Lotta Schelin and Theresa Sjögran set records for goals and games played in Swedish international football but it wasn’t enough to help Sweden overcome world-champions Germany.
Schelin scored her record-breaking 73rd international in the 68th minute to stake Sweden to a 1-0 lead. Schelin is now the all-time leading scorer, male or female, in Swedish international football history. Schelin went into the match tied with Hanna Ljungberg for the most goals with 72.
Sjögran, who won her sixth Swedish title with Rosengård FC (formerly Malmö), collected her record 200th cap. No player, male or female, has donned the blue and yellow of Sweden more than the 37-year-old midfielder.
The goal, however, wasn’t enough for Sweden to record its first win over Germany since 2009. The reigning world champions tied the match in the 76th minute when Dzenifer Marizan put the ball behind Swedish net minder Carola Söberg. Three minutes later, Luisa Wensing fired in a cross that Alexandra Propp headed past Soberg for a 2-1 lead.
For both Schelin and Sjögran, the result somewhat dampened their record-setting performances.
“It was a blast to score that 73rd goal and it felt very good there and then, but we lost again against Germany and it does not feel good. It really is mixed feelings,” Schelin said.
“It was fun to play my 200th international but it feels pretty damn hard that we lost, said Sjögran, whom the Svenska Fotboll Forbundet feted after the match.
Sweden has just two wins against Germany since a 3-2 victory in Helsingborg in 1995 in the final of the 1995 World Championships. The two victories have come in the Algarve Cup in 2002 and 2009. Schelin’sgoal ended a five-year scoreless skid for Sweden against Germany.

Hammarby back in Allsvenskan
For the first time in five years, Stockholm can lay claim to being football central in Sweden. After AIK finished in third place and Djurgården shook off its tumultuous past to place seventh in the Allsvenskan, Hammarby rode a 5-0 win over Jönköping to claim the top spot in the Superettan. The Bajen earned a promotion to the Allsvenskan; it is the first time since 2009 that Stockholm has had three teams in the Allsvenskan.
Hammarby finished with 61 points and won 18 of its 30 matches. Hammarby also opened the state-of-the-art Tele2 Arena. Hammarby built the stadium in partnership with U.S. sports conglomerate AEG. The Colorado-based sports and stadium management company also owns a 40 percent stake in the club.
Hammarby spent four years languishing in the lower ranks of the Superettan as the club attempted to deal with debt, falling attendance and poor performances on the field. Hammarby had five managers in four years, including American Greg Berhalter, before finally hiring Nanne Bergstrand to right the Bajen ship. Bergstrand was the driving force behind Kalmar’s rise to prominence in the Allsvenskan.
Drama filled the final weekend of the Superettan as Hammarby, Sundsvall and Ljungskile all had the chance to win the division. Sundsvall held first place going into the last round of play on Nov. 2 with 60 points but could only muster a scoreless draw at Landskrona BoIS. Hammarby, with 58 points, needed a victory to win the division, as did Ljungskile. Longtime Hammarby star Kennedy Bakircioglu scored twice as the Bajen dismantled Jonkoping. That result combined with Sundsvall allowed Hammarby to take first place. Hammarby won the division on goal difference.
“Now we enjoy the victory, the step up in the Allsvenskan, and we start planning for next season as soon as tomorrow,” said Hammarby's sporting director Mats Jingblad.