WC 2018: Sweden

Group F

For Sweden, getting to compete in the greatest football tournament that the world has ever seen has been a bittersweet journey. They qualified by the luck of a draw in Milan, with Italy on the losing end of that particular draw. Sweden stood tall and will be showing their steel in the 2018 WC, having been grouped together with Germany, Mexico and Korea Republic. They are currently ranked 23rd and are certainly looking to improve this in Russia.

Team Members

  • Ludwig Augustinsson - Defender
  • Andreas Granqvist - Defender
  • Filip Helander - Defender
  • Pontus Jansson - Defender
  • Martin Olsson - Defender
  • Victor Lindelof - Defender
  • Mikael Lustig - Defender
  • Gustav Svensson - Defender
  • Emil Krafth - Defender
  • Marcus Berg - Forward
  • Isaac Kiese Thelin - Forward
  • Ola Toivonen - Forward
  • John Guidetti - Forward
  • Viktor Claesson - Midfielder
  • Marcus Rohden - Midfielder
  • Sebastian Larsson - Midfielder
  • Oscar Hiljemark - Midfielder
  • Jimmy Durmaz - Midfielder
  • Albin Ekdal - Midfielder
  • Emil Forsberg - Midfielder
  • Karl Johan Johnsson - GK
  • Kristoffer Nordfeldt - GK
  • Robin Olsen - GK

Coach

Jan Olof Andersson

Andersson has been the man in charge of the Swedish national football team for a little over 4 years now, and is originally from Halmstad, Sweden. Previously, he managed Alets IK, Laholms FK and Halmstads BK. In 2015 he coached IFK Norrkoping all the way to a league victory, and he became a local and national hero. His wealth of experience and calm manner may give his team the edge, and he knows how to handle pressure.

Past WC History

2006 saw Sweden competing in the WC for the 11th time. In 2010 and 2014 they failed to make the cut. Their best performance to date was finishing as runners-up in 1958, when they managed to reach the finals on home soil. They were however beat 5-2 by Brazil. After their 1958 success, they failed to qualify for the following 2 tournaments. In 1994 they managed to finish in third place overall.

Stats

  • 2018 will be Sweden’s 12th appearance at the WC
  • Sweden’s historical rival is Brazil
  • West Germany is a close second as far as rivals go
  • 1 Semi-Finals
  • 1 Finals
  • 0 Championship titles

Kit

Sweden’s kit is a subtle but intelligent tribute to the jersey that was worn in 1988. Produced by Adidas, the jersey is fashioned in yellow, with dark blue detail. The shorts are dark blue with yellow detail. The jersey is simple and elegant, with the Adidas emblem on the right hand side of the chest, and the Swedish logo on the left.