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Sweden Team Tactics and Strategies

Sweden hasn’t found the great results that teams of yore had. Though, with a resurgence of Swedish soccer on the national scene (since the 1990s) and the implementation of Ibrahimović in recent years, they’ve gained momentum. Essentially, within the forest of European talent, they’re a middle-of-the-road team trying to find their form.

 With this team, at this point in history, their chances of winning the World Cup in Russia are close to zero. In fact, to win the whole thing, to walk away with the coveted World Cup trophy, they’ll need a mythical effort, something on the order of 72 small miracles in each game. It would be pretty impressive if they even made the second round. Making it out of their group will likely involve three consecutive ties, hoping for the same from their opponents and praying that points go in their favor. The odd thing about Sweden is that they’re not terrible, by any stretch of the imagination. But, in the post-Ibrahimović era, aside from qualifying for the World Cup, which is an impressive achievement in and of itself, things don’t look incredibly optimistic for Sweden at the World Cup.

Sweden Football Team at 2018 World Cup (Photo source: fifa.com)

 On the positive side, they do have a group of experienced players that can keep games close and pull out victories here and there. Will it be enough to get into the semifinals and possibly win the whole thing? It’s unlikely, but that’s the beauty of sports.

 They’ll probably take up a 4-4-2 formation, a reliable option. They don’t play the two-man game very often; if they do it’s out of necessity rather than a strategic means to improve chemistry. And they prefer attacking down the flanks.

 Essentially, they’re a group of serviceable players, trying to find a magical formula, which may not be there. But, on the big stage, with a little push, things can often come together in the right way, and that’s what Sweden is counting on.

Sweden Football Team a Brief Team History

Sweden has one of the more curious World Cup records around. In the early days, they did quite well, then sort of fizzled out. In the 1930 World Cup, they didn’t compete. In 1934, they made the quarterfinals. For the 1938 World Cup, they placed fourth.

 Then, in 1950, they placed third. Things were looking good for old Sweden. However, for 1954, they didn’t qualify. As hosts in 1958, they earned second place. Back at it! So far, so good. However, at this juncture, things began to go downhill.

 They didn’t qualify in 1962 or 1966. In 1970, they didn’t get out of their group. In 1974, they got to the second round only. At Argentina in 1978, they didn’t get out of their group. Things got worse in 1982 and 1986, as they didn’t qualify. In 1990, they were back, but couldn’t get out of their group. Then, in 1994, they did very well, earning third place. But, for France in 1998, they didn’t qualify. Back at it in 2002 and 2006, they made the big tournament but were eliminated in the round of 16. And, similar to their track record of being consistently inconsistent, they didn’t qualify for 2010 or 2014

 During European World Cup qualifications, Sweden finished second in their group behind France. As a result, they went into a two-game playoff with Italy (who had finished second in their group behind Spain). And so it was, for the first time in a long time (1958, to be exact), Italy would not be going to the World Cup. In the opening game, Sweden won 1-0 on November 10, 2017, in Sweden. Then, a few days later, on November 13, 2017, a 0-0 tie held in Milan, Italy, sent Sweden to the 2018 World Cup.

Outside of the World Cup, Sweden has won the Nordic Football Championship (1924-2001) nine times. They also won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics.