Team analysis

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden squad
No.PlayerBornPos.ISRDENFRAGERESPGSClub
1Matilda Haglund05/12/1996Goalkeeper 90 Linköpings FC (SWE)
2Ronja Aronsson20/12/1997Defender90909012090 Piteå IF (SWE)
3Julia Ekholm17/06/1996Defender90909012090 Bollstanäs SK (SWE)
4Nathalie Björn04/05/1997Defender52* 12088*1 FC Rosengård (SWE)
5Lotta Ökvist17/02/1997Defender909017+12090 Piteå IF (SWE)
6Ellen Löfqvist08/10/1997Midfield909033+12090 GIF Sundsvall (SWE)
7Tove Almqvist05/01/1996Midfield81*85* 77*79*1 Linköpings FC (SWE)
8Filippa Angeldal14/07/1997Midfield19+62*57*59+22+2 Linköpings FC (SWE)
9Stina Blackstenius05/02/1996Forward9090 120906 Montpellier Hérault SC (FRA)
10Linda Hallin14/03/1996Forward 28+45* 68* KIF Örebro DFF (SWE)
11Julia Zigiotti Olme24/12/1997Forward9+ 73* AIK Fotboll (SWE)
12Emma Holmgren13/05/1997Goalkeeper9090 12090 IK Sirius (SWE)
13Emelie Andersson13/09/1996Defender38+9090 11+
14Anna Oskarsson23/06/1996Midfield909045+85*90 Linköpings FC (SWE)
15Maja Göthberg16/07/1997Midfield 9043+2+ Hovås Billdal IF (SWE)
16Rebecka Blomqvist24/07/1997Forward71*5+9035+ Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (SWE)
17Emma Jansson09/05/1996Midfield 9061* Eskilstuna United DFF (SWE)
18Michelle De Jongh19/05/1997Midfield90909012090 KIF Örebro DFF (SWE)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Coach: Calle Barrling

28/07/53

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"The girls are delighted and have worked extremely hard for this. Many missed out previously, we lost the WU17 final against Poland in 2013, so to have won this is very special for them. We now have three triumphs at this tournament [WU18s included]. Winning the title, getting a place at the [U-20] World Cup and also making these finals for the fourth time in a row ... It's a pleasure to work with these girls and I am very grateful to their clubs. They have developed and improved in so many ways because they also work hard at their clubs. They are all diamonds; I just polish them."

Sweden team analysis

Sweden team analysis

  • Rigid and reactive defensive system that proved hard to break down.
  • Zonal system of defending set pieces.
  • Won the ball well from the defensive line and intercepted the ball in midfield.
  • Ability to be effective in transition.
  • Technical skill in midfield to be able to play a good pass into the No9, or for her to run onto into pockets behind the opposition defence.
  • Very well-timed runs from the key player No9, posing a constant threat for the opposition.
  • Pressured the space from the midfield to force the direct pass from their opponents, playing to the aerial strengths of their central defensive players.
  • Changed their system to a 1-4-5-1 to protect leads, utilising the strength and power of their No9, and moved from two players to four in holding midfield in order to secure the defence.