About Sweden

The Sweden national football team played its first international match on 12 July 1908, defeating Norway 11-3 in Gothenburg. The team’s colours are yellow and blue, matching those of the Swedish flag. Sweden are currently managed by Erik Hamren, who replaced Lars Lagerback in 2009.

 

Sweden’s national stadium is the Friends Arena, which has a capacity of 50,653. In the stadium’s inaugural match in 2012, Sweden beat England 4-2, with Zalatan Ibrahimovic scoring an overhead kick which earned him the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award.

 

Sweden have participated in eleven FIFA World Cup tournaments since their first in Italy in 1934. Sweden hosted the tournament in 1958, finishing as runners-up. Sweden faced Brazil in the final in Solna and took an early lead through captain Nils Liedholm, who became the oldest player to have ever scored in a World Cup final. Despite their initial lead, the Swedes eventually lost the match 5-2, making the final the highest scoring final in the tournament’s history. The national team have also twice finished in third place, at the 1950 and 1994 World Cups.

 

Sweden have participated in five European Championships and hosted the 1992 edition, which they finished in fourth place.

 

Current captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the team’s all-time leading goalscorer, with over 50 goals to his name. Anders Svensson holds the record for the most national team caps, with 148. Other notable former players include Henrik Larsson, Fredrik Ljungberg, Olof Mellberg, Anders Limpar and Teddy Lucic.

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