Korea to Test Attacking Firepower Against Switzerland

      November 15, 2013 11:03

      Switzerland will be without usual starters Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich and Valon Behrami of Napoli, but the European side is still expected to test Korea's mettle during Friday's friendly at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

      Switzerland was top-seeded in the group draw for the 2014 World Cup after it was ranked world No. 7 by FIFA in October.

      It is a good opponent to test the attacking firepower of the Korean team due to its solid defense. Switzerland did not surrender a single goal in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, in which it advanced to the round of 16, and gave up just one goal four years later in South Africa when it got eliminated in the group stage.

      More recently, it surrendered just six goals in 10 European qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

      "It won't be easy to score but I'd like to see the players try and repeat our success against Mali," Korean manager Hong Myung-bo said during a press conference at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. Korea beat African minnows Mali 3-1 in another friendly encounter last month.

      Lee Chung-yong of Bolton in England's second-tier Championship will captain the team for the first time. Koo Ja-cheol, who wore the captain's armband for matches against Brazil and Mali last month, is not on the roster this time due to injury.

      The team will leave for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for another friendly against Russia on Tuesday.

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