June 12, 2021

Sweden, all about the team

The Blagults. Hard to be more classic, the name uses the colors of the kingdom’s flag, blue and yellow, and, at the same time, those of the team’s jersey.

  • The calendar (French time)

June 14: Spain v Sweden, 9 p.m., in Seville

June 18: Sweden v Slovakia, 3 p.m., in St. Petersburg

June 23: Sweden v Poland, 6 p.m., in St. Petersburg

The first two of each group as well as the four best thirds qualify.

  • The team that should play

Robin Olsen – Emil Krafth, Victor Lindelöf, Marcus Danielson, Pontus Jansson – Sebastian Larsson, Kristoffer Olsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg – Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski.

For their seventh appearance in the Euro finals – and the sixth in a row – Sweden hopes to do well. The country has only come out of the group stage twice and reached the semi-finals. finals during “his” Euro in 1992 and quarterbacks in 2004.

  • The manager: Janne Andersson

From left to right, coach

A few months before Didier Deschamps, Jan Olof Andersson – whom everyone nicknamed “Janne” – had recalled the great absentee of the selection, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had however accused him, after his international “retirement” recorded, in 2016, of “Destroy everything [qu’il] built in twenty years “ and not to select players of foreign origin. Las, although patched up, the top scorer in the history of his selection – which would have been Janne’s cane, on which the coach would have relied – forfeited, because injured. And the former striker of Alets Idrottsklubb, the club of Halmstad, his hometown, will have to compose another attack. In post since 2016, the tactician is starting to get used to it.

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  • One player: Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak in Solna, Sweden, during a meeting against Malta on June 7, 2019.

This is the kind of tape that risks sticking to the jersey. Tall, lanky and Swedish scorer of foreign origin, the young Alexander Isak was quickly qualified as “New Zlatan”. At 21, the Real Sociedad striker ensures that “The comparison does [le] do not handcuff “ and that he will always be himself. The one whose parents left Eritrea to emigrate to Sweden quickly spread his wings. After a failed stint in Dortmund, where he landed at 17, Isak panicked the counters during a loan to Willem II, in the Dutch first division.

With twelve goals in as many games, he erases from the shelves a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other big names in football (Ronaldo, Romario or Luis Suarez). Youngest scorer in Blagult history (17 years and 3 months), Isak dreams of winning on the international scene. The manager expects a lot from him, like other young Swedish talent. “They’re not here to see and learn, they’re there because they’re good enough right now. “

  • It happened to Euro

Difficult to see your neighbor, only a bridge separating from you, triumphing over your land. However, in 1992, it was Denmark that won the title. For Sweden, the dream of a home coronation ends with a march to the final. If they managed to eliminate England and France – and beat Denmark in the group stage – the teammates of an inspired Tomas Brolin (three goals in the competition) fail against the newly reunited Germany. Beaten (2-3), the Swedes nevertheless sowed that year the seeds of their fine career at the 1994 World Cup, which they completed on the podium.

If Sweden has long kept its distance from the European project, Europe irrigated the Scandinavian country, whose leaders crisscrossed the continent in the 19th century.e century to observe and draw inspiration from the organization of different countries – from social measures to railways. After the second world war, if the country prides itself on being “The most modern nation in Europe” and spreads its culture beyond borders, Sweden does not join the European Economic Community. The country will not become a member of the European Union until 1995, after a serious economic crisis, with the idea of “Make Europe more Swedish”. The Blagults would have nothing against taking up this torch.

No dreary plain, in 1974, for ABBA. With Waterloo – song which compares a failure in love to the Napoleonic defeat – the Swedish group triumphs in the telecrochet, beating in the process Olivia Newton-John for Great Britain. However, the Swedish group had failed the previous year to cross the national selections. The quartet with shimmering costumes will experience some success thereafter.

In our opinion, it would be a big deal to omit the Köttbullar. Or meatballs, then. This popular dish in the country lying down (or The oblong country in the language of Selma Lagerlöf) is made with minced meat (beef, veal or pork), garnished with breadcrumbs and onions. Serve it on a bed of mash sublimated with lingonberry jam and enjoy.