Switzerland national football team

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Switzerland
Nickname(s) Schweizer pati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
Association Swiss Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vladimir Petković
Captain Gökhan Inler
Most caps Heinz Hermann (118)[1]
Top scorer Alexander Frei (42)
FIFA code SUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 18 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest 3 (August 1993)
Lowest 83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 21 (10 July 2016)
Highest 8 (June 1924)
Lowest 62 (October 1979)
First international
 France 1–0 Switzerland  
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest win
  Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 9–0 Switzerland  
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
World Cup
Appearances 10 (First in 1934)
Best result Quarter-finals: 1934, 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result Round of 16, 2016
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver medal – second place 1924 Paris Team

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.[2] 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.

Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austria, making their third appearance in the competition. As with the two previous appearances, they did not clear the group stages.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

Switzerland earned the silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. It was beaten 3–0 by Uruguay in the final.

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.

Recent history[edit]

Euro 2004[edit]

Switzerland qualified for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in group 10 of the qualifying, ahead of Russia and Ireland.

After a 0–0 draw against Croatia, they lost 0–3 against England and 1–3 against France, and thus ended on the last place in group B of the main tournament.

Johann Vonlanthen became the youngest scorer ever in the Euro championships when he equalised against France, beating the record (set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney) by three months.[3]

World Cup 2006[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 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.

Euro 2008[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4]

Euro 2012[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Euro 2016[edit]

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.

Competitive record[edit]

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.

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Match kits[edit]

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.

Historical kits[edit]

1994-1996 home
1996-1998 home
2004-2005 home
2005-2006 home
2006-2008 home
2008-2010 home
2008-2010 away
2010-2012 home
2010-2012 away

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players are in the final squad for the UEFA Euro 2016.
Caps and goals updated on 25 June 2016 after the match against Poland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yann Sommer (1988-12-07) 7 December 1988 (age 27) 22 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
12 1GK Marwin Hitz (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Germany FC Augsburg
21 1GK Roman Bürki (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund

2 2DF Stephan Lichtsteiner (vice captain) (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 32) 85 5 Italy Juventus
3 2DF François Moubandje (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 26) 11 0 France Toulouse
4 2DF Nico Elvedi (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
5 2DF Steve von Bergen (1983-06-10) 10 June 1983 (age 33) 50 0 Switzerland Young Boys RET
6 2DF Michael Lang (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25) 19 2 Switzerland Basel
13 2DF Ricardo Rodríguez (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 24) 41 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
20 2DF Johan Djourou (1987-01-18) 18 January 1987 (age 29) 64 2 Germany Hamburger SV
22 2DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 24) 24 6 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim

8 3MF Fabian Frei (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 27) 9 1 Germany Mainz 05
10 3MF Granit Xhaka (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 23) 47 6 England Arsenal
11 3MF Valon Behrami (1985-04-19) 19 April 1985 (age 31) 70 2 England Watford
14 3MF Denis Zakaria (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Switzerland Young Boys
15 3MF Blerim Džemaili (1986-04-12) 12 April 1986 (age 30) 52 6 Italy Bologna
16 3MF Gélson Fernandes (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 29) 59 2 France Rennes
23 3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 24) 57 18 England Stoke City

7 4FW Breel Embolo (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 19) 14 1 Germany Schalke 04
9 4FW Haris Seferović (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 24) 34 7 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
17 4FW Shani Tarashaj (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 21) 5 0 England Everton
18 4FW Admir Mehmedi (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 25) 46 5 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
19 4FW Eren Derdiyok (1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 28) 53 10 Turkey Galatasaray

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1994-06-06) 6 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Switzerland Young Boys UEFA Euro 2016 PRE

DF Philippe Senderos (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 31) 57 5 Switzerland Grasshopper UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
DF Silvan Widmer (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 23) 7 0 Italy Udinese UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
DF Timm Klose (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 28) 14 0 England Norwich City v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2016
DF Fabian Lustenberger (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 28) 3 0 Germany Hertha BSC v.  Austria, 17 November 2015

MF Luca Zuffi (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Switzerland Basel UEFA Euro 2016 PRE
MF Renato Steffen (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 24) 4 0 Switzerland Basel UEFA Euro 2016 PRE / INJ
MF Pajtim Kasami (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 24) 12 2 England Nottingham Forest v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2016
MF Gökhan Inler (captain) (1984-06-27) 27 June 1984 (age 32) 89 7 England Leicester City v.  Austria, 17 November 2015
MF Valentin Stocker (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 27) 33 5 Germany Hertha BSC v.  Austria, 17 November 2015

FW Josip Drmić (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 24) 25 8 Germany 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[edit]

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.[6]

Coaches[edit]

Vladimir Petković is the current manager

National Team Results[edit]

Recent results and future matches.[7] Blue background colour indicates competitive matches.

Date Competition Opponent Venue Score Swiss scorers (International goal) Referee
5 September 2015 EC2016-Q  Slovenia Switzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel 3 – 2 Drmić (6th), Stocker (5th), Drmić (7th),
8 September 2015 EC2016-Q  England England Wembley Stadium, London 0 – 2
9 October 2015 EC2016-Q  San Marino Switzerland AFG Arena, St. Gallen 7 – 0 Lang (2nd), Inler (7th), Mehmedi (3rd), Djourou (2nd),
Kasami (2nd), Embolo (1st), Derdiyok (9th)
12 October 2015 EC2016-Q  Estonia Estonia A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn 1 – 0 Own goal
13 November 2015 Friendly  Slovakia Slovakia Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava 2 – 3 Derdiyok (10th), Drmić (8th)
17 November 2015 Friendly  Austria Austria Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna 2 – 1 Seferović (6th), Seferović (7th)
25 March 2016 Friendly  Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin 0 – 1
29 March 2016 Friendly  Bosnia and Herzegovina Switzerland Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich 0 – 2
28 May 2016 Friendly  Belgium Switzerland Stade de Genève, Geneva 1 – 2 Džemaili (6th)
3 June 2016 Friendly  Moldova Switzerland Stadio di Cornaredo, Lugano 2 – 1 Namaşco (OG), Mehmedi (4th)
11 June 2016 EC2016  Albania France Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens 1 – 0 Schär (6th)
15 June 2016 EC2016  Romania France Parc des Princes, Paris 1 – 1 Mehmedi (5th)
19 June 2016 EC2016  France France Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille 0 – 0
25 June 2016 EC2016  Poland France Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne 1 – 1 Shaqiri (18th)
6 September 2016 WC2018-Q  Portugal Switzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel
7 October 2016 WC2018-Q  Hungary Hungary Groupama Arena, Budapest
10 October 2016 WC2018-Q  Andorra Andorra Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella
13 November 2016 WC2018-Q  Faroe Islands Switzerland Swissporarena, Lucerne
25 March 2017 WC2018-Q  Latvia Switzerland
9 June 2017 WC2018-Q  Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn

Swiss youth teams[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]