The Scandinavian nation with official FIFA ranking of 18 that has 11 appearances on FIFA World Cup is Sweden. The association of football was formed in 1904 as Svenska Fotbollforbundet. The current president of the football association of Sweden is Mr. Karl-Erik Nilsson. The first FIFA appearance of Sweden was in 1934 where Sweden managed to reach quarterfinals. The history of FIFA shows that Sweden has managed to reach one final and four semifinals that conclude the best performance of Sweden reaching the final in 1958 when FIFA World Cup was hosted by Sweden. The last appearance of Sweden was in 2006 after that Sweden was unable to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2010 and 2014. Sweden has now qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018 to Russia.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World Cup; Russia qualifies for being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 5 countries were divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two groups contain only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
Sweden managed to stay at second Place of the group A with France as the group leader. Sweden managed to win a total of seven games with ten games played along with one draw and 3 losses. Sweden managed to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2018 through the play-offs rounds.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F
The Fixtures for Sweden in Group Stage are:
- Sweden — South Korea(Monday,18 June)
- Germany – Sweden (Sunday, 24 June)
- Mexico – Sweden (Wednesday, 27 June)
Players to watch:
Andreas Granqvist Marcus Berg Emil Forsberg
Coach: JANNE ANDERSSON
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