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List Rules Vote up who you think are the best Swedish soccer players.

Ever wonder who are the best soccer players from Sweden of all time? Let soccer fans answer your question for you with this crowdvoted list of the best soccer players from Sweden. It covers not only current footballers, but also Swedish footballers that have since retired or have gone onto team management.

Photos have been provided when available and the list is ordered by popularity, with the highest-voted players appearing at the top. So that means players at the caliber of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Gunnar Nordahl, and Thomas Ravelli. Additional details such as birthplace and positions played can be viewed by clicking on the players. If you're searching for a particular famous Swedish soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find who you're looking for.

Many of these players have played for the Swedish national team, such as Björn Nordqvist and Yksel Osmanovski. While these top Swedish footballers claim Sweden as their home nation, many were born to immigrant parents, so you may see the occasional non-Swedish name. But regardless, they are still Swedish. 

This list answers the questions of who are the best Swedish footballers currently and of all time. If you're a soccer lover, you can use this list of the best Swedish soccer players to discover some new footballers that you might really enjoy watching.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Zlatan Ibrahimović Forward Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team for which he is captain. Ibrahimović started his ...more

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Henrik Larsson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Henrik Larsson Forward Henrik Edward Larsson, MBE is a Swedish football coach and former professional player, who is currently the manager of Allsvenskan club Helsingborgs IF. He was known as an excellent striker ...more

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Gunnar Nordahl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Gunnar Nordahl Forward Gunnar Nordahl was a Swedish football player, best known for his spell at A.C. Milan from 1949 to 1956, in which he won two Scudetto titles and an unprecedented five top scorer awards, more than ...more

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Fredrik Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Fredrik Ljungberg Midfielder Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg is a Swedish former footballer who played as a winger. He began his career at Halmstads BK and went on to spend most of his career at Arsenal, where he ...more

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Nils Liedholm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Nils Liedholm Midfielder Nils Liedholm was a Swedish football midfielder and coach. Il Barone, as he is affectionately known in Italy, was renowned for being part of the Swedish "Gre-No-Li" trio of strikers ...more

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Kurt Hamrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Kurt Hamrin Forward Kurt Roland Hamrin is a Swedish retired footballer. He is currently the eighth highest goalscorer of all-time in Italy's Serie A, with 190 goals. Hamrin was a fast, creative, and technically ...more

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Thomas Ravelli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Thomas Ravelli Goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His 21-year professional career was almost exclusively associated with Öster and Göteborg, for whom he ...more

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Gunnar Gren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gunnar Gren Forward Gunnar Gren was a Swedish football player and coach. He is best known for playing for IFK Gothenburg and AC Milan. He was part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" trio of forwards at A.C. Milan ...more

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Tomas Brolin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Tomas Brolin Forward, Midfielder Per Tomas Brolin is a Swedish former professional football player who had a successful period with A.C. Parma during the early nineties winning the 1992 Coppa Italia, the 1993 Cup Winners' Cup, ...more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Olof Mellberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Olof Mellberg Defender Erik Olof Mellberg is a Swedish former footballer who played as a central defender or right-back. During his career Mellberg was described as being "big, strong and exceptional in the ...more

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Bo Larsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Bo Larsson Forward, Midfielder Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker.

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Patrik Andersson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Patrik Andersson Defender Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson is a Swedish former footballer. Both his father, Roy Andersson, as well as his younger brother, Daniel Andersson, have also played professional

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Lennart Skoglund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Lennart Skoglund Midfielder Karl Lennart "Nacka" Skoglund was a Swedish footballer. One of the most renowned Swedish players, Skoglund was particularly known for his dribbling.

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Martin Dahlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Martin Dahlin Forward Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin is a former Swedish footballer.

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Kennet Andersson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Kennet Andersson Forward Bernt Kennet "Kneten" Andersson is a Swedish former footballer and a key member of the Swedish national team that finished third in the 1994 World Cup.

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Kim Källström is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Kim Källström Midfielder Kim Mikael Källström is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spartak Moscow and the Sweden national team. He is noted for his play-making ability and ...more

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Klas Ingesson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Klas Ingesson Midfielder Klas Inge "Klabbe" Ingesson was a Swedish footballer and manager. He spent most of his career as a midfielder in Europe, mainly in Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Italy and ...more

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Erik Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Erik Nilsson Erik Nilsson was a Swedish footballer. Nilsson played his youth days with Limhamns IF, before he moved in 1934 to Allsvenskan club Malmö FF, where he played until 1953. There he won five ...more

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Roland Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Roland Nilsson Defender Roland Nilsson is a Swedish football manager. As a player, Nilsson played 116 games for Sweden, making him third only to Thomas Ravelli and Anders Svensson in international appearances for ...more

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Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Ronnie Hellström Goalkeeper Ronnie Carl Hellström is a former Swedish football goalkeeper. He played most of his career in Sweden and Germany; being considered one of the world's top goalkeepers in the 70's, he won ...more

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Jonas Thern is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Jonas Thern Midfielder Jonas Magnus Thern is a Swedish football manager and former professional player who played as a midfielder between 1985 and 1999. Thern also earned 75 caps and scored six goals for Sweden ...more

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Stefan Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Stefan Schwarz Defender, Midfielder Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz, referred to as Stefan Schwarz, is a Swedish football manager and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1987 until 2003, notably playing ...more

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Anders Svensson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Anders Svensson Midfielder Anders Gunnar Svensson is a Swedish international footballer who plays for Swedish side IF Elfsborg. He is a playmaker and a central midfielder, well known for his passing and set piece ...more

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Sven Rydell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Sven Rydell Sven Åke Albert Rydell was a Swedish football player, the all-time leading scorer for the Swedish national team until September 4, 2014 when Zlatan Ibrahimović scored his 50th goal in ...more

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Andreas Isaksson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Andreas Isaksson Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson is a Swedish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kasımpaşa in the Turkish Süper Lig. He began his career at local Trelleborgs FF, before briefly representing Juventus, ...more

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Glenn Hysén is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Glenn Hysén Defender Glenn Ingvar Hysén is a football manager and former player who played for leading Dutch, Italian and English clubs and earned 68 caps for Sweden. He is also a reality television star, ...more

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Glenn Strömberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Glenn Strömberg Midfielder Glenn Peter Strömberg is a Swedish former footballer. He won the 1982 UEFA Cup with IFK Göteborg. Apart from Göteborg, he has also played for Benfica and Atalanta. He was voted ...more

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Daniel Andersson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Daniel Andersson Defender, Midfielder Daniel Andersson is an actor.

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Marcus Berg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Marcus Berg Forward Marcus Berg is a Swedish football striker who plays for Greek team Panathinaikos. In Sweden he is nicknamed Svarte-Marcus due to scoring a lot of goals in the junior teams, in reference to Filip ...more

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Ralf Edström is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Ralf Edström Forward Ralf Sigvard Edström is a Swedish former footballer. Starting his career in Degerfors IF, a club known to produce many young talents, Edström moved to Åtvidabergs FF and became ...more

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Joachim Björklund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Joachim Björklund Defender Joachim Björklund is a former Swedish professional footballer. For many years he formed a successful central defensive partnership with Patrik Andersson for the Swedish national team. ...more

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Jesper Blomqvist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
darren-bell added Jesper Blomqvist Midfielder Lars Jesper Blomqvist is a retired Swedish footballer. Most recently he was the playing assistant manager of Superettan side Hammarby from December 2009 to November 2010. He played at IFK ...more

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Anders Limpar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Anders Limpar Midfielder Anders Erik Limpar is a Swedish former professional footballer and assistant coach of Sollentuna Fotbollsklubb. He is also the CEO of the betting site www.BestBetToday.com As a player he was a ...more

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Andreas Granqvist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Andreas Granqvist Defender Andreas Granqvist is a Swedish footballer from Helsingborg, currently playing as a defender for FC Krasnodar.

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Marcus Allbäck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Marcus Allbäck Forward Marcus Christian Allbäck, is a retired Swedish footballer and coach, who currently is assistant coach for the Sweden national football team. He is a well-travelled striker known for his ...more

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Magnus Hedman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Magnus Hedman Goalkeeper Magnus Carl Hedman is a Swedish former football goalkeeper. He played 58 matches for the Sweden national football team, and represented his country at two FIFA World Cup and two European ...more

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Pontus Kåmark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Pontus Kåmark Defender Pontus Kåmark is a Swedish former footballer. He played for AIK, Leicester City, IFK Göteborg and Västerås SK. Born in Västerås, Västmanlands län, ...more

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Ola Toivonen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
VictorWesterberg added Ola Toivonen Forward, Midfielder Nils Ola Toivonen is a Swedish footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes and the Sweden national team.

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Torbjörn Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Torbjörn Nilsson Forward Torbjörn Anders Nilsson is a Swedish former football striker and coach. He is considered to be one of the best Swedish footballers of all time, having won the Swedish championship twice and ...more

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Albin Ekdal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Albin Ekdal Midfielder Albin Ekdal is a Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Cagliari.

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Emil Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Gunnar Danell added Emil Forsberg Forward Emil Forsberg is a Swedish footballer who plays for RB Leipzig as a winger.

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Orvar Bergmark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Orvar Bergmark Defender Orvar Bergmark was a Swedish football defender and manager. He was the second Swedish national manager ever, and managed to qualify the Swedish national football team for the FIFA World Cup in ...more

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Markus Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Markus Rosenberg Forward Nils Markus Rosenberg, born 27 September 1982, known as Markus Rosenberg, is a Swedish footballer who plays as a forward for Allsvenskan club Malmö FF, he also serves as club captain. ...more

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Rasmus Elm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Rasmus Elm Midfielder Rasmus Christoffer Elm is a Swedish footballer who plays for Kalmar FF in Allsvenskan as a midfielder. He has previously played for Kalmar FF in Sweden, for AZ in the Netherlands, and the ...more

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Sebastian Larsson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Sebastian Larsson Midfielder Sebastian "Seb" Bengt Ulf Larsson is a Swedish footballer who plays for Premier League club Sunderland and the Sweden national team. After beginning his career at hometown club IFK ...more

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Jonas Olsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Jonas Olsson Defender Jonas Olsson is a Swedish footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and the Sweden national football team.

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Agne Simonsson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
darren-bell added Agne Simonsson Tore Klas Agne Simonsson is a former Swedish footballer. He played for the Sweden national football team, earning 51 caps and scoring 27 goals. He was a participant in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, ...more

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John Guidetti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
John Guidetti Forward John Alberto Guidetti; born 15 April 1992 is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Celtic on loan from Manchester City as a striker. Whilst growing up Guidetti played football in his ...more

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Kosovare Asllani is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Kosovare Asllani Forward Kosovare Asllani is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Division 1 Féminine, as well as the Sweden women's national football team. Nicknamed ...more