Sweden national bandy team

Sweden national bandy team (Swedish: Sveriges herrlandslag i bandy) represents Sweden in the sport of bandy.

Sweden
AssociationSwedish Bandy Association
(Svenska bandyförbundet)
Head coachSweden Michael Carlsson
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First international
Sweden Sweden 12 – 1 Finland Russian Empire
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire 11 March 1907
Biggest win
Sweden Sweden 33 – 5 Belarus Belarus
Irkutsk, 30 January 2014
Biggest defeat
Sweden Sweden 0 – 8 Soviet Union Soviet Union
Stockholm, 24 February 1963
Bandy World Championship
Appearances38 (first in 1957)
Best resultChampions (1981, 1983, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017)
The Swedish team in 1947

Sweden has been playing friendlies against Finland and Norway since the early 20th century. In 1907 and 1909 there were also occasional games against Russia and Denmark. The games were set up informally from 1907 and in official internationals from 1919.[1] Agreements were made to play friendlies against Soviet Union in the late 1940s, but the plans did not come to realization.[2]

Finland, Norway and Sweden played bandy at the Winter Olympics in Oslo in 1952. After having seen them there, the Soviet Union invited these three countries to a four nation bandy tournament in 1954. This was the first time a Soviet national bandy team met other national bandy teams. The four countries used somewhat different rules prior to this tournament, but the rules were adjusted to be the same for the future. Sweden won the tournament.[3]

Sweden has been taking part in the bandy world championships since the start in 1957. The team has never finished worse than third place (which once, in 1957, meant last place) and has won the championship 12 times as of 2017. Sweden won the first ever world championship for women in 2004.

In the 2009 World Championship Sweden won in the final against Russia.[4] Sweden repeated the victory in the 2010 World Championships, this time in Moscow, the first time Sweden has won a bandy world championship in the capital of Russia. This was the tenth victory in the world championships for Sweden.[5]

Sweden won the Rossiya Tournament in 1974 and 1990 and has won its successor Russian Government Cup in 1994, 1996 and 2003.

The record for senior men's senior team appearances for the Swedish national bandy team is held by former Borlänge/Stora Tuna BK, Falu BS, Västerås SK Bandy, IFK Vänersborg, Sandvikens AIK and Tillberga IK Bandy player Per Fosshaug, who played for the team 129 times.

World Championship recordEdit

Tournament Final standing
Finland 1957   Bronze
Norway 1961   Silver
Sweden 1963   Bronze
Soviet Union 1965   Bronze
Finland 1967   Bronze
Sweden 1969   Silver
Sweden 1971   Silver
Soviet Union 1973   Silver
Finland 1975   Silver
Norway 1977   Silver
Sweden 1979   Silver
Soviet Union 1981   Gold
Finland 1983   Gold
Norway 1985   Silver
Sweden 1987   Gold
Soviet Union 1989   Bronze
Finland 1991   Silver
Norway 1993   Gold
USA 1995   Gold
Sweden 1997   Gold
Russia 1999   Bronze
Finland and Sweden 2001   Silver
Russia 2003   Gold
Sweden 2004   Silver
Russia 2005   Gold
Sweden 2006   Silver
Russia 2007   Silver
Russia 2008   Silver
Sweden 2009   Gold
Russia 2010   Gold
Russia 2011   Bronze
Kazakhstan 2012   Gold
Sweden and Norway 2013   Silver
Russia 2014   Silver
Russia 2015   Silver
Russia 2016   Bronze
Sweden 2017   Gold
Russia 2018   Silver
Sweden 2019   Silver

Current squadEdit

Swedish squad at the 2014 World Championship in Irkutsk, Russia, January 26 – February 2, 2014.[6]

Pos. Age Name Club
GK 39 Andreas Bergwall   Västerås SK
GK 38 Anders Svensson   Dynamo Kazan
DF 26 Martin Johansson   Villa Lidköping BK
DF 30 Per Hellmyrs   Dynamo Moscow
DF 26 Linus Pettersson   Zorky Krasnogorsk
DF 36 Andreas Westh   Bollnäs GIF
DF 37 Daniel Välitalo   Dynamo Kazan
MF 25 Erik Säfström   Sandvikens AIK
MF 31 Hans Andersson   Dynamo Kazan
MF 27 Johan Löfstedt   Vetlanda BK
MF 28 David Pizzoni Elfving   Hammarby IF
MF 26 Daniel Berlin   Dynamo Moscow
MF 32 Ulf Einarsson   Hammarby IF
MF 26 Christoffer Edlund   Sandvikens AIK
FW 23 Adam Gilljam   Hammarby IF
FW 30 Daniel Andersson   Villa Lidköping BK
FW 31 Patrik Nilsson   Hammarby IF
FW 18 Erik Pettersson   Sandvikens AIK

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), pp. 123-4 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ Eric Sköld (ed.): Boken om bandy, Uppsala: Bygd och Folk Förlag (1948), p. 183 (in Swedish)
  3. ^ Claes-G Bengtsson (23 November 2007). "Sargens entré förändrade bandyn" (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Sverige vann VM-guldet". Svenska Dagbladet. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Därför vann Sverige VM-guld". Sveriges Radio. 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Inför VM: Supertalangen med i truppen" (in Swedish). Svenskbandy.se. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.