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Switzerland at the 2022 World Cup: Results, squad, scorers

Manuel Akanji's goal was little consolation as Switzerland's campaign ended with a heavy round of 16 loss to Portugal.

Switzerland react to going 2-0 down against Portugal in the round of 16
Switzerland react to going 2-0 down against Portugal in the round of 16 Getty Images

Switzerland's World Cup Group G fixtures

24 November: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon (Embolo 48)
28 November: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland (Casemiro 83)
2 December: Serbia 2-3 Switzerland (Mitrović 26, Vlahović 35; Shaqiri 20, Embolo 44, Freuler 48)

Round of 16
10 December: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland (Gonçalo Ramos 17 51 67, Pepe 33, Raphaël Guerreiro 55; Akanji 58, Rafael Leão 90+2)

Every Switzerland EURO 2020 goal

Switzerland's final 26-player squad

Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel, Philipp Köhn, Jonas Omlin, Yann Sommer

Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Cömert, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodríguez, Fabian Schär, Silvan Widmer

Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Edimilson Fernandes, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Ardon Jashari, Fabian Rieder, Xherdan Shaqiri, Djibril Sow, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria

Forwards: Breel Embolo, Christian Fassnacht, Noah Okafor, Haris Seferović, Rubén Vargas

If one of the players initially included in a squad list picks up an injury or contracts COVID-19, he may be replaced up to the day before the relevant team's first match. In this situation, new call-ups do not necessarily have to feature on the 55-man release list. Any new player will be allocated the number of the player he is replacing in the squad.

How Switzerland qualified

Group I: W5 D3 L0 F15 A2

Bulgaria 1-3 Switzerland
Switzerland 1-0 Lithuania
Switzerland 0-0 Italy
Northern Ireland 0-0 Switzerland
Switzerland 2-0 Northern Ireland
Lithuania 0-4 Switzerland
Italy 1-1 Switzerland
Switzerland 4-0 Bulgaria

Top scorer: Breel Embolo (3 goals)

Switzerland coach: Murat Yakin

Born in Basel, the centre-back earned 49 caps for Switzerland including starting in all three of their EURO 2004 group stage matches. Retiring from playing in 2006, he stepped straight into his first coaching role as assistant manager at Concordia Basel. Following numerous managerial stints at clubs including Basel, Spartak Moskva and Grasshoppers, in August 2021 Yakin succeeded Vladimir Petković as Nati coach. With Yakin at the reins they won their World Cup qualification group ahead of UEFA EURO 2020 champions Italy.

Switzerland captain: Granit Xhaka

With 111 senior international caps, the 30-year-old is Switzerland's joint third all-time record appearance maker. Since joining Arsenal in 2016, he has won both the FA Cup and FA Community Shield twice. The tournament in Qatar was Xhaka's third World Cup, and having played a combined 12 matches in 2014, 2018 and 2022, he and Xherdan Shaqiri have overtaken Stephan Lichtsteiner and Valon Behrami's all-time World Cup appearances record of ten matches.

Switzerland vs Spain: The full EURO 2020 penalty shoot-out

Switzerland's World Cup history

Most appearances: Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka (12)
Top scorer: Josef Hügi (6)
Best performance: Quarter-final (1934, 1938, 1954)
2018 World Cup: Round of 16 (L 0-1 vs Sweden)

Switzerland have reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup three times. Their most recent last-eight appearance was in 1954 when they hosted the tournament. Played in 40C heat and nicknamed "the battle in the heat of Lausanne", the Nati lost 7-5 to Austria to set the record for the highest-scoring World Cup match. In 2012, they reached the last 16 for a third consecutive time, but were eliminated by a rampant Portugal side.

Switzerland's EURO 2024 qualifying fixtures (Group I)

25/03/2023: Belarus vs Switzerland
28/03/2023: Switzerland vs Israel
16/06/2023: Andorra vs Switzerland
19/06/2023: Switzerland vs Romania
09/09/2023: Kosovo vs Switzerland
12/09/2023: Switzerland vs Andorra
12/10/2023: Israel vs Switzerland
15/10/2023: Switzerland vs Belarus 
18/11/2023: Switzerland vs Kosovo
21/11/2023: Romania vs Switzerland