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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 team is coached by Roland Nilsson. 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 coachRoland Nilsson
CaptainMattias Svanberg
Most capsOscar Hiljemark (37)
Top scorerCarlos Strandberg (13)
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 6–0 Cyprus 
(Helsingborg, Sweden; 1 May 1991)
 Sweden 6–0 Bulgaria 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 6 October 1992)
 Sweden 6–0 Malta 
(Halmstad, Sweden; 3 June 2005)
 Norway 0–6 Sweden 
(Cartagena, Spain; 31 March 2015)
Biggest defeat
U23
 Poland 6–1 Sweden 
(Warsaw, Poland; 7 October 1964)
U21
 Ukraine 6–0 Sweden 
(Kiev, 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.

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Competitive recordEdit

 
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
*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.

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 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 title 8/21 32 13 9 10 48 37 164 89 34 41 303 167
*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.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 20 players were called up for the friendly matches against Norway on 7 June 2019 and against Finland on 11 June 2019.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Marko Johansson (1998-08-25) 25 August 1998 (age 20) 1 0   GAIS
12 1GK Kalle Joelsson (1998-03-21) 21 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Helsingborgs IF

2 2DF Felix Beijmo (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 21) 4 1   Werder Bremen
3 2DF Anel Ahmedhodžić (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Hobro IK
4 2DF Dennis Hadžikadunić (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Rostov
5 2DF Alexander Jallow (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Jönköpings Södra IF
13 2DF Arvid Brorsson (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Örebro SK
14 2DF Hugo Andersson (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Trelleborgs FF
16 2DF John Björkengren (1998-12-09) 9 December 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Falkenbergs FF

6 3MF Mattias Svanberg (captain) (1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 (age 20) 11 1   Bologna
7 3MF Emil Hansson (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 21) 3 1   Feyenoord
8 3MF Bilal Hussein (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 19) 4 1   AIK
9 3MF Carl Johansson (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Östers IF
17 3MF Jake Larsson (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Örebro SK
18 3MF Samuel Adrian (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Kalmar FF
19 3MF Max Svensson (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Helsingborgs IF

10 4FW Viktor Gyökeres (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 21) 3 2   Brighton & Hove Albion
11 4FW Joel Asoro (1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 (age 20) 17 3   Swansea City
15 4FW Nils Fröling (2000-04-20) 20 April 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Kalmar FF
20 4FW Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 19) 4 2   Sunderland

Recent call-upsEdit

The following 11 players still eligible for the U21 team (i.e. born in 1998 or later) have previously been called up to the Sweden U21 squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pontus Dahlberg (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 20) 10 0   Watford v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019
GK Viktor Johansson (1998-09-04) 4 September 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Leicester City v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019

DF Thomas Isherwood (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Östersunds FK v.   Finland, 11 June 2019 WD
DF Johan Stenmark (1999-02-28) 28 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Kalmar FF v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019
DF Marcus Degerlund (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0   IK Frej v.   Malta, 10 October 2017 WD

MF Daleho Irandust (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0   BK Häcken v.   Finland, 11 June 2019 WD
MF August Erlingmark (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   IFK Göteborg v.   Finland, 11 June 2019 WD
MF Svante Ingelsson (vice captain) (1998-06-14) 14 June 1998 (age 21) 6 1   Udinese v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019
MF Gabriel Gudmundsson (1999-04-29) 29 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Groningen v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019
MF Dejan Kulusevski (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Atalanta v.   Scotland, 25 March 2019

FW Alexander Isak (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 19) 7 0   Real Sociedad v.   Belgium, 16 October 2018

Previous squadsEdit

Players with most caps and goalsEdit

Updated as of 7 June 2018.

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 31 9
Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
6 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 2
Sven Andersson 1981–1986 30 0
9 Simon Tibbling 2012–2017 29 2
10 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 28 13
Jiloan Hamad 2009–2012 28 3
Linus Wahlqvist 2015–2018 28 1
Magnus Hedman 1992–1995 28 0
Magnus Johansson 1990–1993 28 0

Top 10 goalscorersEdit

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Carlos Strandberg 2015–2018 13 18
Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
3 John Guidetti 2010–2015 12 23
Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 36
6 Niklas Skoog 1994–1995 10 14
Mikael Ishak 2012–2015 10 24
8 Lars Larsson 1982–1983 9 10
Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 9 31
10 Marcus Berg 2006–2009 8 19
Hans Eklund 1987–1990 8 20
Joakim Persson 1994–1998 8 27

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. ^ "Nilssons U21-trupp mot Norge och Finland" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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