Andreas Isaksson

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Andreas Isaksson
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Isaksson playing for PSV Eindhoven in 2010
Personal information
Full name Andreas Isaksson
Date of birth (1981-10-03) 3 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Smygehamn, Sweden
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Kasımpaşa
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Trelleborg 11 (0)
1999–2001 Juventus 0 (0)
2001–2004 Djurgården 75 (0)
2004–2006 Rennes 62 (0)
2006–2008 Manchester City 19 (0)
2008–2012 PSV Eindhoven 124 (0)
2012– Kasımpaşa 56 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Sweden U16 19 (0)
1999 Sweden U18 1 (0)
1999–2003 Sweden U21 23 (0)
2002– Sweden 116 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 February 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2014

Andreas Isaksson (Swedish pronunciation: [anˈdreː.ˈas ˈɪːsak.ˈsɔn]; born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kasımpaşa in the Turkish Süper Lig.

Club career[edit]

Born in Smygehamn, Isaksson started his career with the team Trelleborg, where he played two seasons 1998 and 1999. He became known as a great goalkeeping prospect and was thus bought by Italian club Juventus in 1999, but with the likes of Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the squad, Isaksson never played a first-team game for the Turin club.

In 2001, he signed with Swedish team Djurgården in order to play first-team football. In his first two full seasons, 2002 and 2003, Djurgården won two straight Swedish titles as well as the cup in 2002. He was voted best Swedish goalkeeper for four consecutive years from 2002 to 2005.[1]

In July 2004, French club Rennes signed him, where he became the starting goalkeeper.

After World Cup 2006, he completed a £2 million move to Manchester City of the Premier League on 15 August 2006. He was expected to replace David James as their first choice keeper, but due to knee and ankle injuries[2] and the form of Nicky Weaver, he did not make his debut until 9 December 2006, when he replaced the injured Weaver in a Manchester derby match. After his second start for City on 14 March 2007, he played all of the remaining ten games of 2006–07, keeping four clean sheets, and saving a penalty kick from Jermain Defoe on the last day of the season.

Isaksson played the majority of Manchester City's next pre-season campaign in Sweden and Belgium, but after his thumb was fractured in a training session, he did not play for City in the first two months of 2007–08, picking up a knee injury right afterwards. Isaksson made his 07/08 debut for Manchester City by keeping a clean sheet against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup, on 31 October 2007. In November and December he had a run of five league games in the first team, as part of a rotation used by manager Sven-Göran Eriksson to decide upon his first-choice goalkeeper. However, his run was ended by an injury. While he was out, England U-21 goalkeeper Joe Hart took over in goal and impressed. The youngster kept his place even after Isaksson returned to full fitness and the Swede was once again relegated to the bench.

Manchester City confirmed that they would be willing to sell Isaksson at the end of the season, and his final appearance was in the humiliating 8–1 defeat by Middlesbrough which would have been even worse if not for several excellent saves by Isaksson.[3] Isaksson signed for Dutch champions PSV, thus enabling him to play in the Champions League.[4] He took over the number 1 shirt from Heurelho Gomes who transferred to Tottenham Hotspur. Isaksson tallied 124 league appearances for PSV before leaving the club in the summer of 2012 when his contract expired.

On 9 July 2012 it was confirmed that Isaksson had left PSV after four seasons to join newly promoted Turkish side Kasımpaşa S.K. on a free transfer.[5] On joining the club, Isaksson signed a three-year deal and became the Turkish side's sixth signing during the summer transfer window.[6]

International career[edit]

While at Djurgården, Isaksson established himself as the second-choice goalkeeper after Magnus Hedman for the Swedish national team, making his international debut against Switzerland in March 2002.[7] An injury to Hedman allowed Isaksson the opportunity to play for Sweden on a regular basis, playing in all but one of Sweden's qualifying matches for Euro 2004, and all of Sweden's matches during the tournament.

Isaksson playing for Sweden at UEFA Euro 2012.

Isaksson has remained the first-choice goalkeeper for his national team since Euro 2004, making three appearances in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. An injury prevented him from playing in more games. By July 2006, he had amassed 42 caps for his country.

Isaksson was selected for Sweden's Euro 2008 squad, and appeared in all three of Sweden's group games. He kept a clean sheet in Sweden's first match against Greece, which ended 2–0,[8] but Sweden were unable to reach the quarterfinals.

Isaksson was also first choice goalkeeper through Sweden's disappointing qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as well as the qualifying rounds for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. On 29 May 2012, national team manager Erik Hamrén announced his final 23-man squad for the Euros, including the vastly experienced Isaksson.[9] Isaksson again appeared in all three group games as Sweden failed to make it out of group play, although he did keep a clean sheet in their 2–0 victory over France in the final match.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 February 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1999 Trelleborg Allsvenskan 11 0 11 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Juventus Serie A 0 0
2000–01 0 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2001 Djurgården Allsvenskan 22 0 1 0 23 0
2002 20 0 5 0 6 0 31 0
2003 26 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
2004 7 0 0 0 7 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2004–05 Rennes Ligue 1 38 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 42 0
2005–06 24 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 28 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Manchester City Premier League 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2007–08 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 PSV Eredivisie 33 0 4 0 6 0 43 0
2009–10 34 0 4 0 12 0 50 0
2010–11 34 0 0 0 11 0 45 0
2011–12 23 0 0 0 1 0 24 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Kasımpaşa S.K. Süper Lig 23 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Total Sweden 86 0 8 0 0 0 8 0 102 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 62 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 70 0
England 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
Netherlands 107 0 8 0 0 0 30 0 145 0
Turkey 23 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Career total 297 0 24 0 2 0 40 0 363 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sweden Djurgården:

Netherlands PSV Eindhoven:

Country[edit]

Sweden

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Previous winners". SvenskFotboll. Retrieved 21 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Isaksson faces fight with Weaver for No 1 shirt". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  3. ^ Bevan, Chris (11 May 2008). "Middlesbrough 8–1 Man City". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Galatasaray sk sign Man City keeper Isaksson". BBC Sport. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Isaksson joins Kasimpasa". ESPN. 9 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Isaksson leaves PSV for Kasımpaşa". UEFA. 9 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Andreas Isaksson". 2006 FIFA World Cup official website. Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  8. ^ "Sweden hand holders reality check". UEFA. Retrieved 11 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sweden include Mikael Lustig in 23-man squad for Euro 2012". STV. 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sweden 2 France 0: Ibra-cadabra! Zlatan magic condemns Les Bleus to Spain clash". Daily Mail. 19 June 2012. 

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