Switzerland national football team
Nati (National Team)
Rossocrociati (Red Crosses)
|Association||Swiss Football Association|
|Head coach||Vladimir Petković|
|Most caps||Heinz Hermann (118)|
|Top scorer||Alexander Frei (42)|
|Current||6 (7 June 2018)|
|Highest||3 (August 1993)|
|Lowest||83 (December 1998)|
|Current||14 (12 June 2018)|
|Highest||9 (5 June 1924)|
|Lowest||62 (October 1979)|
| France 1–0 Switzerland
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
| Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
| Switzerland 0–9 England
(Basel, Switzerland; 20 May 1909)
Hungary 9–0 Switzerland
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
|Appearances||11 (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|
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.
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 round of 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 match in the 2010 World Cup, conceding a goal in the 74th minute to 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 progress past the group stage.
Switzerland earned the silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, after losing 3–0 to 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 before losing 3–0 to Spain. 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, and the side finished bottom of its group.
Switzerland qualified for Euro 2004 in Portugal, where they came last in Group B. Johann Vonlanthen became the youngest scorer ever in the Euro championships when he equalised against France, breaking the record (set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney) by three months. 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. They topped Group G and lost on penalties to Ukraine in the last 16, therefore becoming the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup without conceding a goal. Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austria , but were eliminated in the group stage.
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 were still eliminated at the group stage. 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. Switzerland did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2012, therefore missing a tournament for the first time in a decade. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Switzerland qualified for the last 16 with a win over Honduras including a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. In the next match against eventual finalists Argentina, a goal from Ángel Di María with two minutes of extra time eliminated the Swiss, and manager Ottmar Hitzfeld retired afterwards.
Switzerland again reached the last 16 at UEFA Euro 2016 in France, where they were eliminated on penalties by Poland in Saint-Étienne. To qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they won 1–0 against Northern Ireland in the play-offs, via a controversial penalty from full-back Ricardo Rodríguez.
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 under-17 squad became European champions in 2002 and World champions in 2009, while the under-21 squad qualified for the semi-finals of the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
World Cup recordEdit
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1958||Did Not Qualify|
|1970||Did Not Qualify|
|1994||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||5||7|
|1998||Did Not Qualify|
|2006||Round of 16||10th||4||2||2||0||4||0|
|2014||Round of 16||11th||4||2||0||2||7||7|
|2022||To be determined|
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European Championship recordEdit
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1964||Did Not Qualify|
|2000||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Round of 16||11th||4||1||3||0||3||2|
|2020||To be determined|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
UEFA Nations League recordEdit
|UEFA Championship record|
|2018–19||A||2||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit
|1992||Did Not Enter|
|1995||Did Not Qualify|
|2021||To Be Determined|
Kits and crestEdit
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.
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||6 December 1997||0||0||1899 Hoffenheim||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|GK||Marwin Hitz||18 September 1987||2||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Panama, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Timm Klose||9 May 1988||16||0||Norwich City||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Silvan Widmer||5 March 1993||9||0||Udinese||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Kevin Mbabu||19 April 1995||0||0||Young Boys||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Léo Lacroix||27 February 1992||0||0||Basel||v. Northern Ireland, 12 November 2017|
|MF||Fabian Frei||8 January 1989||14||3||Basel||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Luca Zuffi||27 March 1990||4||0||Basel||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Edimilson Fernandes||15 April 1996||3||0||West Ham United||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Djibril Sow||6 February 1997||0||0||Young Boys||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Eren Derdiyok||12 June 1988||60||11||Galatasaray||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Admir Mehmedi||16 March 1991||58||7||VfL Wolfsburg||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE / INJ|
|FW||Dimitri Oberlin||27 September 1997||1||0||Basel||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Albian Ajeti||26 February 1997||0||0||Basel||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
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 Brazil, 17 June 2018.
|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|
All-time head-to-head recordEdit
As of 17 June 2018.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1|
|Republic of Ireland||16||5||3||8|
|Serbia and Montenegro[d]||13||2||5||6|
|United Arab Emirates||4||3||0||1|
National team resultsEdit
Recent results and future matches. Blue background colour indicates competitive matches.
Swiss youth teamsEdit
- 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
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