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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.

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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 – Zlatan Ibrahimović (62); current – Zlatan Ibrahimović (62)
Most appearances: all-time – Anders Svensson (148); current – Andreas Isaksson (127)
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 five UEFA European Championships.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P121 W59 D29 L32 F198 A126
Final tournament: P17 W5 D5 L7 F24 A21
Qualifying: P104 W54 D24 L26 F174 A105

Sweden's top five qualifying goals

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?
Sweden's October 2006 win against Spain was their opponents' last qualifying defeat until Slovakia beat them in October 2014.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 04/12/15 15.08CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 28/06/2016 13:01 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden2-0Estonia
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
12/17/2015 15:55:02
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-1Sweden
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:53
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-1Russia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:09
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden2-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:09
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro1-1Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:49
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
France1-0Sweden
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:48:04
15 January 2015 15 Jan - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden2-0Côte d'Ivoire
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:52:14
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova0-2Sweden
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
02/22/2016 12:32:33
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden3-1Iran
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
12/17/2015 16:44:15
8 June 2015 08 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway0-0Sweden
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
11/19/2015 11:37:38
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden3-1Montenegro
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:02
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-0Sweden
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:12
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-4Austria
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:02
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Liechtenstein0-2Sweden
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
05/09/2016 14:09:55
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden2-0Moldova
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:09
14 November 2015 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Sweden2-1Denmark
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:02
17 November 2015 17 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Denmark2-2Sweden
Aggregate: 3-4 (agg: 3-4)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
05/31/2016 13:19:23
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Turkey2-1Sweden
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
07/20/2016 14:18:24
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden1-1Czech Republic
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:08
30 May 2016 30 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden0-0Slovenia
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN) Stadium: Malmö New Stadium, Malmo (SWE)
05/31/2016 12:39:31
5 June 2016 05 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden3-0Wales
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:08
Republic of Ireland1-1Sweden
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:18
Italy1-0Sweden
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
06/28/2016 12:00:24
Sweden0-1Belgium
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stade de Nice, Nice (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:07:49
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenNetherlands
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
08/29/2016 17:10:13
7 October 2016 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
LuxembourgSweden
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
08/11/2016 16:26:41
10 October 2016 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenBulgaria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
08/21/2016 10:08:33
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceSweden
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
07/18/2016 15:08:26
25 March 2017 25 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenBelarus
Referee: TBD
07/14/2016 23:06:09
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenFrance
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:10:30
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaSweden
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:13:31
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BelarusSweden
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:26:26
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
07/14/2016 23:04:56
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsSweden
Referee: TBD
07/14/2016 23:04:35

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Stadium : Friends Arena
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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:
    08/09/2015, Sweden 1-4 Austria, Solna
    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: 49
    Andreas Isaksson (SWE)
    Kim Källström (SWE)
  • Top scorers: 25
    Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE)