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The Swiss national team will be at Euro 2021 after participating in 2012 and 2016. Are the Nati finally ready to take a step forward? It could go either way, but here is what you should keep in mind.
- 🔎 Euro 2020: Switzerland in a nutshell
- 👥Switzerland’s lineup: Euro 2020-2021
- 👕Switzerland’s jerseys
- 🗓️Switzerland’s match schedule (Group A)
- 🏃Switzerland’s preparation for the Euro
- ⭐ The Star Player at Euro 2020: Xherdan Shaqiri
- 👟 The player to Watch at Euro 2020: Granit Xhaka
- 📚 Stats and history: Switzerland at the Euro
- 🥊 Switzerland’s main opponents
🔎 Euro 2020: Switzerland in a nutshell
Switzerland isn’t one of the favourites to win. However, the Swiss team is always strong at major events and could always surprise us.
Switzerland came out on top in their qualifying group for Euro 2020. Although it wasn’t an incredibly difficult group, with Denmark as the only real threat, they still gave a solid performance with only one loss to Denmark and only 6 goals conceded.
Switzerland is now used to participating in big competitions and will be looking to perform well in the Euro.
👥Switzerland’s lineup: Euro 2020-2021
To be in with a chance at this international competition, Switzerland will rely on players used to playing international games and who play for top European teams, such as Granit Xhaca (Arsenal) and Breel Embolo (Gladbach).
The Nati made it to the round of 16 during the last World Cup in 2018 as well as during Euro 2016. It is therefore a team that often makes it past the group stages.
Switzerland’s 26-man Squad
The list of the 26 Swiss players has been released. There are no surprises other than Roman Burki’s absence, as he withdrew himself from the team selection.
- Goalkeepers: Jonas Omlin – Yvon Mvogo – Yann Sommer
- Defenders: Manuel Akanji – Loris Benito – Eray Comert – Nico Elved -, Jordan Lotomba Kevin Mbabu – Becir Omegaric – Ricardo Rodriguez – Fabian Schar – Silvan Widmer
- Midfielders: Christian Fassnacht – Edmilson Fernandes – Remo Freuler – Mario Gavranovic – Admir Mehmedi – Granit Xhaka – Denis Zakaria – Djibril Sow – Ruben Vargas
- Forwards: Breel Embolo – Xherdan Shaqiri – Haris Seferovic – Steven Zuber
Unsere 26 für die EM
Nos 26 pour l'EURO
I nostri 26 per l'Europeo
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— 🇨🇭 Nati (@nati_sfv_asf) May 31, 2021
The Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
The Bosnian has been in charge of the Nati since 2014 when he took over after the 2014 World Cup. Since he has been in charge, the Swiss have always qualified for the round of 16, whether it be at Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup. This proves a certain level of stability but also of a lack of ambition as the team seems to be stagnating.
For Euro 2020, Switzerland can pass this stage.
The Swiss national team has not changed its home kit, staying with the red from its flag. For the away kit, they have given themselves something a bit more interesting.
🗓️Switzerland’s match schedule (Group A)
Switzerland is in group A for Euro 2020. Placed in a tough group with Italy, Wales and Turkey. They will start the tournament against Wales before facing Italy and finishing against Turkey.
🏃Switzerland’s preparation for the Euro
Switzerland finished first in their Euro 2020 qualifying group. They finished ahead of Denmark with only one defeat and two draws.
Euro 2020 Qualification Results
While waiting for the Euro, Switzerland participated in the Nations League and finished 3rd in their group with Germany and Spain. With these two teams, it made it a tricky group to be in.
Nations League Results
- 03/09/20 – Ukraine 2 – 1 Switzerland
- 06/09/20 – Switzerland 1 -1 Germany
- 10/10/20 – Spain 1 – 0 Switzerland
- 13/10/20 – Germany 3 – 3 Switzerland
- 14/11/20 – Switzerland 1 -1 Spain
- 17/11/20 – Switzerland 3 – 0 Ukraine
Two Qualifying Games for the 2022 World Cup
Before starting the Euro in June 2021, the Nati will have to play two qualifier matches for the next World Cup 2022 in Qatar followed by a friendly match against Finland. This gives them the opportunity to get ready for the championship.
- 25/03/21 – Bulgaria 1 – 3 Switzerland
- 28/03/21 – Switzerland 1 – 0 Lithuania
- 31/03/21 – Switzerland 3 – 2 Finland
⭐ The Star Player at Euro 2020: Xherdan Shaqiri
The Liverpool winger is undoubtedly Switzerland’s star player. Xherdan Shaqiri, who won the 2019 Champions League with The Reds, rarely disappoints when playing for the national team. In fact, he has made 85 appearances for Switzerland and scored 23 goals. The great Shaqiri will be able to push the Swiss team beyond the group stage.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) February 24, 2021
👟 The player to Watch at Euro 2020: Granit Xhaka
Like Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka is a senior member of the Swiss team with 89 caps. The Arsenal midfielder keeps the Swiss team in check. He struggled when he first joined the Gunners but has managed to establish himself as an indispensable player.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 12, 2021
📚 Stats and history: Switzerland at the Euro
Created in 1960, the history of the Euro is rich, as is Switzerland’s history in this championship. Discover Switzerland’s history at the Euro in some figures.
Switzerland’s Euro Statistics
- Switzerland will participate in its 5th Euro
- Switzerland co-hosted Euro 2008 with Austria
Swiss Players’ Individual Euro Statistics
- Hakan Yakin is Switzerland’s top scorer at the Euro (3 goals)
- Valon Behrami and Stephan Lichsteiner are the two most capped players in a Euro for Switzerland (7 games)
- Xherdan Shaqiri scored the 650th goal in Euro history against Poland in 2016
- Eren Derdiyok is the best passer for Switzerland (3 assists)
🥊 Switzerland’s main opponents
Apart from Italy, who are the favourites of the group, behind them are Turkey and Wales. Beware of the Welsh, semi-finalists in 2016, and Turkey, who can pose a big challenge.
Favourites of the group, Italy should get progress without any trouble
Turkey is not used to getting out of the group stage (quarter-finalists in 2000 and semi-finalists in 2008). The task will not be easy. They will need to fight for second place.
A sensation in 2016, not far from the final (beaten by Portugal in the semi-finals after beating Belgium in the quarter-finals), the Welsh know how to do it.