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 30)
Place of birth Landskrona, Sweden[1]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2001 Landskrona BoIS
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
1999–2001 Sweden U16 21 (9)
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 Serie A club Torino as a midfielder.

His brother Pontus is also a professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

Landskrona and Strasbourg[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 2001, they won promotion to the Allsvenskan, and in 2002, at age 18, he was already a starter for the club. With Landskrona, he scored 13 goals in 75 appearances in two and a half seasons.

On 15 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] He collected 16 appearances.


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]

Young Boys[edit]

On 18 January 2011, he changed teams and countries again, joining Swiss club BSC Young Boys for an undisclosed fee until 2014.[7] On 5 February, he made his debut in Super League against Bellinzona, and in the next game he scored twice in a 4–2 win against Zürich. On 16 May, in a 3–1 home win against Luzern, he provided two assists and a goal, while on 16 April he scored his second double of the season in a 4–0 win against Bellinzona. He finished the season with 17 appearances and 5 goals, helping the club finish third-place in the league standings.


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 became a consistent performer and pillar of the squad,[10] scoring again in the 14th round against Genoa and two days later against Udinese.[11] On 6 April 2014, he scored his fourth goal of the season against Catania, marking the temporary equaliser (1–1) in a 2–1 victory over the Sicilians.

International career[edit]

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 Coliseum, Oakland, United States  Mexico 0–1 0–1 Friendly




Coupe de la Ligue: 2004–05


  1. ^ a b "Farnerud, Alexander" (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sweden round-up: Landskrona stun champions". 4 July 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Strasbourg swoop for Farnerud". 15 November 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Strasbourg secure second Farnerud". 16 June 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuttgart snap up Farnerud". 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". (in Italian). La Stampa. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Torino: Farnerud, l'alfiere indispensabile di Ventura". (in Italian). Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Udinese-Torino 0–2. Gol di Farnerud e Immobile". (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "A. Farnerud". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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