The road to Portugal
Switzerland made light work of getting through the first qualifying group stage in Jesolo, Italy. Three straight wins against France, Estonia and Slovakia, notching 25 goals in the process and conceding only five propelled the Swiss to the decisive phase. The second phase was no different, with Switzerland booking their place in the semi-finals and consequent qualification for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup with a 100 per cent winning record. An extra-time victory over Spain (5-4) saw the Swiss make the final, where a thrilling match ended in a narrow 6-5 defeat to Russia.
Strengths and style
Since the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009, Angelo Schirinzi’s team have shown supreme skills on the sand. A technically gifted side, Switzerland have become one of Europe’s best beach soccer teams, frequently giving the best teams in the world a run for their money.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Switzerland’s 2009 debut at the Beach Soccer World Cups was a huge success as the team went all the way to the final, where they lost to Brazil. Two years later, at Ravenna 2011, the Swiss were unable to repeat their heroics and were eliminated at the group stage, finishing behind Italy and Senegal. The team did not qualify for Tahiti 2013.