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The biggest question for Sweden coming into Russia 2018, will not be whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play as he's already announced he's not, it's how far can they reach in this competition as Zlatan-less team. 

Though Ibrahimovic announced his retirement at the end of the Euro 2016 tournament, Sweden went about eliminating the Italians in World Cup qualifying to secure their first berth in a World Cup tournament since 2006.

Sweden’s World Cup History

Sweden has a long history of participation in the World Cup tournament, having earned a berth on 11 different occasions.

They were one of the most successful teams in the early days of the tournament, as they finished 4th in 1938, third in 1950, and were runners-up in 1958. In 1994 they made a return to the podium, nabbing third place in the USA World Cup.

Since, they have only been back to the World Cup twice, in 2002 and 2006. On both of those occasions, they were eliminated in the round of 16. In 2002 they advanced out of that year's 'group of death' (with Argentina, England, and Nigeria), only to be bested by Senegal in the first knockout round. In 2006 they were eliminated by host team Germany.

Sweden’s Road To The 2018 World Cup

Sweden had a monumental impact in the European qualifiers, as they defeated Italy in the final round of UEFA qualifying, 1-0 and 0-0.

Prior to that, Sweden had finished second in a very tough qualifying group that included France and the Netherlands. In the end, they edged the Netherlands out on goal differential, as both teams had finished with the same amount of points. Sweden's Marcus Berg leads all players in the group with 8 goals.

How Does Sweden’s World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

Ibrahimovic did not participate in any of the qualifying matches, so even if he is not allowed to participate in the World Cup, it's not like the Swedes need him in order to succeed.

Talents such as Berg are sufficient enough to lead the attack, while the disciplined group that they have behind them includes Victor Lindelof of Manchester United and the 2017 Swedish player of the year Andreas Granqvist. Midfielder Emil Forsberg was second on the team in scoring during qualifying with 4 goals and partnered with Sebastian Larsson, they are capable on both sides of the ball.

Sweden Odds To Win World Cup 2018

Ibrahimovic or not, Sweden and Mexico are expected to compete for the No. 2 spots in this group.

In their head-to-head match, Mexico is the odds-on favorite, however, futures have both Mexico and Sweden at around 1/80 odds to win the World Cup. They will play each in the last game for this group, so one of the more interesting storylines of this World Cup will be watching these two proud football nations duke it out in the group stage.

Sweden World Cup 2018

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