Thursday 23 February 2017

Ireland to host Swiss in international friendly

Published 23/10/2015 | 14:12

Switzerland's national soccer team players pose before their Euro 2016 qualification soccer match against Estonia earlier this month
Switzerland's national soccer team players pose before their Euro 2016 qualification soccer match against Estonia earlier this month

The FAI has announced that Ireland will host Switzerland in an international friendly next March.

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Switzerland, who are currently 12th in the FIFA World Rankings, will arrive in Dublin as Ireland's first opponents of 2016 and provide a difficult test for Martin O'Neill's team on march 25th.

Coached by Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland reached the last-16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and qualified for next summer's UEFA European Championships after finishing as runners-up in Group E.

The game will mark the first meeting between the teams since 2005 and the 16th overall since their first match up in 1935 with Ireland holding a slight advantage with seven wins.

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