The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Sweden's home ground is Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and the team is led by Håkan Ericson and his assistant Andreas Pettersson. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be a Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time. [2] They finished second in 1992 and they also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009. [3] Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen is the best goalscorer for Sweden U21, having scored 13 goals between 2006 and 2009.

Competitive record

UEFA European U-21 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 8
1980 4 0 1 3 1 4
1982 4 1 1 2 3 6
1984 4 2 1 1 10 4
1986 Quarter-final 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 1 1 7 3
1988 Did not qualify 6 1 4 1 6 6
1990 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 7 4 6 4 2 0 10 2
1992 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 4 4 6 4 2 0 17 3
1994 Did not qualify 10 4 4 2 21 8
1996 8 5 1 2 15 4
1998 Quarter-final 6th 3 1 0 2 3 3 10 9 0 1 30 6
2000 Did not qualify 8 2 0 6 7 15
2002 12 6 4 2 22 10
2004 Fourth place 4th 5 3 1 1 11 7 10 5 3 2 20 14
2006 Did not qualify 10 6 0 4 16 12
2007 4 3 0 1 8 6
2009 Semi-final 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 7 Qualified as hosts
2011 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 10
2013 12 7 1 4 20 14
2015 Champions 1st 5 2 2 1 7 4 10 6 1 3 24 17
2017 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 2 5 10 7 3 0 24 7
2019 Qualification in progress 4 2 2 0 10 4
Total 1 title 8/21 32 13 9 10 48 37 158 85 34 39 294 163
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


Qualification

Qualifying group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 10 7 3 0 24 7 +17 24 Final tournament
2 Spain 10 7 2 1 31 9 +22 23 Play-offs
3 Croatia 10 6 2 2 24 11 +13 20
4 Georgia 10 4 1 5 17 17 0 13
5 Estonia 10 1 1 8 3 26 −23 4
6 San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 30 −29 1
Source:
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournament

Group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
2 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Possible qualification based on
3 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
4 Poland (H) 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
First match(es) will be played on 16 June 2017. Source:
Rules for classification:
(H) Host.

Win Draw Loss

Players

Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Hungary on 10 November 2017. [6]

Caps and goals updated as of 10 November 2017.

0 # 0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1 GK Pontus Dahlberg ( 1999-01-21 ) 21 January 1999 5 0 IFK Göteborg
12 1 GK Oscar Linnér ( 1997-02-23 ) 23 February 1997 0 0 AIK

2 2 DF Linus Wahlqvist ( captain) ( 1996-11-11 ) 11 November 1996 23 1 IFK Norrköping
3 2 DF Filip Dagerstål ( 1997-02-01 ) 1 February 1997 13 2 IFK Norrköping
4 2 DF Franz Brorsson ( 1996-01-30 ) 30 January 1996 9 0 Malmö FF
5 2 DF Joel Andersson ( 1996-11-11 ) 11 November 1996 4 0 BK Häcken
13 2 DF Andreas Bengtsson ( 1996-02-22 ) 22 February 1996 0 0 Halmstads BK
14 2 DF Eric Smith ( 1997-01-08 ) 8 January 1997 0 0 IFK Norrköping

6 3 MF Erdal Rakip ( 1996-02-13 ) 13 February 1996 9 1 Malmö FF
7 3 MF Isak Ssewankambo ( 1996-02-27 ) 27 February 1996 15 1 Molde FK
8 3 MF Anton Salétros ( 1996-04-12 ) 12 April 1996 5 0 Újpest
9 3 MF Elias Andersson ( 1996-01-31 ) 31 January 1996 0 0 IK Sirius
15 3 MF Herman Hallberg ( 1997-05-22 ) 22 May 1997 1 0 Kalmar FF
16 3 MF Joel Asoro ( 1999-04-27 ) 27 April 1999 9 1 Sunderland
17 3 MF Svante Ingelsson ( 1998-06-14 ) 14 June 1998 1 0 Udinese

10 4 FW Gustaf Nilsson ( 1997-05-23 ) 23 May 1997 3 0 Silkeborg IF
11 4 FW Gustav Engvall ( 1996-04-29 ) 29 April 1996 19 4 Djurgårdens IF
18 4 FW Jordan Larsson ( 1997-06-20 ) 20 June 1997 8 2 NEC

Recent call-ups

The following nine players have also been called up to the Sweden U21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tim Erlandsson ( 1996-12-25 ) 25 December 1996 7 0 AFC Eskilstuna 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

DF Marcus Degerlund ( 1998-03-16 ) 16 March 1998 0 0 Hammarby IF v. Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
DF Noah Sonko Sundberg ( 1996-06-06 ) 6 June 1996 4 0 GIF Sundsvall v. Georgia, 3 June 2016

MF Mattias Svanberg ( 1999-01-05 ) 5 January 1999 3 0 Malmö FF v. Hungary, 10 November 2017 WD
MF Simon Olsson ( 1997-09-14 ) 14 September 1997 0 0 IF Elfsborg v. Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
MF Daleho Irandust ( 1998-06-04 ) 4 June 1998 0 0 BK Häcken v. Cyprus, 5 September 2017
MF Tesfaldet Tekie ( 1997-07-04 ) 4 July 1997 0 0 Gent v. Georgia, 3 June 2016

FW Alexander Isak ( 1999-09-21 ) 21 September 1999 3 0 Borussia Dortmund v. Hungary, 10 November 2017 WD
FW Carlos Strandberg ( 1996-04-14 ) 14 April 1996 17 11 Malmö FF v. Malta, 10 October 2017

Previous squads

Players with most caps and goals

Updated as of 30 June 2015.

Top 10 most capped players

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Oscar Hiljemark 2011–2015 37 4
2 Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 36 12
3 Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 31 9
Mikael Dorsin 2000–2004 31 1
Mattias Bjärsmyr 2005–2009 31 0
6 Johan Elmander 2000–2004 30 12
Tommy Jönsson 1995–1998 30 2
Sven Andersson 1981–1986 30 0
9 Simon Tibbling 2012–2017 29 2
10 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 28 13
Jiloan Hamad 2009–2012 28 3
Magnus Hedman 1992–1995 28 0
Magnus Johansson 1990–1993 28 0

Top 10 goalscorers

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Ola Toivonen 2006–2009 13 28
2 John Guidetti 2010–2015 12 23
Johan Elmander 2000–2004 12 30
Alexander Farnerud 2002–2006 12 36
5 Niklas Skoog 1994–1995 10 14
Mikael Ishak 2012–2015 10 24
7 Lars Larsson 1982–1983 9 10
Jonny Rödlund 1990–1993 9 31
9 Marcus Berg 2006–2009 8 19
Hans Eklund 1987–1990 8 20
Joakim Persson 1994–1998 8 27

See also