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The "tre kronor team" have been on a roller coaster ride in the last few years. Twice they missed the World Championships (2007, 2009), then they reached the semi-finals at home in 2011, before missing out on qualification for the 2013 event sensationally against Montenegro.

The results at the last EHF EURO were anything but satisfying, but then they took the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, pushing defending champions France all the way in the final, which ended up being the fourth time they had been the losing side in an Olympic final.

The squad combines typical Scandinavian tactics like strong defence (Tobias Karlsson and Magnus Jernemyr) with fast wings (Jonas Källman and Olympic top scorer Niklas Ekberg) alongside intelligent back court shooters (Kim Andersson, Jonas Larholm). After finishing 12th and 15th in the previous EHF EURO events, the Swedish team hope to be backed by their fans and to finish at least among the top 10.

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Team Roster

Nilsson,Andreas
12.04.1990 00:00
Petersen,Fredrik Raahauge
01.01.1 00:00
Nielsen,Jesper
30.09.1989 00:00
Sjöstrand,Johan
26.02.1987 00:00
Jakobsson,Johan Mikael
12.02.1987 00:00
Källman,Jonas
17.07.1981 00:00
Larholm,Jonas Erik
01.01.1 00:00
Ekdahl du Rietz,Kim
23.07.1989 00:00
Karlsson,Lukas
01.01.1 00:00
Jernemyr,Magnus
01.01.1 00:00
Persson,Magnus
17.12.1990 00:00
Andersson,Mattias
29.03.1978 00:00
Zachrisson,Mattias
22.08.1990 00:00
Ekberg,Niclas
23.12.1988 00:00
Fahlgren,Patrik
27.06.1985 00:00
Karlsson,Tobias
04.06.1981 00:00

Key Players

Tobias Karlsson

Tobias 'Tobbe' Karlsson is a pure defence strategist and as such he is one of the very best. In 2008 Karlsson left Hammarby IF, that year's Swedish national champions, to play in the German Bundesliga.

He currently takes to the court for VELUX EHF Champions League participants, SG Flensburg-Handewitt.

He is satisfied with his role as defence specialist and played a very good 2012/13 season. But he thinks that there is still more to come: "It's about being able to read the game and keep up the physics so that you can always be in the right place," he says.

Tobias Karlsson is not just a leader in the Swedish defence, he is also captain of the national team and of Flensburg-Handewitt. Following the 2012/2013 season, 'Tobbe' joined an exclusive collection of handball players when he was named Player of the Year by the Swedish Handball Federation.

 

Johan Sjöstrand

The 26-year-old goalkeeper first stood between the posts of Swedish HK Country, a small club which has raised several top handball players through the years.

After some years with IFK Skövde in the first Swedish handball division, Sjöstrand moved to Germany where he joined SG Flensburg-Handewitt in 2009.His first international success came in 2007 when he became world champion with Sweden's junior national team.

He was also appointed the best goalkeeper of that tournament. The following year he celebrated his debut with the senior national team. After three seasons with FC Barcelona Sjöstrand returned to Germany for the 2013/14 where he is expected to form a strong goalkeeping pair together with his good friend and national team colleague, Andreas Pallicka.


Niclas Ekberg

Left-handed Niclas Ekberg is the Swedish national team's specialist when it comes to scoring from fast breaks and from the penalty line.

After switching allegiances from IFK Ystad to neighbouring Ystads IF in 2009, usually considered a controversial transfer as it happens between city rivals, he made an early debut in the Swedish first division.

Straight away he was awarded best newcomer at the end of the season and also occupied a spot among the league's top scorers.

In 2010 Niclas moved to Denmark where he joined AG Kopenhavn. With the club he won the Danish championship in 2011 and 2012. Since the start of the 2012/13 season he plays German champions THW Kiel.

THE COACHES - Staffan Olsson and Ola Lindgren

Ola Lindgren (bottom photo) and Staffan Olsson are two of Sweden's most successful handball players.

Over the course of almost 20 years - both celebrated their debut in 1986, with Lindgren retiring in 2003 and Olsson one year later - they both played more than 350 internationals for Sweden respectively and were part of the national team that became known as the 'Bengan Boys' in reference to its coach Bengt Johansson.

In these 20 years they won the World Championship in 1990 and 1999, the EHF EURO in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2002 as well as Olympic silver in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Lindgren and Olsson took on the role of joint-coach of the national team in 2008. After the team failed to reach the 2007 World Championship, Olsson and Lindgren began a reconstruction of the team and led them to fourth place at the 2011 World Championship on home court and to silver the following year at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Besides his job with the national team, Ola Lindgren coaches Swedish top side IFK Kristianstad.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event host Place/Medal
1994 Portugal Gold
1996 Spain 4th place
1998 Italy Gold
2000 Croatia Gold
2002 Sweden Gold
2004 Slovenia 7th place
2008 Norway 5th place
2010 Austria 15th place
2012 Serbia 12th place