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#Repost shirt of the day: Germany, Adidas, 1992 (goalkeeper) from @el_dejo #germany #adidas #euro92 #goalkeepershirt #adidas —- Top 3 #football jerseys of all time. This #beast from #adidas for the #Euro92 in #Sweden as worn by German goalkeeper #BodoIllgner. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful #goalkeeper shirt. #torwart #EM92 #footballshirt #fußball #beastmode #swag #trikot

Shirt of the day: Sweden, @Adidas, 1996 courtesy of @simonaldo @leewarner2 

Another entry for Sweden into the collective - in honour of Henrik Larsson and Tomas Brolin.

Euro 2012 countdown: Sweden, 1992 - keep Brolin, Brolin, Brolin

Sweden were chosen ahead of Spain to host Euro 92 and they needed a kit to celebrate.  Adidas did not disappoint with this brave, three stripes, one sleeve combination.      

Sweden, Adidas, 1992

Sweden, Adidas, 1992

Tomas Brolin top scored for Sweden with three goals - finishing joint top goal scorer for the whole tournament along with; Henrik Larsen, Dennis Bergkamp and Karl-Heinz Riedle.

His first goal came in Sweden’s second game and first victory.  A 1-0 win over Scandinavian rivals and eventual champions Denmark.  

The chubby forward followed up this goal with the winner against England, passing it around Carlton Palmer in the midfield and finishing an one two with Martin Dahlin, with a first time shot into the top corner.  Do I not like that.

Out of the group stage and straight into the semi-final.  Only eight teams made up Euro 92!!  Brolin’s final goal came from the spot.  The 3-2 semi-final defeat against Germany.

So there you have it.  Three stripes.  Three goals.  Tomas Brolin we salute you.   

Sweden - solid if not spectacular

As Roy Hodgson looks set to be named England manager, Rob Hogg takes a look back at the first country he managed in and the unforgettable Sweden home shirt of 1998/9 - as worn in European Championship qualifiers against England. 

Who can forget Sweden’s unbeaten performance in the Euro 2000 group qualifying stage? A blistering performance saw them smash through the group with a 7-1-0 record, scoring a total of 10 goals.

That they managed to combine an incredible win record with a seemingly uninterested attack was down to their defence. In the whole group stage Sweden only conceded 1 goal - and that was to a free kick from Shearer, in the first minute of the first group game.

This meant their defence wasn’t breached for another 719 thrilling, end to end, up-and-at-‘em boys minutes - well done lads, thanks for the game! The shirt itself is a nice touch of tradition with the thread collar.

Sweden Home Shirt

Sweden home shirt, Adidas, 1998/9

Sadly for the tournament itself, the kit makers in Stockholm must have been gripped by nationalistic fervour, whipped up by ecstatic joy of watching Magnificent Magnus Hedman and his band of noble warrior defenders, and for the tournament itself made a new version that incorporated a lot more blue.  The resultant extravagant kit saw Sweden quite rightfully crash out at the group stage (with only one 0-0 along the way).

But let’s go back to happier times for Sweden, and from the first qualifying game against England (2-1) we can not only see the only goal they let in, but also Seaman playing like he has had at least 7 or 8 pints pre-game. And then in the return leg at Wembley why not act as a witness to Scholes attempting to assassinate Hakan Mild.  

Lycka till Roy!

Beautiful Sweden home shirt 1998/99 (Adidas)

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