In 2010 the Swedish women’s team reached the final of a major championship for the first time in its history, losing to co-hosts Norway at EHF EURO but winning Sweden’s first senior championship medal.
The Swedes have since consistently reached the final stages of big tournaments. At EHF EURO 2014 Sweden made it to the semi-finals again, this time winning bronze. The first semi-final at a World Championship came three years ago after winning the group, beating Slovenia in the round of 16 and Denmark in the quarter-finals.
In the semi-final Sweden lost by just one goal to the future world champions France and finished fourth in the tournament after losing to the Netherlands in the bronze medal game.
With sixth and seventh places at the EHF EURO 2018 and the World Championship 2019, Sweden showed they are now used to performing at a high level. They come to EHF EURO 2020 with a new coach, Tomas Axnér, and a team packed with a mixture of stars like Isabelle Gulldén and exciting young players such as Emma Rask.
Recent Team News
In 2018 Bella Gulldén became the first Swedish woman to play 13 major championships (EHF EURO, World Championship and Olympic Games), and last year in Japan she played her 14th, just a few months after giving birth to her son Lias. After her debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games she has been a key player for Sweden and has played 216 games (the fourth most in Swedish history) for the country, scoring 827 goals (the third most). She has turned 31 but still has a love for the game and has playmaking abilities few in the world can compare to. She plays regularly in the French league and DELO EHF Champions League and is aiming for her fourth consecutive Olympic Games next Summer.
Hagman is a player who knows how to score. At the last EHF EURO she set a new Swedish record, men and women included, when she scored 17 times against the reigning Olympic champions from Russia. That match was played in Nantes, where she now lives and plays after making the move to France after spending last season at Danish side Odense. Hagman, an artist with the ball, has scored 492 times during her 155 matches for Sweden after making her debut as a 17-year-old in 2009.
After being coached by Henrik Signell for four years Tomas Axnér is now in charge. Axnér is a former right wing who played his first handball game ever as 18-year-old before scoring more than 1,000 goals in both the Swedish league and the German Bundesliga. Axner never wore the Swedish team jersey as a player but made his debut as coach in October when Sweden beat Poland twice in friendly gamed as Swedish soil. Before he became the head coach of Sweden, he was coaching Lugi HF in his hometown Lund, a team he led to the play-offs every year and even to the Swedish final 2014. He has also worked as an expert for the Swedish television, where he was never afraid of saying what he thinks. He is also father of Tyra Axnér who was picked in the All-star Team at the W17 EHF EURO in 2019.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
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