Niclas Alexandersson

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Niclas Alexandersson
Niclas Alexandersson 2006.jpg
Alexandersson with Sweden at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Jens Niclas Alexandersson
Date of birth (1971-12-29) 29 December 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Halmstad, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Vessigebro BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Halmstads BK 157 (29)
1996–1997 IFK Göteborg 52 (13)
1997–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 75 (8)
2000–2003 Everton 58 (4)
2003–2004 West Ham United (loan) 8 (0)
2004–2008 IFK Göteborg 119 (18)
2009 IFK Göteborg 5 (1)
Total 474 (73)
National team
1992 Sweden U23 3 (0)
1993–2008[1] Sweden 109 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:39, 6 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2008

Jens Niclas Alexandersson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈnɪklɑs ɑlɛkˈsɑndɛʂɔn] (born on 29 December 1971 in Halmstad, Sweden) is a retired Swedish football midfielder. He played as a right winger and right full back. Apart from his versatility, he is known for his dribbling and stamina.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career with local club Vessigebro BK he moved to Halmstads BK in 1988. He played for the team until 1995, when he joined IFK Göteborg, with whom he won the Swedish Championships and played in the UEFA Champions League. After one year in Gothenburg, he moved on to England, where he was signed for £750,000 by Ron Atkinson for Sheffield Wednesday.[2] He played for three seasons in Sheffield, where he became a fan's favorite and won the Player of The Season award the year the team was relegated.[2] After relegation he was signed by Everton for £2.5m where he played for from 2000–2003, until he moved back to Gothenburg, where he played from 2004–2008. After the retirement last season he has been working on IFK Göteborg project Änglagårdskolan. Is a school where you can combine school and football in the spirit of IFK Göteborg. 27 September 2009, newspapers told that Niclas is going for a comeback and will be start training again on 29 September 2009.[3] On 2 October 2009 it was revealed that Alexandersson has sign a contract for the rest of the season.[4] After the season, he retired for good.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the national team in 1993, and has since participated in 100 international games, scoring seven goals. His participation in the national team includes the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup and one European Championship (Euro 2000). He was also a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. One of his goals came in Sweden's 1–1 draw against England, which he shot powerfully from outside the box and passed through David Seaman during the group stages of the 2002 World Cup.

The day after Sweden's exit from Euro 2008 he decided that he would retire from the national team alongside Marcus Allbäck, however he also said that if it was needed, due to injuries, he would play for the national team again.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Alexandersson was born in Halmstad on 29 December 1971 to father Lennart Alexandersson, a former Halmstads BK player. He grew up in Falkenberg, where he started playing football in the local club Vessigebro BK. In 1978, his brother Daniel Alexandersson, who is also a professional football player, was born. In 1988, he moved to Halmstad to play for Halmstads BK. While living in Halmstad, he attended Sannarpsgymnasiet, the same school Swedish footballer Fredrik Ljungberg attended.

Alexandersson married his wife Frida. The couple had first child Tilda in 1999 and son named Noah in 2001.[6] While playing football, Alexandersson's family has lived in numerous places including Sheffield, Liverpool, and London before returning to Gothenborg.

Career table[edit]

Club Season Dom. league Dom. cup Int. cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Vessigebro BK −1988 Youth football
Total –1988 Youth football
Halmstads BK 1989 4 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥4 ≥0
1990 22 2 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥22 ≥2
1991 28[7] 7 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥28 ≥7
1992 27[8] 7 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥27 ≥7
1993 25 4 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥25 ≥4
1994 25 4 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥25 ≥4
1995 26 5 ? ? 4[9] 0 ? ? ≥30 ≥5
Total 1988–95 157 29 ? ? 4 0 ? ? ≥161 ≥29
IFK Göteborg 1996 26 7 6 2 7[10] 1 15 2 54 12
1997 26 6 2 0 7[10] 0 15 1 50 7
Total 1996–97 52 13 8 2 14 1 30 3 104 19
Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 1997–98 6 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥6 ≥0
1998–99 32 3 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥32 ≥3
1999–2000 37 5 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥37 ≥5
Total 1997–2000 75 8 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥75 ≥8
Everton F.C. 2000–01 20 2 3 0 0 0 ? ? ≥23 ≥2
2001–02 31 2 4 0 0 0 ? ? ≥35 ≥2
2002–03 7 0 1 1 0 0 ? ? ≥8 ≥1
2003–04 0 0 0 0 0 0 ? ? ≥0 ≥0
Total 2000–04 58 4 8 1 0 0 ? ? ≥66 ≥5
West Ham United F.C. (on loan) 2003–04 8 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥8 ≥0
Total 2003–04 8 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ? ≥8 ≥0
IFK Göteborg 2004 26 4 6 2 3[11] 0 5 0 40 6
2005 26 6 1 0 13[12] 2 6 1 46 9
2006 24 0 1 0 6[13] 1 8 2 39 3
2007 20 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 28 2
Total 2004– 96 12 11 2 22 3 24 3 153 20
IFK Göteborg totals 1996– 148 25 19 4 36 4 54 6 257 39
Career totals 1988– 446 66 ≥27 ≥5 40 4 ≥54 ≥6 ≥567 ≥81

Notes[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Håkan Mild
IFK Göteborg
Captain

2006–2008
Succeeded by
Adam Johansson