Switzerland

The Switzerland national football team or the Swiss national football name is named as the ‘La Nati’ in French, ‘Squadra nazionale’ in Italian and ‘Schweizer Nati’ in German. Controlled by the Swiss Football Association, the head coach of the team is Ottmar Hitzfeld with Alexander Frei being the Captain of the team.

The logo of the team is ASF-SFV, representing the Swiss Football Association initial in official language of Switzerland. ASF represents French, Association Suisse de Football and Italian, Associazione Svizzera di Football, with SFV in German, Schweizerischer Fussballverband. This team co-hosted Euro 2008 along with Austria, thus making it their third appearance in the competition. In the previous two appearances, they did not clear the group stages. Till date, this team hasn’t earned any major trophy as such. Their closest was the quarter finals of the World Cup on three times, in 1934, 1938 and 1954. However, they did win a silver medal in the Olympic games in 1924 in Paris.

The Swiss kit has two different outfits. The red shirt and white shorts are worn for the home playing games, whereas the white shirt and the red shorts are worn on away matches, with the jersey being manufactured by Puma. Apart from this, the number of appearances and goals has being achieved by these team players, like Heinz Hermann with 117 caps, Alain Geiger with 112 caps and Alexander Frei with 40 goals and many such players.

Major Achievements

Their best performance till date has been in reaching the quarter final position thrice, in 1934, 1938 and in 1954. They even won the silver title at the Olympics in 1924. The youth teams, on the other hand, won the U-17 European Championship in 2002 and the U-17 World Cup in 2009. The youth team also won the U-21 squad and was qualified for the semi finals of the U-21 Euro 2002.

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