Alexander Farnerud

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Alexander Farnerud
Alexander Farnerud bei einem Testspiel in Wernau.JPG
Farnerud in a friendly game with Stuttgart
Personal information
Full name Alexander Farnerud
Date of birth (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Landskrona, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2001 Landskrona BoIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Landskrona BoIS 75 (13)
2003–2006 Strasbourg 81 (6)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart 20 (0)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart II 4 (1)
2008–2011 Brøndby IF 73 (18)
2011–2013 Young Boys 82 (16)
2013– Torino 45 (5)
National team
1999–2001 Sweden U16 21 (9)
2001–2002 Sweden U19 6 (3)
2002–2006 Sweden U21 35 (12)
2003– Sweden 8 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander Farnerud (born 1 May 1984) is a Swedish footballer who plays for Italian club Torino and the Swedish national team as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Landskrona / Strasbourg[edit]

Born in Landskrona[1] and raised in Helsingborg, Farnerud made his professional debuts for Landskrona BoIS, scoring in one of his first top flight matches, a 2–1 home win against reigning champions Hammarby.[2]

On 15 November 2003, he was bought by France's Strasbourg,[3] being an automatic first-choice in his two-and-a-half-season spell. In his first and third seasons in Ligue 1, Farnerud played alongside older brother Pontus who was first loaned by AS Monaco, then acquired.[4]

Stuttgart / Brøndby[edit]

Upon Strasbourg's 2006 relegation, Farnerud moved to VfB Stuttgart in Germany, on a four-year deal.[5] He was used sporadically during the course of two Bundesliga campaigns, appearing nine times for the 2007 champions.

On 8 July 2008, Farnerud signed with Brøndby.[6]

Young Boys[edit]

On 18 January 2011 Farnerud changed teams and countries again, joining Swiss club Young Boys for an undisclosed fee until 2014.[7] On 5 February he made his Super League debut, against Bellinzona, and in the next game he scored twice in a 4–2 win over Zürich.


On 18 June 2013 Farnerud was signed by Italian side Torino, for 1.8 million on a three-year contract.[8][9] He made his official debut on 17 August 2013, in a Coppa Italia against contest Pescara which ended in a 1–2 loss. On 20 October he scored his first goal in Serie A, opening the scoreline in an eventual 3–3 home draw against Inter Milan.

After a difficult start to the season, in which he was often benched, Farnerud became a regular and consistent performer for Toro,[10] netting again in the 14th round against Genoa and two days later against Udinese.[11]

International career[edit]

After appearing for all the Swedish national youth teams, Farnerud became a permanent fixture in the under-21s, with whom he participated in the 2004 UEFA European Championship. He gained his first cap for the full side on 16 February 2003 at age 19, in a King's Cup fixture against Qatar; four days later, in the same competition, he scored his first goal to help to a 2–0 win over Thailand.[12]






Personal life[edit]

Farnerud's older brother, Pontus, is also a footballer. He too was a midfielder and a Swedish international.


  1. ^ "Farnerud, Alexander" (in Swedish). Svensk Fotboll. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sweden round-up: Landskrona stun champions". 4 July 2002. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Strasbourg swoop for Farnerud". 15 November 2003. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Strasbourg secure second Farnerud". 16 June 2005. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuttgart snap up Farnerud". 29 May 2006. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Stefan Coerts (8 July 2008). "Officielt: Alexander Farnerud til Brøndby" [Official: Alexander Farnerud to Brondby] (in Danish). Bold. Retrieved 8 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Farnerud klar för Young Boys" [Farnerud confirmed at Young Boys] (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Carminati, Nadia (19 June 2013). "Serie A side Torino announced signing of Alexander Farnerud from Young Boys". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toro, preso il jolly svedese Farnerud – A un passo il riscatto di Rodriguez" [Toro, happy Swede Farnerud acquired – Rodriguez return very close] (in Italian). La Stampa. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Torino: Farnerud, l'alfiere indispensabile di Ventura" [Torino: Farnerud, Ventura's essential bishop] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Udinese-Torino 0–2. Gol di Farnerud e Immobile" [Udinese-Torino 0–2. Goals by Farnerud and Immobile] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 15 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "King's Cup 2003 (Bangkok, Thailand)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "A. Farnerud". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 

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