Euro 2012 teams

Team Profile: Sweden

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

Robin Hackett

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

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

Best performance: Semifinalists 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, the Swedes' high point may have been the 85th-minute equalizer 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 age 22  was joint top scorer at the 1992 tournament, scoring the only goal against Denmark and then the winner to eliminate England. He also converted a penalty in the 3-2 semi-final defeat to Germany.

The story so far: World Cup finalists in 1958, Sweden was 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. The Swedes progressed from the group stage that year to reach the semifinals but failed to qualify for Euro '96 and, despite high expectations, performed poorly at Euro 2000. Euro 2004 began with a 5-0 thrashing of Bulgaria, and Sweden eventually reached the quarterfinals, where it lost to Netherlands on penalties. It exited Euro 2008 at the group stage after defeats to Spain and Russia.

Qualification: Sweden qualified for the finals as best runner-up, winning eight of its 10 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 the Swedes delivered at the last, ending Netherlands' 100% record with a 3-2 victory despite missing star  Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was suspended.

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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