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Sweden to play England to open Swedbank Arena

Sweden to play England to open Swedbank Arena

Published: 15 Nov 2011 07:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Nov 2011 07:15 GMT+01:00

England will take on Sweden in a friendly next year to mark the opening of a new national stadium in Stockholm.

Fabio Capello's side face the Swedes in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday as part of their preparations for Euro 2012.

And in a reciprocal deal, the English Football Assocation have agreed to send a team to be the first opponents at the new 50,000-capacity Swedbank Arena on November 14 next year.

The new stadium, which is still under construction, boasts a retractable roof and is located just outside of central Stockholm in Solna municipality.

England also played the first match at Sweden's current national stadium, the Råsunda, in May 1937.

By next November England will be under new management as Capello plans to step down at the end of the Euro finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Capello's successor will hope to improve England's poor record against Sweden.

Tuesday's meeting will be the 22nd between the two teams, with Sweden boasting the remarkable record of not having lost to England since 1968.

However, England also handed Sweden its worse defeat ever, trouncing the Swedes 12-1 in a match played in London back in 1908.

Originally opened in 1910 with a capacity of 2,000 people, Råsunda was expanded to its current size in 1937.

The stadium is one of only two stadiums in the world to have hosted both the men's and women's World Cup finals.

In 1958, the Brazilian men's squad defeated the host nation Sweden to claim its first ever World Cup title.

And the Norwegian women claimed World Cup gold in 1995 by defeating Germany 2-0.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:29 November 15, 2011 by Grokh
u know society went wrong when they start naming stadiums after banks....
10:42 November 15, 2011 by London_Jim
True - any heart and soul the national game had has been comercialised to the point that only kids and women really enjoy it anymore, for the spectacle and pantomime. The England/Sweden game has only sold over half the available tickets for tomorrow, showing the complete lack of interest.

Not sure how anyone who followed England prior to the late 90s can watch them anymore.
11:08 November 15, 2011 by Lukestar1991
I cant stand commercial football, but please, Sverige, thrash the f*****s.
11:30 November 15, 2011 by Gm_Tuzik
@Grokh

Not far from the days for schools and universities.....
12:04 November 15, 2011 by apelsin000
anyway, the stadium looks nice...
23:11 November 15, 2011 by trendsetter
Lukestar 1991 - sorry old chap but looks like the football 2nite did not go the way u would have liked - never mind eh ...............................................................
01:35 November 16, 2011 by Frank Arbach
@ trendsetter

Yes indeed! The English team should have scored more than one goal actually. I couldn't help feeling most of the fouls and free kicks seemed to be given away by Sweden.

Guess their guys thought they were still on the streets of Stockholm, barging and pushing people out of the way....
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