Euro 2016 - Sweden team profile

Sweden have qualified for the fifth consecutive time to a final tournament of the European Championship. In the group stage they will face Belgium, Italy and Republic of Ireland.

Brief History at the Euros

Sweden's first appearance at a European Championship was in 1992 when the competition was held in their home country. Sweden had an enthusiastic start to the competition, finishing first in a group with Denmark, France and England.

In the first game Sweden draw against France 1-1, then won against Denmark 1-0 and in the last game they won against England 2-1. In the semi-final they faced Germany, it was a spectacular game that ended 3-2 for Germany and Sweden was eliminated.


Sweden vs Germany Euro 1992

Sweden vs Germany Euro 1992(Source: GettyImages)

In 1996 Sweden didn't qualify to the competition, in 2000 the Euros were held in Belgium and Netherlands, Sweden was eliminated in the group stage of the competition finishing last in a group with Italy, Turkey and Belgium.

In 2004 the competition was held in Portugal. Sweden had a good start, they finished first in their group ahead of Denmark, Italy and Bulgaria. They won the first game against Bulgaria 5-0, then they draw with Italy 1-1 and Denmark 2-2. In the quarter-final they played against Netherlands. The game finished 0-0, and Netherlands won after the penalty shoot-out 5-4.

In 2008 and 2012 Sweden qualified to the competition but they were eliminated in the group stage, first in 2008 they finished third behind Spain and Russia and in 2012 they finished fourth behind England, France and Ukraine.

Sweden road to Euro 2016

Sweden was part of group G along with Austria, Russia, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Moldova. They finished third place two points behind of second place Russia. They finished with 18 points winning five games, drawing three and losing two.

The complete table:

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Austria
10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28
2 Russia
10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20
3 Sweden
10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18
4 Montenegro
10 3 2 5 10 13 -3 11
5 Liechtenstein
10 1 2 7 2 26 -24 5
6 Moldova
10 0 2 8 4 16 -12 2

The results obtained by Sweden:

Home Result Away
Austria
1 - 1 Sweden
Sweden
1 - 1 Russia
Sweden
2 - 0 Liechtenstein
Montenegro
1 - 1 Sweden
Moldova
0 - 2 Sweden
Sweden
3 - 1 Montenegro
Russia
1 - 0 Sweden
Sweden
1 - 4 Austria
Liechtenstein
0 - 2 Sweden
Sweden
2 - 0 Moldova

The third place meant that Sweden advanced to the play-off where they had to face Denmark for a place at the Euro 2016 group stage.

The first leg:

Home Result Away
Sweden
2 - 1 Denmark

The second leg:

Home Result Away
Denmark
2 - 2 Sweden

Sweden won 3-2 on aggregate and earned their spot in the Euro 2016 group stage.

Sweden Euro 2016 squad and group

(Confirmed 23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK)

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen), Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich)

Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping)

Group E
Belgium
Italy
Ireland
Sweden

Sweden will play against Republic of Ireland in the first round, the last time the two teams met was in the 2013 in the World Cup qualifiers and Sweden won 2-1.

The second game will be against Italy. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 in an international friendly and Italy won 1-0.

Their third game will be with Belgium, the last time the two teams met was in the 2014 in an international friendly and Belgium won 2-0.

Sweden All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name C
1 Anders Svensson 148
2 Thomas Ravelli 143
3 Andreas Isaksson 130
4 Kim Källström 128
5 Olof Mellberg 117

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name G R
1 Zlatan Ibrahimović 62 0.54
2 Sven Rydell 49 1.13
3 Gunnar Nordahl 43 1.30
4 Henrik Larsson 37 0.35
5 Gunnar Gren 32 0.56

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