Switzerland national football team

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Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVladimir Petković
CaptainGökhan Inler
Most capsHeinz Hermann (117)
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
FIFA ranking12 Decrease 2 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking16 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking62 (October 1979)
First colours
Second colours
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
Appearances10 (First in 1934)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1934, 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances3 (First in 1996)
Best resultGroup Stage, 1996, 2004 and 2008
 
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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Switzerland women's national football team.
Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVladimir Petković
CaptainGökhan Inler
Most capsHeinz Hermann (117)
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
FIFA ranking12 Decrease 2 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking16 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking62 (October 1979)
First colours
Second colours
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
Appearances10 (First in 1934)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1934, 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances3 (First in 1996)
Best resultGroup Stage, 1996, 2004 and 2008
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver1924 ParisTeam

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.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

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

Recent history[edit]

Euro 2004[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Switzerland has qualified for the 2014 World Cup winning their UEFA Group E.
Qualification

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Switzerland10730176+1124
 Iceland105231715+217
 Slovenia105051411+315
 Norway103341013−312
 Albania10325911−211
 Cyprus10127415−115
 AlbaniaCyprusIcelandNorwaySloveniaSwitzerland
Albania 3–11–21–11–01–2
Cyprus 0–01–01–30–20–0
Iceland 2–12–02–02–40–2
Norway 0–12–01–12–10–2
Slovenia 1–02–11–23–00–2
Switzerland 2–01–04–41–11–0


Competitive record[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Historical kits[edit]

1994-1996 home
1996-1998 home
2005-2006 home
2006-2008 home
2008-2010 home
2008-2010 away
2010-2012 home
2010-2012 away

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to the squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Lithuania on November 15 and the friendly match against Poland on November 18, 2014.
Caps and goals updated on November 18, 2014 after the match against Poland.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
121GKMarwin Hitz(1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 (age 27)00Germany FC Augsburg
211GKRoman Bürki(1990-11-14) November 14, 1990 (age 24)10Germany SC Freiburg
1GKYvon Mvogo(1994-06-06) June 6, 1994 (age 20)00Switzerland Young Boys
32DFFrançois Moubandje(1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 24)20France Toulouse
52DFSteve von Bergen(1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 31)470Switzerland Young Boys
62DFMichael Lang(1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 23)81Switzerland Grasshopper
202DFJohan Djourou(1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 27)521Germany Hamburger SV
222DFFabian Schär(1991-12-20) December 20, 1991 (age 22)104Switzerland Basel
73MFFabian Frei(1989-01-08) January 8, 1989 (age 25)51Switzerland Basel
83MFGökhan İnler (Captain)(1984-06-27) June 27, 1984 (age 30)816Italy Napoli
113MFValon Behrami(1985-04-19) April 19, 1985 (age 29)562Germany Hamburger SV
143MFValentin Stocker(1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 25)263Germany Hertha BSC
163MFGelson Fernandes(1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 28)502France Rennes
173MFPajtim Kasami(1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 (age 22)51Greece Olympiacos
233MFXherdan Shaqiri(1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 (age 23)4215Germany Bayern Munich
94FWHaris Seferović(1992-02-22) February 22, 1992 (age 22)204Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
104FWMarco Schönbächler(1990-01-11) January 11, 1990 (age 24)20Switzerland Zürich
184FWAdmir Mehmedi(1991-03-16) March 16, 1991 (age 23)302Germany SC Freiburg
194FWJosip Drmić(1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 22)165Germany Bayer Leverkusen

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months and are still available for a call up.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKYann Sommer(1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 (age 25)100Germany Borussia Mönchengladbachv.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014
GKDiego Benaglio(1983-09-08) September 8, 1983 (age 31)610Germany VfL Wolfsburg2014 FIFA World Cup RET
DFStephan Lichtsteiner(1984-01-16) January 16, 1984 (age 30)715Italy Juventusv.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014
DFPhilippe Senderos(1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 29)555England Aston Villav.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014 INJ
DFRicardo Rodríguez(1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 22)280Germany VfL Wolfsburgv.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014 INJ
DFFabian Lustenberger(1988-05-02) May 2, 1988 (age 26)10Germany Hertha BSCv.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014 INJ
DFSilvan Widmer(1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 (age 21)10Italy Udinesev.  Lithuania, November 15, 2014 INJ
DFLoris Benito(1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 (age 22)00Portugal Benficav.  England, September 8, 2014
DFReto Ziegler(1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 28)351Unattached2014 FIFA World Cup
DFTimm Klose(1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 26)80Germany VfL Wolfsburg2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MFBlerim Džemaili(1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 (age 28)403Turkey Galatasarayv.  Poland, November 18, 2014 INJ
MFTranquillo Barnetta(1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 29)7510Germany Schalke 04v.  San Marino, October 14, 2014
MFGranit Xhaka(1992-09-27) September 27, 1992 (age 22)335Germany Borussia Mönchengladbachv.  San Marino, October 14, 2014
MFPirmin Schwegler(1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 27)143Germany 1899 Hoffenheim2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
FWMichael Frey(1994-07-19) July 19, 1994 (age 20)00France Lillev.  San Marino, October 14, 2014
FWMario Gavranović(1989-11-24) November 24, 1989 (age 24)114Switzerland Zürich2014 FIFA World Cup
FWEren Derdiyok(1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 (age 26)468Turkey Kasımpaşa2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)

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

Most appearances and goals[edit]

Most number of appearances and goals for the Swiss national team. Players in bold are still playing for the national team. Last updated after Switzerland vs. Poland, 18 November 2014.[5]

Coaches[edit]

National Team Results[edit]

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

DateCompetitionOpponentVenueScoreSwiss scorers (International goal)Referee
4 March 2014Friendly CroatiaSwitzerland AFG Arena, St. Gallen2 – 2Drmić (1st), Drmić (2nd)Hugo Miguel (Portugal)
30 May 2014Friendly JamaicaSwitzerland Swissporarena, Lucerne1 – 0Drmić (3rd)Neil Doyle (Republic of Ireland)
3 June 2014Friendly PeruSwitzerland Swissporarena, Lucerne2 – 0Lichtsteiner (5th), Shaqiri (9th)Daniel Stefanski (Poland)
15 June 2014WC2014 EcuadorBrazil Estádio Nacional, Brasília2 – 1Mehmedi (2nd), Seferović (2nd)Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
20 June 2014WC2014 FranceBrazil Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador2 – 5Džemaili (2nd), Xhaka (5th)Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
25 June 2014WC2014 HondurasBrazil Arena Amazônia, Manaus3 – 0Shaqiri (10th), Shaqiri (11th), Shaqiri (12th)Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
1 July 2014WC2014 ArgentinaBrazil Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo0 – 1 (a.e.t.)NoneJonas Eriksson (Sweden)
8 September 2014EC2016-Q EnglandSwitzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel0 – 2NoneCüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
9 October 2014EC2016-Q SloveniaSlovenia Ljudski vrt, Maribor0 – 1NoneWolfgang Stark (Germany)
14 October 2014EC2016-Q San MarinoSan Marino Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle4 – 0Seferović (3rd), Seferović (4th), Džemaili (3rd), Shaqiri (13th)Tony Chapron (France)
15 November 2014EC2016-Q LithuaniaSwitzerland AFG Arena, St. Gallen4 – 0Drmić (4th), Schär (4th), Shaqiri (14th), Shaqiri (15th)Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
18 November 2014Friendly PolandPoland Stadion Miejski, Wrocław2 – 2Drmić (5th), Frei (1st)Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

Swiss youth teams[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]