Sweden national under-23 football team

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Sweden Under-23
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
Association Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
First colours
Second colours
First international
UEFA
 Denmark 3–2 Sweden 
(Esbjerg, Denmark; 22 June 1952)
Olympics
 Sweden 0–0 Paraguay 
(Barcelona, Spain; 26 July 1992)
Biggest win
UEFA
 Sweden 9–2 Finland 
(Växjö, Sweden; 10 June 1956)
 Finland 0–7 Sweden 
(Oulu, Finland; 22 September 1957)
Olympics
 Sweden 4–0 Morocco 
(Sabadell, Spain; 28 July 1992)
Biggest defeat
UEFA
 Poland 6–1 Sweden 
(Warsaw, Poland; 7 October 1964)
Olympics
 Sweden 1–2 Australia 
(Barcelona, Spain; 2 August 1992)
 Sweden 0–1 Nigeria 
(Manaus, Brazil; 7 August 2016)
 Japan 1–0 Sweden 
(Salvador, Brazil; 10 August 2016)
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 1992)
Best result Quarter-finals: 1992

The Sweden national under-23 football team (also known as Sweden Olympic football team from 1992) is the football team representing Sweden in Olympics and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Between 1952 and 1976, the Swedish U23 team was the main Swedish national youth team and represented Sweden in the UEFA European Under-23 Championship. Sweden made their first and only European Under-23 Championship appearance in 1972 and was knocked out in the quarter-finals. In 1976 the European Under-23 Championship was changed to be an Under-21 competition, so the Swedish U23 team became defunct and was replaced by the Sweden national under-21 football team.

In 1992, when the Olympic football tournament changed to be an Under-23 competition the Swedish U23 team once again became active. The team qualified for the 1992 Olympics where it won its group but was knocked out in the quarter-finals. The qualification to the Olympics for the European teams is the European Under-21 Championship so the Swedish U23 team doesn't play any qualification matches. In 1992 the team was managed by Nisse Andersson and in 2016 the team was managed by Håkan Ericson.

Competitive record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was 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 football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.

Olympic Games record Olympic Games qualification record**
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 6 3 12 7 3 2 21 7
United States 1996 Did not qualify 8 5 1 2 15 4
Australia 2000 8 2 0 6 7 15
Greece 2004 15 8 4 3 31 21
China 2008 4 3 0 1 8 6
United Kingdom 2012 10 6 2 2 17 10
Brazil 2016 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 4 15 8 3 4 31 21
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Best: Quarter-finals 2/7 7 1 3 3 8 7 72 39 13 20 130 84
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
****Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European U-23 Championship[edit]

UEFA European Under-23 Championship record UEFA European Under-23 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1972 Quarter-finals 6th 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 3 0 1 8 2
1974 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 5
1976 4 2 1 1 6 6
Total Best: Quarter-finals 1/3 2 1 0 1 2 3 12 7 2 3 20 13
*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.

Challenge Cup U-23[edit]

This was competed for on a basis similar to a boxing title belt. The holders played a randomly chosen opponent for the championship.

Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue
6 November 1969  Yugoslavia 2–0 Sweden Sweden Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia

Olympic matches[edit]

1992 fixtures[edit]

2016 fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

2016 Summer Olympics squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

Caps, goals, ages and club information updated as of 10 August 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Andreas Linde (1993-07-24)24 July 1993 (aged 23) 4 0 Norway Molde FK
18 1GK Tim Erlandsson (1996-12-25)25 December 1996 (aged 19) 0 0 England Nottingham Forest

2 2DF Adam Lundqvist (1994-03-20)20 March 1994 (aged 22) 4 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg
3 2DF Alexander Milošević[a] (1992-01-30)30 January 1992 (aged 24) 4 0 Turkey Beşiktaş
4 2DF Joakim Nilsson (1994-02-06)6 February 1994 (aged 22) 3 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg
5 2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25)25 April 1994 (aged 22) 4 0 Sweden Malmö FF
13 2DF Jacob Une Larsson (1994-04-08)8 April 1994 (aged 22) 3 1 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
14 2DF Sebastian Starke Hedlund (1995-04-05)5 April 1995 (aged 21) 1 0 Sweden Kalmar FF
15 2DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (1996-06-06)6 June 1996 (aged 20) 0 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall

6 3MF Abdul Khalili[a] (1992-06-07)7 June 1992 (aged 24) 4 0 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu
7 3MF Simon Tibbling (1994-09-07)7 September 1994 (aged 21) 4 0 Netherlands Groningen
8 3MF Alexander Fransson (1994-04-02)2 April 1994 (aged 22) 3 0 Switzerland Basel
9 3MF Robin Quaison (1993-10-09)9 October 1993 (aged 22) 4 0 Italy Palermo
10 3MF Muamer Tanković (1995-02-22)22 February 1995 (aged 21) 4 0 Netherlands AZ
11 3MF Astrit Ajdarević[a][2] (captain) (1990-04-17)17 April 1990 (aged 26) 4 1 Sweden Örebro SK
17 3MF Ken Sema (1993-09-30)30 September 1993 (aged 22) 4 1 Sweden Östersunds FK

12 4FW Mikael Ishak (1993-03-31)31 March 1993 (aged 23) 3 1 Denmark Randers FC
21 4FW Valmir Berisha (1996-06-06)6 June 1996 (aged 20) 2 0 Unattached

Alternate players[edit]

The following 3 players were listed as alternate players.[1]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Jesper Johansson (1994-05-30)30 May 1994 (aged 22) 0 0 Sweden GAIS

19 2DF Alexander Leksell (1997-02-14)14 February 1997 (aged 19) 0 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg

20 3MF Adnan Marić (1997-02-17)17 February 1997 (aged 19) 1 0 Wales Swansea City

Provisional players[edit]

The following 16 players were in the provisional squad but weren't selected for the final squad.[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jacob Rinne (1993-06-20)20 June 1993 (aged 23) Belgium Gent

2DF Ludwig Augustinsson (1994-04-21)21 April 1994 (aged 22) Denmark Copenhagen
2DF Emil Bergström (1993-05-19)19 May 1993 (aged 23) Russia Rubin Kazan
2DF Filip Helander (1993-04-22)22 April 1993 (aged 23) Italy Hellas Verona
2DF Victor Lindelöf (1994-07-17)17 July 1994 (aged 22) Portugal Benfica
2DF Ali Suljić (1997-09-18)18 September 1997 (aged 18) England Chelsea
2DF Isak Ssewankambo (1996-02-27)27 February 1996 (aged 20) Norway Molde FK

3MF Alexander Faltsetas[a] (1987-07-04)4 July 1987 (aged 29) Sweden Djurgårdens IF
3MF Melker Hallberg (1995-10-20)20 October 1995 (aged 20) Italy Ascoli
3MF Jiloan Hamad[a] (1990-11-06)6 November 1990 (aged 25) Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
3MF David Moberg Karlsson (1994-03-20)20 March 1994 (aged 22) Sweden IFK Norrköping

4FW Ferhad Ayaz (1994-10-10)10 October 1994 (aged 21) Sweden Örebro SK
4FW Gustav Engvall (1996-04-29)29 April 1996 (aged 20) Sweden IFK Göteborg
4FW Zlatan Ibrahimović[a] (1981-10-03)3 October 1981 (aged 34) England Manchester United
4FW Isaac Kiese Thelin[a] (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 24) France Bordeaux
4FW Jordan Larsson (1997-06-20)20 June 1997 (aged 19) Sweden Helsingborgs IF
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Overaged player. A maximum of three players born before 1 January 1993 could be selected in the final squad.

Previous squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Håkan Ericsons OS-trupp" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Withdrew to play for Albania after the tournament.
  3. ^ "Ericsons bruttotrupp till OS" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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