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Swiss international Isamaili’s body found in Lake Como

The body of football player Florijana Ismaili has been found three days after she went missing in a swimming accident on Italy's Lake Como, the fire brigade told Italian media.

Swiss international Isamaili's body found in Lake Como
Florijana Ismaili played 33 games for the Swiss national team. Photo: Berner Sport Club Young Boys/AFP

Ismaili’s body was found at a depth of 204 metres not far from where she went missing, Italian regional daily Corriere di Como reported.

Her body was now being recovered, the paper added.

Ismaili, was captain of Switzerland’s Young Boys team and had been on Switzerland's national team since 2014.

According to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Ismaili had on Saturday decided to spend a relaxing day at the lake with a teammate, and they had rented an inflatable boat near Musso.

“She jumped in to the water, but never surfaced again,” the paper said.

Ismaili played 33 games for the Swiss national team and participated in the 2015 World Cup. Switzerland did not qualify for the Women’s World Cup currently being held in France.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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