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Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Schweizer Nati
Association Swiss Football Association
Head coach Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld
Captain Alexander Frei
Most caps Heinz Hermann (117)
Top scorer Alexander Frei (40)
FIFA code SUI
FIFA ranking 15
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking 21
Highest Elo ranking 8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking 62 (October 1979)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
France France 1 - 0 Switzerland Switzerland
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest win
Switzerland Switzerland 9 - 0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeat
Hungary Hungary 9 - 0 Switzerland Switzerland
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1934)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1934, 1938, 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 and Squadra nazionale in Italian) is the national football team of Switzerland and is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

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]

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.

In October 2009, Switzerland booked their place at the 2010 World Cup finals with a goalless draw against Israel at St Jacob stadium in Basel.[2]

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Recent history

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Euro 2004

Qualification: Switzerland qualified for the Euro 2004 in Portugal by finishing first in group 10 of the qualifying, ahead of Russia and Ireland.

Group stage: 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.

Trivia: 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.[3]

World Cup 2006

The Swiss line-up against China, just before World Cup 2006

Qualification: 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.

Group stage: 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.

Round of 16: 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.

Trivia: 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.

Euro 2008

Qualification: Switzerland co-hosted the Euro 2008 together with Austria and was therefore automatically qualified.

Group stage: 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.

Trivia: All 3 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 embarassing home loss against Luxembourg, they finished first in their group, ahead of Greece, Latvia and Israel.

Group stage

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Euro 2012

Qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Bulgaria England Montenegro Switzerland Wales
Bulgaria 
England 
Montenegro 
Switzerland 
Wales 

Competitive record

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 (1934,1938,1954). They gained a silver medal in the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. The U-17-squad became European champions in 2002, with a 4–2 win after a penalty shootout against France . Furthermore, Switzerland qualified for the semi-finals of the U-21-Euro 2002.

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Quarter-finals 7/16 2 1 0 1 5 5
France 1938 Quarter-finals 7/15 3 1 1 1 4 6
Brazil 1950 Round 1 6/13 3 1 1 1 4 6
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 8/16 4 2 0 4 11 11
Sweden 1958 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 2 8
England 1966 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 9
Mexico 1970 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Round 2 16/24 4 1 1 2 5 7
France 1998 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Round 2 10/32 4 2 2 0 4 0
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 8/18 26 8 5 13 37 51

European Championship record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
France 1984 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
West Germany 1988 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
Portugal 2004 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 6
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 3
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - -
Total 3/13 9 1 2 6 5 13
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Match kits

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

The following players have been selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Israel on the 10 and 14 of October 2009, respectively.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Diego Benaglio September 8, 1983 (1983-09-08) (age 26) 25 0 Germany Wolfsburg
2 DF Stephan Lichtsteiner January 16, 1984 (1984-01-16) (age 26) 25 0 Italy Lazio
3 DF Reto Ziegler January 16, 1986 (1986-01-16) (age 24) 9 1 Italy Sampdoria
4 DF Philippe Senderos February 14, 1985 (1985-02-14) (age 25) 38 5 England Everton
5 DF Steve von Bergen June 10, 1983 (1983-06-10) (age 26) 7 0 Germany Hertha BSC
6 MF Benjamin Huggel July 7, 1977 (1977-07-07) (age 32) 36 2 Switzerland Basel
7 MF Tranquillo Barnetta May 22, 1985 (1985-05-22) (age 24) 49 6 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
8 MF Gökhan Inler June 27, 1984 (1984-06-27) (age 25) 33 1 Italy Udinese
9 FW Alexander Frei July 15, 1979 (1979-07-15) (age 30) 73 40 Switzerland Basel
10 FW Blaise Nkufo May 25, 1975 (1975-05-25) (age 34) 27 7 Netherlands Twente
11 MF Johan Vonlanthen February 1, 1986 (1986-02-01) (age 24) 40 7 Switzerland Zürich
12 GK Marco Wölfli August 22, 1982 (1982-08-22) (age 27) 2 0 Switzerland Young Boys
13 DF Heinz Barmettler July 21, 1987 (1987-07-21) (age 22) 0 0 Switzerland Zürich
14 MF Marco Padalino December 8, 1983 (1983-12-08) (age 26) 6 1 Italy Sampdoria
15 MF Hakan Yakin February 22, 1977 (1977-02-22) (age 33) 79 20 Switzerland Luzern
16 MF Gelson Fernandes September 2, 1986 (1986-09-02) (age 23) 20 1 France Saint-Étienne
17 DF Christoph Spycher March 30, 1978 (1978-03-30) (age 31) 46 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
18 FW Eren Derdiyok June 12, 1988 (1988-06-12) (age 21) 15 2 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
GK Johnny Leoni June 30, 1984 (1984-06-30) (age 25) 0 0 Switzerland Zürich
DF Stéphane Grichting March 30, 1979 (1979-03-30) (age 30) 32 1 France Auxerre
MF Pirmin Schwegler March 9, 1987 (1987-03-09) (age 23) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt

Recent call ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Eldin Jakupović October 2, 1984 (1984-10-02) (age 25) 1 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
DF Patrick Müller December 17, 1976 (1976-12-17) (age 33) 81 3 France Monaco
DF Johan Djourou January 18, 1987 (1987-01-18) (age 23) 24 1 England Arsenal
DF Mario Eggimann January 24, 1981 (1981-01-24) (age 29) 8 0 Germany Hannover 96
DF Ludovic Magnin April 20, 1979 (1979-04-20) (age 30) 61 3 Switzerland Zürich
DF Alain Nef February 6, 1982 (1982-02-06) (age 28) 3 1 Italy Triestina
DF Jonathan Rossini April 5, 1989 (1989-04-05) (age 20) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo
MF Almen Abdi October 21, 1986 (1986-10-21) (age 23) 6 0 France Le Mans
MF Valon Behrami April 19, 1985 (1985-04-19) (age 24) 24 2 England West Ham United
MF Davide Chiumento November 229, 1984 (1984-11-229) (age 25) 0 0 Switzerland Luzern
MF Blerim Džemaili April 12, 1986 (1986-04-12) (age 23) 10 0 Italy Parma
MF Valentin Stocker April 12, 1989 (1989-04-12) (age 20) 3 1 Switzerland Basel
FW Albert Bunjaku November 29, 1983 (1983-11-29) (age 26) 1 0 Germany Nürnberg
MF Alberto Regazzoni April 5, 1983 (1983-04-05) (age 26) 3 0 Switzerland Young Boys
FW Xherdan Shaqiri October 10, 1991 (1991-10-10) (age 18) 0 0 Switzerland Basel
FW Marco Streller June 18, 1981 (1981-06-18) (age 28) 31 10 Switzerland Basel

Coaches

Notes

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Simple English

Switzerland
Association Swiss Football Association
Confederation UEFA
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
Most caps Heinz Hermann (117)
Top scorer Alexander Frei (36)
World Cup
Appearances 9
First Apps 1934
Best result Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

Switzerland national football team is the national football team of Switzerland.


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