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 coachOttmar Hitzfeld
CaptainGökhan Inler
Most capsHeinz Hermann (117)
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
FIFA ranking7 Increase 7
Highest FIFA ranking3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking14
Highest Elo ranking8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking62 (October 1979)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 France 1–0 Switzerland Switzerland
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest win
Switzerland Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeat
Hungary 9–0 Switzerland 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 resultRound 1, 1996, 2004 and 2008
 
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  Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachOttmar Hitzfeld
CaptainGökhan Inler
Most capsHeinz Hermann (117)
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
FIFA ranking7 Increase 7
Highest FIFA ranking3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking14
Highest Elo ranking8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking62 (October 1979)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 France 1–0 Switzerland Switzerland
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest win
Switzerland Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeat
Hungary 9–0 Switzerland 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 resultRound 1, 1996, 2004 and 2008
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver1924 ParisTeam

The Swiss 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 in the play-off round 2–0 and 4–2 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.

World Cup record[edit]

Switzerland's record at FIFA World Cups.[4]

YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Uruguay 1930Did Not Enter-------
Italy 1934Quarter-finals7/16210155
France 1938Quarter-finals7/15311155
Brazil 1950Round 16/13311146
Switzerland 1954Quarter-finals8/1642021111
Sweden 1958Did not Qualify-------
Chile 1962Round 116/16300328
England 1966Round 116/16300319
Mexico 1970Did not Qualify-------
West Germany 1974Did not Qualify-------
Argentina 1978Did not Qualify-------
Spain 1982Did not Qualify-------
Mexico 1986Did not Qualify-------
Italy 1990Did not Qualify-------
United States 1994Round of 1616/24411257
France 1998Did not Qualify-------
South KoreaJapan 2002Did not Qualify-------
Germany 2006Round of 1610/32422040
South Africa 2010Round 119/32311111
Brazil 2014Qualified
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total9/192996143852

European Championship record[edit]

YearRoundGPWD*LGSGA
France 1960Did not qualify------
Spain 1964Did not qualify------
Italy 1968Did not qualify------
Belgium 1972Did not qualify------
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976Did not qualify------
Italy 1980Did not qualify------
France 1984Did not qualify------
West Germany 1988Did not qualify------
Sweden 1992Did not qualify------
England 1996Round 1301214
BelgiumNetherlands 2000Did not qualify------
Portugal 2004Round 1301216
AustriaSwitzerland 2008Round 1310233
PolandUkraine 2012Did not qualify------
France 2016
Total3/159126513
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Match kits[edit]

The Swiss kit consists of two different outfits. The red shirt and white shorts are for home play, and the white shirt and red shorts are for away. The jersey is manufactured by Puma.

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players have been nominated for Friendly match vs South Korea on November 15, 2013. Caps and goals updated on November 15, 2013.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKDiego Benaglio(1983-09-08) September 8, 1983 (age 30)540Germany Wolfsburg
1GKMarco Wölfli(1982-08-22) August 22, 1982 (age 31)110Switzerland Young Boys
1GKYann Sommer(1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 (age 25)50Switzerland Basel
2DFPhilippe Senderos(1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 28)525England Fulham
2DFFabian Schär(1991-12-20) December 20, 1991 (age 22)53Switzerland Basel
2DFSteve von Bergen(1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 30)390Switzerland Young Boys
2DFReto Ziegler(1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 27)341Italy Sassuolo
2DFJohan Djourou(1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 26)421Germany Hamburg
2DFStephan Lichtsteiner(1984-01-16) January 16, 1984 (age 29)604Italy Juventus
3MFTranquillo Barnetta(1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 28)7210Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
3MFGökhan Inler (captain)(1984-06-27) June 27, 1984 (age 29)706Italy Napoli
3MFXherdan Shaqiri(1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 (age 22)308Germany Bayern Munich
3MFGelson Fernandes(1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 27)462Germany Freiburg
3MFBlerim Džemaili(1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 (age 27)351Italy Napoli
3MFGranit Xhaka(1992-09-27) September 27, 1992 (age 21)234Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
3MFValentin Stocker(1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 24)213Switzerland Basel
3MFPajtim Kasami(1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 (age 21)21England Fulham
4FWEren Derdiyok(1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 (age 25)468Germany Bayer Leverkusen
4FWAdmir Mehmedi(1991-03-16) March 16, 1991 (age 22)181Germany Freiburg
4FWMario Gavranović(1989-11-24) November 24, 1989 (age 24)94Switzerland Zürich

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
DFRicardo Rodríguez(1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 21)180Germany Wolfsburgv.  South Korea, November 15, 2013INJ
DFTimm Klose(1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 25)80Germany Wolfsburgv.  Norway, September 10, 2013
DFMichel Morganella(1988-05-17) May 17, 1988 (age 25)20Italy Palermov.  Greece, February 6, 2013
MFValon Behrami(1985-04-19) April 19, 1985 (age 28)452Italy Napoliv.  South Korea, November 15, 2013INJ
MFPirmin Schwegler(1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 26)130Germany Eintracht Frankfurtv.  Norway, September 10, 2013INJ
MFSteven Zuber(1991-08-17) August 17, 1991 (age 22)00Russia CSKA Moscowv.  Norway, September 10, 2013
FWInnocent Emeghara(1989-05-27) May 27, 1989 (age 24)90Italy Livornov.  Cyprus, June 8, 2013

Notes INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

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. Brazil, 14 August 2013.[5]

Most appearances

NameYearsCaps
Heinz Hermann1978–1991117
Alain Geiger1980–1996112
Stéphane Chapuisat1989–2004103
Johann Vogel1995–200794
Hakan Yakin2000–201187
Alexander Frei2001–201184
Patrick Müller1998–200881
Severino Minelli1930–194380
André Egli1979–199479
Ciriaco Sforza1991–200179

Most goals

NameYearsCapsGoals
Alexander Frei2001–20118442
Kubilay Türkyilmaz1988–20016234
Max Abegglen1922–19376834
André Abegglen1927–19435229
Jacques Fatton1946–19555329
Adrian Knup1989–19964926
Josef Hügi1951–19613423
Charles Antenen1948–19625622
Josef Hügi1935–19485421
Stéphane Chapuisat1989–200410321

Coaches[edit]

National Team Results[edit]

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

DateCompetitionOpponentVenueScoreSwiss scorers (International goal)Ref
6 February 2013Friendly GreeceGreece Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus0 – 0
23 March 2013WC2014-Q CyprusCyprus GSP Stadium, Nicosia0 – 0
8 June 2013WC2014-Q CyprusSwitzerland Stade de Genève, Geneva1 – 0Seferovic (1st)
14 August 2013Friendly BrazilSwitzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel1 – 0Own Goal
6 September 2013WC2014-Q IcelandSwitzerland Stade de Suisse, Bern4 – 4Lichtsteiner (3rd), Lichtsteiner (4th), Schär (1st), Dzemaili (1st)
10 September 2013WC2014-Q NorwayNorway Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo2 – 0Schär (2nd), Schär (3rd)
11 October 2013WC2014-Q AlbaniaAlbania Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana2 – 1Shaqiri (8th), Lang (1st)
15 October 2013WC2014-Q SloveniaSwitzerland Stade de Suisse, Bern1 – 0Xhaka (4th)
15 November 2013Friendly South KoreaSouth Korea Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul1 – 2Kasami (1st)

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