Sweden won bronze at the World Championships. And became the best in the world.
The women’s national team topped the FIFA World Rankings, announced on Friday. Spain, world champion, is second.
– Being ranked the best team in the world is in many ways proof of what this national team is capable of achieving over time and in championships, said confederation captain Peter Gerhardsson.
On Monday, the Swedish bronze medal team landed in Sweden. The players arrived in Arlanda with bronze medals around their necks.
Sweden won bronze at the World Championships, but it didn’t stop there. The women’s national team is ranked based on championship success – where Sweden beat the top-ranked team USA before the championship and where second-ranked Germany disappeared in the group stage – as the best women’s national team in the world. . When FIFA released its new rankings on Friday, Sweden was in first place.
In fact, we’re going to take it one more time. Number one Sweden have become the best team in the world 50 years after Sweden played their first official women’s international match.
– We won a bronze medal and also became world number one, it’s fantastic. It’s unique and extremely cool. This is the first time this has happened and I am deeply impressed with the players and can’t wait to meet the Spanish world champions in Gamla Ullevi, said confederation captain Peter Gerhardsson after the announcement of the new classification of FIFA.
This position, ahead of the United States (now 3rd) and Germany (6th), which historically occupied the first two places, is the result of long-term work at several levels. National team manager Marika Domanski Lyfors is one of the leaders who, with great patience and ambition, have contributed to the development of Swedish women’s football over time. She paints the picture with broad brushstrokes, with her perspectives.
– After so many years, we are now the best in the world. It is proof that Swedish football is good and that it is the result of patient and long-term work over many years. The success of the national team inspires more young girls and boys to invest in football, which is a real joy and extremely important, says Domanski Lyfors.
The players are of course also happy about this good news.
– We are a global team and we are showing that we belong at the top, Kosovare Asllani said of his arrival earlier this week, when the forecast indicated a blue-yellow advantage.
FIFA World Ranking – Top 10
As of August 25, 2023
- UNITED STATES
- The Netherlands
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