Switzerland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)A-Team
Nati (National Team)
Rossocrociati (Red Crosses)
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMurat Yakin
CaptainGranit Xhaka
Most capsHeinz Hermann (118)[1]
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Steady (25 August 2022)[2]
Highest3 (August 1993)
Lowest83 (December 1998)
First international
 France 1–0 Switzerland  
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest win
  Switzerland 9–0 Lithuania 
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeat
  Switzerland 0–9 England 
(Basel, Switzerland; 20 May 1909)
 Hungary 9–0 Switzerland  
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
World Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1934)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2020)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultFourth place (2019)

The Switzerland national football team (German: Schweizer Fussballnationalmannschaft, Italian: Nazionale di calcio della Svizzera, French: Équipe nationale suisse de football, Romansh: Squadra naziunala da ballape da la Svizra) represents Switzerland in international football. The national team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

Switzerland's best performances at the FIFA World Cup were three quarter-final appearances, in 1934, 1938 and 1954. They hosted the competition in 1954, where they played with Austria in the quarter-final match, losing 7–5, which today still stands as the highest scoring World Cup match ever.[4] At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the tournament despite not conceding a single goal, being eliminated by Ukraine after penalties in the round of sixteen. They did not concede a goal until a match against Chile at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, conceding in the 75th minute, setting a World Cup finals record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.[5]

Switzerland and Austria were the co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008, where the Swiss made their third appearance in the competition, but failed for a third time to progress from the group stage.[6][7]

Overall, Switzerland's best ever result at an official football competition was the silver medal they earned in 1924, after losing to Uruguay 3–0 in the final of the 1924 Olympic Games.[8]

History

1924–1966: Early years, host nation

The Uruguay v. Switzerland line-up in the Gold medal match at the 1924 Summer Olympics, held in Paris.
The Uruguay v. Switzerland line-up in the Gold medal match at the 1924 Summer Olympics, held in Paris.

At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Switzerland finished with a silver medal after losing to Uruguay in the final, losing 3–0.[8] The team's debut appearance at the World Cup was in 1934; where they reached the quarter-finals after beating the Netherlands 3–2 in the round of sixteen before getting knocked out by Czechoslovakia.[9][10] Switzerland once again reached the quarter-finals in 1938; after beating Germany in the round of sixteen, winning 4–2 after a replay but were knocked out by Hungary, losing 2–0.[11][12][13] At the 1950 World Cup, Switzerland were drawn in a group with Brazil, Yugoslavia and Mexico, where they lost 4–0 to Yugoslavia in the opening match, drew 2–2 with Brazil in their second match and beating Mexico 2–1 in their final group mach, and finished third in their group.[14] On 22 July 1946, Switzerland was awarded the right to host the 1954 FIFA World Cup unopposed, in Luxembourg City.[15] At the World Cup, Switzerland finished second in their group behind England; beating Italy and losing to England,[16] but qualified for the quarter-finals after beating Italy in a group play-off.[17] They were knocked out of the tournament after losing 7–5 to Austria.[18] At the 1962 World Cup, Switzerland finished bottom of the group, losing all three games, losing 3–1 to Chile, 2–1 to West Germany and 3–0 to Italy.[19] A similar result occurred at the 1966 World Cup, where Switzerland again finished at the bottom of their group losing all three of their matches, 5–0 to West Germany, 2–1 to Spain and 2–0 to Argentina.[20]

1992–1996: the Roy Hodgson era

In 1992, Switzerland appointed English manager Roy Hodgson as head coach of the national team; and at the time of his appointment, the Swiss had not qualified for any major tournament since 1966.[21] Under his guidance, Switzerland rose to 3rd in the FIFA World Ranking in August 1993, which still remains their highest FIFA ranking to this day.[22] Hodgson led Switzerland to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, losing just one game during qualifying, in a group that included Italy, and much fancied Portugal, and Scotland.[citation needed] The Swiss won their home tie with Italy, and in the away game, took a 2–0 lead before being pegged back to a 2–2 draw, and also took four points from Scotland, winning 3–1 at home and drawing 1–1 away.[23][24][25] Against the Portuguese, Switzerland drew 1–1 at home and lost 1–0 in the away fixture in Porto, their only defeat of the qualifying campaign.[26][27] Their opening match against the United States, on 18 June 1994, was played indoors; in the Pontiac Silverdome, and the two teams drew 1–1 in the opening match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[28] In the next match, they won 4–1 over Romania, and in their final game against Colombia, lost 2–0.[29][30] Nevertheless, Switzerland still qualified from the group, but were knocked out by Spain, losing 3–0.[31]

2000–2008: the Köbi Kuhn era

At UEFA Euro 1996, Switzerland once again easily qualified for the tournament finals hosted in England, as they topped their qualifying group, losing just once; which was a 1–2 defeat to Turkey.[32][33] They were drawn in Group A, but their tournament was disappointing overall; as they finished bottom of the group.[34] Their opening match was against hosts England, and the two sides drew 1–1.[35] In their second match, they lost 2–0 to the Netherlands, and in their final group game, lost 1–0 to Scotland.[36][37] Switzerland failed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hosted in France, as they finished fourth in their qualifying group, winning three games; 3–2 against Finland, 1–0 against Hungary and 5–0 against Azerbaijan, drawing one game against Hungary (1–1), and losing three games; 1–0 against Azerbaijan and losing both games against Norway, losing 1–0 at home and 5–0 away.[38]

In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004, Switzerland finished top of a group that featured Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Albania and Georgia.[39] The Swiss finished with 21 points and qualified for the finals in Portugal; where they were drawn in Group B with defending champions France, England and Croatia. They began the tournament with 0–0 draw with Croatia before succumbing to a 3–0 defeat to England in the next match.[40][41] They lost their final match against France; losing 3–1 and finishing bottom of the group.[42][43] Their only goal of the entire tournament was scored by Johan Vonlanthen, who became the youngest ever goalscorer at the Euros when he scored the equalizing goal against France; surpassing the previous record set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney by three months.[44]

The Swiss managed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, overcoming Turkey by away goal rule in Istanbul, the country's first World Cup since 1994.[45] In the tournament, Switzerland was drawn in Group G with former world champions France, 2002 World Cup's fourth-place finisher South Korea and debutant Togo. In the first encounter against France, Switzerland bravely held the mighty France of Zinedine Zidane 0–0,[46] before overcoming the Togolese 2–0 in the second match, tied with the South Koreans four points, however the Swiss were inferior to the Koreans by number of goal scored, meaning that the last game a must-win.[47] The Swiss then managed to beat South Korea 2–0 in the final match, occupying the first place in their group and also knocking the Asians out of the tournament.[48] In the round of sixteen, Switzerland faced Ukraine, but lost on penalty shootout in a match that has been criticized as the "worst game" in World Cup history.[49] Yet, Switzerland was the only team to be eliminated without conceding a single goal.

Switzerland, along with Austria, were chosen as co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2008.[50] Switzerland were drawn in Group A with Portugal, Turkey and the Czech Republic.[6] Their opening match was a 1–0 loss to the Czech Republic, followed by a 1–2 defeat to Turkey.[51][7] Their third match was against Portugal, with Switzerland winning 2–0 to ensure that Portugal would top their group with a defeat.[52]

2008–2014: the Ottmar Hitzfeld era

In their first match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the team defeated eventual champions Spain 1–0 with a goal by Gelson Fernandes, but they were still eliminated in the group stage.[53] In the second match, a goal scored by Mark González in the 75th minute of the game against Chile ended a 559-minute streak without conceding a goal in World Cup matches, beating the record previously held by Italy by nine minutes.[54][55][56] Switzerland did not advance further than the group after a 0–0 draw with Honduras in the third and final group match.[57]

The Switzerland national team line-up before a friendly match against Argentina, 29 February 2012. Switzerland lost 1–3.[58]
The Switzerland national team line-up before a friendly match against Argentina, 29 February 2012. Switzerland lost 1–3.[58]

Switzerland did not qualify for UEFA Euro 2012; missing out on the tournament for the first time in a decade, as they finished third in the qualifying group, a group featuring England, Montenegro, Wales and Bulgaria.[59] Switzerland's initial start in qualifying was overall poor; losing 1–3 to England in the first game played, in which Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first goal for the national team, followed by a 1–0 defeat to Montenegro.[60][61] Switzerland then recorded a 4–1 win over Wales before consecutive draws against Bulgaria (0–0) and England (2–2).[62][63][64] Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were restored with a 3–1 win over Bulgaria, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri.[65] However, following a 2–0 loss to Wales (in which Reto Ziegler earned a red card) and Montenegro's surprising last-minute equalizer against England in a 2–2 draw, Switzerland's hopes of qualifying were mathematically made impossible.[66][67] In the final game, Switzerland earned redemption against Montenegro as they came out with a 2–0 win.[68] Switzerland's top goalscorer during the qualifying period was Xherdan Shaqiri, with 4 goals.[69]

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Switzerland were drawn to play France, Honduras and Ecuador in the group stage.[70] They advanced to the round of sixteen with a 3–0 win over Honduras, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. In the knockout match against Argentina, they lost 1–0, conceding to Ángel Di María in the 118th minute.[71][72]

2016–2021: the Vladimir Petković era

At Euro 2016, Switzerland were selected to play in Group A of the tournament; alongside hosts France, Albania and Romania.[citation needed] In the first game, Switzerland won 1–0 over Albania, with the only goal being scored by Fabian Schär in the 5th minute of the game.[73] The next match was a 1–1 draw with Romania, with Switzerland initially conceding from a penalty but equalizing in the second half following a goal from Admir Mehmedi.[74] The final group game was against France, drawing 0–0. However, the game spread notoriety for several Swiss players' jerseys being ripped during challenges with the French players, and also for the ball bursting during a challenge between Antoine Griezmann and Valon Behrami when they both converged on the ball, with the game also attracting attention for its poor surface, which was criticized by both coaches and players of the two teams; after the game, Switzerland's kit manufacturer had blamed "faulty material" for the incidents regarding the jerseys being ripped.[75][76][77] Switzerland, due to the draw, finished second in the group to set up a tie against Poland in the round of sixteen; initially the Swiss conceded but managed to find a late equalizer from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a bicycle-kick to send the game into extra-time, but the Swiss were knocked out as Granit Xhaka had missed the second penalty during the penalty shootout, as all other players managed to convert their penalties, with Poland winning 5–4 on penalties to go through and knock out the Swiss.[78][79][80] In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland were drawn with Portugal, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Andorra.[81] The Swiss began their qualifying group with a shock 2–0 win over European champions Portugal, who had won the tournament less than two months prior to playing with them on 6 September.[82] Afterwards, they beat Hungary 2–3, Andorra 2–1, Faroe Islands 2–0, Latvia 1–0 in the first five games, leading the group on maximum points.[83][84][85][86] In the reverse fixtures, they beat Faroe Islands 2–0, Andorra 3–0, Latvia 3–0 and Hungary 5–2,[87][88][89][90] before facing Portugal in the final group game, where they lost 2–0,[91] meaning they would have to play in the play-offs; where they were ranked as the best second-placed team,[81][92] and were drawn to play Northern Ireland. In the first leg, played on 9 November, they won 1–0 through a controversial penalty scored by Ricardo Rodríguez, and three days later played in the second leg, drawing 0–0 and advancing to the World Cup finals in Russia with a 1–0 aggregate win.[93][94][95] Before the World Cup, Switzerland were ranked 6th in the world ranking, even ranking higher than eventual World Cup winners France.[96]

The Switzerland national team line-up before the game against Sweden, on 3 July 2018, in Saint Petersburg.[97]
The Switzerland national team line-up before the game against Sweden, on 3 July 2018, in Saint Petersburg.[97]

At the World Cup, Switzerland were drawn to play Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.[98] They began their campaign with a 1–1 draw with Brazil,[99] before beating Serbia 2–1 through a late winning goal from Xherdan Shaqiri.[100] The game with Serbia sparked controversy for the celebrations performed by goalscorers Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (both ethnic Albanians), along with Stephan Lichtsteiner as the trio performed a celebration where they crossed their hands to depict a double-headed eagle, the official emblem of Albania, considered by many as an Albanian nationalist symbol, however, they were not banned by FIFA for this.[101][102][103][104] Their final group game was with Costa Rica; which they drew 2–2, with Blerim Džemaili and Josip Drmić scoring; thus finishing second in the group.[105] They were drawn to play Sweden in the round of sixteen; a fixture they lost 1–0, getting knocked out of the tournament.[106]

On 23 January 2018, Switzerland were selected to play in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League; a tournament contested by all UEFA member's national teams, being drawn to play in League A, in Group 2, against Belgium and Iceland.[107][108]

At Euro 2020, Switzerland finished third in Group A which had Italy, Wales and Turkey; however, they managed to qualify to the next round as one of the best third-placed teams. In the round of 16, they defeated World Cup champions France on penalties, after finishing a 3–3 draw and overcoming from a 1–3 second half deficit, to have their first knockout phase win in a major tournament since the 1938 FIFA World Cup.[109][110] In the subsequent quarter-final game against Spain, they once again took the game to penalties, after trailing 1–0. However, after converting only one of their four penalties, they exited the tournament at this stage.[111]

Team image

Kit

The Switzerland national team's traditional home kit is red shirts, white shorts and red socks, with the away kit being reverse with white shirts, red shorts and white socks, although the colours of the shorts and socks are interchangeable if there is a minor clash. Switzerland, ever since being established in 1895, have always had the same colour code, as tradition and homage to the national colours which are derived from the Swiss flag. The current kit manufacturer is Puma, who have made their kits since 1998.

Kit sponsorship

Supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1976–1989
Switzerland Blacky 1990–1992
Italy Lotto 1993–1998
Germany Puma 1999–present

Results and fixtures

Main article: Switzerland national football team results

Further information: 2021–22 in Swiss football and 2022–23 in Swiss football

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[112]

2021

9 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Switzerland   2–0  Northern Ireland Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2
  • Zuber 45+3'
  • Fassnacht 90+1'
Report Stadium: Stade de Genève
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
12 October 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Lithuania  0–4   Switzerland Vilnius, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
12 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Italy  1–1   Switzerland Rome, Italy
20:45 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
15 November 2021 2022 World Cup qualification Switzerland   4–0  Bulgaria Lucerne, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Swissporarena
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

2022

26 March 2022 Friendly England  2–1   Switzerland London, England
17:30 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
29 March 2022 Friendly Switzerland   1–1  Kosovo Zürich, Switzerland
18:00 UTC+2 Lotomba 61' Report Rashica 52' Stadium: Letzigrund
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
2 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Czech Republic  2–1   Switzerland Prague, Czech Republic
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Attendance: 12,236
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Portugal  4–0   Switzerland Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 42,325
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
9 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Switzerland   0–1  Spain Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 25,875
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League Switzerland   1–0  Portugal Geneva, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 26,300
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
24 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Spain  1–2   Switzerland Zaragoza, Spain
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Estadio La Romareda
Attendance: 31,804
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
27 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League Switzerland   2–1  Czech Republic St. Gallen, Switzerland
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Kybunpark
Attendance: 13,353
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
17 November 2022 (2022-11-17) Friendly Switzerland   v  Ghana Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
14:00 UTC+4 Report Stadium: Baniyas Stadium
24 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Switzerland   v  Cameroon Al Wakrah, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
28 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Brazil  v   Switzerland Doha, Qatar
19:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974
2 December 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Serbia  v   Switzerland Doha, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stadium 974

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Switzerland Murat Yakin
Assistant Coach Switzerland Hakan Yakin
Assistant Coach Switzerland Vincent Cavin
Goalkeeping Coach Switzerland Patrick Foletti
Fitness Coach Switzerland Oliver Riedwyl
Team Doctor Switzerland Ludwig Scholzer
Physiotherapist Switzerland Marcel Müllenberger
Match Analyst Switzerland Tiziano Saccheli
Masseur Switzerland Wolfgang Frei
Nutritionist Switzerland Gregor Klotzmann
Team Chef Switzerland Arsène Baumann
Team Coordinator Switzerland Diego Benaglio

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches against Spain and Czech Republic on 24 and 27 September 2022, respectively.[113]

Caps and goals updated as of 27 September 2022, after the match against Czech Republic.[114][115]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yann Sommer (3rd captain) (1988-12-17) 17 December 1988 (age 33) 76 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
21 1GK Yvon Mvogo (1994-06-06) 6 June 1994 (age 28) 4 0 France Lorient
12 1GK David von Ballmoos (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Switzerland Young Boys

13 2DF Ricardo Rodriguez (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 30) 100 9 Italy Torino
22 2DF Fabian Schär (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 30) 72 8 England Newcastle United
5 2DF Manuel Akanji (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 27) 42 1 England Manchester City
4 2DF Nico Elvedi (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 26) 40 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
3 2DF Silvan Widmer (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 29) 33 2 Germany Mainz 05
2 2DF Kevin Mbabu (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 27) 22 0 England Fulham
18 2DF Eray Cömert (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 24) 9 0 Spain Valencia

23 3MF Xherdan Shaqiri (vice-captain) (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 30) 108 26 United States Chicago Fire
10 3MF Granit Xhaka (captain) (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 30) 106 12 England Arsenal
8 3MF Remo Freuler (4th captain) (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 30) 48 5 England Nottingham Forest
6 3MF Denis Zakaria (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 25) 42 3 England Chelsea
15 3MF Djibril Sow (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 25) 32 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
11 3MF Renato Steffen (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 30) 27 1 Switzerland Lugano
20 3MF Fabian Frei (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 33) 22 3 Switzerland Basel
14 3MF Michel Aebischer (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 25) 11 0 Italy Bologna
3MF Ardon Jashari (2002-06-30) 30 June 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Switzerland Luzern

9 4FW Haris Seferovic (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 30) 88 25 Turkey Galatasaray
7 4FW Breel Embolo (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 25) 58 11 France Monaco
17 4FW Ruben Vargas (1998-08-05) 5 August 1998 (age 24) 26 4 Germany FC Augsburg
19 4FW Cedric Itten (1996-12-27) 27 December 1996 (age 25) 7 4 Switzerland Young Boys
16 4FW Dan Ndoye (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland Basel
4FW Zeki Amdouni (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland Basel

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months and are still available for a call up.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jonas Omlin (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 28) 4 0 France Montpellier v.  Spain, 24 September 2022 SUS
GK Gregor Kobel (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022
GK Philipp Köhn (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  England, 26 March 2022 INJ

DF Jordan Lotomba (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 24) 7 1 France Nice v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022
DF Leonidas Stergiou (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022
DF Ulisses Garcia (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 26) 4 0 Switzerland Young Boys v.  Bulgaria, 15 November 2021
DF Bryan Okoh (2003-05-16) 16 May 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Bulgaria, 15 November 2021 INJ

MF Steven Zuber (1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 31) 51 10 Greece AEK Athens v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022INJ
MF Mattia Bottani (1991-05-24) 24 May 1991 (age 31) 1 0 Switzerland Lugano v.  Portugal, 12 June 2022 INJ
MF Kastriot Imeri (2000-06-27) 27 June 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Switzerland Young Boys v.  Bulgaria, 15 November 2021

FW Noah Okafor (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 22) 8 2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Spain, 24 September 2022 INJ
FW Andi Zeqiri (1999-06-22) 22 June 1999 (age 23) 7 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Kosovo, 29 March 2022
FW Christian Fassnacht (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 28) 15 4 Switzerland Young Boys v.  Italy, 12 November 2021 INJ
FW Albian Ajeti (1997-02-26) 26 February 1997 (age 25) 11 1 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Lithuania, 12 October 2021

COV Player withdrew from the squad due to testing positive for COVID-19.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury or illness.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from international football.
SUS Serving suspension

Player records

As of 27 September 2022 [116]
Players in bold are still active with Switzerland.

Competitive record

Switzerland has yet to win a major international trophy, and the best result they have achieved thus far is the quarter-finals of the World Cup on three occasions, in 1934, 1938 and 1954, and they also reached the quarterfinals of UEFA Euro 2020. They also earned a silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, held in Paris, where they lost 3–0 to Uruguay in the final.[117] The Swiss youth teams have been more successful; as the U-17 squad won the 2002 UEFA U-17 Euro and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the U-21 squad qualified for the semi-finals of the 2002 UEFA U-21 Euro, and were finalists of the 2011 UEFA U-21 Euro.[118][119][120][121]

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 5 5 Squad 2 0 2 0 4 4
France 1938 7th 3 1 1 1 5 5 Squad 1 1 0 0 2 1
Brazil 1950 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 4 6 Squad 2 2 0 0 8 4
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 11 11 Squad Qualified as hosts
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 6 11
Chile 1962 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 8 Squad 5 4 0 1 11 10
England 1966 16th 3 0 0 3 1 9 Squad 6 4 1 1 7 3
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 5 8
West Germany 1974 6 2 2 2 2 4
Argentina 1978 4 1 0 3 3 5
Spain 1982 8 2 3 3 9 12
Mexico 1986 8 2 4 2 5 10
Italy 1990 8 2 1 5 10 14
United States 1994 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 Squad 10 6 3 1 23 6
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 3 1 4 11 12
South Korea Japan 2002 10 4 2 4 18 12
Germany 2006 Round of 16 10th 4 2 2 0 4 0 Squad 12 5 6 1 22 11
South Africa 2010 Group stage 19th 3 1 1 1 1 1 Squad 10 6 3 1 18 8
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 7 7 Squad 10 7 3 0 17 6
Russia 2018 14th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad 12 10 1 1 24 7
Qatar 2022 Qualified 8 5 3 0 15 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 12/22 37 12 8 17 50 64 140 68 37 35 220 150
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European Championship

Main article: Switzerland at the UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 4
Italy 1968 6 2 1 3 17 13
Belgium 1972 6 4 1 1 12 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 1 1 4 5 10
Italy 1980 8 2 0 6 7 18
France 1984 6 2 2 2 7 9
West Germany 1988 8 1 5 2 9 9
Sweden 1992 8 4 2 2 19 7
England 1996 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 8 5 2 1 15 7
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 9 5
Portugal 2004 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 8 4 3 1 15 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 9th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Poland Ukraine 2012 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 12 10
France 2016 Round of 16 11th 4 1 3 0 3 2 Squad 10 7 0 3 24 8
Europe 2020 Quarter-finals 7th 5 1 3 1 8 9 Squad 8 5 2 1 19 6
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/16 18 3 8 7 16 24 100 44 24 32 172 122
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
2018–19 A 2 1st 4 3 0 1 14 5 Same position 4th Portugal 2019 4th 2 1 1 0 1 3 Squad
2020–21 A 4 3rd 6 1 3 2 9 8 Same position 11th Italy 2021 Did not qualify
2022–23 A 2 3rd 6 3 0 3 6 9 Same position 9th Netherlands 2023 Did not qualify
2024–25 A To be determined 2025 To be determined
Total 16 7 3 6 29 22 9th Total 2 1 1 0 1 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Other tournaments

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
France 1924 Olympics Silver medal 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6 Squad
Netherlands 1928 Olympics Round of 16 13th 1 0 0 1 0 4 Squad
United Kingdom 2012 Olympics Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 2 4 Squad
Total 10 4 2 4 17 14
*For complete Olympic Qualifying Record see Switzerland national under-23 football team

Head-to-head record

As of 12 June 2022

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Irish Free State.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  5. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.

See also

Notes

References

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