Euro 2012 team guide: Group D – Sweden

Everything you need know to about Group D competitors Sweden

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COACH: Erik Hamren

WORLD RANKING: 7

QUALIFIED: Through play-offs

BEST EURO FINISH: Semi-finals (1992)

FORMATION: 4-2-3-1

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.

STAR PLAYER:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Position: Striker

Age: 30

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:

Rasmus Elm

Good passer, Liverpool target and described by ex-Sweden boss Lars Lagerback as the biggest Swedish talent since Ibrahimovic.

SWEDEN FACTS:

Capital: Stockholm
Population: 9.4 million
Official language: Swedish
Best ever player: Gunnar Nordahl

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