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The Swiss teams are struggling with the grass. © APA/afp / FABRICE COFFRINI

Trouble before the European Championship: Swiss complain about grass

Switzerland began the final phase of its preparations for the European Championship on Monday. However, the team is anything but happy with the pitch conditions in Stuttgart.

The quality of the turf was “clearly inadequate,” said national team director Pierluigi Tami after the public session, which was watched by 3800 fans in the Stuttgarter Kickers stadium. We are already looking for alternatives. The European football umbrella organization UEFA “promised to do everything to improve the situation,” reported the 62-year-old.

There are unevenness in the composition of the turf, explained Swiss press spokesman Adrian Arnold. They had known about the problem since the weekend. According to director Tami, the players were still negatively surprised.

Lots of familiar names

Led by captain Granit Xhaka, the Swiss had previously completed a relaxed, hour-long session. The Swiss will play their first game in Group A on Saturday in Cologne against Hungary. On the last matchday of the preliminary round they will face hosts Germany in Frankfurt on June 23rd.

Switzerland is preparing for the World Cup. © ANSA / PETER KLAUNZER

In addition to midfield driver Xhaka, two former Bundesliga professionals are also among the team's mainstays: goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who now plays for Inter Milan after stints at Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Bayern Munich. As well as defense chief Manuel Akanji, who moved from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in 2022. Denis Zakaria, who was recently injured, also trained again with his colleagues on Monday. Offensive man Steven Zuber stayed in the hotel because of calf problems.

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