The Swedish women's national team, known for their impressive achievements and rich history, enters the upcoming Women's World Cup in 2023 with high hopes and a formidable reputation. Over the years, the team has left an indelible mark on the global stage, earning a distinguished list of honours.
They have twice claimed the silver medal at the Olympic Games, in 2016 and 2020, demonstrating their consistency and ability to compete against the world's best. Additionally, Sweden has reached the pinnacle of the sport on numerous occasions, finishing as runners-up in the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003. The team has also secured a commendable third-place finish three times, in 1991, 2011, and most recently in 2019.
Furthermore, Sweden's success extends to the European stage, where they were crowned champions in 1984 and emerged as runners-up in 1987, 1995, and 2001. With a stellar record and a talented squad, Sweden aims to add to their legacy of excellence and compete fiercely for the ultimate prize in women's football in 2023.
The Blue and Yellow are one of the favourites to triumph in Australia and New Zealand and have the squad to back their ambitions. Let's take a closer look at who has made the final cut from Peter Gerhardsson and will be travelling alongside Caroline Seger.
Sweden's World Cup Squad
- Zecira Musovic (Chelsea)
- Jennifer Falk (Hacken)
- Tove Enblom (Orebro)
- Linda Sembrant (Juventus)
- Magdalena Eriksson (Bayern Munich)
- Jonna Andersson (Hammarby)
- Amanda Ilestedt (Arsenal)
- Nathalie Bjorn (Everton)
- Hanna Lundkvist (Atletico Madrid)
- Anna Sandberg (Hacken)
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- Caroline Seger (Rosengard)
- Kosovare Asllani (Mila)
- Olivia Schough (Rosengard)
- Elin Rubensson (Hacken)
- Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City)
- Hanna Bennison (Everton)
- Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea)
- Sofia Jakobsson (San Diego Wave)
- Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal)
- Lina Hurtig (Arsenal)
- Madelen Janogy (Hammarby)
- Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)
- Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg)
Key Swedish Players at the 2023 World Cup
At 29, Rolfo is getting in her prime. Like Seger, she spent part of her formative years at Linkoping before making a move to Bayern Munich. After struggling for form in Germany, she has made Camp Nou her home, flourishing in Bluagrana colours. In her two years in Catalonia, Roldo has impressed with 17 goals in 47 league outings and will hope her form helps her to add to her 25 international goals at the World Cup.
It is difficult to imagine the Swedish women's team without Caroline Seger. The Swedish captain has amassed an eye-watering 232 appearances for the national team, assisting their cause with 32 goals since her debut in 2005. Since her humble beginnings with Linkopings, she has travelled across Europe and is currently plying her trade at Rosengard. This might be her last hurrah and will want to lift the trophy before calling it quits.
Janogy made herself a household name at Falkopings. In 53 league appearances at Odenplan, she scored 48 times, nearly a goal per game. She struggled to translate this form elsewhere after leaving after the 2014 campaign. Belatedly, she seems to have found her footing at Hammarby, scoring 21 times in 42 outings for the Bajen. She lifted the Swedish Cup during the 2022/23 campaign and will be a force to reckon with at the world cup.
At 36, Sembrant does not have the same fervour as she had as a young girl but her experience will come in handy for the Blue and Yellow. She has been a stalwart for Sweden since making her debut in 2008 and one of the five long-standing members who will be making way for fresh blood at the end of the competition. Not one for travelling a slot, she as etched her name in the annals of Montpellier and Juventus, and will be readying for one last hurrah.
Part of the crew that served their time at Linkoping, Asllani has cemented her legacy in the who's who of women's football. After stints with PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester City, Asllani joined AC Milan at the start of the 2022 campaign, scoring 9 goals in 16 appearances. All of these have come from the withdrawn attacking-midfield role and she will be one of the creative hubs for the Blugul in Australasia.
Sweden's World Cup Fixtures
Here are the fixtures for Sweden's Group G in the 2023 Women's World Cup:
- July 23: Sweden vs South Africa
- July 26: Italy vs Sweden
- July 29: Argentina vs Sweden
Sweden's Word Cup Predictions
Getting out of Group G will not be an issue for Sweden but the question will be the manner in which they achieve progress. Argentina, Italy or South Africa do not have the pedigree to challenge them for pole position and they should be getting out of their group as leaders. It is their path further that is more perilous and unpredictable.
The Blue and Yellow are ranked third behind the United States, Germany and are above European champions England. The ladies bowed out in the semi-finals last time around and equalling that run will be the minimum objective. The current crop added silverware to their ranks at the Algarve Cup and will be pushing for World Cup honours.