Switzerland national football team
|Nickname(s)||Schweizer pati, La Nati, Rossocrociati|
|Association||Swiss Football Association|
|Head coach||Vladimir Petković|
|Most caps||Heinz Hermann (118)|
|Top scorer||Alexander Frei (42)|
|Current||11 3 (24 November 2016)|
|Highest||3 (August 1993)|
|Lowest||83 (December 1998)|
|Current||16 2 (1 December 2016)|
|Highest||8 (June 1924)|
|Lowest||62 (October 1979)|
France 0–2 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||10 (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|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 three 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 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.
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 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 behind France,who beat the Swiss 5-2. They qualified by beating Ecuador 2-1 and, courtesy of a Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick, defeating Honduras 3-0. However, the Nati were eliminated in the round of 16 by Argentina following an incredibly late goal in extra time by Ángel Di María. This was to be Ottmar Hitzfeld's last ever game in charge, as he retired afterwards.
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. There was also a lot of 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 2 brothers representing 2 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.
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 off 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 shirts of Breel Embolo, Admir Mehmedi and Granit Xhaka (twice for the latter) all ripped, with Valon Behrami bursting the ball as he went in to tackle Antoine Griezmann. Poster boy Xherdan Shaqiri went on to jokingly say "I hope Puma does not produce condoms", after the German manufacturer had been humiliated.
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, Xherdan Shaqiri arguabaly scored the best goal of the tournament and the best goal in the history of the game with a beautiful bicycle kick to take the game to extra time. It eventually went to a penalty shoot-out after a goalless 120 minutes, 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 very memorable yet heartbraking tournament for La Nati.
The Swiss are 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.
World Cup record
Main article: Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup
Switzerland's record at FIFA World Cups.
European Championship record
Main article: Switzerland at the UEFA European Football Championship
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
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. The uniform is manufactured by Puma until the end of 2017–18 season.
The following players have been called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Faroe Islands on 13 November 2016.
Caps and goals updated on 13 November 2016 after the match against Faroe Islands.
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||Roman Bürki||14 November 1990||6||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Faroe Islands, 13 November 2016 INJ|
|DF||Michael Lang||8 February 1991||20||2||Basel||v. Andorra, 10 October 2016|
|DF||Timm Klose||9 May 1988||15||0||Norwich City||v. Andorra, 10 October 2016|
|DF||Philippe Senderos||14 February 1985||57||5||Rangers||UEFA Euro 2016 PRE|
|MF||Shani Tarashaj||7 February 1995||5||0||Eintracht Frankfurt||v. Faroe Islands, 13 November 2016 INJ|
|MF||Xherdan Shaqiri||10 October 1991||59||18||Stoke City||v. Andorra, 10 October 2016|
|MF||Fabian Frei||8 January 1989||9||1||Mainz 05||v. Hungary, 7 October 2016 INJ|
|MF||Luca Zuffi||27 September 1990||4||0||Basel||v. Hungary, 7 October 2016 INJ|
|MF||Pajtim Kasami||2 June 1992||12||2||Nottingham Forest||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2016|
|FW||Breel Embolo||14 February 1997||17||2||Schalke 04||v. Andorra, 10 October 2016|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Most appearances and goals
|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 results
Swiss youth teams
- 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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- "World Cup 2010: Switzerland Set New Record For Number Of Minutes Without Conceding A Goal". goal.com. 21 June 2010.
- "FIFA World Cup – Statistics for Switzerland". FIFA.com.
- "Switzerland – Record International Players". RSSSF.
- "FIFA.com – Switzerland: Fixtures and Results".
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