With the World Cup less than 40 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Switzerland.

Switzerland finished third in the group with one win, loss and draw in the last World Cup, so there is a bit of work needed to improve on last time.

If they can make it through their group it will be a big boost for the team, as they have a fairly manageable group, but Ottmar Hitzfeld will be looking to motivate his squad on doing just this and make a good run in this World Cup, as the potential is there.

The probable squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Diego Benaglio (Likely No.1) Yann Sommer and Marco Wolfli

Defenders - Stephan Lichtsteiner, Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou, Steve Von Bergen, Ricardo Rodriguez, Michael Lang, Reto Ziegler

Midfielders - Tranquillo Barnetta, Gokhan Inler, Gelson Fernades, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemalli, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Valentin Stocker, Pirmin Schwegler

Forwards - Admir Mehmedi, Mario Gavranovic, Eren Derdiyok, Haris Seferovic.

Key player - Gokhan Inler has been vital for Napoli as the anchor in their midfield and has proven time and again for Switzerland the same style. His engine and ability to lead a resolute Swiss side could be the definitive factor on how well they do in this World Cup.

Player to watch - Granit Xhaka, while a number of eyes will be on fellow Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri, Xhaka deserves just as many. With him lighting up Germany for Borussia Monchengladbach, this could be the chance for him to show to a wider audience what he is capable of. With him and Shaqiri both capable of lighting the World Cup, they could be an exciting pair of prospects to watch throughout.

The manager - Ottmar Hitzfeld took charge in July 2008 he has been there and done it as a club manager winning numerous trophies in Germany from his time at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, from seven league titles, two Champions leagues.

As Switzerland manager he has adopted a very solid style where they are tough to break down and win games by narrow margins, with a golden generation potentially at its peak, this could be the World Cup that showcases Swiss football and with a great such as Hitzfeld it's possible he could do just that job.

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