Sweden’s history at major tournaments has been a repeated story of, “close but no cookie,” the Women’s World Cup no exception.
Finalists in 2003, Blågult had to settle for a third-place finish in 2011, a disappointing 2015 ended in Sweden registering their second worst finish at a World Cup in seven outings.
Quite a different animal to the one managed by Pia Sundhage, the Swede have been embracing their attacking side under coach Peter Gerhardsson and should they hit the right notes this summer, will be more than a handful for many teams at the tournament.
With a squad in flux; still relying on veterans like Hedvig Lindahl, Nilla Fischer and Caroline Seger whilst young guns Nathalie Björn, Anna Anvegård and Julia Zigiotti break into the starting XI, the Swede keep you guessing from start to finish.
Goalkeepers: Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea), Zećira Mušović (FC Rosengård), Jennifer Falk (Kopparbergs/Göteborg).
Defenders: Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg), Linda Sembrant (Montpellier HSC), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Amanda Ilestedt (Turbine Potsdam), Hanna Glas (Paris Saint-Germain), Jonna Andersson (Chelsea), Nathalie Björn (FC Rosengård).
Midfielders: Caroline Seger (FC Rosengård), Elin Rubensson (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), Julia Roddar (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), Oliva Schough (Djurgården).
Attackers: Kosovare Asllani (Linköping), Stina Blackstenius (Linköping), Sofia Jakobsson (Montpellier HSC), Fridolina Rolfö (Bayern München), Anna Anvegård (Växjö), Lina Hurtig (Linköping), Julia Zigiotti-Olme (Kopparbergs/Göteborg), Madelen Janogy (Piteå), Mimmi Larsson (Linköping).
With the USA looking a little less than convincing this calendar year (although Sweden have had their own issues), it throws the last game of the group between the top two seeds into unknown territory. The onesure thing is Sweden possess the ability to go far this summer, whether they top the group or not.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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