Swedish national football team
|Nickname (s)||Blågult or Tre Kronor|
|Head coach||Janne Andersson|
|Assistant coach||Peter Wettergren|
|Record scorer||Zlatan Ibrahimović (62)|
|Record player||Anders Svensson (148)|
|Home stadium||Friends Arena (since 2012)|
|FIFA rank||17. (1579 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First international match Sweden 11-3 Norway ( Gothenburg , Sweden ; July 12, 1908 )
Biggest wins Sweden 12-0 Latvia ( Stockholm , Sweden ; August 29, 1927 ) Sweden 12-0 South Korea ( London , England ; August 5, 1948 )
Biggest defeat United Kingdom 12-1 Sweden ( London , England ; Oct 20, 1908 )
|Successes in tournaments|
|Participation in the finals||12 ( first : 1934 )|
|Best results||Second, 1958|
|Participation in the finals||6 ( first : 1992 )|
|Best results||Semifinals, 1992|
|(As of January 12, 2020)|
The Swedish national football team represents Sweden in football - internationals . Game operations for the men's national team, like the women's national team and the various youth selections , are organized by Svenska Fotbollförbundet , the Swedish football association. The greatest success of the country selection is, in addition to a gold medal at the Olympic Games in London in 1948, a runner-up world title. In total, the team has so far participated in eleven world and five European championships , each of which has acted as “host” once. Sweden is the first country to have played 1,000 international matches. In addition to 1944, due to Swedish neutrality, games could also take place in the World War 1914–1918 and 1939–1945, in which no or very few international matches were held in many other countries.
The Swedish football association Svenska Fotbollförbundet was founded in 1904. On July 12, 1908, the Swedish national team played their first international match against Norway on the Balders Hage sports field in front of 3,000 spectators , which they won 11: 3. It is the highest scoring game in Swedish international history to date. Erik Bergström and Erik Börjesson each made four scorers' lists.
List of Sweden : O. Eriksson - Malm , Andersson - Olsson , Lindman , T. Eriksson - G. Bergström , E. Bergström , Börjesson , Gustafsson , Ansén
Swedish goal scorers : 1: 1 (14th) Gustafsson, 2: 1 (24th) Börjesson, 3: 1 (27th) E. Bergström, 4: 1 (29th) E. Bergström, 5: 1 (44th) E. Bergström, 6: 2 (60.) Börjesson, 7: 2 (63.) Lindman, 8: 3 (75.) Börjesson, 9: 3 (79.) Gustafsson, 10: 3 (86.) Börjesson, 11 : 3 (89.) E. Bergström
In the fall of the year, the selection at the Olympic Games played for the first time in a tournament. The tournament favorite was waiting in the opening game with the English amateur national team , who clearly prevailed with a 12-1 win. To date, this is the biggest defeat in the history of the Swedish national team. After France 's 1:17 defeat against Denmark in the semi-finals, the latter withdrew, so that the Swedish selection was allowed to compete in the game for third place. After a 2-0 defeat against the Dutch team , they still had to be content with fourth place. At the Olympic Games in 1912 , the game for third place was reissued in the round of 16, after a hard-fought game the Netherlands secured the victory again and reached the quarter-finals with a 4: 3 after extra time, while Sweden found themselves in the consolation round. Italy was too strong there in the first round and prevailed 1-0.
First successes and failures
After the First World War , the Swedish selection took part in the 1920 Olympic Games . The team was involved in the two highest-scoring games. In the first round Greece was clearly outclassed with 9-0, before the feared opponent Netherlands prevailed in the quarter-finals with 5-4 after extra time. After all, Herbert Karlsson was the tournament's top scorer with seven goals.
At the 1924 Olympic Games , the Swedish national team was the tournament's surprise team. In the opening game on July 25, one of the favorites, the Belgian selection , was overrun with 8: 1. This is still considered one of the greatest sensations today. A 5-0 win over Egypt then made it into the semi-finals. Switzerland proved to be too strong there, but with a 3-1 win in the replay against the Netherlands, a medal was won for the first time in the game for third place.
In 1928 the team did not take part in the Olympic Games and in 1930 not in the World Cup. After no Olympic competition took place in 1932, the Swedish selection did not play again until the World Cup in 1934 in a major international tournament. Sweden qualified for the finals in Italy with clear victories against Estonia and Lithuania . Thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win over Argentina , the team made it to the quarter-finals, where Germany won 2-1.
At the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 , the national selection made a fool of itself. Against the huge outsider Japan , the team lost 3-2 and were allowed to travel home after the first game. When qualifying for the World Cup in 1938 , the Swedish selection was drawn into a group with the selection of the German Empire , Finland and Estonia and was able to qualify as second in the group for the final round. There they were lucky and received a bye for the round of 16, as the opponent from Austria did not take part due to the fact that they were "brought home to the Reich". In the quarter-finals, the Cuban national team was outclassed 8-0 before Hungary destroyed their dream of the final with a 5-1 win. In the game for third place against Brazil , Sweden was able to take a 2-0 lead through goals from Sven Jonasson and Arne Nyberg , but the South Americans turned u. a. the game with two goals from top scorer Leônidas and won the bronze medal with a 4-2 victory.
Years of success
The Swedish national team celebrated their greatest successes in the late 1940s and 1950s. At the Olympic Games in London in 1948 , the national team won the gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Yugoslavia in the final . Two years later, third place was achieved at the 1950 World Cup . This made people aware of the Scandinavian kickers in southern Europe and some national players switched to Italy, Spain or France as professionals. Since the Swedish Association rejected professional football, these players were not nominated for the national team in the following years, so that there was a significant drop in performance. Although the bronze medal could still be won at the Olympic Games in 1952 , a number of selected players left Sweden heading south. The national selection missed qualifying for the 1954 World Cup and the 1956 Olympic Games .
For the 1958 World Cup, the national team's selection committee reviewed the nomination guidelines and brought five Swedes playing abroad into the squad for the tournament. At the World Cup in their own country, the team made it to the final. The tough semi-final against the German national team (also called the Battle of Gothenburg ) led to a strong aversion to Sweden in Germany. In the final, the Swedish selection met the Brazilian selection, which won the World Cup for the first time in the final with the highest number of goals in World Cup history with a 5-2 win with two goals each from Vavá and Pelé .
Setbacks and a small comeback
For a long time, the Swedish national team was unable to build on the successes of that decade. The qualification for the Olympic Games and the European Championships was regularly missed. It was not until the 1970 World Cup that they appeared on the international stage again, but unfortunately they were eliminated in the preliminary round due to the poorer goal difference against Uruguay .
At the 1974 World Cup , there was once again a small ray of hope in Swedish World Cup history. In the draw, the team was only considered in Pot 4 of the “outsiders”. In Group III , the team met Bulgaria , the Netherlands and Uruguay again. As a surprising runners-up in the group behind the tournament favorites Netherlands, they made it into the second final round unbeaten and without conceding a goal. Although there proved to Poland and Germany too strong, by a final 2: 1 victory against Yugoslavia but the team finished fifth.
The 1978 World Cup was again disappointing. As the bottom of the group behind Austria , Brazil and Spain , Sweden said goodbye to international tournaments for twelve years.
Return and small successes
Only when they qualified for the 1990 World Cup did the Swedish national team rise again, after having won the four-country tournament (1988) in Germany. Nevertheless, the team failed after three 1: 2 defeats against Brazil, Costa Rica and Scotland in the preliminary round.
By hosting the European Championships in 1992 , Sweden took part in a European Championship for the first time. There the team reported back with a bang in international football and made it to the semi-finals, where they narrowly failed against the German national team. In 1994 they achieved another respectable success with 3rd place at the World Cup in the USA.
This was followed by a short dry spell until qualifying for EURO 2000 . However, the selection failed without a win in the preliminary round. At the 2002 World Cup , Sweden was drawn into the so-called death group with England, Argentina and Nigeria and was considered a blatant outsider. However, the team was unbeaten group winners. In the round of 16, the team met the surprise team from Senegal . The Swedish team were unhappy with a goal from Henri Camara in the 104th minute of the game with 1: 2 with a golden goal .
For the 2006 World Cup in Germany , the Swedish national team qualified as one of the two best runners-up in the group after only the two games against group winners Croatia were lost. In the preliminary round of Group B, the team did not get beyond a disappointing 0-0 in the first game against the underdog Trinidad and Tobago, although they created numerous chances. The second game against Paraguay was won 1-0 shortly before the end of the game. In the third and final group game they drew 2-2 against England. With the draw, Sweden reached the second round in Group B behind England. Sweden lost 2-0 in the round of 16 against hosts Germany. Stars like Zlatan Ibrahimović , Freddie Ljungberg and Kim Källström could not set any accents either. In addition, Sweden had to play undernumbered for almost a full hour due to a dismissal and was also unable to convert a penalty in the second half.
With the qualification for the European Championship the fifth participation in a tournament succeeded. Again, the team could not convince and was eliminated in the preliminary round. In the subsequent qualification for the 2010 World Cup , the results for the Swedish selection were mixed. Although they only lost their two games against Denmark , after two draws against Portugal and a draw against Albania , the team failed to qualify for the tournament as third in the table. Lars Lagerbäck then resigned as national coach and was replaced by Erik Hamrén .
In qualifying for the 2012 European Championship finals , Sweden met Hungary , San Marino , the reigning World Cup finalists the Netherlands , Moldova and Finland . The first game in Solna against Hungary ended in a 2-0 win. The second qualifying game, which was again a home game (this time in Malmö ), ended with a 6-0 win against San Marino. The team lost their third game, in Amsterdam , 1: 4 against the group favorites from the Netherlands.
Sweden won 2-1 against Moldova in March 2011, the second leg in Moldova 4-1. In the neighborhood duel with Finland, Sweden retained the upper hand 5-0. In September Sweden saw their second qualifying defeat against Hungary (1: 2) in Budapest . The Scandinavians were able to rehabilitate themselves in Serravalle . San Marino was defeated 5-0. In October the qualification ended with a 2-1 win in Finland and a 3-2 win against the Netherlands. As the best runners-up in the group, the team managed to qualify directly.
At the European Championship finals, the team met co-hosts Ukraine , England and France . Against the Ukraine the game was lost after a 1-0 lead with 1: 2. Against England, the Scandinavians lost 2: 3 after a 2-1 lead in the meantime. That was tantamount to leaving. Sweden won the final game against the already qualified French 2-0.
In qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals , the eleven faced Kazakhstan , Faroe Islands , EM semi-finalists Germany , Ireland and Austria . The Swedes won the first game in Malmö against Kazakhstan 2-0. In Tórshavn , Sweden just won 2-1 against the Faroe Islands. However, the game against Germany in Berlin should be memorable . By the 62nd minute, Sweden were down 4-0. However, the team equalized within 30 minutes with Zlatan Ibrahimović , Mikael Lustig , Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm (in stoppage time). Sweden finished second and qualified for the play-offs, where they were eliminated by Portugal .
In the following preliminary round for the European Championship 2016 in France , Sweden was drawn into a group with Austria, Russia , Montenegro , Moldova and Liechtenstein again. Sweden finished third and qualified for the play-offs in which they prevailed against Denmark . They were then drawn into a group with Ireland , Italy and Belgium . The opening game against Ireland ended with a division of points and the following games against Italy and Ireland were lost, so that the Swedish team was eliminated after the group stage.
In qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia , the Swedish team played against the Netherlands , Belarus , vice-European champions France , Bulgaria and Luxembourg . Sweden finished second behind France and ahead of the Netherlands and thus took part in the play-offs where they met Italy. The first leg in Solna was won 1-0, in the second leg a draw was enough to participate in the final round. There you were with world champions Germany, who did not survive the group stage, South Korea and Mexico in one group. The South Americans and Swedes advanced, the Scandinavians only failed in the quarter-finals at England (0: 2), which was later to become fourth in the tournament.
In League B of the UEFA Nations League, Sweden faced Turkey and Russia in Group 2. Due to the better goal difference, they prevailed against the Russians and rose to the highest league, League A, for the 2020/21 season. The qualification for the European Championship 2021 was successfully completed with 21 points behind Spain and before the eliminated neighbor Norway .
Participation of Sweden in the world championship finals
The Swedish national team first took part in the second World Cup, the finals of which were held in Italy in 1934. In total, she qualified eleven times for a final tournament and was once automatically qualified as a host. As the host team, she achieved her best result in the 1958 finals as vice world champion. In addition, she was twice in the semi-finals, in 1994 she came third.
|year||Host country||Participation until ...||Last opponent||Result||Trainer||Comments and special features|
|1934||Italy||Quarter finals||Germany||8th.||József Nagy||( Squad )|
|1938||France||3rd place match||Brazil||Fourth||József Nagy||( Squad )|
|1950||Brazil||Final round||Brazil , Uruguay , Spain||Third||George Raynor||( Squad )|
|1954||Switzerland||not qualified||-||In the qualification of Belgium failed|
|1958||Sweden||final||Brazil||Vice world champion||George Raynor||Only loss of an organizer in the final ( squad )|
|1962||Chile||not qualified||-||In qualifying at the Switzerland failed|
|1966||England||not qualified||-||In the qualification of Germany failed|
|1970||Mexico||Preliminary round||Uruguay , Italy , Israel||9.||Orvar Bergmark||( Squad )|
|1974||Germany||Intermediate round||Poland , Germany , Yugoslavia||5.||Georg Ericson||( Squad )|
|1978||Argentina||Preliminary round||Brazil , Spain , Austria||13.||Georg Ericson||( Squad )|
|1982||Spain||not qualified||-||In the qualification of Scotland and Northern Ireland failed|
|1986||Mexico||not qualified||-||In the qualification to Germany and Portugal failed|
|1990||Italy||Preliminary round||Brazil , Costa Rica , Scotland||21st||Olle Nordin||( Squad )|
|1994||United States||3rd place match||Bulgaria||Third||Tommy Svensson||( Squad )|
|1998||France||not qualified||In the qualification of Scotland and Austria failed|
|2002||South Korea / Japan||Round of 16||Senegal||13.||Lars Lagerbäck / Tommy Söderberg||Out in extra time by Golden Goal
( squad )
|2006||Germany||Round of 16||Germany||14th||Lars Lagerbäck||( Squad )|
|2010||South Africa||not qualified||In the qualification of Denmark and Portugal failed|
|2014||Brazil||not qualified||Failed in the playoff games of the qualification to Portugal .|
|2018||Russia||Quarter finals||England||7th||Janne Andersson||In the playoff games of qualification, the four-time world champion Italy eliminated. 0-2 loss to England.|
- The pairing Sweden - Brazil is (next to Germany - Argentina) the most common pairing at world championships. So far, both teams have met seven times. Brazil won five times, two games ended 1: 1.
- The 1: 7 against Brazil in the 1950 final round is Sweden's biggest defeat in the World Cup.
- Sweden are the only team that reached the final at the home World Cup but failed to win.
Participation of Sweden in the European Championship finals
Sweden has taken part in the European Championship finals six times so far, once as an automatically qualified host for eight participants, four times for 16 and once for 24 participants. The best result was the semifinals participation as the host team in 1992, in the same year they took part in a finals for the first time.
|year||Host country||Participation until ...||Last opponent||Result||Comments and special features|
|1964||Spain||not qualified||In the quarter-finals at the defending champion and later vice European champions USSR failed.|
|1968||Italy||not qualified||In the qualification of Bulgaria failed, but that also did not reach the final round.|
|1972||Belgium||not qualified||The defending champion Italy failed in qualifying , but they did not reach the finals either.|
|1976||Yugoslavia||not qualified||In qualifying later in the host and the Fourth Yugoslavia failed.|
|1980||Italy||not qualified||In qualifying on defending champion and third later Czechoslovakia failed.|
|1984||France||not qualified||In the qualification of Romania failed.|
|1988||BR Germany||not qualified||In the qualification of Italy failed.|
|1996||England||not qualified||In qualifying at the Switzerland and Turkey failed.|
|2000||Netherlands and Belgium||Preliminary round||Belgium , Italy , Turkey||-||After defeats against co-hosts Belgium in the opening game and Italy as well as a draw against Turkey, they were eliminated as bottom group.|
|2004||Portugal||Quarter finals||Netherlands||-||Defeat on penalties|
|2008||Austria and Switzerland||Preliminary round||Greece , Russia , Spain||-||After a win against defending champion Greece, as well as defeats against Russia and the eventual European champions Spain, retired as third in the group|
|2012||Poland and Ukraine||Preliminary round||Ukraine , England , France||-||In the preliminary round, the first two games against co-hosts Ukraine and England were lost, which meant that the quarter-finals were missed. The game against France was only relevant for France, but the Swedish victory was ultimately only decisive for France's placement.|
|2016||France||Preliminary round||Ireland , Italy , Belgium||-||After a draw and two defeats, knocked out last in the group.|
|2021||Europe||qualified||Opponents in the qualification were the Faroe Islands , Malta , neighboring Norway , Romania and Spain .|
Participation in the Summer Olympic Games for senior national teams (6 times)
|1908 in London||Fourth|
|1912 in Stockholm||Preliminary round|
|1920 in Antwerp||Quarter finals|
|1924 in Paris||Third|
|1928 in Amsterdam||not participated|
|1936 in Berlin||Round of 16|
|1948 in London||Olympic champion|
|1952 in Helsinki||Third|
Note: In contrast to the SvFF, FIFA no longer takes the games of 1952 into account .
The following players have been called up for the European Championship 2021 qualifiers against Romania on November 15 and against the Faroe Islands on November 18, 2019
- Performance data as of January 12, 2020 (after the game against Kosovo)
|Karl-Johan Johnsson||January 28, 1990||7th||0||FC Copenhagen||October 16, 2018|
|Kristoffer Nordfeldt||June 23, 1989||11||0||Swansea City||18th November 2019|
|Robin Olsen||January 8, 1990||36||0||Cagliari Calcio||15th November 2019|
|Pierre Bengtsson||April 12, 1988||29||0||FC Copenhagen||15th November 2019|
|Marcus Danielson||April 8, 1989||3||1||Djurgårdens IF||January 9, 2020|
|Riccardo Gagliolo||April 28, 1990||1||0||Parma Calcio||18th November 2019|
|Andreas Granqvist||April 16, 1985||88||9||Helsingborgs IF||15th November 2019|
|Filip Helander||April 22, 1993||11||0||Glasgow Rangers||18th November 2019|
|Pontus Jansson||February 13, 1991||23||0||Brentford FC||18th November 2019|
|Victor Lindelof||17th July 1994||33||3||Manchester United||15th November 2019|
|Mikael Funny||December 13, 1986||82||6th||KAA Gent||15th November 2019|
|Albin Ekdal||July 28, 1989||50||0||Sampdoria Genoa||15th November 2019|
|Emil Forsberg||October 23, 1991||49||8th||RB Leipzig||15th November 2019|
|Dejan Kulusevski||April 25, 2000||1||0||Parma Calcio||18th November 2019|
|Sebastian Larsson||June 6, 1985||118||8th||AIK Solna||15th November 2019|
|Kristoffer Olsson||June 30, 1995||14th||0||FK Krasnodar||15th November 2019|
|Ken Sema||September 30, 1993||7th||0||Udinese Calcio||18th November 2019|
|Mattias Svanberg||January 5, 1999||1||1||Bologna FC||18th November 2019|
|Gustav Svensson||February 7, 1987||27||0||Seattle Sounders||15th November 2019|
|Muamer Tanković||February 22, 1995||5||0||Hammarby IF||January 12, 2020|
|Sebastian Andersson||July 15, 1991||9||3||1. FC Union Berlin||18th November 2019|
|Marcus Berg||17th August 1986||76||21st||FK Krasnodar||15th November 2019|
|John Guidetti||April 15, 1992||28||3||Deportivo Alavés||18th November 2019|
|Alexander Isak||September 21, 1999||12||4th||Real Sociedad||18th November 2019|
|Robin Quaison||October 9, 1993||15th||7th||1. FSV Mainz 05||15th November 2019|
An official national coach, in Swedish Förbundskapten , has only existed since 1962. Before that there was a selection committee ( Uttagningskommittén ), which determined the nominations of the players. During the game, the chairman of the committee was usually responsible for the selection. That is why they are often referred to as national coaches.
However, the team had unofficially a kind of full-time national coach with the Englishman George Raynor , who oversaw the selection in the late 1940s and 1950s and led to the runner-up in 1958. In 1948 Sweden was looked after by Rudolf Kock at the Olympic gold medal . In 1962 Lennart Nyman became the first official national coach.
|Terms of office||National coach|
|since 2016||Janne Andersson|
Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäck
|1980-1986||Lars "Laban" Arnesson|
|1970-1979||Georg "Åby" Ericson|
Sweden ranks ninth together with Kuwait in the ranking of players with at least 100 international matches . Of the currently active national players, only Sebastian Larsson has played more than 100 internationals with 109 games.
Thomas Ravelli and Björn Nordqvist were world record holders from June 10, 1995 to May 21, 1996 with 127 to 130 games and from June 3, 1978 to December 15, 1978 with 109 to 115 games . On September 6, 2013, Anders Svensson set Thomas Ravelli's record in a 2-1 win in Ireland. On September 10, 2013, he increased it in the game against Kazakhstan to 144 games and has been the sole record holder since then.
|rank||Surname||Calls||Gates||position||Period||World Cup games||EM games||Record international player|
|1.||Not so Svensson||148||21st||midfield||1999-2013||5||9||since September 6, 2013|
|2.||Thomas Ravelli||143||0||goal||1981-1997||10||4th||July 13, 1994 to September 10, 2013|
|6th||Olof Mellberg||117||8th||Defense / midfield||1997-2011||8th||13|
|9.||Björn Nordqvist||115||0||Defense||1963-1978||10||0||September 22, 1976 to July 13, 1994|
As of November 15, 2019
Record goal scorers
On September 4, 2014, Zlatan Ibrahimović replaced Sven Rydell as the Swedish top scorer with his 50th international goal. Rydell initially set Karl Gustafsson's record in a 6-2 win against Hungary on July 12, 1925 with his 22nd international goal and replaced him as the record scorer with his 23rd goal. Gustafsson, who had scored the first goal in the history of the national team in the first international match of the Swedish selection against Norway (see above), had been successful for Sweden 22 times in 32 games between 1908 and 1918. Of the currently active national players, Marcus Berg has scored the most international goals with 19 goals.
|rank||Surname||Gates||Calls||Quota||Period||WM / OL goals||EM goals|
|2.||Sven Rydell †||49||43||1.14||1923-1932||- / 6|
|3.||Gunnar Nordahl †||43||33||1.30||1942-1948||7th|
|5.||Gunnar Gren †||33||57||0.58||1940-1958||1/ 3|
Other well-known former national players
In the jersey of the Swedish national team there were other players who gained international fame on the one hand in club football, but also as top performers in the national jersey.
- Soccer in Sweden
- List of international matches for the Swedish national football team
- List of Swedish World Cup participants
- Homepage of the Swedish Association (Swedish / English)
- ↑ The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: fifa.com. July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
- ↑ svenskfotboll.se: "Mållöst i landskamp nr 1000"
- ↑ Ranking of the greatest sensations in football (ELO) ( Memento of the original from June 24, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ↑ The placements from 5th place onwards were determined by FIFA without any placement games. See: All-time FIFA World Cup Ranking 1930–2010 (PDF; 200 kB)
- ↑ Andersson's troop inför avgörandet , svenskfotboll.se, accessed on November 9, 2019 (Swedish)
- ↑ de.fifa.com
- ↑ svenskfotboll.se: "Herr: Viktig seger i Dublin"
- ↑ svenskfotboll.se: "Anders Svensson slog Ravellis record" ( memento of the original from September 26, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ↑ FIFA does not count the first game in the context of the Olympic qualification against Hungary on May 4, 1963.
- ↑ European national football teams 1872 - 2018 matches database , on eu-football.info, accessed on June 16, 2019
- ↑ svenskfotboll.se: Sveriges landslagsmän 1908-2018
- ↑ rsssf.com: Goalscoring for Sweden National Team