This will be the first European Championship Switzerland will attend after the one they hosted together with Austria in 2008. They will play the first game against Albania. The other teams they will face are: France and Romania.
Brief History at the Euros
Switzerland didn't qualify for the final tournaments of the European Championship until 1996. In England they exited the competition after the group stage, drawing the home side England and losing against Netherlands and Scotland.
After missing the Euro 2000, Switzerland qualified for the Euro 2004 in Portugal, but again they could not pass the gourp stage after drawing Croatia and losing to France and England.
As a co-host of the Euro 2008 Switzerland was automatically qualified. They lost the opening game 0–1 to the Czech Republic and the second game 1–2 against Turkey. After the dissapointment of the first two games and the early elimination from their home tournament it came the consolation winning 2–0 against Portugal in the final group stage game.
Switzerland missed the Euro 2012 after finishing the qualification group third behind England and Montenegro.
Switzerland road to Euro 2016
Switzerland was part of group E along with England, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. They finished second behind England and five points ahead of third placed Slovenia.
Thanks to the second-placed finishing they achieved automatic qualification. They finished with 21 points with seven wins and three lost games.
The complete table:
The results obtained by Switzerland:
||0 - 2||England
||1 - 0||Switzerland
||0 - 4||Switzerland
||4 - 0||Lithuania
||3 - 0||Estonia
||1 - 2||Switzerland
||3 - 2||Slovenia
||2 - 0||Switzerland
||7 - 0||San Marino
||0 - 1||Switzerland
Switzerland Euro 2016 squad and group
(Confirmed 23-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg),
Yvon Mvogo (Young Boys), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach).
Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schar (Hoffenheim),
Philippe Senderos (Grasshoppers), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Silvan Widmer (Udinese)
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Dzemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Renato Steffen (Basel), Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys),
Luca Zuffi (Basel)
Forwards: Erin Derdiyok (Kasimpasa), Breel Embolo (Basel), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Switzerland is part of group A at the European Championship. They will face France, Romania and Albania.
Switzerland will play against Albania in the first round, they last times the two teams met were in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers when Switzerland won in both matches, first 2-0 at home and then 2-1 in Albania.
The second game will be against Romania. The most recent encounter between the two teams was an international friendly in 2012 and Romania won 1-0.
Their third game will be with the hosts France, whom they haven't beat in six games. The last time the two teams met was in 2014 at the World Cup, which was a thrilling encounter and finished 5-2 for France.
Switzerland All Time Records
The top 5 players with the most appearances:
The top 5 players with the most goals: