While Sweden's senior team have never missed an edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup™, curiously enough their U-20 side have made just one appearance on the global stage. That was in 2010, when the Scandinavians reached the quarter-finals before succumbing 2-0 to Colombia.
Despite that record, Sweden have regularly made waves on the European scene and picked up their third continental title in July 2015. They strolled to victory in the final with a 3-1 success against Spain, having seen off the same opponents in the 2012 decider en route to their second crown. Their most recent triumph came at the climax of a rollercoaster campaign, which featured a loss to France in the group stage and an epic semi-final victory against Germany, as Sweden triumphed on penalties following a dramatic 3-3 draw.
Buoyed by their European victory, Sweden will be confident of impressing in Papua New Guinea, where they will look once again to Stina Blackstenius to spearhead their bid after she topped the scoring charts at the continental finals with six strikes. Her influence could well prove decisive, particularly as the Scandinavian hopefuls suffered their sole loss at the tournament in their star forward's absence. "It's very difficult to stop a player like her," said Spain coach Jorge Vilda, after Blackstenius scored twice in the final. "It's like playing a match against Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi."