Sweden national soccer team head coach Erik Hamrén announced he would step down following the 2016 UEFA European Championships. Hamrén made the announcement at a press conference February 1 in Stockholm following the team’s return from its annual winter training in Dubai.
"I know that when Erik reaches a decision, he has thought it through," said Svenska Fotbollforbundet general secretary Hĺkan Sjöstrand, who is already working on finding Hamrén's successor.
The SvFF hired Hamrén in November 2009 to replace Lars Lagerbäck. A former Swedish international striker, Hamrén had built a successful coaching in Scandinavia, winning the Danish title with Aalborg and the Norwegian Tipeligean with Rosenborg. He steered Sweden to UEFA EURO 2012 in his first full campaign and also led the Blĺgult to this summer's tournament in France.

Hamrén brought 'shining' to the Swedish game
When Hamrén took over, many saw him as the antithesis of Lagerbäck, who preached defensive discipline. Hamrén came in with a promise of bringing a more daring, attacking style — in Hamrén-speak known as "shining." Sweden scored more goals under Hamrén than it did under Lagerbäck, but it also conceded more. Hamrén led his team to two consecutive EURO final tournaments but missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
During his time at the helm, Hamrén got the best out of Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is now as prolific for Sweden as he is for his club side — which was not always the case in the past. The coach's lasting legacy, however, will hinge on how Sweden fares in France this summer.
"I've had the best job in Swedish football for the past six and a half years," said the 58-year-old Hamrén at the press conference. "It's not over. We still have at least seven matches ahead of us. We aim to have a good Euro."
Several names have already emerged as possible successors, among them former iconic star Henrik Larsson and Under-21 coach Hĺkan Ericson, who led Sweden to UEFA European Under-21 Championship success last summer.


By Chipp Reid