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 By Nick Miller

Brazil frustrated, fouled by gritty Swiss in 1-1 draw as Neymar underwhelms

Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Three thoughts from a frustrating 1-1 draw for Brazil against Switzerland.

1. Brazil stumble to a point

Another game and another disappointing result for one of the World Cup favourites. A day after Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw with Iceland and with Mexico's celebrations for beating Germany still hanging in the air, Brazil drew their opening game of the 2018 World Cup with Switzerland.

Brazil looked comfortable after Philippe Coutinho's brilliant first-half...

 By Nick Ames

Switzerland's World Cup likely to be a quick one this time around

Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.
The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Stephan Lichtsteiner
Manager: Vladimir Petkovic
Team nickname: "Schweizer Nati"/"La Nati" ("The National Team")
FIFA rank (as of April, 2018): 6

How they qualified

It ended up being the tightest of squeezes for Switzerland, who edged past Northern...



 By Chris Wright

Italy, Uruguay, Ghana among 10 teams to get very similar away kits from Puma

With the World Cup beginning to crown on the horizon, Puma have released a flurry of new kits for the likes of Uruguay, Ghana and Switzerland.

While rival suppliers Adidas have been widely praised for their retro-infused offerings, Puma have opted to plough a more prosaic furrow.

Indeed, it looks like "very, very white" was the central design brief for all 10 shirts, with Italy, Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Austria and Serbia also getting new looks.

According to the accompanying...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

How Switzerland can be seeded at the World Cup finals for Russia 2018

Switzerland were one of the shock seeds in the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals -- and they could be seeded for the 2018 event too.

Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers.

But how can this be achieved by Switzerland in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw?

1. Win in Portugal

Switzerland can only realistically get enough ranking points to be in contention if they win away to Portugal....

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Antoine Griezmann, Iceland and Wales among the stars of Euro 2016

Congratulations to Portugal, winners of Euro 2016.

ESPN FC had country bloggers covering their team throughout the tournament in France and each have rated their side out of 10, chosen their favourite memory, star man, team of the tournament and predict what's next for their side.

ALBANIA: 7/10


Favourite memory: Hal Robson-Kanu scoring Wales' crucial second against Belgium in their 3-1 win in the quarterfinals. The unattached striker fooled three defenders before clipping a shot...

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Ronaldo and Portugal's glory, Iceland and Wales heroes while England flop

ESPN FC had bloggers covering each country at Euro 2016. It was glory for Portugal, who overcame Cristiano Ronaldo's injury to stun France in the final.

Elsewhere, England endured a miserable tournament, limping through the group stages before an abject 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the round of 16 cost Roy Hodgson his job.

Iceland were one of the stories of the competition, though, reaching the quarterfinals before bowing out to the hosts. Similarly, Wales also captured the imagination following their...