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Lagerback to quit Sweden after Euro 2008

STOCKHOLM, July 6 (Reuters) - Sweden coach Lars Lagerback said on Thursday he would step down after the Euro 2008 championships.

'I think neither I nor the federation will want to continue (after 2008),' the 57-year-old told the local paper Sundsvalls Tidning.

'I've already been involved for nine years and that's unusually long.'

Lagerback steered Sweden to the World Cup's second round but came under heavy media criticism after his side's lacklustre performance in the 2-0 loss to hosts Germany.

He has guided Sweden to four consecutive international championships, the previous three in a coaching duo role with Tommy Soderberg who quit after Euro 2004.

Sweden begin their qualifying campaign for the European championships on Sept. 2 when they face Latvia in an away match.