Marcus Berg

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Marcus Berg
HSV Berg.jpg
Berg with Hamburger SV
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-08-17) 17 August 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Torsby, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos FC
Number 9
Youth career
Torsby IF
2002 IFK Velen
2003–2004 IFK Göteborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 IFK Göteborg 53 (21)
2007–2009 Groningen 56 (32)
2009–2013 Hamburger SV 54 (5)
2010–2011 PSV (loan) 25 (8)
2013– Panathinaikos 29 (15)
National team
2004–2005 Sweden U19 8 (3)
2006–2009 Sweden U21 19 (8)
2008– Sweden 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2014

Marcus Berg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmarkɵs bærj]; born 17 August 1986 in Torsby) is a Swedish football striker who plays for Greek team Panathinaikos. In Sweden he is nicknamed Svarte-Marcus ("Black Marcus") due to scoring a lot of goals in the junior teams, in reference to Filip "Svarte-Filip" Johansson.

Club career[edit]

Youth years[edit]

Berg started to play for a local club Torsby IF in 2002. After that, he moved to IFK Göteborg in 2003. He also had an ambition to join Manchester United at the age of 19.

IFK Göteborg[edit]

After spending two years in the youth team, in the season 2005, Berg was promoted to the regular squad and played for IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. During the time playing for IFK Göteborg, he played alongside his older brother Jonatan.

Berg played for IFK Göteborg until the 2007 summer and put forth an attracting performance throughout his final season, as he maintained a high scoring efficiency throughout the league matches. Göteborg won the league that season and Berg received a standing ovation upon leaving the field after the 5–0 away victory over Kalmar FF where Berg scored, which was his last for the club because of his suspension for the game against Djurgårdens IF.

Berg with Groningen

Groningen[edit]

On 10 August 2007, Dutch side FC Groningen signed Berg for a reported £2.5 million[2] to replace the departing AFC Ajax-bound Luis Suárez.

Berg had a good debut season in the Netherlands. Although he was not the top scorer in the Eredivisie in 2007–08, he scored 18 goals for Groningen, helping the Dutch outfit to a seventh place finish.

In the 2008–09 season, Groningen remained top of the Eredivisie table after five games played. Berg had a good display as well.[3] He managed to score 13 goals in 15 matches. He also scored four goals in a December game against Roda JC.

Hamburg[edit]

On 17 July 2009, Hamburger SV confirmed that Berg had signed a five-year contract with the club.[4][5] The official FC Groningen website mentioned it was a record fee paid for a Groningen player. Dagblad van het Noorden, a Dutch newspaper, stated that Berg swapped clubs for €10.5 million. The contract also mentioned that a friendly match will be played between Groningen and Hamburg in the summer of 2010 or 2011 in the Euroborg, the main stadium of Groningen. Although initially the fee of €9.5 million was too high for Hamburg, Berg's desire of moving to Bundesliga persuaded Groningen to complete the transfer. In his first Bundesliga game for Hamburg, playing at home against Borussia Dortmund, Berg scored his first goal for the club in the 72nd minute, just 182 seconds after coming off the bench, a record in the club's history. Despite the promising start, his debut season in the Bundesliga would not become a success, with Berg only scoring three additional goals in 30 appearances.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

On 17 July 2010, PSV Eindhoven and Hamburger SV agreed a loan deal[6] with the result that Berg plays for PSV Eindhoven the 2010–11 season.

Return to Hamburg[edit]

After returning from his loan spell at PSV, Berg only made 13 appearances the 2011–12 Bundesliga due to injuries and continued lack of form, scoring once. On 9 November 2012, Hamburger SV Athletic supervisor Frank Arnesen stated that the club had to sell five players to raise funds after having invested heavily in new players in the previous summer (including Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart). One of these five players was said to be Marcus Berg.[7] After these news, Berg was linked with a return to his former club IFK Göteborg.[8]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 4 July 2013, it was revealed that Berg had travelled to Athens, in order to sign with Panathinaikos. On 8 July 2013, Panathinaikos announced that Berg had signed a contract with the team for four years.[9] On 18 August 2013, in his debut appearance, Berg scored his first goal with Panathinaikos, as his team won the game against Panetolikos F.C.On the first derby of the year against P.A.O.K. F.C., Berg scored Panathinaikos' goal and lost a penalty, as his team lost with a score of 2-1. On 2 March 2014, Berg was the MVP in the 3-0 away victory against Olympiacos with one goal and one assist for Danijel Pranjić. This was the biggest away victory in the history of the Eternal Rivals. The following week, he scored a hat-trick when Panathinaikos defeated Aris 4-1 at home.[10] On 26 April 2014, in the Greek Cup final against rivals PAOK, Berg scored a hat-trick, leading Panathinaikos to a 4-1 victory, who won the Greek Cup as they had done in 2010

Style of play[edit]

Berg is renowned for his heading ability, first touches, and being able to shoot and pass with both his right and left foot.[11] He is also known for his tactical dribbles and scoring from unusual angles. Berg scored 15 goals in his first season in the Eredivisie, having only played 25 matches due to having a back-strain injury.[12] In his second season for Groningen, he scored 13 goals in the first 15 matches and was by then the second highest goalscorer in the league. He also showed his scoring ability in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which he scored a record-breaking seven goals in four matches. His excellent performance earned him the player of the tournament award.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014

Club Season League Cup* Europe** Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
IFK Göteborg 2005 14 3 1 0 8 4 4 1 27 8
2006 22 4 2 1 6 1 14 5 44 11
2007 17 14 3 4 0 0 6 1 26 19
Total 53 21 6 5 14 5 24 7 97 38
Groningen 2007–08 25 15 5 3 1 0 0 0 31 18
2008–09 31 17 7 9 0 0 0 0 38 26
Total 56 32 12 12 1 0 0 0 69 44
Hamburg 2009–10 30 4 1 0 13 6 0 0 44 10
Total 30 4 1 0 13 6 0 0 44 10
PSV (loan) 2010–11 25 8 3 1 13 2 0 0 41 11
Total 25 8 3 1 13 2 0 0 41 11
Hamburg 2011–12 13 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 2
2012–13 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 24 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 26 3
Panathinaikos 2013–14 30 16 5 7 0 0 0 0 35 23
Total 30 16 5 7 0 0 0 0 35 23
Career total 217 81 29 27 41 13 24 7 312 129

(* Includes Svenska Cupen, KNVB Cup, Eredivisie Play-offs and DFB-Pokal)

(** Includes Royal League, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League)

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 June 2009 Ullevi, Gothenburg  Malta 4–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 14 October 2009 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Albania 2–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 29 May 2010 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4–2 4–2 Friendly
4. 7 September 2010 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö  San Marino 6–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 8 February 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 0–2 0–2 Friendly
6. 11 September 2012 Swedbank Stadion, Malmö  Kazakhstan 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

IFK Göteborg
Panathinaikos

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcus Berg" (in German). Hamburger SV. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Groningen Swoop for Berg". sportinglife.com. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kommt Schweden-Knipser Marcus Berg für vier Jahre?" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hamburg clinch Berg deal". Sky Sports. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Marcus Berg joins Hamburger SV". DFL. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "PSV land Berg on loan from Hamburg". UEFA.com. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Arnesen: Hamburg must offload five players". goal.com. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "IFK Göteborg vill köpa tillbaka Berg" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Συμφωνία με Μπεργκ" (in Greek). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.superleaguegreece.net/game/1314249
  11. ^ "HSV-Neuzugang Eljero Elia lobt Schweden-Stürmer Marcus Berg" (in German). bild.de. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "HSV macht Verpflichtung von Stürmer Berg perfekt" (in German). NDR. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 

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