Sweden women's national football team

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Sweden
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blueyellow)
Association Swedish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Pia Sundhage
Captain Caroline Seger
Lotta Schelin
Most caps Therese Sjögran (214)
Top scorer Lotta Schelin (80)
Home stadium Gamla Ullevi
FIFA code SWE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady (26 August 2016)
Highest 3 (June 2007)
Lowest 8 (September–December 2015)
First international
Sweden 0–0 Finland 
(Mariehamn, Finland; 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
Sweden 17–0 Azerbaijan 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 23 June 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 4–0 Sweden
(Hamar, Norway; 21 January 1996)
 Norway 4–0 Sweden
(Quarteira, Portugal; 17 March 1996)
 China PR 4–0 Sweden
(Guangzhou, China; 14 January 1998)
Sweden 0–4 Norway 
(Uddevalla, Sweden; 24 July 2004)
Sweden 0–4 Germany 
(Parchal, Portugal; 5 March 2012)
 United States 4–0 Sweden
(Parchal, Portugal; 7 March 2012)
 England 4–0 Sweden
(Hartlepool, England; 3 August 2014)
 Brazil 5–1 Sweden
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 06 August 2016)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (first in 1991)
Best result Runners-up (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1984)
Best result Champions (1984)

Sweden women's national football team (Swedish: Damlandslaget) officially represents Sweden in women's association football (soccer). Sweden won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, a success the team has not managed to repeat, it has however won one World Cup-silver (2003) as well as three European Championship-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The 2003 World Cup-final was the second most watched event in Sweden that year. Lotta Schelin is the top goalscorer in the history of Sweden with 80 goals. Schelin surpassed Hanna Ljungberg's 72-goal record against Germany on 29 October 2014.[1] The player with the most caps is Therese Sjögran, with 209. The team was coached by Thomas Dennerby from 2005 to 2012, and the current trainer is Pia Sundhage, who joined in September '12 after most recently winning the Olympic gold medal in London with the United States. Sundhage's contract goes into effect in December 2012.

After winning the two qualifying matches against Denmark for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Swedish Olympic Committee approved of record increases in investments for the women's team. The new budget granted over a million SEK (about US$150,000) for the team and 150,000 SEK (about US$25,000) per player for developing physical fitness. The new grants are almost a 100% increase of the 2005 and 2006 season funds.[2]

The developments and conditions of the Sweden women's national football team can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA Women's World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 18 7 6 4 2 0 13 3
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Qualified as hosts
United States 1999 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 7 6 6 6 0 0 18 5
United States 2003 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 10 7 6 5 0 1 27 4
China 2007 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 4 8 7 1 0 32 6
Germany 2011 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 10 6 10 8 2 0 40 6
Canada 2015 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 5 8 10 10 0 0 32 1
France 2019 To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 7/7 33 18 5 10 59 42 46 40 5 1 162 25

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games Football Tournament record Olympic Games qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 1 6 4
Australia 2000 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 1 4 10 8 2 0 25 11
Greece 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 5 12 9 0 3 37 11
China 2008 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 4 5 13 10 2 1 42 13
United Kingdom 2012 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5 16 13 2 1 50 12
Brazil 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 3 2 4 8 17 12 4 1 40 10
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 6/6 25 7 6 12 24 32 72 54 11 7 200 61

UEFA Women's Euro[edit]

UEFA Women's Euro record UEFA Women's Euro qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1984 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4 6 6 0 0 26 1
Norway 1987 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 14 3
West Germany 1989 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 6 2 3 1 11 4
Denmark 1991 Did not qualify 6 4 2 0 13 3
Italy 1993 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 18 4
Germany 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 0 2 9 8 6 5 0 1 25 2
NorwaySweden 1997 Semi-finals 3rd 4 3 0 1 6 2 6 5 1 0 26 2
Germany 2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 7 4 8 5 2 1 28 10
England 2005 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 8 6 1 1 26 5
Finland 2009 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 4 8 8 0 0 31 0
Sweden 2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 13 3 Qualified as hosts
Netherlands 2017 Qualified 8 7 0 1 22 3
Total Best: Champions 10/12 app. 33 18 4 11 59 36 74 56 11 7 240 37
*Denotes 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]

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Sweden's all-time international record, from 1973 to 2015.[7]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Argentina 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Australia 10 6 3 1 21 8 +13
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20
 Belarus 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12
 Belgium 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
 Brazil 8 3 1 4 8 9 –1
 Canada 19 12 3 4 39 22 +17
 China PR 24 10 7 7 32 24 +8
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Czech Republic 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6
 Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Denmark 53 30 12 11 88 49 +39
 England 23 13 7 3 44 20 +24
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10
 Finland 37 30 6 1 118 16 +102
 France 19 11 2 6 39 25 +14
 Germany 25 7 0 18 31 47 −16
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Great Britain 1 0 1 0 0 0 ±0
 Hungary 4 4 0 0 22 1 +21
 Iran 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
 Iceland 15 12 1 2 52 10 +42
 Italy 21 15 4 2 40 11 +29
 Japan 12 4 3 5 22 13 +9
 Latvia 2 2 0 0 14 0 +14
 Mexico 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Moldova 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Netherlands 18 10 4 4 31 13 +18
 Nigeria 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
 North Korea 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4
 Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Norway 50 18 11 21 82 85 −3
 Poland 6 6 0 0 23 1 +22
 Portugal 8 7 0 1 27 6 +21
 Republic of Ireland 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21
 Romania 4 4 0 0 22 0 +22
 Russia 4 4 0 0 8 1 +7
 Scotland 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8
 Slovakia 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8
 South Africa 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 South Korea 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8
 Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
 Spain 10 7 3 0 32 6 +26
  Switzerland 11 10 0 1 39 6 +33
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6
 United States 37 7 10 20 37 65 −28
 Wales 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11

Recent schedule and results[edit]

2016[edit]

The following is a list of matches in 2016

Further information: 2016 in Swedish football

2017[edit]

The following is a list of matches in 2017

Further information: 2017 in Swedish football

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Sweden squad in the women's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team of 18 athletes was officially named on 28 June 2016.[9] view · talk

Head coach: Pia Sundhage

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hedvig Lindahl (1983-04-29)29 April 1983 (aged 33) 122 0 England Chelsea
2 2DF Jonna Andersson (1993-01-02)2 January 1993 (aged 23) 4 0 Sweden Linköpings FC
3 2DF Linda Sembrant (1987-05-15)15 May 1987 (aged 29) 69 7 France Montpellier HSC
4 2DF Emma Berglund (1988-12-19)19 December 1988 (aged 27) 44 1 Sweden FC Rosengård
5 2DF Nilla Fischer (1984-08-02)2 August 1984 (aged 32) 144 20 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
6 2DF Magdalena Ericsson (1993-09-08)8 September 1993 (aged 22) 11 1 Sweden Linköpings FC
7 3MF Lisa Dahlkvist (1987-02-06)6 February 1987 (aged 29) 110 11 Sweden KIF Örebro
8 4FW Lotta Schelin (co-captain) (1984-02-27)27 February 1984 (aged 32) 165 84 Sweden FC Rosengård
9 3MF Kosovare Asllani (1989-07-29)29 July 1989 (aged 27) 83 25 England Manchester City
10 4FW Sofia Jakobsson (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 26) 71 12 France Montpellier HSC
11 4FW Stina Blackstenius (1996-02-05)5 February 1996 (aged 20) 8 1 Sweden Linköpings FC
12 4FW Olivia Schough (1991-03-11)11 March 1991 (aged 25) 36 5 Sweden Eskilstuna United
13 4FW Fridolina Rolfö (1993-11-24)24 November 1993 (aged 22) 9 4 Sweden Linköpings FC
14 3MF Emilia Appelqvist (1990-02-11)11 February 1990 (aged 26) 12 1 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
15 2DF Jessica Samuelsson (1992-01-30)30 January 1992 (aged 24) 32 0 Sweden Linköpings FC
16 3MF Elin Rubensson (1993-05-11)11 May 1993 (aged 23) 31 0 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
17 3MF Caroline Seger (co-captain) (1985-03-19)19 March 1985 (aged 31) 151 23 France Olympique Lyon
18 1GK Hilda Carlén (1991-08-13)13 August 1991 (aged 24) 2 0 Sweden Piteå IF
19 4FW Pauline Hammarlund (1994-05-07)7 May 1994 (aged 22) 6 3 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Förlust i Örebro mot Tyskland". Swedish Football Association (in Swedish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Mats Bråstedt. "'SOK lovar damerna en storsatsning'". Expressen.se. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Nordic Women's Championships 1974–1982 rsssf.com/ Retrieved 09–03–13.
  4. ^ Cyprus Tournament (Women) 1990–1993 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  5. ^ North America Cup 1987 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  6. ^ 1999–2004 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  7. ^ "Sveriges motståndare 1937–2015" (in Swedish). SvFF. 
  8. ^ "Brazil vs. Sweden - Football Match Summary - August 16, 2016". ESPN FC. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Svår uppgift att nominera Brasilientrupp" [Difficult task to nominate squad for Brazil] (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1987 Norway