Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: Sweden

A look back at the key points of Sweden's history in the Euros.

Robin Hackett

Sweden celebrate Tomas Brolin's winning goal against Denmark at Euro 1992


Overall record at finals: Played 14, Won 4, Drawn 5, Lost 5.


Best performance: Semi-finalists in 1992.


Most appearances at finals: Henrik Larson, Freddie Ljungberg and Olof Mellberg (2000, 2004, 2008) - 10.


Most goals at finals: Henrik Larson (2000, 2004) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2004, 2008) - 4.


European Championship high: In terms of individual moments, their high point may have been the 85th-minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw with Italy in the Euro 2004 group stage courtesy of a sublime flick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The goal ultimately saw them progress at Italy's expense.


European Championship low: After qualifying unbeaten for Euro 2000, Sweden failed to perform at the finals, exiting at the group stage after taking only one point from games against Belgium, Turkey and Italy.


European Championship legend: Tomas Brolin, who at 22 was joint top scorer at the 1992 tournament, scoring the only goal against Denmark and then the winner to eliminate England, as well as converting a penalty in the 3-2 semi-final defeat to Germany.


The story so far: World Cup finalists in 1958, Sweden were among the many countries that neglected to enter the European Nations Cup in 1960 and were then unable to qualify for the finals until doing so as hosts in 1992. They progressed from the group stage that year to reach the semi-finals, but failed to qualify for Euro '96 and, despite high expectations, performed poorly at Euro 2000. They began Euro 2004 with a 5-0 thrashing of Bulgaria and eventually reached the quarter-finals, where they lost to Netherlands on penalties, and then exited Euro 2008 at the group stage after defeats to Spain and Russia.


Qualification: Sweden qualified for the finals as best runners-up, winning eight of their ten games to finish three points behind Netherlands in a group also containing Hungary, Finland, Moldova and San Marino. There were low points - including a 4-1 away defeat to Netherlands and a 2-1 loss in Hungary - but they delivered at the last, ending Netherlands' 100% record with a 3-2 victory despite missing star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension.


Qualifying record: P10, W8, D0, L2, F31, A11, Pts 24.


Most appearances: Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander, Sebastian Larsson, Kim Kallstrom (10).


Top goalscorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (5).

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