FIFA World Cup™ finals history
So far Switzerland have taken part in ten FIFA World Cups: in 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2014. They have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions, although the last time they did so was over 60 years ago, as hosts of the 1954 tournament. Since then Switzerland have been knocked out at the group stage three times and have reached the Round of 16 a further three times: in 1994, 2006 and at Brazil 2014. At the latter edition they faced Germany’s eventual Final opponents Argentina, but lost 1-0 after extra time. At South Africa 2010, Switzerland recorded a sensational 1-0 victory over Spain in their opening fixture, but while the Spaniards went on to win the tournament, Switzerland failed to progress to the knockout rounds.

The team
Switzerland have established themselves as one of the world’s top sides. In 2009 they won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and now several members of that side, such as Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, are hitting their prime and are mainstays in the senior team. Furthermore, Kosovo native Xherdan Shaqiri has become pivotal in midfield, and despite his young age he has already won numerous league titles as well as the UEFA Champions League. Many of the Nati’s players lace their boots at top European teams, including experienced trio Tranquillo Barnetta, Gokhan Inler and Stephan Lichtsteiner, who help complement their younger colleagues.

The coach
Vladimir Petkovic is a man of many talents. Not only does he help footballers, he also once worked for Caritas Ticino, an organisation that supports welfare recipients and the unemployed. As a coach, Petkovic led AC Bellinzona into the Swiss top flight and has also had spells at BSC Young Boys and Turkish first division outfit Samsunspor. He moved to Italian Serie A side Lazio ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, winning the domestic cup in his first season in charge. He became Switzerland coach after Ottmar Hitzfeld’s departure following the 2014 World Cup.

The stat
– The year Switzerland played their first international match, in a fixture against France.

The former stars
Stephane Chapuisat, Alexander Frei, Hakan Yakin, Marco Streller, Ciriaco Sforza, Heinz Hermann, Alain Geiger