How will Switzerland fare at the 2022 World Cup? Join @SamRCox_ as he looks at the Red Crosses in his everything you need to know guide ahead of this winter's competition...

Switzerland History at the World Cup

Switzerland didn’t qualify for the World Cup between 1966 and 1994. Since then, though, they have been something of a regular, reaching the last 16 in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018.

Only twice since 1994 have they failed to qualify (1998, 2002), and 2010 was their only group stage exit over that period, which was unfortunate after picking up four points from three matches.

While always competitive in the group stage, the Swiss have never been further than the last eight, a feat they most recently achieved when they hosted the tournament in 1954. 

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Valon Behrami are tied for the most World Cup appearances with 10 apiece, while Josef Hügi’s six goals in 1954 are the most scored by any Swiss player in World Cup play. 

Switzerland’s biggest win at the World Cup is by three goals, a margin of victory achieved against Italy in 1954, Romania in 1994 and Honduras in 2014.

Switzerland Nickname

Like a lot of teams heading for Qatar, Switzerland have a couple of nicknames. Rossocrociati, meaning ‘Red Crosses’, doesn’t take a great deal of working out given the unique nature of the Swiss flag.

Nati or simply ‘National Team’ is as literal at it comes.

World Cup 2022 Group

Switzerland were matched up with the favourites in World Cup winner odds. Brazil are expected to cruise through this group, but the battle for the second qualification spot could be fiercely competitive. 

The Rossocrociati will be desperate to start off with a win on 24th November before they face Brazil. 

Switzerland Fixtures:

  • Switzerland vs Cameroon – 24th November 2022

  • Switzerland vs Brazil – 28th November 2022

  • Switzerland vs Serbia – 2nd December 2022

Switzerland Kit World Cup 2022

The Switzerland World Cup kits are pretty standard. We can all picture the shade of red used for the home, this time with some horizontal white lines across the chest and shoulders. It’s fine.

There’s less positive news with the away kit. The barcode-look is back, lower down the chest this time on a white base. The red ‘box’ in the middle is questionable at best. 

Who Is The Switzerland Manager?

Former Grasshoppers and Basel central defender Murat Yakin is the current Switzerland manager. Yakin managed both of his former teams before succeeding Vladimir Petković as Swiss boss in 2021.

He has won seven of his 15 matches in charge and will lead the team into a major tournament for the first time in Qatar. 

Best Switzerland Player

Xherdan Shaqiri was considered Switzerland’s star man for a long time, but that mantle is up for greater debate now with Granit Xhaka, Manuel Akanji and Yann Sommer all staking a claim.

Xhaka carries strong form into the tournament, while Swiss fans will be hoping Denis Zakaria can get some game time at Chelsea after his surprise move to west London last summer. 

Switzerland Odds at 2022 World Cup

Switzerland are 9/2 in football betting to win Group G. No more than a longshot when drawn with Brazil, the Swiss are also up against it when it comes to progressing in the knockout rounds with a price of 11/4 to reach the quarters.

They are 80/1 to lift the trophy, a marginally shorter price than Senegal but way longer than Croatia and Uruguay (both 45s). 

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Sam is a sports tipster, specialising in the Premier League and Champions League.

He covers most sports, including cricket and Formula One. Sam particularly enjoys those on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – notably MLB and NBA.

Watching, writing and talking about sports betting takes up most of his time, whether that is for a day out at T20 Finals Day or a long night of basketball.

Having been writing for several years, Sam has been working with 888Sport since 2016, contributing multiple articles per week to the blog.