Can ‘The General’ lead the Swiss to win against Argentina?

Argentina vs. Switzerland

1st July – Tuesday – The first Tour de France bicycle race began on this day in 1903

Time: 12:00 PM EST

Venue: Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Seating Capacity: Over 61,500


Official 2014 FIFA Rankings

Argentina: 5th

Switzerland: 6th


Former Confrontations in FIFA

Argentina & Switzerland

Image: Overview of former confrontations between Argentina & Switzerland in FIFA – Borrowed from



ARGENTINA (from Group F)


vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina (on 15 June at the Estadio do Maracana)

Outcome: Won with 2-1

Goal Scorers: 21 year old Bosnian Defender Sead Kolašinac scored an own-goal in the 3rd minute and 27 year old Forward Lionel Messi cemented the win by scoring a goal in the 65th minute

Performance Stats: 55% Ball Possession with 5 attempts to score


vs. Iran (on 21 June at the Estadio Mineirao)

Outcome: Won against Iran with 1-over-0

Goal Scorers: The legendary Argentinean Forward Lionel Messi scored the winning goal for Argentina in during the 5 minutes of extra time

Performance Stats: 70% Ball Possession with 9 attempts to score

Vine: Messi scores against Iran


vs. Nigeria (on 25 June at the Estadio Beira-Rio)

Outcome: Argentina won with 3-against-2 to beat Nigeria

Scorers: Lionel Messi scored 2 goals against Nigeria and 24 year old Defender Marcos Rojo scored the tie-breaker in the 50th minute to beat Nigeria

Performance Stats: 57% Ball Possession with 13 attempts made to score


Vine: Leo Messi scores for Argentina with a free kick just before half time


  Vine: Nigerian player Ahmed Musa goals the single goal against Argentina



SWITZERLAND (from Group E)   vs. Ecuador (on 15 June at the Estadio Nacional) Outcome:

Won against Ecuador with a 2-to-1 lead

Goal Scorers:

23 year old Swiss Forward Admir Mehmedi scored the first goal to level with Ecuador’s only goal, leading 22 year old Haris Seferović to beark the tie in the third minute of the alloted extra time.

Performance Stats: 56% Possession with 12 attempts to score

Vine: Admir Mehmedi scores a header for Switzerland
vs. France (on 20 June at the Arena Fonte Nova) Outcome:
Lost to France by 3 goals when France finished 5-over-2


Goal Scorers:

28 year old Blerim Džemaili and 21 year old Granit Xhaka scored one goal each for Switzerland, bringing the total to 2 against France’s 5

Performance Stats:
57% ball possession with 8 attempts to score, against France’s 43% possession with 16 attempts to score
vs. Honduras (on 25 June at the Arena Amazonia) Outcome:
Switzerland had a clean win against Hondura finishing 3-over-0
Goal Scorers:

22 year old Xherdan Shaqiri stole the show by scoring 3 goals in the 6th, 31st, and 71st minutes


Performance Stats:

39% ball possession with 13 attempts to score


ARGENTINA – 59 year old Alejandro Sabella
  • Started playing as Senior in 1974 and played till 1989, playing for the Argentina national football team 8 times in 1983 
  • Began coaching in 2009 and started coaching Argentina in 2011   
  • Has led Argentina to 24 victories in 37 games   
  • Makes $ 2.7 Million USD annually


      SWITZERLAND – 65 year old Ottmar Hitzfeld Ottmar Hitzfeld

  • German by birth and often nicknamed as der General (the general)
  • Began playing in 1960 and played until 1983, including appearances at the Youth and Senior levels for different clubs. Appeared in 6 matches for the Germany Olympic football team in 1972.
  • Began coaching career in 1983 and started coaching Switzerland national football team in 2008
  • Led Switzerland to 30 victories and 18 draws in 60 games
  • As one of the highest paid Football Coaches, makes $3,745,130 in a year (around $312,094 per month)



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