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Sweden national under-21 football team

Sweden Under-21
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
Association Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Håkan Ericson
Captain Victor Lindelöf
Most caps Oscar Hiljemark (37)
Top scorer Ola Toivonen (13)
Home stadium Örjans Vall
First international
 Finland 1–3 Sweden
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
Sweden 6–0 Cyprus 
(Sweden; 1 May 1991)
Sweden 6–0 Bulgaria 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 6 October 1992)
Sweden 6–0 Malta 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 3 June 2005)
 Norway 0–6 Sweden
(Cartagena, Spain; 31 March 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 6–0 Sweden
(Kiev, Ukraine; 31 May 2012)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1986)
Best result Champions: 2015

The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Sweden's home ground is Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and the team is led by Håkan Ericson and his assistant Andreas Pettersson. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be a Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time.[1] They finished second in 1992 and they also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009.[2] Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen is the best goalscorer for Sweden U21, having scored 13 goals between 2006 and 2009.

Contents

  • Competitive record 1
    • UEFA European U-21 Championship 1.1
    • 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 1.2
      • Qualification 1.2.1
        • Qualifying group stage 1.2.1.1
        • Play-off 1.2.1.2
      • Final tournament 1.2.2
        • Group stage 1.2.2.1
        • Knockout stage 1.2.2.2
  • Results and fixtures 2
    • 2014 2.1
    • 2015 2.2
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • Recent call-ups 3.2
    • Previous squads 3.3
  • Coaching staff 4
    • Older squad 4.1
  • Players with most caps and goals 5
    • Top 10 most capped players 5.1
    • Top 10 goalscorers 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Competitive record

UEFA European U-21 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 8
1980 4 0 1 3 1 4
1982 4 1 1 2 3 6
1984 4 2 1 1 10 4
1986 Quarter-final 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 7 3
1988 Did not qualify 6 1 4 1 6 6
1990 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 7 4 6 4 2 0 10 2
1992 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 4 4 6 4 2 0 17 3
1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
1998 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
2009 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
2015 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 7 4 10 6 1 3 24 17
2017 To be determined 3 2 1 0 9 1
Total 1 title 7/20 29 13 7 9 46 32 147 78 30 39 269 153
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Sweden national under-21 football team celebrates in June 2015.

Qualification

Qualifying group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 8 5 1 2 20 14 +6 16 Play-offs
2  Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 15
3  Poland 8 5 0 3 17 10 +7 15
4  Turkey 8 4 1 3 16 11 +5 13
5  Malta 8 0 0 8 2 30 −28 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Play-off

Sweden won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final tournament

Group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Portugal 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage and 2016 Summer Olympics
2  Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Italy 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4  England 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Updated to match(es) played on 21 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
Knockout stage

Results and fixtures

2014

2015

v  Sweden

Players

Current squad

The following 20 players were called up for the 2017 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification matches against Estonia on 9 October 2015 and against Spain on 13 October 2015.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 12 October 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anton Cajtoft (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 6 0 Jönköpings Södra IF
12 1GK Jesper Johansson (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 3 0 Mjällby AIF
2 2DF Linus Wahlqvist (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 6 0 IFK Norrköping
3 2DF Victor Lindelöf (captain) (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 13 0 Benfica
4 2DF Joakim Nilsson (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 5 0 GIF Sundsvall
5 2DF Ludwig Augustinsson (vice captain) (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 19 0 Copenhagen
15 2DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 2 0 AIK
19 2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 7 0 Malmö FF
20 2DF Simon Sandberg (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 4 0 BK Häcken
6 3MF Muamer Tanković (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 6 1 AZ
7 3MF Alexander Fransson (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 10 0 IFK Norrköping
8 3MF Melker Hallberg (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 12 2 Vålerenga
9 3MF Kerim Mrabti (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 10 3 Djurgårdens IF
11 3MF Kristoffer Olsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 14 4 FC Midtjylland
13 3MF Adam Lundqvist (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 5 0 IF Elfsborg
14 3MF Arber Zeneli (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 8 1 IF Elfsborg
16 3MF Erdal Rakip (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 3 0 Malmö FF
17 3MF Ferhad Ayaz (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 7 2 Gaziantepspor
10 4FW Gustav Engvall (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 7 3 IFK Göteborg
18 4FW Gustaf Nilsson (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 1 0 Falkenbergs FF

Recent call-ups

The following 19 players have also been called up to the Sweden U21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Linus Müller (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 1 0 Trelleborgs FF v.  Norway, 31 March 2015
DF Emil Krafth (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 15 0 Bologna 2015 European Under-21 Championship
DF Sebastian Starke Hedlund (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 6 0 GAIS v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
DF Jesper Manns (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 4 1 IF Elfsborg v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
DF Oliver Silverholt (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 4 0 Hammarby IF v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
DF Jacob Une Larsson (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 3 0 IF Brommapojkarna v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
DF Carl Johansson (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 3 1 Helsingborgs IF v.  Norway, 31 March 2015
DF Pontus Nordenberg (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 1 0 Åtvidabergs FF v.  Norway, 31 March 2015
MF Simon Tibbling (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 20 2 Groningen v.  Spain, 13 October 2015
MF Simon Gustafson (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 9 3 Feyenoord v.  Poland, 8 September 2015
MF Isak Ssewankambo (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 7 0 Derby County v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
MF Jesper Karlström (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 5 1 Djurgårdens IF v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
MF Samuel Gustafson (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 4 1 BK Häcken v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
MF Sam Lundholm (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 3 3 NEC v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
MF Anton Salétros (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 1 0 AIK v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
FW Carlos Strandberg (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 4 2 Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Poland, 8 September 2015
FW David Moberg Karlsson INJ (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 2 3 FC Nordsjælland v.  Poland, 8 September 2015
FW Kristoffer Peterson (1994-11-28) 28 November 1994 7 1 Utrecht v.  Albania, 16 June 2015
FW Dino Islamović INJ (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 3 1 Groningen v.  Norway, 31 March 2015

Notes

  • INJ — Injured or recovering from surgery.

Previous squads

Coaching staff

Older squad

Manager Håkan Ericson
Assistant manager Andreas Pettersson
Goalkeeping coach Leif Troedsson
Team doctor Fredrik Bergström

Players with most caps and goals

Updated as of 30 June 2015.

Top 10 most capped players

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Oscar Hiljemark 2011–2015 37 4
2 Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 35 12
3 Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 31 9
Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
6 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 2
Sven Andersson 1981–1986 30 0
9 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 28 13
Jiloan Hamad 2009–2012 28 3
Magnus Hedman 1992–1995 28 0
Magnus Johansson 1990–1993 28 0

Top 10 goalscorers

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.
# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
2 John Guidetti 2010–2015 12 23
Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 35
5 Niklas Skoog 1994–1995 10 14
Mikael Ishak 2012–2015 10 24
7 Lars Larsson 1982–1983 9 10
Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 9 31
9 Marcus Berg 2006–2009 8 19
Hans Eklund 1987–1990 8 20
Joakim Persson 1994–1998 8 27

See also

References

  1. ^ "EM-guld efter straffdrama!" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "EM-sorti på straffar efter mirakelvändning" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Allvaret börjar i EM-kvalet" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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