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05-19-2012, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by wings5 View Post
Those results don't seem so great, its strange that a decently strong country nationally does not have strong academy's that are up to par with the best in the world.
Swedish football players are late bloomers compared to other Nations. We just let the kids "have fun" a lot longer. There's no academies snatch´ng up every promising 12 year old here. And it also has a lot to do with economy. Swedish clubs have to be owned by at least 51% of the club members. That makes it near impossible for some rich guy to buy a team and make it a force. Who wants to buy a team when you can only buy 49% of it anyway? It's a rule that's heavily discussed(it also involves hockey) but it's just the Swedish way of doing things. "No one is bigger than the team" mentality. For better or worse.

Our U21 team is much stronger as of late though. We went to the semis in the euros not long ago, losing on penalty kicks against England. And last tournament we fell just short in qualification(only 8 teams qualify). Now we're on the verge of qualifying to the next Euro U21 aswell. Currently ranked 5th in Europe(only behind greats like England, Spain, Netherlands, Italy), which is very good compared to the Men's team(12th). So we have a lot of talents right now. But most of them goes to play in the Netherlands and such to continue their development, where the money is.

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