List of Sweden international footballers

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The Sweden national football team has traditionally been a strong team in international football, with eleven World Cup appearances—collecting one silver and two bronze medals—and three medals in the Olympics, including one gold. Sweden played its first international game against Norway in 1908 and competed in an international tournament, the Summer Olympics, for the first time the same year. Since then, Sweden has regularly qualified for the World Cup and the Olympics as well as the European Championships. The best results in the World Cup are a second place (as hosts) in the 1958 and two third places in 1950 and 1994. In the Olympics, Sweden has managed to win the gold medal in 1948 as well as two bronze medals in 1924 and 1952. The best result in the European Championship is a semi-final loss in 1992 as hosts of the tournament.

Ten Swedish players are in the FIFA Century Club, having earned 100 or more caps. Anders Svensson is the most capped Swedish player at 148 appearances, fifth most of all European internationals. Björn Nordqvist, with 115 caps for Sweden, was the World record holder for international caps when he ended his national team career in 1978. With 62 goals in 116 caps, Zlatan Ibrahimović is the top scorer for the national team, Sven Rydell in second place with 49 goals in only 43 caps and Gunnar Nordahl in third with 43 goals in only 33 caps. Henrik Larsson with 37 goals in fourth place shares a World Cup record for the longest period between a player's first and last goals, with 12 years as he scored in both the 1994 and 2006 tournaments.

Three Sweden internationals have been top scorers in a major international tournament, Herbert Carlsson (not included in this list at only 20 caps) at the 1920 Olympics, Gunnar Nordahl at the 1948 Olympics and Tomas Brolin at the Euro 1992. No Swedish player has been awarded the World Cup Golden Boot, but Kennet Andersson won the Silver Boot in 1994 with Martin Dahlin winning the Bronze Boot in the same tournament. The last award was also won by Ralf Edström in 1974. Three Swedish players have been chosen for the World Cup All-Star Team, Erik Nilsson in 1950, Gunnar Gren in 1958 and Tomas Brolin in 1994.

The following list of Sweden international footballers covers all football players with 30 or more official caps for the Sweden national football team. The players are listed here sorted first by the total number of caps, and then by last name. Substitute appearances are included.

Key[edit]

Guldbollen winner, awarded since 1946.
Still active for the national team.
Caps Appearances
WC Appearances at FIFA World Cups
EC Appearances at UEFA European Football Championships
OG Appearances at the Olympic Games[1]
1st, gold medalist(s) Tournament winners
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tournament runners-up
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tournament third place
Pos Positions
GK Goalkeeper
DF Defender
MF Midfielder
FW Forward

List of players[edit]

Zlatan Ibrahimović, Probably the best player in Swedish football history and the current captain of the Sweden national football team.
Henrik Larsson, one of the most prominent goalscorers in the Sweden national football team in the 1990s and 2000s.
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Fredrik Ljungberg was one of the most important players of the national team, and also one of the top scoring midfielders of the team.
As of 10 October 2016.
Player Pos Caps Goals First Last WC EC OG
Svensson, AndersAnders Svensson MF 148 21 1999 2013 2002, 2006 2004, 2008, 2012
Ravelli, ThomasThomas Ravelli GK 143 0 1981 1997 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Isaksson, AndreasAndreas Isaksson GK 133 0 2002 2016 2006 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Källström, KimKim Källström MF 131 16 2001 2016 2006 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Mellberg, OlofOlof Mellberg DF 117 8 2000 2012 2002, 2006 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Ibrahimović, ZlatanZlatan Ibrahimović FW 116 62 2001 2016 2002, 2006 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Nilsson, RolandRoland Nilsson DF 116 1 1986 2000 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992, 2000
Nordqvist, BjörnBjörn Nordqvist DF 115 0 1963 1978 1970, 1974, 1978
Alexandersson, NiclasNiclas Alexandersson MF 109 7 1993 2008 2002, 2006 2000, 2008
Larsson, HenrikHenrik Larsson FW 106 37 1993 2009 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s), 2002, 2006 2000, 2004, 2008
Andersson, PatrikPatrik Andersson DF 96 3 1992 2002 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992, 2000
Bergmark, OrvarOrvar Bergmark[2] DF 94 0 1951 1965 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Larsson, SebastianSebastian Larsson DF/MF 87 6 2008 2016 2008, 2012, 2016
Lučić, TeddyTeddy Lučić DF 86 0 1995 2006 2002, 2006 2000, 2004
Elmander, JohanJohan Elmander MF/FW 85 20 2002 2015 2006 2008, 2012
Andersson, KennetKennet Andersson FW 83 31 1990 2000 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992, 2000
Wilhelmsson, ChristianChristian Wilhelmsson MF 79 9 2001 2012 2006 2004, 2008, 2012
Björklund, JoachimJoachim Björklund DF 78 0 1992 2000 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992, 2000
Hellström, RonnieRonnie Hellström GK 77 0 1968 1980 1970, 1974, 1978
Linderoth, TobiasTobias Linderoth MF 76 2 1999 2008 2002, 2006 2004
Ljungberg, FredrikFredrik Ljungberg MF 75 14 1998 2008 2002, 2006 2000, 2004, 2008
Thern, JonasJonas Thern MF 75 6 1987 1997 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Allbäck, MarcusMarcus Allbäck FW 74 30 1999 2008 2002, 2006 2004, 2008
Andersson, DanielDaniel Andersson MF 74 0 1997 2009 2006 2000, 2008
Mild, HåkanHåkan Mild MF 74 8 1991 2001 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2000
Svensson, KalleKalle Svensson GK 73 0 1949 1958 1950 3rd, bronze medalist(s), 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Larsson, BoBo Larsson DF/MF/FW 70 17 1964 1978 1970, 1974, 1978
Erlandsson, IngemarIngemar Erlandsson DF 69 2 1978 1985 1978
Schwarz, StefanStefan Schwarz MF 69 6 1990 2001 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Hysén, GlennGlenn Hysén DF 68 7 1981 1990 1990
Nilsson, MikaelMikael Nilsson DF/MF 64 3 2002 2009 2004, 2008
Dahlin, MartinMartin Dahlin FW 60 29 1991 1997 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Ljung, RogerRoger Ljung MF 59 3 1988 1995 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Fredriksson, StigStig Fredriksson DF 58 2 1979 1987
Granqvist, AndreasAndreas Granqvist DF 58 3 2006 2016 2012, 2016
Hedman, MagnusMagnus Hedman GK 58 0 1997 2004 2002 2000
Limpar, AndersAnders Limpar MF 58 6 1987 1996 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Gren, GunnarGunnar Gren FW 57 32 1940 1958 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1948 1st, gold medalist(s)
Gustavsson, BengtBengt Gustavsson DF/MF 57 0 1951 1963 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Ingesson, KlasKlas Ingesson MF 57 13 1989 1998 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Jonson, MattiasMattias Jonson MF/FW 57 9 1996 2006 2002, 2006 2004
Kåmark, PontusPontus Kåmark DF 57 0 1990 2002 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Nilsson, ErikErik Nilsson DF 57 0 1938 1952 1938, 1950 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1948 1st, gold medalist(s), 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Prytz, RobertRobert Prytz MF 56 13 1980 1989
Edman, ErikErik Edman DF 55 1 2001 2007 2006 2004
Grip, RolandRoland Grip DF 55 1 1968 1974 1970, 1974
Lustig, MikaelMikael Lustig DF 55 4 2008 2016 2012, 2016
Johansson, ÅkeÅke Johansson MF 53 1 1955 1965
Sandberg, GöstaGösta Sandberg[3] FW 52 10 1951 1961 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Strömberg, GlennGlenn Strömberg MF 52 7 1982 1990 1990
Simonsson, AgneAgne Simonsson FW 51 27 1957 1967 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Wernbloom, PontusPontus Wernbloom MF 51 2 2007 2016 2012
Lindberg, SigfridSigfrid Lindberg GK 50[4] 0 1921 1930 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Majstorovic, DanielDaniel Majstorovic DF 50 2 2003 2013 2008
Borg, HasseHasse Borg DF 49 4 1976 1985 1978
Eriksson, LeifLeif Eriksson FW 49 12 1962 1972 1970
Mjällby, JohanJohan Mjällby DF/MF 49 4 1997 2004 2002 2000
Persson, ÖrjanÖrjan Persson MF 48 7 1962 1974 1970, 1974
Brolin, TomasTomas Brolin MF/FW 47 27 1990 1995 1990, 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Ekström, JohnnyJohnny Ekström FW 47 13 1986 1995 1990 1992
Larsson, PeterPeter Larsson MF 47 4 1983 1992 1990
Toivonen, OlaOla Toivonen MF/FW 47 10 2007 2016 2012
Grahn, OveOve Grahn MF/FW 45 10 1962 1976 1970, 1974
Rehn, StefanStefan Rehn MF 45 6 1988 1995 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Sjöberg, ThomasThomas Sjöberg MF 45 14 1974 1981 1978
Berg, MarcusMarcus Berg FW 44 11 2006 2016 2016
Hansson, PetterPetter Hansson DF 43 2 2001 2009 2006 2008
Kindvall, OveOve Kindvall FW 43 16 1965 1974 1970, 1974
Rydell, SvenSven Rydell FW 43 49 1923 1932 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Andersson, AndreasAndreas Andersson FW 42 8 1996 2003 2002
Jonasson, SvenSven Jonasson FW 42 20 1932 1940 1934, 1938 1936
Selander, HansHans Selander DF 42 3 1966 1977 1970
Friberg, SvenSven Friberg MF 41 0 1915 1928 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Grahn, Karl-ErikKarl-Erik Grahn MF 41 4 1935 1946 1936
Ravelli, AndreasAndreas Ravelli DF 41 2 1980 1989
Edström, RalfRalf Edström FW 40 15 1972 1980 1974, 1978
Linderoth, AndersAnders Linderoth MF 40 2 1972 1980 1978
Löfgren, GöstaGösta Löfgren FW 40 12 1951 1961 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Olsson, MartinMartin Olsson DF 40 5 2010 2016 2012, 2016
Svensson, TommyTommy Svensson[5] MF 40 4 1967 1973 1970
Torstensson, ConnyConny Torstensson MF 40 7 1972 1979 1974, 1978
Dahlkvist, SvenSven Dahlkvist DF/FW 39 4 1979 1985
Karlsson, KentKent Karlsson DF 38 0 1973 1977 1974
Kristensson, KristerKrister Kristensson DF 38 0 1967 1972 1970
Durmaz, JimmyJimmy Durmaz MF 37 2 2011 2016 2016
Erlingmark, MagnusMagnus Erlingmark DF/MF 37 1 1990 1998 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1992
Kock, PuttePutte Kock[6] MF 37 12 1919 1925 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Parling, SiggeSigge Parling MF 37 0 1954 1960 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Sandberg, RolandRoland Sandberg FW 37 15 1969 1976 1974
Jakobsson, AndreasAndreas Jakobsson DF 36 2 1996 2004 2002 2004
Samuelsson, LennartLennart Samuelsson DF 36 0 1950 1955 1950 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Tapper, StaffanStaffan Tapper MF 36 3 1971 1978 1974, 1978
Wing, LennartLennart Wing DF 36 0 1961 1965
Bergqvist, SvenSven Bergqvist GK 35 0 1935 1943
Emanuelsson, ArvidArvid Emanuelsson DF 35 1 1935 1946 1936
Eriksson, JanJan Eriksson DF 35 4 1990 1994 1992
Kroon, KnutKnut Kroon FW 35 18 1925 1934 1934
Nilsson, PeterPeter Nilsson MF 35 0 1979 1984
Eriksson, UlfUlf Eriksson MF 34 3 1979 1988
Hysén, TobiasTobias Hysén MF/FW 34 10 2005 2014
Nilsson, HarryHarry Nilsson DF 34 0 1938 1947
Åhlund, OlleOlle Åhlund MF 34 2 1943 1952 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Elm, RasmusRasmus Elm MF 33 3 2009 2013 2012
Jonsson, TorbjörnTorbjörn Jonsson MF 33 11 1955 1968
Kaufeldt, PerPer Kaufeldt FW 33 21 1921 1931 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Nordahl, GunnarGunnar Nordahl FW 33 43 1942 1948 1948 1st, gold medalist(s)
Rosenberg, MarkusMarkus Rosenberg FW 33 6 2005 2012 2008, 2012
Wicksell, RagnarRagnar Wicksell MF 33 3 1911 1921 1912, 1920
Gustafsson, KarlKarl Gustafsson FW 32 22 1908 1924 1908, 1912, 1920
Hamrin, KurtKurt Hamrin FW 32 17 1953 1965 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Persson, ErikErik Persson[7] FW 32 20 1930 1939 1938
Svensson, MagnusMagnus Svensson MF 32 2 1996 2003 2002 2000
Alfredsson, AxelAxel Alfredsson DF 31 0 1924 1932 1924 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Axbom, SvenSven Axbom DF 31 0 1955 1960 1958 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Backman, LennartLennart Backman[8] MF 31 3 1958 1966
Holmén, SamuelSamuel Holmén MF 31 2 2006 2012 2012
Lindh, GöstaGösta Lindh DF/MF 31 2 1950 1954 1952 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Mild, HansHans Mild[9] DF/MF 31 1 1960 1965
Nyberg, ArneArne Nyberg FW 31 18 1935 1946
Pettersson, StefanStefan Pettersson FW 31 4 1983 1993 1990
Safari, BehrangBehrang Safari DF 31 0 2008 2013 2012
Svensson, Sven-OveSven-Ove Svensson MF 31 8 1951 1956
Axelsson, KurtKurt Axelsson DF 30 0 1966 1971 1970
Blomqvist, JesperJesper Blomqvist MF 30 0 1994 2002 1994 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Magnusson, MatsMats Magnusson FW 30 9 1984 1990 1990
Nyholm, BengtBengt Nyholm GK 30 0 1959 1964
Sundgren, GaryGary Sundgren DF 30 1 1994 2000 2000
Wenzel, RuneRune Wenzel MF 30 1 1919 1930
Zetterberg, PärPär Zetterberg MF 30 6 1993 1999

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only tournaments where official Sweden 'A' matches were played are included. This excludes all tournaments since 1988.
  2. ^ National team manager from 1966 to 1970, also has 24 bandy caps
  3. ^ Also has 8 ice hockey caps and 3 bandy caps.
  4. ^ Includes one unofficial match against Yugoslavia in 1921, which nevertheless is included in his official record.
  5. ^ National team manager from 1991 to 1997.
  6. ^ National team manager from 1943 to 1956, also has 2 ice hockey caps.
  7. ^ Also has 7 ice hockey caps and 4 bandy caps.
  8. ^ Also has 16 bandy caps.
  9. ^ Also has 63 ice hockey caps.

References[edit]

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  • Blohm, Christer; Nordahl, Thomas (2008). Svenska fotbollslandslaget 100 år. Västerås: Idrottsförlaget. ISBN 978-91-977326-0-4. 
  • Alsiö, Martin; Frantz, Alf; Lindahl, Jimmy; et al., eds. (2004). 100 år: Svenska fotbollförbundets jubileumsbok 1904–2004, del 2: statistiken. Vällingby: Stroemberg Media Group. ISBN 91-86184-59-8. 
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