Still craving Euro 2012? Get ready for Euro 2013

July 5, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

As Spain’s victorious Euro 2012 male side returned to Madrid with the Henri Delaunay trophy, football administrators in Sweden were already working to make Euro 2013 for women a similar success.

Swedes must match England’s fighting spirit – Hysen

June 15, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Former Sweden defender Glenn Hysen is at Euro 2012 as a fan and he told Left Field that his nation will have to “show some balls” if they are to match England’s fighting spirit in their Group D clash in Kiev on Friday.

Twitter tells Sweden’s Lustig to “hold the post”

June 13, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Sweden defender Mikael Lustig will have no excuse for forgetting to hold his position against England in Euro 2012 - his mistake on the post for Ukraine’s second goal in Kiev has sparked a tactical Twitter meme that will take a long time to live down.

Sweden hope Ibrahimovic can sparkle now Milan are out

April 3, 2012

Phil O’Connor

There was one soccer coach just as happy as Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola on Tuesday when his side knocked AC Milan out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

Ibrahimovic answers critics but questions remain about Milan

February 16, 2012

Phil O’Connor

It’s taken a long time, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally delivered a performance worthy of his talent against an English team in the Champions League.

Sweden boosted by Guidetti and Ibra displays

January 30, 2012

By Phil O’Connor

Under normal circumstances Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dipping first-half free kick in AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday would have been enough to give Sweden coach Erik Hamren a pleasant end to the weekend.

Swedish football family suffering Christmas unrest

December 23, 2011

By Philip O’Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

Sweden’s soccer year officially came to an end last week with Wednesday’s traditional press conference and Christmas lunch at the football association’s Rasunda headquarters.

Post-Christmas cheer in Oslo for out-of-contract players

December 22, 2011

By Philip O’Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

For many football fans, the post-Christmas blues will be banished by the prospect of their club buying big when the transfer window opens in January.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Swedes show Dutch courage

By Reuters Staff
October 12, 2011

By Philip O'Connor

Sweden’s 3-2 victory over the Netherlands to qualify for Euro 2012 may have surprised many observers, but Swedish footballers have a long history of success against Dutch opposition.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympics Hockey Super Sunday — live

February 21, 2010

We're running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.