Sweden’s captain Andreas Granqvist became a father for a second time last night.
A World Cup requires full dedication. Andreas Granqvist knew there was going to be a conflict of interests with his wife Sofie due to give birth this summer. Whether he expected to be there when it happens or not is an entirely different topic of discussion. Not many saw Sweden reaching the quarter-finals, but the Swedes did. Therefore, the 33-year-old center back was in for a sleepless night in his hotel room (ESPN).
“Good timing. I didn’t sleep very well last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well.”
There was another player during this World Cup who was in a similar situation. England’s Fabian Delph took a leave of absence to be with his wife and missed The Three Lions’ penalty shootout against Colombia.
As a true leader, Granqvist chose to stay with his teammates.
“We’re a team, we do this together on and off the pitch, and this has meant that we’ve been as successful as we have so far,”
Sweden’s stout defense led by Granqvist is a huge reason why Janne Andersson’s men are close to reaching a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1994. His wife’s perfect timing will allow Sweden’s captain (#worldcupfather) to relax and focus on the task at hand – a quarter-final clash with England in a couple of hours.