Roger Ljung

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Roger Ljung
Personal information
Full name Roger Ljung
Date of birth (1966-01-08) 8 January 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Lomma, Sweden
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Lunds BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Lunds BK 47 (9)
1985–1989 Malmö FF 53 (4)
1989–1990 Young Boys 29 (4)
1990–1991 FC Zürich 33 (0)
1991–1993 Admira Wacker 81 (26)
1993–1994 Galatasaray 25 (2)
1994–1995 MSV Duisburg 13 (0)
Total 218 (45)
National team
1984–1988 Sweden U21
1988–1995 Sweden 59 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roger Ljung (born 8 January 1966) is a Swedish retired footballer who played as a left defender.

In a ten-year professional career he played, other than in his country, in Switzerland, Austria, Turkey and Germany, representing six different teams, namely Malmö and Admira Wacker.

A Swedish international on nearly 60 occasions, Ljung represented the country in two World Cups – helping to a third-place finish in 1994 – and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lomma, Scania, Ljung started his football career at the age of six, with lowly Lunds BK. In 1985 he was purchased by Allsvenskan outfit Malmö FF, being mostly used as a substitute in his early years[1] and being on the roster as the club won five national championships in a row, with the player contributing regularly in the 1987 and 1988 editions.

In the summer of 1989 Ljung transferred to BSC Young Boys in Switzerland, moving in the following season to another club in the Swiss Super League, FC Zürich. He enjoyed his best individual years in Austria with FC Admira Wacker, scoring 26 Bundesliga goals in 67 games in his first two years combined, albeit without team silverware.

In 1994, after some months in Turkey with Galatasaray SK, Ljung transferred to MSV Duisburg in Germany.[2] After appearing in less of half of the games during the campaign and also suffering relegation from the Bundesliga, he decided to retire from football at only 29.

International career[edit]

Ljung played 59 matches for the Swedish national team, scoring four goals. He was picked for the squad that appeared in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, playing only once in an eventual group stage exit.

Ljung was also selected for the team in UEFA Euro 1992, played on home soil: his contribution to the final third-place was again minimal, as he only featured in the 2–3 semifinal loss against Germany.

In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Ljung opened the national team's scoring account in a 2–2 group stage draw against Cameroon.[3] This time, he was an undisputed starter for the side – playing in six of seven games – whom eventually finished third.

Ljung also participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, with Sweden ousting in the quarterfinals.[4]

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring from professional football in 1995, Ljung became a sports agent. He started his own agency in Lomma, Roger Ljung Promotion AB, being at the time one of only three licensed agents in the country;[5] newspaper Aftonbladet considered him to be Sweden's most successful agent.[6]

Ljung's most notable client was Fredrik Ljungberg, who played several years in the Premier League. He brokered his deal with Arsenal for a £3 million transfer fee, and the pair parted ways in December 2006 when the player signed with mega-agency Creative Artists.[7]

Other players Ljung worked for included Marcus Allbäck,[8] Patrik Andersson,[5] Erik Edman,[9] Andreas Isaksson,[10] Kim Källström,[11] and Teddy Lucic.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Från reservlaget till landslaget" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Svenska fotbollsspelare i Tyskland" [Swedish footballers in German] (in Swedish). Tysk Fotboll. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sweden - Cameroon 2-2 (1-1)". Planet World Cup. 19 June 1994. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Roger LjungFIFA competition record
  5. ^ a b "Marknaden mättad på agenter" (in Swedish). Sydsvenskan. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dahlins nya jobb – agent" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 18 April 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Arsène acts over movie star Freddie". Daily Mirror. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Saints interest in Allback confirmed". Sky Sports. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "One-third of Spurs' fee for Edman went to agents". The Guardian. 20 January 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "City let James go to Pompey". The Guardian. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Villa complete Scandinavian signing". The Guardian. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Teddy Lucic: Jag får mycket bra betalt" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 12 December 1998. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Magnus Andersson
Malmö FF
Captain

1989
Succeeded by
Per Ågren