Sweden are the record EHF EURO champions with four titles, but they have not qualified for the semi-final since hosting the tournament in 2002, when they topped the podium for the last time to date. The past few years have been up and down for coaches Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson: Only weeks after missing the qualification for the World Championship 2013 Sweden reached the Olympic Games Final in London, which they lost to France. At the EHF EURO 2014 they reached the main round, and at Qatar 2015 they finished tenth.
The squad's style combines typical Scandinavian tactics such as strong defence with fast wings and intelligent backcourt shooters - a combination that proved successful as Sweden went through the qualification undefeated. Players to watch in the future include 23-year-old Jim Gottfridsson.
Tobias "Tobbe" Karlsson is a true defense specialist and arguabyl he is one of the very best in this field. In 2008, Karlsson left Hammarby IF, that year's Swedish national champions, to try his luck in the German Bundesliga. After one season at Nordhorn he joined SG Flensburg-Handewitt, winning the VELUX EHF Champions League in 2014.
Karlsson is not just the leader of the defence, he is also captain of the national team as well as at Flensburg. After the 2012/2013 season "Tobbe" joined an exclusive club of handball players when he was appointed Player Of The Year by the Swedish Handball Federation.
Just like a good bottle of wine, Mattias Andersson gets better and better the older he is. At the humble age of 37, his name is in almost everyone's mouth when there are dicussions about the world's best goalkeepers. Andersson is a key player in both the Swedish national team and his club SG Flensburg-Handewitt.
His career started at Ystad IF, the club his father - a former Swedish international - also used to play for. He also played for HK Drott Halmstad, then spent some months at FC Barcelona before he eventually moved to Germany to play in the Bundesliga. In 2007 he won the EHF Champions League with Kiel, a feat he repeated in 2014 with Flensburg-Handewitt, the club he joined in 2011.
Andersson played his first international championship at the EHF EURO 2000, and straight away topped the podium with Sweden. Only months later he was part of the team that won silver at the Sydney Olympics - however, it mist be said that on both occasions he was Sweden's third goalkeeper behind Tomas Svensson and Peter Gentzel. The highlight of his national team career so far came at the 2012 London Olympics at which he was one of the reasons why Sweden won silver.
Sweden are the only team at the EHF EURO 2016 the counts on a coaching duo. And this duo is by far not just any duo, but Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson are two of Sweden's most successful handball players.
Over the course of almost 20 years - both celebrated their debut in 1986, with Lindgren retiring in 2003 and Olsson one year later - they both played more than 350 internationals for Sweden respectively and were part of the national team that became known as the 'Bengan Boys' in reference to its coach Bengt Johansson.
In these 20 years they won the World Championship in 1990 and 1999, the EHF EURO in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2002 as well as Olympic silver in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
Lindgren and Olsson took on the role of joint-coach of the national team in 2008. After the team failed to reach the 2007 World Championship, Olsson and Lindgren began a reconstruction of the team and led them to fourth place at the 2011 World Championship on their home court and to silver the following year at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Besides his job with the national team, Ola Lindgren coaches Swedish top side IFK Kristianstad, while Staffan Olsson took over a job besides head coach Zvonimir Serdarusic at Paris Saint-Germain in the 2015/16 season.
Past Performance at the EHF EURO Events