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 Roland Nilsson
Captain Linus Wahlqvist
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 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 2 5 10 7 3 0 24 7
Italy San Marino 2019 Qualification in progress 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 title 8/21 32 13 9 10 48 37 154 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.
Sweden national under-21 football team celebrates in June 2015.

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]


Qualification[edit]

Qualifying group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 10 7 3 0 24 7 +17 24 Final tournament
2  Spain 10 7 2 1 31 9 +22 23 Play-offs
3  Croatia 10 6 2 2 24 11 +13 20
4  Georgia 10 4 1 5 17 17 0 13
5  Estonia 10 1 1 8 3 26 −23 4
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 30 −29 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Possible qualification based on ranking
3  Sweden 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
4  Poland (H) 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
First match(es) will be played on 16 June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Belgium on 6 October 2017 and against Malta on 10 October 2017.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 10 October 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pontus Dahlberg (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 18) 4 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg
12 1GK Oscar Linnér (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden AIK

2 2DF Linus Wahlqvist (captain) (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 20) 22 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping
3 2DF Filip Dagerstål (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 20) 12 2 Sweden IFK Norrköping
4 2DF Franz Brorsson (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 21) 8 0 Sweden Malmö FF
5 2DF Joel Andersson (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Sweden BK Häcken
13 2DF Andreas Bengtsson (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Halmstads BK
14 2DF Eric Smith (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping

6 3MF Erdal Rakip (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 21) 8 1 Sweden Malmö FF
7 3MF Isak Ssewankambo (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 21) 14 1 Norway Molde FK
8 3MF Anton Salétros (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Hungary Újpest
9 3MF Mattias Svanberg (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Sweden Malmö FF
15 3MF Herman Hallberg (1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden Kalmar FF
16 3MF Joel Asoro (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 18) 8 1 England Sunderland

10 4FW Carlos Strandberg (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 21) 17 11 Sweden Malmö FF
11 4FW Gustav Engvall (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 21) 18 3 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
17 4FW Alexander Isak (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
18 4FW Jordan Larsson (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 20) 7 1 Netherlands NEC

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following seven 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 Tim Erlandsson (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Sweden AFC Eskilstuna 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

DF Marcus Degerlund (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Sweden Hammarby IF v.  Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016

MF Simon Olsson (1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
MF Daleho Irandust (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Sweden BK Häcken v.  Cyprus, 5 September 2017
MF Tesfaldet Tekie (1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Gent v.  Georgia, 3 June 2016

FW Gustaf Nilsson (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Denmark Silkeborg IF v.  Georgia, 17 November 2015

Previous squads[edit]

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 36 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 Simon Tibbling 2012–2017 29 2
10 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 36
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 får bekänna färg mot Beligen" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 

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