Women’s Euros: All you need to know about Group C challengers Sweden

Could Sweden go all the way?

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Sweden are ranked second in the world and finished third in the 2019 Women’s World Cup (beaten by Netherlands in the semi-finals).

They’re unbeaten in the last two years outside of a surprise defeat to Canada (ranked sixth globally) in the Olympic final.

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Chelsea captain Magda Eriksen is a key player for them at centre-back and won the Women’s Super League with them last year as club captain. She’s also occasionally used at right-back. Hanna Bennison is an exciting prospect for them at age 19 and played for Everton in the WSL.

Here our football trader Dylan Walsh takes you through all you need to know.

Manager – Peter Gerhardsson

Peter Gerhardsson took over as manager in 2017 after the Euros. He previously managed BK Hacken where he finished with a win percentage of 45%. He’s hoping to build on the third-place finish at the 2019 World Cup and get to the final.

Captain – Caroline Seger

Caroline Seger, aged 37, is Sweden’s most capped player with 229 caps (making her the most capped European football player ever) and made her debut back in 2005. She’s also club captain for FC Rosengard. She shared the captaincy with Lotta Schelin (Sweden’s record international goal scorer) up until 2017 when Schelin retired. She’s playing in her 13th international tournament for Sweden.

    Star Player – Magda Eriksson

    Magda Eriksson is one of the best defenders in women’s football and was in the 2021 FIFA World XI. She has an eye for a goal on the international stage too with 10 goals in her 83 international appearances. She is the most experienced defender Sweden have alongside Jonna Andersson who she plays with at club level for Chelsea.

    Best Bet of Tournament – Sweden to reach the final

    Sweden are the dark horses for this edition of the Euros, coming into the tournament off the back of some excellent form over the past two years. They’ll hope to at least go one better than their last major tournament, where they were knocked out in the semis at the World Cup.

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    Sweden Women’s Euros Fixtures

    Netherlands v Sweden
    Saturday 9th July, 8pm KO (Bramall Lane, Sheffield)
    TV: BBC One & BBC iPlayer

    Sweden v Switzerland
    Wednesday 13th July, 5pm KO (Bramall Lane, Sheffield)
    TV: BBC Two & BBC iPlayer

    Sweden v Portugal
    Sunday 17th July, 5pm KO (Leigh Sports Village, Manchester)
    TV: BBC iPlayer

    Sweden Women’s Euros Squad

    Goalkeepers: Jennifer Falk (Hacken), Hedvig Lindahl (Atletico Madrid), Zecira Musovic (Chelsea).

    Defenders: Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Hanna Glas (Bayern Munich), Jonna Andersson (Hammarby), Nathalie Bjorn (Everton), Amanda Ilestedt (Paris Saint-Germain), Emma Kullberg (Brighton), Amanda Nilden (Juventus), Linda Sembrant (Juventus).

    Midfielders: Caroline Seger (Rosengard), Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City), Hanna Bennison (Everton), Kosovare Asllani (Real Madrid), Elin Rubensson (Hacken), Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Hacken).

    Forwards: Lina Hurtig (Juventus), Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona), Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal), Sofia Jakobsson (San Diego Wave), Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg), Olivia Schough (Rosengard).

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