Pär Zetterberg

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Pär Zetterberg
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Personal information
Full name Pär Zetterberg
Date of birth (1970-10-14) 14 October 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Falkenberg, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1986 Falkenbergs FF
1986–1991 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Falkenbergs FF 7 (0)
1989–2000 Anderlecht 195 (49)
1991–1993 Charleroi (loan) 62 (11)
2000–2003 Olympiacos 61 (7)
2003–2006 Anderlecht 89 (23)
Total 414 (90)
National team
Sweden U16[1] 11 (2)
Sweden U23[2] 1 (0)
1993–1999 Sweden 30 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pär Zetterberg (pronounced [ˈpæː ˈʂɛttərˈbærj];[3] born 14 October 1970) is a Swedish former football midfielder, who played most of his career for R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Zetterberg started his career at his local club, Falkenbergs FF, but after only seven games at senior level he became professional, joining the Belgian team RSC Anderlecht. He has remained loyal to Anderlecht, except for spells at Charleroi (1991–1993) and Olympiacos F.C. (2000–2003).

He has twice been football player of the year in Belgium and won the Guldbollen as the Swedish Footballer of the Year in 1997. He has also won the Belgian as well as the Greek championships three times. Zetterberg has been capped 30 times for Sweden.[4] In Belgium, he has won the Fair player of the year prize 6 times. He was one of the most respected players ever, because of his positive attitude on as well as off the field. He also excelled in creativity, which led to the many beautiful goals and assists he made. He quit football after the season 2005–2006 and has continued to work at RSC Anderlecht, as youth scout.

He was regarded as one of the most talented footballers in Sweden in his time but due to getting into a serious argument with Tommy Söderberg, the then new coach of the Swedish national team, he said he won't play for the national team as long as Söderberg coach and only played a total of 30 games for his country.

Zetterberg suffers from diabetes type 1.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

[6]

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 Europe Total
1986[7] Falkenberg Division 3 7 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Anderlecht First Division 2 0
1991–92 Charleroi (loan) 29 5
1992–93 33 6
1993–94 Anderlecht 22 3
1994–95 24 3
1995–96 33 5
1996–97 32 12
1997–98 25 7
1998–99 24 7
1999-00 33 12
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Olympiacos Alpha Ethniki 22 4
2001–02 15 0
2002–03 24 3
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Anderlecht First Division 30 7
2004–05 29 8
2005–06 30 8
Country Sweden 7 0
Belgium 346 83
Greece 61 7
Total 414 90
Sweden national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 6 1
1994 0 0
1995 3 0
1996 8 0
1997 9 5
1998 3 0
1999 1 0
Total 30 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Anderlecht
Olympiacos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frantz, Alf; Glanell, Tomas; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2008). Det svenska fotbollslandslaget 1908–2008 [The Swedish National Football Team 1908–2008] (in Swedish). Vällingby: CA Strömberg AB. ISBN 91-86184-69-5. 
  2. ^ Frantz, Alf; Glanell, Tomas; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2008). Det svenska fotbollslandslaget 1908–2008 [The Swedish National Football Team 1908–2008] (in Swedish). Vällingby: CA Strömberg AB. ISBN 91-86184-69-5. 
  3. ^ Pronounced in isolation: [ˈpæːr ˈsɛttərˈbærj]
  4. ^ Mastrogiannopoulos, Alexander (11 December 2009). "Sweden – Record International Players". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ "Diabetic Designed: Pär Zetterberg". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Pär Zetterberg at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ Frantz, Alf; Glanell, Tomas; Persson, Gunnar, eds. (2008). Det svenska fotbollslandslaget 1908–2008 [The Swedish National Football Team 1908–2008] (in Swedish). Vällingby: CA Strömberg AB. ISBN 91-86184-69-5.