Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup

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Switzerland vs Costa Rica match in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Switzerland have appeared in the finals of the World Cup on eleven occasions, the first being at the second finals in 1934 where they finished in seventh position.

They have made their eleventh appearance in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[1][2]

World Cup record[edit]

Switzerland's record at FIFA World Cups:[3]

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Quarter-finals 7/16 2 1 0 1 5 5
France 1938 7/15 3 1 1 1 5 5
Brazil 1950 Group stage 6/13 3 1 1 1 4 6
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 8/16 4 2 0 2 11 11
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962 Group stage 16/16 3 0 0 3 2 8
England 1966 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 9
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Round of 16 16/24 4 1 1 2 5 7
France 1998 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006 Round of 16 10/32 4 2 2 0 4 0
South Africa 2010 Group stage 19/32 3 1 1 1 1 1
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 11/32 4 2 0 2 7 7
Russia 2018 14/32 4 1 2 1 5 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Quarter-finals 11/21 37 12 8 17 50 64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

By match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Switzerland scorers
1934 Round of 16  Netherlands 3–2 W Milan Kielholz (2), Abegglen
Quarter-finals  Czechoslovakia 2–3 L Turin Kielholz, Jäggi
1938 Round of 16  Germany 1–1 (aet) D Paris Abegglen
 Germany (R) 4–2 W Paris Walaschek, Bickel, Abegglen (2)
Quarter-finals  Hungary 0–2 L Lille
1950 Group stage  Yugoslavia 0–3 L Belo Horizonte
 Brazil 2–2 D São Paulo Fatton (2)
 Mexico 2–1 W Porto Alegre Bader, Antenen
1954 Group stage  Italy 2–1 W Lausanne Ballaman, Hügi
 England 0–2 L Bern
 Italy (PO) 4–1 W Basel Hügi, Ballaman, Fatton
Quarter-final  Austria 5–7 L Lausanne Ballaman (2), Hügi (3)
1962 Group stage  Chile 1–3 L Santiago Wüthrich
 West Germany 1–2 L Santiago Schneiter
 Italy 0–3 L Santiago
1966 Group stage  West Germany 0–5 L Sheffield
 Spain 1–2 L Sheffield Quentin
 Argentina 0–2 L Sheffield
1994 Group stage  United States 1–1 D Pontiac Bregy
 Romania 4–1 W Pontiac Sutter, Chapuisat, Knup (2)
 Colombia 0–2 L Palo Alto
Round of 16  Spain 0–3 L Washington
2006 Group stage  France 0–0 D Stuttgart
 Togo 2–0 W Dortmund Frei, Barnetta
 South Korea 2–0 W Hanover Senderos, Frei
Round of 16  Ukraine 0–0 (aet) D Cologne
2010 Group stage  Spain 1–0 W Durban Fernandes
 Chile 0–1 L Port Elizabeth
 Honduras 0–0 D Bloemfontein
2014 Group stage  Ecuador 2–1 W Brasília Mehmedi, Seferović
 France 2–5 L Salvador Džemaili, Xhaka
 Honduras 3–0 W Manaus Shaqiri (3)
Round of 16  Argentina 0–1 (aet) L São Paulo
2018 Group stage  Brazil 1–1 D Rostov-on-Don Zuber
 Serbia 2–1 W Kaliningrad Xhaka, Shaqiri
 Costa Rica 2–2 D Nizhny Novgorod Džemaili, Drmić
Round of 16  Sweden 0–1 L Saint Petersburg

Match records[edit]

1934 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The group stage used in the first World Cup was discarded in favour of a straight knockout tournament.

Switzerland  3 – 2 Netherlands
Kielholz Goal 7'43'[4]
Abegglen Goal 69'
Report Smit Goal 19'
Vente Goal 84'
Attendance: ~40,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

Czechoslovakia 3 – 2  Switzerland
Svoboda Goal 24'
Sobotka Goal 49'
Nejedlý Goal 82'
Report Kielholz Goal 18'
Jäggi Goal 78'
Attendance: ~12,000

1938 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Switzerland  1–1 (a.e.t.) Germany
Abegglen Goal 43' Report Gauchel Goal 29'
Attendance: 27,162

Germany 2–4  Switzerland
Hahnemann Goal 8'
Lörtscher Goal 22' (o.g.)
Report Walaschek Goal 42'
Bickel Goal 64'
Abegglen Goal 75'78'
Attendance: 20,265
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

Switzerland  0–2 Hungary
Report Sárosi Goal 40'
Zsengellér Goal 89'[5]
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Rinaldo Barlassina (Italy)

1950 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 8 2 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 7 3 4
  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 4 6 3
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 2 10 0
Yugoslavia 3 – 0  Switzerland
Mitić Goal 59'
Tomašević Goal 70'
Ognjanov Goal 75'
Report

Brazil 2 – 2  Switzerland
Alfredo Goal 3'
Baltazar Goal 32'
Report Fatton Goal 17'88'

Switzerland  2 – 1 Mexico
Bader Goal 10'
Antenen Goal 44'
Report Casarín Goal 89'

1954 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Switzerland hosted the tournament in 1954 and reached the quarter-final for a third time, where the team was beaten 7–5 by neighbouring Austria.

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 England 2 1 1 0 6 4 3
  Switzerland 2 1 0 1 2 3 2
 Italy 2 1 0 1 5 3 2
 Belgium 2 0 1 1 5 8 1
  • Switzerland finished ahead of Italy by winning a play-off
Switzerland  2–1 Italy
Ballaman Goal 18'
Hügi Goal 78'
Report Boniperti Goal 44'
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Mario Vianna (Brazil)

England 2–0  Switzerland
Mullen Goal 43'
Wilshaw Goal 69'
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Istvan Zsolt (Hungary)

Switzerland  4–1 Italy
Hügi Goal 14'85'
Ballaman Goal 48'
Fatton Goal 90'
Report Nesti Goal 67'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Austria 7–5  Switzerland
Wagner Goal 25'27'53'
R. Körner Goal 26'34'
Ocwirk Goal 32'
Probst Goal 76'
Report Ballaman Goal 16'39'
Hügi Goal 17'19'58'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Charlie Faultless (Scotland)

1962 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After missing out on the previous tournament, Switzerland qualified for the 1962 edition, held in Chile. Unfortunately, they finished at the bottom of Group 2 without a single point, having lost all their matches.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 4.00 5
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 1.67 4
 Italy 3 1 1 1 3 2 1.50 3
  Switzerland 3 0 0 3 2 8 0.25 0
Chile 3–1  Switzerland
L. Sánchez Goal 44'55'
Ramírez Goal 51'
Report Wüthrich Goal 6'
Attendance: 65,000

West Germany 2–1  Switzerland
Brülls Goal 45'
Seeler Goal 59'
Report Schneiter Goal 73'
Attendance: 64,922

Italy 3–0  Switzerland
Mora Goal 1'
Bulgarelli Goal 65'67'
Report

1966 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Despite securing back-to-back qualification for the FIFA World Cups, Switzerland's performance in the 1966 edition was far more abysmal. They lost all of their matches once more, including a 5-0 walloping by eventual runners-up West Germany in their opening game. To date, this remains as Switzerland's worst performance.

This was also Switzerland's last FIFA World Cup campaign in 28 years, as their next appearance at the tournament would come in the 1994 edition.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 West Germany 3 2 1 0 7 1 7.00 5
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 4 1 4.00 5
 Spain 3 1 0 2 4 5 0.80 2
  Switzerland 3 0 0 3 1 9 0.11 0
West Germany 5–0  Switzerland
Held Goal 16'
Haller Goal 21'77' (pen.)
Beckenbauer Goal 40'52'
Report

Spain 2–1  Switzerland
Sanchís Goal 57'
Amancio Goal 75'
Report Quentin Goal 31'

Argentina 2–0  Switzerland
Artime Goal 52'
Onega Goal 79'
Report

1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3  United States (H) 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.


United States 1–1  Switzerland
Wynalda Goal 45' Report Bregy Goal 39'
United States
Switzerland
GK 1 Tony Meola(c)
SW 17 Marcelo Balboa
RB 4 Cle Kooiman
CB 22 Alexi Lalas
LB 20 Paul Caligiuri
RM 9 Tab Ramos
CM 16 Mike Sorber
CM 5 Thomas Dooley
LM 6 John Harkes Yellow card 89'
CF 8 Earnie Stewart Substituted off 81'
CF 11 Eric Wynalda Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Roy Wegerle Substituted in 58'
FW 13 Cobi Jones Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Milutinović
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
SW 5 Alain Geiger(c)
RB 2 Marc Hottiger
CB 4 Dominique Herr Yellow card 26'
LB 3 Yvan Quentin
CM 6 Georges Bregy
CM 10 Ciriaco Sforza Substituted off 77'
RW 8 Christophe Ohrel
AM 16 Thomas Bickel Substituted off 72'
LW 7 Alain Sutter
CF 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
FW 14 Nestor Subiat Yellow card 82' Substituted in 72'
MF 21 Thomas Wyss Substituted in 77'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson

Assistant referees:
Ernesto Taibi (Argentina)
Venancio Zarate (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Ernesto Filippi (Uruguay)


Romania 1–4  Switzerland
Hagi Goal 35' Report Sutter Goal 16'
Chapuisat Goal 52'
Knup Goal 65'72'
Attendance: 61,428
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)
Romania
Switzerland
GK 12 Bogdan Stelea
DF 2 Dan Petrescu
DF 3 Daniel Prodan
DF 4 Miodrag Belodedici Yellow card 47'
MF 5 Ioan Lupescu Yellow card 40' Substituted off 85'
MF 6 Gheorghe Popescu
MF 7 Dorinel Munteanu
FW 9 Florin Răducioiu
MF 10 Gheorghe Hagi(c)
MF 11 Ilie Dumitrescu Substituted off 70'
DF 14 Gheorghe Mihali Yellow card 32'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Basarab Panduru Substituted in 85'
FW 16 Ion Vlădoiu Red card 73' Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
DF 2 Marc Hottiger
DF 3 Yvan Quentin
DF 4 Dominique Herr
DF 5 Alain Geiger(c)
MF 6 Georges Bregy
MF 7 Alain Sutter Substituted off 71'
DF 8 Christophe Ohrel Substituted off 83'
FW 9 Adrian Knup
MF 10 Ciriaco Sforza
FW 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
MF 16 Thomas Bickel Substituted in 71'
MF 20 Patrick Sylvestre Substituted in 83'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson

Assistant referees:
Abdel-Magid Hassan (Egypt)
Davoud Fanaei (Iran)
Fourth official:
Joël Quiniou (France)

Note: Switzerland's fourth goal is also credited to Georges Bregy.


Switzerland  0–2 Colombia
Report Gaviria Goal 44'
Lozano Goal 90'
Attendance: 83,401
Switzerland
Colombia
GK 1 Marco Pascolo
DF 2 Marc Hottiger
DF 3 Yvan Quentin
DF 4 Dominique Herr
DF 5 Alain Geiger(c)
MF 6 Georges Bregy Yellow card 85'
MF 7 Alain Sutter Substituted off 82'
DF 8 Christophe Ohrel
FW 9 Adrian Knup Yellow card 39' Substituted off 82'
MF 10 Ciriaco Sforza
FW 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
Substitutions:
FW 14 Nestor Subiat Substituted in 82'
FW 15 Marco Grassi Substituted in 82'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson
GK 1 Óscar Córdoba
DF 2 Andrés Escobar
DF 3 Alexis Mendoza
DF 4 Luis Fernando Herrera
MF 5 Hernán Gaviria Yellow card 58' Substituted off 79'
MF 10 Carlos Valderrama(c) Yellow card 62'
FW 11 Adolfo Valencia Substituted off 64'
MF 14 Leonel Álvarez Yellow card 80'
MF 19 Freddy Rincón
DF 20 Wilson Pérez
FW 21 Faustino Asprilla
Substitutions:
FW 7 Antony de Ávila Substituted in 64'
MF 8 John Harold Lozano Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Francisco Maturana

Assistant referees:
Carl-Johan Meyer Christensen (Denmark)
Douglas Micael James (Trinidad and Tobago)
Fourth official:
Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)


Spain 3 – 0  Switzerland
Hierro Goal 15'
Luis Enrique Goal 74'
Begiristain Goal 86' (pen.)
Report
Spain
Switzerland
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
DF 2 Albert Ferrer Yellow card 19'
DF 4 Paco Camarasa Yellow card 22'
DF 5 Abelardo
DF 6 Fernando Hierro Substituted off 76'
MF 7 Andoni Goikoetxea Yellow card 18' Substituted off 61'
MF 10 José Mari Bakero
DF 12 Sergi
DF 18 Rafael Alkorta
MF 20 Miguel Ángel Nadal
MF 21 Luis Enrique
Substitutions:
MF 11 Txiki Begiristain Substituted in 61'
DF 3 Jorge Otero Yellow card 87' Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
GK 1 Marco Pascolo Yellow card 85'
DF 2 Marc Hottiger Yellow card 23'
DF 3 Yvan Quentin Substituted off 58'
DF 4 Dominique Herr
DF 5 Alain Geiger (c)
MF 6 Georges Bregy
DF 8 Christophe Ohrel Substituted off 73'
FW 9 Adrian Knup
MF 10 Ciriaco Sforza
FW 11 Stéphane Chapuisat
MF 16 Thomas Bickel
Substitutions:
DF 19 Jürg Studer Yellow card 69' Substituted in 58'
FW 14 Nestor Subiat Yellow card 77' Substituted in 73'
Manager:
England Roy Hodgson

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The Swiss line-up against China, just before World Cup 2006

The World Cup 2006 in Germany was the first World Cup for Switzerland since their participation at the World Cup 1994. After finishing second behind France in qualifying group 4, they defeated Turkey in the play-off round 2–0 and 4–2 to qualify for the main tournament.

In the group stage, they played again against France. The game played in Stuttgart ended in a goalless draw. After defeating Togo 2–0 in Dortmund and South Korea also 2–0 in Hannover, they finished first in group G and qualified for the knockout stage. In the second round of the tournament, they faced Ukraine in Cologne. The game had to be decided in a penalty shootout since no goal was scored after 120 minutes. Ukraine won the shootout 3–0. Switzerland was the only team in tournament not to have conceded a goal during regulation time in their matches. Switzerland's top scorer at the tournament was Alexander Frei with two goals. When Switzerland lost 3–0 on penalties, that was the first time that a team lost on penalties without scoring a single goal in the penalties.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  France 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  South Korea 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4  Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria


All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

France 0–0  Switzerland
Report
France
Switzerland
GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 19 Willy Sagnol Yellow card 90+3'
CB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 3 Eric Abidal Yellow card 64'
CM 4 Patrick Vieira
CM 6 Claude Makelele
RW 22 Franck Ribéry Substituted off 70'
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane (c) Yellow card 72'
LW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted off 84'
CF 12 Thierry Henry
Substitutions:
FW 14 Louis Saha Substituted in 70'
MF 8 Vikash Dhorasoo Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
France-Switzerland line-up.svg
GK 1 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 23 Philipp Degen Yellow card 56'
CB 20 Patrick Müller Substituted off 75'
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin Yellow card 42'
DM 6 Johann Vogel (c)
RM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta
LM 8 Raphaël Wicky Substituted off 82'
AM 7 Ricardo Cabanas Yellow card 72'
CF 9 Alexander Frei Yellow card 90+3'
CF 11 Marco Streller Yellow card 45' Substituted off 57'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Daniel Gygax Substituted in 57'
DF 2 Johan Djourou Substituted in 75'
MF 5 Xavier Margairaz Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn

Man of the Match:
Claude Makelele (France)

Assistant referees:
Nikolay Golubev (Russia)
Evgueni Volnin (Russia)
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott (United States)
Fifth official:
Gregory Barkey (United States)


Togo 0–2  Switzerland
Report Frei Goal 16'
Barnetta Goal 88'
Togo
Switzerland
GK 16 Kossi Agassa
RB 5 Massamasso Tchangai (c)
CB 2 Daré Nibombé
CB 13 Richmond Forson
LB 23 Assimiou Touré
DM 15 Alaixys Romao Yellow card 53'
RM 9 Thomas Dossevi Substituted off 69'
CM 10 Mamam Cherif Touré Substituted off 87'
LM 8 Kuami Agboh Substituted off 25'
SS 4 Emmanuel Adebayor Yellow card 47'
CF 17 Mohamed Kader
Substitutions:
FW 7 Moustapha Salifou Yellow card 45' Substituted in 25'
FW 18 Yao Junior Senaya Substituted in 69'
FW 11 Robert Malm Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Germany Otto Pfister
Togo-Switzerland line-up.svg
GK 1 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 23 Philipp Degen
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin
DM 6 Johann Vogel (c) Yellow card 90+2'
RM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta
LM 8 Raphaël Wicky
AM 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted off 77'
CF 9 Alexander Frei Substituted off 87'
CF 10 Daniel Gygax Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Hakan Yakin Substituted in 46'
FW 11 Marco Streller Substituted in 77'
FW 18 Mauro Lustrinelli Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn

Man of the Match:
Alexander Frei (Switzerland)

Assistant referees:
Amelio Andino (Paraguay)
Manuel Bernal (Paraguay)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco)
Fifth official:
Brahim Djezzar (Algeria)


Switzerland  2–0 South Korea
Senderos Goal 23'
Frei Goal 77'
Report
Switzerland
Korea Republic
GK 1 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 23 Philipp Degen
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos Yellow card 43' Substituted off 53'
LB 17 Christoph Spycher Yellow card 82'
DM 6 Johann Vogel (c)
RM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta
LM 8 Raphaël Wicky Yellow card 69' Substituted off 88'
AM 7 Ricardo Cabanas
SS 22 Hakan Yakin Yellow card 55' Substituted off 71'
CF 9 Alexander Frei
Substitutions:
DF 2 Johan Djourou Yellow card 90' Substituted in 53'
MF 5 Xavier Margairaz Substituted in 71'
MF 19 Valon Behrami Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
Switzerland-SouthKorea line-up.svg
GK 1 Lee Woon-jae (c)
RB 12 Lee Young-pyo Substituted off 63'
CB 4 Choi Jin-cheul Yellow card 78'
CB 6 Kim Jin-kyu Yellow card 37'
LB 3 Kim Dong-jin
RM 17 Lee Ho
CM 5 Kim Nam-il
LM 10 Park Chu-young Yellow card 23' Substituted off 66'
AM 14 Lee Chun-soo Yellow card 80'
AM 7 Park Ji-sung
CF 19 Cho Jae-jin
Substitutions:
FW 9 Ahn Jung-hwan Yellow card 78' Substituted in 63'
FW 11 Seol Ki-hyeon Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Netherlands Dick Advocaat

Man of the Match:
Alexander Frei (Switzerland)

Assistant referees:
Darío García (Argentina)
Rodolfo Otero (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)
Fifth official:
Dramane Danté (Mali)


Switzerland
Ukraine
GK 1 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 23 Philipp Degen
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 2 Johan Djourou Substituted off 34'
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin
DM 6 Johann Vogel (c)
RM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Yellow card 59'
LM 8 Raphaël Wicky
AM 7 Ricardo Cabanas
SS 22 Hakan Yakin Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Alexander Frei Substituted off 117'
Substitutions:
DF 13 Stéphane Grichting Substituted in 34'
FW 11 Marco Streller Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Mauro Lustrinelli Substituted in 117'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
Switzerland-Ukraine line-up.svg
GK 1 Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
CB 9 Oleh Husyev
CB 17 Vladislav Vashchuk
CB 2 Andriy Nesmachniy
RM 8 Oleh Shelayev
CM 14 Andriy Husin
LM 4 Anatoliy Tymoschuk
AM 16 Andriy Vorobei Substituted off 94'
AM 19 Maksym Kalynychenko Substituted off 75'
SS 10 Andriy Voronin Substituted off 111'
CF 7 Andriy Shevchenko (c)
Substitutions:
MF 21 Ruslan Rotan Substituted in 75'
FW 11 Serhiy Rebrov Substituted in 94'
FW 15 Artem Milevskiy Substituted in 111'
Manager:
Oleg Blokhin

Man of the Match:
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (Ukraine)

Assistant referees:
José Ramírez (Mexico)
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
Fourth official:
Jerome Damon (South Africa)
Fifth official:
Justice Yeboah (Ghana)

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Switzerland were the only team to beat eventual world champion Spain, by a 0–1 victory in the group stage. In spite of this, they did not survive the first round.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4  Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
Spain 0–1  Switzerland
Report Fernandes Goal 52'
Attendance: 62,453
Spain[7]
Switzerland[7]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 5 Carles Puyol
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 16 Sergio Busquets Substituted off 61'
CM 14 Xabi Alonso
CM 8 Xavi
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off 62'
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta Substituted off 77'
CF 7 David Villa
Substitutions:
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 61'
MF 22 Jesús Navas Substituted in 62'
FW 18 Pedro Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
ESP-SUI 2010-06-16.svg
GK 1 Diego Benaglio Yellow card 90+1'
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 4 Philippe Senderos Substituted off 36'
CB 13 Stéphane Grichting Yellow card 30'
LB 17 Reto Ziegler Yellow card 73'
RM 7 Tranquillo Barnetta Substituted off 90+2'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler (c)
CM 6 Benjamin Huggel
LM 16 Gélson Fernandes
SS 19 Eren Derdiyok Substituted off 79'
CF 10 Blaise Nkufo
Substitutions:
DF 5 Steve von Bergen Substituted in 36'
MF 15 Hakan Yakin Yellow card 90+4' Substituted in 79'
DF 22 Mario Eggimann Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld

Man of the Match:
Gélson Fernandes (Switzerland)

Assistant referees:
Darren Cann (England)[6]
Mike Mullarkey (England)[6]
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)[6]
Fifth official:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)[6]


Chile 1–0  Switzerland
González Goal 75' Report
Chile[8]
Switzerland[8]
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
RB 4 Mauricio Isla
CB 17 Gary Medel Yellow card 61'
CB 3 Waldo Ponce Yellow card 25'
LB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RM 8 Arturo Vidal Substituted off 46'
CM 6 Carlos Carmona Yellow card 22'
LM 14 Matías Fernández Yellow card 60' Substituted off 65'
RW 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 9 Humberto Suazo Yellow card 2' Substituted off 46'
LW 15 Jean Beausejour
Substitutions:
FW 10 Jorge Valdivia Yellow card 90+2' Substituted in 46'
MF 11 Mark González Substituted in 46'
FW 22 Esteban Paredes Substituted in 65'
Manager:
Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
CHI-SUI 2010-06-21.svg
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 5 Steve von Bergen
CB 13 Stéphane Grichting
LB 17 Reto Ziegler
RM 11 Valon Behrami Red card 31'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler Yellow card 60'
CM 6 Benjamin Huggel
LM 16 Gélson Fernandes Substituted off 77'
SS 9 Alexander Frei (c) Substituted off 42'
CF 10 Blaise Nkufo Yellow card 18' Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Tranquillo Barnetta Yellow card 48' Substituted in 42'
FW 19 Eren Derdiyok Substituted in 68'
FW 18 Albert Bunjaku Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld

Man of the Match:
Mark González (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)
Saleh Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Martín Vázquez (Uruguay)
Fifth official:
Miguel Nievas (Uruguay)


Switzerland  0–0 Honduras
Report
Switzerland[9]
Honduras[9]
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 5 Steve von Bergen
CB 13 Stéphane Grichting
LB 17 Reto Ziegler
RM 7 Tranquillo Barnetta
CM 6 Benjamin Huggel Substituted off 78'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler (c)
LM 16 Gélson Fernandes Yellow card 34' Substituted off 46'
CF 19 Eren Derdiyok
CF 10 Blaise Nkufo Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Hakan Yakin Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Alexander Frei Substituted in 69'
MF 23 Xherdan Shaqiri Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld
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GK 18 Noel Valladares (c)
RB 16 Mauricio Sabillón
CB 2 Osman Chávez Yellow card 64'
CB 5 Víctor Bernárdez
LB 3 Maynor Figueroa
CM 8 Wilson Palacios Yellow card 89'
CM 6 Hendry Thomas Yellow card 4'
RW 17 Edgar Álvarez
LW 7 Ramón Núñez Substituted off 67'
CF 10 Jerry Palacios Substituted off 78'
CF 11 David Suazo Yellow card 58' Substituted off 87'
Substitutions:
FW 15 Walter Martínez Substituted in 67'
FW 12 Georgie Welcome Substituted in 78'
MF 19 Danilo Turcios Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Colombia Reinaldo Rueda

Man of the Match:
Noel Valladares (Honduras)

Assistant referees:
Ricardo Casas (Argentina)
Hernan Maidana (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
Fifth official:
Jose Manuel Silva Cardinal (Portugal)

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland were drawn in Group E along with Ecuador, France, and Honduras. They opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in Brasilia. However, in their next match, they suffered a 5-2 defeat to France. Despite the initial setback, a 3-0 victory in their final game against Honduras, courtesy of a hat-trick by Xherdan Shaqiri sent them into the round of 16, where they faced the two-time world champions and eventual runners-up Argentina.

The game was goalless and nearly heading to penalties when Ángel Di María scored a 118th-minute extra time goal to send Argentina into the quarter-finals. Despite being eliminated in the round of 16, it was Switzerland's best performance in eight years.


Legend
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 6
3  Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

All times local: five matches are in Brasília official time (UTC−3), while Honduras v Switzerland, played in Manaus, is in the Amazon time zone (UTC−4).

Switzerland  2–5 France
Džemaili Goal 81'
Xhaka Goal 87'
Report Giroud Goal 17'
Matuidi Goal 18'
Valbuena Goal 40'
Benzema Goal 67'
Sissoko Goal 73'
Honduras 0–3  Switzerland
Report Shaqiri Goal 6'31'71'
Attendance: 40,322
Argentina 1-0 (a.e.t.)  Switzerland
Di María Goal 118' Report
Attendance: 63,255

Record players[edit]

Stephan Lichtsteiner became Switzerland's record World Cup player as team captain in 2018.
No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Stephan Lichtsteiner 10 2010, 2014 and 2018
Valon Behrami 10 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018
3 Xherdan Shaqiri 9 2010, 2014 and 2018
4 Kiki Antenen 8 1950, 1954 and 1962
Johan Djourou 8 2006, 2014 and 2018
Ricardo Rodríguez 8 2014 and 2018
Granit Xhaka 8 2014 and 2018
8 Roger Bocquet 7 1950 and 1954
Jacky Fatton 7 1950 and 1954
André Neury 7 1950 and 1954
Tranquillo Barnetta 7 2006 and 2010
Diego Benaglio 7 2010 and 2014
Gökhan İnler 7 2010 and 2014
Josip Drmić 7 2014 and 2018
Blerim Džemaili 7 2014 and 2018
Haris Seferović 7 2014 and 2018

Top goalscorers[edit]

With six goals at Switzerland's home tournament in 1954, Josef Hügi won the shared Silver Boot - the only individual FIFA World Cup award ever received by a Swiss player.

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Josef Hügi 6 1954
2 André Abegglen 4 1934 (1) and 1938 (3)
Robert Ballaman 4 1954
Xherdan Shaqiri 4 2014 (3) and 2018 (1)
5 Leopold Kielholz 3 1934
Jacques Fatton 3 1950 (2) and 1954 (1)
7 Adrian Knup 2 1994
Alexander Frei 2 2006
Granit Xhaka 2 2014 and 2018
Blerim Džemaili 2 2014 and 2018

Squads[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium and Switzerland seeded for World Cup 2014 in Brazil". BBC Sport. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Blagger's guide to Switzerland in Brazil". Daily Telegraph. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  3. ^ "FIFA World Cup - Statistics for Switzerland". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
  4. ^ RSSSF credits this goal as occurring in the 29th minute.
  5. ^ RSSSF credits this goal as coming in the 90th minute.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group H – Spain-Switzerland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group H – Chile-Switzerland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group H – Switzerland-Honduras" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.

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