Scandinavian countries are home to some of Europe’s most talented players.
Northern Europe has never been known for its footballing prowess. National sports across the countries vary from handball to hockey, with the Fins even having their own unique national game.
The domestic leagues are generally regarded as poor and do not attract star players. In the past, the Scandinavians have produced some incredible footballing talent.
Eiður Guðjohnsen tormented defences in England, France and Spain, while Olof Mellberg was a natural leader for Sweden and Aston Villa. Here, we take a look at the best Scandinavian football talent today.
GK: Anders Lindegaard
The young Manchester United goalkeeper has performed well at Old Trafford when called upon, and has received more international caps as a result.
RB: Mikael Lustig
Celtic saw promise in the young right back, and signed him from Rosenborg in the 2012 winter transfer window. He is a regular in the Swedish side, and is on his way to cementing his place in the Celtic lineup.
CB: Brede Hangeland
All strikers can agree, there is no one more intimidating to engage with in an aerial battle. The towering Norwegian captain is a regular for club and country, and has even pitched in with four goals this season.
CB: Daniel Agger
Widely recognised as one of the most technically gifted central defenders, the Danish captain is a very gifted attacker while still fulfilling his defensive duties. Agger‘s goalscoring threat is evident with five tallies for club and country this season.
LB: Niklas Moisander
The Finnish captain has been shifted here to left back due to his ability to cover there if needed. He joined AFC Ajax in August of 2012, and has been featured in nearly every match with his fellow centre back Toby Alderweireld.
RM: Sebastian Larsson
The Sunderland winger is a set piece specialist, with his crosses and free kicks often resulting in goals. He features regularly for the Swedish side, and has starred at Euro 2008 and 2012.
CM: Gylfi Sigurðsson
After a successful loan spell at Swansea, Tottenham signed the Icelandic midfielder before the start of the 2012 Premier League season. He has strung together some great performances for Spurs, scoring very important goals.
CM: Christian Eriksen
The Ajax attacking midfielder is tipped to become one of the best midfielders in world football. A very successful 2013-13 campaign in the Netherlands has brought Eriksen on the radar of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
LM: Viktor Fischer
Another Ajax selection, the Danish teenager performed admirably in his debut season, picking up ten goals in the process. He also received his first Danish cap, and has the potential to achieve greatness in world football.
ST: Zlatan Ibrahimović
There are very few starting XI’s that the Swedish captain would not slot into. Bolstering a club resume containing the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Barcelona, the powerful Swede is one the deadliest strikers in football.
ST: Nicklas Bendtner
Despite his ups and downs at Arsenal, Bendtner still remains one of the best Scandinavian strikers. The Dane has had numerous loan spells in an effort to locate consistency, where he has achieved some success.
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