Sweden women's national football team

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Sweden
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blueyellow)
Association Swedish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Peter Gerhardsson
Captain Caroline Seger
Most caps Therese Sjögran (214)[1]
Top scorer Lotta Schelin (85)[2]
Home stadium Gamla Ullevi
FIFA code SWE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 11 Decrease 2 (22 June 2018)
Highest 3 (June 2007)
Lowest 11 (June 2018)
First international
Sweden 0–0 Finland 
(Mariehamn, Finland; 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
Sweden 17–0 Azerbaijan 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 23 June 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 5–1 Sweden
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 06 August 2016)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1991)
Best result Runners-up (2003)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1984)
Best result Champions (1984)

Sweden women's national football team (Swedish: Damlandslaget) won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The 2003 World Cup-final was the second most watched event in Sweden that year. Lotta Schelin is the top goalscorer in the history of Sweden with 85 goals. Schelin surpassed Hanna Ljungberg's 72-goal record against Germany on 29 October 2014.[3] The player with the most caps is Therese Sjögran, with 214. The team was coached by Thomas Dennerby from 2005 to 2012, and the current trainer is Pia Sundhage, who joined in September '12 after most recently winning the Olympic gold medal in London with the United States. Sundhage's contract goes into effect in December 2012.

After winning the two qualifying matches against Denmark for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Swedish Olympic Committee approved of record increases in investments for the women's team. The new budget granted over a million SEK (about US$150,000) for the team and 150,000 SEK (about US$25,000) per player for developing physical fitness. The new grants are almost a 100% increase of the 2005 and 2006 season funds.[4]

The developments and conditions of the Sweden women's national football team can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Competitive record

World Cup

Sweden playing against Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA Women's World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 18 7 6 4 2 0 13 3
Sweden 1995 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Qualified as hosts
United States 1999 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 7 6 6 6 0 0 18 5
United States 2003 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 10 7 6 5 0 1 27 4
China 2007 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 4 8 7 1 0 32 6
Germany 2011 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 10 6 10 8 2 0 40 6
Canada 2015 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 5 8 10 10 0 0 32 1
France 2019 Qualified
Total Best: Runners-up 8/8 33 18 5 10 59 42 46 40 5 1 162 25

Olympic Games

Sweden celebrate after the semi final victory against Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Olympic Games Football Tournament record Olympic Games qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 1 6 4
Australia 2000 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 1 4 10 8 2 0 25 11
Greece 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 5 12 9 0 3 37 11
China 2008 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 4 5 13 10 2 1 42 13
United Kingdom 2012 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5 16 13 2 1 50 12
Brazil 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 3 2 4 8 17 12 4 1 40 10
Japan 2020 To be determined
France 2024 To be determined
United States 2028 To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 6/6 25 7 6 12 24 32 72 54 11 7 200 61

UEFA Women's Euro

Sweden in the UEFA Women's Euro 2013.
UEFA Women's Euro record UEFA Women's Euro qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1984 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4 6 6 0 0 26 1
Norway 1987 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 14 3
West Germany 1989 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 6 2 3 1 11 4
Denmark 1991 Did not qualify 6 4 2 0 13 3
Italy 1993 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 18 4
Germany 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 0 2 9 8 6 5 0 1 25 2
NorwaySweden 1997 Semi-finals 3rd 4 3 0 1 6 2 6 5 1 0 26 2
Germany 2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 7 4 8 5 2 1 28 10
England 2005 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 8 6 1 1 26 5
Finland 2009 Quarter-final 5th 4 2 1 1 7 4 8 8 0 0 31 0
Sweden 2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 13 3 Qualified as hosts
Netherlands 2017 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 1 2 4 5 8 7 0 1 22 3
Total Best: Champions 10/12 37 19 5 13 63 41 74 56 11 7 240 37
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Year Result
Portugal 1994 Third Place
Portugal 1995 Champions
Portugal 1996 Runner-Up
Portugal 1997 Third Place
Portugal 1998 Fourth Place
Portugal 1999 Sixth Place
Portugal 2000 Fourth Place
Portugal 2001 Champions
Portugal 2002 Third Place
Portugal 2003 Fifth Place
Portugal 2004 Fifth Place
Portugal 2005 Fourth Place
Portugal 2006 Third Place
Portugal 2007 Third Place
Portugal 2008 Fifth Place
Portugal 2009 Champions
Portugal 2010 Third Place
Portugal 2011 Fourth Place
Portugal 2012 Fourth Place
Portugal 2013 Fourth Place
Portugal 2014 Fourth Place
Portugal 2015 Fourth Place
Portugal 2016 Did not enter
Portugal 2017 Seventh Place
Portugal 2018 Champions

Titles

All-time team record

The following table shows Sweden's all-time international record, from 1973 to 2016.[10]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Argentina 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Australia 10 6 3 1 21 8 +13
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20
 Belarus 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12
 Belgium 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
 Brazil 10 3 2 5 9 14 –5
 Canada 19 12 3 4 39 22 +17
 China PR 25 10 8 7 32 24 +8
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Czech Republic 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6
 Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Denmark 54 30 12 12 88 51 +37
 England 23 13 7 3 44 20 +24
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10
 Finland 37 30 6 1 118 16 +102
 France 19 11 2 6 39 25 +14
 Germany 26 7 0 19 32 49 −17
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Great Britain 1 0 1 0 0 0 ±0
 Hungary 4 4 0 0 22 1 +21
 Iceland 15 12 1 2 52 10 +42
 Iran 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
 Italy 21 15 4 2 40 11 +29
 Japan 12 5 3 5 25 13 +12
 Latvia 2 2 0 0 14 0 +14
 Mexico 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
 Moldova 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
 Netherlands 19 10 5 4 32 13 +19
 Nigeria 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
 North Korea 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4
 Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Norway 52 19 12 21 83 85 −2
 Poland 7 7 0 0 27 1 +26
 Portugal 8 7 0 1 27 6 +21
 Republic of Ireland 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21
 Romania 4 4 0 0 22 0 +22
 Russia 4 4 0 0 8 1 +7
 Scotland 5 5 0 0 16 2 +14
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8
 Slovakia 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12
 South Africa 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
 South Korea 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8
 Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
 Spain 10 7 3 0 32 6 +26
  Switzerland 12 11 0 1 40 6 +34
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6
 United States 38 7 11 20 38 66 −28
 Wales 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent schedule and results

2017

2018

Team

Current squad

The following players have been selected for the 2018 Algarve Cup on 28 February–7 March 2018.[17][18][19][20]

Caps and goals as of 13 March 2018.[21]

Head coach: Peter Gerhardsson

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hedvig Lindahl (1983-04-29) 29 April 1983 (age 35) 146 0 England Chelsea
12 1GK Hilda Carlén (1991-08-13) 13 August 1991 (age 27) 9 0 Sweden Piteå
21 1GK Zećira Mušović (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Sweden Rosengård

2 2DF Jonna Andersson (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 25) 28 0 England Chelsea
3 2DF Linda Sembrant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 31) 95 8 France Montpellier
4 2DF Hanna Glas (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 26) 10 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United
5 2DF Anna Oscarsson (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Sweden Linköping
6 2DF Magdalena Eriksson (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 25) 34 4 England Chelsea
13 2DF Amanda Ilestedt (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 25) 14 2 Germany Turbine Potsdam
16 2DF Mia Carlsson (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 28) 7 0 Sweden Kristianstad

8 3MF Amanda Edgren (1993-08-24) 24 August 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Sweden Kristianstad
9 3MF Kosovare Asllani (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 29) 113 30 Sweden Linköping
14 3MF Hanna Folkesson (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 30) 40 0 Sweden Rosengård
15 3MF Sandra Adolfsson (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 (age 31) 3 0 Sweden Vittsjö
17 3MF Caroline Seger (captain) (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 33) 181 25 Sweden Rosengård
19 3MF Filippa Angeldal (1997-07-14) 14 July 1997 (age 21) 2 1 Sweden Linköping
23 3MF Elin Rubensson (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 25) 51 0 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg

7 4FW Loreta Kullashi (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 19) 4 2 Sweden Eskilstuna United
10 4FW Sofia Jakobsson (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 28) 81 13 France Montpellier
11 4FW Stina Blackstenius (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 22) 33 7 France Montpellier
18 4FW Fridolina Rolfö (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 24) 30 8 Germany Bayern Munich
20 4FW Mimmi Larsson (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 24) 11 2 Sweden Eskilstuna United
22 4FW Olivia Schough (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 27) 62 8 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg

Recent call-ups

The following players have been named to a squad in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emma Holmgren (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Hammarby v.  France, 27 November 2017
GK Emelie Lundberg (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United UEFA Women's Euro 2017

DF Nathalie Björn (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United 2018 Algarve Cup INJ
DF Nilla Fischer (1984-08-02) 2 August 1984 (age 34) 165 23 Germany Wolfsburg 2018 Algarve Cup PRE
DF Emma Berglund (1988-12-19) 19 December 1988 (age 29) 54 1 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  France, 27 November 2017
DF Jessica Samuelsson (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 26) 53 0 England Arsenal v.  Hungary, 24 October 2017

MF Lina Hurtig (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23) 7 1 Sweden Linköping 2018 Algarve Cup INJ
MF Julia Roddar (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Sweden Kvarnsvedens IK v.  South Africa, 21 January 2018
MF Julia Spetsmark (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 29) 3 0 England Manchester City v.  France, 27 November 2017
MF Petra Andersson (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United v.  France, 27 November 2017
MF Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Rosengård v.  Hungary, 24 October 2017
MF Tove Almqvist (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden Linköping v.  Croatia, 19 September 2017
MF Lisa Dahlkvist (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 31) 134 11 Sweden Örebro UEFA Women's Euro 2017
MF Josefin Johansson (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 30) 9 0 Sweden Piteå UEFA Women's Euro 2017

FW Marija Banušić (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Sweden Linköping v.  France, 27 November 2017
FW Lotta Schelin (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 34) 185 88 Sweden Rosengård UEFA Women's Euro 2017
FW Pauline Hammarlund (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 24) 18 4 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg UEFA Women's Euro 2017
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.

Most capped players

# Name Sweden career Caps
1 Therese Sjögran 1997–2015 214
2 Lotta Schelin 2004–present 185
3 Caroline Seger 2005–present 175
4 Victoria Svensson 1996–2009 166
5 Nilla Fischer 2001–present 163
6 Kristin Bengtsson 1991–2005 157
7 Malin Andersson 1994–2005 151
8 Pia Sundhage 1975–1996 146
9 Hedvig Lindahl 2002–present 142
10 Lisa Dahlkvist 2008–present 134
*Active players in bold, statistics as of 30 July 2017.[22]

Top goalscorers

# Player Sweden career Goals Caps Goals per game
1 Lotta Schelin 2004–present 88 185 0.47
2 Hanna Ljungberg 1996–2008 72 130 0.55
3 Lena Videkull 1984–1996 71 111 0.64
4 Pia Sundhage 1975–1996 71 146 0.49
5 Victoria Svensson 1996–2009 68 166 0.40
6 Malin Andersson 1994–2005 38 151 0.25
7 Anneli Andelén 1985–1995 37 88 0.42
8 Kosovare Asllani 2008–present 27 106 0.25
9 Caroline Seger 2005–present 24 175 0.13
10 Helen Johansson 1981–1995 23 88 0.26

Coaches

Name P W D L GF GA Debut Last match
Christer Molander 1 0 1 0 0 0 25/08/1973 25/08/1973
Hasse Karlsson 12 7 1 4 19 10 26/07/1974 02/10/1976
Tord Grip 7 6 1 0 17 3 18/06/1977 21/10/1978
Ulf Bergquist 7 3 3 1 10 4 05/07/1979 27/07/1979
Ulf Lyfors 51 34 11 6 135 39 28/06/1980 30/09/1987
Gunilla Paijkull 43 30 6 7 100 30 27/04/1988 29/11/1991
Bengt Simonsson 60 37 6 17 153 69 08/03/1992 31/08/1996
Marika Domanski-Lyfors 135 71 26 38 277 142 09/10/1996 16/06/2005
Thomas Dennerby 113 68 18 27 240 112 28/08/2005 15/09/2012
Pia Sundhage 81 43 18 20 156 72 23/10/2012 29/07/2017
Peter Gerhardsson - - - - - - 19/09/2017 -
Total 510 299 91 120 1,107 481 - -
*Statistics as of 30 July 2017.[23]

References

  1. ^ Sjögran Caps and goals
  2. ^ Schelin Caps and goals
  3. ^ "Förlust i Örebro mot Tyskland". Swedish Football Association (in Swedish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ Mats Bråstedt. "'SOK lovar damerna en storsatsning'". Expressen.se. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  5. ^ Algarve Cup
  6. ^ Nordic Women's Championships 1974–1982 rsssf.com/ Retrieved 09–03–13.
  7. ^ Cyprus Tournament (Women) 1990–1993 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  8. ^ North America Cup 1987 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  9. ^ Australia Cup 1999–2004 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12–10–2013.
  10. ^ "Sveriges motståndare 1973–2016" (in Swedish). SvFF.
  11. ^ "Spillernes afbud fører til aflysning af VM-kvalkamp". dbu.dk. 20 October 2017.
  12. ^ "UEFA-beslut i Danmarksfrågan". svenskfotboll.se (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ @Algarve_Cup (7 March 2018). "UPDATE: The match between the Netherlands and Sweden has been cancelled due to heavy rain. As a result, both teams will be awarded 1st place" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  16. ^ @Algarve_Cup (7 March 2018). "UPDATE: The match between the Netherlands and Sweden has been cancelled due to heavy rain. As a result, both teams will be awarded 1st place" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "En debutant i truppen till Algarve" [A debutant in the squad to Algarve] (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 13 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Anna Oscarsson hoppar in som landslagsback" [Anna Oscarsson jumps in as a national teamback] (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 20 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Nytt återbud till Algarve Cup" [New return to the Algarve Cup] (in Swedish). Swedish Football Association. 21 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Hurtig missar Algarve Cup – Edgren ersätter" [Hurtig misses Algarve Cup - Edgren replaces]. Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). 27 February 2018.
  21. ^ Team
  22. ^ Sweden - Caps and Goals
  23. ^ Sweden - Förbundskapten

External links

  • Official website
  • FIFA profile
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1987 Norway 
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