Sweden enter the tournament, rather as rank outsiders, and in a tough group comprising England, France and Ukraine. Here are 3 players to look out for.
Martin Olsson, 24, Blackburn Rovers (England), Defender, 9 international caps
Coached early in his career, by Swedish legend Henrik Larsson, Olsson attracted clubs all over Europe and signed for Blackburn in 2007. Though not being given many opportunities in his first two seasons, he is now a regular of the squad, and can play anywhere across either flank, which makes him a utility player. He is pacy and has good dribbling skills, which saw him link effectively with club mate Junior Hoilett. In just 9 games, he has scored 4 goals for Sweden.
Pontus Wernbloom, 25, CSKA Moscow (Russia), Midfielder, 23 international caps
A defensive midfielder, by trade, Wernbloom quickly made his rise from the Swedish league to the Champions League. A tireless player, typified by his hard tackling style, he is now a regular with the national squad.
Rasmus Elm, 24, AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands), Midfielder, 24 international caps
Having impressed with his first club, Kalmar in Sweden, Elm made the big move to Alkmaar in 2009. A neat passer of the ball, he has been hailed as the biggest Swedish football export since Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The talented midfielder has attracted attentions of numerous top clubs for his signature.