Patrik Andersson

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Patrik Andersson
Patrik Andersson.jpg
Patrik Andersson in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Patrik Jonas Andersson
Date of birth (1971-08-18) 18 August 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Borgeby, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1988 Bjärreds IF
1988–1989 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Malmö FF 90 (11)
1992–1993 Blackburn Rovers 12 (0)
1993–1999 Borussia Mönchengladbach 154 (10)
1999–2001 Bayern Munich 37 (1)
2001–2004 Barcelona 19 (0)
2004–2005 Malmö FF 19 (1)
Total 331 (23)
National team
1992 Sweden U23 4 (1)
1992–2002[2] Sweden 96 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrik "Bjärred" Jonas Andersson (pronounced [ˈpɑːtrɪk ˈanːdəˈʂɔn]; born 18 August 1971 in Borgeby) is a Swedish former footballer. Both his father, Roy Andersson, as well as his younger brother, Daniel Andersson, have also played professional football.

Andersson earned a total of 96 caps for the Swedish national team, scoring three goals. He won a bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Andersson also played in the team which reached the semi-finals in the 1992 European Championship. He was also part of the Swedish national squad that took part in the Euro 2000, 2002 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the Swedish squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.[3] In Euro 2000, he received a red card for a hard foul on Belgium's Bart Goor.[4]

Starting his career in the local club, Bjärreds IF, from which he also got his nickname, he moved on to Malmö FF, a team playing in the top national league.

In December 1992, he went professional as he moved to Blackburn Rovers for £800,000, where he stayed for one year, making just 12 Premier League appearances. However, he is notable for being one of the first foreign signings by Blackburn Rovers, and one of the relatively small group of foreigners who appeared in the first season of the new Premier League in England.[5]

His next step was to go to Germany and play for Borussia Mönchengladbach. There he won the DFB-Pokal with the team in 1995, but left the team as its performance deteriorated, in 1999. The famous Bayern Munich became his next club. His time with Bayern resulted in two Bundesliga championships (in the 2000–01 championship season he scored the final and decisive goal against Hamburger SV in the last minute[6] – his only goal for the club) as well as a DFB-Pokal and victory in the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League,[7] despite missing his penalty in the final shootout.[8] Andersson moved to Catalan giants FC Barcelona in 2001 and spent three injury-plagued seasons there.

For the 2004 season, Andersson came back to Malmö FF to play in the Swedish league again after 10 years. This year he captained Malmö FF who won their first Swedish league (Allsvenskan) title in 15 years. He has twice been awarded Guldbollen as the Swedish footballer of the year, in 1995 and 2001. After suffering yet another knee injury during a Champions League qualifier against Swiss team FC Thun on 10 August 2005,[9] Andersson announced his retirement from top level football on 12 August 2005. He is currently employed as the Scandinavian scout of Manchester United.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

[11]

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
1989 Malmö FF Allsvenskan 15 1
1990 20 2
1991 28 1
1992 27 7
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992–93 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 11 0
1993–94 1 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1993–94 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 1 0
1994–95 34 1
1995–96 33 4
1996–97 32 1
1997–98 30 3
1998–99 28 0
1999–2000 Bayern Munich 15 0
2000–01 20 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2001–02 Barcelona La Liga 12 0
2002–03 3 0
2003–04 4 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2004 Malmö FF Allsvenskan 10 1
Total Sweden 100 12
England 12 0
Germany 193 10
Spain 19 0
Career total 324 22

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Mönchengladbach
Bayern Munich
Malmö FF

Individual[edit]

  • Swedish Defender of the Year: 2001
  • Guldbollen: 1995, 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andersson, Patrik" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (30 October 2005). "Patrik Andersson – International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Patrik Andersson Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Belgium start with a bang". UEFA. Retrieved 21 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Boom and bust the Blackburn way". BBC. 13 May 1999. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Vier Minuten im Mai" (in German). sport1.de. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Patrik Andersson" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bayern crowned European champions". BBC Sport. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Roundup:Doubts surround 2 league kickoffs". The New York Times. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Ogden, Mark (24 August 2010). "Anderson makes successful return in Manchester United's £48m reserves". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Patrik Andersson" (in Japanese). level-k.com. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonas Thern
Sweden
Captain

1997–2002
Succeeded by
Olof Mellberg
Preceded by
Hasse Mattisson
Malmö FF
Captain

2004–2005
Succeeded by
Daniel Andersson