It is a concentrated load of symbolism with which the Nati stars arrive at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz this Wednesday. After landing from Liverpool, Xherdan Shaqiri roars in the Lamborghini Urus (650 hp) and sticks his thumb into the lightning storm from the cameras.
Haris Seferovic got into his Porsche Panamera (570 hp) after the flight from Lisbon and let the engine crackle in front of the luxury hotel. Music to the ears of all car fans is also the arrival of Steven Zuber, who drives up from Frankfurt in the Ferrari GTC Lusso (690 hp).
Somewhat less spectacular – and only noticeable at the second attempt – is the appearance of Granit Xhaka. True to the sponsors, the captain comes with a simple Volkswagen, but wears a bright red Puma suit with white stripes.
Three players have to go
Five Swiss flags flutter above the entrance portal and on the roof of the Grand Resort it says in bold letters: “Everything is going to be alright”. In German: “Everything will be fine” – a nice saying for all skeptics who do not trust the national team to make it to the quarter-finals this year either.
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Vladimir Petkovic has to be free of doubt when he reduces his Euro squad from 29 to 26 players by Tuesday – the two newcomers Dan Ndoye (Nice) and Andi Zeqiri (Brighton) will probably say goodbye again and also say goodbye to one of the four goalies must separate.
In addition to the number 1 Yann Sommer, who presented himself very quietly this morning in the VW ID.4 electric car, Yvon Mvogo (Eindhoven) and Gregor Kobel (Stuttgart) with Jonas Omlin (Montpellier) vie for the national coach’s favor.
11 gorillas in front of the hotel
At least the golf equipment in Omlin’s luggage reveals that the former FCB goalie expects to play the 18-hole course in Bad Ragaz more than once in the next two weeks. “Let’s see how often I get to play,” he says and laughs at the hotel’s porter.
The green with a view of the Bündner Herrschaft would be just a stone’s throw away from the five-star hotel. The short path leads past the next symbolism: eleven black gorillas, five meters tall and terrifying from head to toe. An animal message: You should be eleven gorillas! Fortunately there are not 12, otherwise it would not only be a post-apocalyptic film for Petkovic.
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