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Five things to know about the Swedish women's team ahead of the World Cup semi-final

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Published: 11.Jun.2019 17:17 hrs

As Sweden prepare for the semi-final in the Women's World Cup, these five points will help you better understand the team's history and their chances tonight.

Pioneers in women's football

Sweden was one of the first countries to have a women's national football team. They started out in the 1960s at a time where having a female team was completely out of the ordinary. And the team started out strong with their first win being the first official Women's European Cup in 1984. They tied the game with England and had to move on to penalty shots where Sweden eventually won 4-3.

Unfortunately, that was also Sweden's last major win in women's football. Since the 1980s they have managed to move forward in each major women's championship, but always fallen short in either the finals or semi-finals.

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