Kačaniklić playing for Fulham in 2012
|Full name||Alexander Kačaniklić|
|Date of birth||13 August 1991|
|Place of birth||Helsingborg, Sweden|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger|
|2012||→ Watford (loan)||12||(1)|
|2013||→ Burnley (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:37, 2 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Alexander "Alex" Kačaniklić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Kачaниклић, Macedonian: Александар Kачaниклиќ; born 13 August 1991) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for Fulham and the Swedish national team. He normally plays on the left wing but can also play as a central midfielder.
Kačaniklić joined Liverpool from Swedish club Helsingborg in the summer of 2007. He scored "a wonderful effort" against Arsenal's youth team in the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup Final. He moved on to Fulham in August 2010, together with Lauri Dalla Valle, as part of the deal in which Fulham's Paul Konchesky joined Liverpool.
He made his Fulham debut on 30 March 2012, coming on as a substitute for the injured Pavel Pogrebnyak after 35 minutes. He almost scored a goal, as a clipped shot was parried by Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and hit the crossbar. He was praised by Martin Jol in his post-match press conference. He made his first start for Fulham in an away match against Bolton Wanderers on 7 April 2012. Fulham won the match 0–3, and Kačaniklić was subbed off after 88 minutes for fellow Academy graduate Marcello Trotta, who made his Premier League debut for Fulham. Shortly before the match, Jol confirmed that Fulham would offer Kačaniklić a new contract.
In the summer, Kačaniklić signed a new two-year deal with the option of a third year to stay at Craven Cottage. He scored his first goal for Fulham in the 5–0 drubbing at home against Norwich on the opening day of the 2012–13 season. He had a good start to the season, assisting both of Dimitar Berbatov's goals on 15 September against West Bromwich Albion. He scored a header at Arsenal on 10 November in a 3–3 draw. Kačaniklić then scored the winner in Fulham's 2–1 victory away at West Bromwich Albion on New Year's Day.
On 23 January 2014, Kačaniklić signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Fulham until June 2015.
On 30 January 2012, Kačaniklić joined Championship club Watford on a youth loan until the end of the season. He made his debut the next day in a 2–0 away win against Millwall. Kačaniklić scored his first goal in a 3–2 home win against Burnley on 3 March. After a series of impressive displays for Watford, Kačaniklić was recalled by his parent club, Fulham, on 27 March.
On 1 March 2013, Kačaniklić joined Championship side Burnley on loan until the end of the 2012–2013 season, and was given the number 19 shirt. He made his Burnley debut against Charlton Athletic on 2 March 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win for Burnley. He was recalled by Fulham on 18 April 2013.
Kačaniklić has played international football for Sweden in UEFA European football championship games at under-17 and under-19 levels. On 15 August 2012 he was called up to the Swedish national football team replacing Emir Bajrami for the match against Brazil. He was introduced as a substitute with 25 minutes left, coming on for Christian Wilhelmsson. Sweden lost the friendly match to Brazil on a scoreline of 0–3.
On 12 October 2012, Kačaniklić played his first competitive international, in the 2014 World Cup UEFA Group C qualifiers. In the match against the Faroe Islands he was introduced in the 62nd minute, with the result then being 1–0 for the opposition. Only three minutes later, after a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimović, Kačaniklić scored his first goal for his country, levelling the score to 1–1. Ten minutes further into the game Ibrahimović netted as well and the game ended 2–1 in favour of Sweden. Four days later on 16 October 2012, Sweden played again in the same competition, this time against Germany. Kačaniklić again started as a substitute but after Germany completely outplayed Sweden in the first half, Kačaniklić and Kim Källström were introduced by Swedish coach Erik Hamrén. The score was then 3–0 for Germany, and in the 57th minute things would get even worse for Sweden as Mesut Özil made it 4–0. After that however, Sweden managed to do the unimaginable, and with great performances from half-time substitutes Källström and Kačaniklić, they scored four goals and the game ended 4–4. Kačaniklić, who set up Johan Elmander for his goal which made the score 4–3, received praise in various media for his effort.
Kačaniklić’s older brother Robin is also a professional footballer. He currently plays for Swedish club Örgryte IS and has previously represented Scandinavian clubs such as FC Nordsjælland, Mjällby AIF and Helsingborgs IF. Their father was born in Sweden to immigrants from Macedonia (Yugoslavia at the time), and is of Serbian descent. Kačaniklić's mother is Swedish.
- As of 2 November 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Sweden national team|
Statistics accurate as of 25 March 2013
- Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first.
|1.||12 October 2012||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–1||2–1||2014 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||3 June 2013||Swedbank Stadion, Malmö, Sweden||Macedonia||1–0||1–0||International friendly|
|3.||15 October 2013||Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden||Germany||2–0||3–5||2014 World Cup qualifier|
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- FIFA Match report: Faroe Islands – Sweden, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- FIFA Match report: Germany – Sweden, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
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- "Games played by Alex Kacaniklic in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Games played by Alex Kacaniklic in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Games played by Alex Kacaniklic in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Alexander Kačaniklić". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Fulham F.C. profile
- Alex Kačaniklić career stats at Soccerbase
- Alex Kačaniklić – UEFA competition record