The national team's Kim Källström, Henrik Larsson, and Rasmus Elm and manager Lars Lagerbäck (right) at Sunday's press conference
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Sweden Coach to Resign

Updated 3:22 PM

Following Sweden’s disastrous loss to Denmark in a 2010 soccer World Cup qualifying match Saturday, Swedish team manager Lars Lagerbäck has announced he is resigning.

Lagerbäck told a press conference he will resign if Sweden fails to reach the World Cup, and even if Sweden makes it to South Africa, the manager says he will resign afterwards.

A late second half goal gave Denmark a 1-0 win over Sweden in Copenhagen Saturday evening, and with it a place in the 2010 soccer World Cup finals, at the top of Group 1.

After the loss, and Portugal's 3-0 victory over Hungary, it is virtually impossible for Sweden to qualify. Sweden would have to beat Albania Wednesday, and much more improbably, Malta would have to defeat Portugal.

Assistant coach Roland Andersson would go together with Lagerbäck.

Also at the press conference, national team captain Henrik Larsson announced he would be retiring from international competition. After 16 years in the national team, the 38 year says there’s a time for everything.

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