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Elks name strongest-ever Swedish team for Euro Championships

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The AFL Sweden has announced its squad for the 2010 European Chapionships, with coach Daniel McClaer naming 26 players in what the league is rating as the strongest Swedish Elks side assembled to date.

Officially announced via the Swedish Footy Show, the squad is dominated by players from southern Sweden, with the Helsingborg Saints and Port Malmö Maulers providing sixteen players between them in the 26-man squad. The Göteborg Beserkers from the west have five representatives, the Stockholm league four and the Karlstad Eagles one.

Coach McClaer says this is the first time ever that they have had to do a proper selection process for the Swedish national team, with the majority of the squad chosen from national selection trials held on May 15th in Stockholm.

Captaining the Elks will be Johan Lantz from the Helsingborg Saints. Previous Sweden captain and Scandinavian footy veteran Andreas Svensson is also in the squad, along with another eight members of the Elks' 2008 International Cup team.

The Elks also have some international elements, with Englishman Daniel Scotford named alongside Americans Matt McMahan and Ross Levesque in the main squad, and Irishmen Aidan O'Reilly and Mark Rattigan listed as emergencies.

The Elks' draw sees them open the tournament against Croatia at midday on August 1st, followed by a clash with Germany two days later, then the final game of the pool rounds against Ireland on August 5th. The Elks and Irish would be early favourites to defeat both Croatia and Germany, meaning their clash on August 5th could see the winner go straight to the gold medal match. Whilst the Irish have traditionally been the team to beat in Europe, the home team Elks will be very keen to prove that they can match it with all comers.

The full squad list and Swedish Footy Show clip follow.

NameClub
Johan Lantz (c)Helsingborg
Andreas SvenssonHelsingborg
Tobias StåhlHelsingborg
Robin NilssonHelsingborg
Emil ÅbergHelsingborg
Mikke RasmussenHelsingborg
Hampus OlssonHelsingborg
Max VälemarkHelsingborg
Matt McMahanPort Malmö
Chris MårtenssonPort Malmö
David VerngrenPort Malmö
Ross LevesquePort Malmö
Leo NilssonPort Malmö
Daniel ScotfordPort Malmö
Christoffer Hansson   Port Malmö
Tony PerssonPort Malmö
Daniel KoinbergStockholm
Max LarssonStockholm
Rickard BarrefeltStockholm
Lars HagbergStockholm
Joel SprångGöteborg
Kalle NilssonGöteborg
Mattias FagerssonGöteborg
Christoffer FagerGöteborg
Janne NilssonGöteborg
Jimmy LjunggrenKarlstad

Emergencies: Anton Tellström (Helsingborg), Mattias Ewald (Karlstad), Mick Kelly (Stockholm), Mats Wurmbach (Stockholm), Fred Anstrup (Port Malmö), Niklas Jonsson (Stockholm), Aidan O'Reilly (Port Malmö), Mark Rattigan (Port Malmö)

Coach: Daniel McClaer

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Elks name strongest-ever Swedish team for Euro Championships
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Wednesday, June 09 2010 @ 09:16 pm ACST

Also worth noting that two Sweden-based Irishmen have been selected for Ireland - Port Malmö's Tony McLoughlin and Brendan Egan from Stockholm club Solna.

The Irish are everywhere in footy...

Elks name strongest-ever Swedish team for Euro Championships
Authored by: Ian Hill on Thursday, June 10 2010 @ 06:23 am ACST

I understand that the foreigners in the squad hold Swedish passports, which is fair enough. But is it not true that this competition is being held to the rules of the AFL's IC? This means that players are classified according to where they lived for the majority of the time between their 10th and 16th birthdays, which would make them not Swedish. So I assume they will make applications to the tournament organizers to be accepted?

Elks name strongest-ever Swedish team for Euro Championships
Authored by: jaylevesque on Thursday, June 10 2010 @ 12:47 pm ACST

MalmOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Good luck Elks and a special shout out to Ross Levesque, The Best and Fairest Brother, that a brother in the US could ever have. WFN, 2 brothers play on 2 national teams now Sweden and US. Can't wait to see you all in Oz next summer.
Jay Levesque