COACH: Erik Hamren
WORLD RANKING: 7
QUALIFIED: Through play-offs
BEST EURO FINISH: Semi-finals (1992)
PLAYING STYLE: Counter-attack
STRONGEST LINE-UP: Isaksson; Granqvist, Mellberg, J Olsson, M Olsson; Svensson, Kallstrom; Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Elm; Elmander
STRENGTHS: As ever, the Swedes are well organized and they’re set up to get the best out of their superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
WEAKNESSES: If the opposition can stop the ball getting to Zlatan, then Sweden will struggle to break teams down. He’s their only world-class player.
Club: AC Milan
Big name, big ego and a big problem for opposition defenders. He’s in the form of his life.
NEXT BIG THING:
Good passer, Liverpool target and described by ex-Sweden boss Lars Lagerback as the biggest Swedish talent since Ibrahimovic.
Population: 9.4 million
Official language: Swedish
Best ever player: Gunnar Nordahl
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