Sweden have twice landed as runners-up on the major international stage, losing in the finals of the 1958 World Cup and the 1992 European Championship. When it ran, Sweden dominated the Nordic Football Championship, winning nine of the 14 contests.
Over the years, several players have put Sweden on the map, including Henrik Larsson, Sven Rydell, Gunnar Nordahl, Kim Källström, Anders Svensson, Nils Liedholm, and the still-active Zlatan Ibrahimović.
The most recent national team selection featured only two 30-year-olds and ten players aged 23 or younger. A new generation of Swedish football is on the way, with some of these wonderkids looking to establish themselves as the next great Swedes.
The best wonderkids from Sweden in FIFA 20 with the highest potential overall ratings feature in the main body of the article. The prospect pool is rather sparse, with the bottom of this article being as far as one need look for a young Swede with high potential in Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best Swedish wonderkids
The most important aspect considered when picking the best Swedish wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode is the potential overall rating.
All players in the article are 22-years-old or younger at the start of FIFA 20 Career Mode and have a potential rating of at least 80.
Alexander Isak (OVR 75 – POT 84)
Team: Real Sociedad
Best Position: LF, LS, ST, CF, RF, RS
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 84 POT
Value (Release Clause): £9 million (£20.7 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Sprint Speed, 83 Acceleration, 79 Attacking Position
Alexander Isak has already played and scored for AIK in Sweden, Borussia Dortmund in Germany, and Willem II Tilburg in the Netherlands, but he looks to have finally found his home in Spain, with Real Sociedad.
Moving to the Basque Country for £5.85 million in the summer, Isak has been a regular substitute for Real Sociedad in La Liga, scoring seven goals in 23 appearances, but the young Swede has really made his mark in the Copa del Rey, scoring seven goals in six games to guide his team to the semi-finals.
The lanky Swedish striker also has four goals in 11 caps for his country.
In FIFA 20’s Career Mode, Isak may only have an overall rating of 75, but he still boasts many favourable ratings. The Swedish striker’s 6’3’’ frame, 83 acceleration, 85 sprint speed, 78 agility, 75 finishing, 74 dribbling, 79 positioning, 77 shot power, and 77 composure make him a useful player to have in the squad.
Dejan Kulusevski (OVR 70 – POT 83)
Team: Parma Calcio 1913
Best Position: LM, LCM, CM, RCM, RM, RAM, CAM, LAM
Overall/Potential: 70 OVR / 83 POT
Value (Release Clause): £3 million (£7.2 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 80 Dribbling, 76 Ball Control, 75 Stamina
In the summer of 2016, Dejan Kulusevski moved from the under-17s of IF Brommapojkarna to Atalanta Bergamo U17. The talented Swede went out on loan to Parma Calcio 1913 this season, but in the middle of this spell, Juventus swept it to fork out a mighty £31.5 million for the teenage winger.
Kulusevski has been a first-team regular for Parma this season. Predominantly featuring on the right wing, the Swedish wonderkid has scored five goals and seven assists in 25 games – starting in both of the team’s one-goal losses to Juve.
Given the fee that Juventus have paid and his impressive displays for Parma this season, it might come as a surprise that the 19-year-old Swede is only rated 70 OVR and 83 POT in FIFA 20’s Career Mode.
Kulusevski has many decent ratings already, including his 73 short passing, 80 dribbling, 72 long passing, 76 ball control, 74 acceleration, 74 reactions, 75 stamina, and 72 long shots.
Mattias Svanberg (OVR 69 – POT 83)
Team: Bologna FC 1909
Best Position: LW, LM, LAM, CAM, RAM, RM, RW
Overall/Potential: 69 OVR / 83 POT
Value (Release Clause): £2.1 million (£4.8 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 78 Sprint Speed, 77 Acceleration, 76 Agility, 76 Ball Control
Mattias Svanberg was a standout young player for Malmö FF while he played in his native Allsvenskan, stacking up 47 games, six goals, and 11 assists from the middle of the park.
Last season, Svanberg enjoyed a good spell in the heart of Bologna’s midfield, and this season, the 21-year-old has primarily featured as an attacking midfielder. The Swede has played 40 games for the Serie A side to date.
Svanberg’s overall rating in FIFA 20 is rather low at the start of Career Mode, sitting at 69 OVR.
However, the Swede does already have a high/medium work rate, 72 shot passing, 73 dribbling, 76 ball control, 70 vision, and 71 shot power, which put him in good stead as a playmaker when he develops into his 83 POT.
Benjamin Nygren (OVR 64 – POT 82)
Team: KRC Genk
Best Position: LAM, CAM, RAM
Overall/Potential: 64 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause): £825,000 (£1.7 million)
Skill Moves: Two-Star
Best Attributes: 69 Jumping, 67 Acceleration, 66 Ball Control
After enjoying a strong start to the Allsvenskan season, in which he tallied four goals and four assists in 12 games for IFK Göteborg, KRC Genk swept in with £3.33 million just in time for the start of the Belgian campaign.
Opportunities have been sparse for Benjamin Nygren in the Genk ranks, only being given two Jupiler Pro League games – scoring in one of them. However, the team have already loaned out five prospects this winter, so Nygren may be next to dip out of Belgium to get game time.
Although very low in his current overall rating, 64, the 17-year-old Swedish wonderkid does have some promising attribute ratings.
Nygren’s 65 finishing, 65 short passing, 64 vision, 66 ball control, 65 dribbling, 67 acceleration, 63 strength, and 69 jumping bode well as base ratings as he develops towards his 82 POT.
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