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UEFA EURO: Wales - Switzerland Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

WalesWalesBaku Olympic Stadium - BakuSaturday 12 June 2021
15.00CET (17.00 local time)
Group A - Matchday 1
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Match background Only this chapter

Wales and Switzerland meet in Baku in the opening round of Group A games both seeking to emulate their UEFA European Championship exploits of four years ago.

• Both teams made the knockout stages at UEFA EURO 2016, the Swiss bowing out in the round of 16 while Wales's remarkable run took them all the way to the semi-finals before they succumbed to eventual champions Portugal.

• Wales will need to improve on their overall record against Switzerland to make a positive start to UEFA EURO 2020 at the Baku Olympic Stadium – although they were victorious in the sides' last fixture.

Previous meetings
• Switzerland have won five of the sides' seven matches, each team recording a home win when they were last paired together, in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012.

• Valentin Stocker scored twice as Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland's team won 4-1 in Basel against a Wales side whose equalising goal had come from Gareth Bale. Bale was also on target as a Wales team coached by Gary Speed in his final competitive home match in charge prevailed 2-0 in the Swansea return, an Aaron Ramsey penalty having opened the scoring as Switzerland's qualification hopes were ended; Wales finished fourth in their qualifying section, one place behind the Swiss.

• That was a first Welsh victory against Switzerland since a 3-2 friendly win in Wrexham in May 1951.

• Switzerland have won the four other matches between the countries, all without conceding a goal, including 2-0 victories home and away in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000 – although neither side reached the final tournament.

EURO facts: Wales
• This is Wales's second successive UEFA European Championship, following their 2016 debut. It proved a memorable bow, as a team coached by Chris Coleman qualified first in their group ahead of England, Slovakia and Russia before beating Northern Ireland (1-0) and Belgium (3-1) to reach the country's first ever semi-final at a UEFA or FIFA tournament at any level for men or women. Portugal proved too strong in the last four, however, the eventual champions running out 2-0 winners.

• Wales's previous best EURO performance came in 1976, when they went out to Yugoslavia 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. They fell 2-0 in the first leg in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

• That 2016 campaign was only Wales's second appearance in a major tournament. They reached the quarter-finals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup where they were eliminated 1-0 by eventual winners Brazil.

• In qualifying for these finals, a team managed by Ryan Giggs recovered from losing two of their first three matches to remain unbeaten in the last five (W3 D2) and finish second in Group E behind Croatia. They booked their place in the tournament with a 2-0 home win against Hungary in their last fixture.

• Goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson earned Wales a 2-0 win away to Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying on 16 November 2019. That match, which took place at the 8 KM Stadionu, was Wales's fourth visit to Baku, where their record is W3 D1; this is their first match at the Olympic Stadium.

EURO facts: Switzerland
• This is Switzerland's fifth EURO, all in the last seven editions of the competition. Eliminated in the group stage in 1996, 2004 and as co-hosts in 2008, they finished second in their section at UEFA EURO 2016 behind hosts France but bowed out in the last 16, losing 5-4 on penalties to Poland after a 1-1 draw.

• Switzerland's record in 13 EURO finals games is W2 D5 L6.

• This is Switzerland's fourth successive appearance in a major tournament having also qualified for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, reaching the last 16 at both.

• The Swiss booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing first in Group D, taking 17 points from their eight qualifiers. They won four of their last five matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding only two in that five-game sequence with three clean sheets.

• A 1-0 loss away to Denmark in October 2019 is Switzerland's only defeat in their last 14 EURO fixtures, qualifying and final tournament (W8 D5). They were unbeaten at UEFA EURO 2016 (W1 D3), with their shoot-out elimination to Poland classed as a draw.

• Switzerland finished fourth in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, losing 3-1 to hosts and eventual champions Portugal in the semi-finals and 6-5 on penalties to England in the third-place play-off after a goalless 120 minutes.

• This is only Switzerland's second game in Baku; they lost 1-0 to Azerbaijan on 31 August 1996 in their opening 1998 World Cup qualifier.

Links and trivia
• Ramsey was an Arsenal team-mate of Granit Xhaka between 2016 and 2019.

• Ricardo Rodríguez made his debut for Switzerland in the 2-0 defeat by Wales in 2011 – a match in which the home side’s Joe Allen made his first international start.

• Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is a Liverpool team-mate of Wales international Neco Williams.


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Wales

2016 – semi-finals
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – quarter-finals
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
0-3: Russia v Wales, 20/06/16

Final tournament defeat
Portugal v Wales, 06/07/16

Qualifying win
7-0: Wales v Malta, 25/10/78

Qualifying defeat
5-0: Georgia v Wales, 16/11/94

Final tournament appearances
Joe Allen
6: Gareth Bale
6: James Chester
6: Chris Gunter
6: Joe Ledley
6: Neil Taylor
6: Ashley Williams
5: Ben Davies
Wayne Hennessey
5: Aaron Ramsey
5: Hal Robson-Kanu
4: Sam Vokes
4: Jonathan Williams
David Edwards
3: Andy King

Final tournament goals
3: Gareth Bale
2: Hal Robson-Kanu
1: Aaron Ramsey
1: Neil Taylor
1: Sam Vokes
1: Ashley Williams

Overall appearances
39: Gareth Bale
36: Wayne Hennessey
29: Joe Ledley
29: Gary Speed
26: Chris Gunter
26: Ashley Williams
25: Neville Southall
24: Craig Bellamy
24: Ryan Giggs
23: Ian Rush

Overall goals
17: Gareth Bale
Aaron Ramsey
Ian Rush
5: Craig Bellamy
5: Simon Davies
5: Dean Saunders
5: John Toshack


UEFA European Championship records: Switzerland

2016 – round of 16
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – group stage
2004 – group stage
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – group stage
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
2-0: Switzerland v Portugal, 15/06/08

Final tournament defeat
3-0: England v Switzerland, 17/06/04

Qualifying win
twice, most recently Switzerland v San Marino, 09/10/15

Qualifying defeat
4-0: Italy v Switzerland, 23/12/67

Final tournament appearances
7: Valon Behrami
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Hakan Yakin
6: Patrick Müller
6: Gelson Fernandes
5: Stéphane Chapuisat
5: Stéphane Henchoz
5: Johann Vogel
5: Johan Vonlanthen

Final tournament goals
3: Hakan Yakin
1: Admir Mehmedi
1: Kubilay Türkyilmaz
1: Johan Vonlanthen
1: Fabian Schär
1: Xherdan Shaqiri

Overall appearances
Stéphane Chapuisat
27: Heinz Hermann
26: Stephan Lichtsteiner
24: Alain Geiger
24: Granit Xhaka
22: Stéphane Henchoz
22: Ricardo Rodriguez
21: Admir Mehmedi
21: Johann Vogel

Overall goals
Xherdan Shaqiri
Kubilay Türkyilmaz
8: Fritz Künzli
6: Stéphane Chapuisat
6: Adrian Knup
6: Hakan Yakin
5: Rolf Blättler
5: Alexander Frei
5: Karl Odermatt
5: René-Pierre Quentin



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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