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The Most Famous

HANDBALL PLAYERS from Sweden

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swedish Handball Players. The pantheon dataset contains 304 Handball Players, 24 of which were born in Sweden. This makes Sweden the birth place of the 7th most number of Handball Players behind Croatia and Denmark.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Swedish Handball Players of all time. This list of famous Swedish Handball Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Swedish Handball Players.

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1. Magnus Wislander (1964 - )

With an HPI of 49.47, Magnus Wislander is the most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages on wikipedia.

Hans Einar Magnus Wislander (born 22 February 1964) is a Swedish former handball player, who has been voted Handball Player of the Century. Since his debut in the national team in 1985 he has played over 380 games and scored over 1,000 goals. He played for Redbergslids IK, Gothenburg and THW Kiel.

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2. Staffan Olsson (1964 - )

With an HPI of 43.35, Staffan Olsson is the 2nd most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Erik Staffan Olsson (born 26 March 1964) is a Swedish handball coach and former player. Olsson, who always played with no 13, was a left-handed right backcourt player with one of the most feared shots of all the elite players. Later in his career he won praise for his great playmaking skills. From September 2022 he is the head coach of the Netherlands' men’s national team.

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3. Tomas Svensson (1968 - )

With an HPI of 40.55, Tomas Svensson is the 3rd most famous Swedish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Tomas Runar Svensson (born 15 February 1968) is a Swedish former professional handball goalkeeper who is currently goalkeeping coach of the Swedish men's national handball team, and an assistant coach for FC Barcelona.

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4. Ola Lindgren (1964 - )

With an HPI of 39.14, Ola Lindgren is the 4th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Per Ola Markus Lindgren (born 29 February 1964) is a Swedish former handball player and current coach. He is the head coach for IFK Kristianstad since 2012 and was head coach for Sweden from 2008 to 2016. As a player, he won two World Championships, four European Championships and participated in four Olympic Games. He also won four Swedish Championships with Drott.

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5. Jim Gottfridsson (1992 - )

With an HPI of 37.06, Jim Gottfridsson is the 5th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Jim Gottfridsson (born 2 September 1992) is a Swedish handball player for SG Flensburg-Handewitt and the Swedish national team.He participated on the Sweden men's national handball team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the men's handball tournament.

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6. Niclas Ekberg (1988 - )

With an HPI of 35.33, Niclas Ekberg is the 6th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Niclas Ekberg (born 23 December 1988) is a Swedish handballer for THW Kiel and the Swedish national team.He was part of the Swedish team that won silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was also part of the Swedish national team that won the 2022 European championship, where he scored the final winning goal for Sweden in the last second with a penalty shot. Before playing in Kiel he played for AG København.

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7. Mattias Andersson (1978 - )

With an HPI of 34.31, Mattias Andersson is the 7th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Erik Mattias Andersson (born 29 March 1978) is a retired Swedish handballer and currently a goalkeeper coach. He competed for the Swedish national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where they won the silver medal.

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8. Jonas Källman (1981 - )

With an HPI of 33.53, Jonas Källman is the 8th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Jonas Källman (born 17 July 1981) is a Swedish handballer who plays for S.L. Benfica and the Swedish national team.

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9. Kim Andersson (1982 - )

With an HPI of 32.17, Kim Andersson is the 9th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Kim Andersson (born 21 August 1982) is a Swedish handball player for Ystads IF.He was voted into the All-Star Team as Best right back at the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship, where Sweden finished 5th. He was part of the Swedish team that won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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10. Katja Nyberg (1979 - )

With an HPI of 31.75, Katja Nyberg is the 10th most famous Swedish Handball Player.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg (born 24 August 1979) is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She played 99 games and scored 321 goals for the Norwegian national team during her career. With the Norwegian team she won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and a silver medal at the 2007 World Women's Handball Championship in France, as well as two gold medals and one silver medal at the European Championships.

Pantheon has 24 people classified as handball players born between 1964 and 1992. Of these 24, 24 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living handball players include Magnus Wislander, Staffan Olsson, and Tomas Svensson.

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