Sweden national football team

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Sweden
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blågult
(The Blue-Yellow)
Association Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Janne Andersson
Captain Andreas Granqvist
Most caps Anders Svensson (148)
Top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović (62)
Home stadium Friends Arena
FIFA code SWE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 41 Decrease 1 (15 September 2016)
Highest 2 (November 1994)
Lowest 45 (March 2015, October – November 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 34 (10 July 2016)
Highest 2 (June 1950)
Lowest 49 (September 1980)
First international
 Sweden 11–3 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
Biggest win
 Sweden 12–0 Latvia 
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
 Sweden 12–0 South Korea 
(London, England; 5 August 1948)
Biggest defeat
United Kingdom Great Britain 12–1 Sweden 
(London, England; 20 October 1908)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1934)
Best result Runners-up: 1958
European Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1992)
Best result Semi-finals: 1992

The Sweden national football team (Swedish: Sveriges herrlandslag i fotboll) represents Sweden in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Stockholms län and the team is led by Janne Andersson.

Sweden made their first World Cup appearance in 1934. Sweden has made eleven World Cup appearances and five appearances in the European Championships. They finished second in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and third in both 1950 and 1994. Sweden's accomplishments also include a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics, and bronze medals in 1924 and 1952. They reached the semi-finals in UEFA Euro 1992.

Traditionally, Sweden are rivals with neighbours Denmark, Norway and Finland but through the years a rivalry with England has also developed.

History[edit]

Sweden has traditionally been a strong team in international football, with eleven World Cup appearances and three medals in the Olympics. The Swedish team finished second in the 1958 World Cup, when it was the host team, being beaten by Brazil 5–2 in the final. Sweden has also finished third twice, in 1950 and 1994. In 1938, they finished fourth.

Early history[edit]

The team in 1911.

Sweden played its first international game against Norway, on 12 July 1908, and won it 11–3. Other games in 1908 were against England, Great Britain, Netherlands (twice) and Belgium. Sweden lost all five games.

In the same year Sweden competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for the first time. Sweden however lost a game in the Olympics against the Great Britain with 1–12 and it became the biggest loss in the Swedish national team's history.

In 1916 Sweden beat Denmark for the first time.

Sweden played in the 1912 Olympics (as hosts), the 1920 Olympics, and in the 1924 Olympics, where Sweden took the bronze and their first medal ever.

1938 World Cup[edit]

The 1938 World Cup was Sweden's second qualification for the World Cup. In the first round, they were scheduled to play against Austria, but after Germany's occupation of Austria, the Austrian team could not continue playing in the tournament. Instead, Sweden went straight to the quarterfinal match against Cuba. They beat Cuba 8–0 with both Harry Andersson (on his debut) and Gustav Wetterström scoring hat-tricks. In the semi-final match against Hungary, Sweden lost 1–5. Sweden's next match was the 3rd place match against Brazil. In that game the Swedes lost 2–4, and ended in 4th place for the first and only time in Swedish football history.

1948 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Sweden team that won the Gold Medal.

In the first round Sweden played against Austria. The Austrian team had qualified without their professional players, which was a surprise since the Austrian league had many professional players who were allowed to play in the tournament. The match was played at White Hart Lane in London and Sweden won 3–0. In the second game, Sweden played against Korea and won 12–0, one of the two largest margin wins Sweden has ever had. In the semi-final Sweden met their archrivals from Denmark beating them 4–2.

The final was played at legendary Wembley Stadium in London. The attendance was around 40,000 people which was high for a football game in those days. Sweden took on Yugoslavia in the final and won 3–1, with goals by Gunnar Gren (24', 67'), Stjepan Bobek (42') and Gunnar Nordahl (48'). This was Sweden's first championship win in any international football tournament.

1950 World Cup[edit]

The Swedish squad.

In the 1950 World Cup, the Swedish football association did not allow any professional Swedish football players to take part. Sweden consequently only fielded amateur players during the tournament.

Qualifying for the tournament as one of six European national teams, Sweden played in the same group as Italy and Paraguay. (India withdrew from the group.)

In the first game, Sweden beat the Italians, 3–2, in São Paulo. The second game was a 2–2 draw against Paraguay. With the most points in the group, Sweden advanced to the next round.

Their first game in the second stage, also a group format, was against the host nation, Brazil. It was played at the Maracanã with a total attendance of more than 138,000, to this day the record attendance for the Swedish national team. The game ended 7–1 to Brazil and it is rumored that almost everyone in the Brazilian audience waved the Swedes good bye with their scarfs.

The next game was against Uruguay, who Sweden played against for the first time in World Cup history. Played in São Paulo, Uruguay won the game 3–2, which meant Sweden were unable to play for the gold.

The final game for Sweden in the tournament was played in São Paulo, against Spain. Sweden won 3–1 with goals by Stig Sundqvist (15'), Bror Mellberg (34') and Karl-Erik Palmér (79'). Sweden finished 3rd in the group and took their first World Cup medal. As Sweden was the best placed European team, Sweden was, as the time, regarded "unofficial European champions".

At the Summer Olympics in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland, Sweden continued to achieve success and won an Olympic bronze. The following year, the Football Association decided not to allow foreign professionals to play in the national team and the team failed to qualify for the World Championships in Switzerland in 1954 when Sweden only came second in their qualifying group behind Belgium.

1958 World Cup[edit]

Sweden won the silver medal at the 1958 World Cup.

In 1956 the Swedish football federation allowed the professional footballers to play for the national team again, giving Swedish football fans hope for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Sweden, the host nation, were in the same group as Mexico, Hungary and Wales.

The first game, Sweden vs Mexico, was played at Sweden's national stadium, Råsunda Stadium, Solna, and was attended by around 32,000 people. Sweden won the game 3–0, taking the lead in Group 3. The next match was against Hungary, who had finished 2nd in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and were also the 1952 Olympic Champions. Also played at Råsunda, this game ended 2–1 to Sweden, with both goals scored by Kurt Hamrin. In the next match, against Wales, Sweden drew 0–0.

Making it through to the quarter-final, playing at Råsunda for the fourth time in this tournament, Sweden were up against the USSR and won 2–0.

The semifinal at Ullevi, Gothenburg, was the only game in the tournament which Sweden did not play at Råsunda. The crowd of around 50,000 people attended one of the best games Sweden played in the tournament. West Germany led by 1–0 when Erich Juskowiak was sent off in the 59th minute. Sweden won 3–1.

The final was played at Råsunda between host nation Sweden and the 1950 FIFA World Cup runners-up, Brazil. The total attendance was approximately 52,000 people. Brazil ended up winning the World Cup for the first time ever after beating Sweden by 5–2. Sweden consequently became runners-up, the best result for Sweden in any World Cup. After the final match the Brazilian players honoured the host nation by sprinting around the pitch holding a Swedish flag.

1960s[edit]

After the successful 1958 World Cup, Sweden's fortunes diminished. In the qualification round of the 1962 World Cup, Sweden won its group in impressive fashion (scoring 10 goals and only having 3 goals scored against it), but it still had to win a play-off game against Switzerland to qualify. The game was played in West Berlin, and the Swiss won, 2–1.

Sweden almost got to the UEFA European Championship 1964. They started their play-off against Norway and won the first game and drew in the last game. In the second round, Sweden beat Yugoslavia, 3–2, but they lost the first game. In the quarterfinal, Sweden played against the defending champions, the Soviet Union. Sweden tied the first game but lost the second.

During the 1966 World Cup qualification, Sweden was in the UEFA Qualification group 2. Sweden started the qualification with a draw against West Germany and then a 3–0 victory over Cyprus. But only the winner of the group advanced and Sweden was eliminated with a loss in its next game against West Germany.

Sweden successfully entered the UEFA European Championship in 1968, but they finished in the Qualification group 2.

Sweden's only major success in the '60s was to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, after winning UEFA Group 5 ahead of Norway and France. Sweden finished third in its group, losing a tie-breaker with eventual #4 Uruguay, and did not advance to the elimination round, however. The winner of Sweden's group was eventual world runner-up Italy.

1974 World Cup[edit]

In the qualification of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Sweden was in the same group as Austria, Hungary and Malta. Sweden clinched a narrow win via a classic play off-match against Austria in a snowy Gelsenkirchen, and advanced to the World Cup finals in Germany.

The group Sweden drew into included Uruguay, Netherlands and Bulgaria. The first game against Bulgaria ended in a draw. In the second game against the Netherlands, Sweden drew another tie. The last game of the round was played against Uruguay. That game was the first victory Sweden had in the tournament, when they beat Uruguay 3–0 with goals by Roland Sandberg (74') and Ralf Edström (46', 77'). Sweden finished 2nd in the group and advanced to the second group stage.

In the second group stage, Sweden was defeated in the first game against Poland 0–1. The situation after the defeat against Poland was that if Sweden lost against West Germany with a single goal difference and Yugoslavia defeated Poland, Sweden would be second in the group and play for the bronze medal. But since Poland beat Yugoslavia 2–1, Sweden had to win the game against the host nation, West Germany, in order to finish second in the group.

The game against West Germany was played in Düsseldorf with an attendance of 66,500 people. The Swedish striker Ralf Edström gave the Scandinavian the lead with 1–0 after 29 minutes. But in the second half West Germany took control of the game, even after Roland Sandberg's equalizer after 52 minutes. Germany won 4–2. After the tournament, the German players commented that the game against Sweden was their best game in that tournament. The last game for Sweden was played in Düsseldorf against Yugoslavia. Sweden won that game 2–1. They finished the tournament as the 5th place team. The Swedish team had profiles that Ronnie Hellström, Bo Larsson and Björn Nordqvist.

Sweden did not qualify for the European Championship quarterfinals game in 1976. On 11 May 1976, Sweden lost for the first time since 1937 at home to Denmark.

1978 World Cup[edit]

1978 took Sweden for the third consecutive World Cup. Sweden made it from the qualifiers in a three team group with Switzerland and Norway as opponents. The qualifying session was played in 1976 and 1977 in the World Cup 1978 in Argentina, Sweden played the first match with a draw (1–1) against Brazil. Swedish scorer was Thomas Sjöberg. 1–1 was Sweden's best result so far in the World Cup against Brazil context (the result was repeated between the two countries at the World Cup finals in 1994). The team then lost against Austria (0–1) and Spain (0–1). The Swedish team finished last in the group with 1 point and goal difference 1–3. Several of the profiles from 1974, still with (Larsson, Edström, Nordqvist) but also new players such as Anders Linderoth, Hasse Borg and Torbjörn Nilsson.

1979–1990[edit]

After the successful 70s, reaching all three World Cups. Sweden changed their coach from Georg "Åby" Ericson to Lars "Laban" Arnesson. Arnesson had been a successful coach for Östers IF before becoming national coach. They failed to qualify to the 1982 FIFA World Cup, ending third to Scotland and Northern Ireland. In 1983, Sweden met Brazil in Gothenburg to play a friendly, the match ended 3–3. They failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 1984, despite defeating the then reigning world champions Italy 3–0 in Naples, after including two goals by Glenn Strömberg. Sweden however lost both away and at home against the group winner, Romania. The Swedish setbacks continued. After the failed qualification for the 1986 World Cup, Olle Nordin took over the team. When Sweden in the final qualifying round lost her match against Czechoslovakia gone 1–2 while Portugal unexpectedly won 1–0 away against one group of West Germany and took second place in the group. It was West Germany's first loss ever in a World Cup qualifier and the passport was meant for the Swedish team. Lars "Laban" Arnesson was head coach 1980–1986 and did not manage to take Sweden to either the World Cup or European Championship finals when he chose to step down in 1986. Olle Nordin succeeded Lars Arnesson. Losses continued initially by Olle Nordin's admission as coach, and Sweden failed to qualify to the UEFA Euro 1988 in West Germany. Sweden did not participate in a single championship between 1978 and 1990. Sweden failed to qualify for every World Cup and European Championship during the 1980s, but won their qualification group for the 1990 World Cup ahead of England and went on to their first World Cup in 12 years. However, the World Cup campaign ended quickly after three 1–2 defeats in the group stage matches, against Brazil, Scotland and Costa Rica. It was so far the only time that Sweden has failed to score points in a World Cup finals, where they participated. After the World Cup Olle Nordin resigned, and Nisse Andersson became a temporary coach until Tommy Svensson took over in 1991.

1992 European Championship[edit]

As the host of the 1992 European Championship, Sweden played in their first European Championship tournament. They were drawn in the group with Denmark, France and England. Sweden managed to advance as group winners ahead of the eventual champions Denmark. In the semi-finals following the group stage Sweden were eliminated by Germany 2–3. The place in the semi-final is Sweden's best result in a European Championship to date.

1994 World Cup[edit]

Sweden qualified for the World Cup at the top of their qualifying group ahead of Bulgaria. Sweden was placed in Group B with Brazil, Cameroon and Russia. The first game against Cameroon looked to be yet another 1–2 loss, (after the 1990 World Cup fiasco with losses of 1–2 in all three games), but in the 75th minute Martin Dahlin scored the equalizer from a rebound shot off of Henrik Larsson and the match finished 2–2. In the next game against Russia, Russia was handed an early penalty and made it 1–0. Sweden managed to come back, with a penalty goal from Tomas Brolin and two goals from Martin Dahlin the final result was written 1–3. In the last group stage match against Brazil, they tied 1–1 after goals by Kennet Andersson ('23) and Romário ('47).

In the first knockout stage match, Sweden faced Saudi Arabia in the extreme heat and humidity of Dallas, where the game started at the hottest time of day- 4:00 p.m. where temperatures went past 40C (104F) in an outdoor stadium. Sweden won 3–1 after two goals from Kennet Andersson and one from Martin Dahlin. The quarter-final match against Romania has become a memorable match for Swedish football fans. After Sweden had scored late in the second half, Romania managed to equalize in the dying minutes of the match, sending it into extra time. Romania's Florin Răducioiu who scored the first goal for Romania, scored his second of the day to take Romania ahead at the 101st minute. But with five minutes left Kennet Andersson scored with a header to make it level at 2–2. The penalty shoot-out began with a miss from Håkan Mild of Sweden, but Thomas Ravelli managed to save two penalties from Dan Petrescu and Miodrag Belodedici giving Sweden the win and making himself a hero. Sweden went through to face Brazil in the semi-finals. They had managed to score in the group stage against Brazil but couldn't do it a second time. After Jonas Thern had been sent off with a red card Romário scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute.

In the third place match Sweden played against Bulgaria who had lost to Italy in their semi-final match. Sweden scored 4 goals in the first half, but the second half went goal-less. Sweden won the bronze medal, the best placing for the national team in a World Cup play-off since the 1958 silver medal. This led Sweden to the second place of the FIFA World Rankings for one month, in November 1994.

They finished as the top scorers of the tournament, with 15 goals.

1995–1997[edit]

After the World Cup in 1994, Sweden had difficulty reaching up to the same level. The national team was knocked out in qualifying for both the European Championships in England 1996 World Cup in France in 1998. The qualification for the Euro 96 had started with a win for Sweden 1-0 away against Iceland in September 1994, but then lost against Switzerland away from home. In November 1994, Tomas Brolin broke his foot in a win against Hungary. In the spring of 1995 continued failure in the European Championship qualifiers. Sweden lost the away games against Turkey and played 1-1 draw at home to Iceland. When Sweden drew 0-0 against Switzerland in Gothenburg in September 1995, it was clear that the team would miss the European Championship finals.

The qualifying game for the France 98 was not better. In October 1996, Austria won 1-0 in Stockholm and the month after the Swedes lost against Scotland on away ground. Admittedly, Sweden won against Scotland in the return match in Gothenburg on Walpurgis Night in 1997, but in September 1997 won Austria 1-0 in Vienna. In October 1997, Tommy Svensson quit as head coach and Tommy Söderberg took over.

2000 European Championship[edit]

Sweden qualified impressively for this tournament, winning all games except the away game against England (0–0) and conceding only one goal. The finals however, were a great disappointment. Sweden lost their opening game against the host Belgium 1–2. Johan Mjällby scored the goal for Sweden in the 53rd minute after a mess-up by the Belgian goalkeeper Filip De Wilde while Belgium won via goals from Bart Goor in the 43rd minute and Emile Mpenza in the 46th one. Then Sweden played 0–0 against Turkey and lost 2–1 to Italy. The goal was scored by Henrik Larsson while Italy won via goals from Luigi Di Biagio and Alessandro Del Piero. Sweden finished the group last behind Belgium with only 1 point. Italy finished first and Turkey second.

2002 World Cup[edit]

Further information: 2002 FIFA World Cup Group F

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Sweden was drawn in the "group of death", Group F, which also featured big favourites Argentina, England and Nigeria. The first match was against England. Sol Campbell gave England the lead in the first half by heading in a left-side corner from David Beckham. The equalizing goal was scored by midfielder Niclas Alexandersson, a powerful left-foot shot from outside the box past David Seaman. The match ended 1–1. In the next game, Sweden played Nigeria. Julius Aghahowa gave Nigeria the lead by heading in a cross from the right. Sweden managed to equalize with a fine goal by Henrik Larsson. Later in the game, Larsson was fouled in the penalty area and Sweden were awarded with a penalty which Larsson himself put in the goal. Sweden won 2–1.

In the final group match, Sweden played Argentina, who needed to win after losing 0–1 to England in the previous game. Sweden midfielder Anders Svensson scored a freekick goal from 30 meters. Andreas Andersson had a shot off the crossbar and out in an attempt to extend the lead. Mattias Jonson committed a foul in the penalty area and Argentina was awarded a penalty. Ariel Ortega shot straight on Magnus Hedman, the Swedish keeper, but Hernán Crespo rushed into the box and shot the rebound from Hedman between the keeper's legs. The goal was controversial because Crespo began running into the box at the same time as Ortega stepped up to shoot. However, the match ended 1–1 and Sweden won the group, England on second place, Argentina third and Nigeria last.

In the round of 16, Sweden played Senegal. Henrik Larsson gave Sweden an early lead by heading in a corner from Anders Svensson. Senegal equalized through Henri Camara. They also had a goal disallowed for offside. The game came to sudden death golden goal. Rising star Zlatan Ibrahimović came on and nearly won Sweden the game. He made a terrific run on the right wing past several Senegal players, and shot with his weaker left foot from a tight angle straight at Senegal's keeper Tony Sylva. Ibrahimović had Larsson and Svensson in excellent positions for a pass, but shot instead. Then Svensson made a great spin past a defender and hit the post with a powerful shot, which Sylva would have had no chance of saving, had it gone inside the posts. Camara then took a weak shot which went past Hedman, off the post and into the goal. Consequently, Sweden were eliminated.

UEFA Euro 2004[edit]

Sweden came into the tournament in Portugal with low expectations. But after a dazzling 5–0 win against Bulgaria they became one of the favorites. Fredrik Ljungberg began the goal-fest after a well done pass by Zlatan Ibrahimović. Henrik Larsson scored 2–0 and 3–0 in the second half. His first goal was done by a nice header after that he received a perfectly taken crossball by Erik Edman. 4–0 was scored by Zlatan Ibrahimović on a penalty and the substitute Marcus Allbäck scored the last goal of the game. After the 5–0 victory, Sweden became a feared team in the tournament and many were surprised by Sweden's offensive play since they were known to mostly play a defensive form of football.

In the next game they were set up against Italy, who would prove themselves as a very hard opponent. After 36 minutes Antonio Cassano scored the first goal of the game for Italy after a cross by Christian Panucci. A great game by Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson made Sweden survive the rest of the game and after 84 minutes Sweden finally managed to score a goal. Zlatan Ibrahimović made an amazing backheel shot which found the back of the net.

Sweden's last game of the group was held against Denmark. It was said before the game that if Sweden and Denmark played 2–2, Italy would be eliminated from the tournament. This is exactly what happened. Denmark led the game by 2–1 for a long time. But at the end of the game, Mattias Jonson scored the equalizer after numerous rebounds. Italy was eliminated and both Denmark and Sweden was qualified for the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, Sweden had to face Holland. The game became goalless after full-time, but not without a lot of chances. The closest Sweden came to scoring was through Fredrik Ljungberg but he hit the post with a well taken shot. But the game ended goalless in normal time and went to a penalty shootout. After a long run of penalties were taken, it was Olof Mellberg's turn to take a shot. The Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar saved Mellberg's shot and Holland won the game. Sweden was eliminated and Holland was through to the next round.

Swedish national team of 2006.

2006 World Cup[edit]

Sweden competed in Group B at the 2006 World Cup. Their squad for the tournament featured players who played club football in eleven different nations. Sweden started the World Cup slowly, recording a goal-less draw against unheralded Trinidad and Tobago, despite playing with a one-man advantage for most of the game. The second game, against Paraguay, looked to be another goal-less draw until Fredrik Ljungberg scored in the 89th minute to give Sweden a 1–0 victory. Sweden then rallied to tie England, 2–2, to finish group play with five points – enough to finish second in its group and advance to the second round. There, the team's World Cup run came to an end with a 2–0 defeat to the host team, Germany.

2008 European Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Sweden finished second in Group F behind Spain, thus qualifying for the finals. The campaign included an abandoned match away to Denmark, for which Sweden were awarded a 3–0 win by UEFA.

In their first match in Euro 2008, they beat the reigning European champions, Greece, by a score of 2–0 with goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Petter Hansson. Their next game was against Spain, who they played in qualifying. The game looked like a draw until a 92nd-minute strike from David Villa, which put the Spaniards ahead. In the final group match, the Swedes went on to lose 2–0 to the Russians, eliminating them from the tournament.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification ended disastrously for Sweden. In the first game in Tirana, they were only able to tie 0–0 with an Albanian side that they were expected to defeat easily. Four days later, Sweden beat Hungary, 2–1, with goals from Kim Källström and Samuel Holmén. They would go on to tie with Portugal twice, both in Stockholm and in Porto. Both games ended 0–0. Sweden would lose to Denmark on home ground with an early strike from Thomas Kahlenberg after a defensive mistake. Sweden had defeated Denmark, 3–0, 2 years earlier. Sweden recovered with a 4–0 hammering of Malta. Against Hungary and Malta, both of the winning goals for Sweden were scored late. They would lose to Denmark again at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after a late goal from Jakob Poulsen. Meanwhile, Portugal defeated Hungary, 3–0, putting the Portuguese team ahead in the standings. Sweden would defeat Albania, 4–1; however, Sweden was eliminated by Portugal's 4–0 defeat of Malta. Lars Lagerbäck resigned and Erik Hamrén was appointed the next head coach.

2012 European Championship and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers[edit]

The Swedish team before playing against Austria in 2013 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Sweden's Euro 2012 campaign with their new coach, Erik Hamrén, started well with two consecutive wins in Group E against Hungary and San Marino. After that Sweden lost to the Netherlands in Amsterdam with 1–4, but then won against Moldova first in Stockholm with 2–1 and later in Chişinău with 4–1. After the battle against Moldova Sweden beat their neighbor Finland with 5–0. The following game was a defeat when Hungary through Rudolf scored 2–1 home at Stadium Puskás Ferenc at the last minute of full-time. After that Sweden defeated San Marino with 5–0 away including two goals from Christian Wilhelmsson, who before the two games against San Marino and Hungary hadn't been a regular in the starting eleven during Hamréns tenure as head coach. The Swedish team then proceeded to beat Finland with 2–1 and in the final game beat the Netherlands with 3–2 to end their streak of 17 consecutive qualification-game wins. On 2 December 2011, Sweden were drawn into Group D alongside England, Ukraine and France in the Euro 2012 competition.[1][2]

In their Euro 2012 opening match Sweden lost against host nation Ukraine with 2–1.[3] In their second group match Sweden lost to England with 3–2, thus eliminating them from the tournament.[4] In the third game, a Swedish team with nothing to lose or gain outplayed France in a 2–0 victory.

Playing in Group C of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Sweden finished second behind Germany, and was one of eight teams to move on to the second round of qualification. A notable result during group play was their match in Germany on 16 October 2012 where they fought back from 4–0 down with 30 minutes remaining to draw the game 4–4 at the Olympiastadion, and was widely regarded as one of the most memorable comebacks in the history.[5]

A key win in their group was the home game against Austria on 11 October 2013, as Martin Olsson and Zlatan Ibrahimović both scored in the second half to secure the win at the Friends Arena.[6]

Using the October 2013 FIFA World Rankings, Sweden was ranked 25th overall and would face one of the four highest ranked teams in the second round of qualification. They were drawn to face Portugal, the team that beat Sweden for a qualification spot in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. After a 1–0 loss in Lisbon and a 3–2 loss in Solna, Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate and Sweden once again failed to qualify for the World Cup.[7]

UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The Swedish team before playing against Russia in 2015 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers

Competing in Group G of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, Sweden picked up their first point on the road in Austria with a 1–1 draw on 8 September 2014.[8] After a 1–1 draw against Russia at the Friends Arena, Sweden then picked up their first win in their next match with a 2–0 result against Liechtenstein.[9] Sweden then went unbeaten for another three matches before suffering two consecutive defeats, a 1–0 loss to Russia in Moscow and a crushing 4–1 home defeat to group leaders Austria. This caused Sweden to move down to third place in their group, just one point above fourth-placed Montenegro. Sweden then bounced back to win their final two group games against Liechtenstein and Moldova with the scoreline being 2–0 on both occasions. They finished their group in third position behind Austria and Russia and qualified for the playoffs. Sweden were drawn against big rivals Denmark and won 4–3 on aggregate, qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016. They were, however, eliminated from the group stage from their poor performance. Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament
2  Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20
3  Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs
4  Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11
5  Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5
6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

On 25 July 2015, Sweden were drawn in Group A of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Swedish supporters during the World Cup 2006 in Dortmund, Germany

Supporters[edit]

Swedish supporters showed up first during the 1912 Summer Olympics, where they chanted "Heja Sverige Friskt humör, det är det som susen gör" (roughly meaning "Go Sweden, being in good spirits is what does the trick!") during the football games. The traveling supporters for Sweden's away games showed up for the first time in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, and since then Sweden has always had supporters in large tournaments. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Sweden had one of the largest group of supporters during a tournament, especially during the group stage match against Paraguay with around 50,000 Swedish supporters in attendance, plus an additional 50,000 fans watching the game outside the stadium. The Swedish fans were also voted the best fans during the 2006 World Cup, due to their massive numbers, friendly attitude and love for the game.

Kit history[edit]

1958 Home
1970 Home
1974 Home
1978 Home
1990 Home
1992 Home
1994 Home
2000 Home
2006 Home
2008 Home
2014 Home
Kit provider Period
United Kingdom Umbro 1970 FIFA World Cup
Germany Adidas 1974–2003
United Kingdom Umbro 2003–2013
Germany Adidas 2013–present

Stadium[edit]

Up until 2012, the Swedish national stadium was Råsunda Fotbollsstadion, but it was replaced in 2012 by the new national stadium Friends Arena. According to FIFA, Råsunda Stadion was a classic stadium, one of only two stadiums in the world, the other one being the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, USA, which hosted both the men's and women's World Cup final (1958 FIFA World Cup final and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup). Råsunda stadium was opened 18 September 1910, and had a capacity of only 2.000, mostly standing. It was Råsunda stadium and Valhalla stadium in Gothenburg that were the first football fields with grass used for Swedish football. The stadium was expanded during 1937, to a capacity of 40,000 people. The stadium was used for the football tournament in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, and hosted 8 games during the FIFA World Cup 1958. In the UEFA European Championship in 1992, the stadium hosted 4 games and in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup it hosted only the final game. But Råsunda stadium is still the only stadium in Scandinavia that has hosted 4 big tournaments. Ullevi in Gothenburg is used for some games which Sweden plays, such as the centennial game of the Swedish football association, against England in 2004. Even other stadiums, such as Swedbank Stadion in Malmö, are used for the national team.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Sweden playing against Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter No qualification
Italy 1934 Quarter-final 8th 2 1 0 1 4 4 2 2 0 0 8 2
France 1938 Fourth place 4th 3 1 0 2 11 9 3 2 0 1 11 7
Brazil 1950 Third place 3rd 5 2 1 2 11 15 2 2 0 0 6 2
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 9 8
Sweden 1958 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 5 3 0 2 11 5
England 1966 4 2 1 1 10 3
Mexico 1970 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 0 1 12 5
West Germany 1974 Second round 5th 6 2 2 2 7 6 7 4 2 1 17 9
Argentina 1978 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 4 3 0 1 7 4
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 8
Mexico 1986 8 4 1 3 14 9
Italy 1990 Group stage 21st 3 0 0 3 3 6 6 4 2 0 9 3
United States 1994 Third place 3rd 7 3 3 1 15 8 10 6 3 1 19 8
France 1998 Did not qualify 10 7 0 3 16 9
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 5 5 10 8 2 0 20 3
Germany 2006 Round of 16 14th 4 1 2 1 3 4 10 8 0 2 30 4
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 13 5
Brazil 2014 12 6 2 4 21 18
Russia 2018 To be determined 1 0 1 0 1 1
Qatar 2022
Total Best: Runners-up 11/20 46 16 13 17 74 69 120 73 20 27 241 113
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Swedish supporters during UEFA Euro 2008.
Sweden at the UEFA Euro 2012.
UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 6 2 3 1 8 7
Italy 1968 6 2 1 3 9 12
Belgium 1972 6 2 2 2 3 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 3 0 3 8 9
Italy 1980 6 1 2 3 9 13
France 1984 8 5 1 2 14 5
West Germany 1988 8 4 2 2 12 5
Sweden 1992 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 5 Qualified as hosts
England 1996 Did not qualify 8 2 3 3 9 10
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 4 8 7 1 0 10 1
Portugal 2004 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 3 0 8 3 8 5 2 1 19 3
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 4 12 8 2 2 23 9
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 5 10 8 0 2 31 11
France 2016 Group stage 20th 3 0 1 2 1 3 12 6 4 2 19 12
European Union 2020 To be determined
Total Best: Semi-final 6/15 20 5 6 9 25 24 104 55 23 26 174 102
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games[edit]

Sweden at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 were only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Sweden national under-23 football team for competition record from 1992 until present day.

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United Kingdom 1908 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 1 14 No qualification
Sweden 1912 Round of 16 9th 2 0 0 2 3 5 No qualification
Belgium 1920 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2 14 7
France 1924 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 18 5 No qualification
Netherlands 1928 Did not enter No qualification
Germany 1936 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
United Kingdom 1948 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 22 3 No qualification
Finland 1952 Third place 3rd 4 3 0 1 9 8 No qualification
Australia 1956 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1960
Japan 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 6
Mexico 1968 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
Total 1 title 7/15 21 11 1 9 69 45 2 0 1 1 2 6
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Nordic Football Championship[edit]

Nordic Football Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1924–28 Runners-up 2nd 10 6 1 3 31 19
1929–32 Runners-up 2nd 12 6 1 5 35 31
1933–36 Champions 1st 12 7 2 3 31 22
1937–47 Champions 1st 12 9 0 3 41 16
1948–51 Champions 1st 12 7 2 3 36 22
1952–55 Champions 1st 12 8 4 0 44 14
1956–59 Champions 1st 12 9 2 1 45 17
1960–63 Champions 1st 12 7 3 2 24 10
1964–67 Champions 1st 12 5 4 3 22 14
1968–71 Champions 1st 12 10 2 0 32 10
1972–77 Champions 1st 12 8 2 2 24 9
1978–80 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 0 3 7 6
1981–85 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 7 4
2000–01 Fifth place 5th 5 1 2 2 3 4
Total 9 titles 14/14 147 89 26 32 382 198
*Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Minor tournaments record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Denmark 1939 DBU 50 years Semi-final 3rd 1 0 0 1 0 1
Finland Sweden 1947 FBF 40 years Winners 1st 2 2 0 0 11 2
Norway 1952 NFF 50 years Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Sweden 1954 SvFF 50 years Winners 1st 2 2 0 0 9 0
Finland 1957 FBF 50 years Winners 1st 2 1 1 0 5 1
Finland 1981 Lahti Cup Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 5 4
Spain 1988 Maspalomas Winners 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1
West Germany 1988 West Berlin Winners 1st 2 1 1 0 3 1
Denmark 1989 DBU 100 years Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 7
Sweden 1991 Scania 100 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 6 3
United States 1994 Joe Robbie Cup Winners 1st 2 1 1 0 3 1
Denmark Norway Sweden 1994 Nordic Cup Winners 1st 2 1 0 1 2 1
England 1995 Umbro Cup Third place 3rd 3 0 2 1 5 6
Hong Kong 1996 Carlsberg Cup Winners 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
Thailand 1997 King's Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 6 1
Thailand 2001 King's Cup Winners 1st 4 2 2 0 9 3
Thailand 2003 King's Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 12 4
Hong Kong 2004 Carlsberg Cup Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
Thailand 2010 King's Cup Withdrew
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup Runners-up 2nd 2 1 1 0 3 1
Thailand 2013 King's Cup Winners 1st 2 1 1 0 4 1
Total 12 titles 46 26 12 8 98 45
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Titles[edit]

Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 0 1 2 3
European Championship 0 0 1 1
Olympic Games 1 0 2 3
Total 1 1 5 7

Major titles[edit]

Minor titles[edit]

All-time record[edit]

The following table shows Sweden's all-time international record.[10] The abandoned match against Denmark on 2 June 2007 here counts as a draw.

Statistics updated as of 6 September 2016.

Against Played Won Drawn * Lost GF GA GD Win %
 Albania 5 3 1 1 10 5 +5 60%
 Algeria 4 3 1 0 9 1 +8 75%
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 33.33%
 Australia 5 1 2 2 2 2 0 20%
 Austria 36 13 6 17 55 55 0 36.11%
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Barbados 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Belarus 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 100%
 Belgium 15 5 2 8 30 23 +7 33.33%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 100%
 Botswana 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Brazil 15 2 3 10 17 35 −18 13.33%
 Bulgaria 14 10 2 2 26 8 +18 71.43%
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0%
 Chile 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 China PR 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 66.67%
 Colombia 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0%
 Costa Rica 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 50%
 Croatia 4 1 0 3 4 5 −1 25%
 Cuba 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 100%
 Cyprus 6 5 1 0 19 3 +16 83.33%
 Czech Republic 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 33.33%
 Czechoslovakia 16 3 4 9 21 36 −15 18.75%
 Denmark 106 46 20 40 187 175 +12 43.4%
 East Germany 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 33.33%
 Ecuador 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 0%
 Egypt 4 2 0 2 10 3 +7 50%
 England 23 7 9 7 31 35 −4 30.43%
England England Amateurs 3 0 0 3 2 18 −16 0%
 Estonia 16 14 2 0 53 16 +37 87.5%
 Faroe Islands 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 66.67%
 Finland 88 67 11 10 295 95 +200 76.14%
 France 19 5 5 9 18 26 −8 26.32%
 Germany 24 9 5 10 44 49 −5 37.5%
United Kingdom Great Britain 1 0 0 1 1 12 −11 0%
 Greece 7 2 3 2 17 8 +9 28.57%
 Hungary 45 16 11 18 77 91 −14 35.56%
 Iceland 15 11 2 2 35 15 +20 73.33%
 Iran 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Israel 12 7 4 1 26 9 +17 58.33%
 Italy 23 6 6 11 24 28 −4 26.09%
 Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 50%
 Jamaica 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50%
 Japan 5 1 3 1 7 7 0 20%
 Jordan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Latvia 17 11 4 2 54 12 +42 64.71%
 Liechtenstein 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9 100%
 Lithuania 5 5 0 0 22 3 +19 100%
 Luxembourg 4 3 1 0 7 1 +6 75%
 Macedonia 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 100%
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100%
 Malta 11 11 0 0 42 2 +40 100%
 Mexico 9 4 3 2 8 5 +3 44.44%
 Moldova 7 7 0 0 20 3 +17 100%
 Montenegro 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 66.67%
 Netherlands 24 8 6 10 48 45 +3 33.33%
 Nigeria 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 100%
 North Korea 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 33.33%
 Northern Ireland 7 3 1 3 7 10 −3 42.86%
 Norway 106 60 22 24 276 145 +131 56.6%
 Oman 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 33.33%
 Poland 26 14 4 8 56 37 +19 53.85%
 Portugal 17 6 6 5 26 18 +8 35.29%
 Qatar 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50%
 Qatar U23 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Republic of Ireland 11 5 3 3 17 14 +3 45.45%
 Romania 9 4 3 2 20 10 +10 44.44%
 Russia 8 3 3 2 12 9 +5 37.5%
 San Marino 4 4 0 0 22 0 +22 100%
 Saudi Arabia 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 66.67%
 Scotland 12 6 1 5 19 14 +5 50%
 Senegal 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0%
 Serbia 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 50%
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Slovakia 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 50%
 Slovenia 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 50%
 South Africa 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 50%
South Africa South Africa Development 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 South Korea 4 2 2 0 17 3 +14 50%
 Soviet Union 18 5 6 7 21 37 −16 27.78%
 Spain 13 3 4 6 15 21 −6 23.08%
  Switzerland 28 10 7 11 46 42 +4 35.71%
 Syria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 Thailand 5 4 1 0 13 4 +9 80%
 Trinidad and Tobago 2 1 1 0 5 0 +5 50%
 Tunisia 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 50%
 Turkey 10 2 4 4 11 12 −1 20%
 Ukraine 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 25%
 United Arab Emirates 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 50%
 United States 8 4 0 4 13 10 +3 50%
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 66.67%
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 Wales 7 6 1 0 16 3 +13 85.71%
 West Germany 13 4 4 5 18 21 −3 30.77%
 Yugoslavia 11 4 2 5 17 19 −2 36.36%
Total 1005 493 218 294 2035 1342 +693 49.05%
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty shoot-out.

Matches not counted as international matches by FIFA[edit]

This is a list of matches that the Swedish FA counts as official international matches, but not FIFA.[11] All these matches are included in the table above.

Results and fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Netherlands on 6 September 2016.[12]

Caps and goals updated as of 6 September 2016 after the match against Netherlands.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Robin Olsen (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Denmark Copenhagen
12 1GK Karl-Johan Johnsson (1990-01-28) 28 January 1990 (age 26) 3 0 France Guingamp
23 1GK Patrik Carlgren (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Sweden AIK

2 2DF Mikael Lustig (1986-12-13) 13 December 1986 (age 29) 54 3 Scotland Celtic
3 2DF Victor Lindelöf (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Portugal Benfica
4 2DF Andreas Granqvist (captain) (1985-04-16) 16 April 1985 (age 31) 56 3 Russia Krasnodar
5 2DF Ludwig Augustinsson (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Denmark Copenhagen
14 2DF Pontus Jansson (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 25) 8 0 England Leeds United
16 2DF Emil Krafth (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Bologna
17 2DF Oscar Wendt (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 30) 26 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
18 2DF Filip Helander (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Bologna

6 3MF Oscar Lewicki (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 24) 12 0 Sweden Malmö FF
7 3MF Marcus Rohdén (1991-05-11) 11 May 1991 (age 25) 7 1 Italy Crotone
10 3MF Emil Forsberg (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 24) 21 2 Germany RB Leipzig
13 3MF Niklas Hult (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Greece Panathinaikos
15 3MF Oscar Hiljemark (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 24) 11 1 Italy Palermo
20 3MF Alexander Fransson (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Switzerland Basel
21 3MF Jimmy Durmaz (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 27) 35 2 France Toulouse
24 3MF Viktor Claesson (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 24) 6 1 Sweden IF Elfsborg

8 4FW Isaac Kiese Thelin (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 24) 8 0 France Bordeaux
9 4FW Marcus Berg (1986-08-17) 17 August 1986 (age 30) 42 11 Greece Panathinaikos
11 4FW John Guidetti (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 24) 13 1 Spain Celta Vigo
19 4FW Emir Kujović (1988-06-22) 22 June 1988 (age 28) 5 1 Belgium Gent
22 4FW Christoffer Nyman (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following 34 players have also been called up to the Sweden squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Andreas Isaksson RET (1981-10-03) 3 October 1981 (age 34) 133 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF UEFA Euro 2016
GK Johannes Hopf (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Slovenia, 30 May 2016
GK Jacob Rinne (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Gent v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
GK Kristoffer Nordfeldt (1989-06-23) 23 June 1989 (age 27) 5 0 Wales Swansea City v.  Moldova, 12 October 2015

DF Martin Olsson (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 28) 38 5 England Norwich City UEFA Euro 2016
DF Erik Johansson RET (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988 (age 27) 12 0 Denmark Copenhagen UEFA Euro 2016
DF Emil Salomonsson (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 27) 6 1 Sweden IFK Göteborg v.  Czech Republic, 29 March 2016
DF Alexander Milošević (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 24) 5 0 Germany Darmstadt 98 v.  Czech Republic, 29 March 2016
DF Anton Tinnerholm (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Sweden Malmö FF v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Sebastian Holmén (1992-04-29) 29 April 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Emil Bergström (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden Malmö FF v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Adam Lundqvist (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Linus Wahlqvist (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Joakim Nilsson (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
DF Mikael Antonsson RET (1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 35) 28 0 Denmark Copenhagen v.  Denmark, 17 November 2015 WD
DF Pierre Bengtsson (1988-04-12) 12 April 1988 (age 28) 24 0 France Bastia v.  Denmark, 17 November 2015

MF Albin Ekdal (1989-07-28) 28 July 1989 (age 27) 25 0 Germany Hamburger SV v.  Netherlands, 6 September 2016 WD
MF Robin Quaison (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 22) 5 2 Italy Palermo v.  Netherlands, 6 September 2016 WD
MF Kim Källström RET (1982-08-24) 24 August 1982 (age 34) 131 16 Switzerland Grasshopper UEFA Euro 2016
MF Sebastian Larsson (1985-06-06) 6 June 1985 (age 31) 87 6 England Sunderland UEFA Euro 2016
MF Pontus Wernbloom RET (1986-06-25) 25 June 1986 (age 30) 51 2 Russia CSKA Moscow UEFA Euro 2016
MF Erkan Zengin RET (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 31) 21 3 Turkey Eskişehirspor UEFA Euro 2016
MF Sebastian Eriksson (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 (age 27) 7 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
MF Gustav Svensson (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 29) 6 0 China Guangzhou R&F v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
MF Nicklas Bärkroth (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
MF Melker Hallberg (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 (age 20) 2 1 Italy Ascoli v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
MF Kerim Mrabti (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
MF Kristoffer Olsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Denmark FC Midtjylland v.  Finland, 10 January 2016 WD
MF Abdul Khalili (1992-06-07) 7 June 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Denmark, 17 November 2015

FW Zlatan Ibrahimović RET (1981-10-03) 3 October 1981 (age 34) 116 62 England Manchester United UEFA Euro 2016
FW Mikael Ishak (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 23) 4 1 Denmark Randers FC v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
FW Gustav Engvall (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 20) 2 0 England Bristol City v.  Finland, 10 January 2016
FW Ola Toivonen (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 30) 45 9 France Toulouse v.  Denmark, 17 November 2015

Previous squads[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Sweden's current manager Janne Andersson.
As of 1 July 2016[13]
Name Role
Sweden Janne Andersson Manager
Sweden Peter Wettergren Assistant manager
Sweden Maths Elfvendal Goalkeeping coach
Sweden Tom Prahl Scout
Sweden Jonas Thern
Sweden Paul Balsom Physiologist/Match analyst
Sweden Lars Richt Head of Men department

Players with most caps and goals[edit]

Updated as of 22 June 2016.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

Anders Svensson is Sweden's most capped player of all time with 148 appearances for the national team.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is Sweden's best goalscorer of all time with 62 goals for the national team.

Players in bold text are still active with Sweden.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Anders Svensson 1999–2013 148 21
2 Thomas Ravelli 1981–1997 143 0
3 Andreas Isaksson 2002–2016 133 0
4 Kim Källström 2001–2016 131 16
5 Olof Mellberg 2000–2012 117 8
6 Zlatan Ibrahimović 2001–2016 116 62
Roland Nilsson 1986–2000 116 1
8 Björn Nordqvist 1963–1978 115 0
9 Niclas Alexandersson 1993–2008 109 7
10 Henrik Larsson 1993–2009 106 37

Top 10 goalscorers[edit]

Players in bold text are still active with Sweden.

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Zlatan Ibrahimović (list) 2001–2016 62 116
2 Sven Rydell 1923–1932 49 43
3 Gunnar Nordahl 1942–1948 43 33
4 Henrik Larsson 1993–2009 37 106
5 Gunnar Gren 1940–1958 32 57
6 Kennet Andersson 1990–2000 31 83
7 Marcus Allbäck 1999–2008 30 74
8 Martin Dahlin 1991–1997 29 60
9 Tomas Brolin 1990–1995 27 47
Agne Simonsson 1957–1967 27 51

Records[edit]

All records updated as of 19 November 2013.

Age-related records[edit]

Age-related records of the Swedish national football team.[14]

Oldest player
38 years, 1 month and 29 days – Thomas Ravelli (1–0 against Latvia on 11 October 1997)
Oldest outfield player
38 years and 20 days – Henrik Larsson (0–1 against Denmark on 10 October 2009)
Youngest debutante
17 years, 2 months and 11 days – Gunnar Pleijel (5–2 against Finland on 22 October 1911)
Oldest debutante
34 years, 9 months and 1 day – Stendy Appeltoft (3–0 against Finland on 28 August 1955)
Longest national career
18 years, 1 month and 27 days – Gunnar Gren (from 29 August 1940 until 26 October 1958)
Oldest goalscorer
37 years, 11 months and 26 days – Gunnar Gren (two goals in a 4–4 draw against Denmark on 26 October 1958)
Youngest goalscorer
18 years and 1 day – Erik Dahlström (two goals in a 7–1 win against Finland on 27 June 1912)

Managers[edit]

Chairmen of the Selection Committee
Head coaches

Notable captains[edit]

Björn Nordqvist is with 92 matches as team captain the Swedish player with most captaincies.

This is a list of captains who either have played 30 or more matches as team captain or have played a match as team captain in a major tournament (FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro and Olympic Games). Note that only players who started the match as captain are included in the statistics.[15][16]

The order for this list is by most appearances as captain, then chronological order of first captaincy.

Updated as of 22 June 2016.

Player First to latest
captaincy
Matches as captain Major tournament(s)
Björn Nordqvist 1967–1978 92 2 matches in 1970 FIFA World Cup
1 match in 1974 FIFA World Cup
3 matches in 1978 FIFA World Cup
Zlatan Ibrahimović 2008–2016 58 3 matches in UEFA Euro 2012
3 matches in UEFA Euro 2016
Jonas Thern 1989–1997 55 1 match in 1990 FIFA World Cup
4 matches in UEFA Euro 1992
5 matches in 1994 FIFA World Cup
Ingemar Erlandsson 1981–1985 47
Patrik Andersson 1995–2002 41 2 matches in UEFA Euro 2000
Orvar Bergmark 1959–1965 38
Erik Nilsson 1947–1952 37 5 matches in 1950 FIFA World Cup
4 matches in 1952 Summer Olympics
Olof Mellberg 2002–2006 36 4 matches in UEFA Euro 2004
4 matches in 2006 FIFA World Cup
Sven Friberg 1920–1928 30 4 matches in 1924 Summer Olympics
Bengt Gustavsson 1953–1962 29 1 match in 1958 FIFA World Cup
Glenn Hysén 1987–1990 23 2 matches in 1990 FIFA World Cup
Roland Nilsson 1989–2000 22 2 matches in 1994 FIFA World Cup
Johan Mjällby 1998–2004 17 1 match in UEFA Euro 2000
4 matches in 2002 FIFA World Cup
Sven Jonasson 1935–1940 13 1 match in 1938 FIFA World Cup
Fredrik Ljungberg 2006–2008 13 3 matches in UEFA Euro 2008
Bo Larsson 1973–1974 10 5 matches in 1974 FIFA World Cup
Ragnar Wicksell 1914–1921 9 1 match in 1920 Summer Olympics
Birger Rosengren 1945–1948 9 4 matches in 1948 Summer Olympics
Hans Lindman 1908–1911 6 2 matches in 1908 Summer Olympics
Herman Myhrberg 1911–1912 6 2 matches in 1912 Summer Olympics
Bertil Nordenskjöld 1915–1920 6 2 matches in 1920 Summer Olympics
Victor Carlund 1933–1936 6 1 match in 1936 Summer Olympics
Nils Rosén 1934 6 2 matches in 1934 FIFA World Cup
Nils Liedholm 1958 5 5 matches in 1958 FIFA World Cup
Tore Keller 1934–1938 4 2 matches in 1938 FIFA World Cup
Tommy Svensson 1970 2 1 match in 1970 FIFA World Cup
Gustaf Carlson 1924 1 1 match in 1924 Summer Olympics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "December date for EURO finals draw in Kyiv". UEFA. 3 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "EURO draw throws up fascinating group tests". UEFA. 2 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Euro 2012: Erik Hamren laments Swedish loss". 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Euro 2012: England Eliminate Sweden". 16 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "World Cup qualifiers: Sweden fightback stuns Germany". BBC. 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Europe Sweden 2:1 Austria". FIFA. 11 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ronaldo hat-trick takes Portugal past Sweden". UEFA. 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ibrahimović pleased with Sweden point". UEFA. 9 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hamrén lauds Durmaz and Sweden's new boys". UEFA. 13 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Landskamper 1908–2012" (in Swedish). SFS-Bolletinen. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sweden: Fixtures and Results" (in Swedish). FIFA. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Jannes första trupp" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Nya namn i landslagsledningen" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Henke blir äldste utespelaren" (in Swedish). Fotbollskanalen. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Från Alexandersson till Öberg – Här är Sveriges alla lagkaptener" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sweden at EU Football". EU Football. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Torgny Mogren
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1994
Succeeded by
Annika Sörenstam