La Nati will be playing in their 11th Cup this year, and first participated in 1934 when they took 7th place. The highest they have placed is the quarterfinals, and most recently they finished in the Round of 16 in the 2014 edition in Brazil. The current team is made up of a core of athletes from 2009’s under-17 world champion team, and a coach that is managing a side at the greatest Football tournament for the first time.
After the 2014 Cup in Germany, Petković stepped in to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld. Under his stewardship, Switzerland got to the final 16 at Euro 2016. Prior to that he coached Lazio in Serie A, as well as several different Swiss clubs. Petkovic himself was born in Yugoslavia, and started his career by player for Sarajevo. He won the league with this team in 1985, and then went on to spend the rest of his career playing for La Nati.
Switzerland’s first Cup campaign was launched in 1934, where they lost to Czechoslovakia in the Quarterfinals. They returned in 1938 and once again were eliminated in the quarter-finals, this time losing to Hungary. They were then absent from the tournament until 1950, when they failed to make it past the first round and repeated these results in 1962 and 1966. The side made it to the quarterfinals in 1954 and again in 1994. The next time they qualified was 2006, and since then has qualified for every consecutive Cup. In 2006, 2010 and 2014, the Swiss made it to the Round of 16, the first round and the Round of 16 respectively.
Both of Switzerland’s jerseys are coloured in the red and white of their flag, and where home is red away is white, and vice versa. The logo for the Swedish national Football association is on the right, with the flag on the left and the Puma cat between them, on the front of the scoop-necked jerseys. The home kit shirt is predominantly red with white detailing, along with white shorts and red socks. The away jersey is the inverse of its home counterpart, and is paired with red or white socks and shorts for a clean look on the field.