sweden, the blue and yellow

early history

Sweden played its first international game against Norway on 12 July 1908, an 11–3 victory. Other matches in 1908 were played against England, Great Britain, the Netherlands (twice) and Belgium; Sweden lost all five matches. In the same year, Sweden competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for the first time. Sweden, however, lost a game in the Olympics against the Great Britain 1–12, the biggest loss in the Swedish national team’s history.

In 1916, Sweden defeated Denmark for the first time.

Sweden played in the 1912 Olympics (as hosts), the 1920 Olympics, and in the 1924 Olympics, where Sweden took the bronze and their first medal ever.

fun facts

  • Sweden has made 12 World Cup appearances making them a consistent fixture in the tournament.
  • Sweden’s best run in the World Cup came in 1958 when they took 2nd in the tournament
1958 Swedish squad
  • Sweden’s top scorer is Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 62 goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Ibra”

zlatan ibrahimovic, king ibra

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an ace Swedish footballer who has played for many prolific clubs in world football. He served the Swedish football team as a captain from 2010 until he retired from international football in 2016. Known as one of the most prolific strikers, Ibrahimovic is well known for his strength, precision and stamina. Having won 33 trophies in his football career, he has become the second most decorated active footballer of present times. Beginning his career in late 90’s, through his sheer ability and skills, he became a crucial member of the Swedish national football team. He is one of the ten players to have made more than 100 appearances for the national football team of Sweden. He is the all time leading international goal scorer for Sweden. He represented his home country in the 2002 and 2006 world cups along with several UEFA European championships. He has been awarded Sweden’s highest honor for a football player, the Golden Ball award, for a record 11 times. In December 2013, The Guardian named him as one of the top three footballers of this era, behind legends, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In December 2014, he was named as the second greatest Swedish sportsperson of all time by a leading Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.