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Switzerland national football 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.

Switzerland
Nickname(s) Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
Association Swiss Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vladimir Petković
Captain Stephan Lichtsteiner
Most caps Heinz Hermann (118)[1]
Top scorer Alexander Frei (42)
FIFA code SUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 7 Decrease 3 (14 September 2017)
Highest 3 (August 1993)
Lowest 83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 14 (5 July 2017)
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
  Switzerland 0–9 England 
(Basel, Switzerland; 20 May 1909)
 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 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 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.

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HistoryEdit

20th centuryEdit

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 the Portuguese Artur Jorge. The team finished bottom of Group A after a draw with England and defeats to the Netherlands and Scotland.

Recent historyEdit

Euro 2004Edit

Switzerland qualified for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in Group 10 of the qualifying, ahead of Russia and the Republic of Ireland. After a 0–0 draw against Croatia, they lost 0–3 against England and 1–3 against France to finish last in Group B.

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 2006Edit

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

The 2006 World Cup in Germany was the first World Cup for Switzerland since 1994. After finishing second behind France in qualifying Group 4, they defeated Turkey on the away goals rule 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 in Stuttgart, a 0–0 draw. After defeating Togo 2–0 in Dortmund and South Korea also 2–0 in Hannover, they finished first in Group G to qualify for the knockout stage. There, they faced Ukraine in Cologne, with the match having to be decided via a penalty shootout after 120 scoreless minutes were played; Ukraine won 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, and also the first time in World Cup history that a team left the tournament without conceding a goal.

Euro 2008Edit

Switzerland co-hosted the Euro 2008 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 three Switzerland goals in the tournament were scored by Hakan Yakin.

World Cup 2010Edit

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 Gélson 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 2012Edit

Qualification: Switzerland ended qualification for Group G in third place, behind England and Montenegro. This meant that for the first time since the 2002 World Cup, Switzerland did not qualify for a major international tournament.

World Cup 2014Edit

Switzerland qualified for the 2014 World Cup by winning UEFA qualification Group E.

At the tournament, the Schweizer Nati opened their campaign in the Brazilian capital of Brasília on 15 June against Ecuador, in the team's first ever meeting. At a goal apiece after an evenly fought game, the Swiss hit their opponents with a swift counter attack, with full back Ricardo Rodríguez capping off an incredible performance with a low cross across the box to striker Haris Seferović who fired the ball into the top corner, earning a valuable 3 points for the team in the dying minutes.

They then moved on to the toughest game of their group, against France in Salvador. Unfortunately, it was a painful game, going 5-0 down. Although Blerim Džemaili and Granit Xhaka pulled 2 goals back, it would end 5-2 to the French, meaning that the final game would decide their fate in the World Cup.

Going to Manaus knowing that only a win would secure their place in the last 16, they faced Honduras. They eventually qualified courtesy of a beautiful hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri, which was the WC's 50th hat-trick and only the second one from a Swiss at the finals, following legend Josef Hügi from the 1954 edition of the tournament.

Finishing second in the group behind the French, they earned a game against the South American powerhouse of Argentina. The Nati managed to keep them out for almost 2 hours of football, a goal from Ángel Di María just two minutes from penalties sealed the fate of the Swiss. A heartbreaking end to their tournament, which was to be head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's last ever game in charge, as he retired after the tournament.

Euro 2016Edit

Switzerland was drawn in qualifying Group G and booked its berth at Euro 2016 with a 7–0 win over San Marino on 9 October 2015. They started Group A with a 1–0 win over European Championship debutants Albania at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. There was also much pre-match hype for this game, as brothers Granit Xhaka of Switzerland and Taulant Xhaka of Albania faced off, making it the first time in the history of the European Championships that two brothers representing two different teams had played each other. Defender Fabian Schär scored the winner early on with a glancing header, with Granit Xhaka being named man of the match.Goalkeeper Yann Sommer also received a lot of praise from the Swiss fans, after an incredible save from a one-one-one with Albanian midfielder Shkelzen Gashi in the game's late stages, pushing the ball to safety over the bar.

Switzerland then drew 1–1 with Romania at Parc de Princes, Paris, with yet another man of the match performance from Xhaka. In the match, Romanian forward Bogdan Stancu scored the first goal from a penalty given from shirt-tugging by Stephan Lichtsteiner, before Admir Mehmedi equalized soon after the second half began.

Switzerland secured qualification to the knockout stages after earning a 0–0 draw with hosts France in Lille, where goalkeeper Yann Sommer was named man of the match for a solid performance. This game received quite a bit of post-match attention, as the Puma-made shirts of Breel Embolo, Admir Mehmedi and Granit Xhaka (twice for the latter) all ripped, with Valon Behrami also bursting the match ball when he went in to tackle Antoine Griezmann. After the match, Xherdan Shaqiri went on to jokingly say, "I hope Puma does not produce condoms."

In the knockout stages, the Swiss played Group B runners-up Poland in Saint-Étienne. Jakub Błaszczykowski opened the scoring before, in the dying moments of the game, Shaqiri scored arguably the best goal of the tournament with a bicycle kick to take the match to extra time. It eventually went to a penalty shoot-out after a goalless extra time period, with nine out of ten penalties being converted, the exception being Granit Xhaka, who blazed Switzerland's second penalty wide. Switzerland eventually lost 5–4 on penalties in what was a memorable yet heartbreaking tournament for La Nati.

Competitive recordEdit

Switzerland is yet to earn a 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 kitsEdit

The Switzerland home kit is red shirts, white shorts, and red socks and the away is the reversed of the kits is white shirts, red shorts, and white socks, although the shorts and socks of each kit are interchangeable if there is a minor clash. Ever since the team was established in 1895, they have always had the same colour code for both Home and Away kits, keeping it as tradition and homage to the national colours derived from the flag. The uniform is manufactured by Puma until the end of 2017–18 season.

Historical kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Andorra on 31 August and Latvia on 3 September, 2017.
Caps and goals updated on 31 August 2017 after the match against Latvia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yann Sommer (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 28) 29 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach
12 1GK Marwin Hitz (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 30) 2 0   Augsburg
21 1GK Roman Bürki (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 26) 7 0   Borussia Dortmund

2 2DF Stephan Lichtsteiner (Captain) (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 33) 92 7   Juventus
3 2DF François Moubandje (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 27) 14 0   Toulouse
4 2DF Nico Elvedi (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 20) 4 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach
5 2DF Manuel Akanji (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Basel
6 2DF Michael Lang (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 26) 21 2   Basel
13 2DF Ricardo Rodríguez (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 25) 47 2   Milan
20 2DF Johan Djourou (1987-01-18) 18 January 1987 (age 30) 70 2   Antalyaspor
22 2DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 25) 31 7   Deportivo La Coruña

7 3MF Denis Zakaria (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 20) 5 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach
8 3MF Remo Freuler (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 25) 4 0   Atalanta
10 3MF Granit Xhaka (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 24) 55 7   Arsenal
11 3MF Valon Behrami (1985-04-19) 19 April 1985 (age 32) 76 2   Udinese
14 3MF Steven Zuber (1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 26) 4 0   1899 Hoffenheim
15 3MF Blerim Džemaili (1986-04-12) 12 April 1986 (age 31) 58 7   Montreal Impact
16 3MF Gélson Fernandes (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 31) 64 2   Eintracht Frankfurt
17 3MF Edimilson Fernandes (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 (age 21) 3 0   West Ham United
23 3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 25) 64 20   Stoke City

9 4FW Haris Seferović (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 25) 43 11   Benfica
18 4FW Admir Mehmedi (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 26) 55 7   Bayer Leverkusen
19 4FW Eren Derdiyok (1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 29) 59 11   Galatasaray

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Gregor Kobel (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 19) 0 0   1899 Hoffenheim v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017

DF Timm Klose (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 29) 16 0   Norwich City v.   Faroe Islands, 9 June 2017
DF Silvan Widmer (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 24) 9 0   Udinese v.   Faroe Islands, 9 June 2017
DF Ulisses Garcia (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Werder Bremen v.   Faroe Islands, 9 June 2017
DF Florent Hadergjonaj (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Huddersfield Town v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017
DF Léo Lacroix (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 25) 0 0   Saint-Étienne v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017 INJ

MF Fabian Frei (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 28) 10 1   Mainz 05 v.   Faroe Islands, 9 June 2017
MF Anto Grgic (1996-11-28) 28 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0   Stuttgart v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017
MF Djibril Sow (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0   Young Boys v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017
MF Valentin Stocker (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 28) 36 6   Hertha Berlin v.   Latvia, 25 March 2017
MF Renato Steffen (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 25) 5 0   Basel v.   Latvia, 25 March 2017
MF Shani Tarashaj (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 22) 5 0   Everton v.   Faroe Islands, 13 November 2016 INJ
MF Luca Zuffi (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 26) 4 0   Basel v.   Hungary, 7 October 2016 INJ

FW Breel Embolo (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 20) 17 2   Schalke 04 v.   Belarus, 1 June 2017
FW Josip Drmić (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 25) 26 9   Borussia Mönchengladbach v.   Latvia, 25 March 2017

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Most appearances and goalsEdit

Most number of appearances and goals for the Swiss national team. Players in bold are still playing for the national team. Last updated after the match against Latvia, 3 September 2017.[6]

CoachesEdit

 
Vladimir Petković is the current manager
Nationality Name Term
  Karl Rappan 1960 – 11 November 1963
  Alfredo Foni 1 July 1964 – 3 May 1967
  Erwin Ballabio 24 May 1967 – 2 November 1969
  Louis Maurer 17 October 1970 – 10 October 1971
  René Hüssy 22 June 1973 – 8 September 1976
  Miroslav Blažević 8 September 1976 – 30 March 1977
  Roger Vonlanthen 30 March 1977 – 28 March 1979
  Leo Walker 5 May 1979 – 21 December 1980
  Paul Wolfisberg 24 March 1981 – 10 November 1985
  Daniel Jeandupeux 12 March 1986 – 26 April 1989
  Uli Stielike 21 June 1989 – 13 November 1991
  Roy Hodgson 26 January 1992 – 15 November 1995
  Artur Jorge 13 March 1996 – 18 June 1996
  Rolf Fringer 1 August 1996 – 11 October 1997
  Gilbert Gress 25 March 1998 – 9 October 1999
  Enzo Trossero 16 August 2000 – 6 June 2001
  Jakob "Köbi" Kuhn 15 August 2001 – 30 June 2008
  Ottmar Hitzfeld 1 July 2008 – July 2014
   Vladimir Petković 1 July 2014 – present

National team resultsEdit

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

Date Competition Opponent Venue Score Swiss scorers (International goal) Referee
28 May 2016 Friendly   Belgium   Stade de Genève, Geneva 1–2 Džemaili (6th)
3 June 2016 Friendly   Moldova   Stadio di Cornaredo, Lugano 2–1 Namașco (o.g.), Mehmedi (4th)
11 June 2016 EC2016   Albania   Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens 1–0 Schär (6th)
15 June 2016 EC2016   Romania   Parc des Princes, Paris 1–1 Mehmedi (5th)
19 June 2016 EC2016   France   Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille 0–0
25 June 2016 EC2016   Poland   Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne 1–1 Shaqiri (18th)
6 September 2016 WC2018-Q   Portugal   St. Jakob-Park, Basel 2–0 Embolo (2nd), Mehmedi (6th)
7 October 2016 WC2018-Q   Hungary   Groupama Arena, Budapest 3–2 Seferović (8th), Rodríguez (1st), Stocker (6th)
10 October 2016 WC2018-Q   Andorra   Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella 2–1 Schär (7th), Mehmedi (7th)
13 November 2016 WC2018-Q   Faroe Islands   Swissporarena, Lucerne 2–0 Derdiyok (11th), Lichtsteiner (6th),
25 March 2017 WC2018-Q   Latvia   Stade de Genève, Geneva 1–0 Drmic (9th)
1 June 2017 Friendly   Belarus   Stade de la Maladière, Neuchâtel 1–0 Shaqiri (19th)
9 June 2017 WC2018-Q   Faroe Islands   Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn 2–0 Xhaka (7th), Shaqiri (20th)
31 August 2017 WC2018-Q   Andorra   kybunpark, St. Gallen 3–0 Seferović (9th), Seferović (10th), Lichtsteiner (7th)
3 September 2017 WC2018-Q   Latvia   Skonto Stadium, Riga 3–0 Seferović (11th), Džemaili (7th), Rodríguez (2nd),
7 October 2017 WC2018-Q   Hungary   St. Jakob-Park, Basel
10 October 2017 WC2018-Q   Portugal   Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

Swiss youth teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit