Switzerland - Group A
Beaten in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup, the Swiss have never managed to get beyond the group stages in any previous European Championship, but surely their luck will change in France.
Get to know: Switzerland
This is the 4th time Switzerland have reached the finals of a European Championship and they secured their place in France by finishing second to Roy Hodgson’s England team in Group E.
During those group stages, they won 7 of their 10 games losing home and away to England and once away in Slovenia. Along the way they scored 24 goals, conceded 8 and ended up with a goal difference of +16.
In the draw for the main event, Switzerland were placed in Group A, alongside Romania, France and Albania.
June 11 vs. Albania 1pm – Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
June 15 vs. Romania 4pm – Stade Velodrome, Marseille
June 19 vs. France 7pm – Grand Stade Lille Metropole, Lille
During qualification, Switzerland scored 24 goals (including 2 own goals)
Their goal scorers were:
- Xherdan Shaqiri (4)
- Josip Drmić (3)
- Haris Seferović (3)
- Fabian Schär (2)
- Eren Derdiyok (1)
- Johan Djourou (1)
- Blerim Džemaili (1)
- Breel Embolo (1)
- Gökhan Inler (1)
- Pajtim Kasami (1)
- Michael Lang (1)
- Admir Mehmedi (1)
- Valentin Stocker (1)
- Granit Xhaka (1)
Qualification Stat Truths:
- Scored at the joint-third highest rate: 24 goals in 10 games.
- Third least resilient defences of any qualifier with 7.6 shots faced per goal conceded.
- Scored highest percentage of second half goals of any qualifier with 75.0% (18/24).
- Conceded joint-second highest percentage of goals in the second half of matches: 87.5% (only conceded 1 first half goal).
- Second-cleanest team to have qualified, averaging 7.4 fouls per match.
- Conceded first in half (5/10) of their qualifying matches.
- Second-best shot conversion in the second half of matches of any side at the finals (24.7%).
- Scored the highest share of goals in the final 15 minutes of matches (45.8% or 11/24) of anyone at the finals.
All data based on Switzerland’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Courtesy of the Press Association.