Sweden Euro 2008 Squad

By reaching Euro 2008, Sweden have now qualified for their fifth successive tournament, finishing second in Group F behind Spain. The most memorable moment of their campaign came in Copenhagen against Denmark. With the score at 3-3, a Danish spectator attacked the referee after he gave Sweden a late penalty. Consequently, Sweden were awarded a 3-0 victory. Qualifying began with four consecutive wins, including a 2-0 victory over Spain. They were beaten by Northern Ireland in Belfast, but qualified after beating Latvia with a Kim Kallstrom winner.

Despite a strong qualifying campaign, Sweden’s form this year has been less impressive. A 1-0 victory in Costa Rica was followed by a 2-0 defeat against the USA and a goalless draw with Turkey. In March, Sweden celebrated the 50-year anniversary of their World Cup final appearance against Brazil with a game against the five-time world champions at Emirates Stadium, where they lost 1-0.

Sweden have been a traditionally strong side in international football, having made 11 appearances at the World Cup. They won their first international 11-3 against Norway in Gothenburg in 1908. In 1958 they hosted the World Cup and reached the final, losing 5-2 to Brazil. They did not qualify again until 1970, when they were eliminated in the group stages. In 1992 they played in and hosted their first European Championship, and were the only team to defeat the eventual winners Denmark. At USA ’94, Sweden finished in third place and reached their highest ever FIFA World Ranking of second.

Sweden will look to the likes of Kim Kallstrom to provide some inspiration. The talented midfielder is blessed with superb ability on the ball and a devastating left foot. He is a constant threat at dead-ball situations and has been a regular for his country ever since his debut as a teenager in 2001.

Fellow talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has struggled for form for the national side of late, but he is by far the most talented player in the squad and should not be underestimated. His touch and flair belie his 6’4″ frame, and his all-round ability makes him a permanent threat.

Flag of Sweden Sweden Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach: Lars Lagerbäck

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Andreas Isaksson 3 October 1981 (26) 54 0 Flag of England Manchester City
2 DF Mikael Nilsson 24 June 1978 (29) 45 3 Flag of Greece Panathinaikos
3 DF Olof Mellberg 3 September 1977 (30) 80 4 Flag of England Aston Villa
4 DF Petter Hansson 14 December 1976 (31) 31 1 Flag of France Stade Rennais
5 DF Fredrik Stoor 28 February 1984 (24) 3 0 Flag of Norway Rosenborg
6 MF Tobias Linderoth 21 April 1979 (29) 73 1 Flag of Turkey Galatasaray
7 MF Niclas Alexandersson 19 December 1971 (36) 106 7 Flag of Sweden IFK Göteborg
8 MF Anders Svensson 17 July 1976 (31) 88 15 Flag of Sweden Elfsborg
9 MF Fredrik Ljungberg 16 April 1977 (31) 71 14 Flag of England West Ham United
10 FW Zlatan Ibrahimović 3 October 1981 (26) 49 18 Flag of Italy Internazionale
11 FW Johan Elmander 27 May 1981 (27) 33 11 Flag of France Toulouse
12 GK Rami Shaaban 30 June 1975 (32) 15 0 Flag of Sweden Hammarby
13 GK Johan Wiland 24 January 1981 (27) 3 0 Flag of Sweden Elfsborg
14 DF Daniel Majstorović 5 April 1977 (31) 14 1 Flag of Switzerland Basel
15 DF Andreas Granqvist 16 April 1985 (23) 2 0 Flag of England Wigan Athletic
16 MF Kim Källström 24 August 1982 (25) 54 8 Flag of France Lyon
17 FW Henrik Larsson 20 September 1971 (36) 93 36 Flag of Sweden Helsingborg
18 MF Sebastian Larsson 6 June 1985 (23) 2 0 Flag of England Birmingham City
19 MF Daniel Andersson 28 August 1977 (30) 61 0 Flag of Sweden Malmö FF
20 FW Marcus Allbäck 5 July 1973 (34) 71 30 Flag of Denmark Copenhagen
21 MF Christian Wilhelmsson 8 December 1979 (28) 49 4 Flag of France Nantes
22 FW Markus Rosenberg 27 September 1982 (25) 21 6 Flag of Germany Werder Bremen
23 DF Mikael Dorsin 6 October 1981 (26) 11 0 Flag of Romania CFR Cluj

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