Switzerland names Petkovic to coach national team

The Swiss Football Association has officially named Vladimir

Petkovic as the next coach of the national team, starting July

1.

The Lazio coach will succeed Ottmar Hitzfeld after the 2014

World Cup in Brazil.

The 50-year-old’s contract until the end of 2015 will be

extended if Switzerland qualifies for the 2016 European

Championship finals in France.

A Bosnian Croat, Petkovic began his career as a player in 1981,

first in Yugoslavia, later moving to clubs in Switzerland.

He coached Bellinzona, Young Boys and Sion before taking up the

post in Rome in 2012, where he led Lazio to win the Italian

Cup.