Sweden women's national football team


Sweden women's national football team

National football team women
Name = Sweden
Badge = Sweden_national_football_team_logo.png Nickname = "Blågult" ("The Blueyellow")
Association = Swedish Football Association
Coach = Thomas Dennerby, 2005-
Most caps = Kristin Bengtsson (157)
Top scorer = Hanna Ljungberg (72)
FIFA Rank = 3

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First game = Flagicon|Sweden Sweden 0-0 Finland Flagicon|Finland (Mariehamn, Finland; 1973)
Largest win = Flagicon|Sweden Sweden 10 - 0 Ireland Flagicon|Ireland (Sweden; 1991-1992)
Largest loss = Flagicon|Sweden Sweden 0 - 4 Norway Flagicon|Norway (Uddevalla, Sweden; 24 July, 2004) | World cup apps = 6
World cup first = 1971
World cup best = Finalist, 2003
Olympic apps = 3
Olympic first = 1996
Olympic best = 4th place Olympic Games 2004
Regional name = UEFA Women's Championship
Regional cup apps = 10
Regional cup first = 1979
Regional cup best = Winner, 1984

Sweden women's national football team won the unofficial European Championships in 1984, a success the team has not managed to repeat, it has however won one World Cup-silver (2003) as well as three European Cup-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in three Olympic Games, four World Cups, as well as seven European Cups.

The 2003 World Cup-final was the second most watched event in Sweden that year.

The top goal scorer in team history is Hanna Ljungberg with 72 goals. The player with the most caps is Kristin Bengtsson, with 157. Since 2005, the team has been coached by Thomas Dennerby.

After winning the 2 qualifying matches against Denmark for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Swedish Olympic Committee approved of record increases in investments for the women's team. The new budget granted over a million SEK (about 150,000 USD) for the team and 150,000 SEK (about 25,000 USD) per player for developing physical fitness. The new grants are almost a 100% increase of the 2005 and 2006 season funds. [cite web | title='SOK lovar damerna en storsatsning' | author=Mats Bråstedt | publisher=Expressen.se | url=http://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/1.946605/sok-lovar-damerna-en-storsatsning | accessdate=2007-10-26]

Honours

Performance in World Cup

* 1971 : "preliminary round" (non-official competition)
* 1978 : 1st round (non-official competition)
* 1991 : 3rd round
* 1995 : Quarter finals
* 1999 : Quarter finals
* 2003 : Finalist
* 2007 : Group stage


= Performance in European Championship =

* 1979 : 3rd round (non-official competition)
* 1984 : Winner
* 1987 : Finalist
* 1989 : Quarter finals
* 1991 : Quarter finals
* 1993 : Quarter finals
* 1995 : Finalist
* 1997 : Semi-finals
* 2001 : Finalist
* 2005 : Semi-finals

Performance in Olympic Games

*1996 1st round
*2000 Quarter finals
*2004 4th place
*2008 Quarter finals

Current Squad

Squad called up for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

Coaches

* 1973 : Christer Molander
* 1974-76 : Hasse Karlsson
* 1977-78 : Tord Grip
* 1979 : Ulf Bergquist
* 1980-87 : Ulf Lyfors
* 1988-91 : Gunilla Paijkull
* 1992-96 : Bengt Simonsson
* 1996-2005 : Marika Domanski-Lyfors
* 2005- : Thomas Dennerby

References

External links

* [http://www.svenskfotboll.se/t2e.aspx?p=165785 National Team Homepage]


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