Finally not against Sweden

This time, the floorball national team will not meet Sweden in the semi-finals.Image: keystone

Switzerland avoids favorites Sweden in the semi-finals of the World Floorball Championships in Zurich and Winterthur. The last time the national team got stuck on this opponent four times in a row. Now the Czechia awaits today (17:30).

12/11/2022, 08:0411/12/2022, 1:27 p.m

It’s been the same story over the last few years. In six of the seven World Cups since 2008, the Swiss national team has met Sweden in the semi-finals – and failed each time.

The Swiss came closest to success at the 2018 World Championships in Prague. In the semi-finals, Patrick Mendelin scored just over three minutes before the end to make it 4-3, Switzerland was very close to a historic final. But the Swedes showed a reaction, equalized in the remaining 103 seconds and saved themselves in overtime. In the penalty shootout, the Swiss had to admit defeat, the players were inconsolable.

However, it was often a simple affair. 1:10 (2014), 2:7 (2016) and 1:6 (2021) were the last semi-final results against the nine-time world champion, who has always been in the final of 13 events and only lost four times against Finland.

Switzerland is not consistently convincing

Now the Swiss team avoids the top favorite thanks to the group win. So they are facing a big opportunity. Only once, in 1998 in Prague, were the Swiss in the final of the World Championship. Against – no surprise – Sweden, they lost it 3:10. Since then, winning the bronze medal has been the greatest emotion. She went to Switzerland seven times, the last time four years ago.

The opportunity it offers this year is causing euphoria among fans. However, the national team’s performances have been inconsistent so far. A disappointing 4-4 ​​win against Norway was followed by two strong performances against Finland and Slovakia before again needing patience to secure victory in a 3-1 win over Latvia on Thursday.

“Of course, not everything has gone perfectly so far. But we achieved our first big goal, the semi-finals, »said captain Nicola Bischofberger. “And now we have in our hands the reward for the great efforts we have made with regard to this home World Cup.”

A parallel to the last home World Cup

Defender Luca Graf agreed: “The duty is done and the biggest pressure is off.” Everything that follows now can be considered an addition. “Now we want to enjoy the next two games,” Graf said. “It would be great if we could give national team coach David Jansson a valuable farewell gift.”

However, the Swiss were warned. The last time they avoided Sweden in the semi-finals also in front of the home crowd. Ten years ago, however, they were unable to use the advantage. In Zurich’s Hallenstadion, Switzerland blew a 3-1 lead against Finland and lost 3-4 after extra time. (mom/sda)

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