Switzerland national football team

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Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
Association Swiss Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
Captain Gökhan Inler
Most caps Heinz Hermann (117)
Top scorer Alexander Frei (42)
FIFA code SUI
FIFA ranking 8
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking 14
Highest Elo ranking 8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking 62 (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
Appearances 10 (First in 1934)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1934, 1938 and 1954
European Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 1996)
Best result Round 1, 1996, 2004 and 2008
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Silver 1924 Paris Team

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
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
 Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
 Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
 Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5
  Albania Cyprus Iceland Norway Slovenia Switzerland
Albania  3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Cyprus  0–0 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0
Iceland  2–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 0–2
Norway  0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Slovenia  1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Switzerland   2–0 1–0 4–4 1–1 1–0


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.

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players have been nominated for Friendly match vs Croatia on March 5, 2014. Caps and goals updated on March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Diego Benaglio (1983-09-08) September 8, 1983 (age 30) 55 0 Germany Wolfsburg
1GK Yann Sommer (1988-12-17) December 17, 1988 (age 25) 5 0 Switzerland Basel
2DF Stephan Lichtsteiner (1984-01-16) January 16, 1984 (age 30) 61 4 Italy Juventus
2DF Philippe Senderos (1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 29) 52 5 Spain Valencia
2DF Johan Djourou (1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 27) 43 1 Germany Hamburg
2DF Steve von Bergen (1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 30) 40 0 Switzerland Young Boys
2DF Ricardo Rodríguez (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 21) 19 0 Germany Wolfsburg
2DF Michael Lang (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Switzerland Grasshopper
3MF Tranquillo Barnetta (1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 28) 73 10 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
3MF Gökhan İnler (captain) (1984-06-27) June 27, 1984 (age 29) 71 6 Italy Napoli
3MF Gelson Fernandes (1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 27) 46 2 Germany Freiburg
3MF Valon Behrami (1985-04-19) April 19, 1985 (age 28) 46 4 Italy Napoli
3MF Blerim Džemaili (1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 (age 28) 32 1 Italy Napoli
3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (1991-10-10) October 10, 1991 (age 22) 31 8 Germany Bayern Munich
3MF Granit Xhaka (1992-09-27) September 27, 1992 (age 21) 24 4 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
3MF Valentin Stocker (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 25) 22 3 Switzerland Basel
3MF Pirmin Schwegler (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 27) 14 3 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
4FW Admir Mehmedi (1991-03-16) March 16, 1991 (age 23) 19 4 Germany Freiburg
4FW Mario Gavranović (1989-11-24) November 24, 1989 (age 24) 10 4 Switzerland Zürich
4FW Haris Seferović (1992-02-22) February 22, 1992 (age 22) 9 1 Spain Real Sociedad
4FW Josip Drmić (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 21) 5 2 Germany Nürnberg

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. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Marco Wölfli (1982-08-22) August 22, 1982 (age 31) 11 0 Switzerland Young Boys v.  South Korea, November 15, 2013
DF Reto Ziegler (1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 28) 34 1 Italy Sassuolo v.  South Korea, November 15, 2013
DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) December 20, 1991 (age 22) 5 3 Switzerland Basel v.  South Korea, November 15, 2013
DF Timm Klose (1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 25) 8 0 Germany Wolfsburg v.  Norway, September 10, 2013
MF Pajtim Kasami (1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 (age 21) 2 1 England Fulham v.  South Korea, November 15, 2013
MF Steven Zuber (1991-08-17) August 17, 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Norway, September 10, 2013
FW Eren Derdiyok (1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 (age 25) 46 8 Germany Bayer Leverkusen v.  South Korea, November 15, 2013
FW Innocent Emeghara (1989-05-27) May 27, 1989 (age 24) 9 0 Italy Livorno v.  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]

Coaches[edit]

National Team Results[edit]

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

Date Competition Opponent Venue Score Swiss scorers (International goal) Ref
6 February 2013 Friendly  Greece Greece Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus 0 – 0
23 March 2013 WC2014-Q  Cyprus Cyprus GSP Stadium, Nicosia 0 – 0
8 June 2013 WC2014-Q  Cyprus Switzerland Stade de Genève, Geneva 1 – 0 Seferovic (1st)
14 August 2013 Friendly  Brazil Switzerland St. Jakob-Park, Basel 1 – 0 Own Goal
6 September 2013 WC2014-Q  Iceland Switzerland Stade de Suisse, Bern 4 – 4 Lichtsteiner (3rd), Lichtsteiner (4th), Schär (1st), Dzemaili (1st)
10 September 2013 WC2014-Q  Norway Norway Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo 2 – 0 Schär (2nd), Schär (3rd)
11 October 2013 WC2014-Q  Albania Albania Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana 2 – 1 Shaqiri (8th), Lang (1st)
15 October 2013 WC2014-Q  Slovenia Switzerland Stade de Suisse, Bern 1 – 0 Xhaka (4th)
15 November 2013 Friendly  South Korea South Korea Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul 1 – 2 Kasami (1st)

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