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EURO 2020 competitors: Switzerland

euro 2020 contenders: switzerland

EURO pedigree

Previous final tournaments: 4
EURO best: last 16 (2016)

This will be the Swiss national team's fifth participation in the EURO finals - the goal remains to reach the quarterfinals. They got the closest in 2016 when they lost to Poland on penalties in the last 16 rounds.

Key players

Every goal on Switzerland's road to EURO 2020

Every goal scored by Switzerland on the way to EURO 2020

Yann Sommer (58 times)
Sommer became Switzerland No. 1 after the 2014 FIFA World Cup and replaced Basel with the same club he remains loyal to today: Borussia Mönchengladbach. He continues to prove to be one of the most successful goalkeepers in the Bundesliga and is a tower of strength for his country.

Granit Xhaka (89 caps, 12 goals)
The captain of Switzerland's #39 is the brain and engine in the midfield. The 28-year-old player, who passed Basel junior degrees, has been at Arsenal#39 since 2016&#39. He is a member of the Swiss team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009&#39, and part of the team that finished second in the roster. Two years after the Under-21 EURO, he already has three major major tournaments under his belt.

Unforgettable EURO goals

• Kubilay Türkyılmaz scored Switzerland's first goal in the first match of the EURO final tournament – the opening match of EURO '96' Seven minutes after the break, penalty kicked off in a 1-1 draw against hosts England in Wembley&#39.

Watch Vonlanthen's record-breaking strike

Watch Vonlanthen&#39's record-breaking strike

• 18 years and 141 days old Johan Vonlanthen made history as the youngest scorer in EURO history by defeating France 3-1 in the UEFA EURO 2004 group stage.

• Xherdan Shaqiri&#39's bicycle kick against Poland at UEFA EURO 2016&#39 will live long in the memory of anyone who will witness it in the last 16&#39.

memorable moments

• Switzerland&#39's score against England&#39 in 1996&#39 remains a historic result, but they had to wait until 2008&#39 for their first EURO victory – a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in their last group stage match.

• It may have ended in a 1-0 defeat by the Czech Republic, but Switzerland&#39's landing as hosts in 2008&#39 was an important moment in Swiss football history.

• Alexander Frei ended his career as Switzerland's all-time top scorer, so he tore a ligament before the first half of the game in that curtain opener, which felt like a particularly bitter pill against the Czechs.


Watch Yakin strike in Swiss win against Portugal

Watch Yakin&#39's strike as Switzerland's win over Portugal

Latest tournament appearances
7 : Valon Behrami, Stephan Lichtsteiner
6 : Gelson Fernandes, Patrick Müller, Hakan Yakin

Most final tournament goals
3 : Hakan Yakin
1 : Kubilay Türkyilmaz, Johan Vonlanthen, Fabian Schär, Admir Mehmedi, Xherdan Shaqiri

Killer status : Switzerland has failed to qualify for only one of the last nine major tournaments (2012), including UEFA EURO 2020.

Do you know?

• Switzerland won just two of the 13 EURO final tournament fixtures: 2-0 against Portugal&#39 (2008) and 1-0 against Albania&#39 (2016).

• Vladimir Petković guided Switzerland through the three major tournaments after Ottmar Hitzfeld&#39 in 2014&#39 and the UEFA Nations League finals in 2019&#39.

Watch: The top ten goals of EURO 2016&#39

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