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It turned out shortly before Christmas 2013 when the Swiss Football Association (SFV) announced that Vladimir Petkovic would control you from Ottmar Hitzfeld with the helm on the senior national team following 2014 FIFA World Cup?. And with Switzerland having qualified for the last two World Cup final tournaments and also made the Round of 16 in Brazil, Petkovic certainly has big shoes to fill.

Petkovic, who may have previously had spells inside dugout at AC Bellinzona, BSC Young Boys, Samsunspor and Lazio, and others, began his tenure as Switzerland head coach in September, at the beginning of the united states’s UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign. The 51-year-old former midfielder spoke to about his new role, the type within the team and their tough qualifying opponents.

If you are’re on the Switzerland helm, could you inform us just what it’s been want to follow inside the footsteps of Ottmar Hitzfeld, who stepped down as soon as the World Cup?
Vladimir Petkovic: I’m proud to become here. It’s a fantastic honour for me to succeed a manager as successful as Ottmar Hitzfeld. It’s brilliant that i can develop the possibility to help this young group of players go ahead and take next step forward.

What had your brain when it had been confirmed choosing the new Switzerland head coach? You are doing, in the end, possess a special connection to the continent…
I never might have thought it possible a few years ago. It’s recognition that we’ve done a quality work throughout Switzerland. I’ve lived here since 1987, so I’ve spent more than half of gaming near you. I’ve stood a Swiss passport during the last 12 years and Personally i think Swiss. Being named coach with the national team would be a positive endorsement from the work I’ve done in that time.

— Wednesday, October 08, 2014