Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
Colours: Red shirts, white shorts, red socks
v Albania (11 June, Lens)
v Romania (15 June, Paris)
v France (19 June, Lille )
Group Stage (1996, 2004, 2008)
On the three occasions Switzerland have managed to reach the European Championships, they have put in disappointing accounts of themselves with three Group Stage exits. Their greatest triumph in the European Championship was on home soil in 2008 when they beat Portugal 2-0.
How They Got There
Drawn with England, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino, this was perhaps one of the easiest groups to get out of. As expected, England won the group by winning all ten of the group games. The Swiss did make a poor start losing their first two games to their main opponents in England and Slovenia. But, they were able to recover and a 7-0 win over San Marino coupled with Slovenia’s failure to defeat Lithuania saw them reach the finals.
v England 0-2 (h), 0-2 (a)
v Slovenia 3-2 (h), 0-1 (a)
v Estonia 3-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Lithuania 4-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v San Marino 7-0 (h), 4-0 (a)
Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri will need to be in form if Switzerland are to enjoy a successful European Championship. The former Bayern winger showed flashes of his quality in the 2014 World Cup, with a hattrick against Honduras being a massive highlight. New Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will also be looking to impress, especially when he comes up against older brother Taulant in the opening game.
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg)
Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Fabian Schar (Hoffenheim), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg)
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Dzemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Renato Steffen (Basel), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys)
Forwards: Breel Embolo (Basel), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Eren Derdiyok (Kasimpasa), Shani Tarashaj (Everton)