When you mention Sweden’s national men’s soccer team, one name will always stand out: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The superstar striker has been the backbone of the Swedish team for more than 15 years, leading them to two World Cup appearances and a final-eight showing at the 2004 European Championship. Traditionally, Sweden has been a strong club at major international competitions. In total, the Swedes have appeared in 11 World Cups and finished as runners-up at the 1958 tournament.
Sweden captured a bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup, helping the country soar to the No. 2 spot in the FIFA rankings the same year. Their best finish at the European Championship — where they’ve made five appearances — was in 1992 when the Swedes hosted the tournament and reached the semifinals.
Sweden burst onto the international stage in 1908 when they cruised to an 11-3 victory over Norway. In addition to its World Cup and Euro success, Sweden has also shined on the Olympic stage, where they won gold at the 1948 Games. The Swedes have also captured two Olympic bronze medals in 1924 and 1952.
Not surprisingly, Ibrahimovic is the national team’s all-time top goal scorer with 62 tallies. Ibrahimovic has 112 international caps, but still remains well behind the all-time leader Andres Svensson, who finished his career in 2013 with 148.
Sweden Soccer Team Betting Lines Today
Whether at home or on the road, be sure to keep track of Sweden's next opponent before placing your bet. With a historically successful track record on the international stage, Sweden may be underdogs against the world's best teams, but they are rarely blown out in matches.
During Euro 2016 qualifying, the Swedes only gave up more than one goal once in 10 matches.
You can view Sweden's complete schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table provided below.
The Swedes may not be in a group of death at Euro 2016, but defeating Belgium and Italy will be no easy feat. Sweden opens the tournament on June 13 against Ireland, which is a winnable game. The real test will come in Sweden's second match when they face Italy on June 17.
Sweden Soccer Team Standings Right Now
Sweden is rarely at the top of the standings whether it's during the qualifying stage or during group play at major international competitions. That will stand true at Euro 2016, as they'll be fighting for the second position in Group E.
Pay attention to where Sweden sits in the standings before making your bets.
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Sweden scored 15 goals in the qualifying stages, but conceded nine — something they’ll have to fix if they have any shot of getting out of Euro 2016’s Group E, which includes Italy, Belgium and Ireland. After finishing third in a qualifying group that included Austria and Russia, the Swedes needed a playoff to secure a spot at Euro 2016. Carried by their star Ibrahimovic, who scored a pair of goals in the playoff, the Swedes clinched a spot in France after beating their Scandinavian rivals Denmark.
In what may be Ibrahimovic’s final major international tournament, the 34-year-old will be inspired to once again carry the Swedes deep into a major tournament. While sneaking out of the group stage seems possible, expecting Sweden to make a deep run may be asking too much. The depth up front is in question after Ibrahimovic, which will leave manager Erik Hamren with not many options.
One player on the rise for the Swedes is 23-year-old Oscar Lewicki — a defensive-minded midfielder who is affective in the team’s counter attack. On defence, Kim Kallstrom will lead the back end one last time as the 33-year-old with 127 caps under his belt announced Euro 2016 will be his final international tournament.
While Bovada odds have Belgium (+100) and Italy (+160) to come out of the group, the Swedes will be right there knocking on the door for the No. 2 spot, despite their +600 chances of advancing out of the round-robin stages. If Sweden does move forward to the knockout stage, it will receive a favourable final-12 matchup against a team from Group F.
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