Last month the Swiss football team won the U-17 world cup, the first time the country has won a world championship at any level. In the new issue of World Soccer, Brian Homewood points out (in an article not available online) that around half the squad are the children of immigrants and asylum seekers. All were born in the country, but twelve still hold dual nationality, and their parents come from countries as varied as Tunisia, the Congo, Bosnia and Ghana. The senior national team also contains the children of immigrants from places like Kosovo (Valeri Behrami), and Switzerland has punched above its weight in youth competitions for the last few years.
Looks like those ‘black sheep’ came in handy after all:
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