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|Highest FIFA ranking||6 (1928, 1950-)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||13 (1938)|
| Norway 8–0 Sweden|
(London, Great Britain; 20 October 1908)
|FIFA World Cup|
|Appearances||7 (First in 1910)|
|Best result||Champions (1950)|
|Olympic medal record|
The Sweden national football team represents Sweden is international association football. It is controlled by the Svenska Fotbollförbundet.
The Swedish national football team first match was up against Norway in the first round of the 1908 Summer Olympics. In a disappointing match, they would lose 8-0 to be bundled out in the first round. The next major tournament for the team was the 1910 FIFA World Cup held in Austria and much like the Olympics, they would be knocked out in the opening round, this time it was to the Netherlands by a score of 3-1. Karl Gustafsson scoring the first goal for Sweden in an international tournament.
After recording their first victory in international football at the Nordic Football Championship they would take out their first title in the 1912 edition of the Nordic Football Championship when they defeated Finland and Norway by six goals. This form wouldn't carry into the Olympic competition when they lost 4-0 in the first round by the Russian Empire. The 1914 FIFA World Cup which was held in England, would end up as a disaster for the nation as they could only muster up a victory against Chile on the final matchday of competition to not finish bottom of the group after losing their opening two games against England and Switzerland.
The struggles during the Wars
During the First World War, they would defend the Nordic title in 1916 before losing the title to Norway in the final matchday of the 1918 edition of the championship. The next major tournament was the 1920 Summer Olympics in which they finished in third place overall. This was after they defeated Greece 10-0 in the first round which did include a hat-trick from Herbert Carlsson which was there first in international football. After scraping through over France, they would be knocked out by champions Belgium. They would fall in the first round of the 1922 FIFA World Cup after they lost to Switzerland by a single goal.
After the Svenska Serien was dropped to be replaced by the Allsvenskan in 1924, the hope of creating new stars. The first international competition with the new league ended in a shock 3-2 defeat to Belgium in the second round of the Olympics when Henri Larnoe scored the winner to knock the Swedes out. After easily winning the Nordic Championship in 1925, they were drawn in Group C with Uruguay, Belgium and France. With Sven Rydell leading the goalscoring charts for Sweden, the nation would finish bottom of the group with two points with the only loss being against Uruguay.
The skipping of the 1928 Summer Olympics would be followed by qualifying for the 1930 FIFA World Cup, for Sweden they would be drawn with rivals Norway, Lithuania and Estonia. For the Swedes, they would qualify through to the second round after they easily defeated Lithuania and Estonia before drawing with the Norwegians. In the second round, Sweden was drawn with Denmark and the Soviet Union. Once again they couldn't defeat Norway as they lost 2-1 in Oslo but after they defeated their other two opponents they would qualify through to the World Cup.
For Sweden, they would be drawn in Group C with Brazil, Italy and debutants Egypt. The opening match for Sweden was up against Brazil and Sven Rydell who would once again lead the charts for Sweden as he scored a double in a 2-0 victory. After a struggling 1-1 draw against Egypt in which team fell behind from Mahmoud Ismail in the 39th minute, they would cause an upset when they defeated Italy by the same scoreline of 2-0 with Knut Kroon and Harry Lundahl scoring to knocked out Italy who entered the tournament 3rd in the World rankings. The country would by bundled out by Argentina by a single goal.
After failing in the Nordic Championship, Sweden qualified easily into the playoff for the 1934 FIFA World Cup when they drew with Latvia and Finland. Despite the loss to Norway, they would qualify by defeating Switzerland 1-0 at home. This meant that Sweden was drawn in Group C, with Argentina, Uruguay and Norway. After losing the opening game to Argentina 3-0 at Turin, the nation would qualify through to the knockout stage when they defeated Uruguay and Norway to meet up with Italy in the quarter-finals. The quarter-final match against Italy got off to a bad start when Angelo Schiavio scored in the 23rd minute to give Italy the lead. When Ernst Andersson scored his second for the tournament to give hope for Sweden. In extra time, Raimundo Orsi would score the winning goal and knockout Sweden in the same stage as last time.
After a shock loss to Japan in the first round of the 1936 Summer Olympics with Akira Matsunaga scoring the winning goal in the 83rd minute. The nation wouldn't qualify through to the 1938 FIFA World Cup after they finished in second place on goal average after only just defeating Estonia 2-1 in the opening game at Tallinn. In the second game against Denmark, they would score the opening goal in the 32nd minute from Lennart Bunke. But when Arne Sørensen scored the equaliser in the 78th minute to eliminate Sweden from qualifying for the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup
Gold Silver Bronze
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1906||Did Not Participate|
|1938||Did Not Qualify|