Switzerland will be hoping they make a noise at the World Cup this summer.
The European nation had to come through the play-offs in qualifying despite dropping points in just two of their group matches, finishing two points behind Italy — a 1-1 draw with Romania proving costly. But Switzerland beat Wales 2-1 in their play-off final to secure their trip to Australia and New Zealand, thanks to Fabienne Humm’s 120th-minute strike. Can the drama continue?
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|Switzerland to win the Women’s World Cup||150/1|
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Switzerland route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage results
|Philippines 0-2 Switzerland||Forsyth Barr Stadium||21 July, 6am BST|
|Switzerland 0-0 Norway||Waikato Stadium||25 July, 9am BST|
|Switzerland 0-0 New Zealand||Forsyth Barr Stadium||30 July, 8am BST|
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Who could Switzerland meet in the knockout rounds?
As Group A winners, Switzerland face the runners-up of Group C in the last 16, Spain. In the quarter-finals, the winners of Group E or runners-up of Group G await, expected to be the Netherlands.
Then, in the semi-finals, in all likelihood Switzerland would face the winners of Group C or Group G, or Group E’s runners-up, which could throw up Sweden, Japan or the USA. And then, in the final, the likes of England and France could await.
|Route as Group A winners||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Spain|
Confirmed Switzerland Women’s World Cup squad
|Gaelle Thalmann||Goalkeeper||37||Real Betis|
|Eseosa Aigbogun||Defender||29||Paris FC|
|Lara Marti||Defender||23||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Geraldine Reuteler||Midfielder||23||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Amira Arfaoui||Midfielder||23||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Alisa Lehmann||Forward||24||Aston Villa|
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Switzerland players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Switzerland World Cup Golden Boot contender – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic
No matter which formation Switzerland end up playing, you just know Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic is going to feature heavily in their attack. The Barcelona forward is not only Switzerland’s most-capped player, but she’s also their record scorer, netting 70 times in her 145 appearances so far. Although she was used as a utility player at times for Barcelona last season, sometimes deployed as a full-back, Crnogorcevic still managed to score eight goals and provide six assists in 29 Liga F appearances. When you consider she has the likes of Caroline Graham Hansen to contend with in a star-studded team, it’s a good return for the 32-year-old. But with Switzerland, Crnogorcevic is one of the top women.
Switzerland player to watch – Lia Walti
Another key player, perhaps even more key when it comes to the flow of games, is Lia Walti. The midfielder missed the end of the 2022/23 season with Arsenal due to injury, but Walti was fit in time to make the World Cup, which is excellent news for Switzerland. As she doesn’t really get amongst the goals, Walti can sometimes be overlooked but the Swiss maestro runs the midfield and when she’s on form she’s a sight to behold. Sometimes single-handedly, sitting just in front of the defence, Walti is capable of stopping opposition attackers and in the 2022/23 WSL season she gave some of the league’s best a tough time. But she’s also an accomplished passer, averaging 83% pass accuracy in the WSL last season with 15.8 short passes per 90 minutes.
Switzerland emerging player to look out for – Riola Xhemaili
It feels as though this summer will be a big moment for Riola Xhemaili to make her mark on this Switzerland team to set them up for the future. Although she has already played 22 times for her country, Xhemaili only turned 20 a few months ago, and is very much seen as the future of the Swiss wing. Perhaps a ready-made replacement for Crnogorcevic, Xhemaili has already scored five goals for Switzerland, with all five coming in qualifying for the World Cup including a hat-trick in a 15-0 win over Moldova. While she does often operate centrally for club team Freiburg, Xhemaili is very much a winger for Switzerland, whatever the formation, and she could be one to cause problems this summer ahead of her move to Wolfsburg.
Switzerland tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Switzerland are quite versatile in their formations when it comes to the attack, but one thing you’re pretty much guaranteed is that it will be a back four. Gaelle Thalmann is the easy choice in goal with over 100 caps, while Noelle Maritz is another centurion sure starter, playing at centre-back so far.
In midfield, Lia Walti is the holding player with Coumba Sow and Geraldine Reuteler joining her. And there are options in attack. At the the minute, the favoured front three appears to be Seraina Piubel and Ramona Bachmann playing behind Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic, with the likes of Riola Xhemaili, Fabienne Humm and Alisha Lehmann options from the bench.
Where are Switzerland in the FIFA world rankings?
Switzerland are currently 20th in the FIFA world rankings, sat between Belgium and Portugal.
Who is the Switzerland manager?
Inka Grings is Switzerland manager, taking over from Nils Nielsen just last November.
Who is the current Switzerland captain?
Arsenal midfielder Lia Walti is Switzerland captain.
How many times have Switzerland won the World Cup?
Switzerland are yet to win the World Cup.
How many times have Switzerland competed in the World Cup?
This is just Switzerland’s second appearance at the World Cup, making their debut in 2015 with a run to the round of 16.
Who has scored Switzerland’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Ramona Bachmann has scored four goals at the World Cup, netting three in 2015 and one so far this year.