Euro draw good for Swiss

Swiss coach Köbi Kuhn faces another tough challenge Keystone Archive

Switzerland have avoided the big guns of European football in the draw for the Euro 2004 championships.

This content was published on January 25, 2002 minutes

But the team still face a series of tough matches in their qualifying group against the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Georgia and Albania.

The Swiss lost out both at home and away against Russia in their recent failed attempt to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

Friday's draw took place in Portugal, which is hosting the finals from June 12 to July 4 2004.

The qualifying tournament runs from September 2002 to October 2003, with the 10 group winners qualifying for the finals. The 10 group runners-up will take part in play-offs on a home-and-away basis in November 2003.

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