Sweden national under-21 football team

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. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be an Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden Under-21
Nickname(s)Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
AssociationSvenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJens Gustafsson
CaptainAiham Ousou
Most capsOscar Hiljemark (37)
Top scorerCarlos Strandberg
Ola Toivonen (13)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U23
 Denmark 3–2 Sweden 
(Esbjerg, Denmark; 22 June 1952)
U21
 Finland 1–3 Sweden 
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
U23
 Sweden 9–2 Finland 
(Växjö, Sweden; 10 June 1956)
 Finland 0–7 Sweden 
(Oulu, Finland; 22 September 1957)
U21
 Sweden 10–0 Armenia 
(Lublin, Poland; 13 October 2020)
Biggest defeat
U23
 Poland 6–1 Sweden 
(Warsaw, Poland; 7 October 1964)
U21
 Ukraine 6–0 Sweden 
(Kyiv, Ukraine; 31 May 2012)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (2015)

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time.[1] They finished second in 1992 and they also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009.[2] Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen and Carlos Strandberg are the best goalscorers for the Swedish U21 team, having scored 13 goals each.

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  0000 Tournament held on home soil  

 
Sweden national under-21 football team celebrates in June 2015.

UEFA European U-23 ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Under-23 Championship record UEFA European Under-23 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1972 Quarter-finals 6th 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 3 0 1 8 2
1974 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 5
1976 4 2 1 1 6 6
Total Best: Quarter-finals 1/3 2 1 0 1 2 3 12 7 2 3 20 13

UEFA European U-21 ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 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-finals 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-finals 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
  1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
  1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
  1998 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
  2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
  2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
  2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
  2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
  2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
  2009 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
  2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
  2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
  2015 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 7 4 10 6 1 3 24 17
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 2 5 10 7 3 0 24 7
   2019 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 19 8
   2021 9 5 0 4 28 12
   2023 Qualification in progress 7 4 2 1 18 5
Total 1 title 8/23 32 13 9 10 48 37 180 98 37 45 349 184

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland on 12 and 16 November 2021, respectively.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Samuel Brolin (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Mjällby AIF
12 1GK Oliver Dovin (2002-07-11) 11 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Hammarby IF
23 1GK Noel Törnqvist (2002-02-01) 1 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Mjällby AIF

2 2DF Emil Holm (2000-05-13) 13 May 2000 (age 21) 7 2   SønderjyskE
3 2DF Aiham Ousou (captain) (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 (age 22) 5 0   Slavia Prague
4 2DF Pavle Vagić (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 21) 9 0   Rosenborg BK
5 2DF Daniel Svensson (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 19) 4 0   FC Nordsjælland
13 2DF Oliver Zandén (2001-08-14) 14 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0   IF Elfsborg
14 2DF Jesper Tolinsson (2003-02-28) 28 February 2003 (age 18) 5 0   Lommel
15 2DF Gustaf Lagerbielke (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0   IF Elfsborg
18 2DF Hussein Ali (2002-03-01) 1 March 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Örebro SK

6 3MF Carl Gustafsson (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 21) 8 0   Kalmar FF
7 3MF Patrik Wålemark (2001-10-14) 14 October 2001 (age 20) 8 3   Feyenoord
8 3MF Bilal Hussein (vice-captain) (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21) 16 1   AIK
10 3MF Rami Al Hajj (2001-09-17) 17 September 2001 (age 20) 6 1   Heerenveen
17 3MF David Edvardsson (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Malmö FF
21 3MF Adam Carlén (2000-06-27) 27 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Degerfors IF

9 4FW Amin Sarr (2001-03-11) 11 March 2001 (age 20) 7 2   Malmö FF
11 4FW Anthony Elanga (2002-04-27) 27 April 2002 (age 19) 8 7   Manchester United
16 4FW Benjamin Nygren (2001-07-08) 8 July 2001 (age 20) 11 2   Heerenveen
19 4FW Tim Prica (2002-04-23) 23 April 2002 (age 19) 8 2   AaB
20 4FW Paulos Abraham (2002-07-16) 16 July 2002 (age 19) 5 2   Groningen
22 4FW Erik Ring (2002-04-24) 24 April 2002 (age 19) 2 0   AIK

Recent call-upsEdit

The following 19 players are still eligible for the U21 team (i.e. born in 2000 or later) and have previously been called up to the Sweden U21 squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Daniel Strindholm (2001-10-07) 7 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Atlético Malagueño v.   Italy, 12 October 2021 WD
GK Hannes Sveijer (2002-04-28) 28 April 2002 (age 19) 0 0   IK Sirius v.   Italy, 12 October 2021
GK Jakob Tånnander (2000-08-10) 10 August 2000 (age 21) 0 0   HJK v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2021

DF Eric Kahl (2001-09-27) 27 September 2001 (age 20) 10 0   AGF v.   Republic of Ireland, 16 November 2021 WD
DF Noah Eile (2002-07-19) 19 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Mjällby AIF v.   Italy, 12 October 2021
DF Anton Eriksson (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0   GIF Sundsvall v.   Luxembourg, 8 June 2021
DF Yahya Kalley (2001-03-20) 20 March 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Groningen v.   Armenia, 13 October 2020

MF Armin Gigović (2002-04-06) 6 April 2002 (age 19) 8 1   Rostov v.   Republic of Ireland, 16 November 2021 WD
MF Hampus Finndell (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Djurgårdens IF v.   Republic of Ireland, 16 November 2021 WD
MF Dennis Collander (2002-05-09) 9 May 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Hammarby IF v.   Italy, 12 October 2021 WD
MF Albin Mörfelt (2000-01-10) 10 January 2000 (age 22) 1 0   Vålerenga v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2021
MF Aimar Sher (2002-12-20) 20 December 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Spezia v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2021
MF Isak Jansson (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Kalmar FF v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 September 2021 WD
MF Amel Mujanić (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Malmö FF v.   Italy, 18 November 2020
MF Dejan Kulusevski (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 21) 5 2   Juventus v.   Luxembourg, 15 October 2019

FW Nils Fröling (2000-04-20) 20 April 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Hansa Rostock v.   Italy, 12 October 2021 WD
FW Sebastian Nanasi (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Malmö FF v.   Italy, 12 October 2021
FW Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 21) 9 2   Sunderland v.   Luxembourg, 8 June 2021
FW Edvin Crona (2000-01-25) 25 January 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Kalmar FF v.   Italy, 8 September 2020

Previous squadsEdit

Players with most caps and goalsEdit

Updated as of 7 June 2018. Note that the matches played by Sweden Olympic football team in 1992 and 2016 are included here, as the Swedish Football Association recognizes them as Under-21 matches.

Top 10 most capped playersEdit

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Oscar Hiljemark 2011–2015 37 4
2 Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 36 12
3 Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 35 11
4 Simon Tibbling 2012–2017 33 2
5 Magnus Johansson 1990–1993 32 0
6 Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
8 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 2
Sven Andersson 1981–1986 30 0

Top 10 goalscorersEdit

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Carlos Strandberg 2015–2018 13 18
Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
3 Pär-Olof Ohlsson 1972–1977 12 19
John Guidetti 2010–2015 12 23
Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 36
7 Mikael Ishak 2012–2016 11 27
Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 11 35
9 Niklas Skoog 1994–1995 10 14
10 Tord Grip 1958–1961 9 10
Lasse Larsson 1982–1987 9 10

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EM-guld efter straffdrama!" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ "EM-sorti på straffar efter mirakelvändning" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "U21-truppen till EM-kvalet i september" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 2 November 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2021.

External linksEdit