Switzerland

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Switzerland Football Team

World Cup Participation

1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022

Championships:

None

Team Information

Switzerland National Football Team History

Switzerland’s first international match was a 1-0 loss to neighbors France in 1905. The Switzerland national football team made their tournament debut at the 1924 Olympics and finished with a silver medal.

The first Switzerland FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1934 and they made the quarterfinals in the single elimination tournament. The Swiss defeated the Netherlands 3-2 in the round of 16 but lost to Czechoslovakia in their next match. The “Nati” also reached the quarterfinals in 1938, but there they lost 2-0 to Hungary.

Qualifying & Hosting After WWII

Following World War II, Switzerland national football team qualified for four of the next five FIFA World Cups. In 1950, in FIFA World Cup group stage format, they won one, drew one and lost one and finished third in their group. Hosting the World Cup for the first time in 1954, Switzerland made another quarterfinals appearance.

The Nati scored 11 goals in just four games but also conceded 11 goals, which remain World Cup records for them. In a twelve-goal quarterfinals match, Switzerland were knocked out by Austria 7-5.

In both 1962 and 1966, Switzerland lost all three of their matches at the World Cup. After England 1966, Switzerland failed to qualify for a major tournament again until World Cup 1994.

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Highest-Ever FIFA Ranking

Prior to the tournament, Switzerland national football team were ranked third in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest ever. Under English boss Roy Hodgson, Switzerland made it to the round of 16 in 1994. They drew with hosts USA 1-1, beat Romania 4-1 and lost to Colombia 2-0 in the group stage.

In their first knockout stage match for 40 years, Switzerland fell 3-0 to a superior Spain side. Two years later, the Nati qualified for the European Championship for the first time but were eliminated in the group stage.

Switzerland next qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and exceeded expectations. They won a group with France, Togo and South Korea but fell to Ukraine in penalties in the round of 16.

World Cup Record Without a Goal Conceded

The Nati were the only team to defeat Spain at the 2010 World Cup as Gelson Fernandes scored the winner in Switzerland’s opener. Switzerland set a World Cup record of 559 minutes without a goal conceded, including the 2006 World Cup, but the lone goal in their match against Chile broke the streak. With a scoreless draw versus Honduras in their next match, Switzerland were eliminated in the group stage.

Switzerland made the round of 16 in 2014, losing to eventual finalists Argentina in extra time. They also made it out of the group in their next three major tournaments: Euro 2016, World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020. Their best result was a quarterfinals appearance at Euro 2020 after knocking defending World Cup champions France out on penalties.

As the winners of the UEFA Group C, Switzerland qualified directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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