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Sports Round-Up

Published onsdag 11 juli 2007 kl 14.38
Sweden captain Fredrik Ljungberg is attracting interest from Italy

It’s been a busy week for Swedish sportstars, with former England manager Sven Göran Eriksson wasting no time at all in making an impact at his new club, Manchester City.

After Swedish national team assistant manager Roland Andersson turned down the chance to work with the Premier League team, Eriksson appointed fellow Swede Hans Backe as his number two.

Backe led FC Copenhagen to three league titles and has been working as a commentator on Swedish TV since he was fired by Greek club Panathinaikos in September of last year.

The Swedish makeover in Manchester goes on, with Eriksson bringing his new squad to Sweden to get their pre-season training underway.

The Sweden captain and Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg may be about to exchange London for Florence, according to reports.

The midfielder’s agent, Claes Elefalk, said that Arsenal are in discussions with Italian side Fiorentina, but that Ljungberg is happy at Arsenal.

He has made over 300 appearances for the club and scored more than 70 goals. Ljungberg’s current contract at Arsenal runs until 2009.

The Swedish tennis Open continues in Båstad, southern Sweden, with mixed results for the Swedish players. So far, local favourites Robin Söderling, Jonas Björkman and Thomas Johansson are through to the second round of the men’s singles, but three other Swedes fell at the first hurdle.

The shock of the tournament so far is reigning champion Tommy Robredo’s exit on day one, losing to Peru’s unfancied Luis Horna on centre court.

And Sweden has enjoyed success at the Athletics Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland. Swedish heptathlon star Carolina Kluft won the long jump event, and reigning Olympic champion Stefan Holm won in the high jump.

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