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Euro 2016 team preview: Switzerland aim to build on World Cup progress

Group A: France | Romania | Albania | Switzerland

Switzerland have never passed the group stage of a European Championship, but such an outcome in this expanded tournament, with a favourable group, is unthinkable. A talented generation needs to deliver and a place in the quarterfinals should be within their reach.

How they qualified: Second in Group E

Two comfortable defeats to England might bode ominously for this team's prospects later on in the finals, but the rest of an unchallenging group was navigated with relative ease, with an early setback in Slovenia proving to be the only other bump in the road.

How they'll proceed:

Switzerland should finish second behind France, which would probably give them a winnable round-of-16 tie against Ukraine or Poland. They can reach the quarters but are unlikely to progress further.

TBD by Editor
Euro 2016 will be Switzerland's third appearance at a European Championship.

Predicted lineup:

(4-2-3-1); GK: Yann Sommer; DF: Stephan Lichtsteiner, Johan Djourou, Fabian Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez; MF: Blerim Dzemaili, Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Admir Mehmedi; FW: Haris Seferovic.

Key player: Xherdan Shaqiri

The gifted Stoke forward performed well at the World Cup and will be expected to once again be a creative force, with much resting on his ability to unlock defences. He scored four goals in qualifying.

Manager: Vladimir Petkovic

Having taken over after the 2014 World Cup, his early results have been respectable and include a 2-1 win in November in Austria. This is his first experience managing an international team.

Schedule:

June 11 vs. Albania (9 a.m. ET/1 p.m. GMT; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens)
-- LIVE on ESPN

June 15 vs. Romania (Noon p.m. ET/4 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
-- LIVE on ESPN

June 19 vs. France (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Grand Stade Lille Metropole, Lille)
-- LIVE on ESPN

Games are also LIVE on ESPN Deportes, ESPN FC, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

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