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Switzerland to play Costa Rica in World Cup warmup

Switzerland will play Costa Rica as part of its final preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Alexander Frei is Swizterland's all-time leading scorer with 40 goals. ((FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images))

Switzerland will play Costa Rica as part of its final preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Costa Rica has been picked for the June 1 match because Switzerland plays its CONCACAF regional rival Honduras in a Group H meeting on June 25.

The friendly will be played at Sion, close to Switzerland’s Alpine training camp at Crans-Montana.

It has yet to choose an opponent for its final warmup match scheduled for June 5.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side opens its World Cup program June 16 against top-seeded Spain, then faces Chile five days later.