Switzerland's World Cup 2022 Standings
Switzerland is the second team in Group E, which also includes Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Switzerland's Odds To Win The World Cup
Switzerland is a solid European performer these days, and there is no surprise to see them at their fourth consecutive World Cup. Their own supporters expect them to appear at the World Cup, although it remains to be seen whether they can finally break through and make it into the quarter-finals, something they achieved when there were just sixteen teams in the tournament but has not been able to do in the current format.
In terms of odds, Switzerland is in the top half according to Sports Interaction, priced at +7900, although it can't be considered as a realistic threat to the bigger nations such as Brazil, Germany, Spain and France. However, there are plenty of other viable options available for the Swiss.
You can fetch +105 for Switzerland to qualify from the group, and although Group E is quite a tough one considering Costa Rica's excellent form in the most recent tournament, You would have to think that Switzerland will qualify alongside Brazil. If you disagree, you can also get -143 for Switzerland to be eliminated at the group stage.
We believe that Switzerland will qualify, however, will fail to overcome a likely matchup with Germany in the second round.
Switzerland's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Swiss team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Granit Xhaka - Midfielder
Xhaka has become one of the first names on the team sheet at Arsenal and he adds another dimension to the midfield because of his ability to shoot from distance. He has scored eight goals from his 59 international caps, despite starting in a defensive midfield role, and at just 25 years of age, he will have the opportunity to shape Switzerland's World Cup results for at least the next three campaigns.
Xhaka's height is also an asset, and he has also been touted as a natural leader. This was made apparent when at just 22 he was given the captain's armband at former club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Xherdan Shaqiri - Midfielder
While Xhaka will sure up the defence, Shaqiri is a midfielder that is often given free attacking reign across the pitch. The stocky Stoke City star is excellent with the ball at feet and has a surprising turn of pace. But it is his ability to score spectacular goals that set him apart from his peers, and there have been few better than his wonderful strike at the 2016 Euros.
Shaqiri has already scored 20 goals for his country, and at 26 is another player with plenty still to offer the national side.
Stephan Lichtsteiner - Defender
The captain has now amassed 96 caps, placing him in the top four of all time for the Swiss. He is known for his energetic runs down the right-wing for club side Juventus, who he has made 188 starts for, and also his stamina and athleticism. Despite being 34 years old when the tournament kicks off, he is one of the fittest players in the Swiss lineup, and his experience will be vital to his team's chances.
The Coach - Vladimir Petkovic
Petkovic has been at the helm since 2014, taking over the national team shortly after the Swiss were eliminated from the World Cup in Brazil. A former midfielder who made 275 senior appearances for various European sides, the Sarajevo-born manager has led a number of clubs since the start of his managerial career in 1997, most notably Lazio between 2012 and 2014.
Switzerland is his first gig as a national coach, and he has overseen a 61% win rate since taking over, featuring 22 wins and just 8 losses from 36 starts. He was unable to take Switzerland past the Round of 16 stages of the 2016 Euros, although their exit came after a penalty shootout loss to Poland. Their World Cup qualification campaign was particularly impressive, and there are good signs ahead of the 2018 tournament.
Switzerland's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Switzerland's latest international was played against Northern Ireland on November 12th, 2017. The full lineup was as follows.
Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) - Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Fabian Schar (Deportivo La Coruna), Manuel Akanji (Basel), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan) - Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach) - Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Blerim Dzemaili (Montreal Impact), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim) - Haris Seferovic (Benfica).
Reserves: Michael Lang, Roman Burki, Valon Behrami, Gelson Fernandes, Marwin Hitz, Admir Mehmedi, Mario Gavranovic, Leo Lacroix, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes, Breel Embolo, Nico Elvedi.
Switzerland's World Cup History
Switzerland has participated in ten out of the twenty World Cups held to date, first appearing in the 1934 tournament in Italy. This was the first of four consecutive appearances at the greatest sporting event on Earth, a feat that they have recently matched by qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The period between 1934 and 1954 was Switzerland's best at the World Cup, as they made the quarter-finals on three occasions.
After losing to Czechoslovakia in their first tournament, Switzerland started off the 1938 event in France with a draw against Germany (this was before penalty shootouts were introduced). They won the replay 4-2, however, they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the second time when they lost to Hungary.
1950 was the first time the group stage was a feature of the World Cup, and Switzerland failed to progress after a big loss to Yugoslavia in their opening match. Four years later they hosted the competition, and the Swiss did manage to progress to the quarter-finals, although this time they were beaten in a twelve-goal thriller against Austria, losing 5-7.
What followed could best be described as the dark ages in Swiss football. Switzerland qualified for just two tournaments in the next forty years, losing all six matches they were involved in. They definitely faced some of the most difficult opponents during this time - Chile, West Germany and Italy in 1962; West Germany, Spain and Argentina in 1966.
Switzerland returned to the tournament in 1994 and was pooled alongside their American hosts. A draw in the opening match against the USA and a win against Romania was enough to offset their final match loss to Columbia, although their run ended in the Round of 16 as they lost heavily to Spain.
2006 saw the beginning of a new successful era in Swiss football, and the World Cup in Germany was arguably their best performance since their early appearances. Switzerland drew against France and defeated both Togo and South Korea before going out on penalties in the Round of 16 after a 0-0 draw with Ukraine.
A win against eventual champions Spain in the 2010 tournament was somehow not enough to see Switzerland into the second round, while in 2014 Switzerland was again eliminated at the Round of 16 stage. Wins against Ecuador and Honduras saw them qualify behind France, although this set up a match against eventual finalists Argentina, who stole the match in the 118th minute.
Switzerland was emphatic in qualifying, winning nine out of their ten matches, yet still needed a play-off victory over Northern Ireland to confirm their place in Russia. They will face Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia in what is sure to be a difficult group, however, their form suggests they should be considered second-favourites behind Brazil in Group E.