Team guide: Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic carries Swedish hopes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic carries Swedish hopes Photo: PA

Head coach: Erik Hamren

Pedigree: English fans particularly remember Sweden's finest hour, when Thomas Brolin inspired them to a semi-final berth on home soil in 1992. Since then two group stage appearances in 2000 and 2008 sandwiched a run to the quarters in 2004, when the Swedes were unfortunate to lose 5-4 on penalties to Holland in a nail-biter.

Euro 2012 chances: Sweden bounced back from their friendly defeat at Wembley last November with an excellent 3-1 win away to Croatia, demonstrating the side's mettle. But even with the mercurial talents of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (main picture) in their ranks you feel the Swedes are lacking in star quality, and will struggle to get out of Group D.

Key man: Zlatan has a reputation which precedes him, but turning 30 and being handed the captain's armband at international level may just tame the Milan star's famous temper. In a tight-looking group Sweden will need some Ibra magic to progress.

Euro 2012 group fixtures: v Ukraine (11 June, Kiev), v England (15 June, Kiev), v France (19 June, Kiev)


Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (Copenhagen), Pär Hansson (Helsingborgs).

Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht), Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (Twente), Rasmus Elm (Alkmaar), Samuel Holmén (?stanbul BB), Kim Källström (Lyon), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Hilal).

*Forwards: *Johan Elmander (Galatasaray), Tobias Hysén (Göteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimovi? (AC Milan), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven).

Erik Hamren leads Sweden into battle
Erik Hamren leads Sweden into battle Credit: PA

Classic clip: Tomas Brolin puts one over England in their magical Euro 92 run to semis.

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