Sweden national speedway team

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Sweden
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Team manager Bo Wirebrand
Team captain Andreas Jonsson
Nation colour Yellow
SWC Wins 10
Squad

Sweden are one of the major teams in international speedway. They have been managed by Mats Olsson, who is currently in his 2nd spell, since 2005 after he quit in 2000. The current captain is 2000 World Junior Champion Andreas Jonsson.

Speedway World Cup[edit]

The Sweden national speedway team has won the Speedway World Cup on 10 occasions and were a major force in opening years of the tournament, winning 4 out of the first 5, between 1960 and 1964. Key riding members of the title wins include Ove Fundin (6 wins), Rune Sormander, Björn Knutsson, Göte Nordin (all 4 wins), Sören Sjösten, Tony Rickardsson, Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max(all 3 wins). The cup eluded them for 23 years between 1971 and 1993 but they regained the trophy in 1994 when Sweden were the winners of a reformatted event involving pairs (Tony Rickardsson and Henrik Gustafsson) rather than teams, though this format was only to last until 1998. They also went on to win in 2003 and 2004.

Year Venue Standings (Pts) Sweden Riders and Pts
1960 Sweden
Gothenburg
1. Sweden SWEDEN (44)
2. England England (30)
3. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (15)
4. Poland Poland (7)
Ove Fundin 12
Olle Nygren 12
Rune Sormander 11
Björn Knutsson 9
Göte Nordin -
1962 Czech Republic
Slany
1. Sweden SWEDEN (36)
2. United Kingdom Great Britain (24)
3. Poland Poland (20)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (16)
Björn Knutsson 10
Sören Sjösten 10
Ove Fundin 9
Göte Nordin 4
Rune Sormander 3
1963 Austria
Vienna
1. Sweden SWEDEN (37)
2. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (27)
3. United Kingdom Great Britain (25)
4. Poland Poland (7)
Bjorn Knutsson 11
Peo Soderman 10
Ove Fundin 7
Göte Nordin 6
Rune Sormander 3
1964 Germany
Abensberg
1. Sweden SWEDEN (34)
2. Soviet Union Soviet Union (25)
3. United Kingdom Great Britain (21)
4. Poland Poland (16)
Björn Knutsson 11
Göte Nordin 10
Rune Sormander 7
Ove Fundin 6
Sören Sjösten 0
1967 Sweden
Malmo
1. Sweden SWEDEN (32)
2. Poland Poland (26)
3. United Kingdom Great Britain (19)
= Soviet Union Soviet Union (19)
Göte Nordin 11
Bengt Jansson 9
Ove Fundin 6
Torbjorn Harrysson 6
Per Olaf Soderman -
1970 England
Wembley
1. Sweden SWEDEN (42)
2. United Kingdom Great Britain (31)
3. Poland Poland (20)
4. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (3)
Ove Fundin 11
Bengt Jansson 11
Anders Michanek 10
Sören Sjösten 10
Bernt Persson -
1994 Germany
Brokstedt
1. Sweden SWEDEN (23)
2. Poland Poland (20)
3. Denmark Denmark (17)
4. Australia Australia (17)
5. United States USA (17)
6. Germany Germany (16)
= England England (16)
Tony Rickardsson 12+2
Henrik Gustafsson 11+2
Mikael Karlsson -
2000 England
Coventry
1. Sweden SWEDEN (40)
2. England England (40)
3. United States USA (35)
4. Australia Australia (29)
Tony Rickardsson 16
Henrik Gustafsson 12+2
Peter Karlsson 10+1
Mikael Karlsson 2
Niklas Klingberg 0
2003 Denmark
Vojens
1. Sweden SWEDEN (62)
2. Australia Australia (57)
3. Denmark Denmark (53)
4. Poland Poland (49)
5. United Kingdom Great Britain (44)
Mikael Max 19+2j
Andreas Jonsson 12
Peter Karlsson 10
Peter Ljung 10
David Ruud 5
2004 England
Poole
1. Sweden SWEDEN (49)
2. United Kingdom Great Britain (48)
3. Denmark Denmark (32)
4. Poland Poland (23)
Peter Karlsson 12
Tony Rickardsson 12
Antonio Lindback 9
Mikael Max 9
Andreas Jonsson 7
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team U-21 World Championship[edit]

Year Place Pts. Riders
2005 2 35 Antonio Lindbäck (11), Fredrik Lindgren (9), Eric Andersson (8), Jonas Davidsson (7)
2006 2 27 Fredrik Lindgren (15), Thomas H. Jonasson (8), Sebastian Aldén (4), Ricky Kling (0), Robert Pettersson (0)
2007 - - 3rd place in Qualifying Round 2
2008 3 38 Kim Nilsson (9), Simon Gustafsson (8), Ricky Kling (8), Billy Forsberg (8), Ludvig Lindgren (5)
Year Place Pts. Riders

Team U-19 European Championship[edit]

Year Place Pts. Riders
2008 1 36 Linus Eklöf (11), Ludvig Lindgren (10), Simon Gustafsson (9), Linus Sundström (6), Niklas Larsson (0)
2009 2 38 Simon Gustafsson (12), Dennis Andersson (8), Ludvig Lindgren (7), Anton Rosén (6), Linus Sundström (5)
Year Place Pts. Riders

Titles[edit]

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
World Champions
1960 (1st title)
Succeeded by
Poland Poland
Preceded by
Poland Poland
World Champions
1962 (2nd title)
1963 (3rd title)
1964 (4th title)
Succeeded by
Poland Poland
Preceded by
Poland Poland
World Champions
1967 (5th title)
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Great Britain
Preceded by
Poland Poland
World Champions
1970 (6th title)
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Great Britain
Preceded by
United States USA
World Champions
1994 (7th title)
Succeeded by
Denmark Denmark
Preceded by
Australia Australia
World Champions
2000 (8th title)
Succeeded by
Australia Australia
Preceded by
Australia Australia
World Champions
2003 (9th title)
2004 (10th title)
Succeeded by
Poland Poland

Famous Swedish riders[edit]