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WORLD CUP HISTORY Switzerland
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
11
WORLD CUP RECORD
11-6-16
BEST FINISH
Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
45 (17th)
Switzerland’s first World Cup match was a victory, a 3-2 win over the Netherlands. Leopold Kielholz provided the country’s first two goals, with André Abegglen chipping in the third. In the Quarter-finals, Switzerland lost 3-2 to Czechoslovakia.
In another 1-0-1 tournament, Switzerland won its First Round game over Germany before losing 2-0 to Hungary, the eventual runner-up.
1942
1946
World Cup Not Held
Switzerland improved with each game of the 1950 World Cup. The team followed a 3-0 loss to Yugoslavia with a 2-2 tie versus eventual runner-up Brazil. It then concluded the Group Stage with a 2-1 victory over Mexico. Just four teams advanced to the Final Round and Switzerland was not among them.
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The Swiss needed to prove their muster twice against Italy in the Group Stage. Both teams finished with 1-0-1 records, with Switzerland beating Italy 2-1 in a head-to-head matchup. The teams met again in a play-off to determine which would advance to the Knockout Stage and Switzerland won 4-1. It then lost 7-5 to Austria in the Quarter-finals.
Did Not Participate
Switzerland was no match for its group, which included West Germany, Italy, and Chile, the host nation. The team dropped all three of its games and was outscored eight goals to two.
Another tough draw resulted in back-to-back winless World Cups for Switzerland. After a 5-0 loss to West Germany, Switzerland fell 2-1 to Spain and 2-0 to Argentina.
1970
1990
Did Not Participate
An extended absence from the World Cup ended in 1994. It had been 28 years since Switzerland’s last appearance, and 40 years since the country’s last World Cup victory. Switzerland posted a 1-1-1 record to reach the Knockout Stage, where the team lost to Spain in the Round of 16.
1998
2002
Did Not Participate
Switzerland won its group in 2006 with a 2-1-0 record and no goals surrendered. The tough defense continued into the Round of 16, where Switzerland played Ukraine to a 0-0 tie, but Ukraine won 3-0 on penalty kicks.
Switzerland just missed the cut for the Knockout Stage, going 1-1-1 in group play but finishing third. In the final rankings, Switzerland was 19th out of 32 countries.
A 2-0-1 record that included wins over Ecuador and Honduras and a loss to France advanced Switzerland to the Knockout Stage. The team took Round of 16 opponent Argentina to extra time before losing 1-0. Argentina went on to finish runner-up in the tournament.
Making a fourth straight World Cup appearance, Switzerland qualified by winning a UEFA Second Round play-off against Northern Ireland. Switzerland hopes to not only reach the Knockout Stage, but to win a game there as well. Switzerland hasn’t won a Knockout Stage game since the 16-team format began in 1986.

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