Previewing Sweden WNT

by Saby

Sweden
The Blågult (Blue and Yellow)
FIFA Ranking: 4
Coach : Thomas Dennerby
Number of Olympics Appearances: 4th Olympics appearances (best result 4th in 2004)
Group: F (Canada, Japan, South Africa)
First match: Against South Africa on 7/25

Sweden Women’s National Team Roster

Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstad DFF)
Sofia Lundgren (Linköpings FC )
Berglund Emma (Umeå IK FF)*
Malin Leve City (LdB FC Malmö)*
Annica Svensson (Tyresö FF)
Sara Thunebro (The first SAK Frankfurt)
Lina Nilsson (LdB FC Malmö)*
Linda Sembrant (Tyresö FF)
Lisa Dahlkvist (Tyresö FF)
Nilla Fischer (Linköpings FC)
Antonia Göransson (The first FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Sofia Jakobsson – FC Rossijanka
Caroline Seger (Tyresö FF)
Johanna Almgren (Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Kosovare Asllani (Kristianstad DFF)*
Marie Hammarström – KIF Orebro DFF
Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyonnais)
Madelaine Edlund (Tyresö FF)

Alternates :
Kristin Hammarstrom – Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Stina Segerstrom – Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC
Susan Moberg – Kristianstad DFF
Jessica Landström – Djurgårdens IF DFF

Preparation
The Swedish team qualified for the Olympics after reaching the 3rd place at the Women’s World Cup. The team also finished 4th at the Algarve Cup 2012 and played 9 games so far. This year, Sweden seems to struggle against top ten team ranked above them. They lost twice against USA (1), once against Germany (2) and Japan (3). Their only victory against a top ten was against Canada (7) early this year, which is one of their opponents in the group stage for the Olympics.

Group F
Sweden has probably the best draw of the group, facing in this order – South Africa, Japan and Canada. If they are confident and score many goals in their first game, they might have a chance to bother the current world champion Japan as their games are always close. The Blågult (Blue and Yellow) will finish group stage against Canada, which is the team they tend to have good result. This game on July 31th may be the key for a quarter final spot.

Players
Lotta Schelin as usual should be the player to watch for Sweden. She is one of the best top scorer in women soccer and she recently won the Women European Championship with l’Olympique Lyonnais.

Prediction
Semi final if the team finish 2sd of group F

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