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Switzerland
Switzerland celebrate their draw with England at EURO '96 ©Getty Images

Switzerland

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 Cup participations 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: 28/01/14 19.36CET

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Club 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)
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