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Swedish World Cup stars given heroes' welcome

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 19 Jul 2011, 11:03

Published: 19 Jul 2011 11:03 GMT+02:00

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Over 5,000 people had gathered in the square to welcome the team, who beat France 2-1 on Saturday to claim third place for the second time. Sweden also finished runner up in 2003.

Sweden's sports minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, was on hand to congratulate the players as they arrived in an open-top bus after a tour of central Gothenburg which began at Landvetter Airport.

"Enjoy the fact that you are the best in Europe! This is going to inspire many to start playing football," she said.

Star striker Lotta Schelin was visibly moved when she was interviewed on stage.

"I have won the Champion's League with Lyon. But this beats that," she said.

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After the celebrations, with music and a few renditions of the team's signature dance routine, the players continued their lap of honour to the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup youth tournament at Ullevi Stadium.

The evening's festivities ended with a performance in the TV programme "Lotta på Liseberg" filmed at the Liseberg amusement park in the city.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:29 July 19, 2011 by JulieLou40
Jesus Christ, they won THIRD place, not the bloody cup!!!!! Get a grip!!
15:14 July 19, 2011 by vayaw
We should be proud! A country of 9 million coming winning bronze in the World Cup is huge! I'd like to see how North Carolina (similar population) would do playing against the rest of the US or in a world competition.
17:19 July 19, 2011 by PonceDeLeon
I heard the US women threw their Silver Medals in the trash..
18:31 July 19, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
I think it is a wonderful accomplishment!

18:36 July 19, 2011 by BillyB
I always struggle to see the point in having the 3rd place play off game the whole idea is pointless they are both losers. In football world cups there are only two places, first place and then the rest.

Presumably its just to generate a bit more cash??
19:31 July 19, 2011 by Englishted
Why were they not given a heroine's welcome ?

I jest, well done the Swedish ladies.
22:12 July 19, 2011 by lovedealer76
what's so wonderful about a third place accomplishment?please!!!!!!!!!!!
22:58 July 19, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Womens football is more watchable than mens football these days. I switched to womens football when I got bored of watching men diving in the penalty box or continually faking injuries.
23:56 July 19, 2011 by darthur954
@PonceDeLeon - Ok, I googled it, and could not find anything to substantiate your assertion that the US women soccer players threw their silver medals in the trash. So where did you hear this?
06:05 July 20, 2011 by VicTaulic
Do they have any hot babes on their team like the USA's Alex Morgan?
10:59 July 20, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Give me a break! A third place is a third place and nothing mor! The whole jippo was organized by Expressen in the same way the "great" 4 (Expressen, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet) organized the whole thing around Dawit Isaak.

Sweden needs 'heroes' here and there. That is the reason that when Söderling wins, all the Swedish media publishes his victory and when someone else does good in another sport, it does not matter if he or she comes from another country, if she or he enjoy a Swden citizenship, they are "Sedish" heroes. Yes sir!

The Swedish girls played very well and their football was more entertaining than men's football. It is a joy to see how they play, as well as how the Japanese, Americans, French and Germans do. The Swedish team deserves to be congratuleted for what they did, but, let us now go over the board.

A third place is a third place and nothing more!
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