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The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time 

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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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Gunnar Nordahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward from Hörnefors, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Nils Gunnar Nordahl (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ²nuːɖɑːl]; 19 October 1921 – 15 September 1995) was a Swedish football player. A highly prolific, powerful, and physically strong striker, with an ...more
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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward from Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan ibraxǐːmoʋitɕ]; born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for LA ...more

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#138 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #18 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #30 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Henrik Larsson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward from Helsingborg, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Henrik Edward Larsson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːrɪk ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 20 September 1971) is a Swedish professional football manager, most recently in charge of Helsingborgs IF, and former ...more

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#1,816 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #135 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #69 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Nils Liedholm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Valdemarsvik, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Nils Erik Liedholm (pronounced [ˈnɪlːs ²liːdhɔlm]; 8 October 1922 – 5 November 2007) was a Swedish football midfielder and coach. Il Barone (The Baron), as he is affectionately known in ...more

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#214 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #864 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Fredrik Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Vittsjö, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfreːdrɪk ²jɵŋːbærj]; born 16 April 1977) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a winger and is an assistant ...more

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#368 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #43 of 50 The Best Seattle Sounders FC Players In MLS History

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Kurt Hamrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward from Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Kurt Roland Hamrin (Swedish: [ˈkɵʈː hamˈriːn]; born 19 November 1934) is a Swedish retired footballer. He is currently the eighth highest goalscorer of all-time in Italy's Serie A, with 190 ...more

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#122 of 2,107 The Best Athletes Of All Time #805 of 1,353 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Tomas Brolin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Tomas Brolin Forward and Midfielder from Hudiksvall, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Per Tomas Brolin (born 29 November 1969) is a Swedish former professional football player who played as a forward or as a midfielder. At club level, he had a successful period with A.C. Parma ...more

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#615 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #49 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Gunnar Gren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Gothenburg, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Johan Gunnar Gren (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ˈɡreːn]; 31 October 1920 – 10 November 1991) was a Swedish football player and coach. He is best known for playing for IFK Gothenburg and A.C. Milan. A ...more

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#167 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #848 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Thomas Ravelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Thomas Ravelli Goalkeeper from Växjö, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Thomas Ravelli (Swedish: [ˈtʊmːas raˈvɛlːɪ]; born 13 August 1959) is a Swedish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His 21-year professional career was almost exclusively associated ...more

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#60 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #60 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Patrik Andersson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Defender from Borgeby Castle, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ²anːdɛˌʂɔn]; born 18 August 1971) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a defender. Both his father, Roy ...more
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Lennart Skoglund is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Karl Lennart "Nacka" Skoglund (pronounced [ˈlɛnːaʈ ²nakːa ²skuːɡlɵnd]; 24 December 1929 – 8 July 1975) was a Swedish footballer. One of the most renowned Swedish players, ...more
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Martin Dahlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Forward from Uddevalla, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin (born 16 April 1968) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a striker. In his prime, he was considered one of the world's best strikers. He was one of the stars ...more
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Olof Mellberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Defender from Gullspång, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Erik Olof Mellberg (pronounced [²uːlɔf ²mɛlːbærj]; born 3 September 1977) is a Swedish former professional footballer and currently manager of Danish 1st Division club Fremad ...more
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Bo Larsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson (born 5 May 1944) is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker.
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Kennet Andersson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Forward from Eskilstuna, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Bernt Kennet Andersson (born 6 October 1967) is a Swedish former professional footballer, who played as a forward. He was a key member of the Swedish national team that finished third in the ...more
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Kim Källström ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Sandviken, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Kim Mikael Källström (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɪmː ²ɕɛlːstrœm]; born 24 August 1982) is a Swedish retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He was noted for his ...more
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Anders Limpar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Solna Municipality, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Anders Erik Limpar (born 24 September 1965) is a Swedish former professional footballer and coach who played as a winger.Limpar featured for clubs IF Brommapojkarna, Young Boys, Cremonese, ...more
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Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Ronnie Hellström Goalkeeper from Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Ronnie Carl Hellström (born 21 February 1949 in Malmö) is a former Swedish football goalkeeper. He played most of his career at Hammarby and Kaiserslautern; being considered one of the ...more
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Stefan Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz (born 18 April 1969), better known as Stefan Schwarz, is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a midfielder. Schwarz started his career at Swedish club ...more
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Glenn Hysén is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Defender from Gothenburg, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Glenn Ingvar Hysén (pronounced [hʏˈseːn]; born 30 October 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a football manager and former player who played for leading Dutch, Italian and English clubs and ...more
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Jonas Thern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Midfielder from Falköping, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Jonas Magnus Thern (born 20 March 1967) 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 ...more
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Anders Svensson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder from Gothenburg, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Anders Svensson may refer to: Anders Svensson (bandy) (born 1975), Swedish bandy player Anders Svensson (canoeist) (born 1977), Swedish canoer Anders Svensson (footballer, born 1976), former ...more
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Emil Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Gunnar Danell added Forward from Sundsvall, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Emil Peter Forsberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːmɪl ²fɔʂːbærj]; born 23 October 1991) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for RB Leipzig as a winger, and the Sweden ...more
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Ralf Edström is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward from Degerfors, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Ralf Sigvard Edström (born 7 October 1952 in Degerfors) is a Swedish former footballer. Starting his career in Degerfors IF, a club known to produce many young talents, Edström moved ...more
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Jesper Blomqvist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
darren-bell added Midfielder from Tavelsjö, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

Lars Jesper Blomqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈlɑːʂ ˈjɛsːpɛr ²blʊmːkvɪst]; born 5 February 1974) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a left winger. Most recently he was the ...more