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UEFA EURO: Switzerland - Turkey Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

SwitzerlandSwitzerlandBaku Olympic Stadium - BakuSunday 20 June 2021
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group A - Matchday 3
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Match background Only this chapter

Memories of a remarkable group stage encounter will be stirred as Switzerland take on Turkey in the final round of Group A games at UEFA EURO 2020.

Previous meetings
• This is the teams' first fixture since Turkey produced a comeback victory against the co-hosts on Matchday 2 of UEFA EURO 2008. Switzerland led at half-time in a rain-soaked Basel thanks to Hakan Yakin's strike, but second-half goals from Semih Şentürk and, two minutes into added time, Arda Turan earned Turkey only their second EURO finals win, the first having also been against a host nation, Belgium, in 2000.

• Those three points proved significant as Fatih Terim's team went on to progress from the group, eventually reaching the semi-finals; Köbi Kuhn's Switzerland finished bottom of the section on three points.

• The Swiss had come out on top in an eventful 2006 FIFA World Cup play-off against Turkey, going through on away goals after a 2-0 home win was followed by a 4-2 away defeat, Marco Streller's goal six minutes from time in Istanbul proving decisive.

• Turkey have won eight of the 15 matches between the two sides, with Switzerland coming out on top four times. Both sides recorded a 2-1 away win in qualifying for EURO '96, Switzerland finishing top of Group 3 with Turkey runners-up – both teams therefore qualified for the final tournament for the first time.

• The teams' other EURO fixtures came in qualifying for the 1976 event, Turkey winning 2-1 at home before a 1-1 away draw.

• Turkey also recorded an away draw (0-0) and a home win (2-0) against Switzerland in their only other competitive matches, in the 1974 FIFA World Cup preliminaries, but both sides finished behind Italy in their section and missed out on the finals.

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.

• Before Matchday 1, Switzerland's record in 13 EURO finals games was 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 Switzerland's third game in Baku, where they faced Wales on Matchday 1; they lost 1-0 to Azerbaijan on 31 August 1996 in their opening 1998 World Cup qualifier.

EURO facts: Turkey
• This is Turkey's fifth appearance at a UEFA European Championship, having made their finals debut in 1996. They reached the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2000 and the last four of UEFA EURO 2008 but failed to qualify for the 2004 and 2012 tournaments.

• Four years ago, Terim's team finished third in their section behind Croatia and Spain, missing out on a place in the round of 16 despite concluding their group campaign with a 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic. That proved insufficient for a place in the knockout stages after defeats by both Croatia (0-1) and Spain (0-3) – the latter equalling Turkey's biggest defeat in a EURO finals.

• That 2008 semi-final against Germany in Basel, Switzerland – which Turkey lost 3-2 – matched their greatest international achievement. A side coached, as now, by Şenol Güneş received bronze medals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup after defeating co-hosts South Korea in the third-place play-off.

• Turkey qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 by finishing second in Group H behind world champions France, picking up 23 points from their ten matches. Four of those points came against Les Bleus (2-0 h, 1-1 a), with France's goal in the latter encounter the only one Turkey conceded in their last six qualifiers.

• Şenol Güneş's side conceded only three goals in qualifying, the joint best defensive record alongside Belgium.

• This is Turkey's sixth match in Baku, where they also played Wales on Matchday 2. That was their first game there since a 1-0 loss to Azerbaijan in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying in October 2010. That was their first defeat in the city, having previously won two and drawn one; the match with Wales was their first game at the Olympic Stadium.

Links and trivia
• Turkey coach Şenol Güneş was born on 1 June 1952, the day of the first game between Turkey and Switzerland – a 5-1 friendly win for the Swiss in an Ankara friendly.

• Switzerland coach Vladimir Petković was in charge of Turkish side Samsunspor between 2011 and 2012.

• Have played together:
Ricardo Rodríguez & Hakan Çalhanoğlu (AC Milan 2017–20)
Admir Mehmedi & Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Bayer Leverkusen 2015–17)
Josip Drmic & Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Bayer Leverkusen 2014/15)
Steven Zuber & Ozan Kabak (Stuttgart 2019)
Breel Embolo & Ahmed Kutucu (Schalke 2018/19)

• Haris Seferovic scored Benfica's winner in a 2-1 victory at Galatasaray in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg.


Team facts Only this chapter

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


UEFA European Championship records: Turkey

2016 – group stage
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – semi-finals
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – quarter-finals
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 – last 16

Final tournament win
twice, most recently v Czech Republic, 21/06/16

Final tournament defeat
twice, most recently v Spain, 17/06/16

Qualifying win
three times, most recently Turkey v Moldova, 11/10/06

Qualifying defeat
8-0: England v Turkey, 14/10/87

Final tournament appearances
Rüştü Reçber
8: Hakan Balta
7: Mehmet Topal
7: Hakan Şükür
7: Ogün Temizkanoğlu
7: Arif Erdem
7: Alpay Özalan

Final tournament goals
Semih Şentürk
Hakan Şükür
2: Nihat Kahveci
2: Arda Turan
1: Okan Buruk
1: Uğur Boral
1: Ozan Tufan
1: Burak Yılmaz

Overall appearances
Hakan Şükür
38: Rüştü Reçber
33: Arda Turan
31: Tugay Kerimoğlu
30: Emre Belözoğlu
30: Alpay Özalan
26: Hamit Altıntop
25: Ogün Temizkanoğlu
24: Hakan Balta
23: Burak Yılmaz
23: Selçuk İnan

Overall goals
Hakan Şükür
9: Nihat Kahveci
9: Burak Yılmaz
8: Arda Turan
5: Arif Erdem
5: Tayfur Havutçu
5: Cenk Tosun
4: Okan Buruk
4: Hamit Altıntop
4: Semih Şentürk



:: 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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