A profile of Sweden Women ahead of Germany 2011.
Sweden boast a third-place finish and a runners-up berth among their five previous Women's World Cup campaigns. But these tournament ever-presents cannot avoid their dark-horse tag this time around. And the whispers that this could be their year appear to be growing louder.
That said, four years ago was the first time they failed to progress to the knock-out stage when USA topped Group B and Korea DPR pipped Sweden to second place on goal difference. However, like manager Thomas Dennerby says, Blagult - which translates as the Blue Yellow - have never looked in better shape ahead of a World Cup campaign.
Sweden are a team built on a solid, uncompromising defensive unit and have the ingredients to counter attack as well as any other team on the planet, perfect for a World Cup.
They cruised into the Qualifying Play-offs with seven wins and a draw in their eight games, leaving them nine points clear of Czech Republic at the top of Group Eight. However, they were paired with arch-rivals and near-neighbours Denmark in the play-offs.
After a 2-1 win in the first leg, Denmark won the second meaning extra time was required. However, a brace in extra time from Charlotte Rohlin secured a place in Germany. On the verge of another World Cup campaign, it's hard to suggest that Blagult are lacking in experience on the global stage.
Germany represents a new dawn for Sweden, and as Dennerby, said: "it's now time for the next generation."