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Date: 11/21/2017

Coach: Henrik Signell


Key Players: Isabelle Gullden (Centre Back), Nathalie Hagman (Right Wing)


Qualification for Germany 2017: Qualification Europe Phase 2 Play-Off – Winners versus FYR Macedonia


History in Tournament: 1957: 8th, 1962-86: DNQ, 1990: 13th, 1993: 6th, 1995: 11th, 1997: DNQ, 1999: DNQ, 2001: 8th, 2003: DNQ, 2005: DNQ, 2007: DNQ, 2009: 13th, 2011:9th, 2013: DNQ, 2015: 9th




Despite their best rank at an IHF Women’s World Championship history being only a 6th place in 1993, Sweden are not to be underestimated. Their silver medal at the 2010 EHF EURO and the bronze they claimed at the 2014 edition of the continental tournament are proof of their power. “We have reached the podium twice at European Championships and our dream is always to be there in a World Championships as well,” says Sweden coach Henrik Signell.


Two comfortable wins versus FYR Macedonia – 77:47 on aggregate – in the Qualification Europe play-offs secured the Swedes a Germany 2017 spot and gave Signell the chance of coaching his national team at a World Championship for the first time – last year he was on the bench at the Rio 2016 Olympics and led Sweden to the quarter-finals.


“We have a fairly young team where most of the athletes have played together for a long time,” said Signell. “The new players have really made an impact and contributed to the wins. Most of our players play in foreign clubs and have big roles in their club.”


28-year-old centre back ‘Bella’ Gullden is the most talented and influential player in the squad. She won the 2015/16 EHF Champions League with Romania’s CSM Bucuresti and was the top scorer of the competition with 108 goals. She led Sweden to the two EHF EURO podium places in 2010 and 2014 – in the second case she was also awarded MVP of the tournament.


Not many right wings in the world are as reliable as Nathalie Hagman. The 26-year-old player performs her club handball at CSM Bucuresti together with Bella Gullden and Sabina Jacobsen. Together, they advanced to the 2016/17 VELUX EHF Final4. Hagman was Sweden’s highest scorer at the Denmark 2015 World Championship and the Rio 2016 Olympics – in both cases with 38 goals.  


The goal is another strong spot for the Swedes, who count on 26-year-old IK Savehof’s Johanna Bundsen and 27-year-old Filippa Idehn, France’s Brest Bretagne Handball goalkeeper. They both ended Denmark 2015 with a 39% save rate, while at Rio 2016 Bundsen saved 27% and Idehn stopped 34% of the shots – these last numbers were reversed at the 2016 EHF EURO.


In spite of their stunning individuals, coach Signell believes that “the players know how to put the team first and we can’t rely on just one player. All of them have to contribute in order for us to go far in the tournament.”


To gear up for the 2017 World Championship, Sweden will play two friendly games against Denmark – first away on 25 November and then at home on the 27th. They will stay in the city of Trollhattan until their departure to Germany, where they will meet reigning world champions Norway, Czech Republic, Hungary, Argentina and Poland in Group B.


“If everything works out the way we want I’m sure we can be there fighting for a spot in the semi-finals. However, there are many teams with the same capacity,” asserted a hopeful Henrik Signell.



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Group at Germany 2017:

Group B: Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Argentina and Poland


Games at Germany 2017:
All times local

Saturday 2 December: SWE-POL (18:00)
Sunday 3 December: HUN-SWE (18:00)
Tuesday 5 December: SWE-CZE (18:00)
Thursday 7 December: SWE-ARG (18:00)
Friday 8 December: NOR-SWE (20:30)