FIFA World Cup 2022 Switzerland National Team|History

Switzerland National Team – Switzerland is one of the teams to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Swiss team won the qualification chart of group C from the UEFA region and reserved their seat for the Qatar World Cup. Switzerland men’s teams have qualified for the football World Cup twelve times as of 2022. 

Currently, FIFA ranks 16 for the Swiss men’s national football team. Let’s read more about Swiss football history, FIFA, and major championship journeys as well as the Qatar World Cup squad and preparation.

Switzerland’s Football History

Switzerland has a long history in soccer. It is a popular sport in the Country. Swiss people started playing football in the 18th century.  

Its governing body, the Swiss Football Association, was formed in 1895. And in 1904, seven nations of Europe continental including Switzerland founded the international governing body of association football/soccer to organize matches and tournaments; FIFA. Following that, Switzerland won in their first international game against France. 

Switzerland national football team of 1924
The Swiss national team at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Source: Game of the People

During that era, Switzerland was a popular team in the European region. The Swiss participated in the 1924 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal. They lost the final match against Uruguay. But, out of the round of 16 of the next Olympics after four years.

Even being a famous team, it did not participate in the first World Cup as it was a part of the boycott team. Switzerland made its World debut in the Italy World Cup in 1934. The Swiss team ended the tournament in the quarterfinals.

UEFA History

Furthermore, Switzerland has a poor score in the UEFA championship. Even being the strongest team, it took them four decades to represent in the tournament since its inaugural. They appeared in the 1996 Euro Cup but could not surpass the group stage. In the 2020 Euro Championship, the team reached the quarterfinals, and it was the best result for their team in the tournament.

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FIFA World Cup History of Switzerland

In the 1938 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland repeated the last season’s result which ended in the quarter-finals. Then, it continuously appeared in the 1950 and 1954 editions of the tournament. Since then, the Swiss team qualified for two World Cups except for the 1958 edition held in Sweden. 

Switzerland national team at 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup 2006 squad
Source: Pes Miti del Calcio

Following England’s World Cup, the team did not return to the tournament until 1994. Since 2006, it has been participating consecutively to date. They already made eleven appearances, and it would turn twelve this time. However, the Swiss team has not reached the semifinals of the tournament as of 2022.

During the Qatar World Cup qualifiers, Switzerland was placed in Group C from the UEFA region. It won the group chart behind former champion Italy and made it into the World Cup finals. Whereas, Italy advanced to the semifinals and lost to North Macedonia of Group J runner-up.

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Qatar World Cup 2022 Switzerland Squad

Switzerland is a part of Group G, and it will face Brazil, Serbia, and Cameroon in group matches. The Swiss team will play their first match against the African team Cameroon on 24 November 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah. 

The debut match of this World Cup will take place on 20 November versus hosts Qatar and Ecuador. In August 2021, the Swiss Football Association appointed former player Murat Yakin as the head coach for World Cup qualifiers.

Since then Murat has been leading the team. Arsenal striker Granit Xhaka is the current team captain, and he has played 104 caps for the nation. Switzerland will announce its World Cup playing squad in October 2022. The team is currently preparing for the tournament.

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