Sweden will be competing in their eleventh FIFA World Cup Finals. A tournament host in 1958, Sweden reached the final, and has made the semifinals twice since in 1950 and 1994.

Sweden qualified automatically for the FIFA World Cup Finals after finishing as one of the two best runners up in their qualifying group behind Croatia.

Lars Lagerback has taken over sole charge of the Swedes since the 2004 European championships in Portugal. The 62-year-old had previously shared the post with Tommy Soderberg.

Juventus striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic along with Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson give Sweden a formidable striking combination while Arsenal’s Freddie Ljungberg is always a threat going forward.

Unfortunately, while Sweden enjoy a cutting edge in the front half, their defensive frailties will be exaggerated against a quality opponent. Captain Olof Mellberg is well past his use by date along with Teddy Ljucic, a fullback that is playing in the heart of defence, the Swedes are destined to leak goals at the back.

Overall, the Swedes are well placed to progress to the round of sixteen where a likely encounter with host Germany looms large on the horizon.