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 Under-21 Champion Andreas Jonsson.

Speedway World Cup[edit]

The Sweden national speedway team has won the Speedway World Team Cup and 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 Sörmander, Björn Knutsson, Göte Nordin (4 wins), Sören Sjösten, Tony Rickardsson, Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max (also known as Mikael Karlsson) (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, Henrik Gustafsson and Mikael Karlsson) rather than teams, though this format was only to last until 1998. They also went on to win in 2003 and 2004.

Sweden bookended the original World Team Cup, winning the inaugural final at the Ullevi Stadium at home in Göteborg in 1960 before winning the last World Team Cup in 2000 at the Brandon Stadium in Coventry, England.

Year Venue Standings (Pts) Sweden Riders and Pts
1960 Sweden
Göteborg
Ullevi
1. Sweden SWEDEN (44)
2. England England (30)
3. Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (15)
4. Poland Poland (7)
Ove Fundin 12
Olle Nygren 12
Rune Sörmander 11
Björn Knutsson 9
Göte Nordin -
1962 Czech Republic
Slaný
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 Sörmander 3
1963 Austria
Vienna
Stadion Wien
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 Sörmander 3
1964 West Germany
Abensberg
Abensberg Stadion
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 Sörmander 7
Ove Fundin 6
Sören Sjösten 0
1967 Sweden
Malmö
Malmö Stadion
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
London
Wembley Stadium
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
Holsteinring 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
Brandon Stadium
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
Vojens Speedway Center
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
Poole Stadium
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)
2009 3 32 Thomas H. Jonasson (11), Simon Gustafsson (6), Kim Nilsson (6), Linus Eklöf (5), Ludvig Lindgren (4)
2010 2 37 Dennis Andersson (11), Linus Sundström (8), Simon Gustafsson (7), Ludvig Lindgren (7), Kim Nilsson (4)
2011* - - Won Semi-final 1
2012 3 26 Pontus Aspgren (10), Anton Rosen (9), Jacob Thorsell (5), Oliver Berntzon (2), Mathias Thoernblom (0)
2013 - - Third place in Semi-final 2
2014 3 21 Oliver Berntzon (10), Jacob Thorssell (5), Fredrik Engman (4), Victor Palovaara (2)
Year Place Pts. Riders

* Due to cost of travel and visa problems, Sweden withdrew from the 2011 Final,

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

Honours[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Competitions Total Golden medals Silver medals Bronze medals
Total Years Total Years Total Years
Team
World Cup
(1960-2000)
(since 2001)
33 10 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004 10 1961, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2005, 2006 13 1966, 1975, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Team U-21 (since 2005) 7 0 3 2005, 2006, 2010 4 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
Pairs (1970-1993) 14 5 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1993 5 1969, 1970, 1977, 1989, 1991 4 1971, 1972, 1976, 1992
Individual
Grand Prix
(1936-1994)
(since 1995)
38 14 1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1974, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 14 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2011 10 1954, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 2000, 2003
Individual U-21 (since 1977) 13 4 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000 6 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2006 3 1989, 1990, 2005
Total medals: 105 Gold: 33 Silver: 38 Bronze: 34

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]