The official website for European football

Sweden team profile

Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 1.49CET
The only FIFA World Cup host nation to be defeated in the final, Sweden have never matched their run of 1958, but did make the last four in the only other tournament they staged, EURO '92.

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...
Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 1.49CET

Sweden team profile

The only FIFA World Cup host nation to be defeated in the final, Sweden have never matched their run of 1958, but did make the last four in the only other tournament they staged, EURO '92.

Best result: semi-finals 1992
Coach: Erik Hamrén
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Sven Rydell (49); current – Zlatan Ibrahimović (48)
Most appearances: all-time – Anders Svensson (149); current – Andreas Isaksson (112)
Association formed: 1904
Nickname: Blågult (Blue and yellows)
Where they play: Friends Arena, Solna

The only FIFA World Cup host nation to be defeated in the final, Sweden have never matched their run of 1958, but did make the last four in the only other tournament they have staged, EURO '92, the first time they had competed on that stage in the continental competition. They took bronze at the 1994 World Cup and although they have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the global finals, despite the elaborate gifts of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, they have reached the last four UEFA European Championships.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P109 W53 D25 L31 F179 A114
Final tournament: P17 W5 D5 L7 F24 A21
Qualifying: P92 W48 D20 L24 F155 A93

Sweden reached the semi-finals on home turf in 1992, beating eventual champions Denmark and England after an opening-day draw with France. However, with Stefan Schwarz suspended and Jonas Thern playing through injury, they were overwhelmed by Germany even if a last-minute effort made it 3-2.

It was not until 2000 that they successfully negotiated qualifying to reach the final tournament, yet the Blågult have been ever-presents since. Sweden exited UEFA EURO 2004 unbeaten, losing 5-4 on penalties to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals after a goalless draw, while their last two campaigns ended at the first hurdle, a win and two defeats not enough each time. In 2012 they lost to Ukraine and England despite having led both matches in the second half, and were already out before their last game when Ibrahimović's brilliant acrobatic goal set up a 2-0 win against France.

Memorable EURO matches
07/10/2006: Sweden 2-0 Spain, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Goals from Johan Elmander and Marcus Allbäck earned a win as important as it was impressive.

18/06/2004: Sweden 1-1 Italy, UEFA EURO 2004 group stage
Sweden were heading for defeat when Ibrahimović levelled with an audacious late back-heel.

17/06/1992: Sweden 2-1 England, EURO '92 group stage
Another fine goal, from Tomas Brolin, completed a comeback win that sent the hosts into the semis.

Did you know?
Their October 2006 defeat of Spain remains the last time any team have won a qualifier against the nation that was to go on and win the next three major tournaments.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 10/02/14 16.28CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/teams/team=127/profile/index.html

Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 02/06/2014 01:36 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden0-3Brazil
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
06/11/2014 17:13:11
6 September 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden1-0China PR
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
06/11/2014 17:13:25
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Sweden2-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) – Stadium: Malmö New Stadium, Malmo (SWE)
04/18/2013 16:24:39
Faroe Islands1-2Sweden
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/18/2013 15:48:37
Germany4-4Sweden
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER)
04/18/2013 15:48:52
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden4-2England
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/11/2014 17:12:46
23 January 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden - Korea DPR
Match cancelled
Referee: not available
06/11/2014 17:12:36
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden2-3Argentina
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/11/2014 17:12:37
Sweden0-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
05/28/2013 11:07:20
26 March 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Slovakia0-0Sweden
Referee: not available
06/11/2014 17:12:37
3 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden1-0FYROM
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Malmö New Stadium, Malmo (SWE)
06/11/2014 17:12:56
Austria2-1Sweden
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
07/25/2013 10:54:39
Sweden2-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
07/25/2013 10:54:10
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Sweden4-2Norway
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/11/2014 17:12:41
Republic of Ireland1-2Sweden
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
09/11/2013 07:13:06
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Kazakhstan0-1Sweden
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
09/11/2013 07:29:56
Sweden2-1Austria
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
12/16/2013 12:36:54
Sweden3-5Germany
Referee: William Collum (SCO) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
12/16/2013 12:36:54
Portugal1-0Sweden
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon (POR)
12/16/2013 12:42:54
Sweden2-3Portugal
Aggregate: 2-4
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
12/16/2013 12:43:09
17 January 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Moldova1-2Sweden
Referee: not available
06/11/2014 17:13:06
21 January 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Iceland0-2Sweden
Referee: not available
06/11/2014 17:12:51
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Turkey2-1Sweden
Referee: not available – Stadium: 19 Mayis, Ankara (TUR)
06/11/2014 17:12:45
28 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Denmark1-0Sweden
Referee: not available – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
06/11/2014 17:12:55
01 June 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden0-2Belgium
Referee: not available
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
AustriaSweden
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
07/22/2014 13:21:48
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenRussia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
07/22/2014 13:22:09
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
07/22/2014 13:22:32
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MontenegroSweden
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
07/22/2014 13:23:03
MoldovaSweden
Referee: TBD
07/22/2014 13:21:42
SwedenMontenegro
Referee: TBD
07/22/2014 13:23:19
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
RussiaSweden
Referee: TBD
07/22/2014 13:23:42
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenAustria
Referee: TBD
07/22/2014 13:24:10
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
LiechtensteinSweden
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
07/22/2014 13:24:22
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenMoldova
Referee: TBD
07/22/2014 13:21:12

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/09/2010, Sweden 6-0 San Marino, Malmo
    07/06/2003, San Marino 0-6 Sweden, Serravalle
  • Biggest defeat:
    12/10/2010, Netherlands 4-1 Sweden, Amsterdam
    10/10/1979, Czechoslovakia 4-1 Sweden, Prague
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Kim Källström (SWE)
  • Top scorers: 14
    Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE)
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.