Vladimir Petkovic will succeed Ottmar Hitzfeld as head coach of Switzerland's national team, the Swiss Football Association has confirmed.

The Bosnian, who is currently in charge of Serie A side Lazio, moved to Switzerland as a 24-year-old player and coached six different Swiss clubs before moving to Italy last summer.

He will replace the retiring German coach Hitzfeld immediately after the FIFA World Cup™ finals in Brazil.

"I am very proud. Proud that the Swiss Football Association has entrusted me with the first team," Petkovic told football.ch. "I am also proud to take charge of the great team from my second, no, make that my first home. I've spent 27 of 50 good years of life in Switzerland, which says enough about where I feel at home."

"I've watched Switzerland and their development under Ottmar Hitzfeld closely. So I'm well aware of the challenges of succeeding him, while also knowing that I'll be taking over an established team with a bright future," Petkovic added in an SFA statement.