Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he is extremely confident about his team’s chances at the Euro 2012. Sweden were one of the big names to miss out on the opportunity to play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. As a result, there was a lot of wholesale changes needed in the country. AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that manager Erik Hamren has certainly provided that. Sweden are no longer a defensive team that plays on the counter-attack, but they are one of the better sides to watch at the Euro 2012. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he hopes the attack minded approach pays off at the Euro 2012.

Sweden are in the group containing favourites England and France, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that Sweden can be the dark horse of the top moment by upsetting both the neighbouring countries. Sweden will be playing friendlies against Iceland and Serbia before they head off into the tournament. One of the major weaknesses Sweden has to come out in the form of defending. Due to their attack minded approach in recent matches, they have left themselves open at the back. However, with strikers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the disposal, they can certainly afford to do the same.

“No question I was disillusioned on the back of missing out on the 2010 World Cup. I think we needed a fresh approach and Erik provided it. He has brought along a new style of play, he has instilled a new belief in us and he found a role for me in the side around which the other players are able to excel. Certainly he has been able to launch a new beginning for the Swedish team and on the back of our performances of late, we are very excited about our chances going into the Euros,” Ibrahimovic told the Swedish media.


Sweden national team manager Erik Hamren has said that he is looking forward to causing upset at the Euro 2012 by qualifying to the quarter-final stage of the competition ahead of the favourites like France and England. Sweden have been included in the squad that comprises of France, England, and hosts Ukraine. Many regard France and England to be the front-runners to qualify for the next stage, but Erik Hamren has said that he wants to spoil the party by throwing a surprise. Erik Hamren certainly has the weaponry in order to score the goals in the form of AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has already scored more than 30 goals this season.

Erik Hamren has been appointed in place of Lars Lagerback following the country’s failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Hamren has more than achieved his job by qualifying for the Euro 2012, but he knows that there is still a lot of work to do. Sweden created a major upset by beating Netherlands in the final qualifying game to make it into the Euro 2012’s group stages. Hamren reckons that the team can very well cause an upset once more at the tournament itself.

“If you have to be realistic England and France should progress from this group, but why the hell do you have to be realistic? Especially in the first match the host nation is usually tough to beat. Sporting-wise the sides are very even but now they have an entire nation behind them. It will be a difficult but very exciting match. If we had been realistic we wouldn’t have beaten Netherlands in the final game of qualifying to progress to the finals either,” Hamren said ahead of the friendly with Iceland after which they will be entering into the tournament.