‘Mountain Maradona’ – swissinfo

He’s only 1.69 metres tall, weighs 72 kilos and is 19 years old. In August, Xherdan Shaqiri was named Swiss Footballer of the Year for his performance in the Swiss national team. He showed the title was well-earned with his hat-trick against Bulgaria in September. The Swiss are hoping he will work his magic again this weekend, when their team face Wales in a qualifier for the 2012 European Football Championships. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Don’t trash the train – swissinfo

Swiss trains often look like battlefields after football fans have been in them. Repair bills can amount to thousands of francs. One of the country’s top teams, Young Boys, decided to put a stop to this by appointing monitors from its own fan base, to patrol the trains and calm down the rowdies. Swiss TV took a ride with one of the new train monitors to see how the pilot scheme was working out. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Ring pull – swissinfo

Luke, Sylvain, Laura, Luca and Stanley are ordinary-looking young people. On Saturday nights, however, they turn into vampires and other weird characters. In the ring, the fighters of Swiss Championship Wrestling demonstrate their agility and entertain the audience with tricks and acrobatics. (Luigi Jorio and Thomas Kern, swissinfo.ch).
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Hooligans – swissinfo

Zurich police recently published video footage showing football fans rioting in a stadium. The violent images shocked the Swiss public and questions are increasingly being raised as to how to tackle the problem. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Boxing champion – swissinfo

Swiss-Japanese boxing professional Aniya Seki is Switzerland’s best female boxer. The 32-year-old began her career three years ago. So far she lost just one out of 18 fights. This weekend she’s competing in Bern for the world championship title. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Hiking danger – swissinfo

There’s been a sharp increase in hiking and climbing accidents in Switzerland over the past few years. This year alone, at least 40 people have died in the Swiss Alps. It is believed that people often over-estimate their abilities. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Vicious cycle – swissinfo

They meet three times a week at a car park under a motorway opposite La Praille shopping centre in the Swiss city of Geneva. Divided into two teams of three, they do battle. They? Fans of bike polo, a sport invented in Ireland at the end of the 19th century and which took off a few years ago when bike couriers in the United States started playing on hard surfaces. Today, bike polo has spread to many cities around the world, from Berlin to New York, via Barcelona. Geneva attracts many of the best players fro
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