Erik Hamsen – Was Norway’s coach of the year in 2009. Never a star player in his time but his managerial job has never been far from perfect. He was coach of Rosenborg before taking up the national’s team job. This will be his first Euro appearance as coach.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ex Barca star, currently playing for AC Milan. Might be moving to Manchester City if the rumors are anything to go by and once played for Juventus. One of Europe’s lethal finishers and being the captain of the side, expect some good goals from him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kim Kalistrom, Sebastian Larsson, Martin Olsson.
The best run ever had by Sweden in the Euro’s was a semifinal berth in 1992 where they got beaten by Germany 3-2 who later went on to lose to the eventual winners Denmark 2 nil.
Another 4-2-3-1 formation on the cards here;
Not many of us know about the Swedish national team but in goal should start Andreas Isaksson of PSV Eindhoven as first choice while Johan Wiland as the reserve keeper. The defence doesn’t boast of really big names but Ollof Mellberg of Olympiacos and Daniel Majstorovic should lead the heart of the defence. Anderlecht’s Safari and Jonas Olsson of West Brom should be substitutes for centre back. The left back position should be competed for by Mikael Lustig of Celtic and Andreas of Genoa. The right back though is a familiar name and should be taken by Martin Olsson of Blackburn.
Dependng on how he decides to choose his squad, the two man anchor should be taken by either Anders Svensson of Elfborg, Kim Kallstrom of Lyon while exciting youngsters like Pontus Wernbloom, Emir Bajrami and Rasmus Elm can help.
In the wings, I expect to see Sebastain Larsson and Ola Toivonen who can play on both wings. In the withdrawn central attacking forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic would fill up , Johan Elmander and too Toivonen can play this space well too.
Sweden is a team that should never be underestimated. Playmaker Kim Allstrom makes this side tick and in case of corner kicks and free kicks, the names of Larsson and Olsson should be greatly looked up to.
Coach Hamrem, will smile at the thoughts of his side’s scoring goals but would be saddened at the thought of stopping them. Swedish people want to have parties again, not just parties because of anything but because of football. Hope he gives them this dream.
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DID YOU KNOW?
No club from Sweden has ever won the Champions League but there’s one that has won the Uefa cup which is IFK Goteborg in 1982 and 1987.