Sweden national under-21 football team

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Sweden Under-21
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
Association Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Håkan Ericson
Captain Victor Lindelöf
Most caps Oscar Hiljemark (37)
Top scorer Ola Toivonen (13)
Home stadium Örjans Vall
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Finland 1–3 Sweden 
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
 Sweden 6–0 Cyprus 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 1 May 1991)
 Sweden 6–0 Bulgaria 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 6 October 1992)
 Sweden 6–0 Malta 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 3 June 2005)
 Norway 0–6 Sweden 
(Cartagena, Spain; 31 March 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 6–0 Sweden 
(Kiev, Ukraine; 31 May 2012)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 8 (first in 1986)
Best result Champions: 2015

The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Sweden's home ground is Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and the team is led by Håkan Ericson and his assistant Andreas Pettersson. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be a Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time.[1] They finished second in 1992 and they also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009.[2] Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen is the best goalscorer for Sweden U21, having scored 13 goals between 2006 and 2009.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA European U-21 Championship[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 8
1980 4 0 1 3 1 4
1982 4 1 1 2 3 6
1984 4 2 1 1 10 4
1986 Quarter-final 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 7 3
1988 Did not qualify 6 1 4 1 6 6
1990 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 7 4 6 4 2 0 10 2
1992 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 4 4 6 4 2 0 17 3
France 1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
Spain 1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
Romania 1998 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
Switzerland 2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
Germany 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
Portugal 2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
Netherlands 2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
Sweden 2009 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
Israel 2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
Czech Republic 2015 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 7 4 10 6 1 3 24 17
Poland 2017 Qualified 10 7 3 0 24 7
Total 1 title 8/21 29 13 7 9 46 32 154 83 32 39 284 159
*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.

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Sweden national under-21 football team celebrates in June 2015.

Qualification[edit]

Qualifying group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 8 5 1 2 20 14 +6 16 Play-offs
2  Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 15
3  Poland 8 5 0 3 17 10 +7 15
4  Turkey 8 4 1 3 16 11 +5 13
5  Malta 8 0 0 8 2 30 −28 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Play-off[edit]

Sweden won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Portugal 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage and 2016 Summer Olympics
2  Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Italy 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4  England 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Updated to match(es) played on 21 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
Knockout stage[edit]


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the 2017 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification matches against Estonia on 6 October 2016 and against Croatia on 10 October 2016.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 10 October 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tim Erlandsson (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 19) 5 0 England Nottingham Forest
12 1GK Jesper Johansson (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Sweden GAIS

2 2DF Linus Wahlqvist (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 20) 13 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping
3 2DF Jacob Une Larsson (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
4 2DF Filip Dagerstål (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 19) 4 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping
5 2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 22) 12 0 Sweden Malmö FF
13 2DF Adam Lundqvist (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg
14 2DF Simon Sandberg (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
19 2DF Joel Andersson (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden BK Häcken

6 3MF Simon Tibbling (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 22) 24 2 Netherlands Groningen
7 3MF Melker Hallberg (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 (age 21) 17 3 Italy Ascoli
8 3MF Kristoffer Olsson (vice captain) (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 21) 21 6 Denmark FC Midtjylland
9 3MF Muamer Tanković (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 21) 13 2 Netherlands AZ
15 3MF David Moberg Karlsson (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 22) 5 3 Sweden IFK Norrköping
16 3MF Erdal Rakip (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 20) 5 0 Sweden Malmö FF
17 3MF Joel Asoro (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 17) 3 1 England Sunderland

10 4FW Carlos Strandberg (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 20) 8 3 Russia CSKA Moscow
11 4FW Paweł Cibicki (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 22) 4 1 Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF
18 4FW Alexander Isak (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 17) 1 0 Sweden AIK
20 4FW Gustav Engvall (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 20) 10 3 England Bristol City

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following 29 players have also been called up to the Sweden U21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Anton Cajtoft (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF v.  San Marino, 27 March 2016
GK Linus Müller (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Sweden Trelleborgs FF v.  Norway, 31 March 2015

DF Franz Brorsson (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Sweden Malmö FF v.  Croatia, 10 October 2016 WD
DF Joakim Nilsson (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Spain, 5 September 2016
DF Emil Krafth (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 22) 16 1 Italy Bologna v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
DF Sebastian Starke Hedlund (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 21) 8 0 Sweden Kalmar FF v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
DF Jesper Manns (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 21) 4 1 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 20) 4 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
DF Isak Ssewankambo (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 20) 9 0 Norway Molde FK v.  San Marino, 27 March 2016
DF Carl Johansson (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 22) 3 1 Sweden Helsingborgs IF v.  San Marino, 27 March 2016 WD
DF Ludwig Augustinsson (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 22) 19 0 Denmark Copenhagen v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015 WD
DF Victor Lindelöf (captain) (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 22) 13 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015 WD
DF Dennis Olsson (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015
DF Oliver Silverholt (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Sweden Hammarby IF v.  Albania, 16 June 2015 WD
DF Pontus Nordenberg (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Iceland Víkingur Ólafsvík v.  Norway, 31 March 2015

MF Samuel Gustafson (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 21) 7 2 Italy Torino v.  Spain, 5 September 2016
MF Alexander Fransson (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 22) 13 1 Switzerland Basel v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
MF Anton Salétros (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Sweden AIK v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
MF Tesfaldet Tekie (1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016
MF Jesper Karlström (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 21) 5 1 Sweden Djurgårdens IF v.  San Marino, 27 March 2016 WD
MF Amin Affane (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden AIK v.  San Marino, 27 March 2016
MF Kerim Mrabti (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 22) 11 4 Sweden Djurgårdens IF v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015
MF Simon Gustafson (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 21) 9 3 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015 WD
MF Ferhad Ayaz (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 22) 7 2 Sweden Örebro SK v.  Spain, 13 October 2015
MF Sam Lundholm (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 22) 3 3 Netherlands NEC v.  Albania, 16 June 2015

FW Jordan Larsson (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 19) 2 1 Sweden Helsingborgs IF v.  Spain, 5 September 2016
FW Gustaf Nilsson (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 19) 2 0 Denmark Brøndby IF v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015
FW Kristoffer Peterson (1994-11-28) 28 November 1994 (age 22) 7 1 Netherlands Utrecht v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
FW Dino Islamović (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 22) 3 1 Unattached v.  Norway, 31 March 2015

Previous squads[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Older squad[edit]

Manager Håkan Ericson
Assistant manager Andreas Pettersson
Goalkeeping coach Leif Troedsson
Team doctor Fredrik Bergström

Players with most caps and goals[edit]

Updated as of 30 June 2015.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Oscar Hiljemark 2011–2015 37 4
2 Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 35 12
3 Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 31 9
Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
6 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 2
Sven Andersson 1981–1986 30 0
9 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 28 13
Jiloan Hamad 2009–2012 28 3
Magnus Hedman 1992–1995 28 0
Magnus Johansson 1990–1993 28 0

Top 10 goalscorers[edit]

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
2 John Guidetti 2010–2015 12 23
Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 35
5 Niklas Skoog 1994–1995 10 14
Mikael Ishak 2012–2015 10 24
7 Lars Larsson 1982–1983 9 10
Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 9 31
9 Marcus Berg 2006–2009 8 19
Hans Eklund 1987–1990 8 20
Joakim Persson 1994–1998 8 27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EM-guld efter straffdrama!" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "EM-sorti på straffar efter mirakelvändning" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "U21-trupp inför avgörandet i EM-kvalet" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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