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, 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.
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
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|The home team is listed first.||Last updated: 19/11/2019 10:08 CET|
|Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) – Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)|
|Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Ferencváros Stadion, Budapest (HUN)|
|Referee: John Beaton (SCO) – Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)|
|Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) – Stadium: Luzern Arena, Lucerne (SUI)|
|Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)|
|Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)|
|Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR) – Stadium: Kybunpark St. Gallen, St Gallen (SUI)|
|Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) – Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)|
|Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) – Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)|
|Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)|
|Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)|
|Aggregate: 1-0||(agg: 1-0)|
|Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Kybunpark St. Gallen, St Gallen (SUI)|
11 September 2018 11 Sep - First round
|Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) – Stadium: King Power Stadium, Leicester (ENG)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)|
14 November 2018 14 Nov - First round
|Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) – Stadium: Cornaredo, Lugano (SUI)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Swissporarena, Lucerne (SUI)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)|
|England win 6-5 on penalties||(5-6p)|
|Referee: not available – Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)|