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|Association||Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)|
|Head coach||Janne Andersson|
|Most caps||Anders Svensson (148)|
|Top scorer||Zlatan Ibrahimović (62)|
|Home stadium||Friends Arena|
|Current||14 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||2 (November 1994)|
|Lowest||45 (March 2015, October–November 2015, March 2017)|
|Current||16 4 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||2 (May–June 1949, October 1949, July 1950)|
|Lowest||48 (September 1980, May 1981)|
| Sweden 11–3 Norway |
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 12 July 1908)
| Sweden 12–0 Latvia |
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1927)
Sweden 12–0 South Korea
(London, England; 5 August 1948)
| Great Britain 12–1 Sweden |
(London, England; 20 October 1908)
|Appearances||12 (first in 1934)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1958)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Semi-finals (1992)|
The Sweden national football team (Swedish: svenska fotbollslandslaget) represents Sweden in international football competition and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body of football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Stockholm and the team is coached by Janne Andersson. From 1945 to late 1950s, they were considered one of the greatest teams in Europe.
Sweden made their first World Cup appearance in 1934. Sweden has made twelve World Cup appearances and six 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 also reached the semi-finals in UEFA Euro 1992.
Sweden has traditionally been a strong team in international football, with 12 World Cup appearances and 3 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.
Sweden played its first international game against Norway on 12 July 1908, an 11–3 victory. Other matches in 1908 were played against England, Great Britain, the Netherlands (twice) and Belgium; Sweden lost all five matches. 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 1–12, the biggest loss in the Swedish national team's history.
In 1916, Sweden defeated 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.
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 quarter-finals 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 third-place match against Brazil. In that game the Swedes lost 2–4, and ended in fourth place for the first and only time in Swedish football history.
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.
In the 1950 World Cup, the Swedish football association did not allow any professional Swedish football players to take part. Consequently, Sweden 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.)
Their first game in the second stage – also a group format – was against the hosts Brazil. It was played at the Maracanã Stadium 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 goodbye 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, 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.
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-finals, 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.
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 quarter-finals, 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.
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 quarter-finals game in 1976. On 11 May 1976, Sweden lost for the first time since 1937 at home to Denmark.
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.
After the successful 1970s, 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 team 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, including two goals by Glenn Strömberg, due to losing against Romania both away and at home. The Swedish setbacks continued. After the failed qualification for the 1986 World Cup, Olle Nordin took over the team. Sweden lost their match against Czechoslovakia with 1-2 in the final qualifying round, while Portugal unexpectedly won 1–0 away against West Germany and took second place in the group. It was West Germany's first ever loss in a World Cup qualifier.
Sweden also failed to qualify to the UEFA Euro 1988 in West Germany. They 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. As of May 2018, it is the only time that Sweden has failed to score points in a World Cup tournament. After the World Cup, Olle Nordin resigned and Nisse Andersson became a temporary coach until Tommy Svensson took over in 1991.
As the host of the UEFA Euro 1992, Sweden played in their first ever European Championship tournament. They were drawn in group A 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 with 2–3. As of July 2016, the semi-final place remains Sweden's best result ever in a European Championship.
Sweden qualified for the 1994 World Cup in the United States at the top of their qualifying group ahead of Bulgaria and France. Sweden was placed in Group B with Brazil, Cameroon and Russia. The first game against Cameroon in Los Angeles 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 in Detroit, 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, with the final result being 3–1. In the last group stage match, against Brazil (also in Detroit), 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- 4:30 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. Sweden's quarter-final match in San Francisco 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 Daniel Prodan and Miodrag Belodedici, giving Sweden the win and making himself a hero. Sweden advanced to the semi-finals, where they were to face Brazil in Los Angeles. 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 a Bulgaria side that had lost to Italy in their semi-final match in New York City. Sweden scored 4 goals in the first half, but the second half went goal-less. Sweden finished 3rd and won the bronze medal, the best placing for the national team in a World Cup since the 1958 silver medal. This led Sweden to a second-place in the FIFA World Rankings for one month, in November 1994.
They finished as the top scorers of the tournament, with 15 goals scored in total.
After the World Cup in 1994, Sweden had difficulty reaching up to the same level. The national team was knocked out in qualifying for the 1996 European Championships in England and the 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.
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 an error by Belgian goalkeeper Filip De Wilde, while Belgium won via goals from Bart Goor in the 43rd minute and Émile Mpenza in the 46th. 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.
Sweden qualified undefeated for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, ahead of eventual third placed Turkey. 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. Henrik Larsson announced his retirement from the national team after the tournament.
Despite another impressive qualifying campaign and the unexpected return of Henrik Larsson, 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. Ibrahimović made a 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. Henrik Larsson also hit the cross bar from close range. After a goalless extra time, the game 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.
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. Defender Teddy Lučić was controversely sent off by referee Carlos Simon, who was captured laughing while holding up a questionable red card. Henrik Larsson missed a penalty kick early in the second half. After the tournament, Mattias Jonson announced his retirement from the national team, and Henrik Larsson retired again for a second time.
Prior to the final tournament, Henrik Larsson made another sensational return to the national team, nearly aged 37. 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. Freddie Ljungberg, Marcus Allbäck and Niclas Alexandersson all chose to retire from the national team after Sweden was eliminated.
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. Several veteran players chose to retire after Sweden failed to reach the World Cup, including Daniel Andersson, Mikael Nilsson and Henrik Larsson, his third and final retirement.
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 Chișinău 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.
In their Euro 2012 opening match Sweden lost against host nation Ukraine with 2–1. In their second group match Sweden lost to England with 3–2, thus eliminating them from the tournament. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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, losing to Italy and Belgium, drawing with the Republic of Ireland and scoring no goals of their own (their only goal was an own goal by Ciaran Clark).
On 25 July 2015, Sweden were drawn in Group A of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The team scored six wins, a draw and three losses. As a result, they tied with the Netherlands in points, and claimed second place behind eventual world champions France on goal difference.
On 13 November 2017, Sweden qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 0–0 draw away to Italy at the San Siro during the second leg of their qualification play-off match. As Sweden had won the first match 1–0, this resulted in a Swedish win on aggregate, making their return to the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
At the 2018 World Cup, Sweden started its campaign by a 1–0 win over South Korea in the first match on 18 June, through a penalty goal by Andreas Granqvist, decided by the new VAR technology. Their second match on 23 June was against Germany. Ola Toivonen scored 1-0 for Sweden by lobbing the ball over the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the first half. However, Marco Reus equalized to 1–1 early on in the second half. With 15 seconds remaining on the five stoppage time minutes, Toni Kroos won the game for Germany by scoring a free kick from just outside the penalty area, after a foul by Jimmy Durmaz. Despite this loss, Sweden advanced to the knockout stage top of the group with a 3–0 win over Mexico, while Germany were knocked out bottom of the group with a 2–0 loss to South Korea.
On 3 July 2018, Sweden played Switzerland in the round of 16, beating them 1-0 with a goal by Emil Forsberg, and advancing to the quarter finals for the first time since 1994. In the quarter-finals, Sweden suffered a 2–0 defeat to England and was thus knocked out.
Sweden were drawn with Turkey and Russia in the League B. Sweden started their campaign on 10 September with a 2–3 defeat against Turkey in Solna, after leading 2-1 with only a few minutes remaining. A month later, Sweden earned a point in a 0–0 draw against Russia in Kaliningrad. With two matches remaining, Sweden had to win both to top the group and to be promoted to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A. On 17 November, Sweden beat Turkey 0–1 in Konya after a penalty goal from captain Andreas Granqvist. Three days later, they achieved a 2-0 victory over Russia in Solna, the goals were scored by Victor Lindelöf and Marcus Berg, his first international goal since October 2017. The two wins meant promotion for Sweden to League A and a guaranteed play-off spot for the UEFA Euro 2020, should they do not qualify directly via the regular qualifier.
The draw for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying was held on December 2, 2018. Sweden were seeded in pot 2 and drawn in Group F together with Spain, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta.
Three days later, Sweden played against Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. This was the first competitive match between the nations since the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification. After trailing 0-2 well into the second half, Sweden turned the match around with goals once again by Claesson and Quaison to make it 3-2 late in the game. However, Ola Kamara equalized for Norway on their only corner of the game to make it 3-3 in the last minute of added time.
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 "Come on, 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.
Sweden's main rival is Denmark. The countries have played against each other 107 times, of which Sweden have won 47, drawn 20 and lost 40. The first match between the teams was an 8–0 Denmark win in May 1913. Sweden lost their first five matches against Denmark before their first win in October 1916 by the score 4–0. The first competitive match between the countries was as 1–0 win for Sweden in the group stage of UEFA Euro 1992. Both teams advanced from the group stage and Denmark went on to win the tournament. In UEFA Euro 2004 the teams drew 2–2 in the last group stage match, ensuring that both teams advanced at the expense of Italy. In the qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, Sweden were awarded a 3–0 win away against Denmark after a Danish fan invaded the pitch and attacked the referee. The reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw and Sweden qualified for the final tournament. In the qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sweden lost both matches against Denmark by 1–0 and failed to qualify for the World Cup. In the play-offs round of the qualification for UEFA Euro 2016, Sweden defeated Denmark by 4–3 on aggregate to qualify for the final tournament. The most recent match between the countries was a goalless draw in June 2018.
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|Umbro||1970 FIFA World Cup|
Since 2012, the Swedish national stadium is Friends Arena, replacing Råsunda Fotbollsstadion which was demolished. 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 four 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 Stadion in Malmö, are used for the national team.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||No qualification|
|1954||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||9||8|
|1958||Runners-up||2nd||6||4||1||1||12||7||Qualified as hosts|
|1962||Did not qualify||5||3||0||2||11||5|
|1982||Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||7||8|
|1998||Did not qualify||10||7||0||3||16||9|
|2002||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||5||5||10||8||2||0||20||3|
|2006||Round of 16||14th||4||1||2||1||3||4||10||8||0||2||30||4|
|2010||Did not qualify||10||5||3||2||13||5|
|2022||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualification record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify||6||2||3||1||8||7|
|1992||Semi-finals||3rd||4||2||1||1||6||5||Qualified as hosts|
|1996||Did not qualify||8||2||3||3||9||10|
|2020||To be determined||1||1||0||0||2||1|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||A||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|
|1908||Fourth place||4th||2||0||0||2||1||14||No qualification|
|1912||Round of 16||9th||2||0||0||2||3||5||No qualification|
|1924||Third place||3rd||5||3||1||1||18||5||No qualification|
|1928||Did not enter||No qualification|
|1936||Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3|
|1952||Third place||3rd||4||3||0||1||9||8||No qualification|
|1956||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||6|
|1968||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Nordic Football Championship record|
|Minor tournaments record|
|1939 DBU 50 years||Semi-final||3rd||1||0||0||1||0||1|
|1947 FBF 40 years||Winners||1st||2||2||0||0||11||2|
|1952 NFF 50 years||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||3||3|
|1954 SvFF 50 years||Winners||1st||2||2||0||0||9||0|
|1957 FBF 50 years||Winners||1st||2||1||1||0||5||1|
|1981 Lahti Cup||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||5||4|
|1988 West Berlin||Winners||1st||2||1||1||0||3||1|
|1989 DBU 100 years||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||2||7|
|1991 Scania 100||Third place||3rd||2||1||0||1||6||3|
|1994 Joe Robbie Cup||Winners||1st||2||1||1||0||3||1|
|1994 Nordic Cup||Winners||1st||2||1||0||1||2||1|
|1995 Umbro Cup||Third place||3rd||3||0||2||1||5||6|
|1996 Carlsberg Cup||Winners||1st||2||1||1||0||2||1|
|1997 King's Cup||Winners||1st||4||3||1||0||6||1|
|2001 King's Cup||Winners||1st||4||2||2||0||9||3|
|2003 King's Cup||Winners||1st||4||3||1||0||12||4|
|2004 Carlsberg Cup||Third place||3rd||2||1||0||1||3||3|
|2011 Cyprus Cup||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||1||0||3||1|
|2013 King's Cup||Winners||1st||2||1||1||0||4||1|
Statistics updated as of 23 March 2019.
|Against||Played||Won||Drawn *||Lost||GF||GA||GD||Win %|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||4||2||+2||100%|
|Republic of Ireland||11||5||3||3||17||14||+3||45.45%|
|South Africa Development||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||1||0||5||0||+5||50%|
|United Arab Emirates||2||1||0||1||3||2||+1||50%|
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Austria||2–0||Sweden||Vienna, Austria|
|20:45 UTC+2||Helander 11' (o.g)
|Report||Stadium: Generali Arena|
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
|10 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Sweden||2–3||Turkey||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+2||Kiese Thelin 35'
Akbaba 88', 90+2'
|Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|11 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Russia||0–0||Sweden||Kaliningrad, Russia|
|21:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium|
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
|16 October 2018 Friendly||Sweden||1–1||Slovakia||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+2||Guidetti 52'||Report||Rusnák 84'||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
|17 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Turkey||0–1||Sweden||Konya, Turkey|
|20:00 UTC+3||Report||Granqvist 71' (pen.)||Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Stadium|
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
|20 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League||Sweden||2–0||Russia||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+1||Lindelöf 41'
|Report||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|8 January 2019 Friendly||Sweden||0–1||Finland||Doha, Qatar|
|19:45 UTC+3||Report||Markkanen 22'||Stadium: Al Sadd Sports Club|
Referee: Abdulla Al-Marri (Qatar)
|11 January 2019 Friendly||Sweden||2–2||Iceland||Doha, Qatar|
|19:45 UTC+3||Gyökeres 47'
|Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Shammari (Qatar)
|23 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Sweden||2–1||Romania||Solna, Sweden|
|18:00 UTC+1||Quaison 33'
|Report||Keșerü 58'||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|26 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Norway||3–3||Sweden||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 UTC+1||Johnsen 41'
Quaison 86', 90+1'
|Stadium: Ullevaal Stadium|
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Spain||v||Sweden||Madrid, Spain|
|20:45 UTC+2||Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu|
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Sweden||v||Norway||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+2||Stadium: Friends Arena|
|15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Sweden||v||Spain||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+2||Stadium: Friends Arena|
|18 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers||Sweden||v||Faroe Islands||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 UTC+1||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2019 after the match against Norway.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Robin Olsen||8 January 1990||29||0||Roma|
|12||GK||Karl-Johan Johnsson||28 January 1990||7||0||Guingamp|
|23||GK||Kristoffer Nordfeldt||23 June 1989||10||0||Swansea City|
|2||DF||Mikael Lustig||13 December 1986||75||6||Celtic|
|3||DF||Filip Helander||22 April 1993||8||0||Bologna|
|4||DF||Andreas Granqvist (captain)||16 April 1985||83||9||Helsingborgs IF|
|6||DF||Ludwig Augustinsson||21 April 1994||26||1||Werder Bremen|
|14||DF||Anton Tinnerholm||26 February 1991||9||0||New York City|
|16||DF||Emil Krafth||2 August 1994||20||0||Amiens|
|18||DF||Sotirios Papagiannopoulos||5 September 1990||4||0||Copenhagen|
|5||MF||Alexander Fransson||2 April 1994||8||0||IFK Norrköping|
|7||MF||Sebastian Larsson (vice captain)||6 June 1985||111||6||AIK|
|8||MF||Albin Ekdal||28 July 1989||43||0||Sampdoria|
|13||MF||Gustav Svensson||7 February 1987||22||0||Seattle Sounders|
|15||MF||Sam Larsson||10 April 1993||4||1||Feyenoord|
|20||MF||Kristoffer Olsson||30 June 1995||7||0||Krasnodar|
|21||MF||Jimmy Durmaz||22 March 1989||48||3||Toulouse|
|22||MF||Ken Sema||30 September 1993||6||0||Watford|
|9||FW||Marcus Berg||17 August 1986||69||19||Al Ain|
|10||FW||Alexander Isak||21 September 1999||4||1||Willem II|
|11||FW||Robin Quaison||9 October 1993||8||4||Mainz 05|
|17||FW||Viktor Claesson||2 January 1992||35||6||Krasnodar|
|19||FW||Sebastian Andersson||15 July 1991||5||2||Union Berlin|
The following 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||Jacob Rinne||20 June 1993||3||0||AaB||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|GK||Oscar Linnér||23 February 1997||1||0||AIK||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|GK||Isak Pettersson||6 June 1997||1||0||IFK Norrköping||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Victor Lindelöf||17 July 1994||29||2||Manchester United||v. Norway, 26 March 2019 WD|
|DF||Pontus Jansson||13 February 1991||20||0||Leeds United||v. Norway, 26 March 2019 WD|
|DF||Alexander Milošević||30 January 1992||7||0||Nottingham Forest||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Johan Larsson||5 May 1990||6||0||Guingamp||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019 WD|
|DF||Joel Andersson||11 November 1996||3||0||FC Midtjylland||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Adam Andersson||11 November 1996||2||0||BK Häcken||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Filip Dagerstål||1 February 1997||2||0||IFK Norrköping||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Jonathan Augustinsson||30 March 1996||1||0||Djurgårdens IF||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019 WD|
|DF||Robin Jansson||15 November 1991||1||0||Orlando City||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|DF||Martin Olsson||17 May 1988||48||5||Swansea City||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Niklas Hult||13 February 1990||8||0||AEK Athens||v. Turkey, 10 September 2018|
|MF||Emil Forsberg||23 October 1991||43||7||RB Leipzig||v. Norway, 26 March 2019 WD|
|MF||Jakob Johansson||21 June 1990||17||1||Rennes||v. Norway, 26 March 2019 WD|
|MF||Simon Thern||18 September 1992||4||2||IFK Norrköping||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Melker Hallberg||20 October 1995||3||1||Vejle BK||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Kerim Mrabti||20 May 1994||3||0||Birmingham City||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019 WD|
|MF||Daleho Irandust||4 June 1998||2||0||BK Häcken||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Hosam Aiesh||14 April 1995||1||0||Östersunds FK||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Jonathan Levi||23 January 1996||1||0||IF Elfsborg||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Tesfaldet Tekie||4 July 1997||1||0||Östersunds FK||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|MF||Simon Tibbling||7 September 1994||1||0||Brøndby IF||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019 WD|
|MF||Oscar Hiljemark||28 June 1992||27||2||Genoa||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Marcus Rohdén||11 May 1991||15||1||Crotone||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Mattias Svanberg||5 January 1999||0||0||Bologna||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Kristoffer Peterson||28 November 1994||1||0||Heracles Almelo||v. Slovakia, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Kalle Holmberg||3 March 1993||4||1||IFK Norrköping||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|FW||Viktor Gyökeres||4 June 1998||2||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|FW||Muamer Tanković||22 February 1995||2||0||Hammarby IF||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|FW||Alexander Jeremejeff||12 October 1993||1||0||BK Häcken||v. Iceland, 11 January 2019|
|FW||Isaac Kiese Thelin||24 June 1992||29||3||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|FW||John Guidetti||15 April 1992||26||2||Alavés||v. Russia, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Mikael Ishak||31 March 1993||4||1||1. FC Nürnberg||v. Slovakia, 16 October 2018 WD|
|FW||Ola Toivonen RET||3 July 1986||64||14||Melbourne Victory||2018 FIFA World Cup|
Updated as of 26 March 2019.
Players in bold text are still active in the national team.
|1||Zlatan Ibrahimović (list)||2001–2016||62||116|
All records updated as of 12 January 2017.
Age-related records of the Swedish national football team.
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.
The order for this list is by most appearances as captain, then chronological order of first captaincy.
Updated as of 7 July 2018.
|Player||First to last 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
|Patrik Andersson||1995–2002||41||2 matches in UEFA Euro 2000|
|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|
|Andreas Granqvist||2016–2018||22||5 matches in 2018 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|
[Sweden] were arguably the best team in Europe when football restarted after War until the rise of the great Hungarian team of the early 1950s. [...] Sweden was still perhaps the strongest European team in 1950
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