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.
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.