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The Best Swedish Soccer Players of All Time

Updated August 17, 2019 16.0k votes 3.2k voters 109.8k 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 Ibrahimović1
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    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan...  more

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  • Henrik Larsson2
    1,138
    338

    BirthplaceHelsingborg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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

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  • Fredrik Ljungberg3
    506
    233

    BirthplaceVittsjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfreːdrɪk ²jɵŋːbærj]; born 16 April...  more
  • Gunnar Nordahl4
    569
    304

    BirthplaceHörnefors, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Nils Gunnar Nordahl (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ²nuːɖɑːl]; 19 October 1921 – 15 September 1995) was a...  more
  • Tomas Brolin5
    291
    119

    Tomas Brolin

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHudiksvall, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Per Tomas Brolin (born 29 November 1969) is a Swedish former professional football player who...  more

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  • Nils Liedholm6
    338
    175

    Nils Liedholm

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceValdemarsvik, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Nils Erik Liedholm (pronounced [ˈnɪlːs ²liːdhɔlm]; 8 October 1922 – 5 November 2007) was a...  more
  • Kurt Hamrin7
    304
    157

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Kurt Roland Hamrin (Swedish: [ˈkɵʈː hamˈriːn]; born 19 November 1934) is a Swedish retired...  more
  • Thomas Ravelli8
    289
    146

    Thomas Ravelli

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceVäxjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Thomas Ravelli (Swedish: [ˈtʊmːas raˈvɛlːɪ]; born 13 August 1959) is a Swedish retired...  more
  • Gunnar Gren9
    209
    97

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Johan Gunnar Gren (pronounced [ˈɡɵnːar ˈɡreːn]; 31 October 1920 – 10 November 1991) was a...  more
  • Patrik Andersson10
    129
    59

    BirthplaceBorgeby Castle, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ²anːdɛˌʂɔn]; born 18 August 1971) is a...  more
  • Olof Mellberg11
    204
    115

    BirthplaceGullspång, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Erik Olof Mellberg (pronounced [²uːlɔf ²mɛlːbærj]; born 3 September 1977) is a Swedish former...  more
  • Jonas Thern12
    95
    35

    Jonas Thern

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFalköping, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Jonas Magnus Thern (born 20 March 1967) is a Swedish football manager and former professional...  more
  • Stefan Schwarz13
    104
    42

    Stefan Schwarz

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Hans-Jürgen Stefan Schwarz (born 18 April 1969), better known as Stefan Schwarz, is a retired...  more
  • Kennet Andersson14
    118
    55

    BirthplaceEskilstuna, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Bernt Kennet Andersson (born 6 October 1967) is a Swedish former professional footballer, who...  more
  • Jesper Blomqvist15
    89
    34

    BirthplaceTavelsjö, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Lars Jesper Blomqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈlɑːʂ ˈjɛsːpɛr ²blʊmːkvɪst]; born 5 February...  more
  • Martin Dahlin16
    120
    61

    BirthplaceUddevalla, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Dan Martin Nataniel Dahlin (born 16 April 1968) is a Swedish former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Ralf Edström17
    82
    25

    BirthplaceDegerfors, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Ralf Sigvard Edström (born 7 October 1952 in Degerfors) is a Swedish former...  more
  • Emil Forsberg18
    116
    39

    BirthplaceSundsvall, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Emil Peter Forsberg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːmɪl ²fɔʂːbærj]; born 23 October 1991) is a...  more
  • Ronnie Hellström19
    105
    51

    Ronnie Hellström

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Ronnie Carl Hellström (born 21 February 1949 in Malmö) is a former Swedish football...  more
  • Torbjörn Nilsson20

    BirthplaceVästerås, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Torbjörn Anders Nilsson (born 9 July 1954 in Västerås) is a Swedish former football striker....  more
  • Lennart Skoglund21
    126
    76

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Karl Lennart "Nacka" Skoglund (pronounced [ˈlɛnːaʈ ²nakːa ²skuːɡlɵnd]; 24 December 1929 – 8...  more
  • Anders Limpar22
    95
    47

    Anders Limpar

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSolna Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Anders Erik Limpar (born 24 September 1965) is a Swedish former professional footballer and...  more
  • Glenn Hysén23
    109
    52

    Glenn Hysén

    Defender

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

    Glenn Ingvar Hysén (pronounced [hʏˈseːn]; born 30 October 1959 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a...  more
  • Bo Larsson24
    116
    70

    Bo Larsson

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSweden

    NationalitySweden

    Bo "Bosse" Göran Larsson (born 5 May 1944) is a former Swedish football midfielder/striker....  more
  • Glenn Strömberg25
    69
    30

    BirthplaceLundby, Gothenburg

    NationalitySweden

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