At the EHF EURO 2010, Sweden rose like a phoenix from the ashes; for the first time they reached the final of a major tournament. They lost to Norway, but silver nevertheless meant the first medal for the Swedish women’s national team - and later, thanks to the Norwegian World Championship title in Brazil, the team subsequently qualified directly for the 2012 Olympic Games.
However, the setback came in summer 2013 when the team lost to Poland in the European play-offs and failed to qualify for the World Championship in Serbia. In December Torbjörn Klingvall stepped down as head coach and his assistant Thomas Sivertsson took over. He was joined on 1 June by Helle Thomsen, the coach of Danish side FC Midtjylland – together they successfully steered Sweden to the EHF EURO 2014.
With 587 goals in 141 international matches (as of June 2014), Linnea Torstenson is currently one of the most experienced players in the Swedish national team. In 2010, not only did she win the silver medal at the EHF EURO, but she was also voted the most valuable player of the tournament.
In 2012 she had transferred from Danish side FC Midtjylland to Krim Ljubljana in Slovenia, but left the Women’s EHF Champions League participants in early 2014 to join Viborg HK in Denmark with which she eventually won the Cup Winners' Cup in May. For the 2014/15 season Torstensson has again set off to new shores as she joined CSM Bucharest in Romania.
The 25-year-old started her career with IK Sävehof - and after she became a multiple Swedish champion, she moved to the top Danish club Viborg HK in 2011, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup three years later.
Gullden made her international debut with the Swedish national team in 2008 and she has currently (as of June 2014) donned the Swedish jersey 122 times, scoring 414 goals along the way.
THE COACH - Thomas Sivertsson
49-year-old Thomas Sivertsson has been charge of the Swedish women's national team since late December 2013 when his predecessor, Torbjörn Klingvall, decided to step down. Sivertsson had been Klingvall's assistant coach since 2012.
While the Women's EHF EURO 2014 is Sivertsson's first major international tournament as head coach, he can look back at a very illustrious career as a player that saw him winning the EHF EURO in 1998, 2000 and 2002, the World Championship in 1999 and gaining second place at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
In June 2014 Sivertsson was joined on the bench by Dane Helle Thomsen, who also coaches the women's team of FC Midtjylland.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events
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