Ekdal in 2012
|Full name||Albin Ekdal|
|Date of birth||28 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Siena (loan)||26||(1)|
|* 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 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. 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 and call-up to pre-season camp on 1 July.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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- "Hamburg announce Albin Ekdal signing". Soccernews. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
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- "Sveriges Radio - Sidan finns ej". Retrieved 17 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
- "Hjalmar Ekdal vill gå i brorsans fotspår" (in Swedish). Expressen. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017.