2010 FIFA World Cup: Switzerland's Greatest Cup Moments
In their eight World Cup appearances, Switzerland has made it the quarterfinals three times (1934, 1938 and 1954), but never past.
There is optimism for the Swiss heading to South Africa however. They finished first in their qualifying group, ahead of Greece and Israel. In 10 games played they won six, drew three and lost only one.
Although they have never been past the quarters before, they have had some memorable moments; if not recogonized in the rest of the world, certainly in Switzerland itself.
In their eight World Cups Switzerland has played 26 games. They have won eight, drawn five and lost 13.
At one point the Swiss went 28 years without a World Cup appearance; so, there has been plenty of lows with the highs.
But let's look at the highs. The World Cup is coming afterall. It is time for optimism and good thoughts!
Here are the five top moments in Switzerland's World Cup history.
5. 2006 World Cup: Alexander Frei
Although Switzerland did not advance past the second round in 2006, it was their first World Cup appearance since the '94 WC in the United States, and only their second appearance in 40 years.
An interesting note, the Swiss became the first team to not concede a goal in the World Cup and get eliminated. Their 0-0 draw in the second round with Ukraine went to penalty kicks, which the Swiss lost.
Alexander Frei, the great goal scorer for the Swiss, netted two in the tournament. One goal against South Korea, and one agaisnt Togo, shown in the photo.
If the Swiss have any hope of getting out of the group stage in 2010, they will need Frei to put the ball in the net. His 40 international goals are the most ever for the Swiss, and he's done that in just 73 caps.
4. 1994 World Cup: First Appearance in 28 Years
28 years lost in limbo before Roy Hodgson led them to the World Cup in 1994.
Beat Romania 4-1 to get to the second round, but their World Cup run ended at the hands of Spain 3-0.
They would not get back to the World Cup again until 2006 in Germany.
Alain Geiger is pictured. He was the captain of the 1994 Swiss World Cup team. He is perhaps the best defender in Swiss history.
3. 1938 World Cup: Second Consectutive Quarterfinal Appearance
After making the quarterfinals in 1934, the Swiss did it again four years later in 1938.
The highlight of the tournament for the Swiss was beating the Nazi-controlled German team 4-2.
Hungary eliminated the Swiss in the quarters.
2. 1934 World Cup: First Quarterfinals Appearance
The Swiss, in their first ever World Cup, made the quarterfinals. They would get eliminated by the eventual runner up team from Czechoslovakia.
1. 1954 World Cup: Swiss Host Cup and Make Quarterfinals
Switzerland hosted the World Cup in 1954.
They also made it to the quarterfinals for the third time. To get to the quarters they beat Italy twice.
Then, in the quarters, they faced Austria. It was a historic game, as the teams combined for 12 goals, still the most in World Cup history. The Swiss had a three goal lead at one point, but ended up losing 7-5.
Josef Hugi scored six goals in the 1954 World Cup. Three of them came in the 7-5 loss to Austria.
His six goals still rank first in all-time World Cup goals for Switzerland.