Last Monday, the national team coach Erik Hamrén presented the squad that shall represent Sweden during the tournament.
#1 Andreas Isaksson, PSV Eindhoven
#12 Johan Wiland, FC Copenhagen
#23 Pär Hansson, Helsingborg
#2 Mikael Lustig, , Celtic
#3 Olof Mellberg, Olympiakos
#4. Andreas Granqvist, Genoa
#5 Martin Olsson, Blackburn
#6 Jonas Olsson, West Bromwich
#15 Mikael Antonsson, Bologna
#17 Behrang Safari, Anderlecht
#6 Rasmus Elm, AZ Alkmaar
#7 Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland
#8 Anders Svensson, Elfsborg
#9 Kim Källström, Lyon
#16 Pontus Wernbloom, CSKS Moskva
#18 Samuel Holmén, Istanbul BB SK
#19 Emir Bajrami, Twente
#21 Christian Wilhelmsson, Al Hilal
#10 Zlatan ibrahimovic, Milan
#11 Johan Elmander, Galatasaray
#14 Tobias Hysén, IFK Göteborg
#20 Ola Toivonen, PSV Eindhoven
#22 Marcus Rosenberg, Werder Bremen
Two players would probably have made in to the squad if they hadn’t been injured. Celtic’s center back Daniel Majstorovic injured his knee in February and the new star, John Guidetti , has problems with an infection in a nerve in his leg.
Johan Elmander got a foot injury in the last match for the season but the national team’s doctor believe the chances that he can play are good enough to pick him.
Sweden will be far from favorits in this group but for the first time since Euro 2004, Sweden’s most important player Zlatan Ibrahimovic is free from injuries in a big tournament. Smaller injuries harmed his play both in Germany 2006 and in Austria / Switzerland in 2008 even though he did play.
Few domestic players
As always, there are very few players from the domestic league, Allsvenskan, in the Swedish squad. Pär Hansson from Helsingborg, Anders Svensson from Elfsborg and Tobias Hysén from IFK Göteborg are the only ones. There is not much money in Allsvenskan from an international perspective so most of the best players move abroad earlry. This is also seen in the poor results made by Swedish clubs in Champions League and Europa League, which does not correspond to the relative success of the national team.
Stockholm News will continue to cover the tournament from a Swedish perspective.