Well unsurprisingly, we were bundled out of the Cup by Argentina, but we didn't go down without a fight. Between the two sides, we set a new record for World Cup goals! Unfortunately, despite playing 90 minutes, I was not amongst the scorers. Thus ends our World Cup campaign.
Well as you can see, we lost to the eventual Champions, and there's no shame in that. Lionel Messi led them to tournament victory, as they beat reigning European Champions England in the final. Remarkably unrealistic for England to be so impressive on the World stage in the near future
No sooner had my Sweden side been eliminated from the World Cup, I was back playing for AS-Saint Etienne. Due to our Europa League qualification via the Fair Play tables, we would have to negotiate every single qualifying round in order to make the group stages. Before the World Cup was even over I was playing qualifiers for Saint-Etienne. I'm still feeling quite jaded, but I'm determined to do what is asked of me.
Things started brightly for me, as we comfortably dispatched of Jeunesse of Luxembourg. I scored in the first leg and had a hat-trick of assists in the second.
Sadly, that second leg proved to be the last match that my international team mate and friend Anton Tinnerholm would play for Saint-Etienne, as he joined English side Queens Park Rangers. It was great that he went out on a high though, scoring a rare goal and picking up player of the match.
Overall I was very pleased with our transfer business though. The experienced Mathieu Debuchy arrived as Tinnerholm's replacement a couple of weeks later, and a hugely talented young attacking midfielder, Alen Halilovic, joined for a bargain 1.4m after failing to break into the first team at Barcelona. Keisuke Honda was another experienced head to join the club, and hopefully this means I will not be relied upon quite as heavily as I have been, and will be able to get some rest every now and again.
My performances in the Europa League played a huge part in our progression to the group stages of the competition. After the qualifying rounds I was just shy of the top of both the goals and assists chart, but was the highest rated player in the competition. We have been drawn into a very tough group alongside Porto, Villareal and Lech. We will do well to progress to the knockout stages, but that is the aim!
It's now January, and my impressive form for AS-Saint Etienne has continued. I'm top of the goalscoring charts for the club, and things are looking positive. We're now in the winter break, which in my case, was definitely needed, as I've been in need of a rest for a while.
I made a further three appearances for Sweden during this period as well, scoring once in a defeat to Serbia. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in and out of the squad since the World Cup, and it seems his days representing Sweden are numbered.
It was my performances in France that caught the eye, and at the tender age of 19, I received not only the Swedish Midfielder of the Year award, but also the overall Swedish Player of the Year. I was deeply honoured, and having won both of these, I am determined to hold onto them for as long as I possibly can!