Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Sweden
10 word description: Unfancied best runners-up in decent form. Need ‘good’ Zlatan.
Coach: Erik Hamren
The 54-year-old is well known in Scandinavian football having managed in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Since taking over from Lars Lagerback in 2009, he’s given a very good account of himself.
Star man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The AC Milan striker is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the Sweden squad. He still carries a reputation for going missing during the biggest games, but his goalscoring records and jam-packed mantelpiece speak for themselves.
Prem connections: Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland). Plus Johan Elmander (ex-Bolton), Olof Mellberg (ex-Aston Villa), Andreas Isaksson (ex-Manchester City), Anders Svensson (ex-Southampton) Christian Wilhelmsson (ex-Bolton) and Andreas Granqvist (ex-Wigan).
Comedy name potential: Johan Wiland, Behrang Safari.
Fun country fact: Some stretches of road in Sweden are no longer fitted with ‘moose crossing’ signs as they are stolen almost immediately after being replaced.
Anthem / rating: Du gamla, Du fria / 6 out of 10
Pleasant enough effort. Sounds suitably Scandinavian.