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Euro 2016 profile: Zlatan Ibrahimovic led Sweden seek success

Sweden's Ibrahimovic gestures during their soccer match against Liechtenstein in Vaduz

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead Sweden out at Euro 2016 hoping for a successful tournmanet in France. Can the Paris-based striker guide his nation to glory?

We’re profiling all 24 teams at the Euro 2016 finals in France, so punters are in the know when it comes to the sides on show this summer.

Next up are Sweden, who enter proceedings on French soil in a tough Group E alongside all of Belgium, Italy and the Republic of Ireland, with Erik Hamren’s men a best-priced 6/1 from bet365 to finish top of their standings this summer.

The Swedes qualified through the play-offs by overcoming Scandinavian rivals Denmark, after finishing third in their group behind Austria and Russia, and they will seek to prove their credentials in this coveted major tournament.

History at the Euros: Sweden have qualified for the European Championships on five occasions and their most outstanding performance in the finals came back in Euro 1992, when reaching the semis.

That year they rallied to the final four in a tournament they hosted, eventually tasting defeat at the hands of Germany, who were ultimately beaten by Denmark in the final.

Head coach: The nation’s coach Hamren has been in charge since 2009, following club stints with Rosenborg, Aalborg BK and AIK Fotboll among others.

Now at 58 years of age, the boss will look to oversee some success with his side that boasts much talent, after winning leagues titles in both Denmark and Norway. Hamren is set to stand down after the Euros.

Key player: Sweden’s star man is an obvious choice, with PSG marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking to enjoy a strong showing in France, where he has made his second home in Ligue 1 with his incredibly rampant run of form since arriving in 2012.

The Ligue 1 marksman was second only to Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts during qualifying, having fired in 11 strikes throughout, and he is a great shout at 25/1 with SkyBet to clinch the Golden Boot this summer.

Rising star: Former Manchester City and Celtic frontman John Guidetti could be set to play a decisive role for his country in France, after returning to form during his time in La Liga with Celta Vigo.

The 23-year-old may see Euro action from the bench in a bid to hurt weakened defences and his spell in Spain is proving he is more than capable of being a match winner.

Wildcard: Veteran midfielder Kim Kallstrom was a key feature for Sweden during their successful qualifying campaign and he is ready to play a key role in the central areas this summer.

The former Arsenal and Lyon anchorman is now plying his trade in Switzerland with Grasshopper and this is likely to be his final major tournament.

Confirmed Sweden Euro 2016 fixtures
All kick-offs are British Summer Time (BST)
Monday, June 13: Group E, Republic of Ireland v Sweden (17:00); Stade de France, Paris, BBC
Friday, June 17: Group E, Italy v Sweden (14:00); Stadium de Toulouse, ITV
Wednesday, June 22: Group E, Sweden v Belgium (20:00); Stade de Nice, ITV

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