Rasmus Lindgren

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Rasmus Lindgren
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Personal information
Date of birth (1984-11-29) 29 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Landskrona, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Groningen
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2003 Landskrona BoIS
2003–2005 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Ajax 4 (0)
2005–2008 FC Groningen 82 (4)
2008–2011 Ajax 54 (6)
2011–2012 Red Bull Salzburg 20 (1)
2013– FC Groningen 35 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Sweden U21 9 (0)
2008–2009 Sweden 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 January 2008 (UTC)

Rasmus Lindgren (born 29 November 1984 in Landskrona) is a Swedish footballer who currently plays for FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie. It is the second period for him at FC Groningen, other clubs he played for include Ajax and Red Bull Salzburg.

Club career[edit]

AFC Ajax (first period)[edit]

In 2003, Lindgren moved from Landskrona BoIS in Sweden to AFC Ajax in The Netherlands.[1] Initially, he played for their famous youth system, but he managed to become a member of the first squad in 2005 and would become the captain at the club. He made his debut in the 1–2 away win in the Eredivisie against NAC Breda on 13 February 2005.[2] After the match, Lindgren says he is happy to make his debut and expected to make his way into the first team.[3] He played 4 matches in the 2004–05 Eredivisie, but he didn't manage to secure a place in the starting line-up. Ajax and Lindgren agreed that he would go on loan the next season.

FC Groningen[edit]

Lindgre non-the training field of Groningen in 2006.

On 9 August 2005 it was announced that Lindgren would join FC Groningen for a 1-year loan period.[4] Having made his debut on the opening game, Lindgren would score his first goal, the next game, in a 2–1 loss against RKC Waalwijk seven days later. In the 2005–06 season, he played most matches and FC Groningen was satisfied with his performance. On 1 March 2006 it was announced that Lindgren would sign a new deal, making him a FC Groningen player for 4 years.[5] His transfer fee was 300k Euros.[6] During his total 2 12-year stay at FC Groningen, Lindgren became one of the most important players in the squad, playing a total of 82 Eredivisie-matches (4 goals). His performances led to a renewal of AFC Ajax' interest in him.

AFC Ajax (second period)[edit]

On 28 January 2008 he moved back to Ajax, signing a 3 12-year deal.[7] The transfer fee was about 2.5 million Euros.[8] In the second half of the 2007–08 season and in the start of the 2008–09 season, he is a regular first team player. However, several injuries limit the number of matches he could play, also resulting in becoming a regular substitute in the 2009–10 season under head-coach Martin Jol.

This situation does not change in the next season under new head-coach Frank de Boer and Lindgren announces in Swedish media that something new might be good.[9] In the beginning of the 2010–11 season Lindgren scored an important goal against PAOK F.C. in the UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round helping AFC Ajax to move to the Play-off round, ultimately leading to qualification to the Group stage. During his second period at AFC Ajax Lindgren played 54 Eredivisie-matches (6 goals), resulting in the 2010–11 Eredivisie title and the 2009–10 KNVB Cup victory.

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

Rasmus Lindgren in his first league match for Red Bull Salzburg.

On 20 June 2011, it was announced that Lindgren would join Red Bull Salzburg on a 2-year deal starting from the 2011–12 season. On the opening game of the season, Lindgren made his debut, playing in defensive midfield position, in a 2–0 win over Austria Wien. Soon in the second round of Austrian Cup, Lindgren scored his first goal in a 4–0 win over SAK Klagenfurt. In March, Lindgren scored his first league goal in a 2–2 draw against Admira Wacker Mödling. In the conclusion of the season, the club would win not only Austrian Cup, but also Austrian Champion.

At the end of the season, He was given a free transfer as the club need to rebuild the squad[10]

FC Groningen (second period)[edit]

In late November, it was announced that Lindgren would make a return to the Netherlands, rejoining FC Groningen on a three-year deal though unable to made his debut until January.[11] After the move, Lindgren said he was pleased to make his return to Groningen, though he is keen to make a return to Scandinavia.[12] Having been unveiled, Lindgren started training with the club.[13] On 20 January 2013, He made his debut in the Groningen starting lineup in a 2–0 loss to Utrecht. After the match, Lindgren said he was disappointed with his comeback match.[14]

International career[edit]

After making 9 appearances in the U21 team, he made his debut for Sweden on 19 November 2008, in a 3–1 defeat to the Netherlands.

Statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2011,[15][16]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2004–05 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 4 0 - - 1 0 5 0
2005–06 FC Groningen 32 3 4 0 0 0 36 3
2006–07 30 0 2 1 2 0 34 1
2007–08 20 1 2 0 2 0 24 1
2007–08 AFC Ajax 11 2 0 0 0 0 11 2
2008–09 22 2 2 0 8 0 32 2
2009–10 6 1 1 0 0 0 7 1
2010–11 15 1 2 0 7 1 24 2
Austria League Austrian Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Red Bull Salzburg Bundesliga 20 1 - - - - 20 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2012–13 FC Groningen Eredivisie 14 0 0 0 - - 14 0
2013–14 21 0 0 0 - - 21 0
Total Netherlands 175 10 13 1 20 1 194 12
Austria 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Career total 195 10 13 1 20 1 214 13

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

Red Bull Salzburg

  • Austrian Champion (1): 2012
  • Austrian Cup (1): 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lindgren tekent contract AFC Ajax, retrieved 21 June 2011
  2. ^ Rasmus Lindgren maakt officieel debuut AFC Ajax, retrieved 21 June 2011
  3. ^ "Lindgren pleased with debut". Sky Sports. 16 January 2003. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Lindgren verhuurd aan FC Groningen AFC Ajax, retrieved 21 June 2011
  5. ^ Rasmus Lindgren naar FC Groningen AFC Ajax, retrieved 21 June 2011
  6. ^ Soccerway profile Soccerway, retrieved 21 June 2011
  7. ^ Ajax versterkt zich met Lindgren AFC Ajax, retrieved 21 June 2011
  8. ^ Soccerway profile Soccerway, retrieved 21 June 2011
  9. ^ Lindgren: 'Misschien is het wel tijd voor iets nieuws' Voetbal International, retrieved 21 June 2011
  10. ^ Ajacied Lindgren verhuist naar Red Bull Salzburg Voetbal International, retrieved 21 June 2011
  11. ^ "Rasmus Lindgren has completed a move back to his former club Groningen". Sky Sports. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lindgren temptert expectations: "Am not Maradona '" [Lindgren temptert verwachtingen: 'Ben geen Maradona'] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "In short – Minute's silence in Belgium, under 19 loot Germany" [Kortom – Minuut stilte in België, onder 19 loot Duitsland] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lindgren disappointed with comeback match in Groningen" [Lindgren baalt van teleurstellende rentree bij Groningen] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rasmus Lindgren Statistics". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Rasmus Lindgren Statistics". Voetbal International. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 

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