The Switzerland national football team (German: Schweizer Fußballnationalmannschaft, French: Équipe de Suisse de football, Italian: Nazionale di calcio della Svizzera, Romansh: Squadra naziunala da ballape da la Svizra) is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.
Switzerland's best ever performance at the FIFA World Cup are three quarter-final appearances, in 1934, 1938 and 1954. They hosted the competition in 1954, where they played with Austria in the quarter-final match, losing 7–5, which today still stands as the highest scoring ever World Cup match. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the tournament despite not conceding a single goal, being eliminated by Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the round of sixteen; failing to score a single penalty, thus becoming the first nation to do so. They didn't concede a goal until a match against Chile at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, conceding in the 75th minute; setting a World Cup finals record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.
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|Association||Swiss Football Association|
|Head coach||Vladimir Petković|
|Most caps||Heinz Hermann (118)|
|Top scorer||Alexander Frei (42)|
|Current||8 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||3 (August 1993)|
|Lowest||83 (December 1998)|
|Current||11 3 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||8 (June 2018)|
|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, 1954)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2016)|
|UEFA Nations League Finals|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019)|
|Olympic medal record|
At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Switzerland finished with a silver medal after losing to Uruguay in the final, losing 3–0. The team's debut appearance at the World Cup was in 1934; where they reached the quarter-finals after beating the Netherlands 3–2 in the round of sixteen before getting knocked out by Czechoslovakia. Switzerland once again reached the quarter-finals in 1938; after beating Germany in the round of sixteen, winning 4–2 after a replay but were knocked out by Hungary, losing 2–0. At the 1950 World Cup, Switzerland were drawn in a group with Brazil, Yugoslavia and Mexico, where they lost 4–0 to Yugoslavia in the opening match, drew 2–2 with Brazil in their second match and beating Mexico 2–1 in their final group mach, and finished third in their group. On 22 July 1946, Switzerland was awarded the right to host the 1954 FIFA World Cup unopposed, in Luxembourg City. At the World Cup, Switzerland finished second in their group behind England; beating Italy and losing to England, but qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Italy in a group play-off. They were knocked out of the tournament after losing 7–5 to Austria. At the 1962 World Cup, Switzerland finished bottom of the group, losing all three games, losing 3–1 to Chile, 2–1 to West Germany and 3–0 to Italy. A similar results came at the 1966 World Cup, where Switzerland again finished bottom of the group and lost all three games, losing 5–0 to West Germany, 2–1 to Spain and 2–0 to Argentina.
In 1992, Switzerland appointed English manager Roy Hodgson as head coach of the national team; and at the time of his appointment, the Swiss had not qualified for any major tournament since 1966. Under his guidance, Switzerland rose to 3rd in the FIFA World Ranking in August 1993, which still remains their highest FIFA ranking to this day. Hodgson lead Switzerland to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, losing just one game during qualifying, in a group that included Italy, and much fancied Portugal and Scotland. The Swiss won their home tie with Italy, and in the away game, took a 2–0 lead before being pegged back to a 2–2 draw, and also took four points from Scotland, winning 3–1 at home and drawing 1–1 away. Against the Portuguese, Switzerland drew 1–1 at home and lost 1–0 in the away fixture in Porto, their only defeat of the qualifying campaign. Their opening match against the United States, on 18 June 1994, was played indoors; in the Pontiac Silverdome, and the two teams drew 1–1 in the opening match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In the next match, they won 4–1 over Romania, and in their final game against Colombia, lost 2–0. Nevertheless, Switzerland still qualified from the group, but were knocked out by Spain, losing 3–0.
Switzerland failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hosted in France, as they finished 4th in their qualifying group, winning three games; 3–2 against Finland, 1–0 against Hungary and 5–0 against Azerbaijan, drawing one game against Hungary (1–1), and losing three games; 1–0 against Azerbaijan and losing both games against Norway, losing 1–0 at home and 5–0 away.
At UEFA Euro 1996, Switzerland once again easily qualified for the tournament finals hosted in England, as they topped their qualifying group, losing just once; which was a 1–2 defeat to Turkey. They were drawn in Group A, but their tournament was disappointing overall; as they finished bottom of the group. Their opening match was against hosts England, and the two sides drew 1–1. In their second match, they lost 2–0 to the Netherlands, and in their final group game, lost 1–0 to Scotland. In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004, Switzerland finished top of a group that featured Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Albania and Georgia. The Swiss finished with 21 points and qualified for the finals in Portugal; where they were drawn in Group B with defending champions France, England and Croatia. They began the tournament with 0–0 draw with Croatia before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat to England in the next match. They lost their final match against France; losing 3–1 and finishing bottom of the group. Their only goal of the entire tournament was scored by Johan Vonlanthen, who became the youngest ever goalscorer at the Euros when he scored the equalizing goal against France; surpassing the previous record set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney by three months.
Switzerland, along with Austria, were chosen as co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008. Switzerland were drawn in Group A with Portugal, Turkey and the Czech Republic. Their opening match was a 1–0 loss to the Czech Republic, followed by a 1–2 defeat to Turkey. Their third match was against Portugal, with Switzerland winning 2–0 to ensure that Portugal would top their group with a defeat.
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 they were still eliminated in the group stage. In the second match, a goal scored 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 advance further than the group after a 0–0 draw with Honduras in the third and final group match.
Switzerland did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2012; missing out on the tournament for the first time in a decade, as they finished third in the qualifying group, a group featuring England, Montenegro, Wales and Bulgaria. Switzerland's initial start in qualifying was overall poor; losing 1–3 to England in the first game played, in which Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first goal for the national team, followed by a 1–0 defeat to Montenegro. Switzerland then recorded a 4–1 win over Wales before consecutive draws against Bulgaria (0–0) and England (2–2). Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were restored with a 3–1 win over Bulgaria, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. However, following a 2–0 loss to Wales (in which Reto Ziegler earned a red card) and Montenegro's surprising last-minute equalizer against England in a 2–2 draw, Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were mathematically made impossible. In the final game, Switzerland earned redemption against Montenegro as they came out with a 2–0 win. Switzerland's top goalscorer during the qualifying period was Xherdan Shaqiri, with 4 goals.
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Switzerland were drawn to play France, Honduras and Ecuador in the group stage. They advanced to the round of sixteen with a 3–0 win over Honduras, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. In the knockout match against Argentina, they lost 1–0, conceding to Ángel Di María in the 118th minute.
At Euro 2016, Switzerland were selected to play in Group A of the tournament; alongside hosts France, Albania and Romania. In the first game, Switzerland won 1–0 over Albania, with the only goal being scored by Fabian Schär in the 5th minute of the game. The next match was a 1–1 draw with Romania, with Switzerland initially conceding from a penalty but equalizing in the second half following a goal from Admir Mehmedi. The final group game was against France, drawing 0–0. However, the game spread notoriety for several Swiss players' jerseys being ripped during challenges with the French players, and also for the ball bursting during a challenge between Antoine Griezmann and Valon Behrami when they both converged on the ball, with the game also attracting attention for its poor surface, which was criticized by both coaches and players of the two teams; after the game, Switzerland's kit manufacturer had blamed "faulty material" for the incidents regarding the jerseys being ripped. Switzerland, due to the draw, finished second in the group to set up a tie against Poland in the round of sixteen; initially the Swiss conceded but managed to find a late equalizer from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a bicycle-kick to send the game into extra-time, but the Swiss were knocked out as Granit Xhaka had missed the second penalty during the penalty shootout, as all other players managed to convert their penalties, with Poland winning 5–4 on penalties to go through and knock out the Swiss.
In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland were drawn with Portugal, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra. The Swiss began their qualifying group with a shock 2–0 win over European champions Portugal, who had won the tournament less than two months prior to playing with them on 6 September. Afterwards, they beat Hungary 2–3, Andorra 2–1, Faroe Islands 2–0, Latvia 1–0 in the first five games, leading the group on maximum points. In the reverse fixtures, they beat Faroe Islands 2–0, Andorra 3–0, Latvia 3–0 and Hungary 5–2, before facing Portugal in the final group game, where they lost 2–0, meaning they would have to play in the play-offs; where they were ranked as the best second-placed team, and were drawn to play Northern Ireland. In the first leg, played on 9 November, they won 1–0 through a controversial penalty scored by Ricardo Rodríguez, and three days later played in the second leg, drawing 0–0 and advancing to the World Cup finals in Russia with a 1–0 aggregate win. Before the World Cup, Switzerland were ranked 6th in the world ranking, even ranking higher than eventual World Cup winners France.
At the World Cup, Switzerland were drawn to play Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E. They began their campaign with a 1–1 draw with Brazil, before beating Serbia 2–1 through a late winning goal from Xherdan Shaqiri. The game with Serbia sparked controversy for the celebrations performed by goalscorers Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (both ethnic Albanians), along with Stephan Lichtsteiner as the trio performed a celebration where they crossed their hands to depict a double-headed eagle, the official emblem of Albania, considered by many as an Albanian nationalist symbol, however, they were not banned by FIFA for this. Their final group game was with Costa Rica; which they drew 2–2, with Blerim Džemaili and Josip Drmić scoring; thus finishing second in the group. They were drawn to play Sweden in the round of sixteen; a fixture they lost 1–0, getting knocked out of the tournament.
On 23 January 2018, Switzerland were selected to play in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League; a tournament contested by all UEFA member's national teams, being drawn to play in League A, in Group 2, against Belgium and Iceland.
Switzerland is yet to win a major international trophy, and the best result they have achieved thus far is the quarter-finals of the World Cup on three separate occasions, in 1934, 1938 and 1954, and they earned a silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, held in Paris, where they lost 3–0 to Uruguay in the final. The Swiss youth teams have been more successful; as the U-17 squad won the 2002 UEFA U-17 Euro and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the U-21 squad qualified for the semi-finals of the 2002 UEFA U-21 Euro, and were finalists of the 2011 UEFA U-21 Euro.
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Invited|
|1954||Quarter-finals||8th||4||2||0||2||11||11||Qualified as hosts|
|1958||Did not qualify||4||0||1||3||6||11|
|1970||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||5||8|
|1994||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||5||7||10||6||3||1||23||6|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||3||1||4||11||12|
|2006||Round of 16||10th||4||2||2||0||4||0||12||5||6||1||22||11|
|2014||Round of 16||11th||4||2||0||2||7||7||10||7||3||0||17||6|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||4|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||4||2||2||9||5|
|2008||Group stage||11th||3||1||0||2||3||3||Qualified as hosts|
|2012||Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||12||10|
|2016||Round of 16||11th||4||1||3||0||3||2||10||7||0||3||24||8|
|2020||To be determined||1||1||0||0||2||0|
|Total||Round of 16||4/17||13||2||5||6||8||15||93||40||22||31||155||116|
|UEFA Championship record|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
The Switzerland national team's traditional home kit is red shirts, white shorts and red socks, with the away kit being reverse with white shirts, red shorts and white socks, although the colours of the shorts and socks are interchangeable if there is a minor clash. Switzerland, ever since being established in 1895, have always had the same colour code, as tradition and homage to the national colours which are derived from the Swiss flag. The current kit manufacturer is Puma, who have made their kits since 1998.
|Head Coach||Vladimir Petković|
|Assistant Coach||Antonio Manicone|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Patrick Foletti|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Swen König|
|Fitness Coach||Oliver Riedwyl|
The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying games against Georgia and Denmark on 23 March and 26 March 2019
Caps and goals updated on 26 March 2019 after the match against Denmark.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Yann Sommer||17 December 1988||45||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|12||GK||Yvon Mvogo||6 June 1994||2||0||RB Leipzig|
|21||GK||Jonas Omlin||10 January 1994||0||0||Basel|
|2||DF||Stephan Lichtsteiner||16 January 1984||105||8||Arsenal|
|3||DF||Loris Benito||7 January 1992||3||0||Young Boys|
|4||DF||Nico Elvedi||30 September 1996||10||1||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|5||DF||Manuel Akanji||19 July 1995||15||0||Borussia Dortmund|
|6||DF||Michael Lang||8 February 1991||30||3||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|13||DF||Ricardo Rodríguez||25 August 1992||63||6||Milan|
|20||DF||Timm Klose||9 May 1988||17||0||Norwich City|
|23||DF||Kevin Mbabu||19 April 1995||4||0||Young Boys|
|8||MF||Remo Freuler||15 April 1992||16||1||Atalanta|
|10||MF||Granit Xhaka||27 September 1992||74||11||Arsenal|
|11||MF||Renato Steffen||3 November 1991||6||0||Wolfsburg|
|14||MF||Steven Zuber||17 August 1991||23||6||VfB Stuttgart|
|15||MF||Djibril Sow||6 February 1997||4||0||Young Boys|
|16||MF||Christian Fassnacht||11 November 1993||3||0||Young Boys|
|17||MF||Denis Zakaria||20 November 1996||20||2||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|7||FW||Breel Embolo||14 February 1997||32||4||Schalke 04|
|9||FW||Albian Ajeti||26 February 1997||7||1||Basel|
|18||FW||Admir Mehmedi||16 March 1991||61||8||Wolfsburg|
|19||FW||Mario Gavranović||24 November 1989||21||6||Dinamo Zagreb|
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||9||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Qatar, 14 November 2018INJ|
|GK||David von Ballmoos||30 December 1994||0||0||Young Boys||v. Iceland, 15 October 2018|
|GK||Gregor Kobel||6 December 1997||0||0||Augsburg||v. England, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Fabian Schär||20 December 1991||48||7||Newcastle United||v. Denmark, 26 March 2019INJ|
|DF||François Moubandje||21 June 1990||21||0||Toulouse||v. Belgium, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Léo Lacroix||27 February 1992||1||0||Hamburg||v. Qatar, 14 November 2018|
|DF||Johan Djourou||18 January 1987||76||2||SPAL||v. England, 11 September 2018INJ|
|DF||Silvan Widmer||5 March 1993||9||0||Basel||v. England, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Xherdan Shaqiri||10 October 1991||80||22||Liverpool||v. Georgia, 23 March 2019INJ|
|MF||Edimilson Fernandes||15 April 1996||8||0||Fiorentina||v. Belgium, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Blerim Džemaili||12 April 1986||69||10||Bologna||v. Sweden, 3 July 2018|
|FW||Haris Seferović||22 February 1992||59||17||Benfica||v. Belgium, 18 November 2018|
|FW||Dimitri Oberlin||27 September 1997||1||0||Empoli||v. Belgium, 18 November 2018|
|FW||Josip Drmić||8 August 1992||32||10||Borussia Mönchengladbach||v. Sweden, 3 July 2018|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
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 Georgia, 23 March 2019.
|Vladimir Petković||01.08.2014 – present||42||26||7||9||61.90|
|Ottmar Hitzfeld||01.07.2008 – 01.07.2014||61||30||18||13||49.18|
|Jakob "Köbi" Kuhn||11.09.2001 – 30.06.2008||70||30||16||24||42.86|
|Enzo Trossero||14.07.2000 – 08.06.2001||8||3||3||2||37.50|
|Hans-Peter Zaugg||19.02.2000 – 26.04.2000||0||0||0||0||—|
|Gilbert Gress||01.07.1998 – 31.12.1999||12||4||3||5||33.33|
|Rolf Fringer||15.08.1996 – 14.10.1997||9||3||1||5||33.33|
|Artur Jorge||13.03.1996 – 18.06.1996||4||0||1||3||0.00|
|Roy Hodgson||01.07.1992 – 30.06.1996||22||9||5||8||40.91|
|Uli Stielike||01.07.1989 – 31.12.1991||17||7||4||6||41.18|
|Daniel Jeandupeux||12.03.1986 – 26.04.1989||21||5||8||8||23.81|
|Paul Wolfisberg||01.01.1981 – 31.12.1985
20.06.1989 – 22.06.1989
|Leo Walker||05.05.1979 – 21.12.1980||12||3||0||9||25.00|
|Roger Vonlanthen||28.02.1977 – 28.03.1979||9||1||0||8||11.11|
|Miroslav Blažević||22.09.1976 – 09.10.1976||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Bruno Michaud||26.04.1972 – 09.05.1973||3||0||2||1||0.00|
|Louis Maurer||01.07.1970 – 30.06.1972||8||4||2||2||50.00|
|René Hüssy||22.04.1970 – 03.05.1970
22.06.1973 – 08.09.1976
|Erwin Ballabio||14.02.1968 – 03.11.1969||4||2||1||1||50.00|
|Alfredo Foni||01.07.1964 – 05.01.1967
01.10.1967 – 23.12.1967
|Jiri Sobotka||15.04.1964 – 10.05.1964||3||1||0||2||33.33|
|Willibald Hahn||20.09.1958 – 25.10.1959||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Jacques Spagnoli||01.05.1955 – 26.05.1958||8||1||2||5||12.50|
|Hans Rüegsegger||19.09.1954 – 10.10.1954||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Franco Andreoli||19.03.1950 – 22.11.1950||6||2||2||2||33.33|
|Karl Rappan||19.09.1937 – 12.06.1938
01.02.1942 – 02.10.1949
01.07.1953 – 30.06.1954
27.03.1960 – 11.11.1963
|Schweizer Auswahlkomitee||14.12.1924 – 25.03.1934
14.10.1934 – 17.05.1937
18.09.1938 – 01.01.1941
15.10.1950 – 20.09.1952
|Jimmy Hogan||1924 – 1924||2||1||0||1||50.00|
|Francois Dégerine||1905 – 1910||3||1||0||2||33.33|
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
Recent results and future matches. Blue background colour indicates competitive matches.
|Date||Competition||Opponent||Venue||Score||Swiss scorers (International goal)||Ref|
|3 June 2018||Friendly||Spain||Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal||1–1||Rodríguez (4th)|
|8 June 2018||Friendly||Japan||Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano||2–0||Rodríguez (5th), Seferović (12th)|
|17 June 2018||WC2018||Brazil||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||1–1||Zuber (4th)|
|22 June 2018||WC2018||Serbia||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad||2–1||Xhaka (10th), Shaqiri (21st)|
|27 June 2018||WC2018||Costa Rica||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||2–2||Džemaili (10th), Drmić (10th)|
|3 July 2018||WC2018||Sweden||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||0–1|
|8 September 2018||NL2018–19||Iceland||Kybunpark, St. Gallen||6–0||Zuber (5th), Zakaria (1st), Shaqiri (22nd), Seferović (13th), Ajeti (1st), Mehmedi (8th)|
|11 September 2018||Friendly||England||King Power Stadium, Leicester||0–1|
|12 October 2018||NL2018–19||Belgium||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels||1–2||Gavranović (6th)|
|15 October 2018||NL2018–19||Iceland||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík||2–1||Seferović (14th), Lang (3rd)|
|14 November 2018||Friendly||Qatar||Stadio Cornaredo, Lugano||0–1|
|18 November 2018||NL2018–19||Belgium||Swissporarena, Lucerne||5–2||Rodríguez (6th), Seferović (15th), Seferović (16th), Seferović (17th), Elvedi (1st)|
|23 March 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Georgia||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi||2–0||Zuber (6th), Zakaria (2nd)|
|26 March 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Denmark||St. Jakob-Park, Basel||3–3||Freuler (1st), Xhaka (11th), Embolo (4th)|
|5 June 2019||2019 UEFA Nations League SF||Portugal||Estádio do Dragão, Porto|
|9 June 2019||2019 UEFA Nations League 3rd/F||England or Netherlands||Estádio do Dragão, Porto or Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães|
|5 September 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Republic of Ireland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|8 September 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Gibraltar||TBA|
|12 October 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Denmark||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen|
|15 October 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Republic of Ireland||Stade de Genève, Geneva|
|15 November 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Georgia||TBA|
|18 November 2019||Euro 2020 Q||Gibraltar||Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar|
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Willibald Hahn (31 January 1910 – 31 May 1999) was an Austrian footballer and football manager.
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