Switzerland national football team
|Nickname(s)||Schweizer pati, La Nati, Rossocrociati|
|Association||Swiss Football Association|
|Head coach||Vladimir Petković|
|Most caps||Heinz Hermann (118)|
|Top scorer||Alexander Frei (42)|
|Current||18 (11 August 2016)|
|Highest||3 (August 1993)|
|Lowest||83 (December 1998)|
|Current||21 (10 July 2016)|
|Highest||8 (June 1924)|
|Lowest||62 (October 1979)|
| France 1–0 Switzerland
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
| Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
| Hungary 9–0 Switzerland
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
|Appearances||10 (First in 1934)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 1934, 1938 and 1954|
|Appearances||4 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 2016|
|Olympic medal record|
The Switzerland national football team (also known as the Schweizer Nati in German, La Nati in French, Squadra nazionale in Italian) is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.
The team's logo, ASF-SFV, represents the Swiss Football Association's initials in Switzerland's official languages: ASF represents both French (Association Suisse de Football) and Italian (Associazione Svizzera di Football), and SFV is German (Schweizerischer Fussballverband). In Romansh, the association is abbreviated as ASB (Associaziun Svizra da Ballape).
Its best performances in the World Cup have been reaching the quarter-finals three times, in 1934, 1938 and when the country hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland also won silver at the 1924 Olympics. The youth teams have been more successful, winning the 2002 U-17 European Championship and the 2009 U-17 World Cup.
In 2006, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the competition despite not conceding a goal, losing to Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the last 16, by failing to score a single penalty – becoming the first national team in Cup history to do this. They would not concede a goal until their second group stage game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, giving up a goal in the 74th minute against Chile, setting a World Cup Finals record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Match kits
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Most appearances and goals
- 6 Coaches
- 7 National Team Results
- 8 Swiss youth teams
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The team participated in its first FIFA World Cup in 1934, where it reached the quarter-final before losing to Czechoslovakia. Switzerland again reached the quarter-final stage in 1938, losing to Hungary. 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. The Swiss also qualified for the World Cup in 1950, 1962 and 1966, losing in the first round on each occasion.
After the appointment of English manager Roy Hodgson in 1992, Switzerland rose to its highest ever position in the FIFA World Rankings and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. At the tournament finals, the team qualified for the second round by beating Romania and drawing with host nation the United States. Switzerland lost 3–0 to Spain in the second round.
The team then qualified for its first ever UEFA European Championship. For the finals of UEFA Euro 1996, Hodgson was replaced by Portuguese Artur Jorge. The team finished bottom of Group A after a draw with England and defeats to the Netherlands and Scotland.
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 on away goals in the play-off round 2–0 and 2–4 (4-4 aggregate) 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 in history that a team lost on penalties without scoring a single goal in the penalties. It was also the first time in World Cup history that team left the tournament without conceding a goal.
Switzerland co-hosted the Euro 2008 together with Austria and was therefore automatically qualified. Switzerland played all matches of group A in Basel. After losing the opening game 0–1 to the Czech Republic and the second game 1–2 against Turkey, they were already eliminated from their home tournament after only two games. Consolation came from the 2–0 victory over Portugal in the final group stage game. All 3 goals by Switzerland were scored by Hakan Yakin.
World Cup 2010
Qualification: Switzerland played in group 2 of the UEFA qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Despite an embarrassing home loss against Luxembourg (1-2), they finished first in their group, ahead of Greece, Latvia and Israel.
Group stage: In their first game in group H, the team achieved a 1–0 win thanks to a goal from midfielder Gelson Fernandes against Spain, who were the eventual competition winners. Switzerland then lost their second game to Chile and thus needed a win by two goals in the last match against Honduras to advance to the next round. However, they managed only a scoreless draw and eventually placed third in their group.
Trivia: The goal by Mark González in the 75th minute of the game against Chile, ended a 559-minute streak without conceding a goal in World Cup matches, beating the record previously held by Italy by nine minutes.
Qualification: Switzerland ended qualification for group G in third place, behind England and Montenegro. This meant that for the first time since World Cup 2002, Switzerland did not qualify for a major international tournament.
World Cup 2014
Switzerland qualified for the 2014 World Cup by winning UEFA qualification Group E. At the tournament, the team progressed from Group E by finishing second, but were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Argentina following a late goal in extra time by Ángel Di María.
Switzerland were drawn in qualifying Group G. Switzerland booked their berth at UEFA Euro 2016 with a 7-0 win over San Marino on 9 October 2015. They started Group A with a 1-0 win over debutants Albania at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. Defender Fabian Schar got the winner, with new Arsenal FC signing Granit Xhaka winning the Man of the Match award.
They then drew 1-1 with Romania at Parc de Princes, Paris, with yet another MOTM award for Xhaka. They then qualified for the knockout stages by earning a 0-0 draw with the hosts France in Lille, where goalkeeper Yann Sommer won the MOTM award for a solid performance against the hosts.
In the knockout stages, the Swiss played Group B runners-up Poland in Saint-Etienne. Jakub Blaszczykowski opened the scoring, before Xherdan Shaqiri scored one of the goals of the tournament with a bicycle kick to take the game to extra time. It eventually went to a penalty shoot-out, where 9 out of 10 penalties being converted, the exception being star man Granit Xhaka, who missed Switzerland's second penalty. Switzerland lost 5-4 on penalties to Poland, who would get knocked out in the Quarter-Finals on penalties by eventual winners Portugal.
So far the Swiss have earned no major trophy. The closest they have come was the quarter finals of the World Cup on three occasions (1934, 1938 and 1954) and they won a silver medal in the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. The youth teams have been more successful, as the U-17-squad became European champions in 2002 and World champions in 2009 and the U-21 squad qualified for the semi-finals of the U-21-Euro 2002.
World Cup record
Main article: Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup
European Championship record
Main article: Switzerland at the UEFA European Football Championship
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
The Swiss home kit is all-red and the change is all-white, although the shorts and socks of each kit are interchangeable if there is a minor clash. The uniform is manufactured by Puma until the end of 2017-18 season.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Yann Sommer||7 December 1988||22||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|12||GK||Marwin Hitz||18 September 1987||2||0||FC Augsburg|
|21||GK||Roman Bürki||14 November 1990||5||0||Borussia Dortmund|
|2||DF||Stephan Lichtsteiner (vice captain)||16 January 1984||85||5||Juventus|
|3||DF||François Moubandje||21 June 1990||11||0||Toulouse|
|4||DF||Nico Elvedi||30 September 1996||1||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|5||DF||Steve von Bergen||10 June 1983||50||0||Young Boys RET|
|6||DF||Michael Lang||8 February 1991||19||2||Basel|
|13||DF||Ricardo Rodríguez||25 August 1992||41||0||VfL Wolfsburg|
|20||DF||Johan Djourou||18 January 1987||64||2||Hamburger SV|
|22||DF||Fabian Schär||20 December 1991||24||6||1899 Hoffenheim|
|8||MF||Fabian Frei||8 January 1989||9||1||Mainz 05|
|10||MF||Granit Xhaka||27 September 1992||47||6||Arsenal|
|11||MF||Valon Behrami||19 April 1985||70||2||Watford|
|14||MF||Denis Zakaria||20 November 1996||2||0||Young Boys|
|15||MF||Blerim Džemaili||12 April 1986||52||6||Bologna|
|16||MF||Gélson Fernandes||2 September 1986||59||2||Rennes|
|23||MF||Xherdan Shaqiri||10 October 1991||57||18||Stoke City|
|7||FW||Breel Embolo||14 February 1997||14||1||Schalke 04|
|9||FW||Haris Seferović||22 February 1992||34||7||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|17||FW||Shani Tarashaj||7 February 1995||5||0||Everton|
|18||FW||Admir Mehmedi||16 March 1991||46||5||Bayer Leverkusen|
|19||FW||Eren Derdiyok||12 June 1988||53||10||Galatasaray|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months and are still available for a call up.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Yvon Mvogo||6 June 1994||0||0||Young Boys||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|DF||Philippe Senderos||14 February 1985||57||5||Grasshopper||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|DF||Silvan Widmer||5 March 1993||7||0||Udinese||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|DF||Timm Klose||9 May 1988||14||0||Norwich City||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2016|
|DF||Fabian Lustenberger||2 May 1988||3||0||Hertha BSC||v. Austria, 17 November 2015|
|MF||Luca Zuffi||27 September 1990||4||0||Basel||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|MF||Renato Steffen||3 November 1991||4||0||Basel||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE / INJ|
|MF||Pajtim Kasami||2 June 1992||12||2||Nottingham Forest||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Gökhan Inler (captain)||27 June 1984||89||7||Leicester City||v. Austria, 17 November 2015|
|MF||Valentin Stocker||12 April 1989||33||5||Hertha BSC||v. Austria, 17 November 2015|
|FW||Josip Drmić||8 August 1992||25||8||Borussia Mönchengladbach||v. Austria, 16 November 2015|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Most appearances and goals
Most number of appearances and goals for the Swiss national team. Players in bold are still playing for the national team. Last updated after Switzerland vs Poland, 25 June 2016.
- Karl Rappan – 1960 to 11 November 1963
- Alfredo Foni – 1 July 1964 to 3 May 1967
- Erwin Ballabio – 24 May 1967 to 2 November 1969
- Louis Maurer – 17 October 1970 to 10 October 1971
- René Hüssy – 22 June 1973 to 8 September 1976
- Miroslav Blažević – 8 September 1976 to 30 March 1977
- Roger Vonlanthen – 30 March 1977 to 28 March 1979
- Leo Walker – 5 May 1979 to 21 December 1980
- Paul Wolfisberg – 24 March 1981 to 10 November 1985
- Daniel Jeandupeux – 12 March 1986 to 26 April 1989
- Uli Stielike – 21 June 1989 to 13 November 1991
- Roy Hodgson – 26 January 1992 to 15 November 1995
- Artur Jorge – 13 March 1996 to 18 June 1996
- Rolf Fringer – 1 August 1996 to 11 October 1997
- Gilbert Gress – 25 March 1998 to 9 October 1999
- Enzo Trossero – 16 August 2000 to 6 June 2001
- Jakob "Köbi" Kuhn – 15 August 2001 – 30 June 2008
- Ottmar Hitzfeld – 1 July 2008 – 1 July 2014
- Vladimir Petković – 1 July 2014 –
National Team Results
Recent results and future matches. Blue background colour indicates competitive matches.
Swiss youth teams
- Switzerland national under-23 football team (also known as Swiss Olympic)
- Switzerland national under-21 football team
- Switzerland national under-20 football team
- Switzerland national under-19 football team
- Switzerland national under-18 football team
- Switzerland national under-17 football team
- Switzerland national under-16 football team
- FIFA Century Club
- "Switzerland 0–0 Ukraine (aet)". BBC Sport. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
- Doyle, Paul (27 May 2008). "Euro 2008 team preview No1: Switzerland". The Guardian. London.
- "World Cup 2010: Switzerland Set New Record For Number Of Minutes Without Conceding A Goal". goal.com. 21 June 2010.
- "FIFA World Cup - Statistics for Switzerland". FIFA.com.
- "Switzerland – Record International Players". RSSSF.
- "FIFA.com – Switzerland: Fixtures and Results".
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