Sweden

2006-06-01 10:34

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.

SWEDEN

Honours:

World Cup apperances: 10 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 2002)

World Cup best: Runners-up (1958)

Fifa world ranking: 16

Odds: 33/1

Coach: Lars Lagerback

Now in sole charge of the Swedish team after a successful partnership with Tommy Soderberg that ended after the Euro 2004 tournament, where the Swedes were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Started coaching in 1977 after a modest playing career, and became involved in international management three years later. Worked at junior levels before rising to 'B' team coach before appointment as assistant in 1995.

Key player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

One of the stars of Sweden's Euro 2004 campaign, Ibrahimovic continued his good form through qualifying where he found the net on no fewer than eight occasions. But Ibrahimovic has looked horribly out of sorts for Juventus in the second half of the Serie A season, and Swedish fans will be praying the talented striker rediscovers his scoring touch in time for Germany.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Andreas Isaksson (Rennes/FRA), John Alvbage (Viborg/DEN), Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad/NOR)

Defenders:

Erik Edman (Rennes/FRA), Petter Hansson (Heerenveen/NED), Teddy Lucic (Häcken/SWE), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa/ENG), Karl Svensson (Gothenburg/SWE), Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos/GRE), Fredrik Stenman (Leverkusen/GER)

Midfielders:

Daniel Andersson (Malmo/SWE), Niclas Alexandersson (Gothenburg/SWE), Kim Källström (Rennes/FRA), Tobias Linderoth (Copenhagen/DEN), Christian Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht/BEL), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg/SWE), Fredrik Ljungberg (Arsenal/ENG)

Forwards:

Marcus Allbäck (Copenhagen/DEN), Johan Elmander (Bröndby/DEN), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus/ITA), Mattias Jonson (Djurgarden Stockholm/SWE), Henrik Larsson (Barcelona/ESP), Markus Rosenberg (Ajax/NED)

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