Sweden played at WC 1950 without its professional stars players that won gold in the Olympics two years earlier, such as Gre-No-Li trio, that fact weakened its potential squad. Two years after, they won bronze at Olympics with a home based team. Because of this, they decided to play WCQ 1954 with an amateur team that failed to qualified against Belgium. The finest moment in this decade came in the WC 1958, where they finished second place, the highest in its history Sweden had in the 1950s some All Time Greats in : Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordhal, Nils Liedholm and Kurt Hamrin. Other great footballers were: Agne Simonsson, Orvar Bergmark, Bengt Gustavsson, Karl Svensson, Gösta Sandberg, Lennart Skoglund, Åke Johansson.