Sweden didn’t take much time to prove they weren’t the 60th-best team, as predicted in the initial rankings. At the start we were just predicting who’d die last between them, Norway and Finland, and it took nearly three years for us to get our answer.
For me personally, this picture here was when I first realised that Sweden might be a force to be reckoned with. But storming over the Baltic to subdue Poland and wipe out Germany was just the start. Only then did they turn on Norway, fought respectable wars against the Boers, survived several conflicts against their brothers-in-death Iceland, and all but wiping out Finland. Pretty astonishing.