Team profile: Sweden
Coach: Thomas Dennerby has plenty of experience. What he needs are a few more results. The 51-year-old coach has been in charge since 2005 but has little to show for his effort. His 2007 World Cup team failed to advance beyond Group B, his 2008 Olympic team lost in the quarter-finals and his Euro 2009 team again fell in the last eight. Another failure in Germany could cost him his job.
Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl, Kristin Hammarstrom, Sofia Lundgren
Defenders: Charlotte Rohlin, Linda Sembrant, Annica Svensson, Sara Thunebro, Sara Larsson, Lina Nilsson
Midfielders: Caroline Seger, Sofia Jakobsson, Antonia Goansson, Therese Sjoran, Linda Forsberg, Lisa Dahlkvist, Nilla Fischer, Marie Hammarstrom
Forwards: Lotta Schelin, Jessica Landstrom, Josefine Oqvist, Madelaine Edlund
1ST ROUND MATCHES (GROUP C)
- June 28 — vs. Colombia in Leverkusen
- July 2 — vs. North Korea in Augsburg
- July 6 — vs. United States in Wolfsburg
Strengths: The Swedes are one of the top teams in the world, with a proud tradition in the women's and having participated in all five World Cups… Even with the retirements of Victoria Svensson and Hanna Ljungberg, Sweden still has lots of experienced and quality veterans (Therese Sjogran, Rut Hedvig Lindahl and Sara Larsson)… The Swedes also include an exciting crop of world-class youngsters, including captain Caroline Seger and forward Lotta Schelin.
Weaknesses: A relatively easy game against Colombia is followed by tougher matches against North Korea and the U.S. (Sweden has beaten the Americans only three times in 28 meetings)… Can Sweden overcome the psychological hurdle of past World Cups, having finished 3rd (in 1991) and runners-up (in 2003)?... They have a propensity to finish teams off, like they did with Denmark in the deciding World Cup qualifying playoff series.
Player to watch: Lotta Schelin — Regarded as the face of a new era for Sweden, Schelin is one of the most sought after players in world soccer. A skilful creator, Schelin is a pivotal member of the Swedish national team and the tall, attacking star has drawn comparisons to her male compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Prospects in Germany: It could turn out to be a real scrap. Sweden cannot afford any slip ups in its opening game because the hill only gets steeper thereafter. A win over Colombia would settle the nerves before the Swedes renew acquaintances with the North Koreans and the Americans. The trio is drawn in the same group for the third straight World Cup. Sweden has beaten the US only 3 times in 28 meetings. Getting out of the group could all come down to goal difference.
- Soccer Confederation: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
- Current FIFA world ranking: 5
- Team nickname: Blagult
- Team colours: yellow jerseys/blue shorts
ROAD TO THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
2011 qualification route: Sweden secured its passage to Germany by winning its group in the UEFA qualifiers, and then defeating Denmark in a two-game playoff series.
- Qualification record: 8 wins, 0 losses, 2 ties
- Goals for: 42
- Goals against: 6
- Top goal-scorer in qualifying: Caroline Seger (7)
- Sept. 23, 2009 - Sweden 2, Belgium 1
- Oct. 24, 2009 - Sweden 3, Azerbaijan 0
- Oct. 28, 2009 - Sweden 4, Belgium 1
- March 31, 2020 - Sweden 4, Wales 0
- June 19, 2010 - Sweden 0, Czech Republic 0
- June 23, 2010 - Sweden 17, Azerbaijan 0
- Aug. 21, 2010 - Sweden 1, Czech Republic 0
- Aug. 25, 2010 - Sweden 5, Wales 1
- Sept. 11, 2010 - Sweden 2, Denmark 1
- Sept. 16, 2010 - Sweden 2, Denmark 2
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP HISTORY
Sweden has been a women's powerhouse since the inaugural World Cup in 1991. The Swedes have finished third and second, but the top trophy has eluded them so far. Is a championship in store for them in their sixth attempt?
- Hosted the Women's World Cup: 1995
- Number of previous Women's World Cup appearances: 5
- All-time record: 13 wins, 8 losses, 2 ties
- Goals for: 44
- Goals against: 29
- All-time top scorer: Lena Videkull and Victoria Svensson (6)
- 1991 — Semifinals (3rd place)
- 1995 — Quarter-finals
- 1999 — Quarter-finals
- 2003 — Runner-up
- 2007 — First round