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Switzerland National Football Team

Switzerland
Governing bodySchweizerischer Fussballverband
Affiliated1904
StadiumSt. Jakob-Park (38,512 seats)
ManagerV. Petković

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Players

#NameAgeA
Goalkeepers
1Y. Sommer 31450550000000
D. von Ballmoos 250000010000
G. Kobel 22
12Y. Mvogo 260000050000
Defenders
22F. Schär 28180220000021
5L. Benito 28176321130000
J. Lotomba 220000020000
B. Omeragić 186101050000
E. Cömert 220000030000
M. Akanji 25270330000000
4N. Elvedi 24439550000021
13R. Rodríguez 28424550100000
S. Widmer 27266330111000
Midfielders
A. Mehmedi 2975312120000
14S. Zuber 29219532320000
8R. Freuler 28261330202120
R. Vargas 22121312140000
18D. Sow 23264532320000
R. Steffen 29152312020020
10G. Xhaka 28450550000110
23X. Shaqiri 29168321210000
11E. Fernandes 24118312020000
Attackers
B. Embolo 23252330200210
9H. Seferović 28439550201100
19M. Gavranović 3079211142010

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Switzerland's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch

It all started out so well for Switzerland. La Nati had won their first nine games in a row, picking up 27 points out of 30 in Group B during qualifying. However, a disappointing last matchday loss to Portugal shoved them down to second place and set up a play-off against Northern Ireland.

Controversy reigned during the two-legged play-off, as Switzerland were granted a spot-kick that some felt they shouldn't. In any case, they went on to win that leg 1-0, and hunkered down defensively to protect their narrow lead to seal their spot at this year's World Cup.

Coach's mission

Vladimir Pektovic will be aiming to prove doubters wrong and to show that Schweizer Nati are not just "lucky" to have sealed their spot. After all, the team were solid during qualifiers until their final matchday loss to Portugal, so clearly do have the quality to cause some kind of impact in Group E. While South American giants Brazil are the big favorites to top their quartet, Switzerland will be certainly to snatch a runners-up spot as they will feel they can match wits with Costa Rica and fellow European side Serbia.

New recruits

23-year-old shot-stopper Yvon Mvogo has never been capped by the senior squad, and while he's certainly the third-choice goalkeeper in this 23-man group, could he possibly make his debut this summer in Russia? Perhaps.

Here he is, alongside the 22 other members who will be featuring for La Nati this summer:

Experienced faces

Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, who serves as the team's skipper, is one of the more experienced players on this squad. Other veterans include Udinese's Valon Behrami, Bologna's Blerim Dzemaili,  Premier League duo Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, and AC Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez. Meanwhile, young rising star Breel Embolo will be hoping this could potentially be his breakout tournament.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Monchengladbach)

Defenders:
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna), Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim), Denis Zakaria (Monchengladbach)Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta)

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Schalke), Josip Drmic (Monchengladbach), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)

Switzerland Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1895, Affiliated: 1904
Uniform Jerseys: Red, Shorts: White, Stockings: Red
Website www.football.ch
World Cup Appearances 11: 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
Best Results First: FIFA U-17 World Cup Final 2009
Second: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Final 2009, Olympic Football Tournament Final 1924

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