Udinese Calcio, but on the eve of the finals he signed a four-year deal with Beşiktaş JK.

• Stanislav Vlček claimed a Czech 1. Liga winners' medal with SK Slavia Praha despite leaving to join RSC Anderlecht in January.

• Indeed, Vlček had the unusual pleasure of winning trophies with different clubs in the same season as an Anderlecht side also including compatriot Jan Polák won the Belgian Cup. Polák scored in the 3-2 win against KAA Gent in the final.

• In England, Milan Baroš lifted the FA Cup after joining Portsmouth FC from Olympique Lyonnais in January.

• After helping ACF Fiorentina claim a UEFA Champions League qualifying place, Ujfaluši announced he will leave on a free transfer this summer "I still have to decide which club, but I will certainly move to Spain," he said.