The Swiss national team have come far in recent years, and they have a young squad which has plenty of talents from leading clubs all over Europe.
Ricardo Rodríguez is only 19 years old but has become a regular for his current club Wolfsburg. Operating as a left back, he has made four appearances for Switzerland but is rated very highly.
Yann Somer made his name for playing in goal for FC Basel in the Champions League, and he’s only 23 years old but is going to become Switzerland’s No.1. After a couple of loan spells he has finally settled at Basel.
François Affolter is a defender who plays for Young Boys but was out on loan at Werder Bremen last season. He made his breakthrough for Switzerland a couple of years ago, and having made his debut at 17 four years later is set to be a huge hit.
Valentin Stocker also plays for FC Basel, and when he was 19 he scored his first goal for Switzerland. That was four years ago, and has scored two more for his country. Already with 31 goals to his name in 112 games for Basel, by the time he retires he will be hitting high figures for both club and country.
Michel Morganella made his debut for Switzerland last month, and with his current club Novarra has been a key player. He has been a Swiss champion at Under-18 level and a Swiss Cup Winner at both Unrer-18 and 19 levels. He is also known for making great forward runs like world famous right back and Brazilian Cafu.
In the world of music, VildeFrang was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award this year, and at 25 is set to become a fine violinist. She started playing the violin when she was just four, and now her CD releases have grown, getting good receptions in the press worldwide which has delivered many awards and honours, like this latest one.
Nicolas Altstaedt is a classical musician, performing alongside many leading musicians in the world. Altstaedt has recorded several CDs for the Genuin and Naxos labels, and has also performed music by Schumann, Haydn, Tchaikovsjy, and a recital of French music by Pierne, d’Indy and Boulanger.
Antoine Tamestit has performed in world famous venues such as the Royal Concertgebouw, the Vienna Muskikverein and the Carnigie Hall. He is a violist and is currently signed up to record label Virgin Classics. He has picked up notable awards for his rising talents already, including the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
From the world of acting, Isabel Lucas moved to Switzerland as a young girl and since 2003 has been a rising actress. Involved in drama school during her school years, she never pursued commercial roles until she was discovered. Now, she is known to the world for her role in the Transformers, and had a role for three years as Tasha Andrews in the tv hit Home and Away.
Chandra Ruegg was born in Zurich, and because of her great acting skills landed the role of Clare Pope in the Doctor Who story Partners in Crime. Ruegg has also starred in many films most recently as a waitress in Albatross and as Trace in Chalet Girl.
Joel Basman is a Swiss actor who at the age of 14 was discovered to star on television. He played the crafty Zizou in the weekly television series Luthi and Blanc, and was honoured in 2008 for his role as a Russian teenager in the movie Business Air by director Dominique de Rivaz. He has also appeared in many youth projects because of his rising talent.
Sophie Hunger is a folk-pop-blues singer from Zurich. Hunger graduated in the fall of 2002 and went on to study German and English. As a child she had many piano lessons, and now she is a great piano and guitar player, performing in many bands, and in her latest show she received a standing ovation for her song of In Between.