It’s been 63 years since Sweden hosted the World Cup, and therefore 63 years since their best performance at an international tournament as they finished runners up to a Pele-inspired Brazil side. They’ve also reached the knockout stages of the last two international tournaments – but can the next crop of Swedish starlets go one better and win it all?
Whilst Swedish football enjoyed its golden era in the late 1940s and 50s, there has been sporadic success for the Blågult. A semi-final exit to Germany in 1992 has been the closest they’ve been to capturing silverware since the 1950s, but a current world ranking of 18th suggests that this remains a talented squad and the next generation of Swedish stars could compete with Europe’s elite national teams.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best Swedish wonderkids
The precocious footballing stars featured in this list, including Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski, and Paulos Abraham, are aiming to achieve national and global icon status like their fellow Swedes Henrik Larsson, Freddie Ljungberg, and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
The wonderkids chosen here possess the highest rated potential in FIFA 22 of all Swedish footballers under the age of 21.
Dejan Kulusevski (81 OVR – 89 POT)
Wage: £62,000 p/w
Value: £49.9 million
Best Attributes: 87 Ball Control, 85 Dribbling, 85 Stamina
As one of Sweden’s star players, Juventus’ Dejan Kulusevski looks set to be the next name in a long line of national footballing legends with an already superb 81 overall increasing to a phenomenal 89 potential in FIFA 22 Career Mode.
A classy technician, Kulusevski likes shifting the ball on to his left foot from the right-wing and carving defences apart with 85 dribbling and 4-star skill moves and weak foot. It’s imperative defences close down Kulusevski as his 83 long shots and 80 crossing outlines how he can capably score and create clear cut chances from distance.
Although he started his prestigious career at Atalanta, it was a loan move to Parma in 19/20 where he dominated in Serie A and Juventus offered the winger a dream midseason move, where they splashed £31.5 million on him and loaned him back to Parma for the remainder of the season.
Seven goals and a further seven assists in 47 games in all competitions last year represents a fantastic debut season for Kulusevski. He will be aiming to be one of the best players in world football in the coming years.
Alexander Isak (82 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Real Sociedad
Wage: £32,000 p/w
Value: £38.7 million
Best Attributes: 86 Attacking Positioning, 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Shot Power
Starting FIFA 22 at an 82 overall rating, you can expect former Dortmund standout Alexander Isak to start up top for Europe’s biggest teams once his remarkable 86 potential is achieved.
You probably wouldn’t predict Isak to play as a nippy complete forward given his wiry 6’4 frame, however, 85 sprint speed, 83 finishing and volleys, and 79 dribbling suggests Isak is a supremely talented striker who can perform exceptionally well whichever role you ask him to play for your team.
27 Sweden caps and seven goals only tells half of Isak’s story given his prestige in domestic football at such a young age. Dortmund parted with their Swedish starlet for only £13.5 million, which is incredibly cheap given his new side, Real Sociedad, watched Isak smash in 17 goals in 34 league outings and he truly has all the potential to maintain that insane form for as long as the Spanish side can hold onto the in-demand frontman.
Paulos Abraham (65 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: FC Groningen
Wage: £860 p/w
Value: £1.5 million
Best Attributes: 82 Sprint Speed, 81 Agility, 75 Acceleration
Paulos Abraham is only 18-year-old and looks set to challenge for the starting striker spot in Sweden’s national side once he upgrades his 65 overall to his billed 82 potential.
Abraham consistently attempts to outpace opposition defenders with his 82 sprint speed before looking to bury his one-on-one chances with 68 shot power, dribbling, and 67 finishing. His versatility allows him to effectively play off the left side and cut onto his favoured right foot.
A year on loan at Groningen from Swedish side AIK was enough to earn Abraham a permanent transfer to the team from northern Netherlands for an estimated £1.8 million. The youngster will look to secure a more regular spot in Groningen’s starting eleven and build on last year’s campaign where he scored just twice.
Jens-Lys Cajuste (72 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: FC Midtjylland
Wage: £13,000 p/w
Value: £4.3 million
Best Attributes: 82 Stamina, 80 Sprint Speed, 79 Agility
A name that most non-Scandinavian football fans probably won’t recognise, the 72 overall-rated Cajuste is growing into a formidable central midfielder, which could see him realise his 82 potential very soon.
FC Midtjylland have a rangy, physical midfielder at 6’2 and with 82 stamina, Cajuste will bust a lung for the full 90 minutes which is a crucial attribute for any ball-winning midfielder. Interestingly though the 21-year-old is still mobile despite his size – 80 sprint speed reveals his innate ability to quickly shuttle up and down the pitch.
Eligible to play for the United States, but opts to represent Sweden, Jens-Lys Cajuste has already earned seven international caps to go alongside his multiple Champions League outings, proving Cajuste can hold his own with Europe’s finest. For only £6.5 million, you can ensure Cajuste turns out for your side against the continent’s best in Career Mode this year.
Anthony Elanga (65 OVR – 80 POT)
Team: Manchester United
Wage: £10,000 p/w
Value: £1.5 million
Best Attributes: 81 Acceleration, 81 Sprint Speed, 81 Agility
Manchester United’s Swedish prospect is a current 65 overall and within your FIFA 22 Career Mode save, he could be a first team regular for the Red Devils if he reaches his 80 potential.
Elanga’s primary strength is his physicality which he uses to get in behind and stretch defences from left midfield, as outlined by his 81 acceleration, sprint speed, and agility. He is a capable striker too, a position where he relies on his 65 attacking positioning stat to make himself a nuisance to opposition defenders.
In 2020/21, Elanga capped off a memorable season by bagging his first-ever Premier League goal away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Anthony’s father is former footballer Joseph Elanga, who played in the 1998 World Cup for Cameroon, but Sweden can be thankful the 19-year-old is eligible to play for them as he could be a huge talent for them in years to come.
Rami Hajal (64 OVR – 78 POT)
Team: SC Heerenveen
Wage: £860 p/w
Value: £1.2 million
Best Attributes: 74 Acceleration, 72 Agility, 68 Vision
With an overall of 64 and a potential of 78, Rami Hajal has the ability to play a valuable backup role in your Career Mode save, if you trigger his £2.5 million release clause.
The Heerenveen attacking midfielder is a classical playmaker whose 68 vision and short passing characterises his talent for supplying teammates with quality chances in the final third. Hajal can also play a deeper midfield role which would better make use of his 67 strength and ball control.
Born in Lebanon, Hajal began his professional career in Sweden for Falkenburg’s youth sides prior to his transfer to current club Heerenveen. 23 promising appearances in the Eredivisie last season earned him some call ups to the Swedish U21 side, but he’ll be hoping a full senior call up is just around the corner if he continues to improve in the Netherlands.
All of the best young Swedish wonderkids on FIFA 22 Career Mode
In the table below you’ll find all the best under 21-year-old Swedish footballers in FIFA 22, sorted by their potential rating.
|Dejan Kulusevski||81||89||21||RW, CF||Juventus|
|Alexander Isak||82||86||21||ST||Real Sociedad|
|Paulos Abraham||65||82||18||ST, LM||FC Groningen|
|Jens-Lys Cajuste||72||82||21||CM, CDM||FC Midtjylland|
|Anthony Elanga||65||80||19||LM, ST||Manchester United|
|Filip Jörgensen||63||79||19||GK||Villarreal CF|
|Rami Hajal||64||78||19||CAM, CM||SC Heerenveen|
|Alex Timossi Andersson||66||78||20||RM||SK Austria Kärnten|
|Eric Kahl||65||77||19||LB, LM||Aarhus GF|
|Williot Swedberg||58||77||17||CM, CF||Hammarby IF|
|Daniel Strindholm||60||77||19||GK||Málaga CF|
|Aiham Ousou||61||76||21||CB||SK Slavia Praha|
|Tim Prica||62||76||19||ST, RM||Aalborg BK|
|Zeidane Inoussa||58||76||19||RW||Stade Malherbe Caen|
|Carl Gustafsson||64||76||21||CM||Kalmar FF|
|Benjamin Nygren||67||76||19||RW, ST, CAM||SC Heerenveen|
|Amin Sarr||62||76||20||RM, ST||Mjällby AIF|
|Oliver Dovin||59||76||18||GK||Hammarby IF|
|Sebastian Nanasi||59||75||19||CAM, LW||Malmö FF|
|Isak Jansson||60||75||19||CF||Kalmar FF|
|Pavle Vagić||61||75||21||CDM, CM, CB||Rosenborg BK|
If you want the best young Swedish stars to bolster your FIFA 22 Career Mode save look no further than the table provided above.
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