Fifa Ranking: 18
Sweden has traditionally been a strong team in international football, with 11 World Cup appearances and 3 medals in the Olympics. The Swedish team finished second in the 1958 World Cup when it was the host team, being beaten by Brazil 5–2 in the final. Sweden has also finished third twice, in 1950 and 1994. In 1938, they finished fourth.
It played its first international game against Norway on 12 July 1908, an 11–3 victory. Other matches in 1908 were played against England, Great Britain, the Netherlands (twice) and Belgium; It lost all five matches. In the same year, Sweden competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for the first time. It, however, lost a game in the Olympics against Great Britain 1–12, the biggest loss in the Swedish national team’s history.
In 1916, Sweden defeated Denmark for the first time.
It played in the 1912 Olympics (as hosts), the 1920 Olympics, and in the 1924 Olympics, where it took the bronze and their first medal ever.
Sweden In Fifa World Cup:
The Sweden national football team (Swedish: svenska fotbollslandslaget) represents it in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for football in Sweden. Sweden’s home ground is Friends Arena in the Stockholm urban area and the team is led by Janne Andersson.
Sweden made their first World Cup appearance in 1934. Sweden has made eleven World Cup appearances and six appearances in the European Championships. They finished second in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and third in both 1950 and 1994. Sweden’s accomplishments also include a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics and bronze medals in 1924 and 1952. They reached the semi-finals in UEFA Euro 1992.
Andersson is a vastly experienced coach who rose to prominence by leading IFK Norrkoping to a surprise Allsvenskan title win in 2015. After taking charge of the national team in the wake of EURO 2016, he rejuvenated the side and led them to a famous World Cup play-off win over Italy.
SWE – FRA (2-1) 9 JUN 2017:
Ten seconds to go, tied at 1-1 in front of a home crowd, you receive the ball on the halfway line with an open goal. Ola Toivonen’s winner against France was pure fantasy football.
Thriving in the spotlight following the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Berg has provided power, panache and plenty of goals for Janne Andersson’s Sweden. The Al Ain striker scored eight times during the Russia 2018 qualifiers.