The Swedish women's national football team in Rio, joined here by King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Tobias Röstlund/TT
The Swedish women's national football team in Rio, joined here by King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Tobias Röstlund/TT

Why women's football is big in Sweden

Football expert: Still some way to go
4:41 min

Many will be following the progress of the Swedish women's football team in the Olympic final against Germany on Friday night. Swedish Radio's expert commentator explains why women's football is more popular in Sweden than in many other countries.

Many will be watching or listening as the Swedish women’s football team plays in the Olympic final against Germany on Friday evening. The interest in women’s football is high in Sweden compared to many other countries, and when Radio Sweden asked people in Stockholm, most were aware of the women’s team playing in the final tonight.

Swedish Radio’s expert football commentator, Richard Henriksson, will be covering the Sweden-Germany final. He told Radio Sweden that 2003 was the year when the Swedish interest in women’s football really kicked off – when Sweden, again, faced Germany in the World Cup final. The Swedes lost that time, but the game was a success nonetheless:

“That particular game is still, today, the most watched televised football game in Swedish TV history,” Henriksson said.


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