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The current head of the Swedish national team is Janne Andersson. Born in Halmstad, Sweden in 1962, Andersson's managerial career has lasted over three decades from 1998 to the present day.

Prior to making the move into management, Andersson enjoyed a 14-year playing career, the entirety of which was spent in his native Sweden. Although he would make three transfer moves in his time, the majority of his playing days were spent at Atlets IK. He had two spells with the Halmstad club and became something of an icon in his 11 years with them. Sandwiched between these two stints was a spell at IS Halmia, a club again based in Halmstad. For the final five years of his career as a footballer, Andersson would juggle the responsibilities of being both a player and a manager.

Eventually, in the early 90s, Andersson would hang up his boots in order to focus solely on the managerial side of the game. He first spent five years with Swedish lower league team Laholms FK before moving to Halmstads BK. Having played and lived in the city all his life, Andersson was the ideal candidate for the job. Having spent the entirety career up until this point in the bottom four divisions of the Swedish league system, this was Aandersson's most senior role, as either player or manager. He spent five years with the Allsvenskan League team during which they sensationally knocked out Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup (later rebranded as the Europa League). The Portuguese were finalists the previous year and their defeat at the hands of Andersson's side was considered a huge upset.

After a one year self-imposed hiatus from football, Andersson returned to manage Örgryte IS. The Gothenburg side had recently been relegated to the second division in Sweden and Andersson's appointment was considered something of a coup for a club of their stature. During his very short spell with the team, they were embroiled in severe financial difficulties. These problems ultimately led to their rights to play professional football in the country being removed. With the club in utter turmoil, Andersson had no choice but to move on.

A loyal and dedicated manager, Örgryte IS would prove to be by far the shortest time Andersson would spend with a single club. His next position again lasted over half a decade. His destination: IFK Norrköping. Ultimately, the Norrköping job would turn out to be the most successful of Andersson's managerial career. When he joined the club they had recently been promoted back to the top-flight after an unwelcome spell in the Superettan during the previous two seasons. In four short seasons, Andersson would lead IFK Norrköping to the Allsvenskan league title, it was their first domestic triumph for over a quarter of a century. The campaign was particularly memorable for its dramatic climax. With IFK Norrköping just about leading second-place IFK Göteborg, who also happened to be Norrköping's local rivals, heading into the last day of the season, Andersson's men had to go to Malmö FF and win to be sure of clinching the title. Malmö FF are easily the most famous team in Sweden and were the defending Allsvenskan champions, factors which made Norrköping's eventual triumph all the sweeter.

His achievements in his home country would not go unrecognised. In the summer of 2016, Andersson would be appointed manager of his home nation, replacing Erik Hamrén who had been in the job for almost a decade before a poor campaign in the 2016 European Championships hosted in France lost him his job. The 2016 tournament, in which Sweeden picked up just one point, would prove to be national icon Zlatan Ibrahimović's last outing and with his departure, Sweden entered a period of transition from an older generation to a younger, fresher looking squad.

Andersson's time with Sweden so far has been a resounding success. In the 2018 World Cup, Sweden topped their group (which contained reigning champions Germany) and reached the last eight of the competition. In the newly-formed Nations League they were successful too; they again topped their group and were promoted to League A of the competition. Ahead of next summer's Euro' therefore, Andersson has every reason to be optimistic about his side's chances.


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