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The Swiss national football team (also known as the Schweizer Nati in German, La Nati in French and Squadra nazionale in Italian) is the national football team of Switzerlandmarker and is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

Its best performances in the World Cup have been reaching the quarter-finals three times, in 1934, 1938 and when the country hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland also won silver at the 1924 Olympics. The 2002 U-17 European Championship was won by the Nati.

In 2006, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the competition despite not conceding a goal, losing to Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the last 16, by failing to score a single penalty - becoming the first national team in Cup history to do this.

Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austriamarker, making their third appearance in the competition. As with the two previous appearances, they did not clear the group stages.

In October 2009, Switzerland booked their place at the 2010 World Cup finals with a goalless draw against at St Jacob stadium in Basel.

Recent history

Euro 2004

Qualification: Switzerland qualified for the Euro 2004 in Portugalmarker by finishing first in group 10 of the qualifying, ahead of Russia and Ireland.

Group stage: After a 0–0 draw against Croatia, they lost 0–3 against England and 1–3 against France, and thus endedon the last place in group B of the main tournament.

Trivia:Johann Vonlanthen became the youngest scorer ever in the Euro championships when he equalised against France, beating the record (set only four days earlier by Wayne Rooney) by three months.

World Cup 2006

The Swiss line-up against China, just before World Cup 2006


Qualification: The World Cup 2006 in Germanymarker was the first World Cup for Switzerland since their participation at the World Cup 1994. After finishing second behind in qualifying group 4, they defeated in the play-off round 2–0 and 4–2 to qualify for the main tournament.

Group stage: In the group stage, they played again against . The game played in Stuttgartmarker ended in a goalless draw. After defeating 2–0 in Dortmundmarker and also 2–0 in Hannovermarker, they finished first in group G and qualified for the knockout stage.

Round of 16: In the second round of the tournament, they faced in Cologne. The game had to be decided in a penalty shootout since no goal was scored after 120 minutes. Ukraine won the shootout 3–0.

Trivia:Switzerland was the only team in tournament not to have conceded a goal during regulation time in their matches. Switzerland's top scorer at the tournament was Alexander Frei with 2 goals.

Euro 2008

Qualification: Switzerland co-hosted the Euro 2008 together with Austria and was therefore automatically qualified.

Group stage: Switzerland played all matches of group A in Baselmarker. After losing the opening game 0–1 to the Czech Republic and the second game 1–2 against Turkey, they were already eliminated from their home tournament after only two games. Consolation came from the 2–0 victory over Portugal in the final group stage game.

Trivia: All 3 goals by Switzerland were scored by Hakan Yakin.

World Cup 2010

Qualifying Group 2

Competitive record

So far the Swiss have earned no major trophy. The closest they have come was the quarter finals of the World Cup on three occasions (1934,1938,1954). They gained a silver medal in the 1924 Olympic games in Parismarker. The U-17-squad became European champions in 2002, with a 4–2 win after a penalty shootout against France . Furthermore, Switzerland qualified for the semi-finals of the U-21-Euro 2002.

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1934 Quarter-finals 7/16 2 1 0 1 5 5
1938 Quarter-finals 7/15 3 1 1 1 4 6
1950 Round 1 6/13 3 1 1 1 4 6
1954 Quarter-finals 8/16 4 2 0 4 11 11
1958 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1962 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 2 8
1966 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 9
1970 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1974 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1978 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1982 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1986 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1990 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
1994 Round 2 16/24 4 1 1 2 5 7
1998 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not Qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Round 2 10/32 4 2 2 0 4 0
2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 8/18 26 8 5 13 37 51


European Championship record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1960 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1964 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1968 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1972 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1976 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1980 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1984 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1988 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1992 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
1996 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
2000 Did not Qualify - - - - - -
2004 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 6
2008 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 3
2012 - - - - - -
Total 3/13 9 1 2 6 5 13


*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Match Kits

The Swiss Kit consists of two different outfits. The red shirt and white shorts are for home play, and the white shirt and red shorts are for away. The jersey is manufactured by Puma.

Current Squad

The following players have been selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and Israel on the 10 and 14 of October 2009, respectively.

Recent call ups

Coaches



Notes

  1. Euro 2008 team preview No1: Switzerland | Football | guardian.co.uk


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