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: Al Jazeera