In the Sweden: Euro 2016 team preview, we’ve compiled the team’s schedule and squad as well as a prediction of how far they’ll advance in the competition this summer, as well as players to watch for.
Sweden: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Erik Hamren
Captain: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Monday, June 13
Friday, June 17
Wednesday, June 22
Sweden: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK).
Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen), Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich).
Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers).
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping).
Sweden: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
While Sweden may have preferred to qualify automatically for this summer’s tournament, the manner in which they progressed has left many associated with the national side buoyed about what is to come this summer.
Not only did the Blagult see an inspired display from their longstanding talisman in the two-legged playoff, they came against Scandinavian rivals Denmark. Ibrahimovic scored three goals over the course of the matches, including a stunning free-kick in a pulsating second leg. “They said they were going to send me to retirement,” he said. “I sent their whole nation into retirement.”
Sweden certainly have one of the finest players in the tournament at their disposal, although as profound an influence as Ibrahimovic is, it’ll take more than some strong showings from him to push the side into the knockout stages.
There were problems in qualifying. The 4-1 loss to Austria on home soil was a wake-up call for a lot, with the visitors running riot in the middle of the park, outworking and outfighting the Swedish side. They responded well later in the group, although against strong opponents in the tournament finals, those frailties could resurface.
It’ll be worth keeping an out for some players in particular. As well Ibrahimovic, this is likely to be a final international hurrah for veteran playmaker Kim Kallstrom, while 24-year-old Emil Forsberg has been a key man with high-flying RB Leipzig this term. Pontus Wernbloom, Andreas Isaksson and Sebastian Larsson make up an experienced core.