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The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time

Updated August 17, 2019 16.1k votes 3.4k voters 113.2k 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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    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 Galaxy....  more

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    BirthplaceHelsingborg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 player,...  more

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    BirthplaceVittsjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 first-team coach at...  more
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    BirthplaceHörnefors, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 eye for...  more
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    Tomas Brolin

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHudiksvall, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 during...  more
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    Nils Liedholm

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceValdemarsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 Italy, was...  more
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    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 goals....  more
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    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 creative...  more
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    Thomas Ravelli

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 with...  more
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    BirthplaceBorgeby Castle, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 Andersson, as well as his...  more
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    Jonas Thern

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFalköping, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 goals...  more
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    BirthplaceGullspång, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 Amager. During his...  more

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    Stefan Schwarz

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 Malmö FF before...  more
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    BirthplaceEskilstuna, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 1994...  more
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    BirthplaceUddevalla, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 of...  more
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    BirthplaceDegerfors, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 to Åtvidabergs...  more
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    BirthplaceSundsvall, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 national team. He was...  more
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    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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, Skoglund usually played as a...  more
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    BirthplaceTavelsjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 playing...  more
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    Ronnie Hellström

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 world's top...  more
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    BirthplaceVästerås, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Torbjörn Anders Nilsson (born 9 July 1954 in Västerås) is a Swedish former football striker. He is considered to be one of the best Swedish footballers of all time, having won the Swedish...  more
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    Glenn Hysén

    Defender

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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 earned 68...  more
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    Anders Limpar

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSolna Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    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, Arsenal,...  more
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    Bo Larsson

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSweden

    NationalitySweden

    Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson (born 5 May 1944) is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker....  more
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    BirthplaceLundby, Gothenburg

    NationalitySweden

    Glenn Peter Strömberg (pronounced [ˈɡlɛnː ²strœmːbærj]; born 5 January 1960) is a former Swedish professional footballer....  more