Milestones of Swedish Football

100 Years of Swedish Football - 1904--2004The World Cup in 1958, EURO 92 and the Women's World Cup in 1995, all played on Swedish soil, were milestones in the history of Swedish football. Of course, a great deal has happened since the Swedish FA, one of the co-founders of FIFA in 1904, played its first international match in 1908.
Among other things, there have been medals in both the Olympics and in the World Cup. Here is a brief summary of the history of Swedish football.

1904: "NSF section for hockey and football" - the foundation of what was to become the Swedish Football Association. Sweden is one of seven nations founding FIFA.

1906: The name Swedish Football Association is officially accepted.

1907: Swedish Football Association officially voted into FIFA.

1908: 12th July, Sweden's first international match. Norway were defeated 11-3 in Göteborg. Things were worse for Sweden in the Olympics, losing 1-12 to England and 0-2 to Holland.

1913: Sweden takes on Denmark, and lose 0-8 in Copenhagen and 0-10 in Stockholm.

1931: Sven Rydell is the first footballer awarded Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal (the most exclusive sports award in Sweden) for two decisive goals in a match against Denmark.

1934: Sweden's first World Cup, in which the Swedes surprisingly beat Argentina 3-2 but lose 1-2 to Germany in the quarter-finals.

1937: Råsunda Stadium is inaugurated in May.

1938: Sweden finish fourth in the World Cup, losing to Hungary in the semi-finals.

1946: Gunnar Gren is the first player to be awarded the Golden Ball, as Swedish Footballer of the Year.

1948: Sweden beat Yugoslavia 3-1 in the Olympic final and win the gold medal at the London Olympics.

1950: Swedes take the bronze medal at the Brazilian - without any professional players.

1952: Another bronze medal to Sweden; this time at the Helsinki Olympics.

1958: Sweden hosts the World Cup; an organisational and sporting success. The Swedish team reaches the final, Brazil winning 5-2. The 1958 World Cup tournament was a great success for the host nation both on and off the field. Guided by their British manager George Raynor, Sweden reached the final.

1959: Astounding Swedish victory over England, 3-2 at Wembley. Agne Simonsson awarded Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal for his winning effort.

1964: Sweden reach the quarter-finals of the European Nations Cup, where they lose to the Soviet Union.

1969: Striker Ove Kindvall shoots Sweden to the World Cup with two goals in a qualifier against France. Kindvall is awarded Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal.

1970: Swedish participation in the World Cup in Mexico. Team ousted in the group matches.

1973: The first women's international match sees Finland meet Sweden. The game ends 0-0.

1974: A better showing by Sweden in the World Cup in Germany. The Swedes take fifth place after several good performances.

1978: Sweden participate in their third consecutive World Cup, this time in Argentina. Scoring only one goal in three matches, they are knocked out in the first round.

1979: Malmö FF reach the European Cup final, losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. The astonishing effort is, however, rewarded with Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal.

1982: IFK Göteborg win the UEFA Cup after victory over Hamburg in the final.

1984: Sweden women's national team becomes the first European Champions after beating England on penalties in the final.

1987: IFK Göteborg UEFA Cup Champions again, this time after victory over Dundee United. Swedens womens national team take silver in Eurpoean Championship. Norway win the final with 2-1 on home ground.

1990: Lennart Johansson is elected President of UEFA. Sweden participate in the World Cup in Italy, but lose all their three group matches 1-2.

1992: Sweden hosts EURO 92 and achieves another organisational and sporting success. The Swedish team surprisingly reaches the semi-final, losing 2-3 to Germany.

1994: Sweden have a sensational World Cup in USA, winning the bronze medal after several unforgettable matches. Sweden beat Romania on penalties in an exciting quarter-final and Bulgaria are defeated 4-0 in the match for third place. Tomas Brolin is selected for the World Cup '94 All-Star Team and the World Cup squad is awarded Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal.

1995: Sweden hosts the 2nd Women's World Cup.

1996: The interest in football is bigger than ever in Sweden. The number of licensed players has grown by 25% since 1992, and passes 200,000 - an all-time high.

1997: Sweden and Norway are the first-ever co-hosts of an international championship: the UEFA Women's Championship.

1999: Sweden reach EURO 2000 by winning Qualifying Group 5: seven wins and one draw in eight matches.

2000: Sweden participate in the European Championships in Belgium/Netherlands, but defeats against Belgium (1-2) and Italy (1-2) together with 0-0 against Turkey means that Sweden bow out of the tournament after the group stage. The Swedish referee Anders Frisk officiates at the Italy-France final.
Sweden's national women's team competes in the Olympics, but is eliminated in the group phase.

2001: Sweden reach the World Cup in Korea/Japan without losing a game in qualifying. With 8 wins and two draws, coaches Tommy Söderberg and Lars Lagerbäck takes their run of undefeated qualifying games to 18. For the first time ever Sweden has qualified for two tournaments in a row.
Sweden's national women's team take part in the European Championship in Germany, where they reach the final but lose to the hosts Germany after extra time.

2002: For the first time Sweden receives the highest ranking as the draw for the qualification groups to the European Championship in Portugal 2004 is made.
Lennart Johansson is elected for a new period of four years as president of UEFA.
Sweden advance to the last 16 in the World Cup in Korea/Japan by winning the so called "Group of Death" (with England, Argentina and Nigeria). In the second round Sweden lose to Senegal on a golden goal in extra time.
The women's national team qualifies for the 2003 World Cup.

2003: Sweden qualifies for its third consecutive championship. A record of 27 qualifying matches without loss (since 1997) is broken by Latvia. A German golden goal leaves Sweden with the silver medals in the Women´s World Cup Final in USA. Umeå IK UEFA Women's Cup Champions.

2004: Umeå defends its UEFA Women's Cup title. Sweden is eliminated in the quarter finals of Euro2004 after a thrilling penalty shoot-out vs Holland. Germany, once again, overwin Sweden's women team in a major championship battle, this time the bronze match of the Athens Olympics.

2005: Sweden qualifies for its fourth consecutive championship. The women's team is eliminated by Norway on extra time of the EURO 2005 semi final.

2006: Sweden advance to the last 16 in the World Cup but are sent out by hosts Germany.

2007: The women's national team is eliminated in the first round of the 2007 World Cup. The men's team qualifies for Euro 2008, a fifth consecutive championship. Lennart Johansson is elected Honorary President of UEFA having resigned after 16 years as UEFA President.

2008: Swedens men's team was eliminated in the first round in Euro 2008. The women's national team qualified for the second round in the Olympic Games, but lost to Germany.

2009: Sweden's spell with five consecutive successful championship qualifications end when they fail to reach the World Cup 2010.
The women's national team reaches the quarter-final stage at the Uefa Women's Euro 2009 in Finland.
Sweden wins the silver medal at the Uefa WU19 Championship in Belarus and for the first time Sweden is qualified for the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup.

2010: The men's national team starts the qualifying campaign for the Euro 2012 under new coach Erik Hamrén.
The women's national team top group 8 and subsequently eliminate Denmark in qualifying to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011.
Sweden is eliminated by Colombia in the quartifinal at the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup in Germany,

2011: The men's national team ends a succesful qualifying campaign and qualify for the Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine.
The women's national team wins the bronze medal at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

2012: On March 23rd, after 21 years in office, Swedish F.A. president Lars-Åke Lagrell hands over the presidency to newly elected president Karl-Erik Nilsson.