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Switzerland national football team

Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
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 (117)
Top scorer Alexander Frei (42)
FIFA code SUI
FIFA ranking
Current 12 5 (1 October 2015)
Highest 3 (August 1993)
Lowest 83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 20 (9 September 2015)
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 Group Stage, 1996, 2004 and 2008
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
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.[1] 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.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 20th century 1.1
    • Recent history 1.2
      • Euro 2004 1.2.1
      • World Cup 2006 1.2.2
      • Euro 2008 1.2.3
      • World Cup 2010 1.2.4
      • Euro 2012 1.2.5
      • World Cup 2014 1.2.6
      • Euro 2016 1.2.7
  • Competitive record 2
    • World Cup record 2.1
    • European Championship record 2.2
  • Match kits 3
    • Historical kits 3.1
  • Current squad 4
    • Recent call-ups 4.1
  • Most appearances and goals 5
  • Coaches 6
  • National Team Results 7
  • Swiss youth teams 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

20th century

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 Group A after a draw with England and defeats to the Netherlands and Scotland.

Recent history

Euro 2004

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.[2]

World Cup 2006

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 2 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.

Euro 2008

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 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 9 minutes.[3]

Euro 2012

Qualification: Switzerland ended qualification for group G in third place, behind England and Montenegro. This meant that for the first time since Euro 2004, 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.

Euro 2016

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.

Competitive record

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

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

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

The following players have been called up to the squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against San Marino and Estonia on October 9 and 12, 2015.

Caps and goals updated on October 12, 2015 after the match against Estonia.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yann Sommer (1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 14 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
21 1GK Roman Bürki (1990-11-14) November 14, 1990 3 0 Borussia Dortmund
12 1GK Marwin Hitz (1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 2 0 FC Augsburg
20 2DF Johan Djourou (1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 57 2 Hamburger SV
13 2DF Ricardo Rodríguez (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 33 0 VfL Wolfsburg
22 2DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) December 20, 1991 16 5 Hoffenheim
4 2DF Timm Klose (1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 11 0 VfL Wolfsburg
2 2DF Michael Lang (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 11 2 Basel
3 2DF François Moubandje (1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 6 0 Toulouse
6 2DF Silvan Widmer (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 4 0 Udinese
5 2DF Fabian Lustenberger (1988-05-02) May 2, 1988 2 0 Hertha BSC
8 3MF Gökhan İnler (Captain) (1984-06-27) June 27, 1984 87 7 Leicester City
23 3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 49 17 Stoke City
15 3MF Blerim Džemaili (1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 45 5 Genoa
10 3MF Granit Xhaka (1992-09-27) September 27, 1992 39 6 Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 3MF Pajtim Kasami (1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 9 2 Olympiacos
14 3MF Renato Steffen (1991-11-03) November 3, 1991 2 0 Young Boys
16 3MF Luca Zuffi (1990-09-27) September 27, 1990 1 0 Basel
9 4FW Eren Derdiyok (1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 48 9 Kasımpaşa
18 4FW Admir Mehmedi (1991-03-16) March 16, 1991 36 3 Bayer Leverkusen
19 4FW Josip Drmić (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 23 7 Borussia Mönchengladbach
7 4FW Breel Embolo (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 7 1 Basel

Recent call-ups

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) June 6, 1994 0 0 Young Boys v.  Lithuania, June 14, 2015
DF Stephan Lichtsteiner (1984-01-16) January 16, 1984 77 5 Juventus v.  England, September 8, 2015
DF Steve von Bergen (1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 49 0 Young Boys v.  England, September 8, 2015
DF François Affolter (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 5 0 Luzern v.  Liechtenstein, June 10, 2015 PRE
DF Philippe Senderos (1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 55 5 Aston Villa v.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014 INJ
MF Valon Behrami (1985-04-19) April 19, 1985 61 2 Watford v.  Estonia, October 12, 2015 INJ
MF Gélson Fernandes (1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 52 2 Rennes v.  England, September 8, 2015
MF Valentin Stocker (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 31 5 Hertha BSC v.  England, September 8, 2015
MF Fabian Frei (1989-01-08) January 8, 1989 7 1 Mainz 05 v.  Lithuania, June 14, 2015
MF Marco Schönbächler (1990-01-11) January 11, 1990 2 0 Zürich v.  Poland, November 18, 2014
FW Haris Seferović (1992-02-22) February 22, 1992 25 5 Eintracht Frankfurt v.  England, September 8, 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 Estonia vs Switzerland, 12 October 2015.[5]

Coaches

Vladimir Petrović is the current manager

National Team Results

Recent results and future matches.[6] Blue background colour indicates competitive matches.

Date Competition Opponent Venue Score Swiss scorers (International goal) Referee
27 March 2015 EC2016-Q  Estonia Swissporarena, Lucerne 3 – 0 Schär (5th), Xhaka (6th), Seferović (5th)
31 March 2015 Friendly  United States Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich 1 – 1 Stocker (4th)
10 June 2015 Friendly  Liechtenstein Stockhorn Arena, Thun 3 – 0 Dzemaili (4th), Shaqiri (16th), Dzemaili (5th)
14 June 2015 EC2016-Q  Lithuania LFF Stadium, Vilnius 2 – 1 Drmic (6th), Shaqiri (17th)
5 September 2015 EC2016-Q  Slovenia St. Jakob-Park, Basel 3 – 2 Drmic (7th), Stocker (5th), Drmic (8th),
8 September 2015 EC2016-Q  England Wembley Stadium, London 0 – 2
9 October 2015 EC2016-Q  San Marino 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 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn 1 – 0 Own goal
13 November 2015 Friendly  Slovakia Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava
17 November 2015 Friendly  Austria Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna
25 March 2016 Friendly  Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Swiss youth teams

References

  1. ^ "Switzerland 0–0 Ukraine (aet)".  
  2. ^ Euro 2008 team preview No1: Switzerland | Football | guardian.co.uk
  3. ^ "World Cup 2010: Switzerland Set New Record For Number Of Minutes Without Conceding A Goal". goal.com. 21 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "FIFA World Cup - Statistics for Switzerland". FIFA.com. 
  5. ^ "Switzerland – Record International Players".  
  6. ^ "FIFA.com – Switzerland: Fixtures and Results". 

External links

  • Official website
  • www.Hattrick.ch
  • RSSSF archive of results 1905–
  • RSSSF archive of coaches 1905–
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