What Has Sweden Ever Done For Us?

By Conor Neville
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Sweden has given Ireland more Eurovision points (223) than they have any other country

We, on the other hand, have only given them 154 points

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Stopped us going to the World Cup in South Africa

Swedish referees have been responsible for missing every catastrophic handball that has cost Ireland in World Cup playoffs


Whenever Ireland is berating itself for doing something badly, it's never long before someone stands up and says "Well in Sweden, they do things this way..."

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Annoyed England down the years 

Sweden went a remarkable 44 years without losing to England. Incredible given that the two teams seemed to face each other roughly every fortnight

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Helped a generation of Irish people get interested in tennis

Well, okay then, Wimbledon.



Given us one of the most revealing football autobiographies in recent years

In a genre populated by Wayne Rooney's pap, Ashley Cole justifying himself and Rodney Marsh telling old jokes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography was revealing, engaging and highly acclaimed. It was slightly coyer than Antonio Cassano's autobiography as indeed all autobiographies are.

                                                                          "I didn't have a relationship with the coach" - on his time working with Pep Guardiola


"Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi always obeyed without protesting. They were like schoolboys" - characterising the Barcelona players attitude to Pep Guardiola

'I yelled at him. "You have no balls"' - recalling an encounter with Pep Guardiola





If the nation of Sweden could be condensed into a pop quartet, two males and two females, then you could scarcely do better than Abba


Sven and Ulrika

The original and best of Sven's dalliances in England was an all-Swedish affair. Faria Allam was only a poor man's Ulrika.



Hopefully, the Swedish defence will be taken apart with a minimum of fuss, packed up and sent back to Stockholm


The Blowtorch, Ship Propellers and Zippers 

The films American Pie, Titanic, and (think of some film where a blowtorch is used) would have been very different were it not for the pioneering work of Swedish scientists.



Given the world the "2nd Worst Player in Premier League History"


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Given the world this goal

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