Swiss Women's Hockey Team Wins Bronze Thanks To This Empty Netter

The Swiss took bronze in the women's Olympic hockey tournament today, thanks to this heads up play by 15-year-old forward Alina Muller. Down 3-2 with just over two minutes left to play, the Swedish team pulled its goalie to get an extra attacker on the ice. One minute later, Muller sent home the empty netter. » 2/20/14 9:53am 2/20/14 9:53am

Ronaldo Scores Three, Feigns Human Emotion; Portugal On To World Cup

The Portugal-Sweden playoff matchup was seen by most as little more than a matchup of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović, two of the best players in the world. Portugal won on Friday in Lisbon, 1-0, after a late diving header from Ronaldo. For Sweden to advance, they'd have to win today. That meant that… » 11/19/13 5:53pm 11/19/13 5:53pm

The Portugal-Sweden World Cup Playoff Will Be A Beautiful Tragedy

Two-legged playoffs to decide the final spots for the 2014 World Cup are being played this week and next. We've already seen Uruguay and Mexico more or less punch their tickets with mollywhoppings of, respectively, Jordan and New Zealand. Friday's European playoff matchups will undoubtedly be much more dramatic. » 11/14/13 4:40pm 11/14/13 4:40pm

This Is How You Get Away With Throwing A Ball Into Your Opponent's Face

That's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, playing for the Swedish national team and giving us all a master class in how to be a dickhead without getting caught. Oh hello, Mr. Referee. I would like to discuss that call with you in a civil and practical manner. What ball? Whose face? I don't know what you're talking about. Perfectly… » 6/13/13 6:22pm 6/13/13 6:22pm

Pitch Invader Rushes Onto Field During Argentina-Sweden Match, Kisses…

While the U.S. was busy losing to Honduras in a vital World Cup qualifying match, other nations around the globe spent their Wednesday engaged in international friendly matches. One such bout became especially friendly, as Argentina's road trip to Sweden turned romantic when a Barcelona jersey-clad fan rushed the… » 2/07/13 11:30am 2/07/13 11:30am

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Long-Range Bicycle Kick Goal Is A Truly Astounding…

There are no words for this, Sweden's capping goal in their 4-2 friendly win over England today. We could try and explain that it really didn't mean anything, because the outcome was already decided and the match had no implications anyway other than vaguely affecting Sweden and England's FIFA rankings. Maybe that… » 11/14/12 4:41pm 11/14/12 4:41pm

At Euro 2012, No Place For English Optimism Or Swedish Sobriety

KIEV, Ukraine—The English did not come to Kiev in droves. According to a few of them who milled about before the match with Sweden, their countrymen stayed away for two reasons: 1) The fear of racism and violence, fueled by the BBC's sensationalist Stadiums of Hate documentary, and 2) an unflinching belief that this… » 6/18/12 2:10pm 6/18/12 2:10pm

Swedish Team In Trouble After Bare-Assed Game Of "Butts Up"

In my schoolyard it was called "butts up." In yours, it might have been "asses up," "wallball," "red ass," "suicide," but the game is the same, and taps in to the primal center of young boys' brains. It's essentially handball, but the first one to run up a certain number of "outs" must lean against the wall, backside… » 6/14/12 4:00pm 6/14/12 4:00pm

Ukraine's 2-1 Comeback Win Left This Swede Feeling Black In The Face

So, yeah, the racism promised to emerge at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine actually did, though in classic 1960's spy drama fashion everyone's blaming the Russians. Sweden had no one to blame but themselves, meanwhile, after a stunning performance by Andriy Shevchenko led Ukraine past the Swedes for a 2-1 win. At… » 6/12/12 9:00am 6/12/12 9:00am