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Women’s World Cup 2023: Everything you need to know about Switzerland


Switzerland World Cup 2023 fixtures, betting odds and statistics

You can read all about Philippines, Norway and New Zealand by clicking on their names here.

How did Switzerland qualify?

Switzerland finished second in UEFA qualifying Group G, below Italy but above Romania, Croatia, Lithuania and Moldova. This saw them advance to the play-off finals, in which they beat Wales 2-1 after extra time.

Switzerland’s major tournament record

World Cup

Best World Cup result: Round of 16- 2015.

European Championships

Best Euros result: Group stages- 2017 & 2022.

Switzerland at World Cup 2023

Having qualified in the most dramatic of circumstances, wil Switzerland now make a serious impact on the world stage?

La Nati finished second in their World Cup qualifying group, just two points below Italy, with the Swiss winning 2-1 in Palermo, only for le Azzurre to then claim a 1-0 victory in Thun, that ultimately proved decisive.

So, Inka Grings’ team would have to come through a single-elimination play-off to reach the World Cup, welcoming Wales to Zürich last October.

With the score 1-1, Ramona Bachmann having equalised, everyone was preparing for penalties until, in injury time of extra time, Fabienne Humm poked home Géraldine Reuteler’s cross, sparking wild celebrations.

As a result, Switzerland’s will make their second World Cup appearance, reaching the round of 16 on debut in 2015.

They got through as a best-ranked third-place finisher back then, thanks largely to a 10-1 hammering of Ecuador in Vancouver, before a narrow 1-0 defeat to hosts Canada in the first knockout round.

More recently, last summer to be precise, they underwhelming at the Euros, going home after the group stages.

The Swiss led 2-0 just five minutes into their group opener against Portugal, only to completely collapse and draw 2-2, before defeats against Sweden and Netherlands saw them go out and manager Nils Nielsen sacked.

Now led by German legend Inka Grings, this is a vitally important tournament for Switzerland, given that they’ll host the next edition of the European Championships in two summers time.

In Group A, la Nati will begin their campaign against debutants Philippines, before facing juggernauts Norway.

So, their fate is likely to be decided on matchday three when they take on co-hosts New Zealand in Dunedin in, what’s set up to be, a straight-shootout to advance.

Switzerland team news

Uncapped 16 year old Iman Beney was surprisingly included in the squad, but then sadly ruptured her ACL injury in training, so was replaced by Amira Arfaoui.

Meanwhile, Svenja Fölmli has not recovered in time following an ACL injury of her own.

Switzerland′s key players: Lia Wälti

Switzerland’s captain is midfielder Lia Wälti, who will be adding to her 107 caps this summer, one of just five Swiss women to have reached the 100 landmark, two more of which will be discussed shortly.

Wälti made her international debut 12 years ago and has been captain since 2019, following Lara Dickenmann’s retirement.

Since joining Arsenal in 2018, she’s been a key figure, helping the Gunners win the FAWSL title in her first season, before adding the League Cup in February, staring in the final win over Chelsea.

Overall, Wälti has scored just one goal in here last 92 appearances for the Gunners, emphasising that she’s in the team to distribute from deep and break up play when her team is out of possession.

Wälti has started all ten major tournament matches Switzerland have ever played, with that streak set to continue Down Under.

Switzerland′s key players: Ramona Bachmann

Further forward, Switzerland will have two absolute goal machines leading their attack, which makes them a threat, despite deficiencies elsewhere in their team.

The first is Ramona Bachmann, who’s scored an impressive 57 goals in 131 appearances since her debut way back in 2007.

She’s netted at least once at all three major tournaments her country have ever qualified for.

To start, she bagged a hat-trick in that aforementioned 10-1 demolition of Ecuador at the 2015 World Cup, scoring in a 2-1 win over Iceland at the 2017 Euros before being on target against Sweden last summer.

Bachmann’s most-recent international goal came back in October, equalising as they beat Wales in the play-off final at Letzigrund to get to this tournament.

At club level, the 32 year old has represented some of the biggest clubs in Europe, namely Rosengård, Wolfsburg, Chelsea and now Paris Saint-Germain Féminine.

As a result, she picked up ten major honours in Sweden, the DFB-Pokal, five trophies in England and both the Division 1 and Coupe de France with PSG, who she joined in 2020.

This season, Bachmann scored ten goals in 34 appearances for les Parisiennes, recently converting a penalty in vain as they lost the cup final to Lyon, beaten 2-1 in Orléans.

She looks likely to maintain her 100% of having scored in all of Switzerland’s major tournaments.

Switzerland′s key players: Ana Maria Crnogorčević

Alongside Bachmann in Switzerland’s attack will be another superstar by the name of Ana-Maria Crnogorčević.

He tally of 70 goals is only bettered by 16 women in all of football, scoring that many in just 145 appearances.

The 32 year old has three international hat-tricks to her name, bagging five against Kazakhstan in 2010, as a teenager, four against Serbia three years later and three in Malta the following September.

Crnogorčević scored eight times in this World Cup qualification cycle, a figure actually bettered by teammate Coumba Sow, who’s also worth keeping an eye on.

To date, Crnogorčević has scored two major tournament goals, netting against Cameroon in 2015 and France in 2017, before struggling to assert herself, deployed on the right-wing at last summer’s Euros.

Earlier this summer, she became a three-times Champions League winner, coming off the bench as Barcelona fought back from 2-0 down to beat Wolfsburg in the final in Eindhoven.

Having previously won the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League with FFC Frankfurt, Crnogorčević has added ten major honours to her collection since moving to Catalonia four years ago.

This Swiss team certainly boast plenty of quality, enough to take them into the knockout stages at least.

Switzerland′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023

Switzerland′s full squad for World Cup 2023

Goalkeepers

NameCapsGoalsClub
Gaëlle Thalmann1040Real Betis
Seraina Friedli100FC Zürich
Livia Peng20Levante

Defenders

Noelle Maritz1022Arsenal
Eseosa Aigbogun813Paris FC
Viola Calligaris435Levante
Luana Bühler381Hoffenheim
Julia Stierli271FC Zürich
Lara Marti110Bayer Leverkusen
Nadine Riesen70FC Zürich
Laura Felber10Servette

Midfielders

Lia Wälti1085Arsenal
Géraldine Reuteler5311Eintracht Frankfurt
Coumba Sow3413Servette
Coumba Sow312Servette
Seraina Piubel51FC Zürich
Marion Rey40FC Zürich
Amira Arfaoui10Bayer Leverkusen

Forwards

Ana Maria Crnogorčević14570Barcelona
Ramona Bachmann13157Paris Saint-Germain
Fabienne Humm7825FC Zürich
Alisha Lehmann376Aston Villa
Meriame Terchoun202Dijon

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Group A table

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".


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