The World Cup is ominously close! So that you aren't caught offside (they have that in soccer, right?), we're previewing all the participants, bringing you Four Things You Don't Know About Them. If you have a tidbit, send it along to tips@Deadspin.com. Today: Switzerland! And for World Cup previews that are even better than ours, check out That's On Point, who helped us with these as well.
• 1. Let's Get Ready To Rumble! Benjamin Huggel received a six-match ban for fighting with Turkey's Alpay (the guy in the headlock in the video here), the most infamous moment in this World Cup Qualifiers. Both play professionally in Germany, and apparently were suspended again for fighting in a league game. The Turkish team was punished more severely; they were determined to have started the brawl, along with their projectile hurling fans. The Swiss, of course, maintained neutrality until attacked (we couldn't resist). — (thanks to Eric Race).
• 2. Something For The Ladies. MySwitzerland.com would like to let you women know that, while the men are in Germany watching the World Cup, there are things for you to do, um, just over the border. We wouldn't open this at work, by the way. — (thanks to Sarah J. and wolfie, via Dave Barry).
• 3. We're Getin Hakin. Which country would you think Hakin Yakin plays for? That's right, Switzerland. First, it's impossible to read one of his interviews without giggling at the words: "said Yakin." Also, we don't know what it actually sounds like, but you can get a Hakin Yakin ringtone. The lyrics are: "were getin hakin were getin yakin were getin HAKIN YAKIN." By the way, FIFA president Sepp Blatter is from Switzerland. No word yet if he has a ringtone.
• 4. Longest Of Longshots. If recent history is any indication, we wouldn't bet on the Swiss in June. Its best performances in the World Cup have been reaching the quarterfinals in 1934, 1938 and when the country hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland also won silver at the 1924 Olympics.
(Monday: Serbia and Montenegro)