In Episode 19 of the Seleção podcast, host Danny Pinto previews Portugal's Nations League semi-final opponents (Switzerland) with guest Craig King (@FootballSwissEN).

Danny also previews the other semi-final and potential opponents in the final with Michael Statham (@EredivisieMike) from the Football Oranje Podcast and Russell Osborne (@russell_osborne) of the Three Lions Podcast, covering the Netherlands and England respectively. 

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Switzerland will be a tricky opponent.
If Portugal decides to play cautious, then I predict Switzerland putting one past with a Shaqiri acrobatic kick.
My prediction: Sui 1 Por 0.
Quick question,
Why did FIFA allow for many foreign-born players...

Switzerland will be a tricky opponent.
If Portugal decides to play cautious, then I predict Switzerland putting one past with a Shaqiri acrobatic kick.
My prediction: Sui 1 Por 0.
Quick question,
Why did FIFA allow for many foreign-born players to play for Switzerland? e.g. Rodriguez, e.g. Shaqiri

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Danny Boy, the Swiss could make the same complaint about us:

Pepe- Brazil
William Carvalho- Angola
Danilo- Guinea Bissau
Rapha Guerreiro- France
Dyego Souza- Brazil.

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I’m not confident about this one. I watched Switzerland beat Belgium and they were immense . This current Portugal squad fills
Me with many doubts. Bernardo Silva getting ready to perform his trademark
Disappearing act . Our slow and vulnerable...

I’m not confident about this one. I watched Switzerland beat Belgium and they were immense . This current Portugal squad fills
Me with many doubts. Bernardo Silva getting ready to perform his trademark
Disappearing act . Our slow and vulnerable defense will get exposed.

I predict : Portugal 2-7 Switzerland .

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-Z-,
At least Bernardo will be playing humans relative to his size, so let's see.
If Portugal plays conservative, then chances are around fifty-fifty.

Chris,
The Guerreiro one isn't fair. There are a lot of Portuguese born in France.
Of the...

-Z-,
At least Bernardo will be playing humans relative to his size, so let's see.
If Portugal plays conservative, then chances are around fifty-fifty.

Chris,
The Guerreiro one isn't fair. There are a lot of Portuguese born in France.
Of the five that you mentioned, Pepe and Dyego are the most obvious. Let's see if Dyego even gets a run out.

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It's not about being fair Daniel, it's about what you said. Your specific question was:

Why did FIFA allow for many foreign-born players to play for Switzerland? e.g. Rodriguez, e.g. Shaqiri

I merely pointed out that Portugal also has many...

It's not about being fair Daniel, it's about what you said. Your specific question was:

Why did FIFA allow for many foreign-born players to play for Switzerland? e.g. Rodriguez, e.g. Shaqiri

I merely pointed out that Portugal also has many players that are "foreign-born", including Guerreiro, because last time I checked, France is not Portugal.

I did a little more research and it turns out Switzerland has only 3 foreign-born players (Rodriguez by the way, is not one of them, he was born in Zurich, Switzerland).

So, not only is your question inaccurate, it seems the Swiss would be the ones asking that of FIFA regarding Portugal.

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&;source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.thesun.co.uk/world-cup-2018/6655918/switzerland-squad-nationalities-world-cup-countries-albania/amp/&;ved=2ahUKEwjGqtn2psniAhVRhuAKHd_GDfIQFjABegQIEBAI&usg=AOvVaw2a_9Q3BFSi_6K...

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&;source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.thesun.co.uk/world-cup-2018/6655918/switzerland-squad-nationalities-world-cup-countries-albania/amp/&;ved=2ahUKEwjGqtn2psniAhVRhuAKHd_GDfIQFjABegQIEBAI&usg=AOvVaw2a_9Q3BFSi_6KDN1lGxDOu&ampcf=1

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Daniel, this article is over a year old. And I wouldn't really consider a British tabloid as a credible source.

We are using your direct words "foreign born". Of the current Swiss line up, only 3 players were born OUTSIDE of Switzerland. We are...

Daniel, this article is over a year old. And I wouldn't really consider a British tabloid as a credible source.

We are using your direct words "foreign born". Of the current Swiss line up, only 3 players were born OUTSIDE of Switzerland. We are not talking about where their parents are from.

All of them, barring 3, were born in Switzerland. Again, I don't have a problem with who plays for Portugal, but what I am saying is; you can't have it one way, and then complain about it on another team.

How many players for Portugal have been born outside of Portugal (not even talking of foreign descent). Off the top of my head, Cedric, Eusebio, Eder, Deco, Mario Coluna, Peyroteo, Lesson, Rony Lopes, Rolando, Adrien Silva, Dimas. I am sure there are more.

If you have a problem with their descent, I'd assume you'd also have a problem with 90% of America's, Canada's, or France's players.

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Just wanted to say, really enjoyed this podcast. Good convo regarding the Swiss team and Portuguese selections.

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