Sweden national under-21 football team

Sweden Under-21
Nickname(s) Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
Association Svenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Håkan Ericson
Asst coach Andreas Pettersson
Captain Oscar Hiljemark
Most caps Alexander Farnerud (35)
Top scorer Ola Toivonen (13)
Home stadium Swedbank Stadion
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Finland 1–3 Sweden Sweden
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
Sweden Sweden 6–0 Cyprus 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 1 May 1991)
Sweden Sweden 6–0 Bulgaria 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 6 October 1992)
Sweden Sweden 6–0 Malta 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 3 June 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 6–0 Sweden Sweden
(Kiev, Ukraine; 31 May 2012)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1986)
Best result Runners-up: 1992

The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Sweden's home ground is Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and the team is led by Håkan Ericson and his assistant Andreas Pettersson. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be a Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986 and they finished second in 1992. They also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009.[1] Alexander Farnerud is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 35 caps between 2002 and 2006. Ola Toivonen is the best goalscorer for Sweden U21, having scored 13 goals between 2006 and 2009. The current captain of the team is Oscar Hiljemark with Alexander Milošević as vice captain.

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA European U-21 ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 8
1980 4 0 1 3 1 4
1982 4 1 1 2 3 6
1984 4 2 1 1 10 4
1986 Quarter-final 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 7 3
1988 Did not qualify 6 1 4 1 6 6
1990 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 7 4 6 4 2 0 10 2
1992 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 4 4 6 4 2 0 17 3
France 1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
Spain 1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
Romania 1998 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
Switzerland 2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
Germany 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
Portugal 2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
Netherlands 2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
Sweden 2009 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
Israel 2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
Czech Republic 2015 To be determined 6 3 1 2 13 11
Total Best: Runners-up 6/19 24 11 5 8 39 28 140 73 29 38 249 146
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2015 UEFA Euro Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

Qualifying group stageEdit

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 7 5 0 2 16 7 +9 15
 Greece 6 4 0 2 17 6 +11 12
 Sweden 6 3 1 2 13 11 +2 10
 Turkey 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
 Malta 7 0 0 7 2 27 –25 0
  Greece Malta Poland Sweden Turkey
Greece  5–0 5–1 2–1
Malta  0–4 1–5 1–2
Poland  3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1
Sweden  5–0 3–1
Turkey  1–0 4–0 1–0 2–2


2014 fixturesEdit

Results in 2014Edit

Round 1 2 3 4 5
Ground A A H H H
Result W

Last updated: 5 March 2014.
Source: svenskfotboll.se (Swedish)
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FixturesEdit

5 March 2014
14:30 UTC+1
Malta  1 – 2  Sweden
Scicluna Goal 10' Report Milošević Goal 29'
Guidetti Goal 70'
Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 200
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)

7 June 2014
Iceland  v  Sweden


11 June 2014
Sweden  v  Slovakia

5 September 2014
Sweden  v  Greece


9 September 2014
Sweden  v  Turkey

GoalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1 John Guidetti England Stoke City 1
Alexander Milošević Sweden AIK 1

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players were called up for the 2015 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification match against Malta on 5 March 2014.[2]

Caps and goals updated as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK August Strömberg (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Sweden Degerfors IF
12 1GK Patrik Carlgren (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Sweden AIK
2 2DF Mattias Johansson (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 22) 16 0 Netherlands AZ
3 2DF Alexander Milošević (vice captain) (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 22) 18 3 Sweden AIK
4 2DF Filip Helander (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 21) 10 0 Sweden Malmö FF
5 2DF Ludwig Augustinsson (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg
13 2DF Oliver Silverholt (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 19) 4 0 Sweden Halmstads BK
14 2DF Sebastian Holmén (1992-04-29) 29 April 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg
6 3MF Viktor Claesson (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Sweden IF Elfsborg
7 3MF Oscar Lewicki (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 21) 14 0 Sweden BK Häcken
8 3MF Andreas Blomqvist (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 (age 21) 6 0 Sweden Mjällby AIF
9 3MF Robin Quaison (1993-10-09) 9 October 1993 (age 20) 11 0 Sweden AIK
16 3MF Simon Kroon (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Sweden Malmö FF
17 3MF Kristoffer Olsson (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 18) 1 0 England Arsenal
10 4FW John Guidetti (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 22) 12 7 England Stoke City
11 4FW Mikael Ishak (1993-03-31) 31 March 1993 (age 21) 16 9 Italy Crotone
15 4FW Nicklas Bärkroth (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 22) 7 1 Sweden IF Brommapojkarna
18 4FW Christoffer Nyman (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21) 4 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping

Recent call-upsEdit

The following 18 players have also been called up to the Sweden U21 squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alexander Lundin (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Husqvarna FF v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF Emil Krafth (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 19) 9 0 Sweden Helsingborgs IF v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF Joseph Baffo (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 21) 6 0 Sweden Halmstads BK v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Sweden Östers IF v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
DF Alexander Michel (1992-11-14) 14 November 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Sweden Syrianska FC v.  Cuba U20, 11 June 2013
DF Philip Andersson (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Sweden Landskrona BoIS v.  Cuba U20, 11 June 2013
DF Jonathan Azulay (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Sweden Östersunds FK v.  Cuba U20, 11 June 2013
MF Simon Thern (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 21) 9 1 Sweden Malmö FF v.  Malta, 5 March 2014
MF Oscar Hiljemark (captain) (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 21) 27 2 Netherlands PSV v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Branimir Hrgota (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 21) 10 3 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Melker Hallberg (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 (age 18) 5 1 Sweden Kalmar FF v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
MF Sam Larsson (1993-04-10) 10 April 1993 (age 21) 6 1 Sweden IFK Göteborg v.  Poland, 12 October 2013
MF Simon Tibbling (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF v.  Poland, 12 October 2013
MF Simon Gustafson (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 19) 1 1 Sweden BK Häcken v.  Turkey, 10 September 2013
MF Simon Hedlund (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Norway, 14 August 2013
FW Isaac Kiese Thelin (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping v.  Malta, 19 November 2013
FW Dardan Rexhepi (1992-01-16) 16 January 1992 (age 22) 5 2 Sweden IF Brommapojkarna v.  Poland, 12 October 2013
FW Måns Söderqvist (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Sweden Kalmar FF v.  Turkey, 10 September 2013

Previous squadsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Manager Håkan Ericson
Assistant manager Andreas Pettersson
Goalkeeping coach Mats Svensson
Team doctor Fredrik Bergström

RecordsEdit

Top 10 most capped playersEdit

Players in bold text are still active with Sweden U21.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 35 12
2 Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
4 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 1
6 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 28 13
Jiloan Hamad 2009–2012 28 3
8 Joakim Persson 1994–1998 27 8
Fredrik Berglund 1998–2001 27 6
Jon Jönsson 2002–2005 27 5
Oscar Hiljemark 2011–0000 27 2

Last updated: 12 October 2013.

Top 10 goalscorersEdit

Players in bold text are still active with Sweden U21.

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
2 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 35
4 Mikael Ishak 2012–0000 9 16
5 Marcus Berg 2006–2009 8 19
Joakim Persson 1994–1998 8 27
7 Erton Fejzullahu 2009–2010 7 7
Denni Avdić 2007–2010 7 23
9 Zlatan Ibrahimović 200100000 6 7
Mervan Çelik 2011–2012 6 14
Pontus Farnerud 2000–2001 6 14
Mikael Dahlberg 2004–2006 6 21
Pontus Wernbloom 2006–2009 6 24
Fredrik Berglund 1998–2001 6 27

Last updated: 5 March 2014.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EM-sorti på straffar efter mirakelvändning". Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 24 February 2014.  (Swedish)
  2. ^ "U21-truppen till Malta". Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 24 February 2014.  (Swedish)

External linksEdit

Last modified on 23 April 2014, at 19:19