Switzerland made it through European qualifying without a loss, and was rewarded with one of the top eight seeds at the World Cup. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s squad will try to advance from a pool that includes 1998 champion France, Ecuador and Honduras.
Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery joined Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona as a finalist for Ballon d’Or, which is awarded FIFA to the soccer player of the year.
Bayern Munich, which lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in yesterday’s Champions League final, said winger Franck Ribery signed a contract extension to keep him at the German league and cup soccer champion until June 2015.
Franck Ribery’s appeal of his three- game suspension will be decided before Bayern Munich’s May 22 Champions League final against Inter Milan, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said today in an e-mailed statement.
French soccer players Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema should not be selected for the national team as long as they are under investigation in a prostitution affair, the expected future director of the French Football Federation said.