France plays in the World Cup for the 12th time and won it all at home in 1998. In 2002, though, France went 0-3 and didn't score a goal. 1998 here Zinedine Zidane is back for another try, but Djibril Cisse, broke his leg in France's last warmup game before the tournament, and is out.
The Swiss are making their eighth appearance in the World Cup and their first since 1994 in the USA. They've reached the quarterfinals three times, but not since 1954 when they were playing at home. In that year, Switzerland blew a 3-0 lead against Austria and lost 7-5. Switzerland surprised 2002 semifinalist Turkey in a 2-game series to win its spot.