Switzerland national football team

The Switzerland national football team (German: Schweizer Fussballnationalmannschaft, Italian: Nazionale di calcio della Svizzera, French: Équipe nationale suisse de football, Romansh: Squadra naziunala da ballape da la Svizra) represents Switzerland in international football. The national team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)A-Team
Nati (National Team)
Rossocrociati (Red Crosses)
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMurat Yakin
CaptainGranit Xhaka
Most capsHeinz Hermann (118)[1]
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Decrease 2 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest3 (August 1993)
Lowest83 (December 1998)
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
Appearances12 (first in 1934)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
UEFA European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2020)
UEFA Nations League
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultFourth place (2019)

Switzerland's best performances at the FIFA World Cup were three quarter-finals appearances, in 1934, 1938 and 1954. They hosted the competition in 1954, where they played with Austria in the quarter-finals match, losing 7–5, which today still stands as the highest scoring World Cup match ever.[4] At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the tournament despite not conceding a single goal, being eliminated by Ukraine after penalties in the round of sixteen. They did not concede a goal until a match against Chile at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, conceding in the 75th minute, setting a World Cup finals record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.[5]

Switzerland and Austria were the co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008, where the Swiss made their third appearance in the competition, but failed for a third time to progress from the group stage.[6][7]

Overall, Switzerland's best ever result at an official football competition was the silver medal they earned in 1924, after losing to Uruguay 3–0 in the final of the 1924 Olympic Games.[8]

HistoryEdit

1924–1966: Early years, host nationEdit

 
The Uruguay v. Switzerland line-up in the Gold medal match at the 1924 Summer Olympic, held in Paris.

At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Switzerland finished with a silver medal after losing to Uruguay in the final, losing 3–0.[8] The team's debut appearance at the World Cup was in 1934; where they reached the quarter-finals after beating the Netherlands 3–2 in the round of sixteen before getting knocked out by Czechoslovakia.[9][10] Switzerland once again reached the quarter-finals in 1938; after beating Germany in the round of sixteen, winning 4–2 after a replay but were knocked out by Hungary, losing 2–0.[11][12][13] At the 1950 World Cup, Switzerland were drawn in a group with Brazil, Yugoslavia and Mexico, where they lost 4–0 to Yugoslavia in the opening match, drew 2–2 with Brazil in their second match and beating Mexico 2–1 in their final group mach, and finished third in their group.[14] On 22 July 1946, Switzerland was awarded the right to host the 1954 FIFA World Cup unopposed, in Luxembourg City.[15] At the World Cup, Switzerland finished second in their group behind England; beating Italy and losing to England,[16] but qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Italy in a group play-off.[17] They were knocked out of the tournament after losing 7–5 to Austria.[18] At the 1962 World Cup, Switzerland finished bottom of the group, losing all three games, losing 3–1 to Chile, 2–1 to West Germany and 3–0 to Italy.[19] A similar result occurred at the 1966 World Cup, where Switzerland again finished at the bottom of their group losing all three of their matches, 5–0 to West Germany, 2–1 to Spain and 2–0 to Argentina.[20]

1992–1996: the Roy Hodgson eraEdit

In 1992, Switzerland appointed English manager Roy Hodgson as head coach of the national team; and at the time of his appointment, the Swiss had not qualified for any major tournament since 1966.[21] Under his guidance, Switzerland rose to 3rd in the FIFA World Ranking in August 1993, which still remains their highest FIFA ranking to this day.[22] Hodgson led Switzerland to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, losing just one game during qualifying, in a group that included Italy, and much fancied Portugal, and Scotland.[citation needed] The Swiss won their home tie with Italy, and in the away game, took a 2–0 lead before being pegged back to a 2–2 draw, and also took four points from Scotland, winning 3–1 at home and drawing 1–1 away.[23][24][25] Against the Portuguese, Switzerland drew 1–1 at home and lost 1–0 in the away fixture in Porto, their only defeat of the qualifying campaign.[26][27] Their opening match against the United States, on 18 June 1994, was played indoors; in the Pontiac Silverdome, and the two teams drew 1–1 in the opening match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[28] In the next match, they won 4–1 over Romania, and in their final game against Colombia, lost 2–0.[29][30] Nevertheless, Switzerland still qualified from the group, but were knocked out by Spain, losing 3–0.[31]

2000–2008: the Köbi Kuhn eraEdit

At UEFA Euro 1996, Switzerland once again easily qualified for the tournament finals hosted in England, as they topped their qualifying group, losing just once; which was a 1–2 defeat to Turkey.[32][33] They were drawn in Group A, but their tournament was disappointing overall; as they finished bottom of the group.[34] Their opening match was against hosts England, and the two sides drew 1–1.[35] In their second match, they lost 2–0 to the Netherlands, and in their final group game, lost 1–0 to Scotland.[36][37] Switzerland failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hosted in France, as they finished fourth in their qualifying group, winning three games; 3–2 against Finland, 1–0 against Hungary and 5–0 against Azerbaijan, drawing one game against Hungary (1–1), and losing three games; 1–0 against Azerbaijan and losing both games against Norway, losing 1–0 at home and 5–0 away.[38]

In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004, Switzerland finished top of a group that featured Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Albania and Georgia.[39] The Swiss finished with 21 points and qualified for the finals in Portugal; where they were drawn in Group B with defending champions France, England and Croatia. They began the tournament with 0–0 draw with Croatia before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat to England in the next match.[40][41] They lost their final match against France; losing 3–1 and finishing bottom of the group.[42][43] Their only goal of the entire tournament was scored by Johan Vonlanthen, who became the youngest ever goalscorer at the Euros when he scored the equalizing goal against France; surpassing the previous record set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney by three months.[44]

The Swiss managed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, overcoming Turkey by away goal rule in Istanbul, the country's first World Cup since 1994.[45] In the tournament, Switzerland was drawn in Group G with former world champions France, 2002 World Cup's fourth-place finisher South Korea and debutant Togo. In the first encounter against France, Switzerland bravely held the mighty France of Zinedine Zidane 0–0,[46] before overcoming the Togolese 2–0 in the second match, tied with the South Koreans four points, however the Swiss were inferior to the Koreans by number of goal scored, meaning that the last game a must-win.[47] The Swiss then managed to beat South Korea 2–0 in the final match, occupying the first place in their group and also knocking the Asians out of the tournament.[48] In the round of sixteen, Switzerland faced Ukraine, but lost on penalty shootout in a match that has been criticized as the "worst game" in World Cup history.[49] Yet, Switzerland was the only team to be eliminated without conceding a single goal.

Switzerland, along with Austria, were chosen as co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008.[50] Switzerland were drawn in Group A with Portugal, Turkey and the Czech Republic.[6] Their opening match was a 1–0 loss to the Czech Republic, followed by a 1–2 defeat to Turkey.[51][7] Their third match was against Portugal, with Switzerland winning 2–0 to ensure that Portugal would top their group with a defeat.[52]

2008–2014: the Ottmar Hitzfeld eraEdit

In their first match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the team defeated eventual champions Spain 1–0 with a goal by Gelson Fernandes, but they were still eliminated in the group stage.[53] In the second match, a goal scored 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.[54][55][56] Switzerland did not advance further than the group after a 0–0 draw with Honduras in the third and final group match.[57]

 
The Switzerland national team line-up before a friendly match against Argentina, 29 February 2012. Switzerland lost 1–3.[58]

Switzerland did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2012; missing out on the tournament for the first time in a decade, as they finished third in the qualifying group, a group featuring England, Montenegro, Wales and Bulgaria.[59] Switzerland's initial start in qualifying was overall poor; losing 1–3 to England in the first game played, in which Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first goal for the national team, followed by a 1–0 defeat to Montenegro.[60][61] Switzerland then recorded a 4–1 win over Wales before consecutive draws against Bulgaria (0–0) and England (2–2).[62][63][64] Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were restored with a 3–1 win over Bulgaria, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri.[65] However, following a 2–0 loss to Wales (in which Reto Ziegler earned a red card) and Montenegro's surprising last-minute equalizer against England in a 2–2 draw, Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were mathematically made impossible.[66][67] In the final game, Switzerland earned redemption against Montenegro as they came out with a 2–0 win.[68] Switzerland's top goalscorer during the qualifying period was Xherdan Shaqiri, with 4 goals.[69]

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Switzerland were drawn to play France, Honduras and Ecuador in the group stage.[70] They advanced to the round of sixteen with a 3–0 win over Honduras, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. In the knockout match against Argentina, they lost 1–0, conceding to Ángel Di María in the 118th minute.[71][72]

2016–2021: the Vladimir Petković eraEdit

At Euro 2016, Switzerland were selected to play in Group A of the tournament; alongside hosts France, Albania and Romania.[citation needed] In the first game, Switzerland won 1–0 over Albania, with the only goal being scored by Fabian Schär in the 5th minute of the game.[73] The next match was a 1–1 draw with Romania, with Switzerland initially conceding from a penalty but equalizing in the second half following a goal from Admir Mehmedi.[74] The final group game was against France, drawing 0–0. However, the game spread notoriety for several Swiss players' jerseys being ripped during challenges with the French players, and also for the ball bursting during a challenge between Antoine Griezmann and Valon Behrami when they both converged on the ball, with the game also attracting attention for its poor surface, which was criticized by both coaches and players of the two teams; after the game, Switzerland's kit manufacturer had blamed "faulty material" for the incidents regarding the jerseys being ripped.[75][76][77] Switzerland, due to the draw, finished second in the group to set up a tie against Poland in the round of sixteen; initially the Swiss conceded but managed to find a late equalizer from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a bicycle-kick to send the game into extra-time, but the Swiss were knocked out as Granit Xhaka had missed the second penalty during the penalty shootout, as all other players managed to convert their penalties, with Poland winning 5–4 on penalties to go through and knock out the Swiss.[78][79][80] In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland were drawn with Portugal, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra.[81] The Swiss began their qualifying group with a shock 2–0 win over European champions Portugal, who had won the tournament less than two months prior to playing with them on 6 September.[82] Afterwards, they beat Hungary 2–3, Andorra 2–1, Faroe Islands 2–0, Latvia 1–0 in the first five games, leading the group on maximum points.[83][84][85][86] In the reverse fixtures, they beat Faroe Islands 2–0, Andorra 3–0, Latvia 3–0 and Hungary 5–2,[87][88][89][90] before facing Portugal in the final group game, where they lost 2–0,[91] meaning they would have to play in the play-offs; where they were ranked as the best second-placed team,[81][92] and were drawn to play Northern Ireland. In the first leg, played on 9 November, they won 1–0 through a controversial penalty scored by Ricardo Rodríguez, and three days later played in the second leg, drawing 0–0 and advancing to the World Cup finals in Russia with a 1–0 aggregate win.[93][94][95] Before the World Cup, Switzerland were ranked 6th in the world ranking, even ranking higher than eventual World Cup winners France.[96]

 
The Switzerland national team line-up before the game against Sweden, on 3 July 2018, in Saint Petersburg.[97]

At the World Cup, Switzerland were drawn to play Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.[98] They began their campaign with a 1–1 draw with Brazil,[99] before beating Serbia 2–1 through a late winning goal from Xherdan Shaqiri.[100] The game with Serbia sparked controversy for the celebrations performed by goalscorers Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (both ethnic Albanians), along with Stephan Lichtsteiner as the trio performed a celebration where they crossed their hands to depict a double-headed eagle, the official emblem of Albania, considered by many as an Albanian nationalist symbol, however, they were not banned by FIFA for this.[101][102][103][104] Their final group game was with Costa Rica; which they drew 2–2, with Blerim Džemaili and Josip Drmić scoring; thus finishing second in the group.[105] They were drawn to play Sweden in the round of sixteen; a fixture they lost 1–0, getting knocked out of the tournament.[106]

On 23 January 2018, Switzerland were selected to play in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League; a tournament contested by all UEFA member's national teams, being drawn to play in League A, in Group 2, against Belgium and Iceland.[107][108]

At Euro 2020, Switzerland finished third in Group A which had Italy, Wales and Turkey; however, they managed to qualify to the next round as one of the best third-placed teams. In the round of 16, they defeated World Cup champions France on penalties, after finishing a 3–3 draw and overcoming from a 1–3 second half deficit, to have their first knockout phase win in a major tournament since the 1938 FIFA World Cup.[109][110] In the subsequent quarter-final game against Spain, they once again took the game to penalties, after trailing 1–0. However, after converting only one of their four penalties, they exited the tournament at this stage.[111]

Team imageEdit

KitEdit

The Switzerland national team's traditional home kit is red shirts, white shorts and red socks, with the away kit being reverse with white shirts, red shorts and white socks, although the colours of the shorts and socks are interchangeable if there is a minor clash. Switzerland, ever since being established in 1895, have always had the same colour code, as tradition and homage to the national colours which are derived from the Swiss flag. The current kit manufacturer is Puma, who have made their kits since 1998.

Kit sponsorshipEdit

Supplier Period
  Adidas 1976–1989
  Blacky 1990–1992
  Lotto 1992–1998
  Puma 1998–

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[112]

2021Edit

28 June 2021 Euro 2020 R16 France   3–3 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
   Switzerland Bucharest, Romania
22:00 UTC+3
  • Benzema   57', 59'
  • Pogba   75'
Report
Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 22,642
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
Penalties
2 July 2021 Euro 2020 QF Switzerland    1–1 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 p)
  Spain Saint Petersburg, Russia
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Attendance: 24,764
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Penalties
1 September 2021 Friendly Switzerland    2–1   Greece Basel, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)
5 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Switzerland    0–0   Italy Basel, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2 Report Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
8 September 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Northern Ireland   0–0    Switzerland Belfast, Northern Ireland
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Windsor Park
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
9 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Switzerland    2–0   Northern Ireland Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade de Genève
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
12 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Lithuania   0–4    Switzerland Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
12 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Italy   1–1    Switzerland Rome, Italy
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
15 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Switzerland    4–0   Bulgaria Lucerne, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Swissporarena
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

2022Edit

26 March 2022 Friendly England   2–1    Switzerland London, England
17:30 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
29 March 2022 Friendly Switzerland    1–1   Kosovo Zürich, Switzerland
18:00 UTC+2 Lotomba   61' Report Rashica   52' Stadium: Letzigrund
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
2 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League Czech Republic   2–1    Switzerland Prague, Czech Republic
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Attendance: 12,236
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
5 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League Portugal   4–0    Switzerland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 42,325
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
9 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League Switzerland    0–1   Spain Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 25,875
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
12 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League Switzerland    1–0   Portugal Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 26,300
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
24 September 2022 2022-23 Nations League Spain   v    Switzerland Spain
20:45 UTC+2 Report
27 September 2022 2022-23 Nations League Switzerland    v   Czech Republic St. Gallen, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Kybunpark
24 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Switzerland    v   Cameroon Al Wakrah, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
28 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Brazil   v    Switzerland Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974
2 December 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Serbia   v    Switzerland Doha, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Murat Yakin
Assistant Coach   Vincent Cavin
Goalkeeping Coach   Patrick Foletti
Fitness Coach   Oliver Riedwyl
Team Doctor   Ludwig Scholzer
Physiotherapist   Marcel Müllenberger
Match Analyst   Tiziano Saccheli
Masseur   Wolfgang Frei
Nutritionist   Gregor Klotzmann
Team Chef   Arsène Baumann
Team Coordinator   Diego Benaglio

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches against Czech Republic, Portugal (twice) and Spain on 2, 5, 9 and 12 June 2022, respectively.[113]

Caps and goals updated as of 12 June 2022, after the match against Portugal.[114][115]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yann Sommer (3rd captain) (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 33) 74 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach
12 1GK Jonas Omlin (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 28) 4 0   Montpellier
21 1GK Yvon Mvogo (1994-06-06) 6 June 1994 (age 28) 4 0   PSV
1GK Gregor Kobel (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Borussia Dortmund

2 2DF Leonidas Stergiou (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 22) 1 0   St. Gallen
3 2DF Silvan Widmer (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 29) 31 2   Mainz 05
4 2DF Nico Elvedi (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 25) 38 1   Borussia Mönchengladbach
5 2DF Manuel Akanji (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 26) 41 0   Borussia Dortmund
13 2DF Ricardo Rodriguez (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 29) 98 9   Torino
18 2DF Eray Cömert (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 24) 9 0   Valencia
22 2DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 30) 71 8   Newcastle United
2DF Jordan Lotomba (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 23) 7 1   Nice
2DF Kevin Mbabu (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 27) 22 0   VfL Wolfsburg

6 3MF Fabian Frei (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 33) 22 3   Basel
8 3MF Remo Freuler (4th captain) (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 30) 46 4   Atalanta
10 3MF Granit Xhaka (captain) (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 29) 104 12   Arsenal
11 3MF Renato Steffen (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 30) 25 1   VfL Wolfsburg
14 3MF Steven Zuber (1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 30) 51 10   AEK Athens
15 3MF Djibril Sow (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 25) 30 0   Eintracht Frankfurt
20 3MF Michel Aebischer (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 25) 10 0   Bologna
23 3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (vice-captain) (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 30) 106 26   Chicago Fire

7 4FW Breel Embolo (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 25) 56 9   Borussia Mönchengladbach
9 4FW Haris Seferovic (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 30) 86 25   Benfica
16 4FW Zeki Amdouni (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Basel
17 4FW Noah Okafor (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 22) 8 2   Red Bull Salzburg
19 4FW Mario Gavranović (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 32) 41 16   Kayserispor
4FW Ruben Vargas (1998-08-05) 5 August 1998 (age 23) 24 4   FC Augsburg

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months and are still available for a call up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David von Ballmoos (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Young Boys v.   Kosovo, 29 March 2022
GK Philipp Köhn (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Red Bull Salzburg v.   England, 26 March 2022 INJ

DF Ulisses Garcia (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 26) 4 0   Young Boys v.   Bulgaria, 15 November 2021
DF Bryan Okoh (2003-05-16) 16 May 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Bulgaria, 15 November 2021 INJ
DF Cédric Zesiger (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Young Boys v.   Northern Ireland, 8 September 2021
DF Loris Benito (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 30) 13 1   Sion v.   Greece, 1 September 2021 INJ
DF Bećir Omeragić (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Zürich UEFA Euro 2020

MF Mattia Bottani (1991-05-24) 24 May 1991 (age 31) 1 0   Lugano v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022 INJ
MF Denis Zakaria (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 25) 40 3   Juventus v.  Bulgaria, 15 November 2021
MF Kastriot Imeri (2000-06-27) 27 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Servette v.  Bulgaria, 15 November 2021
MF Sandro Lauper (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Young Boys v.   Northern Ireland, 8 September 2021
MF Edimilson Fernandes (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 (age 26) 22 2   Young Boys UEFA Euro 2020

FW Andi Zeqiri (1999-06-22) 22 June 1999 (age 23) 7 0   FC Augsburg v.   Kosovo, 29 March 2022
FW Cedric Itten (1996-12-27) 27 December 1996 (age 25) 7 4   Rangers v.   Bulgaria, 15 November 2021
FW Christian Fassnacht (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 28) 15 4   Young Boys v.   Italy, 12 November 2021 INJ
FW Albian Ajeti (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 25) 11 1   Celtic v.   Lithuania, 12 October 2021
FW Dan Ndoye (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Basel v.   Northern Ireland, 8 September 2021

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury or illness.
COV Player withdrew from the squad due to testing positive for COVID-19.
RET Retired from international football.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Player recordsEdit

As of 12 June 2022 [116]
Players in bold are still active with Switzerland.

Competitive recordEdit

Switzerland has yet to win a major international trophy, and the best result they have achieved thus far is the quarter-finals of the World Cup on three occasions, in 1934, 1938 and 1954, and they also reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2020. They also earned a silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, held in Paris, where they lost 3–0 to Uruguay in the final.[117] The Swiss youth teams have been more successful; as the U-17 squad won the 2002 UEFA U-17 Euro and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the U-21 squad qualified for the semi-finals of the 2002 UEFA U-21 Euro, and were finalists of the 2011 UEFA U-21 Euro.[118][119][120][121]

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 5 5 Squad 2 0 2 0 4 4
  1938 3 1 1 1 5 5 Squad 1 1 0 0 2 1
  1950 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 4 6 Squad 2 2 0 0 8 4
  1954 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 11 11 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1958 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 6 11
  1962 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 8 Squad 5 4 0 1 11 10
  1966 3 0 0 3 1 9 Squad 6 4 1 1 7 3
  1970 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 8
  1974 6 2 2 2 2 4
  1978 4 1 0 3 3 5
  1982 8 2 3 3 9 12
  1986 8 2 4 2 5 10
  1990 8 2 1 5 10 14
  1994 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 Squad 10 6 3 1 23 6
  1998 Did not qualify 8 3 1 4 11 12
    2002 10 4 2 4 18 12
  2006 Round of 16 10th 4 2 2 0 4 0 Squad 12 5 6 1 22 11
  2010 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 1 1 Squad 10 6 3 1 18 8
  2014 Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 7 7 Squad 10 7 3 0 17 6
  2018 14th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad 12 10 1 1 24 7
  2022 Qualified 8 5 3 0 15 2
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 12/22 37 12 8 17 50 64 140 68 37 35 220 150
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter Did not enter
  1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 4
  1968 6 2 1 3 17 13
  1972 6 4 1 1 12 5
  1976 6 1 1 4 5 10
  1980 8 2 0 6 7 18
  1984 6 2 2 2 7 9
  1988 8 1 5 2 9 9
  1992 8 4 2 2 19 7
  1996 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 8 5 2 1 15 7
    2000 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 9 5
  2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 8 4 3 1 15 11
    2008 9th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
    2012 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 12 10
  2016 Round of 16 11th 4 1 3 0 3 2 Squad 10 7 0 3 24 8
  2020 Quarter-finals 7th 5 1 3 1 8 9 Squad 8 5 2 1 19 6
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/16 18 3 8 7 16 24 100 44 24 32 172 122
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R RK Squad
  2018–19 A 2 6 3 1 2 15 8   4th Squad
  2020–21 A 4 6 1 3 2 9 8   11th
  2022–23 A 2 To be determined
Total 12 4 4 4 24 16 4th
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1896 No football tournament was held
  1900 Did not enter
  1904
  1908
  1912
  1920
  1924 Silver medal 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6 Squad
  1928 Round of 16 13th 1 0 0 1 0 4 Squad
  1932 No football tournament was held
  1936 Did not enter
  1948
  1952
  1956
  1960 Did not qualify
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976 Did not enter
  1980
  1984
  1988 Did not qualify
Since 1992 See Switzerland national under-23 football team
Total Silver medal 2/19 7 4 1 2 15 10

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 12 June 2022

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   Irish Free State.
  4. ^ Includes matches against   Soviet Union.
  5. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia and   Serbia and Montenegro.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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