New Delhi: Swiss forward Alexander Frei and Australian midfielder Marco Bresciano were the heroes of their country's qualifying campaigns. They helped their countries qualify for the World Cup Finals against all odds. Opponents will find Switzerland's Alexander Frei a hard man to defend against at the World Cup finals. He's fast, agile and capable of putting the ball into the back of the net off either boot. Capped over 30 times for his country, the 26 year old Rennes striker was the French league's highest goal scorer last season. Switzerland's do-or-die qualification play-off against Turkey was a dramatic affair for Frei. The president of the Turkish Football Federation alleged Frei had insulted coach Fatih Terim after the first leg in Bern. Then he scored the first of Switzerland's crucial away goals in the opening minute of the second leg. Regarded in past years as something of a journeyman, Alexander Frei could well make a lasting impression in Germany in 2006. Marco Bresciano The rise of gifted Australian midfielder Marco Bresciano has been a priceless asset for his national side who are embarking on their first World Cup finals in 32 years. A member of Italian Serie A team Parma, Bresciano is well versed in the demands of elite football and will be an integral part of the Socceroo's line-up at Germany 2006. His lightning pace and eye for goal has reaped rewards at club and international level; with the biggest reward of all coming in the second-leg play-off against Uruguay, where the passionate player levelled the aggregate score to put Australia on the verge of World Cup qualification. At just 24 and with Australia finally becoming a serious contender in the international arena, look out for Marco Bresciano at the World Cup in 2006 and beyond.
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