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Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 15.46CET
Erik Hamrén's Sweden booked their place at UEFA EURO 2012 as best runners-up in qualifying, a last-day win against the Netherlands further boosting Blågult hopes for the summer.

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Published: Tuesday 5 June 2012, 15.46CET


Erik Hamrén's Sweden booked their place at UEFA EURO 2012 as best runners-up in qualifying, a last-day win against the Netherlands further boosting Blågult hopes for the summer.

Best EURO performance: semi-finals 1992
Coach: Erik Hamrén
Leading scorer: all-time – Sven Rydell (49); current – Zlatan Ibrahimović (31)
Most appearances: all-time – Thomas Ravelli (143); current – Anders Svensson (127)
Association formed: 1904
Nickname: Blågult (Blue and yellows)

After missing out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sweden have made a good start to re-establishing themselves as major event regulars after qualifying as best runners-up. Under Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäck, the Blågult graced five consecutive final tournaments between UEFA EURO 2000 and UEFA EURO 2008, when losses to Spain and Russia consigned them to third in Group D. Appointed in 2009, Erik Hamrén has ushered in a host of bright young things who helped book Sweden's place in Poland and Ukraine as the qualifying competition's best runners-up.

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Group E:
Leading scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimović (5)
Ever-presents: Mikael Lustig, Sebastian Larsson, Kim Källström, Johan Elmander (10)

Sweden secured their finals place after a superb 3-2 victory against Group E winners the Netherlands in their final qualifier – the Oranje had won nine out of nine going into the match. That proved a fitting farewell in Sweden's last competitive game at Solna's Råsundastadion as the venue, opened in 1937, will be torn down in 2012. A new national arena is under construction.

Right-back Mikael Lustig played every minute of Sweden's qualifying campaign and was one of 14 players to register for Erik Hamrén's side en route to Poland and Ukraine.

"I feel enormous joy and enormous pride; it was a fantastic team effort," said Hamrén after Sweden clinched their finals place. "I went to bed around four, and then my eyes were still wide open. Finally, I started to reply to my text messages. I think I'd received 82 and I don't know what the time was when I sent off my last one, but finally I fell asleep."

EURO pedigree
Sweden reached the semi-finals on home turf in 1992, beating England and Denmark after an opening-day draw with France. However, with Stefan Schwarz suspended and Jonas Thern playing through injury, they were overwhelmed by Germany in Solna even if a last-minute effort made it 3-2.
It was not until 2000 – at the ninth time of asking, after not entering the inaugural event – that they successfully negotiated qualifying to reach the final tournament. They have been finals ever-presents since. Sweden exited UEFA EURO 2004 unbeaten. They kicked off with a 5-0 victory over Bulgaria and fought back to draw against Italy – courtesy of a Zlatan Ibrahimović back-heel – and Denmark, before losing 5-4 on penalties to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals after a goalless draw.

UEFA EURO 2012 Group D fixtures
Monday 11 June: Ukraine v Sweden, 20.45CET, Kyiv
Friday 15 June: Sweden v England, 20.45CET, Kyiv
Tuesday 19 June: Sweden v France, 20.45CET, Kyiv

Team EURO records
Matches played
P106 W52 D25 L29 F174 A109
Final tournament: P14 W4 D5 L5 F19 A16
Qualifying: P92 W48 D20 L24 F155 A93

Click here for extensive list of records

Last updated 5 June 2012

Last updated: 06/12/13 4.43CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 03/11/2017 10:23 CET
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
09/19/2016 17:09:01
7 October 2016 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
07/25/2016 14:48:25
10 October 2016 10 Oct - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
11/02/2016 20:17:46
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD
07/25/2016 14:49:06
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
12/12/2017 11:52:10
25 March 2017 25 Mar - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
03/20/2017 14:58:05
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Estádio do Maritimo, Funchal (POR)
12/13/2017 06:59:17
Referee: not available Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/16/2017 22:33:38
13 June 2017 13 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
08/28/2017 17:32:28
31 August 2017 31 Aug - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/21/2017 10:14:46
3 September 2017 03 Sep - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
03/14/2018 14:42:31
7 October 2017 07 Oct - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
09/27/2017 10:10:33
10 October 2017 10 Oct - europeanqualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
09/30/2017 10:11:08
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2010/2012
  • UEFA debut : 11/06/1933 Sweden 6:2 Estonia (Qualif.) Stockholm

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/06/2003, San Marino 0-6 Sweden, Serravalle
  • Biggest defeat:
    10/10/1979, Czechoslovakia 4-1 Sweden, Prague
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 6
    Kim Källström ( Sweden SWE)
  • Top scorers: 13
    Zlatan Ibrahimović ( Sweden SWE)