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In the city of Salzburg that gave the world the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the football on show from Greece and Sweden in their opening Group D clash at Euro 2008 for the most part could hardly be described as ‘classical’. Considering the Spanish had set Group D alight just a couple of hours earlier with the flair and guile needed to be crowned champions of Europe (Greece’s triumph from 4 years ago aside), this game never managed to live up to the hype that the Champions …

Venue: Salzburg- Kick-Off:7.45 pm
Euro 2008 kicks off tomorrow night in Salzburg for these two under-dog teams hoping to cause an upset and progress to the latter stages of the tournament. For Greece this would not be out of the ordinary as they famously knocked out France and hosts Portugal four years ago on their way to claiming an unluckily victory. Things haven’t gone to plan for the European Champions over the past four years however, and having failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany in 2006, they will …

Sweden suffered a damaging defeat ahead of next week’s Euro 2008 opening game against Greece with a 1-0 home loss to Ukraine in Stockholm. The goal came from Dnipro midfielder Sergei Nazarenko in the 82nd minute with a 25 yarder beating substitute goalkeeper Rami Shaaban. Sweden, which contained most of the team that will start the country’s opening game against Greece on June 10th, were unable to break down the Ukraine defence throughout the entire game and will be disappointed ahead of Euro 2008 that they could not beat …

Olof Mellberg-Probably Sweden’s best defender with bags of experience and always a steady head at centre-back having amassed over 70 caps for his nation scoring 4 goals. Well known to followers of the Premier League, the 31 year-old’s best assets are undoubtedly his ability to read the game and his leadership qualities, having been captain of the Swedish national team for 4 years between 2002 and 2006, making him a wily veteran and potentially a match for any top striker in Europe at the upcoming tournament.
His long standing spell of …

Making his third comeback in international football, Henrik Larsson has been included in Sweden’s Euro 2008 squad. Having retired from the international game in 2002 and 2006, it is a surprise to see the 36 year old back in the Swedish team for another European Championships. The former Celtic, Barcelona & Manchester United striker, currently playing at Helsingborg’s said:
“When I last retired, I didn’t think I’d be playing this long and that it would go this well, It will be tough to make the first team but I’ll do …

Freddie Ljungberg spoke of his determination to be fit for the start of Euro 2008, he suffered a rib injury in West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor inadvertently stamped on Ljungberg’s chest, and the midfieler went off in the 21st minute with a suspected cracked rib.

Set to be sidelined for three to four weeks, Ljungberg was out for the rest of the Premier League season, but desperate to play a full part for his country in Austria and Switzerland this summer.

Sweden’s performance in the Euro 2008 depends upon the form of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic next summer. Zlatan is 26 years old, born on the 3rd October 1981, and he is 1.92 metres tall. He is a Swedish citizen with Bosnian descent. Currently he plays for Italian giants Inter, having previously played at Malmo FF, Ajax and Juventus. Zlatan left Ajax for Juve due to accusations that he intentionally hurt Ajax team-mate Rafael van der Vaart in an international match against Holland. The fee that Ajax received was a staggering €19 …

By reaching UEFA EURO 2008, where they will play in group D with Spain,Greece and Russia, Sweden qualified for their fifth successive major international tournament.
One of their most important players is Zlatan Ibrahimović, striker born to a Croatian mother and a Bosnian father on October 3, 1981 in Malmö.
He began playing football at the age of 8 for local junior club Malmö Anadolu B.I. At age 10, he moved to rival club FBK Balkan.He made a name for himself at the tender age of ten in a match for Balkan’s …