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Sweden was one of the surprises of the last World Cup in Russia. Eliminated in the quarter-finals by England, the Blågult finished first in their group ahead of Germany and Mexico. They will be keen to continue their success and have a great Euro 2020 in June and July 2021.
- 🔎 Euro 2020: Sweden in a nutshell
- 👥 Sweden’s Euro 2020-2021 Lineup
- 👕 Sweden’s Kits
- 🗓️ Sweden’s Match Schedule (Group E)
- 🏃 Sweden’s Euro Preparation
- ⭐ The Star Player at Euro 2020: Emil Forsberg
- 👟 The Player to Watch at Euro 2020: Dejan Kulusevski
- 📚 Sweden’s Stats and History at the Euro
- 🥊 Sweden’s Main Opponents at Euro 2020
🔎 Euro 2020: Sweden in a nutshell
Sweden at the Euro is one of the hits of the 21st century. Indeed, since Euro 2000, the “Yellow and blue” have never missed a final phase of the competition.
Even if the results haven’t been as expected (three eliminations in the group phase during the last three editions), the Swedish team intends to make up for it this year. The team has been revitalised with the likes of Kulusevki, Forsberg and Lindelöf.
👥 Sweden’s Euro 2020-2021 Lineup
Ranked 18th in the world rankings, Sweden is capable of thwarting many superior teams. They will be a team to watch during Euro 2020.
Sweden’s 26-man squad
The lists of the 24 participating teams for Euro 2020 are coming out. Unfortunately, Sweden will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is out of action due to a recent injury he obtained playing for AC Milan.
- Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (FC Copenhague), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Gençlerbirliği SK), Robin Olsen (Everton)
- Defenders: Emil Krafth (Newcastle), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Professional Football), Martin Olsson (Helsingborgs IF), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Breme), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Filip Helander (Glasgow Rangers), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg BK), Andreas Grandqvist (Helsingborgs IF)
- Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Ken Sema (Watford), Viktor Claesson (FK Krasnodar), Jean Cajuste (FC Midtjylland), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna)
- Forwards: Marcus Berg (IFK Goteborg), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Robin Quaison (FSV Mainz), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus Turin), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moscow)
Här är de 26 spelare som representerar Sverige i sommarens EM! 🔥🇸🇪 #viärsverige pic.twitter.com/aZgM769APK
— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) May 18, 2021
Janne Andersson: A Well-oiled Machine
He managed to take his men to the World Cup quarter-finals, even without some of his key players. His success can be explained by what he instils in his team: rigour and collective spirit. With several years of experience at Swedish clubs, he was propelled to the head of the national team after their failure at Euro 2016.
Known for his rigour and his ability to motivate his team, he is someone who does not hide his emotions when he’s on the sidelines.
Playing his team in a classic 4-4-2 formation, he chose to trust players with great intelligence and a positive mentality. In addition, he gave the captain’s armband to his central defender Granqvist, who proved to be a true leader of the team.
👕 Sweden’s Kits
Sweden’s home shirt for Euro 2020 is predominantly yellow, as usual. The away shirt is dark blue with yellow stripes, reminiscent of the Scandinavian country’s flag.
🗓️ Sweden’s Match Schedule (Group E)
Sweden is in group E at Euro 2020. They will be up against Spain, Poland and Slovakia. It is a credible candidate for second place in the group, along with Poland. However, they can hope for a slip-up by Spain which would allow them to fight for the top spot.
🏃 Sweden’s Euro Preparation
Sweden finished second in Group F during the Euro 2020 qualifiers, behind Spain. The Swedes had a good run and were only beaten once.
Euro 2020 Qualification Results
The group phase of the Nations League was, however, much more complicated for the Scandinavians. Against France, Portugal and Croatia, they lost five of their six games.
Nations League Results
- 05.09.20 – Sweden 0 – 1 France
- 08.09.20 – Sweden 0- 2 Portugal
- 11.10.20 – Croatia 2 – 1 Sweden
- 14.10.20 – Portugal 3 – 0 Sweden
- 14.11.20 – Sweden 2 – 1 Croatia
- 17.11.20 – France 4 – 2 Sweden
Five Games Before the Euro
During the international break in March, Sweden had two qualifying matches for the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022. In Group B, they are the main underdogs who could thwart Spain’s plans. In addition to these two matches, the Swedish federation has organised three friendly matches to prepare for the Euro.
- 25.03.21 – Sweden 1 – 0 Georgia
- 28.03.21 – Kosovo 0 – 3 Sweden
- 31.03.21 – Sweden 1 – 0 Estonia
- 29.05.21 – Sweden – Finland
- 05.06.21 – Sweden – Armenia
⭐ The Star Player at Euro 2020: Emil Forsberg
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence confirmed, someone else will need to step up to take charge and lead the Swedish team. Whilst there are some extremely experienced players, such as Marcus Berg and Andres Grandqvist, on the team, it’s Leipzig’s playmaker, Emil Forsberg, who will be one of Janne Anderson’s main weapons in this team. At 29 years old, the German club’s number 10 seems to have matured and to be strong enough to lift up his team.
Currently enjoying a great season with RBL who will take 2nd place in the Bundesliga, this Yellow and Blue attacking midfielder has been rewarded with a contract extension until 2025. This is a great reward for a player who has assisted 12 goals in 28 matches during this season’s championship.
Always an honour to wear our colours. 🙌🏻 Now back to Leipzig and focus on the next highlight.🔥 @svenskfotboll pic.twitter.com/Shjs2FhY5g
— Emil Forsberg (@eforsberg10) March 31, 2021
👟 The Player to Watch at Euro 2020: Dejan Kulusevski
The young Juventus right-winger will certainly be the man to watch for Sweden. Despite an average season with the Old Lady, everyone agrees that the player has great potential.
According to the Italian media, Juve has even declared him untransferable for the upcoming transfer window. A divisive player, he will have to prove his talent by taking part in the Swedish championship next June.
⭐️ 𝙳𝚎𝚓𝚊𝚗 𝙺𝚞𝚕𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚟𝚜𝚔𝚒 ⭐️
✅ Första spelaren född på 2000-talet som gör mål för herrlandslaget!#viärsverige pic.twitter.com/bg8paFCceX
— Svensk Fotboll (@svenskfotboll) November 14, 2020
📚 Sweden’s Stats and History at the Euro
In June, Sweden will play its sixth Euro group stage, a tournament it has never won. Take a look at some of the figures for the yellows and blues at this tournament.
Sweden’s Euro Statistics
- 24: Sweden have played 24 matches during their Euro appearances
- 6: They have won only 6 of these games, which is only a 25% success rate
- 30: The Swedish national team scored 30 goals at the Euro and conceded… 30
Swedish Players’ Individual Statistics at the Euro
- 6: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 6 goals make him the third-highest scorer in Euro history
- 13: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Oloff Melberg and Andreas Isaksson are the Swedish players to have played the most games at the Euro
- 1200: Andreas Isaksson has accumulated 1200 minutes on the pitch in 13 games
🥊 Sweden’s Main Opponents at Euro 2020
At Euro 2020, Sweden will face Spain, Poland and Slovakia, three tough opponents for Janne Andersson’s men.
La Roja is the clear favourites in their group at Euro. Spain is often pitted against Sweden, but the Scandinavians don’t always do so well against them.
➡ All about Spain 🇪🇸 at Euro 2020-2021
With the lethal Robert Lewandowski, Poland, like Sweden, are contenders for second place in the group. This duel with the Blågut will be close.
➡ All about Poland 🇵🇱 at Euro 2020-2021
Slovakia, the last team in this group, qualified in the playoffs. Despite this, they seem to be on roughly the same level as Sweden and Poland. An interesting 3-way duel is on the cards.