Sweden's Rasunda Stadium is one of just two venues in the world - California's Rose Bowl being the other - that can boast of having hosted the final of both the FIFA World Cup ™ and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

This football-specific stadium, located in the district of Solna some six kilometres northwest of Stockholm city centre, is famed for putting spectators right on top of the action, and it still generates a fantastic atmosphere for the ever-competitive Sweden national team.

Stockholm's footballing temple provided the launchpad for the international career of one of the world's greatest footballers. At the 1958 FIFA World Cup ™, a certain Edson Arantes do Nascimento caused a sensation when the then 17-year-old Brazilian enchanted fans around the world with his magical footwork. The youngster, better known by his pseudonym Pele, would go on to be recognised as one of the game's all-time legends.

After his goal-scoring quarter-final performance against Wales, the young Pele's finest hour came on 24 June at the Rasunda. The 27,000 fans inside the stadium could scarcely believe their eyes as the 17-year-old's famous hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over France fired his team into the final.

Just five days later on 29 June 1958, the Rasunda was again the canvas for the young prodigy's artistic skills as Brazil came up against hosts Sweden in the final. Once again, the teenager upstaged everyone else on the pitch, scoring twice in another 5-2 triumph as Brazil captured the FIFA World Cup for the very first time. Despite the obvious disappointment for the hosts, the 51,800 spectators in the sold-out stadium rose to celebrate and fervently applaud the exceptional young talent.

The Rasunda next staged a global showpiece in 1995 with the second FIFA Women's World Cup. In a repeat of the men's tournament of 1958, the Stockholm venue was chosen to host the final and Norway came out on top in a rain-soaked all-European affair, defeating Germany 2-0 to lift their first trophy in the home of their Scandinavian neighbours.

The Rasunda's history dates back to 1910 when a 12,000-capacity football ground was built on the site. In 1937 a new arena rose in its place, the Rasunda stadium proper, accommodating 40,000 spectators. Its current capacity is 36,100 but more than 52,000 fans once squeezed into the ground in September 1965 for a decisive FIFA World Cup against West Germany. Unfortunately for the Swedes, their vast support was silenced as the eventual 1966 finalists won 2-1 with goals from Uwe Seeler and Werner Kramer.

The same sides met again at the Rasunda 27 years later when Sweden took on the reigning world champions in the semi-final of the 1992 UEFA European Championship. Yet again fortune favoured the visitors as Germany prevailed 3-2 to reach the final in Gothenburg.

Today the Rasunda is the home ground of Swedish top-flight club AIK Solna and also stages derby matches involving other Stockholm sides. A homely, atmospheric old ground, it will make way in 2011 for a new 50,000-capacity national stadium featuring a retractable roof.

Hosted matches

Olympic Football Tournament Stockholm 1912

29 Jun 1912 - 15:00 Local time
29 Jun 1912
Match 2
Olympic Football Tournament Final
First round
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
29Jun
Germany
GermanyGER
Austria
AustriaAUT
Full-time
FT
1-5
04 Jul 1912 - 15:00 Local time
04 Jul 1912
Match 10
Olympic Football Tournament Final
Bronze medal match
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
04Jul
Netherlands
NetherlandsNED
Finland
FinlandFIN
Full-time
FT
9-0

FIFA WC 1954 Prel. Comp.

16 Aug 1953
16 Aug 1953
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
16Aug
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Finland
FinlandFIN
Full-time
FT
4-0

1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden ™

FIFA WC 1966 Prel. Comp. UEFA

26 Sep 1965
26 Sep 1965
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
26Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Germany FR
Germany FRFRG
Full-time
FT
1-2

UEFA EURO 1968 Prel. Comp.

01 Jun 1967
01 Jun 1967
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
01Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Portugal
PortugalPOR
Full-time
FT
1-1
11 Jun 1967
11 Jun 1967
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
11Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Bulgaria
BulgariaBUL
Full-time
FT
0-2
05 Nov 1967
05 Nov 1967
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
05Nov
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Norway
NorwayNOR
Full-time
FT
5-2

FIFA WC 1970 Prel. Comp. UEFA

09 Oct 1968
09 Oct 1968
Match
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
09Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Norway
NorwayNOR
Full-time
FT
5-0
15 Oct 1969
15 Oct 1969
Match
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
15Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
France
FranceFRA
Full-time
FT
2-0

UEFA EURO 1972 Prel. Comp.

28 Oct 1970
28 Oct 1970
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
28Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Republic of Ireland
Republic of IrelandIRL
Full-time
FT
1-0
26 May 1971
26 May 1971
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
26May
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Austria
AustriaAUT
Full-time
FT
1-0
09 Jun 1971
09 Jun 1971
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
09Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Italy
ItalyITA
Full-time
FT
0-0

UEFA EURO 1976 Prel. Comp.

30 Oct 1974
30 Oct 1974
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
30Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Northern Ireland
Northern IrelandNIR
Full-time
FT
0-2
04 Jun 1975
04 Jun 1975
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
04Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Yugoslavia
YugoslaviaYUG
Full-time
FT
1-2
30 Jun 1975
30 Jun 1975
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
30Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Norway
NorwayNOR
Full-time
FT
3-1

FIFA WC 1978 Prel. Comp. UEFA

16 Jun 1976
16 Jun 1976
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
16Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Norway
NorwayNOR
Full-time
FT
2-0
08 Jun 1977
08 Jun 1977
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
08Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Switzerland
SwitzerlandSUI
Full-time
FT
2-1

UEFA EURO 1980 Prel. Comp.

04 Oct 1978
04 Oct 1978
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
04Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Czechoslovakia
CzechoslovakiaTCH
Full-time
FT
1-3
05 Sep 1979
05 Sep 1979
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
05Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
France
FranceFRA
Full-time
FT
1-3

FIFA WC 1982 Prel. Comp. UEFA

18 Jun 1980
18 Jun 1980
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
18Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Israel
IsraelISR
Full-time
FT
1-1
10 Sep 1980
10 Sep 1980
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
10Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Scotland
ScotlandSCO
Full-time
FT
0-1
03 Jun 1981
03 Jun 1981
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
03Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Northern Ireland
Northern IrelandNIR
Full-time
FT
1-0
24 Jun 1981
24 Jun 1981
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
24Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Portugal
PortugalPOR
Full-time
FT
3-0

UEFA EURO 1984 Prel. Comp.

09 Jun 1983 - 19:00 Local time
09 Jun 1983
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
09Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Romania
RomaniaROU
Full-time
FT
0-1
21 Sep 1983 - 19:00 Local time
21 Sep 1983
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
21Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Czechoslovakia
CzechoslovakiaTCH
Full-time
FT
1-0

FIFA WC 1986 Prel. Comp. UEFA

12 Sep 1984
12 Sep 1984
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
12Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Portugal
PortugalPOR
Full-time
FT
0-1
05 Jun 1985
05 Jun 1985
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
05Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Czechoslovakia
CzechoslovakiaTCH
Full-time
FT
2-0
25 Sep 1985
25 Sep 1985
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
25Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Germany FR
Germany FRFRG
Full-time
FT
2-2

UEFA EURO 1988 Prel. Comp.

24 Sep 1986 - 19:00 Local time
24 Sep 1986
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
24Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Switzerland
SwitzerlandSUI
Full-time
FT
2-0
03 Jun 1987 - 19:00 Local time
03 Jun 1987
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
03Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Italy
ItalyITA
Full-time
FT
1-0
23 Sep 1987 - 19:00 Local time
23 Sep 1987
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
23Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Portugal
PortugalPOR
Full-time
FT
0-1

FIFA WC 1990 Prel. Comp. UEFA

07 May 1989
07 May 1989
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
07May
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Poland
PolandPOL
Full-time
FT
2-1
08 Oct 1989
08 Oct 1989
Match
Group 2
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
08Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Albania
AlbaniaALB
Full-time
FT
3-1

FIFA WC 1994 Prel. Comp. UEFA

07 Oct 1992
07 Oct 1992
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
07Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Bulgaria
BulgariaBUL
Full-time
FT
2-0
19 May 1993
19 May 1993
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
19May
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Austria
AustriaAUT
Full-time
FT
1-0
02 Jun 1993
02 Jun 1993
Match
Group 6
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
02Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Israel
IsraelISR
Full-time
FT
5-0

UEFA EURO 1996 Prel. Comp.

01 Jun 1995 - 19:00 Local time
01 Jun 1995
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
01Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Iceland
IcelandISL
Full-time
FT
1-1

FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995

FIFA WC 1998 Prel. Comp. UEFA

01 Jun 1996 - 01:00 Local time
01 Jun 1996
Match 301
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
01Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Belarus
BelarusBLR
Full-time
FT
5-1
09 Oct 1996 - 01:00 Local time
09 Oct 1996
Match 348
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
09Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Austria
AustriaAUT
Full-time
FT
0-1
10 Sep 1997 - 01:00 Local time
10 Sep 1997
Match 26
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
10Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Latvia
LatviaLVA
Full-time
FT
1-0
11 Oct 1997 - 01:00 Local time
11 Oct 1997
Match 30
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
11Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Estonia
EstoniaEST
Full-time
FT
1-0

UEFA EURO 2000 Prel. Comp.

05 Sep 1998 - 18:00 Local time
05 Sep 1998
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 5
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
05Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
England
EnglandENG
Full-time
FT
2-1

FIFA WC 2002 Prel. Comp. UEFA

02 Jun 2001 - 18:00 Local time
02 Jun 2001
Match
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
02Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Slovakia
SlovakiaSVK
Full-time
FT
2-0
07 Oct 2001 - 16:00 Local time
07 Oct 2001
Match
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
07Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Azerbaijan
AzerbaijanAZE
Full-time
FT
3-0

UEFA EURO 2004 Prel. Comp.

12 Oct 2002 - 16:00 Local time
12 Oct 2002
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
12Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Hungary
HungaryHUN
Full-time
FT
1-1
11 Jun 2003 - 20:00 Local time
11 Jun 2003
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 4
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
11Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Poland
PolandPOL
Full-time
FT
3-0

UEFA Women's EURO 2005 Prel. Comp.

17 May 2003 - 13:30 Local time
17 May 2003
Match
Womens Continental Qualifier
Group 1
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
17May
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Italy
ItalyITA
Full-time
FT
5-0

FIFA WC 2006 Prel. Comp. European Zone

09 Oct 2004 - 17:00 Local time
09 Oct 2004
Match
Group 8
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
09Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Hungary
HungaryHUN
Full-time
FT
3-0
03 Sep 2005 - 17:15 Local time
03 Sep 2005
Match 0
Group 8
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
03Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Bulgaria
BulgariaBUL
Full-time
FT
3-0
12 Oct 2005 - 19:30 Local time
12 Oct 2005
Match 0
Group 8
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
12Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Iceland
IcelandISL
Full-time
FT
3-1

UEFA EURO 2008 Prel. Comp.

07 Oct 2006 - 20:00 Local time
07 Oct 2006
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group F
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
07Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Spain
SpainESP
Full-time
FT
2-0
06 Jun 2007 - 20:15 Local time
06 Jun 2007
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group F
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
06Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Iceland
IcelandISL
Full-time
FT
5-0
08 Sep 2007 - 20:30 Local time
08 Sep 2007
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group F
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
08Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Denmark
DenmarkDEN
Full-time
FT
0-0
17 Oct 2007 - 20:30 Local time
17 Oct 2007
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group F
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
17Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Northern Ireland
Northern IrelandNIR
Full-time
FT
1-1
21 Nov 2007 - 20:00 Local time
21 Nov 2007
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group F
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
21Nov
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Latvia
LatviaLVA
Full-time
FT
2-1

Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2004 Prel. Comp. UEFA

28 Nov 2007
28 Nov 2007
Match 0
Olympic Football Tournament Women Qualifier
Play-off
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
28Nov
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Denmark
DenmarkDEN
Full-time
FT
3-1

FIFA WC 2010 Prel. Comp. European Zone

10 Sep 2008 - 20:15 Local time
10 Sep 2008
Match 0
Group 1
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
10Sep
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Hungary
HungaryHUN
Full-time
FT
2-1
11 Oct 2008 - 20:00 Local time
11 Oct 2008
Match 0
Group 1
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
11Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Portugal
PortugalPOR
Full-time
FT
0-0
06 Jun 2009 - 20:00 Local time
06 Jun 2009
Match 0
Group 1
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
06Jun
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Denmark
DenmarkDEN
Full-time
FT
0-1
14 Oct 2009 - 20:45 Local time
14 Oct 2009
Match 0
Group 1
Rasunda Stadium
Solna
14Oct
Sweden
SwedenSWE
Albania
AlbaniaALB
Full-time
FT
4-1

UEFA EURO 2012 Prel. Comp.