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Sweden National Under-21 Football Team

Sweden Under-21
Nickname(s)Blågult (The Blue-Yellow)
AssociationSvenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPoya Asbaghi
Most capsOscar Hiljemark (37)
Top scorerCarlos Strandberg (13)
Ola Toivonen (13)
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 
(Kiev, Ukraine; 31 May 2012)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (2015)

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 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 record

  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 Championship

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 Championship

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
France 1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
Spain 1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
Romania 1998 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
Switzerland 2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
Germany 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
Portugal 2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
Netherlands 2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
Sweden 2009 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
Israel 2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
Czech Republic 2015 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 7 4 10 6 1 3 24 17
Poland 2017 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 2 5 10 7 3 0 24 7
ItalySan Marino 2019 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 19 8
HungarySlovenia 2021 9 5 0 4 28 12
Total 1 title 8/23 32 13 9 10 48 37 173 94 35 44 331 179

Players

Current squad

The following 21 players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Italy on 18 November 2020.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2020.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pontus Dahlberg (1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 (age 21) 19 0 Sweden BK Häcken
12 1GK Oliver Dovin (2002-07-11) 11 July 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Sweden IK Frej
21 1GK Tom Amos (1998-02-06) 6 February 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg

2 2DF Felix Beijmo (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 22) 13 2 Sweden Malmö FF
3 2DF Pavle Vagi? (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF
4 2DF Gustav Henriksson (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 22) 4 1 Sweden IF Elfsborg
5 2DF Anton Kralj (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Norway Sandefjord
13 2DF Filip Örnblom (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Sweden Östers IF
15 2DF Kalle Björklund (1999-05-31) 31 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Hammarby IF
20 2DF Hussein Ali (2002-03-01) 1 March 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Sweden Örebro SK

6 3MF Leo Bengtsson (1998-05-26) 26 May 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden BK Häcken
7 3MF Adam Hellborg (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden IK Sirius
8 3MF Armin Gigovi? (2002-04-06) 6 April 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Russia Rostov
9 3MF Jesper Karlsson (1998-07-25) 25 July 1998 (age 22) 5 6 Netherlands AZ
16 3MF Bilal Hussein (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 20) 8 1 Sweden AIK
17 3MF Max Svensson (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 4 1 Sweden Helsingborgs IF
18 3MF Emil Hansson (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 22) 10 4 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard
19 3MF Amel Mujani? (2001-04-01) 1 April 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Denmark Hobro IK

10 4FW Benjamin Nygren (2001-07-08) 8 July 2001 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
11 4FW Pontus Almqvist (1999-07-10) 10 July 1999 (age 21) 5 2 Russia Rostov
14 4FW Paulos Abraham (2002-07-16) 16 July 2002 (age 18) 3 2 Sweden AIK

Recent call-ups

The following 11 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 Samuel Brolin (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden Akropolis IF v.  Italy, 18 November 2020 WD

DF Eric Kahl (2001-09-27) 27 September 2001 (age 19) 4 0 Sweden AIK v.  Italy, 18 November 2020 WD
DF Anton Eriksson (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  Italy, 18 November 2020 WD
DF Yahya Kalley (2001-03-20) 20 March 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Sweden IFK Göteborg v.  Armenia, 13 October 2020

MF Adam Carlén (2000-06-27) 27 June 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Sweden Degerfors IF v.  Italy, 18 November 2020 WD
MF Amin Sarr (2001-03-11) 11 March 2001 (age 19) 1 1 Sweden Malmö FF v.  Armenia, 13 October 2020
MF Patrik Wålemark (2001-10-14) 14 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Sweden BK Häcken v.  Italy, 8 September 2020
MF Dejan Kulusevski (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 20) 5 2 Italy Juventus v.  Luxembourg, 15 October 2019

FW Edvin Crona (2000-01-25) 25 January 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Sweden Kalmar FF v.  Italy, 8 September 2020
FW Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 20) 7 2 England Sunderland v.  Republic of Ireland, 19 November 2019
FW Nils Fröling (2000-04-20) 20 April 2000 (age 20) 5 0 Sweden Kalmar FF v.  Republic of Ireland, 19 November 2019

Previous squads

Players with most caps and goals

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 players

# 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 goalscorers

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Carlos Strandberg 2015-2018 13 18
Ola Toivonen 2006-2009 13 28
3 Pär-Olov Olsson 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 also

References

  1. ^ "EM-guld efter straffdrama!" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "EM-sorti på straffar efter mirakelvändning" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "U21: Truppen till EM-kvalavgörandet" (in Swedish). Svenskfotboll. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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