Alexander Farnerud

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Alexander Farnerud
Alexander Farnerud bei einem Testspiel in Wernau.JPG
Farnerud in a friendly game with Stuttgart
Personal information
Full name Alexander Farnerud
Date of birth (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Landskrona, Sweden[1]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Torino
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Landskrona BoIS 75 (13)
2003–2006 Strasbourg 81 (6)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart 20 (0)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart II 4 (1)
2008–2011 Brøndby IF 73 (18)
2011–2013 Young Boys 82 (16)
2013– Torino 23 (4)
National team
1999–2000 Sweden U16 16 (7)
2001 Sweden U18 5 (2)
2001–2002 Sweden U19 6 (3)
2002–2006 Sweden U21 35 (12)
2003–2010 Sweden 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 15 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander Farnerud (born 1 May 1984) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Torino F.C. in Serie A, as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Being born in Landskrona,[1] Farnerud made his professional debuts for Landskrona BoIS, scoring in one of his first top flight matches, a 2–1 home win against reigning champions Hammarby IF.[2]

In November 2003, he was bought by France's RC Strasbourg,[3] being an automatic first-choice in his two-and-a-half-season spell. In his first and third seasons in Ligue 1, Farnerud played alongside older brother Pontus who was first loaned by AS Monaco FC, then acquired.[4]

Upon Strasbourg 2006 relegation, Farnerud moved to VfB Stuttgart in Germany, on a four-year deal.[5] He was used sporadically during the course of two Bundesliga campaigns, appearing nine times for the 2007 champions.

On 8 July 2008, Farnerud signed with Brøndby IF.[6] On 18 January 2011 he changed teams and countries again, joining Swiss club BSC Young Boys for an undisclosed fee until 2014.[7]

Torino[edit]

On 19 June 2013 Farnerud was signed by Italian side Torino, who purchased him outright for €1.8 million, on a three-year contract.[8][9]

He made his debut with the granata on 17 August 2013, in Coppa Italia against Pescara, which ended in a 1–2 defeat for Torino. On 20 October 2013, he scored his first goal in Serie A, leading the scoreline to 3–3 home draw against Inter Milan. After a difficult start to the season, in which he was often benched, he soon became a constant performer and pillar of the squad,[10] scoring again in the 14th round against Genoa and two days later against Udinese.[11]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 February 2003 National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 0–3 1–4 King's Cup
2. 28 January 2009 O.co Coliseum, Oakland, United States  Mexico 0–1 0–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Stuttgart
Strasbourg

Personal[edit]

Farnerud's older brother, Pontus, is also a footballer. He too was a midfielder and a Swedish international.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Farnerud, Alexander" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sweden round-up: Landskrona stun champions". UEFA.com. 4 July 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Strasbourg swoop for Farnerud". UEFA.com. 15 November 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Strasbourg secure second Farnerud". UEFA.com. 16 June 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuttgart snap up Farnerud". UEFA.com. 29 May 2006. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Farnerud to Bröndby". VfB Stuttgart. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Farnerud klar för Young Boys" [Farnerud confirmed at Young Boys] (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Carminati, Nadia (19 June 2013). "Serie A side Torino announced signing of Alexander Farnerud from Young Boys". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toro, preso il jolly svedese Farnerud A un passo il riscatto di Rodriguez". lastampa.it (in Italian). La Stampa. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Torino: Farnerud, l'alfiere indispensabile di Ventura". calciomercato.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Udinese-Torino 0-2. Gol di Farnerud e Immobile". gazzetta.it (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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