Finally, Switzerland team qualified for the World cup for eleventh after beating Ireland in playoffs.
Switzerland FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures, Squad & Group Details
Surprisingly, Even after winning nine games in a row Switzerland didn’t qualify directly & played a playoff against Northern Ireland to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Stars like Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar plays the positive role in the victory of a team. Whereas, no one doubts about the credibility & potential of Xherdan Shaqiri & Haris Seferovic as well.
Switzerland Qualifying Round Highlights – World Cup 2018
Switzerland v Portugal
Beating newly crowned Euro Cup 2016 Champions Portugal is not an easy task but Switzerland did it convincingly in their first game of qualifier.
Both teams win their next consecutive eight matches, setting up a climax in Lisbon. This time Portugal led by Cristiano Ronaldo totally dominated over Swiss team & secured top position of the group. Whereas, Switzerland faced Ireland in their playoffs to decide their fate of qualification.
Switzerland v Ireland
A dubious penalty, given for a handball by Irish Corry Evans and goal score by Rodriguez, provides Switzerland a 1-0 win in the first leg of their first playoff upon Ireland. Swiss player Rodriguez repeatedly frustrates Ireland, which resulted in a 0-0 draw that seals Switzerland spot in Russia.
Switzerland World Cup Group: Group E
Switzerland Head to Head Stats [h2h]
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Switzerland v Costa Rica head to head – Switzerland vs Costa Rica H2H
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Switzerland World Cup Friendlies
Switzerland gets first win against Greece on the 23rd March, and then hammered Panama 6-0 on 27th June. Then they managed a draw against well prepared & one of the favorites of World cup Spain. Finally, they defeated Japan in last game.
Switzerland 2018 FIFA World Cup Warm-up Friendly Matches Results
|22-03-2018||Switzerland v Greece||1-0|
|27-03-2018||Switzerland v Panama||6-0|
|02-06-2018||Switzerland v Spain||1-1|
|09-06-2018||Switzerland v Japan||2-0|
Switzerland World Cup Fixtures 2018 – Switzerland Match Schedule
Their skills & temperament will be tested against Brazil, Serbia & Costa Rica in group stage matches.
|17 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Brazil|
|22 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Serbia|
|27 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Costa Rica|
Switzerland World Cup Match Venues – 2018 World Cup Stadiums
|17 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Brazil||Rostov Arena|
|22 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Serbia||Kaliningrad Stadium|
|27 Jun 2018||Switzerland v Costa Rica||Nizhny Novgorod|
Switzerland National Football Team Coach – FIFA WC 2018
Vladimir Petkovic is 55 years old now. Presently he is the national football team coach of Switzerland.
Replaced Ottmar Hitzfeld following the 2014 World Cup and led the Swiss to the last 16 at Euro 2016. Before that he coached several Swiss clubs, as well as Lazio in Serie A. Born in the former Yugoslavia, he began his playing career with Sarajevo and won the league in 1985. Spent the rest of his playing career in Switzerland.
Top Swiss Players, who can shine for Switzerland Soccer World cup 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri‘s career has not gone as per early expectations. He scored three goals in 2014 World cup but never impressed with his performance in qualifiers. But there is always a chance that player of such caliber conjures up something from nowhere.
Yann Sommer has taken the place of Diego Benaglio in goalpost & he seems very much committed to his duty.
Captain Stephan Lichtsteiner & Rodriguez provides strong defensive wall to the team as well as they can also penetrate deep into the goal of the opponents with there aggressive approach & agility.
Defender Manuel Akanji, midfielders Remo Freuler & Steven Zuber recently became a part of the team.
Switzerland World Cup Squad – Switzerland Team 2018
Final 23-man squad –
- Roman Buerki
- Yvon Mvogo
- Yann Sommer
- Manuel Akanji
- Johan Djourou
- Nico Elvedi
- Michael Lang
- Stephan Lichtsteiner
- Jacques-Francois Moubandje
- Ricardo Rodriguez
- Fabian Schaer
- Valon Behrami
- Blerim Dzemaili
- Gelson Fernandes
- Remo Freuler
- Xherdan Shaqiri
- Granit Xhaka
- Steven Zuber
- Denis Zakaria
- Josip Drmic
- Breel Embolo
- Mario Gavranovic
- Haris Seferovic
Switzerland World Cup Injuries
No injuries reported from Swiss camp.