Famous Swedish Sportspersons

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Find out more about the greatest Swedish Sportspersons, including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Alexander Gustafsson, Henrik Larsson, Björn Borg and Sven-Göran Eriksson.
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Zlatan Ibrahimović
(One of the Greatest Football Strikers of All Time)
Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmo, Sweden

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

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Björn Borg
(Swedish Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Björn Borg
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Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Regarded as one of the best tennis players from Sweden, Björn Borg won 11 Grand Slam singles titles during his playing career. He started off as a teenage sensation and helped popularize tennis during the 1970s. The 2017 film Borg vs McEnroe was inspired by his rivalry against John McEnroe.

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Dolph Lundgren
(Starred in Rocky IV as The Imposing Soviet Boxer 'Ivan Drago')
Dolph Lundgren
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Birthdate: November 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Spånga, Sweden

Swedish actor, Dolph Lundgre,n is mainly known as an action hero. He gained recognition with the 1985 Hollywood film Rocky IV and then went on to do many action and thriller movies like Joshua Tree, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Bridge of Dragons, Universal Soldier, Diamond Dogs and The Expendables. He has also directed several films like Missionary Man and Icarus.

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Henrik Larsson
(Swedish Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Henrik Larsson
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Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Henrik Larsson is a Swedish former football player who played as a striker for the Sweden national team from 1993 to 2009. He helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Henrik Larsson also played for popular clubs like Celtic, Barcelona, and Feyenoord. He is a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

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Peter Forsberg
(One of the Greatest Players in the History of Ice Hockey)
Peter Forsberg
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Birthdate: July 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik

Peter Forsberg is a Swedish former ice hockey player. Forsberg is considered one of the greatest players in the history of ice hockey. He is best known for winning a gold medal at the 1994 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Peter Forsberg was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

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Stefan Edberg
(Swedish Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Stefan Edberg
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Birthdate: January 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Västervik, Sweden

Swedish former tennis player Stefan Edberg was once the world No. 1 professional tennis player (in both singles and doubles). He won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles, besides the Masters Grand Prix. Following his retirement from professional tennis, he began playing competitive squash and became an elite player in Sweden. 

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Mats Wilander
(Swedish Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Mats Wilander
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Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden

Mats Wilander is a former tennis player who won seven Grand Slam singles titles from 1982 to 1988. A former world No. 1, Wilander is one of six men to have emerged victorious in Grand Slam singles tournaments on hard courts, grass courts, and clay courts. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

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Henrik Lundqvist
(Retired Swedish Ice-Hockey Goaltender Who Played for the 'New York Rangers')
Henrik Lundqvist
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Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Åre

Retired Swedish ice-hockey goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, also known as The King and King Henrik, spent his entire career playing with the NHL team New York Rangers. A 3-time Olympian, he also won a gold and a silver at the games. He is renowned for his unique butterfly style of goaltending.

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Alexander Gustafsson
(Swedish MMA Fighter Who Plays in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division)
Alexander Gustafsson
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Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arboga, Sweden

Popularly known as The Mauler, Swedish MMA fighter Alexander Gustafsson competes in the UFC light heavyweight division. He has spent the majority of his career training at the Allstars Gym. Before stepping into MMA, he had been involved in petty street brawls and also worked as a construction worker and a night-club bouncer.

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Armand Duplantis
(Pole vaulter)
Armand Duplantis
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Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Armand Duplantis is a Swedish pole vaulter. He currently holds the world indoor record with a height of 6.18 meters. When he was 15 years old, Duplantis won a gold medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

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Victor Lindelof
(Football player)
Victor Lindelof
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Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Västerås, Sweden
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Mats Sundin
(Ice hockey Centreman)
Mats Sundin
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Birthdate: February 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bromma, Sweden
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Khamzat Chimaev
(Swedish Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Khamzat Chimaev
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Birthdate: May 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chechnya, Russia

Russia-born Swedish freestyle wrestler and mixed martial artist Khamzat Chimaev began wrestling as a child, possibly to save himself from the bullies. Eventually, he took up freestyle wrestling, winning the Swedish Championship three times between 2015 and 2018, thereafter emerging as an award winning mixed martial artist. Currently, he competes in the welterweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Henrik Stenson
(Swedish Professional Golfer )
Henrik Stenson
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Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is the first major champion from the Nordic region. Starting his stint with golf at 12, he appeared in his first international match at 18. Winner of multiple PGA and European tours, he also owns stakes in a golf course in Sweden.
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Erik Karlsson
(Swedish Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman)
Erik Karlsson
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Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Landsbro, Sweden

Erik Karlsson is a Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. An important member of the Sweden men's national team, Karlsson was part of the team that won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

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Annika Sörenstam
(One the Best Female Golfers of All Time)
Annika Sörenstam
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Birthdate: October 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bro, Sweden

Annika Sörenstam is a Swedish professional golfer who is often counted among the best female golfers of all time. She has won six Vare Trophies and eight Player of the Year awards. In 2003, Annika Sörenstam was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 2021, she was honored by Donald Trump with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Sarah Sjöström
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Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salem, Stockholm County, Sweden
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Jonas Jerebko
(Swedish Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward)
Jonas Jerebko
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Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kinna, Sweden

Jonas Jerebko is a Swedish basketball player who has played for popular NBA teams like Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors. He is only the second Swedish-born player to play in the NBA. Jonas Jerebko has also played for the Swedish national team in important tournaments, such as the 2013 EuroBasket.

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Robert Helenius
(Finnish Professional Boxer)
Robert Helenius
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Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Popularly known as The Nordic Nightmare, Finnish boxer Robert Helenius was born in Sweden and moved to Finland with his parents at age 2. He was 5 when he began training in boxing and grew up to win a silver at the 2006 European Championships. He has played for both Sweden and Finland,

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Alexander Isak
(Football forwarder)
Alexander Isak
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Birthdate: September 21, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden
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Henrik Sedin
(Swedish Ice Hockey Executive and Former Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Henrik Sedin
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Birthdate: September 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Henrik Sedin is a Swedish ice hockey executive. A former professional ice hockey player, Sedin played 18 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He also led the Vancouver Canucks from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. A two-time Olympian, Henrik Sedin helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games.

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Ronnie Peterson
(Swedish Racing Driver)
Ronnie Peterson
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Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Örebro
Died: September 11, 1978

Ronnie Peterson was a Swedish racing driver best remembered for his performance in the F1 World Drivers' Championship, where he was a two-time runner-up. Nicknamed SuperSwede, Peterson is widely regarded as one of the best F1 drivers to have not won a championship. Ronnie Peterson is also regarded as the greatest racing driver from Sweden. 

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Marcus Ericsson
(Racecar driver)
Marcus Ericsson
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Birthdate: September 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
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Dejan Kulusevski
(Football player - winger, midfielder)
Dejan Kulusevski
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Birthdate: April 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Fredrik Ljungberg
(Swedish Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Fredrik Ljungberg
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Birthdate: April 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vittsjö, Sweden

Fredrik Ljungberg is a Swedish former football player who played as a midfielder for the Sweden national football team from 1998 to 2008. He also played for popular clubs like Arsenal and West Ham United. Freddie Ljungberg has also worked as a model for brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Puma, and L'Oréal.

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Ingemar Stenmark
(Alpine Ski Racer)
Ingemar Stenmark
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Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Joesjö, Sweden
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Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
(Swedish Prince and the Oldest Son of Gustaf VI Adolf)
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
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Birthdate: April 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 26, 1947

Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten was a Swedish prince. He was the oldest son of Gustaf VI Adolf. He was an athlete and competed at the 1936 Olympics in show jumping. Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten was also associated with the Swedish Olympic Committee, where he served as the president from 1933 until his demise in 1947.

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Badou Jack
(Gambian-Swedish Professional Boxer)
Badou Jack
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Birthdate: October 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Gambian-Swedish boxer Badou Jack, also known as The Ripper, has previously held the WBC super-middleweight and the WBA light-heavyweight titles. He represented Gambia in the middleweight division in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2022, he fought Richard Rivera for 4 extra minutes in a match due to the timekeeper’s fault.

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Marcus Berg
(Association football player)
Marcus Berg
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Birthdate: August 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torsby Municipality
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Jon Olsson
(Alpine skier, Freestyle skier)
Jon Olsson
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Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mora Municipality, Sweden
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Sven-Göran Eriksson
(Swedish Football Manager Who Was England's First Non-British Manager)
Sven-Göran Eriksson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Torsby

Swedish football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson also had a decade-long football-playing career as a defender. He later scripted history as the English football team’s first foreign manager. He also became the first to win the Doubles in 3 countries and has had successful stints with clubs such as Benfica, Lazio, and IFK Göteborg.

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Ilir Latifi
(Swedish Mixed Martial Artist)
Ilir Latifi
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Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Albanian-origin Swedish MMA fighter Ilir Latifi, also known as The Sledgehammer, has been a national championship twice. A seasoned heavyweight and light heavyweight fighter, he was temporarily suspended in 2022, after revealing to a journalist that he had competed while sick with a staph infection.

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Gabriel Landeskog
(Swedish Professional Ice Hockey Left Winger)
Gabriel Landeskog
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Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Gabriel Landeskog is a professional ice hockey player who is currently leading the Colorado Avalanche which competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). Landeskog is also an important player for the Swedish national team. He helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. He also helped his team win a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Nicklas Lidström
(Ice hockey player - Defenceman)
Nicklas Lidström
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Birthdate: April 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krylbo, Avesta, Sweden
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Emil Forsberg
(Swedish Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Emil Forsberg
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Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundsvall

Swedish footballer Emil Forsberg is best known as an attacking midfielder for the German club RB Leipzig. A footballer’s son, he is also married to former footballer Shanga Hussain. He has seen success with both Leipzig and Malmö FF. He has been named the Swedish Midfielder of the Year 4 times.

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Daniel Sedin
(Swedish Ice Hockey Executive and Former Professional Ice Hockey Winger)
Daniel Sedin
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Birthdate: September 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Daniel Sedin is a Swedish ice hockey executive. A former professional ice hockey player, Sedin played 18 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL) alongside his identical twin brother Henrik. A three-time Winter Olympian, Sedin helped his team win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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John Guidetti
(Football striker)
John Guidetti
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Birthdate: April 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Börje Salming
(Ice hockey player)
Börje Salming
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Birthdate: April 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kiruna, Sweden
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Robin Söderling
(The First Player to Defeat the Great Rafael Nadal at the Roland-Garros.)
Robin Söderling
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Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tibro, Sweden

Robin Söderling is a Swedish former tennis player. Former world No. 4 in singles, Söderling reached two successive finals at the Roland-Garros in 2009 and 2010. Robin Söderling achieved popularity in 2009, when he became the first player to defeat the great Rafael Nadal at the Roland-Garros. An offensive baseliner, Söderling was renowned for his powerful game and heavy serve.

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Gunnar Nordahl
(One of the Greatest Swedish Football Players of All-Time)
Gunnar Nordahl
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Birthdate: October 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hörnefors, Sweden
Died: September 15, 1995
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Martin Olsson
(Footballer left back)
Martin Olsson
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Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gävle, Sweden
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Kim Källström
(Swedish Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Kim Källström
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Birthplace: Sandviken Municipality

Kim Källström is a Swedish former football player who played as a midfielder for the Sweden national football team from 2001 to 2016. He represented his country in important tournaments like the UEFA European Football Championships and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Kim Källström has also played for popular clubs like BK Häcken, Djurgårdens IF, and Lyon.

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Sebastian Larsson
(Swedish Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Sebastian Larsson
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Birthdate: June 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eskilstuna

Sebastian Larsson is a Swedish former football player who played as a midfielder for the Sweden national football team from 2008 to 2021. He represented Sweden in important tournaments, such as the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup. Sebastian Larsson also played for popular clubs like Birmingham City and Sunderland.

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Saman Ghoddos
(Swedish Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder, Striker or Winger)
Saman Ghoddos
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Birthdate: September 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

Born in Sweden, Iranian-origin footballer Saman Ghoddos had initially played for the Swedish national team but later joined the Iranian national team. Best known as an attacking midfielder and winger for Brentford, has previously won the Svenska Cupen for Östersunds FK and the EFL Championship play-offs for Brentford.

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Ola Toivonen
(Footballer attacking midfielder or striker)
Ola Toivonen
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Birthdate: July 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Degerfors, Sweden
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Henrik Zetterberg
(Ice hockey player)
Henrik Zetterberg
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Birthdate: October 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundsvall
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Andreas Granqvist
(Association football player)
Andreas Granqvist
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Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsingborg
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Mikael Ymer
(Swedish Professional Tennis Player)
Mikael Ymer
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Birthdate: September 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skara, Sweden

Mikael Ymer is a Swedish professional tennis player. He came into prominence in 2015, when he won his second European Championships title after defeating Bernabé Zapata Miralles. Mikael Ymer is currently the No. 1 player in Sweden.

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Victor Hedman
(Ice hockey player)
Victor Hedman
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Birthdate: December 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik
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Jan-Ove Waldner
(Table tennis player)
Jan-Ove Waldner
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Birthdate: October 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden