Team profile: Sweden

The side from the small Scandinavian nation has a reputation for big results at the World Cup and they will be looking to ruin the dreams of fellow Swede Sven Goran Eriksson. With some big names in their attack 'Blagult' will be expecting to feature in the knock out stages of the tournament.

    FIFA Ranking: 16

     

    Key players: Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Fredrik Ljungberg, Henrik Larsson

     

    World Cup record: 11th appearance

     

    Best finish: Runner up 1958

     

    Last appearance: Second round 2002

     

    Qualifying route: One of the best two European group runners-up

     

    Key question: While Ibrahimovich and Larsson have had frustrating domestic seasons, can this strike force continue the Swede’s giant killing form?

     

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Andreas Isaksson 1
    John Alvbage 12
    Rami Shaaban 23
    Defenders
    Mikael Nilsson 2
    Olof Mellberg 3
    Teddy Lucic 4
    Erik Edman 5
    Petter Hansson 13
    Fredrik Stenman 14
    Karl Svensson 15
    Midfielders
    Tobias Linderoth 6
    Niclas Alexandersson 7
    Anders Svensson 8
    Fredrik Ljungberg 9
    Kim Kallstrom 16
    Daniel Andersson 19
    Christian Wilhelmsson 21
    Forwards
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
    Henrik Larsson 11
    Johan Elmander 17
    Mattias Jonson 18
    Marcus Allback 20
    Markus Rosenberg 22

    Group matches:

    v Trinidad & Tobago, 16:00 GMT, Saturday 10th June - Dortmund

    v Paraguay, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 15th June - Berlin

    v England, 19:00 GMT, Tuesday 20th June - Cologne

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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