Switzerland return to this stage keen to build on their performance in 2009 when, with Ramona Bachmann starring, they defeated Germany en route to the last four. That is their best performance at this level, though they almost made an immediate impression when the competition switched from U18 to U19 format in 2002.
Edged out by England in a three-way head-to-head tie-break also involving Norway in that inaugural season, Switzerland returned in 2004 only for defeats by eventual finalists Germany and Spain to spell a quick end. Knocked out early on home turf in 2006, they had to wait until 2009 before returning to the finals then failed to qualify 12 months ago.
Route to finals
First qualifying round: 3-2 FYROM, 4-0 Kazakhstan, 4-2 Poland (Group 5 winners)
Second qualifying round: 1-1 Sweden, 1-0 Ukraine, 4-1 Czech Republic (Group 5 winners)
Top scorer: Cora Canetta 6
Lia Wälti (midfielder, FC Zürich Frauen), Cinzia Jörg (midfielder, FFC St Gallen Frauen) Cora Canetta (forward, FC Zürich Frauen).
Coach profile: Yannick Schwery
Date of birth: 15/07/1970
Playing career: FC Winterthur
Coaching career: FC Töss, FC Wülfingen, FC Frauenfeld, Switzerland women (goalkeeper coach), Switzerland women's U19
Schwery has established himself as one of the most highly regarded coaches on the books of the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF) over the past few years. A goalkeeper at second-tier Winterthur until retiring in 1999, he immediately made the transition to coaching, having spells at Töss, Wülflingen and Frauenfeld.
For much of that time the former bank clerk held a second job at international level, working as goalkeeper trainer for the senior women's team from 2002 to 2005 and, since 2003, taking command of Switzerland's WU19 side.
UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship best
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