Sweden and germany
Sweden and mexico
Wednesday June 27: Sweden met Mexico. 50 business people witnessed the game at Polsinelli Lawyers, Phoenix. The event was co-organized with ProMexico. Still a draw at half time, Sweden put the pressure on Mexico in the second half. Ludwig Augustinsson pummeled the ball into the net five minutes into second half. Then Andreas Granqvist nailed a penalty shot, and to cap it of: Mexico's Edson Alvarez pushed the ball into his own goal. Sweden won 3-0.
Strangely enough though, everyone was happy! This because South Korea knocked out Germany in a parallel match - so both Sweden and Mexico advanced to the next group! Talk about win-win situation!
Some of SACCs member experienced the game live in Russia at Yekaterinburg soccer stadium.
Sweden and Switzerland
Tuesday July 3: The duel of Swederland - Sweden against Switzerland. About 20 Swedes (and two Swiss fans) filled The Rose and Crown in Downtown Phoenix to enjoy the game.
Feeling the plight of people unsure about the differences between Sweden and Switzerland, a Swedish Government Agency made a infographic to help out.
The game was also prefaced with a hilarious Swiss ad campaign playing on the confusion regarding Sweden and Switzerland, dubbed "The Duel of Swederland". Who would reign supreme?
Well, the answer came in the second half. when Emil Forsberg struck the decisive blow with a shot that deflected off Manuel Akanji into the Swiss goal. The match ended 1-0 to Sweden.
Sweden against England in the Quarterfinals
Saturday July 7: About 120 people assembled at Rose and Crown to watch Sweden and England face each other for the third time ever at a World Cup. The pub was packed to the rafters, including the porch (where some poor souls sweltered in the morning heat). This match was momentous for a couple of reasons:
- England were in their first World Cup quarter-final for 12 years and was aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first-time since 1990.
- Last time Sweden reached the quarter-finals in 1994 we went on to finish third in total.
Unfortunately, this time the three lions beat three crowns. With 2-0 to England the soccer saga of Sweden for the summer 2018 was over.
Thank you SACC members and friends who joined the fun, made new connections and created business opportunities at our Soccer Breakfast events. See you all at our upcoming events!