Sweden national speedway team

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Team managerBo Wirebrand
Team captain Andreas Jonsson
Nation colourYellow
SWC Wins10
Squad

Sweden are one of the major teams in international speedway. They have been managed by Mats Olsson, who is currently in his 2nd spell, since 2005 after he quit in 2000. The current captain is 2000 World Under-21 Champion Andreas Jonsson.

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Speedway World Cup

The Sweden national speedway team has won the Speedway World Team Cup and Speedway World Cup on 10 occasions and were a major force in the opening years of the tournament, winning 4 out of the first 5, between 1960 and 1964. Key riding members of the title wins include Ove Fundin (6 wins), Rune Sörmander, Björn Knutsson, Göte Nordin (4 wins), Sören Sjösten, Tony Rickardsson, Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max (also known as Mikael Karlsson) (3 wins). The cup eluded them for 23 years between 1971 and 1993, but they regained the trophy in 1994 when Sweden were the winners of a reformatted event involving pairs (Tony Rickardsson, Henrik Gustafsson and Mikael Karlsson) rather than teams, though this format was only to last until 1998. They also went on to win in 2003 and 2004.

Sweden bookended the original World Team Cup, winning the inaugural final at the Ullevi Stadium at home in Göteborg in 1960 before winning the last World Team Cup in 2000 at the Brandon Stadium in Coventry, England.

YearVenueStandings (Pts)Sweden Riders and Pts
1960 Flag of Sweden.svg
Göteborg
Ullevi
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (44)
2. Flag of England.svg England (30)
3. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (15)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (7)
Ove Fundin 12
Olle Nygren 12
Rune Sörmander 11
Björn Knutsson 9
Göte Nordin -
1962 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Slaný
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (36)
2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (24)
3. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (20)
4. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (16)
Björn Knutsson 10
Sören Sjösten 10
Ove Fundin 9
Göte Nordin 4
Rune Sörmander 3
1963 Flag of Austria.svg
Vienna
Stadion Wien
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (37)
2. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (27)
3. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (25)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (7)
Bjorn Knutsson 11
Per Olof Söderman 10
Ove Fundin 7
Göte Nordin 6
Rune Sörmander 3
1964 Flag of Germany.svg
Abensberg
Abensberg Stadion
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (34)
2. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union (25)
3. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (21)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (16)
Björn Knutsson 11
Göte Nordin 10
Rune Sörmander 7
Ove Fundin 6
Sören Sjösten 0
1967 Flag of Sweden.svg
Malmö
Malmö Stadion
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (32)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (26)
3. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (19)
= Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union (19)
Göte Nordin 11
Bengt Jansson 9
Ove Fundin 6
Torbjörn Harrysson 6
Per Olof Söderman -
1970 Flag of England.svg
London
Wembley Stadium
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (42)
2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (31)
3. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (20)
4. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia (3)
Ove Fundin 11
Bengt Jansson 11
Anders Michanek 10
Sören Sjösten 10
Bernt Persson -
1994 Flag of Germany.svg
Brokstedt
Holsteinring Brokstedt
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (23)
2. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (20)
3. Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark (17)
4. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (17)
5. Flag of the United States.svg USA (17)
6. Flag of Germany.svg Germany (16)
= Flag of England.svg England (16)
Tony Rickardsson 12+2
Henrik Gustafsson 11+2
Mikael Karlsson -
2000 Flag of England.svg
Coventry
Brandon Stadium
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (40)
2. Flag of England.svg England (40)
3. Flag of the United States.svg USA (35)
4. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (29)
Tony Rickardsson 16
Henrik Gustafsson 12+2
Peter Karlsson 10+1
Mikael Karlsson 2
Niklas Klingberg 0
2003 Flag of Denmark.svg
Vojens
Vojens Speedway Center
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (62)
2. Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia (57)
3. Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark (53)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (49)
5. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (44)
Mikael Max 19+2j
Andreas Jonsson 12
Peter Karlsson 10
Peter Ljung 10
David Ruud 5
2004 Flag of England.svg
Poole
Poole Stadium
1. Flag of Sweden.svg SWEDEN (49)
2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (48)
3. Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark (32)
4. Flag of Poland.svg Poland (23)
Peter Karlsson 12
Tony Rickardsson 12
Antonio Lindback 9
Mikael Max 9
Andreas Jonsson 7
Key:
+1,2... - bonus points gained by finishing behind teammate
+1j,+2j... - extra points gained in joker ride

Team U-21 World Championship

YearPlacePts.Riders
2005 235 Antonio Lindbäck (11), Fredrik Lindgren (9), Eric Andersson (8), Jonas Davidsson (7)
2006 227 Fredrik Lindgren (15), Thomas H. Jonasson (8), Sebastian Aldén (4), Ricky Kling (0), Robert Pettersson (0)
2007 --3rd place in Qualifying Round 2
2008 338 Kim Nilsson (9), Simon Gustafsson (8), Ricky Kling (8), Billy Forsberg (8), Ludvig Lindgren (5)
2009 332 Thomas H. Jonasson (11), Simon Gustafsson (6), Kim Nilsson (6), Linus Eklöf (5), Ludvig Lindgren (4)
2010 237 Dennis Andersson (11), Linus Sundström (8), Simon Gustafsson (7), Ludvig Lindgren (7), Kim Nilsson (4)
2011*--Won Semi-final 1
2012 326 Pontus Aspgren (10), Anton Rosén (9), Jacob Thorsell (5), Oliver Berntzon (2), Mathias Thoernblom (0)
2013 --Third place in Semi-final 2
2014 321 Oliver Berntzon (10), Jacob Thorssell (5), Fredrik Engman (4), Victor Palovaara (2)
YearPlacePts.Riders

* Due to cost of travel and visa problems, Sweden withdrew from the 2011 Final,

Team U-19 European Championship

YearPlacePts.Riders
2008 136 Linus Eklöf (11), Ludvig Lindgren (10), Simon Gustafsson (9), Linus Sundström (6), Niklas Larsson (0)
2009 238 Simon Gustafsson (12), Dennis Andersson (8), Ludvig Lindgren (7), Anton Rosén (6), Linus Sundström (5)
YearPlacePts.Riders

Honours

World Championships

CompetitionsTotalGold medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotalYears
Team
World Cup
(1960-2000)
(since 2001)
3310 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004 10 1961, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2005, 2006 13 1966, 1975, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Team U-21 (since 2005)703 2005, 2006, 2010 4 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
Pairs (1970-1993)145 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1993 5 1969, 1970, 1977, 1989, 1991 4 1971, 1972, 1976, 1992
Intercontinental (1975-2001)82 1996, 2000 4 1975, 1987, 1990, 1998 2 1975, 2001
Individual
Grand Prix
(1936-1994)
(since 1995)
3814 1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1974, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 14 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2011 10 1954, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 2000, 2003
Individual U-21 (since 1977)134 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000 6 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2006 3 1989, 1990, 2005
Total medals: 113Gold: 35Silver: 42Bronze: 36

European Championships

CompetitionsTotalGolden medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotalYears
Team U-19 (since 2008)51 2008 3 2009, 2010, 2015 1 2011
Pairs (since 2004)0000
Individual (since 2001)3814 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2002 11 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 13 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1962, 1987, 2003, 2015
Individual U-19 (since 1998)62 2004, 2010 04 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Total medals: 49Gold: 17Silver: 14Bronze: 18

Titles

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
World Champions
1960 (1st title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Preceded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
World Champions
1962 (2nd title)
1963 (3rd title)
1964 (4th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Preceded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
World Champions
1967 (5th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Preceded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
World Champions
1970 (6th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Preceded by
Flag of the United States.svg USA
World Champions
1994 (7th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Preceded by
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
World Champions
2000 (8th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
Preceded by
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
World Champions
2003 (9th title)
2004 (10th title)
Succeeded by
Flag of Poland.svg Poland

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