Sweden return from a two-year hiatus determined to make up for lost time with confidence high after taking the biggest scalp of all in qualifying.
There have been ten previous editions of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship and Germany have been there for every one – but, thanks to Sweden, the holders will not defend their title in Turkey. Pauline Hammarlund ultimately did the damage, sharing the scoring burden with Elin Rubensson as she had throughout the campaign by getting the only goal as Calle Barrling's side completed qualifying with a 100% record.
"We believed in ourselves and I think this team has a really good chance in this summer's tournament," said Barrling. The 58-year-old is eager to at least match their feat of 2009 when, having bowed out at the last-four stage in 2003 and 2008, the Blågult reached the final before losing to England.
Route to finals
First qualifying round: 7-0 Serbia, 1-0 Slovakia, 3-0 Ukraine (Group 5 winners)
Second qualifying round: 3-0 Northern Ireland, 3-1 Poland, 1-0 Germany (Group 2 winners)
Top scorer: Elin Rubensson (8)
Magdalena Ericsson (defender, Djurgårdens IF), Pauline Hammarlund (forward, Tyresö FF), Elin Rubensson (forward, FC Malmö)
Coach: Calle Barrling
Date of birth: 28/07/1953
Playing career: Djurgårdens IF, Gröndals IK, Hille IF, Strömsbro IF
Coaching career: Strömsbro IF, Gävle GIK, Högbo AIK, IFK Gävle, Sweden women's U19
A mainstay in the coaching ranks of Sweden's women's teams for a number of years, Barrling has been at the helm of Sweden's women's U19 side since 2005, enjoying mixed success as he tries to focus on a blend of technical proficiency and strong team spirit. Combining the job with a role of scout for the senior women's team he reached the semi-finals in 2008 and finished runners-up 12 months later but then endured two years of not qualifying.
Barrling has travelled many footballing roads since he was released by Djurgårdens IF at the age of 17. He played out his career in the lower rungs of Swedish football, ending up at Strömsbro while he was studying to be a teacher and where he began coaching in 1985. Spells at Gävle GIK, Högbo AIK and IFK Gävle followed before Barrling linked up with the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) in 1998.
UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship best
Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's Championship
Runners-up: 1989, 1997, 2005
UEFA European Women's Under-18 Championship
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