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Sweden extend coach Hamren's contract until 2016

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden have extended the contract of coach Erik Hamren until 2016, the Swedish Football Association said on Thursday. "I'm really charged up and eager to make it to the (European) Championship in 2016 in France. It will be really exciting," Hamren told a news conference. Hamren, appointed Sweden coach in 2010, failed to guide Sweden to the World Cup in Brazil next year after losing a playoff against Portugal.

Sweden's Hamren expects playoff thriller

By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It is sad that either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the World Cup finals but the playoff between Portugal and Sweden will be a thriller, Sweden coach Erik Hamren told Reuters on Tuesday. The sides meet in Lisbon on Friday in the first leg, with the return four days later at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Swedish FA sparks gender row after Svensson car gift

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Football Association has caused a storm in the famously gender-equal country by giving Anders Svensson a car to mark his record 146 caps while his female counterpart walked away empty-handed. Midfielder Svensson was presented with the key to a brand new Volvo during the annual Fotbollsgalan ceremony on Monday in recognition of breaking Thomas Ravelli's record of 143 caps.

Sweden are underdogs against Portgual, says Hamren

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden coach Erik Hamren said Portugal were clear favorites to win their World Cup qualifying playoff later this month but his side would "radiate courage and quality" in a bid to reach the Brazil finals. Hamren named a 23-man squad to face the Portuguese in the two-legged playoff, with the first match in Lisbon on November 15 and the return leg in Stockholm four days later.

Football: Sweden squad for Portugal playoff

The Sweden squad for the World Cup European Zone playoff match with Portugal at Lisbon on November 15 and Solna four days later:- Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa/TUR), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen/NED). Defenders: Pierre Bengtsson (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna/ITA), Per Nilsson (Nuremberg/GER), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich/ENG), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar/RUS), Martin Olsson (Norwich/ENG), Adam Johansson (Gothenburg), Mikael Lustig (Celtic/SCO)

Football: Gerndt gets Sweden recall

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén confirmed on Tuesday he has recalled Alexander Gerndt to the national squad after the striker was suspended following his conviction for domestic violence. The 27-year-old, who plays for Swiss club Young Boys, joins the squad which will host Germany in Solna as part of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Gerndt will fill in for Johan Elmander, who is suffering a back problem, the Swedish football federation said. He will start on the bench with Tobias Hysen starting the match.

Cancer survivor Ingesson named Elfsborg coach

Reigning Swedish football champions Elfsborg announced the appointment of former international midfielder and cancer survivor Klas Ingesson as their new coach. Ingesson, 45, was part of the Swedish side which came third in the 1994 World Cup, and replaces Joergen Lennartsson who led Elfsborg to its sixth league title last year, the club said in a statement. The former midfielder said he had recovered from a bone marrow cancer, plasma cell myeloma, which he had made public in 2009.

Football: Brown backs Celtic to finish off Elfsborg

Celtic travel to Sweden in confident mood as they look to finish off Elfsborg in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round clash on Wednesday, captain Scott Brown said. Neil Lennon's team hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg thanks to a Kris Commons strike at Parkhead last week. The Scottish champions' dismal form away from home in Europe improved drastically last season with wins against Helsinki, Helsingborgs and Spartak Moscow coming in a run to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Football:Commons gives Celtic edge over Elfsborg

Celtic needed a late strike from Kris Commons to secure a 1-0 home win over Elfsborg in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round match on Wednesday. Anthony Stokes missed an early chance for the Hoops before James Forrest saw his effort hit the crossbar. However, Elfsborg, who named on-loan Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura in their starting line-up, had opportunities of their own and Hoops keeper Fraser Forster did well to stop a fierce strike from veteran Anders Svensson.

Football:Commons gives Celtic edge over Elfsborg

Celtic needed a late strike from Kris Commons to secure a 1-0 home win over Elfsborg in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round match on Wednesday. Anthony Stokes missed an early chance for the Hoops before James Forrest saw his effort hit the crossbar. However, Elfsborg, who named on-loan Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura in their starting line-up, had opportunities of their own and Hoops keeper Fraser Forster did well to stop a fierce strike from veteran Anders Svensson.
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