European Open: Sweden on the podium

Toni Johansson, captain of the U17 national team. Photo: Christoffer Borg Mattisson/Bildbyrån.

Sweden found themselves quickly in the interaction and many matches in a short time. The U17 national team qualified for the medal match on the tournament debut and finished third in the European Open.

A kind of evaluation is easy to do after collection in Gothenburg. Sweden won seven out of eight games in a classy bronze medal.

– We are super satisfied with the final position. We only lost one international match and only really played one bad half against Spain. We had a brand new team with us who hadn’t played together, but we had created a good base for the tournament and did it fantastically, confederation captain Toni Johansson told

The final matches ended 20–28 against Spain and 31–28 against Switzerland. The U17 men were also able to feel the surroundings at Scandinavium and note that the only defeat came against eventual winners Spain.

– It shows that the Swedish club culture is strong, which contributes to our national youth teams being so good. We don’t have a lot of time together, but since everyone is well educated, it works very well.

The next match for the U17 national team is Scandibérico in Portugal in November. Until then, national team captain Toni Johansson has to take inventory of talent material to call up completely different players.

European Open
Final, France-Spain 21-29 (14-18)
Match for the third prize, Switzerland–Serbia 28–31 (12–14)

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