Except from maybe Denmark, who have had their moments over the years, no other Scandinavian country has really excelled in a big international competition.
They have though, produced a great amount of legendary players, many of whom that were the stars of their teams - and won with them every title possible.
Let's see which Scandinavian would make their all-star eleven.
Formation : 4-1-2-1-2
Goalkeeper : Peter Schmeichel
Not much of a debate here. Peter Schmeichel is not only the greatest Scandinavian keeper of all-time, but also the best shot-stopper of the last 40 years to boot.
Peter Schmeichel was more than just a stopper of balls – he was an icon. A colossal presence under the bars and with his incredibly fast reflexes he was part of Manchester United's title-winning sides for nearly a decade.
Right-Back : Thomas Helveg
The player without an expiration date. Debuted for OB in 1989, and only retired from the game in 2010. He had a great career, mostly remembered for his time at A.C. Milan. He won 108 caps for Denmark.
Centre-Back : Mortin Olsen
If one man has grown synonymous with the Danish national team it’s the gentlemanly Morten Olsen. He was the definition of an all-around sweeper, using his phusique and awarness to command the defending line perfectly.
Centre-Back : Sami Hyypia
A rock-solid defensive presence during his prime, Finland born Sami Hyypia is loved like only a few in Liverpool, where he put his greatest of performances.
Known for his all-round reading of the game and heading ability, he is the second most capped Finnish player of all-time.
Left-Back : John Arne Riise
The underrated full-back had a great career in the Premier League, playing as a starting left-back and often a left-midfielder for Liverpool. He is the all-time leader in appereances for his country, Norway.
Defensive-Midfielder : Soren Lerby
Soren Lerby was a commanding midfielder with plenty of spirit, leadership traits and offensive drive. Enjoyed a long successful spell at Ajax, where he became the team’s captain, before moving to Bayern. He then went to finish his career at PSV, where he celebrated a European Cup title.
Right-Midfielder : Freddie Ljungberg
The Swedish midfielder was one of the weirdest, most unlikely and most exciting players of the Premier League at the start of the millennium.
Known for his pace and reading of the game, Ljungberg was a fan-favourite, as he spawned the chant: “We love you Freddie, because you’ve got red hair, we love you Freddie because you’re everywhere, we love you Freddie, you’re Arsenal through and through”.
Left-Midfielder : Alan Simonsen
Somewhat of a forgotten footballer, but Simonsen is the only Scandinavian footballer to ever have won a Ballon d'Or. Simonsen was short, agile and tricky, and could score easily, making him suitable for any spot in the forward line.
Attacking-Midfielder : Michael Laudrup
Few players in the game can rival Michael Laudrup in terms of intelligence, vision and pure skill on the ball. He was one of the most cherished players of Johan Cruyyf-coached Barcelona, always using his dribbling and passing ability to create chances for his teammates.
Centre-Forward : Jari Litmanen
The Finland-born player was the leader in Ajax's 1995 Champion's League win. With glorious technique, various shot selection and natural eye for the goal, Litmanen is the most capped player for his country.
Centre-Forward : Zlatan Ibrahimovic
It's sad that Ibrahimovic is rather more famous for his extraordinary personality than his excessive footballing talent. He is genuinely unstoppable and mentally hard as a rock. Strong and agile, he plays well with his back to goal and boasts some of the best finishing.
He has won a domestic championship with every club that he played for as a footballer.
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