- The Sweden captain won an Olympic silver medal at Río 2016
- She recalls her favourite memories of the event
- Will she play at Tokyo 2020?
When veteran Sweden captain Caroline Seger sat down to talk football, the noticeable tattoo on her right leg, which features a set of coordinates, leapt out immediately. Exactly what location would a GPS receiver reveal if those figures were typed into it?
“It’s the centre of the pitch at the Maracana Stadium,” a laughing Seger told FIFA.com, her eyes sparkling while she ran her fingers over the numbers.
At 34 years of age, the experienced Scandinavian has played in three FIFA Women’s World Cups™, three UEFA Women’s EURO's and three Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, but she has never hidden which of her many achievements she values the most.
“The Olympic Games in Rio were probably the high point of my career,” she said. “We didn’t play all that well during the group stage, but we still advanced. We knocked out USA in the quarter-finals. We then beat Brazil in the semis – with them being the hosts, it was an incredible experience, especially as we won on penalties.”
Eliminating the host nation, whose team included the dazzling Marta, was quite a feat, but arguably their victory over USA was even more impressive. The Swedes, who had made it to the knockout stage by the skin of their teeth as one of the best third-placed teams, found themselves up against a side that had reached every one of the previous five Olympic finals.
With the teams locked at 1-1 after extra time, Pia Sundhage’s charges overcame the reigning Olympic and world champions in the first penalty shoot-out in the history of the women’s tournament. A few days later, they would see off Brazil via the same method, and by exactly the same penalty-kick scoreline (4-3).
In the battle for gold, Sweden finally met their match, going down 2-1 to a formidable Germany side. “Yes, we lost the final, but if you look at the tournament as a whole, it was a great accomplishment for Sweden,” said Seger. “As far as I’m concerned, it was fantastic to win all those games and just enjoy the Olympic experience. Those memories will remain in my mind forever.”
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- What is your superpower on the pitch?
- “I’m very good at reading the game, which probably comes from experience, from having played in so many matches. I can almost anticipate things before they happen.”
- If you were a superhero, what power would you like to have?
- “The power of someone fast. Flash? I’m not very fast out on the pitch and I’d love to know how it feels to possess speed. But I make up for it in other ways, you know!”
At the mention of the next Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020, Seger said: “Ugh, it’s a long way off." For the moment she is fully focused on the Blågult’s next big challenge, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, where she will, in all likelihood, make her last appearance at the illustrious tournament.
Seger would obviously love to bow out by lifting the trophy, and in the event that she achieves such a feat, she may require the coordinates of the Stade de Lyon (45°45'54.8"N 4°58'55.2"E) for her next tattoo.