Switzerland coach Murat Yakin believes his squad is well equipped to make history as they prepare for their opening match of the 2022 World Cup against Cameroon in Group G on Thursday.
The Swiss have not reached the quarter-finals since they hosted the tournament in 1954 but, having emerged undefeated through qualifying, Yakin has urged his side to make the most of what he considers an unprecedented opportunity.
"I think we are the best Switzerland national team that has ever existed - we have fantastic players who play abroad and I am convinced we will perform our best World Cup ever," said Yakin.
"I think we have a great team with a great team spirit that has been built for the last couple of years. Football-wise we have improved a lot, and now we want to write history."
Switzerland World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel, Philipp Kohn, Jonas Omlin, Yann Sommer
Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Sylvan Widmer
Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Edimilson Fernandes, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Ardon Jashari, Noah Okafor, Fabian Rieder, Xherdan Shaqiri, Djibril Sow, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria
Forwards: Breel Embolo, Christian Fassnacht, Haris Seferovic, Reuben Vargas
Who are the star names in the squad?
Xherdan Shaqiri, 31, is still going strong for US side Chicago Fire and harbours a stacked CV which includes the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Qatar is Shaquiri's fourth World Cup.
All eyes will be on captain Granit Xhaka to see whether he can bring his excellent form at Arsenal to the tournament. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer is also one to watch, conceding just two goals during the qualifying rounds. Sommer returns from an ankle injury sustained playing for Borussia Monchengladbach.
What are Switzerland's fixtures?
What form are Switzerland in?
Switzerland face a daunting task after being drawn alongside the Qatar World Cup 2022 favourites in the group stage.
Brazil won't make life easy for the Swiss, but they have the potential to make the Round of 16 nonetheless.
The Swiss stunned France at the 2020 European Championship, defeating the reigning world champions on penalties in the last-16.
However, since then, Switzerland have lost their manager of seven years, Vladimir Petkovic, for new coach Murat Yakin, a former international player who has only been in charge for little over a year.
Their form, though, is promising. At the end of last month, two goals in a minute from Remo Freuler and Breel Embolo steered Switzerland to a 2-1 victory over luckless Czech Republic at Kybunpark, a result that relegated the Czechs from Nations League A.
Switzerland finished third in Group 2 with nine points from their six games, just two behind winners Spain.
What is Switzerland's World Cup record?
The squad finished qualification two points clear of Italy to book their spot in Qatar, reaching their 12th World Cup since their debut in 1934, four years after the tournament was founded.
Switzerland have reached the quarter-finals three times, but not since 1954 when a home crowd pulled them through.
The last four editions saw the team knocked out in the Round of 16 three times, and the group stage once.
Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | USA | Wales
Switzerland are currently a best price of 140/1 to win the World Cup.