Pontus Wernbloom

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Pontus Wernbloom
Pontus Wernbloom 2012.jpg
Wernbloom playing for CSKA Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Full name Pontus Anders
Mikael Wernbloom[1]
Date of birth (1986-06-25) 25 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Kungälv, Sweden
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
CSKA Moscow
Number 3
Youth career
1998–2001 Herrljunga SK
2001–2003 Kongahälla
2004–2005 IFK Göteborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 IFK Göteborg 94 (26)
2009–2012 AZ 67 (7)
2012– CSKA Moscow 74 (5)
National team
2006–2009 Sweden U21 24 (6)
2007– Sweden 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2014

Pontus Anders Mikael Wernbloom (born 25 June 1986 in Kungälv, Bohuslän) is a Swedish footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He is known as a very fearless defensive midfielder who is very capable in the air as well as with his feet. Often nicknamed 'Il Grande Pontus' (Literally translated 'The Big Pontus') by some of his fans, his colossal physique is perhaps one of the reasons he has gained such a nickname.

Club career[edit]

After playing for local club Herrljunga SK, he joined the youth team of IFK Göteborg in 2004, before being promoted to the senior team in 2005.[3] He quickly made a name for himself with his hard tackles, fighting spirit and generally fearless playing style. When Håkan Mild retired after the 2005 season, Wernbloom secured a place in the starting line-up. However during the following season he struggled to retain his place as the club changed its playing style under new management. When striker Marcus Berg left to play for FC Groningen in the summer of 2007, Wernbloom switched to forward and was able to be a starter once again.

In April 2009, he signed a contract with Dutch club AZ. He made his Eredivisie debut against Heracles Almelo on 2 August 2009 and scored his first goal in a 3–3 draw away to VVV on 21 February 2010. Wernbloom scored a goal in both play-off round legs against Kazakh side FC Aktobe, helping his team to qualify for the group stage of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.

In January 2012, Wernbloom left AZ for signing a long-term contract with the Russian top club CSKA Moscow.[4] Plagued by injuries, Wernbloom was plunged into the deep end against a highly-favored Real Madrid side in the knockout stages of the Champions League. In the game against his alleged favorite club, he scored a dramatic half-volley in the dying minutes to equalize 1–1.

International career[edit]

He debuted for the Sweden under-21 side in 2006, scoring a goal in the 12th minute of the match. On 7 January 2007, he was picked for the Swedish national team's January Tour in South America, and he made his debut on 18 January against Ecuador.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wernbloom married girlfriend Nina in 2010 who gave birth to their son Mille the following year.[6]

He openly took a stance against Sweden Democrats prior to the 2010 Swedish general election, and stated his support for the socialist side in Aftonbladet.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 27 August 2014[8][9][10]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup Continental2 Other3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
IFK Göteborg 2005 7 1 - 3 0 - 10 1
2006 24 6 - 2 0 - 26 6
2007 24 6 - - - 24 6
2008 26 8 - 3 2 1 0 30 10
2009 11 5 - - 1 0 12 5
Total 92 26 - 8 2 2 0 102 28
AZ 2009–10 23 1 2 0 - 4 0 1 0 28 1
2010–11 29 4 3 1 - 10 2 - 42 7
2011–12 11 0 2 1 - 9 4 - 22 5
Total 63 5 7 2 - 23 6 1 0 94 13
CSKA Moscow 2011–12 11 0 0 0 - 2 1 - 13 1
2012–13 26 4 4 0 - 2 0 - 32 4
2013–14 28 1 1 0 - 6 0 1 0 36 1
2014–15 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1 6 1
Total 70 5 5 0 - 10 1 2 1 87 7
Career total 225 36 12 2 - 41 9 5 1 283 48

1Includes Svenska Cupen, KNVB Cup and Russian Cup.

2Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

3Includes Svenska Supercupen, Johan Cruijff Shield and Russian Super Cup.

International[edit]

Sweden national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 1 0
2009 2 0
2010 8 2
2011 7 0
2012 10 0
2013 7 0
2014 3 0
Total 39 2

Statistics accurate as of match played 1 June 2014[11]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2010 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Hungary 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2. 2–0


Honours[edit]

IFK Göteborg
AZ
CSKA Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holm, Stefan (2 June 2012). "Jag lät honom alltid vinna, annars grät han". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pontus Wernbloom profile". CSKA Moscow official website. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Pontus Wernbloom: "Svenska spelare är för tråkiga" on www.ifkgoetborg.blogspot.com
  4. ^ "Official: CSKA Moscow snap up Pontus Wernbloom from AZ". www.goal.com/en. goal.com. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jag är en maträtt med mycket krydda i" on www.recept.nu
  6. ^ "Nina Wernbloom's blog" (in Swedish). Behindeveryman.se. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bodström: Gör Wernbloom till minister" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "P.Wernbloom". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pontus Wernbloom". http://www.national-football-teams.com/. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pontus Wernbloom" (in Swedish). http://svenskfotboll.se/. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pontus Wernbloom". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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