Opponent Watch: Sweden’s Roster For Friendlies Versus the USA and Japan

On Tuesday, Sweden released its 22-player roster for its two friendly matches versus the United States and Japan, as part of the Volvo Winners Cup, which it will host in mid-June. There were no surprise inclusions, but Sweden’s injury woes since the 2011 Women’s World Cup has forced several changes to the team’s starting line-up, especially on its back line.

Sweden and the United States WNT will play each other on June 16th at 16:00 local time.

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ROSTER NOTES

INJURY WOES: Sweden is missing three key players due to injuries, specifically their starting centerback pair at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Sara Larsson (bursitis in a knee, November 2011) and Charlotte Rohlin (ACL, early May) , plus veteran midfielder Therese Sjogran (late May). Also, midfielder Linda Forsberg who had five knee operations over her career, retired last November at the age of only 26 (sverigesradio.se, in Swedish).

In addition, forward Josefine Oqvist is on pregnancy leave.

PLAYERS WHO WERE NOT IN GERMANY: Six players on the roster were not part of Sweden’s 2011 Women’s World Cup squad. Those include two players who were on the 2008 Olympic roster, centerback Stina Segerström and midfielder Johanna Almgren, who both play for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. The remaining four are defenders Emma Berglund and Malin Levenstad, plus forwards Kosovare Asllani and Susanne Moberg.

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SWEDEN’S ROSTER FOR THE VOLVO WINNERS CUP

Goalkeepers (3):
Hammarström, Kristin (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
Lindahl, Hedvig (Kristianstads DFF)
Lundgren, Sofia (Linköpings FC)

Defenders (7):
Berglund, Emma (Umeå IK FF)
Levenstad, Malin (LdB FC Malmö)
Nilsson, Lina (LdB FC Malmö)
Segerström, Stina (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
Sembrant, Linda (Tyresö FF)
Svensson, Annica (Tyresö FF)
Thunebro, Sara (FFC Frankfurt, Germany)

Midfielders (7):
Almgren, Johanna (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC)
Dahlkvist, Lisa (Tyresö FF)
Fischer, Nilla (Linköpings FC)
Göransson, Antonia (FFC Turbine Potsdam, Germany)
Hammarström, Marie (KIF Örebro DFF)
Jakobsson, Sofia (FC Rossiyanka, Russia)
Seger, Caroline (Tyresö FF)

Forwards (5):
Asllani, Kosovare (Kristianstads DFF)
Edlund, Madelaine (Tyresö FF)
Landström, Jessica (Djurgårdens IF DFF)
Moberg, Susanne (Kristianstads DFF)
Schelin, Lotta (Olympique Lyonnais, France)

TABLE: Sweden’s Roster, Sorted By Position, Then By International Caps

PLAYER                P.      D.O.B.   Age^   HT    WT  CAPS   G
Lindahl, Hedvig       GK  04/29/1983  29.2  5'10"  163    83   0
Lundgren, Sofia       GK  09/20/1982  29.8   5'8"  159    25   0
Hammarström, Kristin  GK  03/29/1982  30.3   5'8"  152    15   0
Thunebro, Sara        DF  04/26/1979  33.2   5'5"  132    90   3
Segerström, Stina     DF  06/17/1982  30.1  5'10"  137    55   3
Sembrant, Linda       DF  05/15/1987  25.2   5'9"  141    33   1
Nilsson, Lina         DF  06/17/1987  25.1   5'7"  139    32   0
Svensson, Annica      DF  03/03/1983  29.4   5'5"  137    26   0
Berglund, Emma        DF  12/19/1988  23.6   5'8"  ???     8   0
Levenstad, Malin      DF  09/13/1988  23.9   5'5"  139     5   0
Seger, Caroline       MF  03/19/1985  27.4   5'8"  132    90  13
Fischer, Nilla        MF  08/02/1984  28.0   5'9"  165    87  12
Dahlkvist, Lisa       MF  02/06/1987  25.5   5'8"  150    53   7
Almgren, Johanna      MF  03/22/1984  28.3   5'7"  132    37   0
Göransson, Antonia    MF  09/16/1990  21.9   5'6"  143    21   4
Hammarström, Marie    MF  03/29/1982  30.3   5'7"  143    20   1
Jakobsson, Sofia      MF  04/23/1990  22.3   5'9"  ???    14   3
Schelin, Lotta        FW  02/27/1984  28.4  5'11"  143   105  44
Landström, Jessica    FW  12/12/1984  27.6  5'11"  159    62  19
Asllani, Kosovare     FW  07/29/1989  23.0   5'5"  126    33   6
Edlund, Madelaine     FW  09/15/1985  26.9   5'7"  150    31   1
Moberg, Susanne       FW  02/13/1986  26.4   5'7"  128     6   0

^The age is calculated based on the opening day of the Olympics tournament, July 25th.

Roster Sources: the roster list (SvFF), height and weight info (SvFF).