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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: Vladimir Petković
Leading scorers: all-time – Alexander Frei (42); current – Xherdan Shaqiri (17)
Most appearances: all-time – Heinz Hermann (118); current – Gökhan Inler (89)
Association formed: 1895
Nickname: Schweizer Nati/Nati Suisse (Swiss national team)
Where they play: Stade de Suisse, Berne; St. Jakob-Park, Basel

Switzerland: Top five qualifying goals

Switzerland, the country that provides the headquarters for both FIFA and UEFA, made it three successive FIFA World Cup participations when they competed in Brazil in 2014, having topped their qualifying group with seven wins and three draws in their ten matches. Their route to UEFA EURO 2016 was less straightforward, incorporating three defeats, but they eventually finished as comfortable Group E runners-up to England. 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: P101 W40 D24 L37 F158 A129
Final tournament: P9 W1 D2 L6 F5 A13
Qualifying: P92 W39 D22 L31 F153 A116

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 the team to EURO '96 after topping a section containing Turkey and Sweden, although Artur Jorge took charge for the final tournament. 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 18/11/2015

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.53CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 14/11/2016 09:33 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland0-2England
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
06/01/2016 09:55:58
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia1-0Switzerland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
07/07/2016 22:44:53
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-4Switzerland
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
08/11/2016 10:39:53
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland4-0Lithuania
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI)
06/01/2016 17:51:20
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland3-0Estonia
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Swissporarena, Lucerne (SUI)
06/01/2016 15:14:29
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Lithuania1-2Switzerland
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
06/03/2016 09:42:04
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland3-2Slovenia
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
06/01/2016 09:55:59
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
England2-0Switzerland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
08/25/2016 10:44:56
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland7-0San Marino
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) Stadium: AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI)
06/01/2016 17:51:20
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia0-1Switzerland
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
07/13/2016 15:07:31
Albania0-1Switzerland
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:23
Romania1-1Switzerland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/17/2016 10:10:56
Switzerland0-0France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:15
25 June 2016 25 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Switzerland1-1Poland
Poland win 5-4 on penalties (4-5p)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
06/27/2016 10:08:35
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland2-0Portugal
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
09/07/2016 11:10:20
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary2-3Switzerland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/23/2016 11:06:09
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-2Switzerland
Referee: John Beaton (SCO) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
10/11/2016 10:31:17
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Swissporarena, Lucerne (SUI)
11/14/2016 08:42:50
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
SwitzerlandLatvia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
11/28/2016 11:19:50
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Faroe IslandsSwitzerland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
SwitzerlandAndorra
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:17
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
LatviaSwitzerland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
SwitzerlandHungary
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
PortugalSwitzerland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:00

General info

  • Founded : 1895
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    09/10/2015, Switzerland 7-0 San Marino, St Gallen
    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)
    Xherdan Shaqiri (SUI)