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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most fascinating and headline making personalities in football – the towering Swede is never found lacking of confidence, can you blame him with the records he holds? A magical footballer at his best who has perhaps suffered for his persistence in jet-setting between what seems like every club under the sun, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a unique individual, football aside he is a character that the game would be worse off without – then add his style and magnificent footballing quality to that and we …

The first quarter-final of the tournament involved the hosts and one of the shock teams of the competition.
Sweden were expected to go through to the last eight and succeeded after beating Finland and Italy along with a 1-1 draw with local rivals Denmark. I think that Sweden have been a good side but I think the crowd has played a big part in their performances.
Iceland weren’t expected to get through their group which involved Norway, Germany and Holland. In their first game Iceland got their first ever point in a …

With England having to rely on a late goal from Toni Duggan to give them a lifeline, the game against France was definitely a must win. Going into the game, the players knew that they could go through with a draw but they would have to win the lottery.
England have never beaten France in a competitive game, but they did make France go to the bitter end last time they played competitively. The players would also take comfort from the last time these sides met in a friendly last year …

England face Sweden in an international friendly at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday November 14. This match comes after the 1-1 away draw with Poland in the World Cup qualifying match last month. Roy Hodgson may look to experiment with his youth players as he looks to form a cup winning side. England veterans Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole are both on 99 caps for the Three Lions.
Hodgson may exercise his youth with players such as Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jonjo Shelvey and even Carl …

 
With their elimination from the tournament already decided Sweden headed into their final fixture in Group D knowing that they only had their national pride to play for and Erik Hamren was determined that his side produce their best performance in order to give the significant in number vocal travelling support something to enjoy before they returned to Sweden early following their adventure into Poland and Ukraine. Sweden without the attacking duo of Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm due to injury and illness respectively would have to make minor changes …

 
Following a dismal display against Ukraine and then a significantly improved performance against England in their second group game, the Swedes find their Euro 2012 adventure in Poland and Ukraine over before it has even had chance to get started. If anything it is this early tournament exit for Sweden that illustrates the importance of not being slow out of the starting blocks if you will, and getting a positive result in your opening fixture. A loss in the first game puts significant pressure on a team knowing that if …

 
 
After the huge disappointment of losing their opening game to Ukraine on Monday night, Erik Hamren was determined his Sweden side would improve their performance against England in their second group game in the hope they would avoid elimination from the tournament that was still in its relative infancy. Following the dismal result against the co-hosts in the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv Hamren called his team’s performance cowardly and in reality there are few better adjectives that could be used to describe Sweden’s display with conservative football and hesitant defending …

Sweden approach their second group game of Euro 2012 on the back of a surprising 2-1 defeat to co-hosts Ukraine, gone are the positive vibes emitted by a hugely impressive qualifying campaign with Erik Hamren’s side under huge pressure to avoid a second straight defeat which would see them eliminated from the tournament before it has really started. What was most surprising and also concerning from a Swedish perspective was the almost subconscious style shift in Sweden’s play against Ukraine, the fluid football introduced by Erik Hamren that had been …

Just last week I appeared as a guest on World Football Daily to speak about Sweden’s squad and in turn their hopes for this summer’s European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, during this interview a comparison was made between the character of the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s personality and the split personality of Jekyll and Hyde with Ibrahimovic either being on form during a match or a complete nuisance providing no positive help to the team. I feel the same comparison can be made with the whole Swedish team based on …

As mentioned in my previous article analysing Sweden’s opening fixture against Ukraine, Erik Hamren appears to have a settled starting eleven suited to his expansive 4-2-3-1 formation and a bench full to the brim with efficiency, technical ability and enthusiasm. With Hamren’s side having a much calmer pre-game preparation than Ukraine many would be forgiven for perceiving Hamren’s job bar the pre match team talk on June 11th to be all but complete however as is so often found with tournament football there is always one more decision to be …