2018 IFAF European Championships: Team Sweden roster set

Team Sweden head coach Andreas Ehrenreich has announced his roster for the 2018 IFAF European Championships in Vantaa, Finland which kick off July 29.

Sweden has a gold, silver and bronze medal in the 13 tournaments that have been held since 1983. The Swedish national team won the European Championships in 2005 playing at home. Sweden defeated Team Germany in the gold medal final 16-7. The Swedish team captured the silver medal in 1997, losing to Finland 27-6. In 2001, Sweden beat Great Britain to win the bronze. In the 2014 tournament in Austria, which Germany won, Sweden finished fifth and in 1993 Sweden lost to Germany in the bronze medal game, to finish fourth.

The Swedes played two games in 2017 and two in 2016. Sweden lost to Team Finland 37-0 in 2017 in their annual grudge match but rebounded to defeat the Great Britain Lions 15-12. Notably, in both of those games, Sweden played without their two top quarterbacks, Philip Juhlin and Anders Hermodsson. Juhlin will be playing in this tournament. In the 2016 meeting between Sweden and Finland, the Finns also came out on top, beating Team Sweden 31-17. That year Sweden also defeated the Polish national team in Poland, 28-21.

Surprisingly, the Göteborg Marvels, who finished out of the playoffs in 2018, have contributed the most players to Team Sweden with eight. They are followed by both the Carlstad Crusaders and Orebro Black Knights with seven apiece and the champion Stockholm Mean Machines with six. Players from two Finnish teams, the Helsinki Roosters and Wasa Royals are on the roster. Wasa has two players while the Roosters have one. The Division 1 team, Solna-Täby is represented by two players while the Uppsala 86ers and Arlanda Jets have one each. Finally, City College of San Francisco has one player on the 36 man roster.

Sweden plays in a group with Austria and Denmark and opens the tournament on Tuesday, July 31 against Denmark. Team Sweden then faces Austria on August 2. The medal round games and game for fifth place are scheduled by Saturday, August 4.

Team Sweden Roster

No. Jersey No. Name Year of Birth Pos. Height (m) Weight (kg) Club Team
1 1 Nicholas Peterson 1992 DB 1.88 87 Wasa Royals
2 2 Philip Juhlin 1991 QB 1.83 95 Carlstad Crusaders
3 5 Emil Knutsson 1994 RB 1.76 100 Stockholm Mean Machines
4 8 Måns Åberg 1999 DB 1.85 85 Göteborg Marvels
5 10 Tobias Asp 1993 DB 1.76 85 Göteborg Marvels
6 12 Sebastian Brogren 1990 DB 1.80 85 Göteborg Marvels
7 20 Karl Ernlund 1998 RB 1.80 90 Solna Täby United
8 21 Philip Minja 1987 DB 1.80 92 Göteborg Marvels
9 22 Johnny Grandin 1989 RB 1.75 93 Örebro Black Knights
10 24 Markus Persson 1992 DB 1.87 99 Helsinki Roosters
11 25 Victor Toresson 1991 RB 1.76 92 Carlstad Crusaders
12 32 Felix Järvelä 1998 LB 1.84 100 Örebro Black Knights
13 34 Aslan Zetterberg 1997 LB 1.80 103 City College of San Francisco
14 40 Filip Jönsson 1990 LB 1.80 96 Örebro Black Knights
15 46 Joshua Akena Marques De Pombal 1992 LB 1.82 105 Göteborg Marvels
16 53 Marco Gudding 1989 OL 1.86 130 Carlstad Crusaders
17 55 Martin Thor 1992 OL 1.86 115 Carlstad Crusaders
18 56 John Lindgren 1995 OL 1.86 125 Carlstad Crusaders
19 65 Anton Wittberg 1993 OL 1.91 128 Arlanda Jets
20 66 Niklas Johansson 1991 OL 1.92 125 Carlstad Crusaders
21 70 Eric Blomgren 1993 OL 1.92 115 WASA Royals
22 75 Oscar Sundqvist 1993 OL 1.95 125 Örebro Black Knights
23 79 Christoffer Kirk-Johansson 1993 OL 1.92 135 Stockholm Mean Machines
24 80 Johannes Lindeus 1999 WR 1.86 76 Örebro Black Knights
25 81 Stefan Galewski 1992 WR 1.88 95 Uppsala 86:ers
26 82 Tomas Jacobsen 1992 WR 1.80 83 Örebro Black Knights
27 84 Jacob Dahre 1990 WR 1.99 100 Carlstad Crusaders
28 86 Edvin Almeida Taborda 1996 WR 1.85 93 Göteborg Marvels
29 87 Michael Sander 1987 WR 1.85 96 Stockholm Mean Machines
30 89 Oscar Wahlberg 1993 WR 1.80 80 Göteborg Marvels
31 91 Martin Johansson 1998 DL 1.92 110 Örebro Black Knights
32 92 Malcolm Engström 1995 DL 1.93 107 Stockholm Mean Machines
33 94 JP Lannerfors 1989 DL 1.90 110 Solna Täby United
34 95 Klaes Pettersson 1990 DL 1.90 123 Göteborg Marvels
35 96 Gogi Vasic 1996 DL 1.92 150 Stockholm Mean Machines
36 99 Noghor Jemide Aibueku 1984 DL 1.80 132 Stockholm Mean Machines

Coaches and staff

N0. NA Name Category Function NA NA NA Club Team
1 Andreas Ehrenreich Coach HC SAFF
2 Greg Gibson Coach DC SAFF
3 Frederik Moss Nielsen Coach OC/QB SAFF
4 Raine Vasanoja Coach LB SAFF
5 Carl Kamm Coach DB SAFF
6 Erik Ahlberg Coach OL SAFF
7 Fredrik Eklund Coach WR SAFF
8 Robert Areno Coach SPT/RB SAFF
9 Leandro Veal Coach DL SAFF
10 Anna Popp STAFF Team Manager SAFF
11 Anne Brewitz STAFF Team Manager SAFF
12 Lasse Waldemark STAFF Equipmnet SAFF
13 Mats Hagsten STAFF CDM SAFF
14 Håkon Drag STAFF Fysio SAFF
15 Marius Babic STAFF Fysio SAFF
16 Yamamoto Shinji STAFF Doctor SAFF
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