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Sweden’s shirts may be key to Euro success

A Swedish research group has revealed good news for Sweden's Euro 2012 prospects, after a series of tests on each team's uniform proved that the Swedish side's ranked highly.

Sweden's shirts may be key to Euro success

Swedish manufacturing research group Testfakta has offered an unexpected boost to the national team’s hopes of success at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, after conducting tests on every side in the tournament’s football shirt.

“We wanted to test which shirt is in fact the best when it comes to performance – for example how well the shirts breathe; draining away the sweat and how easy or difficult it is to grip and hold the shirt,” Testfakta researcher Martin Hansson told The Local.

“For the Swedes it looks quite good. In our group only Ukraine, who we should beat anyway, has a better shirt. And we will play against England who have the worst shirts in Euro 2012.”

The findings were bad news for Sweden’s group rivals England, who could find themselves getting hot under the collar over the course of the tournament.

Their Umbro manufactured shirt has the highest water-vapour resistance compared to the other tested materials, which means it has poorer breathability.

“A bit interesting in this context is that both Sweden and England’s shirts are manufactured by the English company Umbro. This means that an English company has produced better shirts for the Swedes than for the English!”

Hansson explains that the perfect footballing shirt needs a good air-flow, so as to allow water vapour to be transported away from the body, however, he admits that a good shirt isn’t the be all and end all.

“How big an impact this will have in reality is of course hard to say, I’m sure it can be very individual from player to player.”

Sweden face the English in Kiev for their second match of the tournament on Friday June 15th.

Joe Lynskey

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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