The road to Canada
In an interview with FIFA.com at the start of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ qualifying, Switzerland coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: "We want to challenge for top spot and we certainly have a good chance of doing that. We'll have to be at our best in every match, maybe we'll need a little bit of luck and above all we could do without getting many injuries." She was proven right, as in June 2014 Switzerland made history by reaching the finals of a Women's World Cup for the first time thanks to their 9-0 thrashing of Israel, coupled with the simultaneous draw between their closest challengers Denmark and Iceland. Voss-Tecklenburg's charges finished top of Group 3 ahead of that duo, as well as Serbia, Israel and Malta, having recorded nine wins and one draw over the course of their campaign.
Strengths and style
Switzerland have benefitted from having a core of experienced players who are contracted to foreign clubs, including Ramona Bachmann, who consistently showcased her extraordinary talents throughout qualifying. She made her senior international debut on 15 June 2007 and has been a mainstay ever since. Bachmann has laced her boots for foreign sides since 2007, including spells at Umea IK, Atlanta Beat and FC Rosengard, and in that period has been voted Swiss Women's Player of the Year (2009) and won two Swedish championships (in 2013 and 2014). Alongside Bachmann, one of the other leading members of the Swiss team is Lara Dickenmann, who has earned numerous titles with top French side Olympique Lyon.
Former German international Voss-Tecklenburg took charge of Switzerland in February 2012 as Beatrice von Siebenthal's successor. As a player Voss-Tecklenburg won the German championship six times, the German cup four times and was crowned European champion with the national team on four occasions. She has followed that up with success on the touchline, winning the DFB Cup twice with FCR 2001 Duisburg and lifting the UEFA Women’s Cup, the precursor to the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Past FIFA Women’s World Cups
- Canada 2015 will be Switzerland’s maiden appearance at a Women's World Cup at the senior international level
What they said
“Every European Championship and World Cup has a positive effect, especially on the host countries. I’m happy that there will be 24 teams participating at Canada 2015 instead of 16. That is a reflection of the positive developments in the game and the esteem it is held in,” Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland coach.