Anders Svensson (footballer)
Svensson playing for Elfsborg in 2012
|Full name||Anders Gunnar Svensson|
|Date of birth||17 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 5 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Anders Gunnar Svensson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈandɛʃ ˈsvɛnsɔn]; born 17 July 1976 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish international footballer who plays for Swedish side IF Elfsborg. He is a playmaker and a central midfielder, well known for his passing and set piece abilities. He was capped 148 times for the Swedish national football team and has been the captain of the Swedish national football team, before he retired from international football in 2013. He is the most capped male player for Sweden after passing Thomas Ravelli's previous record of 143 caps.
Svensson was born in Gothenburg to parents Bertil and Gun Svensson. Svensson has three brothers, the oldest one Thomas, Kristoffer and the youngest one Marcus. His father Bertil was his coach at Guldhedens IK. He grew up watching English football on television. In 1980, Svensson played for Hestrafors IF where he played for ten years.
As his role on the pitch is that of an offensive midfielder, although at Southampton he also played on the left of midfield. He made his breakthrough while playing for IF Elfsborg in the late 1990s before moving to English side Southampton in 2001.
Svensson moved to Southampton on 14 June 2001 for a £750,000 transfer fee. In England, he was a key player for Southampton; although near the end of his time with the club, he rarely cracked Gordon Strachan's starting-11. He played for Southampton in the 2003 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, which Southampton lost 1–0.
During his time for the Saints, Svensson made 140 appearances. Despite chairman Rupert Lowe allegedly offering a new contract, Svensson turned down the offer to return to his former club IF Elfsborg.
Return to IF Elfsborg
He is known to be a good free-kick taker, which he showed in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan, where he scored a free kick goal against Argentina, which effectively eliminated the opponent in the group stages. He set up the opening goal for Henrik Larsson against Senegal through an in-swinging corner. He nearly scored a golden goal in extra time but his shot from inside the box was denied by the post. He played for Sweden in the Euro 2004 as well as the 2006 World Cup.
However, he found form for the national team during the Euro 2008 qualifying stage. He played 11 games with 2 goals and 1 assist which led Sweden to the Euro 2008. Svensson played every minute of every game during Euro 2008, but did not find form. His frustration showed, conceding a few free kicks during their last game in the tournament. After Henrik Larsson retired and Zlatan Ibrahimović declared that he was unsure about his future in the national team, Svensson was the team captain for Sweden in a friendly against Italy (0–1). After Ibrahimović returned to the national team in the summer of 2010, Svensson was named co-captain, although Ibrahimović remained official captain on the pitch.
On 6 September 2013, Svensson became the joint most capped male player in Swedish football history, equalling Thomas Ravelli's record with his 143rd cap. It was to be a memorable night for Svensson, as he scored the winner as Sweden came from behind to beat Ireland 2–1. In November 2013, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) sparked a sexism scandal at its annual awards Gala when it presented Svensson with a Volvo car for winning 146 caps. The governing body was widely criticised for failing to honour Therese Sjögran, who had 187 caps.
- BT-Plaketten (Borås Tidning vote): 2 (2000, 2011)
- King's Cup
- Champions 2013, team captain
- FIFA World Cup
- Round of Sixteen, 2002, 2006
- European Football Championship
- Quarter-final, 2004
Svensson married Emma Johansson in July 2007 at Thorsborgs.
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- Vännerna berättar sagan om Anders Svenssons väg mot toppen
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- "Svensson: No Saints future". Sky Sports.
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- "Lady football ace gets car after sexist blunder". The Local. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
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