first_img 3 Sweden take part in their 12th World Cup this summer in Russia.  Here, looks in depth look at the Group F nation…MANAGERJanne Andersson took charge of the national team after Euro 2016, having risen to prominence by leading and Norrkoping to the top flight title (Allsvenskan). Since then he has guided Sweden to their first World Cup since 2006.CAPTAINAndreas Granqvist, along with goalkeeper Robin Olsen, started all 12 of Sweden’s qualifiers. He was at the heart of the defence that kept Italy at bay in their nail-biting play-off. The 32-year-old Krasnodar defender received further recognition in November when he ended Ibrahimovic’s decade-long reign as Sweden’s Player of the Year by picking up the award for the first time.KEY PLAYERMarcus Berg is thriving under Andersson and stepped up to the task of filling Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots by firing his side to Russia with eight goals in nine qualifiers, including four against Luxembourg in an 8-0 win. The 31-year-old currently plays for Al-Ain in Abu Dhabi.ONE TO WATCH“In Emil Forsberg, we have brought in a young attacking player who is good in front of goal,” Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick had said upon his signing from Malmo in January 2015. Forsberg, 26, is one of the driving forces in RB Leipzig’s team thanks to his technical brilliance.FIXTURES18 June, 2018: Sweden v SOUTH KOREA (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium) at 13:0023 June, 2018: GERMANY v Sweden (Fisht Stadium) at 19:0027 June, 2018: MEXICO v Sweden (Ekaterinburg Arena) at 15:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGThey finished second behind France, though beat one of the tournament favourites 2-1 in Stockholm. Their 8-0 hammering of Luxembourg helped their goal difference considerably and they edged the Netherlands out to a play-off place where Italy were beaten.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSFriendlies against Denmark and Peru at the start of June both ended goalless.BASE CAMPKempinski Grand Hotel Gelendzhik, KrasnodarPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img

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