Sweden national handball team

The Sweden men's national handball team (Swedish: Sveriges herrlandslag i handboll) is controlled by the Swedish Handball Association. Its most successful periods were under coaches Curt Wadmark (1948–1967) and Bengt Johansson (1988–2004). The team under Bengt Johansson, nicknamed Bengan Boys in Sweden, is regarded as one of the finest national teams in the history of the sport with players like Tomas Svensson, Staffan Olsson, Magnus Wislander and Stefan Lövgren. From 1990 through 2002 the team reached the medal round in every championship (6 World Championships, 5 European Championships and 3 Olympic Games, earning 13 medals in total) and qualified for a record 8 championship finals in a row 1996–2002.

Sweden
Information
AssociationSwedish Handball Association
(Svenska Handbollförbundet)
CoachKristján Andrésson
Assistant coachMartin Boquist
CaptainNiclas Ekberg
Most capsMagnus Wislander (384)
Most goalsMagnus Wislander (1185)
Colours
Home
Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances8 (First in 1972)
Best result2nd (1992, 1996, 2000, 2012)
World Championship
Appearances24 (First in 1938)
Best result1st (1954, 1958, 1990, 1999)
European Championship
Appearances12 (First in 1994)
Best result1st (1994, 1998, 2000, 2002)
Last updated on Unknown.
Sweden national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
1992 BarcelonaTeam
1996 AtlantaTeam
2000 SydneyTeam
2012 LondonTeam
World Championship
1954 Sweden
1958 East Germany
1990 Czechoslovakia
1999 Egypt
1964 Czechoslovakia
1997 Japan
2001 France
1938 Germany
1961 West Germany
1993 Sweden
1995 Iceland
European Championship
1994 Portugal
1998 Italy
2000 Croatia
2002 Sweden
2018 Croatia
World Outdoor Championship
1948 France
1952 Switzerland
1959 Austria

Sweden is the most successful nation at the European Men's Handball Championship with 4 gold medals, and has, with France, won the most medals in the history of the World Men's Handball Championship with a total tally of 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. Sweden holds the European records for most medals in international competition (20 medals) as well as reaching the most medal rounds (23 tournaments). Conversely, Sweden has yet to win an Olympic title despite participating in 4 finals (Sweden participated in the 1952 Summer Olympics in a handball demonstration match, defeating Denmark 19–11). The team has also won the World Cup 3 times, the Super Cup 2 times, and were Intercontinental Cup winners in 2000.

Honours

CompetitionTotal
Olympic Games 0404
World Championship 43411
European Championship 4105
Total88420

Competitive record

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Olympic Games

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1936 Berlin Did not enter
Not held from 1948 to 1968
1972 Munich Match for 7th place 7th of 16 6 2 2 2 82 87 −5
1976 Montreal Did not qualify
1980 Moscow
1984 Los Angeles Match for 5th place 5th of 12 6 4 0 2 145 134 +11
1988 Seoul Match for 5th place 5th of 12 6 4 0 2 133 109 +24
1992 Barcelona Runners-up 2nd of 12 7 6 0 1 165 130 +35
1996 Atlanta Runners-up 2nd of 12 7 6 0 1 182 141 +41
2000 Sydney Runners-up 2nd of 12 8 7 0 1 240 197 +43
2004 Athens Did not qualify
2008 Beijing
2012 London Runners-up 2nd of 12 8 5 0 3 228 186 +42
2016 Rio de Janeiro Group stage 11th of 12 5 1 0 4 132 131 +1
2020 Tokyo To be determined
2024 Paris To be determined
2028 Los Angeles To be determined
Total 8/13 0 Titles 53 35 2 16 1307 1115 +192

World Championship

World Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1938 Germany Third place 3rd of 4 3 1 0 2 8 13 −5
1954 Sweden Champions 1st of 6 3 3 0 0 56 36 +20
1958 East Germany Champions 1st of 16 6 6 0 0 138 74 +64
1961 West Germany Third place 3rd of 12 6 5 0 1 89 73 +16
1964 Czechoslovakia Runners-up 2nd of 16 6 3 0 3 104 90 +14
1967 Sweden Match for 5th place 5th of 16 6 4 0 2 118 112 +6
1970 France Match for 5th place 6th of 16 6 3 0 3 69 68 +1
1974 East Germany Preliminary round 10th of 16 6 3 0 3 111 113 −2
1978 Denmark Second round 8th of 16 6 2 0 4 121 125 −4
1982 West Germany Second round 11th of 16 7 2 1 4 159 157 +2
1986 Switzerland Fourth place 4th of 16 7 5 0 2 174 153 +21
1990 Czechoslovakia Champions 1st of 16 7 6 0 1 177 143 +34
1993 Sweden Third place 3rd of 16 7 6 0 1 166 136 +30
1995 Iceland Third place 3rd of 24 9 8 0 1 251 201 +50
1997 Japan Runners-up 2nd of 24 9 7 0 2 253 187 +66
1999 Egypt Champions 1st of 24 9 8 1 0 282 202 +80
2001 France Runners-up 2nd of 24 9 8 0 1 263 207 +56
2003 Portugal Second round 13th of 24 7 5 0 2 204 191 +13
2005 Tunisia Main round 11th of 24 9 4 1 4 275 234 +41
2007 GermanyDid not qualify
2009 Croatia Main round 7th of 24 9 6 0 3 277 232 +45
2011 Sweden Fourth place 4th of 24 10 6 0 4 272 241 +31
2013 SpainDid not qualify
2015 Qatar Round of 16 10th of 24 6 3 1 2 157 133 +24
2017 France Quarterfinals 6th of 24 7 5 0 2 233 166 +67
2019 Denmark/Germany Main round 5th of 24 9 7 0 2 273 222 +61
2021 EgyptTo be determined
2023 Poland/SwedenQualified as co-host
Total24/284 Titles16911644942303509+731

European Championship

European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
1994 Portugal Champions 1st of 12 7 7 0 0 172 133 +39
1996 Spain Fourth place 4th of 12 7 4 0 3 170 156 +14
1998 Italy Champions 1st of 12 7 6 0 1 182 158 +24
2000 Croatia Champions 1st of 12 7 7 0 0 198 167 +31
2002 Sweden Champions 1st of 16 8 7 0 1 235 191 +44
2004 Slovenia Main round 7th of 16 7 4 0 3 211 203 +8
2006 SwitzerlandDid not qualify
2008 Norway Match for 5th place 5th of 16 7 4 1 2 208 190 +18
2010 Austria Preliminary round 15th of 16 3 0 0 3 78 84 −6
2012 Serbia Main round 12th of 16 6 1 2 3 157 168 −11
2014 Denmark Main round 7th of 16 6 4 0 2 166 158  +8
2016 Poland Match for 7th place 8th of 16 7 2 2 3 173 168 +5
2018 Croatia Runners-up 2nd of 16 8 4 0 4 218 216 +2
2020 Austria/Norway/SwedenQualified as co-host
2022 Hungary/SlovakiaTo be determined
2024 GermanyTo be determined
Total13/144 titles805052521571992+165
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty throws.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Team

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Kristján Andrésson

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
5 P Max Darj (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 1.92 m 50 22 Bergischer HC
9 LW Jerry Tollbring (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 1.82 m 60 177 Rhein-Neckar Löwen
10 RW Niclas Ekberg (1988-12-23) 23 December 1988 1.91 m 176 720 THW Kiel
12 GK Andreas Palicka (1986-07-10) 10 July 1986 1.89 m 96 4 Rhein-Neckar Löwen
14 CB Jesper Konradsson (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 1.84 m 43 50 Skjern Håndbold
15 LW Hampus Wanne (1993-12-10) 10 December 1993 1.85 m 29 58 SG Flensburg-Handewitt
17 LB Simon Jeppsson (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 2.03 m 43 88 SG Flensburg-Handewitt
18 P Fredric Pettersson (1989-02-11) 11 February 1989 2.01 m 45 53 Montpellier Handball
20 GK Mikael Appelgren (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 1.91 m 82 2 Rhein-Neckar Löwen
23 RB Albin Lagergren (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 1.86 m 45 125 SC Magdeburg
24 CB Jim Gottfridsson (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 1.91 m 73 252 SG Flensburg-Handewitt
25 CB Linus Arnesson (1990-05-11) 11 May 1990 1.88 m 30 33 Bergischer HC
32 RW Mattias Zachrisson (1990-08-22) 22 August 1990 1.78 m 127 306 Füchse Berlin
35 P Andreas Nilsson (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 1.97 m 130 304 MVM Veszprém
36 P Jesper Nielsen (1989-08-30) 30 August 1989 2.00 m 105 140 Rhein-Neckar Löwen
55 RB Kim Andersson (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 2.00 m 238 821 Ystads IF
60 LB Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 1.94 m 86 243 Paris Saint-Germain
65 LB Lukas Nilsson (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 1.94 m 64 169 THW Kiel

Notable players

Notable coaches

Kit supplier

From 2004 to 2015 Sweden's kits were supplied by Adidas. Since 2016 they are supplied by Kempa.

See also

References

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