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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 13/11/2017 09:09 CET
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland2-0Portugal
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:54:44
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Hungary2-3Switzerland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
11/02/2017 16:54:48
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-2Switzerland
Referee: John Beaton (SCO) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
11/02/2017 16:54:49
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Luzern Arena, Lucerne (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland1-0Latvia
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:54:55
1 June 2017 01 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Switzerland1-0Belarus
Referee: not available Stadium: La Maladière, Neuchatel (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:57:30
Faroe Islands0-2Switzerland
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland3-0Andorra
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR) Stadium: Kybunpark St. Gallen, St Gallen (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:54:59
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Latvia0-3Switzerland
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Switzerland5-2Hungary
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/02/2017 16:55:03
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group B)
Portugal2-0Switzerland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
11/02/2017 16:54:46
Northern Ireland0-1Switzerland
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/10/2017 08:24:26
Switzerland0-0Northern Ireland
Aggregate: 1-0 (agg: 1-0)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/13/2017 08:09:59

General info

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

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)
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