Pontus Farnerud

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Pontus Farnerud
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Personal information
Full name Hans Pontus Farnerud
Date of birth (1980-06-04) 4 June 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Helsingborg, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Landskrona BoIS 55 (14)
1998–2005 Monaco 94 (5)
1998–2003 Monaco B 17 (4)
2003–2004 Strasbourg (loan) 30 (0)
2005–2006 Strasbourg 32 (3)
2006–2008 Sporting CP 23 (0)
2008–2011 Stabæk 88 (8)
2012–2013 IFK Göteborg 49 (5)
Total 388 (39)
National team
2000–2001 Sweden U21 14 (6)
2002–2010 Sweden 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:32, 19 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Hans Pontus Farnerud (born 4 June 1980) is a former Swedish footballer.

Club career[edit]

Farnerud was born in Helsingborg, and grew up in Landskrona. After starting professionally at 16 with Landskrona BoIS he was acquired in 1999 by French side AS Monaco FC, and appeared in fifteen league matches as the club won the 2000 national title. After spending the 2003–04 season on loan to fellow Ligue 1 side RC Strasbourg he returned, playing in six UEFA Champions League contests and scoring once in the league, after only one minute on the pitch, in a 2–1 home win against FC Nantes.

In June 2005, Farnerud was bought definitely by Strasbourg, reuniting with younger brother Alexander.[1] The pair (with Pontus only missing two league matches) could not prevent a final relegation, as second from the bottom.

After that Farnerud moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer,[2] being scarcely used during two seasons. He then returned north, to Norway, signing a long-term contract with Stabæk Fotball on 23 July 2008. He helped to a national championship in his first season, eventually being named team captain.

Farnerud spent his two last seasons as a professional football player at Swedish side IFK Göteborg.

During autum 2013 it became known that Farnerud might end his career after the season, due to a hip injury that had prevented him from participating in many of the games during the season. A Facebook group named "We want Pontus Farnerud to stay" [translated] gained over 3000 members during the course of a few days. Nevertheless, in November 2013 Farnerud announced his retirement as professional football player.

International career[edit]

Farnerud was a full international from 2002 until 2010. He was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004, but did not leave the bench on either occasion.

Honours[edit]

Personal[edit]

Farnerud's younger brother, Alexander, is also a footballer. He too was a midfielder and a Swedish international.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strasbourg secure second Farnerud; UEFA.com, 16 June 2005
  2. ^ Sporting chance for Farnerud; UEFA.com, 22 June 2006

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