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Swiss Neutrality a Soccer Myth

Reuters

On Saturday, Servette's players walked disconsolately off the pitch after their 1-0 loss to Thun in the Swiss Super League. More than the loss, they may have been dejected at the possibility that they had played their last game of the season, despite the fact that the league doesn't wrap up until May 23.

The Geneva-based club, whose history dates back to 1890, filed for bankruptcy Thursday and could fold by the end of this week. Rather than traveling the day before and spending the night at the hotel, the team had made the 120-mile trip hours before kickoff: Following news of the bankruptcy, no hotelier wanted their IOUs.

Switzerland evokes images of stability, tranquillity and, well, boredom. It's rife with banks, watches and chocolates. It's where the von...

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