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Switzerland - Latvia
"AFG arena" - StGallen, Switzerland - 11.10.2008 18:45

Goalkeepers : Andris Vaņins (FK Ventspils), Aleksandrs Koliņko (bez kluba), Deniss Romanovs (Bukarestes Dinamo)

Defenders : Oskars Kļava (SK Liepājas Metalurgs), Igors Stepanovs (bez kluba), Kaspars Gorkšs (Queens Park Rangers), Deniss Ivanovs (SK Liepājas Metalurgs), Dzintars Zirnis (SK Liepājas Metalurgs), Deniss Kačanovs (FK Ventspils), Igors Savčenkovs (FK Ventspils), Roberts Mežeckis (Skonto FC).

Midfielders : Vitālijs Astafjevs (Skonto FC), Juris Laizāns (Jaroslavļas Shinnik), Aleksandrs Cauņa (Skonto FC), Genādijs Soloņicins (SK Liepājas Metalurgs), Aleksejs Višņakovs (Skonto FC), Vladimirs Koļesničenko (FK Ventspils), Andrejs Rubins (Inter Baku).

Strikers : Māris Verpakovskis (Celta de Vigo), Ģirts Karlsons (SK Liepājas Metalurgs), Andrejs Perepļotkins (Derby County), Andrejs Butriks (Ventspils), Kristaps Grebis (SK Liepājas Metalurgs).
 

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Possible line-up for Switzerland - Latvia.

AFG Arena, St-Gall. Arbitre: Cardoso (Por). Coup d´envoi: 17h45.

Suisse: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Grichting, Spycher; Behrami, Inler, Huggel, Barnetta; Frei, Nkufo.

Lettonie: Vanins; Kazanov, Stepanovs, Gorks, Zirnis; Solonicins, Laizans, Astafjevs, Rubins; Karlsons, Verpakovskis.

The Swiss has invited Roger Federer to teach the team how to get over a defeat like against Luxemburg.:pp:D
 

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Read a stat today that Latvia had 8385 people playing football. yet they managed to qualify to a major tournament.

1 for 298 inhabitant. while Switzerland had 232700 one for 32 inhabitant which is a lot, imo.
 

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it is all about the registration procedures IMO

kids are playing football but they don't sign up anywhere

The statistical side of things is more organized in Western European countries and this is why they have far higher official numbers that EE countries where kids probably spend more time playing football & take it more seriously but there are no official records to back it up

look at this map for example. I don't really buy it that football is more popular in France or Switzerland than in Ukraine or Romania (or in Brazil :howler:) :

 

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Switzerland - Latvia 2-1
AFG Arena, Attendance :18 000

Referee : Cortez Batista (Por).

Switzerland : Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou (46e Eggimann), Girchting, Spycher; Barnetta (85e Gelson Fernandes) Huggel, Inler, Behrami; Frei (78e Yakin), Nkufo. Coach : Hitzfeld.

Latvia : Vanins; Savcenkovs, Ivanovs, Gorkss, Kacanovs; Solonicins (81e Visnakovs), Laizans, Astafjevs, Cauna (59e Rubins); Pereplotkins (70e Kojesnicenko), Karlsons. Coach : Starkovs

Pics of the game
 

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Still 0-1 Israel hits the post. Latvia is pretty much clueless in attack despite being not that bad in the play.
 
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