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Switzerland team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.50CET
Switzerland, the country that provides the headquarters for both FIFA and UEFA, have kicked on ever since reaching the 1994 FIFA World Cup, their first in 28 years.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.50CET

Switzerland team profile

Switzerland, the country that provides the headquarters for both FIFA and UEFA, have kicked on ever since reaching the 1994 FIFA World Cup, their first in 28 years.

Best result: group stage 1996, 2004, 2008
Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld (Vladimir Petković from 1 July 2014)
Leading scorers: all-time – Alexander Frei (42); current – Tranquillo Barnetta (10)
Most appearances: all-time – Heinz Hermann (118); current – Tranquillo Barnetta (72)
Association formed: 1895
Nickname: Schweizer Nati/Nati Suisse (Swiss national team)
Where they play: Stade de Suisse, Berne; St. Jakob-Park, Basel

Switzerland, the country that provides the headquarters for both FIFA and UEFA, will make it three successive FIFA World Cups when they compete in Brazil this summer. Ottmar Hitzfeld's team topped their qualifying group with ease, winning seven and drawing three of their ten matches. All three of the country's UEFA European Championship final tournament appearances have resulted in group stage elimination, including the 2008 event they co-hosted with Austria.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P91 W33 D24 L34 F134 A121
Final tournament: P9 W1 D2 L6 F5 A13
Qualifying: P82 W32 D22 L28 F129 A108

For years, Switzerland were subject to a stream of slender defeats, until the appointment of Roy Hodgson signalled a change in fortunes. Having qualified for the 1994 World Cup, their first in 28 years, Hodgson then led his team to EURO '96 after topping a section containing Turkey and Sweden. They kicked off their finals by drawing 1-1 with hosts England, before consecutive defeats against the Netherlands and Scotland ended their campaign.

Switzerland qualified again in 2004 under Jakob 'Köbi' Kuhn but garnered only one point, although Johan Vonlanthen did become the EURO's youngest goalscorer in a 3-1 defeat by France. They co-hosted the tournament with Austria in 2008 but failed to make home advantage count, losing against the Czech Republic and Turkey before overcoming Portugal 2-0. Opening defeats by England and Montenegro, and a campaign that yielded only two away points, undermined their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying hopes, Switzerland finishing third in Group B.

Memorable EURO matches
15/06/2008: Switzerland 2-0 Portugal, UEFA EURO 2008 group stage
Hakan Yakin's double earned the co-hosts their maiden EURO final tournament victory.

08/06/1996: England 1-1 Switzerland, EURO '96 group stage
Kubilay Türkyilmaz's 83rd-minute spot kick ensured Switzerland's first EURO finals match ended all square.

24/05/1967: Switzerland 7-1 Romania, 1968 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Rolf Blättler, Fritz Künzli and René-Pierre Quentin scored two apiece in a resounding win. 

Did you know?
Yakin scored all three of Switzerland's goals at UEFA EURO 2008, where they became only the second host nation after Belgium in 2000 to exit after the group stage. They were soon joined by a third as co-hosts Austria also bowed out. 

* Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/10/2015 11:38 CET
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
09/08/2015 23:13:33
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
09/08/2015 23:13:35
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-4Switzerland
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
09/08/2015 23:13:37
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI)
10/06/2015 10:39:08
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
07/09/2015 10:02:47
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Swissporarena, Lucerne (SUI)
09/08/2015 23:13:43
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:50:21
10 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Arena Thun, Thun (SUI)
07/01/2015 11:01:37
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
10/06/2015 10:44:50
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
09/11/2015 16:33:17
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/09/2015 10:23:00
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
SwitzerlandSan Marino
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) Stadium: AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI)
10/07/2015 10:41:28
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: TBD Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
10/02/2015 10:14:12
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:25:48
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07/26/2015 15:10:32
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07/26/2015 20:05:03
SwitzerlandFaroe Islands
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07/26/2015 16:47:18
Faroe IslandsSwitzerland
Referee: TBD
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General info

  • Founded : 1895
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    05/06/1991, Switzerland 7-0 San Marino, St Gallen
  • Biggest defeat:
    23/12/1967, Italy 4-0 Switzerland, Cagliari
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Stéphane Chapuisat (SUI)
  • Top scorers: 9
    Kübilay Türkyilmaz (SUI)