Can Jan Anderson Eclipse the Shadow of His Predecessor?

It was indeed stunning that Sweden could make an entry into the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the playoff game against Italy. Of course, this is the first entry of Sweden after a decade of hibernation. Therefore, Sweden squad rightly deserves the credit to the efforts, and contribution made the members of the team.


It is no exaggeration that the shadow of predecessor coach Zlatan Ibrahimovic still casts on the team. In spite of that, the efforts of the newly identified Jan Anderson have paid off. The adept handling of the situation by Anderson in suggesting a “new chapter for everyone” inscribed in the hearts of the young and old in scaling new and fresh targets.

Star Players

The fact that the midfielder Emil Peter Forsberg is in the squad is a matter of pride for any football lovers. Perhaps it might prove appropriate that he has taken the place of Ibrahimovic. In fact, the main man’s mantle is in the hands of Emil. The other players on whom the squad depends are Victor Lindelof and Viktor Claesson to a name a few. The decent play with the ball coupled with strength perhaps may overcome the positional sense of Victor Lindelof.

Probable Team

The motivational communication of Anderson should boost the morale of any player. However, a judicious judgment in ensuring a balanced team would make things easier and simpler to handle.

Goalkeeper: The choice of the goalkeeper would be among Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, and Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Defenders: When it comes to the department of Defenders, the choice is wide enough to select from Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Mikael Lustig, Emil Forsberg. The choice also extends in picking up Ludwig Augustinsson, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson.

Midfielders: You can see the fantastic action on the field by Sebastian Larsson or Jakob Johansson or Viktor Claesson or Marcus Rohden. Further, the other players also include Jimmy Durmaz, Ken Sema, and Sebastian Larsson.

Forward Players: Jan Anderson can choose a combination of players among Isaac Kiese Thelin, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, and Ola Toivonen.


No doubt, Sweden should foresee a tough fight by the rivals placed in the group. The first encounter is against South Korea on 18th June. The subsequent face-off would be on 23rd with Germany followed by Mexico on 27th June 2018.

If Anderson could boost up the tempo of the team, no wonder the Sweden squad also would put up a decent fight against Germany, who is the world cup 2014 defenders or any other squad pitched against them.

Penulis: | 3 Juni 2018 | World Cup 2018