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The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time

Updated August 17, 2019 15.9k votes 3.3k voters 110.9k views122 items

List RulesVote 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 (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan...  more

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    #11 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#20 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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    Henrik Edward Larsson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːrɪk ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born 20 September 1971) is a...  more

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    #40 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked#37 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

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    Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfreːdrɪk ²jɵŋːbærj]; born 16 April...  more
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    Nils Gunnar Nordahl (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ²nuːɖɑːl]; 19 October 1921 – 15 September 1995) was a...  more
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    Tomas Brolin

    Forward, Midfielder
    Per Tomas Brolin (born 29 November 1969) is a Swedish former professional football player who...  more
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    340
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    Nils Liedholm

    Midfielder
    Nils Erik Liedholm (pronounced [ˈnɪlːs ²liːdhɔlm]; 8 October 1922 – 5 November 2007) was a...  more
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    Kurt Roland Hamrin (Swedish: [ˈkɵʈː hamˈriːn]; born 19 November 1934) is a Swedish retired...  more
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    Johan Gunnar Gren (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ˈɡreːn]; 31 October 1920 – 10 November 1991) was a...  more
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    Thomas Ravelli

    Goalkeeper
    Thomas Ravelli (Swedish: [ˈtʊmːas raˈvɛlːɪ]; born 13 August 1959) is a Swedish retired...  more
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    57
    Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ²anːdɛˌʂɔn]; born 18 August 1971) is a...  more
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    99
    35

    Jonas Thern

    Midfielder
    Jonas Magnus Thern (born 20 March 1967) is a Swedish football manager and former professional...  more
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    Erik Olof Mellberg (pronounced [²uːlɔf ²mɛlːbærj]; born 3 September 1977) is a Swedish former...  more

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    Stefan Schwarz

    Defender, Midfielder
    Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz (born 18 April 1969), better known as Stefan Schwarz, is a retired...  more
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    53
    Bernt Kennet Andersson (born 6 October 1967) is a Swedish former professional footballer, who...  more
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    60
    Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin (born 16 April 1968) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a...  more
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    39
    Emil Peter Forsberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːmɪl ²fɔʂːbærj]; born 23 October 1991) is a...  more
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    52

    Ronnie Hellström

    Goalkeeper
    Ronnie Carl Hellström (born 21 February 1949 in Malmö) is a former Swedish football...  more
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    33
    Lars Jesper Blomqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈlɑːʂ ˈjɛsːpɛr ²blʊmːkvɪst]; born 5 February...  more
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    Ralf Sigvard Edström (born 7 October 1952 in Degerfors) is a Swedish former...  more
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    Torbjörn Anders Nilsson (born 9 July 1954 in Västerås) is a Swedish former football striker....  more
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    74
    Karl Lennart "Nacka" Skoglund (pronounced [ˈlɛnːaʈ ²nakːa ²skuːɡlɵnd]; 24 December 1929 – 8...  more
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    95
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    Anders Limpar

    Midfielder
    Anders Erik Limpar (born 24 September 1965) is a Swedish former professional footballer and...  more
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    52

    Glenn Hysén

    Defender
    Glenn Ingvar Hysén (pronounced [hʏˈseːn]; born 30 October 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a...  more
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    Bo Larsson

    Forward, Midfielder
    Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson (born 5 May 1944) is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker....  more
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    Glenn Peter Strömberg (pronounced [ˈɡlɛnː ²strœmːbærj]; born 5 January 1960) is a former...  more