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.

Tomas Brolin (Sweden)

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 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