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Sweden Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Sweden star player, Henrik Larsson
World Cup record:
 1934   Quarter-finals
 1938   Fourth place
 1950   Third place
 1958   Runners up
 1970   First round
 1974   Second round
 1978   First round
 1990   First round
 1994   Third place
 2002   Second round

Did you know?
As Sweden's second round match officially ended as a 1-1 draw, the Scandinavians went through the whole of the World Cup unbeaten. In qualifying they won eight and drew two, while in the finals they won one and drew three.

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Lars Lagerback and Tommy Soderberg
Henrik Larsson
Group F was always going to be intriguing but I never expected Sweden to come out on top of the “Group of Death” – especially after their first half against England.

It must have been some half-time team talk. They came out a completely different side, played entertaining football and never looked back.

Henrik Larsson has taken some flak for knocking in goals for fun in Scotland where people claim it’s easy, but he showed he’s one of the best in the business.

And Anders Svensson’s long-range shooting was something else – that free-kick against Argentina will live long in the memory.

For him, so will the post he hit in extra-time against Senegal. The golden goal is a cruel way to go out and so it proved eight minutes later when Henri Camara’s effort went in off the post at the other end.

They’ll be left wondering what might have been having left the World Cup unbeaten and will be looking to make amends in Euro 2004.

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2002 World Cup results

Group F: v England 1-1; v Nigeria 2-1; v Argentina 1-1; Second Round: v Senegal 2-1 (aet).



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