The Swedish men’s national team is named the Elks. Commonly called moose in North America these animals are a formiddable oponent in the forests of Sweden and on the grass pitches of footballing nations around the world.
The Swedish Elks first appeared in 1997 with a friendly against neighbouring Denmark Vikings in Helsingborg. The next Elks match was in 2004, where the Elks defeated the touring North London Lions by 11 points in Malmö. In 2005, a rematch between Sweden and Denmark was held in Denmark, with the game being played out as a draw. This match consisted of an all-Danish Vikings side, with the Swedish side being bolstered by a number of Australians.
At the 2007 EU Cup in Hamburg, Sweden performed very well, eventually winning the tournament. The Elks thrashed Austria by over 100 points in their first group match, going on to beat France by 41 points to top Pool C. In the Quarter-Finals, Sweden defeated Pool B runners up the Czech Republic by 31 points. In the Semi Finals the Elks met Pool B champions England. The Swedes ran out 26 point winners, moving onto the final where they would play hosts Germany. In the Final, Sweden won 14.9.93 – 8.5.53. Sweden’s Cameron Crooks was Best on Ground.
International Cup –
Strong growth in Sweden has seen the Elks compete at numerous International cups in Australia. In 2008 Sweden was grouped with Canada, Finland and eventual quarter finalists Ireland. The team finished 12th after losing a playoff match against Denmark. In 2011 games were split between two round in Sydney and Melbourne. In round 1 Sweden was grouped together with India and New Zealand. With one loss and one win the Elks were in round 2 placed in a group together with Denmark and eventual winners Ireland. Sweden were not able to win any further group matches but finished strongly against Japan in the 11th/12th playoff game improving their ranking by one place from 2008. 2014 brought about another change in tournament structure. Teams were to play 3 seeding matches before being placed in a division for finals. Sweden lost to New Zealand in their opening match but returned strongly in game 2 to put Finland to the sword. The third seeding game against Canada resulted in defeat placing Sweden in division 2 for the remainder of the tournament. Sweden played off against China and Japan to secure the title as division 2 champions. The Elks did not participate in the 2017 International Cup.
European Championships – The Swedish Elks have participated in three consecutive European Championships – 2010, 2013 & 2016. In 2010 the team finished 3rd and in 2013 the team finished 4th. In 2016 the competition was played in London with teams from Ireland, Great Britain and Germany participating along with Sweden. The Elks also finished in fourth position at this tournament.
Euro Cup –