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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 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
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
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
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
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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Thomas Ravelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Tomas Brolin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Kurt Hamrin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Gunnar Gren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added 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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Olof Mellberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Patrik Andersson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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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Kennet Andersson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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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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 is a former Swedish footballer.
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Bo Larsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder
Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker.
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Lennart Skoglund is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Stefan Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Jesper Blomqvist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
darren-bell added 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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Kim Källström is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Jonas Thern is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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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Emil Forsberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
Gunnar Danell added Forward
Emil Forsberg is a Swedish footballer who plays for RB Leipzig as a winger.
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Anders Svensson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Klas Ingesson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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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Anders Limpar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
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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Roland Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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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Glenn Hysén is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time
beneluxian added 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