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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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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward
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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#129 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #31 of 1,398 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #13 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Henrik Larsson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward
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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#2,166 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #346 of 1,398 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #47 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Gunnar Nordahl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward
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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#563 of 2,196 The Best Athletes Of All Time #165 of 1,397 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Fredrik Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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Nils Liedholm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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#47 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #88 of 1,398 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Kurt Hamrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward
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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#132 of 2,196 The Best Athletes Of All Time #170 of 1,397 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, Midfielder
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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#56 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #716 of 1,397 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Thomas Ravelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Thomas Ravelli Goalkeeper
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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#101 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #71 of 228 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Gunnar Gren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Forward
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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#82 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #175 of 1,398 The Best Soccer Players 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
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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Olof Mellberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Defender
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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#1,024 of 1,397 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #393 of 462 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Kennet Andersson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Forward
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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Martin Dahlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Forward
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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Lennart Skoglund is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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#161 of 2,196 The Best Athletes Of All Time #194 of 1,397 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Bo Larsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson (born 5 May 1944) is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker.
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Jonas Thern is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Midfielder
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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Stefan Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder
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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Jesper Blomqvist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
darren-bell added Midfielder
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
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Kim Källström ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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Ronnie Hellström is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Ronnie Hellström Goalkeeper
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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#1,318 of 1,397 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #40 of 228 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Emil Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Gunnar Danell added Forward
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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#912 of 1,398 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #372 of 546 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Roland Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Defender
Roland Nilsson (born 27 November 1963) is a Swedish football manager. As a player, Nilsson played 116 games for Sweden, making him the sixth most capped player in the Swedish national team. He ...more
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Anders Limpar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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Anders Svensson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder
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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Klas Ingesson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added Midfielder
Klas Inge "Klabbe" Ingesson (20 August 1968 – 29 October 2014) was a Swedish footballer and manager. He spent most of his career as a midfielder in Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, ...more