Scandinavian icons: The 16 most influential footballers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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Before Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland arrived to rip up the Premier League, a host of other Nordic stars had already made their mark on the game, in Britain or further afield. 

In no particular order, FourFourTwo highlights the 16 best footballers in both the men's and women's games to have heralded from Norway, Sweden and Denmark - without noticing the burdening impacts of Odegaard or Haaland quite yet. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.