The Switzerland World Cup team signifies Switzerland in global football. The national team is operated by the Swiss Football Association. Switzerland’s best appearances at the FIFA World Cup were three quarter-final entrances, in 1934, 1938, and 1954. They held the tournament in 1954, where they played with Austria in the quarter-final game, losing 7–5, which today still stands as the highest recording Football World Cup match ever.
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At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland set a World Cup record by being removed from the contest despite not giving way a single goal, being removed by Ukraine after penalties in the round of sixteen. They did not allow a goal until a game counter to Chile at the Football World Cup 2010, surrendering in the 75th minute, setting a Football World Cup Finals best for successive minutes without surrendering a goal.
In 1992, Switzerland selected English manager Roy Hodgson as head trainer of the Switzerland Football World Cup team and at the time of his selection, Switzerland had not been capable of any main contest since 1966. Under his leadership, Switzerland rose to 3rd in the FIFA World standing in August 1993, which still stays their peak FIFA ranking to this day. Hodgson directed Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup, losing just one game during succeeding, in a group that involved Italy, much-fancied Portugal, and Scotland.
Switzerland won their home-based tie with Italy, and in the missing game, took a 2–0 lead before being attached back to a 2–2 draw, and also took four points from Scotland, winning 3–1 at home ground and drawing 1–1 away. Against the Portuguese, Switzerland drew 1–1 at home and lost 1–0 in the away fixture in Porto, their only defeat of the World Cup qualifying drive. For more to know about Qatar World Cup Tickets Click here.
2000–2008 the Kobi Kuhn period
Switzerland was unsuccessful to qualify for the 1998 Football World Cup, held in France, as they ended 4th in their qualifying group, winning three games; 3–2 against Finland, 1–0 against Hungary, and 5–0 against Azerbaijan drawing one game against Hungary 1–1, and losing three games; 1–0 against Azerbaijan and losing both games against Norway, losing 1–0 at home and 5–0 away.
Switzerland achieved qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2006, overpowering Turkey by away goal rule in Istanbul, the nation’s first World Cup since 1994. In the tournament, Switzerland was drawn in Group G with past world winners France, 2002 World Cup’s fourth-place closer South Korea and debutant Togo. In the first meeting against France, Switzerland bravely held the mighty France of Zinedine Zidane 0–0.
Before overcoming the Togolese 2–0 in the second game, tied with the South Koreans four points, however, Switzerland was inferior to the Koreans by some goals recorded, meaning that the last game was a must-win. Switzerland then achieved to beat South Korea 2–0 in the final game, occupying first place in their group and also knocking the Asians out of the contest.
2008–2014 the Ottmar Hitzfeld period
In their first game at the 2010 World Cup, the squad defeated ultimate champions Spain 1–0 with a goal by Gelson Fernandes, but they were still removed in the group stage. In the second game, a goal counted by Mark Gonzalez in the 75th minute of the game against Chile ended a 559-minute streak without surrendering a goal in Football World Cup games, thrashing the record previously held by Italy by nine minutes.
Switzerland did not progress extra than the group after a 0–0 draw with Honduras in the third and final group game. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Switzerland was tired to play France, Honduras, and Ecuador in the group phase. They are progressive to the round of sixteen with a 3–0 win over Honduras, with a hat-trick from Xherdan Shaqiri. In the knockout game against Argentina, they lost 1–0, granting to Angel di Maria in the 118th minute.
2016–2021 the Vladimir Petkovic period
In qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Switzerland was drawn with Portugal, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, and Andorra. Switzerland started their qualifying group with a shock 2–0 win over European champions Portugal, who had won the contest less than two months preceding playing with them on 6 September. Afterward, they beat Hungary 2–3, Andorra 2–1, Faroe Islands 2–0, Latvia 1–0 in the first five games, leading the group on maximum points.
In the reverse games, they beat the Faroe Islands 2–0, Andorra 3–0, Latvia 3–0, and Hungary 5–2, before facing Portugal in the final group game, where they lost 2–0, meaning they would have to play in the playoffs where they were graded as the best second-placed squad and were drawn to play Northern Ireland. In the first leg, played on 9 November, they won 1–0 through a debated penalty scored by Ricardo Rodriguez, and three days later played in the second leg, drawing 0–0 and advancing to the Football World Cup Finals in Russia with a 1–0 collective win.
Before the World Cup, Switzerland was graded 6th in the world ranking, even ranking higher than ultimate World Cup winners France. At the World Cup, Switzerland was drawn to play Brazil, Serbia, and Costa Rica in Group E. They started their movement with a 1–1 draw with Brazil, before beating Serbia 2–1 through a late-winning goal from Xherdan Shaqiri. The game with Serbia flashed debate for the celebrations performed by goalscorer Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, Switzerland qualified for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup in some style, having also hit the post twice and had two goals ruled out for offside as they cut through the Bulgarian defense with comfort. It was a special night for Switzerland captain Xherdan Shaqiri, who marked his 100th entrance with an outstanding performance, setting up the Switzerland opener.
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