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Switzerland national football team

National Football Team
NameSwitzerland
NicknameSchweizer Nati
AssociationSwiss Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachOttmar Hitzfeld
CaptainGökhan Inler
Most capsHeinz Hermann (117)
Top scorerAlexander Frei (42)
FIFA codeSUI
FIFA ranking18
Highest FIFA ranking3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking83 (December 1998)
Elo ranking24
Highest Elo ranking8 (June 1924)
Lowest Elo ranking62 (October 1979)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalFrance 1 0 Switzerland CH
(Paris, France; 12 February 1905)
Biggest winCH Switzerland 9 0 Lithuania
(Paris, France; 25 May 1924)
Biggest defeatHungary 9 0 Switzerland CH
(Budapest, Hungary; 29 October 1911)
Appearances9
First World Cup1934
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1934, 1938 and 1954
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
Appearances3
First apps.1996
Best resultRound 1, 1996, 2004 and 2008

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The Swiss national football team (also known as the Schweizer Nati in German, La Nati in French, Squadra nazionale in Italian) is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

The team's logo, ASF-SFV, represents the Swiss Football Association's initials in Switzerland's official languages: ASF represents both French (Association Suisse de Football) and Italian (Associazione Svizzera di Football), and SFV is German (Schweizerischer Fussballverband). In Romansh, the association is abbreviated as ASB (Associaziun Svizra da Ballape).

Its best performances in the World Cup have been reaching the quarter-finals three times, in 1934, 1938 and when the country hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland also won silver at the 1924 Olympics. The youth teams have been more successful, winning the 2002 U-17 European Championship and the 2009 U-17 World Cup.

In 2006, Switzerland set a FIFA World Cup record by being eliminated from the competition despite not conceding a goal, losing to Ukraine in a penalty shootout in the last 16, by failing to score a single penalty becoming the first national team in Cup history to do this. They would not concede a goal until their second group stage game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, giving up a goal in the 74th minute against Chile, setting a World Cup Finals record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.

Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austria, making their third appearance in the competition. As with the two previous appearances, they did not clear the group stages.


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