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 34)
Place of birth Landskrona, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1997–2001 Landskrona BoIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Landskrona BoIS 75 (13)
2004–2006 Strasbourg 81 (6)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart 20 (0)
2006–2008 VfB Stuttgart II 4 (1)
2008–2011 Brøndby 73 (18)
2011–2013 Young Boys 82 (16)
2013–2016 Torino 50 (5)
2016–2017 BK Häcken 24 (5)
National team
1999–2001 Sweden U16 21 (9)
2001–2002 Sweden U19 6 (3)
2002–2006 Sweden U21 36 (12)
2003–2010 Sweden 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2017

Alexander Farnerud (born 1 May 1984) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder.

After starting out at Landskrona BoIS, he went on to play professionally in France, Germany – winning the Bundesliga with Stuttgart – Denmark, Switzerland and Italy (spending three seasons in the Serie A with Torino).

Farnerud won eight caps for Sweden, during seven years.

Club career[edit]

Landskrona and Strasbourg[edit]

Born in Landskrona,[1] Farnerud made his professional debut with Landskrona BoIS. He scored in one of his first Allsvenskan matches, a 2–1 home win against reigning champions Hammarby.[2]

On 15 November 2003, Farnerud was bought by France's Strasbourg,[3] being an automatic first-choice in his two-and-a-half-year spell. In his first and third seasons in Ligue 1, he played alongside older brother Pontus who was first loaned by AS Monaco, then acquired.[4][5]

Stuttgart and Brøndby[edit]

Upon Strasbourg's 2006 relegation, Farnerud moved to VfB Stuttgart in Germany, on a four-year deal.[6] 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.[7]

Young Boys[edit]

On 18 January 2011, Farnerud changed clubs and countries again, joining Young Boys from Switzerland for an undisclosed fee until 2014.[8] He made his Super League debut on 13 February in the 4–2 win over Zürich,[9] and on 16 April he also netted twice for the hosts against Bellinzona (4–0).[10]


On 18 June 2013, Farnerud was signed by Italian side Torino for 1.8 million on a three-year contract.[11][12] He made his official debut on 17 August, in a Coppa Italia against contest Pescara which ended in a 1–2 loss.[13] On 20 October he scored his first goal in Serie A, opening the scoreline in an eventual 3–3 home draw to Inter Milan.[14]

After a difficult start to the season, in which he was often benched, Farnerud became a regular and consistent performer for Toro,[15] netting again in the 14th round against Genoa and two days later against Udinese.[16]

BK Häcken[edit]

On 9 August 2016, Farnerud returned to his native country, signing a long-term deal with BK Häcken[17] and re-joining his childhood friend Rasmus Lindgren at his new club.[18] He played 11 matches and scored three goals in his debut campaign, and went to provide eight assists during his spell before attracting a serious knee injury in a fixture against IK Sirius Fotboll on 22 July 2017; due to his recurrent physical ailments, he chose to leave by mutual consent in November.[19]

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 won his first cap for the full side on 16 February 2003 at age 18, 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.[20]

On 21 March 2015, after more than five years of absence, Farnerud was called my manager Erik Hamrén for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Moldova and a friendly with Iran.[21]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 February 2003 National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 0–3 1–4 2003 King's Cup
2. 28 January 2009 Coliseum, Oakland, United States  Mexico 0–1 0–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Farnerud's older brother, Pontus, was also a footballer. He too was a midfielder and a Swedish international.[22][23]







  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". UEFA. 4 July 2002. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Strasbourg swoop for Farnerud". UEFA. 15 November 2003. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Strasbourg secure second Farnerud". UEFA. 16 June 2005. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Les suédois passés par le championnat de France" [Swedes with spells in the French championship] (in French). Sport 365. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Stuttgart snap up Farnerud". UEFA. 29 May 2006. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ Stefan Coerts (8 July 2008). "Officielt: Alexander Farnerud til Brøndby" [Official: Alexander Farnerud to Brondby] (in Danish). Bold. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Farnerud klar för Young Boys" [Farnerud signs for Young Boys]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Zürich unterliegt den Young Boys" [Zürich downed by Young Boys] (in German). UEFA. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Zürich siegt dank späten Toren" [Zürich win thanks to late goals] (in German). UEFA. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Toro, preso il jolly svedese Farnerud – A un passo il riscatto di Rodriguez" [Toro, happy Swede Farnerud acquired – Rodriguez return very close]. La Stampa (in Italian). 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Parte male la stagione del Toro: eliminato dal Pescara in Coppa" [Toro season starts on the wrong foot: ousted by Pescara in Cup] (in Italian). Torino Today. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Torino-Inter 3–3: Palacio trascina i nerazzurri in 10, Bellomo li beffa al 90'" [Torino-Inter 3–3: Palacio carries the 10 black-and-blue, Bellomo blunder in the 90']. La Repubblica (in Italian). 20 October 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Udinese-Torino 0–2. Gol di Farnerud e Immobile" [Udinese-Torino 0–2. Goals by Farnerud and Immobile]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 15 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Alexander Farnerud till BK Häcken" [Alexander Farnerud to BK Häcken] (in Swedish). BK Häcken. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  18. ^ Mattias Balkander (24 August 2016). "Bästa vännerna återförenade i Häcken: "Blir speciellt"" [Best friends reunited at Häcken: "It will be special"]. Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Farnerud och BK Häcken bryter kontraktet" [Farnerud and BK Häcken terminate contract] (in Swedish). BK Häcken. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  20. ^ "King's Cup 2003 (Bangkok, Thailand)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  21. ^ Torresi, Mauro (21 March 2015). "Jansson e Farnerud convocati nella Nazionale Svedese" [Jansson and Farnerud called to Swedish national team] (in Italian). Tutto Granata. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Farnerud till storklubb" [Farnerud to giants]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 22 June 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Inget Bröndby för Farnerud" [No Bröndby for Farnerud]. Expressen (in Swedish). 17 July 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  24. ^ "A. Farnerud – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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