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Jazz Hands: Ostersunds Players Dance Along To ‘There’s No Business Like Showbusiness’ Live On Swedish Television, 2016 (Video)

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Plugging away in the fourth tier of Swedish football just six seasons ago, Ostersunds are currently gearing up for a two-legger against Arsenal in the knockout phase of the Europa League.

Graham Potter and his intrepid squad are finally being given a little serious continental kudos for their sterling efforts over the last few years, but a little over a year ago they were still whisper it being ever so slightly patronised.

The Eric Wander-y Show

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Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj made the Championship Team of the Week after netting his first goal of the season. It was the capper in a 2-0 win, and came complete with a celebratory jog. I suppose one must find ways to stay fit when playing lowly Burton Albion... Don't milk it mate! @EricLichaj runs the length of the pitch after scoring for @NFFC ➡️ @EFL highlights from 9pm on @

Easy Does It

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Last night, Mix Diskerud followed up a rebound for an easy finish to kick off IFK Göteborg's 4-0 cruise past Josh Wick and IK Sirius. The strike gave him five on the season, a new career best. - Greg Seltzer

Strike Force

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Three Americans rang the bell overseas this weekend, starting with Lynden Gooch's consolation penalty strike for Sunderland against Cardiff from Saturday. On Sunday, Terrence Boyd hopped off the bench in the waning moments to spark a two-goal stoppage time rally in Darmstadt's 3-3 share with Dynamo Dresden.

Delayed Diskerud

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Meant to get this up yesterday, and it slipped my mind. Anyhoooo, Mix Diskerud notched his fourth of the season in midweek, temporarily leveling matters in IFK Göteborg's 2-1 defeat at Hammarby . - Greg Seltzer

Rally Mix

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Our ol' friend Mix Diskerud led IFK Göteborg back from an early deficit to score a 4-1 rout of visiting Norrköping on Sunday. He set up the equalizer, and then buried the go-ahead goal for his third of the season. - Greg Seltzer

World Cup

Are Sweden back in business after qualifying for the World Cup?

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Sweden are perhaps the epitome of the cyclically nature of national teams. Their World Cup achievements have generally come in purple patches, which...

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Where to find Sweden vs. Italy World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Sweden vs. Italy in the World Cup playoff first leg, you’ve come to the right place.

It’s incredible to consider that a World Cup powerhouse such as Italy faces the threat of being eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, but here we are.

Where to find Sweden vs. Italy World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Sweden vs. Italy in the World Cup playoff first leg, you’ve come to the right place.

It’s incredible to consider that a World Cup powerhouse such as Italy faces the threat of being eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, but here we are.

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‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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Qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia is over. FIFA's football showpiece is supposed to be a showcase for the best of the best, but with Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the United States...

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World Cup 2018 heartbreak: What went wrong for Italy and Ventura?

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It's arguably the big story of the whole World Cup 2018 qualification process. Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 (which was also the last time Bolton...

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Tuesday Kickoff: Sweden boss dismisses talk of Zlatan return, Italy stars retire and more

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Italy's loss to Sweden has carried major ramifications for both sides.

Sweden boss Janne Andersson dismissed questions regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the team after qualifying for the World Cup. (REPORT)

Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have joined Gianluigi Buffon in retiring from the Italian national team following Monday's defeat.

Sweden Players Absolutely Destroy Pitchside Commentary Desk After Securing World Cup Qualification At Italy’s Expense (Video)

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After successfully keeping Italy at bay to reach the 2018 World Cup last night, Sweden celebrated hard after the final whistle at the San Siro.

As head coachJanne Andersson was being grilled by Eurosport at pitchside, the team came rampaging over to hijack the interview and quickly reduced the analysts' table to a pile of flimsy plastic rubble.

Reports: Italy Coach Gian Piero Ventura ‘Refuses To Resign’ Despite Overseeing Calamitous World Cup Failure

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As you may have heard, Italy came up short in their attempts to reach the 2018 World Cup after failing to breach Sweden's defence in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro on Monday night.

The Azzurri racked up 76% of the possession and mustered 27 shots as they grew increasingly desperate, but still the evening ended with Gianluigi Buffon weeping down the camera like a grieving walrus his magisterial 20-year, 175-cap international career petering out with the most meagre of dull splutters.

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

Where to find Italy vs. Sweden World Cup playoff 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Sweden in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Italy is on the verge of missing out on next summer’s World Cup. After losing 0-1 in the first leg in Sweden, the Italians have to make sure that they prevent Sweden from scoring because away goals count for double in the European playoffs for the World Cup qualification.

Where to find Italy vs. Sweden World Cup playoff 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Sweden in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Italy is on the verge of missing out on next summer’s World Cup. After losing 0-1 in the first leg in Sweden, the Italians have to make sure that they prevent Sweden from scoring because away goals count for double in the European playoffs for the World Cup qualification.

UEFA WCQ Playoff First Leg Rewind: Sweden downs Italy, Croatia defeats Greece, and more

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The first legs of UEFA's World Cup Qualifying playoff round concluded on Saturday with several countries earning an advantage in the two-legged matchup. Sweden took a huge first step towards qualification after a 1-0 home win over Italy on Friday. Jakob Johansson's right-footed effort in the 61st-minute proved to the be the winning goal.

Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off first leg

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) – Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike that found the corner with the aid of a big deflection.

Italy lose to Sweden in World Cup play-off first leg

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Solna (Sweden) (AFP) – Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike that found the corner with the aid of a big deflection.

Italy face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

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Milan (AFP) – For football giants Italy the next few days could be a nightmare as they face a double-headed playoff against Sweden to avoid the humiliation of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

“A World Cup without Italy isn’t a World Cup” has become the catchphrase of many Italians - four-time world champions - who are perplexed at how the once-mighty Azzurri have fallen so low.

History boys Italy confident of reaching World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted Tuesday the four-time world champions could overcome a tricky play-off draw against Sweden to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

Italy will travel to Stockholm on Friday, November 10 and play at home at the San Siro in Milan three days later as they look to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 50 years.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

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On The Money: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Immortalised On Swedish 1,000 Krona Bank Note (Photo)

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He may be out of a job at the moment, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still very much in the money or on the money, as the case may be.

Having already been immortalised in postage stamp form, the Swedish super-duperstar has been further honoured by having his face added to the 1,000 krona bank note.

Victor Lindelof starter pack: all you need to know about Manchester United’s £31m ice man

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July 1st 2017 will mark the start of a new chapter in the life of Victor Lindelof. The Swedish international centre-back will formally complete his move to Manchester United and link up with the...

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Sweden sink Russia at women’s Euro

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia at the women’s European Championship in the Netherlands on Friday.

Schelin scored Sweden’s opening goal on 22 minutes in Deventer, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Ronaldo fires Portugal, France complicates path to Russia

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Paris (AFP) – France complicated their task of ensuring automatic qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia after falling to a dramatic 2-1 defeat in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden snatched victory with an Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line in extra time after a poor clearance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Sweden beats France with dramatic goal from half-way line

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Stockholm (AFP) – Hugo Lloris was left red faced Friday as a dramatic last gasp Ola Toivonen goal from the half-way line gave Sweden a 2-1 win over France in their World Cup qualifier.

The France ‘keeper will watch replays in horror after he dribbled out of his box and made a dreadful cut back intercepted by Toivonen, who lofted a snap lob from just inside his half and watched Lloris lose his desperate run to stop the ball rolling into an empty goal.

France’s Mbappe back training for Sweden clash

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France received a boost on Monday as star young striker Kylian Mbappe joined training following a slight thigh strain.

The Euro 2016 runners-up face a crucial trip to Sweden on Friday in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Swedes jailed for fraud linked to Hulk football transfer

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Stockholm (AFP) – A court in Sweden sentenced two Swedes to prison on Friday for defrauding Chinese football club Shanghai SIPG of 370,000 euros ($403,000) during the transfer of Brazilian star Hulk.

Hussein Barjawi, 33, was sentenced to three years in prison.

After the email account of Hulk’s previous club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, was hacked in 2016, Barjawi passed himself off as a Brazilian lawyer serving as an intermediary in the transfer deal.

United States

Norway vs. USWNT 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Crystal Dunn and the US will look to step their level of play up today

The United States wraps up its Scandinavian sojourn this afternoon with a match against Norway, Coming off of a proficient, if disjointed, 1-0 win over Sweden, the USWNT will be looking to improve themselves while imposing their higher talent level over the Norwegians, who are no longer the elite-level adversary they were back in the 90s.

Sweden vs. USWNT 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The United States should be less focused on revenge today, and more focused on simply making progress as a team

The United States can't avenge last summer's stunning Olympic defeat against Sweden today. The Swedes went on to the Gold Medal game, after all, while the USWNT had a minor crisis that extended into a dismal performance in March's SheBelieves Cup.

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Goldbullen: Andreas Granqvist Named Swedish Player Of The Year As Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 10-Year Reign Comes To An End (Photos)

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For the first time in 10 years, somebody other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic was crowned Swedish Player of the Year at the Goldbullen gala in Stockholm on Monday evening.

Indeed, the 2017 Goldbullen was presented to Andreas Granqvist, the grizzled Krasnodar centre-back who captained Sweden to the World Cup finals, a campaign that culminated in that outstanding win over Italy in the play-offs.

Gustav Svensson’s Sweden is World Cup bound

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Sounders midfielder logs 70-plus minutes off the bench to help secure shutout.

Sweden is going to the World Cup and Gustav Svensson appears to be in a wonderful position to go along with them. Svensson played 71 minutes off the bench as Sweden held on to the 1-0 lead they built in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Italy.

An Englishman in Sweden: Graham Potter and the remarkable rise of Östersunds FK

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Ahead of their history-making Europa League qualifier against Galatasaray we look at the remarkable rise of provincial outfit Östersund FK's to the top of Swedish football... "I...

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Lavelle, USWNT earn revenge against Sweden

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The U.S. Women's National Team earned a measure of revenge on Thursday afternoon, as they managed to topple Sweden for the first time in four tries, and in the first meeting between the two since the American's shocking Olympics exit.

It was relative newcomer Rose Lavelle who proved the difference maker, as the midfielder scored her second goal in her fifth cap to break the deadlock in the 56th minute after a scoreless first half.

Seven matches worth watching during the international break

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Between World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies, it's a great weekend for soccer.

With just three MLS matches on the docket this weekend, you may need some help getting your soccer fix. But don't worry—there's still plenty of action to follow over the next six days.

Here are seven matches worth watching:

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