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UEFA EURO: Sweden - Poland Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits

SwedenSwedenDublin Arena - DublinWednesday 23 June 2021
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Group E - Matchday 3
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Match background Only this chapter

Poland will hope for a repeat of their only previous final tournament meeting with Sweden as the teams face off at the Dublin Arena in the final round of Group E games.

Previous meetings
• This is the sides' 27th meeting, with Sweden having won 14 of the previous 26 – including all the last five. The most recent of those came in a Solna friendly on 5 June 2004, the home side winning 3-1.

• Sweden had already beaten Poland home and away in qualifying for both UEFA EURO 2004 and UEFA EURO 2000, keeping clean sheets in all four fixtures – 1-0 away, 2-0 home in the 2000 preliminaries and 3-0 home, 2-0 away in the following tournament.

• Sweden are unbeaten in their last seven games against Poland (W6 D1), since a 2-0 friendly loss in Gdynia in August 1991. The Scandinavian side have scored 18 goals in that seven-match sequence, conceding only three – two of them coming in a 2-2 friendly draw in Solna in May 1997, the last time Poland avoided defeat against the Swedes.

• Poland did, however, come out on top in the sides' only previous fixture at a final tournament, a Grzegorz Lato goal securing victory at the Neckarstadion in Stuttgart in the second group stage of the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

• That is one of eight victories Poland have enjoyed against Sweden – three having come outside of Poland – but remains their only competitive success in what was the first such match between the teams. Sweden have won all of the subsequent six, keeping clean sheets in the last five; a Ryszard Tarasiewicz strike on 7 May 1989 in 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying is Poland's last competitive goal against the Swedes.

• Damian Gorawski's 89th-minute strike in Sweden's 3-1 win in Solna in 2004 ended a run of 452 minutes without conceding against Poland.

EURO facts: Sweden
• Sweden are competing at their sixth successive EURO finals, and their seventh in total. They have not made it through the group stage since reaching the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2004.

• Four years ago, Erik Hamrén's side finished bottom of Group E with one point from three matches. Having opened with a 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland, the Swedes lost 1-0 to both Italy and Belgium.

• Prior to Matchday 1, a 2-0 defeat of France on Matchday 3 of UEFA EURO 2012 was Sweden's only victory in eight EURO finals matches (D1 L6).

• Sweden's greatest feat to date is reaching, as hosts, the 1958 World Cup final, which they lost 5-2 to Brazil. In their best EURO campaign they progressed to the last four of the 1992 edition, again as hosts, succumbing 3-2 to Germany.

• Jan Andersson's team secured their place at UEFA EURO 2020 as runners-up to Spain in qualifying Group F, picking up 21 points from their ten matches (W6 D3 L1). Having lost 3-0 to Spain – who are also in Group E at the final tournament – in their fourth qualifier, a result that equalled their biggest margin of defeat in a EURO game, Sweden won four of their next six matches (D2) to finish four points clear of third-placed Norway.

• Before taking on Slovakia on Matchday 2, Sweden were 2-1 winners in their previous game in Dublin, against the Republic of Ireland in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. That was their sixth game in Dublin, all against Ireland, and their second win (D1 L3); it was also their only match at the Dublin Arena.

EURO facts: Poland
• Poland are appearing at their fourth straight EURO final tournament; prior to UEFA EURO 2016 they had never won a finals match (D3 L3).

• Four years ago, however, they advanced to the last eight for the first time and bowed out without losing a game in regulation play as they were eliminated by eventual champions Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals (1-1, 3-5 pens). With that game counted as a draw, Poland's record in France was W2 D3.

• A team led by former coach Jerzy Brzęczek finished six points clear at the top of Group G to book their place at UEFA EURO 2020, winning eight of their ten qualifiers (D1 L1) including the last four.

• Before Matchday 1, a 2-0 defeat in Slovenia on 6 September 2019 was Poland's only loss in 18 EURO matches (W12 D5).

• Poland's greatest achievements on the international stage were taking bronze at the 1974 and 1982 World Cups.

• Poland's record in Dublin is W2 D6 L5, all 13 of those matches coming against the Republic of Ireland. Their record at the Dublin Arena is D1 L1, the most recent visit ending in a 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw; their last win in Ireland was a 3-2 friendly success at Croke Park in November 2008, in which Robert Lewandowski came off the bench to score the winning goal.

Links and trivia
• Have played together:
Sebastian Larsson & Kamil Grosicki (Hull 2017/18)
Pontus Jansson & Mateusz Klich (Leeds 2017–19)
Pontus Jansson & Kamil Glik (Torino 2014–16)
Robin Olsen & Sebastian Walukiewicz (Cagliari 2019/20)
Albin Ekdal & Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria 2018–)
Dejan Kulusevski & Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus 2020–)


Head coach Only this chapter

Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Sweden

2016 – group stage
2012 – group stage
2008 – group stage
2004 – quarter-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – semi-finals
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – quarter-finals
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
5-0: Sweden v Bulgaria, 14/06/04

Final tournament defeat
Russia v Sweden, 18/06/08

Qualifying win
6-0 twice, most recently Sweden v San Marino, 07/09/10

Qualifying defeat
1-4 three times, most recently Sweden v Austria, 08/09/15
five times, most recently Spain v Sweden, 10/06/19

Final tournament appearances
13: Olof Mellberg
13: Andreas Isaksson
13: Zlatan Ibrahimović
12: Kim Källström
10: Henrik Larsson
10: Fredrik Ljungberg

Final tournament goals
6: Zlatan Ibrahimović
Henrik Larsson
3: Tomas Brolin

Overall appearances
49: Kim Källström
Andreas Isaksson
43: Zlatan Ibrahimović
37: Sebastian Larsson   
36: Olof Mellberg
35: Anders Svensson
31: Fredrik Ljungberg
29: Andreas Granqvist
27: Johan Elmander
26: Mikael Lustig

Overall goals
25: Zlatan Ibrahimović
Marcus Allbäck
7: Henrik Larsson
Kim Källström
6: Johnny Ekström
6: Johan Elmander
6: Sebastian Larsson


UEFA European Championship records: Poland

2016 – quarter-finals
2012 – group stage
2008 – group stage
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – last 16

Final tournament win
1-0 twice, most recently v Ukraine, 21/06/16

Final tournament defeat
2-0: Germany v Poland, 08/06/08

Qualifying win
8-1: Poland v Gibraltar, 07/09/15
Gibraltar v Poland, 07/09/14

Qualifying defeat
1-4: twice, most recently Slovakia v Poland, 11/10/95
0-3: three times, most recently Sweden v Poland, 11/06/03

Final tournament appearances
8: Jakub Blaszczykowski
Robert Lewandowski
Łukasz Piszczek
6: Kamil Grosicki
6: Marcin Wasilewski
5: Dariusz Dudka
5: Kamil Glik
5: Artur Jędrzejczyk
5: Tomasz Jodłowiec
5: Grzegorz Krychowiak
5: Arkadiusz Milik
5: Rafał Murawski
5: Michał Pazdan

Final tournament goals
3: Jakub Błaszczykowski
2: Robert Lewandowski
1: Roger Guerreiro
1: Arkadiusz Milik

Overall appearances
28: Jacek Bąk
28: Robert Lewandowski
27: Jakub Blaszczykowski
25: Grzegorz Krychowiak
24: Kamil Grosicki
23: Kamil Glik
20: Mariusz Lewandowski
19: Jacek Krzynówek
19: Maciej Żurawski
18: Arkadiusz Milik
18: Marcin Wasilewski
18: Michał Żewłakow

Overall goals
21: Robert Lewandowski
Euzebiusz Smolarek
8: Andrzej Juskowiak
8: Arkadiusz Milik
6: Włodzimierz Lubański
5: Dariusz Dziekanowski
5: Robert Gadocha
5: Kamil Grosicki



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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