Coach: Erik Hamren
Colours: Yellow shirt, blue shorts, yellow socks
vs Ireland (June 13, Saint-Denis)
vs Italy (June 17, Toulouse)
vs Belgium (June 22, Nice)
Semi-finalists (1992, finished 4th place)
Group stages (2000, 2008, 2012)
The Swedes have an established tournament pedigree, both in the World Cup and the European Championships. Their appearance in France will be their fifth overall. And this crop of Swedish stars will be doing their utmost to try and surpass the teams of 1992 and 2004, who made the semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively. Even though they face a tough group, they will back themselves to beat their 2012 effort by reaching the knockout stages.
How They Got There
Sweden pitched up in Group G in qualifying alongside Austria, Russia, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Moldova. Surprisingly, they managed to finish third behind both Russia and Austria – with a record of five wins, three draws, and two losses, giving them a total of 18 points from their 10 matches. Their third-place finish saw them paired with their Nordic neighbours in Denmark.
And like most times in recent years, Zlatan Ibrahimovic would carry his country on his back and help them book their ticket to France. They beat Denmark 4-3 over the two-legged affair.
vs Austria 1-4 (h), 1-1 (a)
vs Russia 1-1 (h), 0-1 (a)
vs Liechtenstein 2-0 (h), 2-0 (a)
vs Montenegro 3-1 (h), 1-1 (a)
vs Moldova 2-0 (h), 2-0 (a)
vs Denmark 2-1 (h), 2-2 (a)
As expected, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the key man for the Swedes, having notched 11 of their 15 goals in qualifying (excluding playoffs) where he scored three goals over the two matches against the Danes. With Belgium and Italy to come after the Irish match it is imperative that they win their opener.
Midfield duo Oscar Hiljmark and Oscar Lewicki will be vital in the engine room. They will be looking to do all of the running and provide Ibrahimovic with goalscoring chances.
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK)
Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen), Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich)
Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers)
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping)