Switzerland were one of the shock seeds in the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals -- and they could be seeded for the 2018 event too.
Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers.
But how can this be achieved by Switzerland in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw?
1. Win in Portugal
Switzerland can only realistically get enough ranking points to be in contention if they win away to Portugal....
Eren Derdiyok and Stephan Lichtsteiner netted as Switzerland maintained their 100 per cent start to World Cup qualifying courtesy of a 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.
Galatasaray striker Derdiyok smartly took down a long ball over the top before drilling a left-footed effort low under Faroes goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen in the 27th minute.
And Juventus defender Lichtsteiner made sure of the points with seven minutes remaining, heading in Ricardo Rodriguez's cross from close range.
The victory, their...
Bayer Leverkusen winger Admir Mehmedi has gifted a house to a poor family in Macedonia, the country of his birth.
Switzerland international Mehmedi, who left Macedonia aged three in the mid-1990s, visited a Macedonian village called Padalisht, where his father introduced him to a family.
Blick reported that the family of six lived inside a house in which they shared two beds in only room, and Mehmedi told the Swiss newspaper: "It affected me to the core."
The 25-year-old said the roof on the house...
Switzerland eventually got past a stubborn Andorra side to go top of Group B thanks to a 2-1 win at Estadi Nacional.
The opener came from the penalty spot after Admir Mehmedi was brought down in the area which was converted by defender Fabian Schar.
Despite plenty of attempts on goal, the visitors finally got their second when Xherdan Shaqiri found Mehmedi to nod home with 13 minutes remaining as they looked to ease to victory.
But Andorra caused some concern through Alexandre Martinez's 25-yard...