Preview Day 1: The countdown to the opening ceremony has begun

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WINTERTHUR. The 15th Fistball Men’s World Championship begins today in Winterthur, Switzerland. 18 teams from 5 continents are represented and this will be the largest world championship in Fistball history. The opening ceremony will begin at 1600 in the Schützenwiese stadium and is open to the public, for ticket information see below. The first matches begin at 1130 today and straight after the opening ceremony at 1645 Switzerland will play Chile and Germany will play Argentina.

Groups A and B contain the competition favourites with Germany predicted to take out the competition. Other strong contenders are Switzerland, Austria and Brazil. Switzerland has never taken out the 1st position however Brazil has won it twice and Austria once.

Switzerland vs. Chile

In the Fistball Men’s World Championship in Argentina in 2015 Chile came sixth and Switzerland was the silver medal holder. Switzerland is the favourite to win today’s opening match but as Swiss coach Oliver Lang says: "Chile is an opponent who should never be underrated, they are not easy to play against. But we will give everything to win this game and have a good start in this World Championship."
Luckily for the Swiss team Ueli Rebsamen is back from knee injury and ready to play at the Men’s World Championship (info released at press conference on Friday).

The favourite Germany vs. Argentina

Germany won in 2011 and 2015 and hold 11 out of the 14 Men’s World Cup titles. Germany have made it very clear that they want to win the title this year and not just defend their coveted position. Coach Olaf Neuenfeld: "I think this will be the most thrilling World Cup of all time because there are 4 teams on eye level (note: Switzerland, Austria, Brazil and Germany). Anyone of these can win or end up being fourth."

Both Argentina and Chile come in to these preliminary games as the under dogs and therefore have no outside pressure to perform however both teams will be hoping for a win in today’s games. Argentina has performed consistently over the past two world cups coming fourth in 2011 but almost winning against second place Austria and ending up fifth in 2015.

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Photo credit: Raphael Schlattinger, Striker Switzerland (Photographer: Rouven Schönwandt)

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