Find the statements from the press conference.[more]
Fifth EHF EURO title, Olympic and World qualification[more]
Northern Stars go for Gold.[more]
Ten goal victory for Norway who face Sweden in final.[more]
Find the pdf with the official 16 player Delegation List here.
Find the pdf with the official 28 player squad list here.
By qualifying for the EHF EURO 2010 the Swedish Women´s National Team has taken part in the past four international championships.
Prior to EHF EURO 2008 Sweden participated in the women´s handball Olympic Tournament for the first time in the history of the team. The yellow and blue was back in FYR Macedonia and China at the 2009 World Championship.
Returning to the EHF EURO, the Swedish team consists of a good mix of older players with more routine and some younger players that are here to gain much needed international experience.
A number of Swedish players are professional in Denmark, France and Germany. Before this season some players did return to Swedish clubs mostly from Danish clubs.
The National Champions IK Sävehof from the Gothenburg suburb Partille contributes to the National team with a number of players that have played in the CL qualification during the autumn.
At this edition of the EHF EURO, Coach Per Johansson has the intention to take the team beyond the preliminary matches in Larvik and through to the main round in Lillehammer. After that, as we all know, in the main round anything can happen.
A female senior team from Sweden has never won a medal in a top international championship, but this will not deter the Swedish players from facing their challengers in Group C.
Sweden qualified with a second place after Hungary in Qualification Group 2, ending the championship hopes of the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan.
"We were privileged to be at camp this summer in Larvik to know the city and its facilities better and we were very impressed by the new arena where we play our opening group-stage. We are very much looking forward to the tournament which will be the largest European Championship of all time. The Swedish team is pleased with the planned preparations and we hope that the team can perform well when everything starts in Norway in December. We hope that our Swedish fans will flock to Norway to support us because of the short distance between Sweden and Norway.”
Born in 1970, Per Johansson began his coaching career at the age of 20 at the men´s club GF Kroppskultur before moving to Alingsås HK.
Prior to kicking off his national team coaching career in 1998, Johansson took a brief sojourn to South Africa to coach the men´s national team.
Returning to Sweden, he led the men´s youth national team to the finals and based on this success was promoted to the men´s junior national team in the autumn of 2001. In 2005, he took on the task of training the Swedish women´s senior national team.
The 1983 born player is one of the teams´ most important ones. With her length of 186 cm she is very difficult to stop as a shooter. Linnea was born in a small town an hour outside Stockholm, but handball raised in the club Skövde HF. For the last seasons she played in Denmark. Playing for the club Aalborg DH, Linnea became the fourth best scorer in GuldbagerenLigaen 2009/2010, scoring 121 goals. This season Linnea Torstenson transferred to FC Midtjylland. The tall backcourt player was elected as "Player of the Year" in Sweden 2009/2010, mostly because of her performance in the important qualification games for the EHF EURO 2010. Linnea played for Sweden at the Olympics, the European Championship and the World Championship.
The strong and powerful player was raised in the ”handball town” of Lund in the south of Sweden. Johanna really belongs to a handball family as her father was a coach, her older brother a player and her mother helping with all the club business in the hall. Johanna has played professional in Denmark for Fredrikshavn FOX, Aalborg DH and the last three seasons for FCK Håndbold. The strong pivot has, during the leadership of Anja Andersen, developed to a top player. This season she returned to Sweden and her first team, Team Eslöv. Wiberg is very important for the Swedish defence, Coach Per Johansson often calls her ”the worlds best defence player”. She is also the perfect team captain and leads the way with her enthusiasm and fighting spirit. Johanna Wiberg has played over one hundred matches in the National Team. She was 2009 selected as the ”Player Of The Year” in Sweden.
The 1981 born goalkeeper made her debut for the National Team in 2008, her breakthrough was in 2009 at the World Championship in China. Gabriella then was a replacement for first goalkeeper Madeleine Grundström who was injured, and she did a very good job between the posts, being Sweden's best palyer in several games. "Gabbi" has won the Swedish league with both IK Sävehof and Skövde HF. Two years ago she moved to Denmark to play for GOG Odense. Since then Gabriella has developed to a world class keeper. Last summer she moved on within Denmark to the club KIF Vejen. In the National Team "Gabbi" now is the first keeper and one of the kingpins in the team. She has a great ability to grow with the task and to stay focused in the competition.
|2009||World Championship in China||13th place|
|2008||European Championship in FYR Macedonia||9th place|
|2008||Olympic Games in Beijing||8th place|
|2007||World Championship in France||did not qualify|
|2006||European Championship in Sweden||6th place|
|2005||World Championship in Russia||did not qualify|
|2004||European Championship in Hungary||14th place|
|2004||Olympic Games in Athens||did not qualify|
|2003||World Championship in Croatia||did not qualify|
|2002||European Championship in Denmark||15th place|
|2001||World Championship in Italy||8th place|
|2000||European Championship in Romania||did not qualify|
|2000||Olympic Games in Sydney||did not qualify|
|1999||World Championship in Norway/Denmark||did not qualify|
|1998||European Championship in the Netherlands||did not qualify|
|1997||World Championship in Germany||did not qualify|
|1996||European Championship Denmark||8th place|
|1996||Olympic Games in Atlanta||did not qualify|
|1995||World Championship in Austria/Hungary||11th place|
|1994||European Championship in Germany||7th place|
The team´s progress in the last years is remarkable, as the Swedish league continues to develop and improve. Sävehof qualifying to the WCL is no surprise. Sweden´s team consists of fighters, not all are very tall but they all are really fast and share a tremendous will to play and to win.
Swedish Handball Federation Website: www.handboll.info