Sweden (SWE)

Eight years ago, Sweden secured their most recent medal at the EHF EURO, bronze, after winning five games in the competition. They went on to win just five games in the next three editions combined, and their disappointing performance at the EHF EURO 2020 saw them finish 11th overall.

Some players from that squad are still active in the national team, like back Jamina Roberts, line player Linn Blohm and right wing Nathalie Hagman, and they will be trying to use their experience to bring the Scandinavian side back into the elite, with a supporting cast full of young and hungry players.

They had an impressive 2021, finishing fifth at the 2021 IHF Women’s World Championship and fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In Tokyo they missed a medal by a whisker, with little details and stronger opponents denying their challenge. More importantly, Sweden proved that their ability to regenerate is impressive, with new players consistently coming to the fore through an extensive pipeline of talent.      

Meanwhile the junior side finished fourth at the 2022 IHF Women’s Junior World Championship this summer. Some of that squad could also feature at the EHF EURO, such as back Tyra Axnér, coach Tomas Axnér’s daughter, who played superbly at the Junior World Championship and has a huge handball IQ.

Therefore, Sweden might have been handed a tough draw in a group with Denmark, hosts Slovenia, and Serbia, but they have both the pedigree and the means to progress to the main round and challenge for a medal, especially if they start with three wins in the preliminary round.

Sweden have a history of players really starring at the EHF EURO, with Linnea Torstenson being named the MVP in 2010 and Isabelle Gulldén following in her footsteps in 2014. Therefore, there is already a tradition for Sweden backs to have great performances at the EHF EURO and drive the side towards the medals.

Read more about the Swedish team HERE

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EHF competition history

Top Results

European Championship
2014 - 3rd place

European Championship
2010 - 2nd place

European Championship
1994 - Champion

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Key Players

Linn Blohm)
Linn Blohm
Line Player

Line player

Current club: Györi Audi ETO KC since 2021

  • Experienced Swedish international, this will be her 11th major tournament and her sixth EHF EURO, having first appeared in the tournament in 2012
  • Scored 24 goals from 28 attempts for Sweden at the 2020 OG in Tokyo
  • Scored 45 times for Györ in the CL 2021/22 season, a personal best tally, and named the CL All-star line player
  • Made breakthrough and gained first CL experience at IK Sävehof before playing in the Danish league for three clubs from 2014 to 2020
  • Joined Baia Mare in 2020 and reached the inaugural EHF Finals Women with the Romanian side in May 2021

EHF Cup 2015; CWC 2016

EHF EURO: B 2014

All-star line player: CL 2021/22

Nathalie Hagman)
Nathalie Hagman
Right Wing

Right back

Current club: Neptunes de Nantes since 2020

  • A true globetrotter, played for teams in Sweden, Denmark, Romania and France, where she now features for Neptunes des Nantes
  • Joint-record holder for the most goals scored in a match at the EHF EURO – 17 – set against Russia in 2018
  • Scored a personal record of 19 goals in two separate matches at the 2021 WCh, where she was the top scorer of the competition
  • Became the youngest-ever debutant for Sweden in 2009; is the fourth best scorer in the history of the national team and is ranked seventh for appearances
  • Has a twin sister, Gabrielle, whom she played with at Skuru IK, where she started her career

EHF EURO: S 2010, B 2014

EL 2021; CWC 2016, EHF Cup 2015

All-star right wing: 2016 OG, WCh 2017; Top scorer WCh 2021

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Head Coach

Tomas Axner)
Tomas Axner


No current club

  • Named Sweden’s women's national team coach in 2020 after working as an assistant at H43 Lund and as head coach for Lugi HF
  • Had never previously worked with a women's team in his career, but welcomed the challenge with after serving as a TV pundit and blogger for different Swedish media outlets
  • A former right wing, Axnér is one of two players, alongside Stefan Lövgren, who have scored at least 1,000 goals in both the Swedish league and the German Bundesliga
  • Stated in the Swedish media that he usually takes 5,000 steps per match on the sideline, which would roughly translate to 2.5 kilometres
  • His daughter, Tyra, is a handball player and has been selected in Sweden’s squad for the EHF EURO 2022. It will be the first major international tournament of her career.

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