Albin Ekdal

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Albin Ekdal
Albin Ekdal 2012.jpg
Ekdal in 2012
Personal information
Full name Albin Ekdal
Date of birth (1989-07-28) 28 July 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2006 IF Brommapojkarna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 IF Brommapojkarna 24 (0)
2008–2010 Juventus 3 (0)
2009–2010 Siena (loan) 26 (1)
2010–2011 Bologna 22 (1)
2011–2015 Cagliari 114 (8)
2015– Hamburger SV 43 (1)
National team
2004–2006 Sweden U17 18 (5)
2007–2008 Sweden U19 8 (2)
2008–2010 Sweden U21 12 (2)
2011– Sweden 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:35, 5 November 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2017

Albin Ekdal (born 28 July 1989) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Club career[edit]


Albin Ekdal started his professional playing career with Brommapojkarna at the beginning of the 2007 Allsvenskan season. He played mainly as a central midfielder but also as an attacking midfielder or right midfielder.


On May 23, 2008, he signed an official four-year contract with Juventus F.C.. Ekdal turned down offers from other clubs including Chelsea and Inter before signing for Juventus FC.[1] Ekdal made his Serie A debut on October 18, 2008 in the 1–2 defeat against Napoli when he came on as a substitute in the 75th minute, replacing Christian Poulsen.


On July 15, 2009, A.C. Siena signed Ekdal on loan from Juventus F.C. for a season. In his lone season with the club, Ekdal was very impressive, making 27 appearances with 1 goal, although this was not enough to save the club from relegation. He was called up to end season friendly tour in the US from Juventus[2] and call-up to pre-season camp on 1 July.[3]


On June 28, 2010, Juventus F.C. sold 50% of their shares in Ekdal to Bologna. Before each season the two clubs need to come to terms in what club he will play that season. He quickly established himself as a starter for the club.[4]


On 24 June, he returned to Juventus as they beat Bologna in the blind auction. But on August 21, 2011 he was sold in a co-ownership deal to fellow Serie A club Cagliari Calcio.[5]

On September 28, 2014, Ekdal scored a hat-trick as Cagliari won 4–1 at Inter Milan.[6]

Hamburger SV[edit]

On 18 July 2015, German club Hamburger SV signed Ekdal from Cagliari on a four-year deal for €4.5 million which will earn him €600.000 per season.[7] He was given the number 20 shirt. On 3 March 2017, Ekdal scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 1-0 win against Hertha BSC.

International career[edit]

Ekdal made his debut for Sweden on 10 August 2011 in a friendly game against Ukraine.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Lennart Ekdal, an award-winning Swedish journalist, TV personality and newscaster known for his work for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and the financial magazine Veckans Affärer, as well as hosting TV shows such as Kalla fakta, Halvtid för Reinfeldt, Kvällsöppet med Ekdal & Hakelius and Hetluft.[8][9]

Ekdal's younger brother, Hjalmar Ekdal, is also a professional footballer who plays for IF Brommapojkarna.[10]


  1. ^ Albin Ekdal signs 4-year contract with Juventus Archived 2008-05-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "From Vinovo to New York!". Juventus FC. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Bianconeri al raduno, si parte!". Juventus FC (in Italian). 1 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Albin Ekdal flyttar till Bologna - DN.SE". 28 July 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  6. ^ "Inter 1 Cagliari 4: Ekdal hat-trick inspires sensational away win". Four Four Two. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hamburg announce Albin Ekdal signing". Soccernews. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lennart Ekdal prisad för sin journalistik - Kvällsöppet -". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sveriges Radio - Sidan finns ej". Retrieved 17 June 2016. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Hjalmar Ekdal vill gå i brorsans fotspår" (in Swedish). Expressen. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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